Pandora's Box

Alternating Tuesdays from 8:30-9:00am on The Zine

Pandora's Box tackles issues facing all of us in our daily lives around exposure to environmental chemicals and toxins in air, food, soil, water and body products and their effects on our health.

See below for valuable web resources regarding environmental contaminants:

Finding a water filter that works for you: http://www.ewg.org/tap-water/getawaterfilter

EPA list of questions and answers on chloramine: http://www.epa.gov/ogwdw/disinfection/chloramine/pdfs/all29_q.pdf

Food and Water Watch - http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org

Environment Working Group - http://www.ewg.org

Natural Resources Defense Council - http://www.nrdc.org

Tapped (the movie) - http://www.tappedthefilm.com

International Bottled Water Assoc. - http://www.bottledwater.org

Website for iodine and radiation exposure: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/radiationexposure.html

The Campaign to Ban Bottled Water -www.thinkoutsidethebottle.org

The Ocean Gyres - www.5gyres.org

Information on plastic and the waste stream - www.plasticpollution.org

Resource for reusable stainless steel water bottles - http://www.stainlesswaterbottles.org

Scientific Articles:

Tibbetts J. 2007 Chloramine Catch: Water Disinfection Can Raise Lead Exposure Environ Health Perspect 115;A96-A96 doi:10.1289/ehp.115-a96b

Richardson SD, et al. Ocurrence, genotoxicity, and carcinogenicity or regulated and emerging disinfection by-products in drinking water: a review and roadmap for research. Mutation Research 2007;636:178-242.

Le Roux J, et al. Chloramination of nitrogenous contaminants (pharmaceuticals and pesticides): NDMA and halogenated DBPs formation. Water Research 2011;45:3164-74.

Muellner MG, et al. Halonacetonitriles vs. Regulated Haloacetic Acids: Are Nitrogen-Containing DBPs More Toxic? Environmental Science and Technology 2007;41:645-6

Anti-GMO Movement in Europe Offers Lessons for the U.S:
http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_23902.cfm

The best source of credible information on GMOs: Ten Reasons to Avoid GMOS/GM Corn Damages Liver and Kidneys/How To Buy non-GMO Food (Non-GMO Shopping Guide):
http://www.responsibletechnology.org/

Campaign to Get GMOs out of kid's diets, view videos on GMOs:
http://www.seedsofdeception.com/Public/Home/index.cfm

 

Ronnie Cummins of Organic Consumers Association talks about GMOs

Flow: For Love of Water

From both local and global perspectives, this documentary examines the harsh realities behind the mounting water crisis. Learn how politics, pollution and human rights are intertwined in this important issue that affects every being on Earth. With water drying up around the world and the future of human lives at stake, the film urges a call to arms before more of our most precious natural resource evaporates. Available on Netflix streaming

Blue Gold - This award winning documentary directed by Sam Bozzo is based on the book BLUE GOLD: THE FIGHT TO STOP THE CORPORATE THEFT OF THE WORLD'S WATER by Maude Barlow and Tony Clark. The film examines the problems created by the privatization and commoditization of water. Contains 30 minutes of bonus material, including deleted scenes and an interview with the filmmaker.

Thirst:

 Global corporations are rapidly buying up local water supplies, and communities face losing control of one of their most precious resources. Looking at tensions in Bolivia, India and Stockton, California, "Thirst" reveals how water is becoming the catalyst for explosive community resistance to globalization. Focusing on one of the 21st century's greatest issues, this film is a piercing look at the conflict between public stewardship and private profit, where activists claim that water is a human right and corporations declare it a commodity.

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Pandora's Box
11:15 am
Tue April 21, 2015

The Methane "Hot Spot" Over The Four Corners Area

Methane gas concentration shown in red over the Four Corners area in this satellite image.
Credit NASA.gov

In this episode of Pandora's Box, host Lyn Patrick talks with Mike Eisenfeld, New Mexico Energy Coordinator with the San Juan Citizens Alliance, about a methane gas concentration that appeared over the Four Corners area in NASA satellite images, and discuss the environmental and public health implications of methane, how leading scientists are researching the source of the methane, and what concerned citizens can do.

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Pandora's Box
10:42 am
Tue April 7, 2015

The Dangers of Lead Poisoning

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In this episode of Pandora's Box, co-host Joanie Trussel talks with Tamara Rubin, founder and director of Lead Safe America, about how her children were poisoned by lead during a home renovation project which left them with long-term neurological problems, how Lead Safe America works to bring awareness about lead that is in household items and toys, and ways to make sure your family avoids the dangers of lead poisoning.

Website for Lead Safe America: leadsafeamerica.org

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Pandora's Box
10:18 am
Tue March 24, 2015

A Different Perspective On The Measles Vaccine

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In this episode of Pandora's Box, co-host Lyn Patrick talks with Dr. Tetyana Obukanych, a PhD immunologist who has written a book on the other side of vaccines and immunity, about studies that show the measles vaccine has limited effectiveness, and why a focus on a healthy immune system may be the best way to combat measles.

Find out more at Dr.Obukanych's website: www.naturalimmunityfundamentals.com

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Pandora's Box
11:51 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Creating Healthy, Organic Parks

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In this episode of Pandora's Box, co-host Joanie Trussel talks with Travis Custer about his work with the Town of Mancos to avoid harmful pesticides in the management of their town park in order to maintain an organic and healthy place to play, and why our cultural expectations of unblemished green spaces may be getting in the way.

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Pandora's Box
10:11 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Moms Against GMOs

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In this episode of Pandora's Box, co-host Joanie Trussel talks with Zen Honeycutt, founder of Moms Across America, a group dedicated to GMO labeling in our food supply, about why she and other mothers are taking a stand against GMOs, and how she was able to have a face-to-face interaction with the CEO of Monsanto.

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Pandora's Box
3:14 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Pandora's Box: Vaccination Safety

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In this episode of Pandora's Box, co-host Lyn Patrick talks with Dr. Larry Palevsky, a board-certified pediatrician, about the recent measles outbreak that has led to blaming of parents who choose not to vaccinate their children, proposed legislation for mandatory vaccination, and vaccine safety and the potential  risks of vaccination.

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Pandora's Box
9:49 am
Tue January 27, 2015

New Herbicides, New Problems

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In an attempt to meet the ever widening problem of superweeds, a new herbicide combo that includes Roundup (glyphosate) and an older herbicide known as 2,4-D is being developed by the agricultural chemical industry. In this episode of Pandora's Box, host Lyn Patrick talks with Genna Reed from Food and Water Watch, and Bob Bragg, host of Ag Markets & More on KSJD, about the potential problems of fighting super weeds with super herbicides.

Links for resources on today's show:

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Pandora's Box
10:19 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Humanure Composting

A humanure bucket toilet.
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In this episode of Pandora's Box, co-host Joanie Trussel talks with Peter and Joan Brind'amour about how they use sawdust-filled bucket toilets to capture their excrement and use the composting process to make humanure for use as a fertilizer on their personal garden.

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Pandora's Box
10:57 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Moby Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea

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In this episode of Pandora's Box, co-host Lyn Patrick talks with Donovan Hohn, author of "Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea & of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists & Fools Including the Author Who Went in Search of Them", about how he ended up chasing thousands of items that had been deposited into the world's oceans across the globe, what he learned through his adventures, and how Earth's oceans are being impacted by all of the various items that are being dropped into them.

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Pandora's Box
10:01 am
Tue December 16, 2014

The Emotional Reaction To Climate Change

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In this episode of Pandora's Box, KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Pandora's Box co-host Joanie Trussel about how climate change is affecting us emotionally, and discuss why it is happening, the ways we can understand the way we feel, and how to stay healthy in the midst of this major global challenge.

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