Past Programs

September 20 -- October 28, 2023
John William Gofman, M.D., PhD, 
"X-Ray Doses as a Cause of Breast and Other Cancer -- What You Can Do About It!"  Dr. Gofman,
Professor Emeritus of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California at Berkeley will give a series of talks in various locations throughout Marin County during the months of September and October.  He will explore his hypothesis that medical radiation is a necessary co-actor in about 75% of the recent and current Breast Cancer incidence (USA).  He further stated in his 1990 book that "by any reasonable standard of biomedical proof," that there is no threshold level (no harmless dose) of ionizing radiation with respect of radiation mutagensis and carcinogensis.  For time and locations double click on Future Programs, above.

October 21, 2023
Dr. Samuel Epstein,
"Preventing Breast Cancer"--Reception and meeting at 8:00 pm in connection with the Bioneers  2000 Conference. 
Marin Center, San Rafael, CA.  
Dr. Epstein, among the world's most deeply informed experts on the causes and preventi9on of cancer and a leading critic of the "cancer establishment," offers both personal and political approaches to preventing the epidemic of breast cancer.  Dr. Epstein will present a 1 1/2 hour program at 2:30 on Sunday, October 22, 2023 at the Bioneers conference. for more information and registration information. 

   September 26, 2023

"Environmental Estrogens:  Should we be Concerned?"  Dr. Ana Soto from the center for reproductive research, Tufts University School of Medicine, spoke at  Marin County Civic Center, Board of Supervisors Chambers, 7:00 PM. and appeared as a guest on the Michael Krasney interview radio program on KQED, earlier on the same day.

This world-renowned cellular biologist spoke about her discover of the estrogen-mimicking synthetic chemical, p-nonylphenol.  Dr. Soto shocked herself and the scientific world in the late 1980's when she discovered that a chemical leaching from Corning test tubes in her research laboratory spurred estrogen-sensitive breast cells to rapidly reproduce.  She and her lab partner spent two years trying to determine the chemical composition of the test tubes, as the manufacturer would not divulge the formula.  Eventually, they discovered this synthetic chemical, only to realize that it is routinely used in food processing and packaging, PVC tubing, detergents and even contraceptive creams.  Dr. Soto contends that the pervasiveness of environmental estrogens is most likely to be a factor in expanding our increasing rates of breast cancer.  This meeting was co-sponsored by the Health Council of Marin and Marin Beyond Pesticide Coalition.  ****Video tape of her presentation can be view in MBCW office****

January 20, 2024
"nW/cm²  Broadcast Blues"
Lookout Mountain in Golden, Colorado is an example  of how the telecommunications and broadcast corporations are taking away private property, ruining our scenic vistas and potentially threatening our health and safety.  Video presentation at Corte Madera Community Meeting Room, Corte Madera CA 7PM.

November 18, 2023
"Environmental Justice and your Health in Richmond and Marin"
Dr. Henry Clark, executive director of West County Toxics Coalition
Marin General Hospital, Conference Center, Greenbrae, CA  7PM

Dr. Henry Clark has been leading the West County Toxics Coalition in Richmond since 1989.   Henry and the activists coalition were able to finally shut down Chevron's toxic incinerator that had been for 30 years (1967-1997) spewing pollution, non-stop into their community.  Though Marin County is separated by water from oil and other chemical processing plants in the East Bay we are not immune from the poisons emanating from there.   All counties in the Bay Area are intimately connected.  It is imperative that we know what is going on in every part of our extended community. 

September 23, 1999 
Dr. Marc Lappé—"How Toxic Substances Cause Cancer" 
Dr. Lappé is director of  CETOS, Center for Ethics and Toxics in Gualala, CA
Marin General Hospital, Conference Center, Greenbrae, CA 7PM

Dr. Lappé spoke about the contaminated environment of today and the increased number of cancers in our communities.  "Something very substantial has changed the hormonal milieu in modern times," Lappé said.  He noted that children are reaching puberty years before they reached puberty in the 17th century.  "There is no evolutionary reason why children should be getting cancer," he said.  "With most childhood cancers, the best explanation was that mom was exposed during pregnancy to something."  Lappé called for more research into environmental links to cancer.  "A whole cadre of scientists have dismissed environmental causes of cancer," her said.  "If you include diet, environment is probably 70 to 80 percent."

September 25 & 26, 1999
Cancer as a Turning Point - a free two day conference for people touched by cancer, sponsored by Healing Journeys and Marin General Hospital, Marin Center, San Rafael, Ca. (800) 423-9882

March 18, 2023
Michael Lerner, Commonweal's President—"Cancer—The Age of Extinctions and 
the Emerging Environmental Health Movement" 
(See the article "Commonweal Founder Advocates Environmental Activism" in KEEPING ABREAST
Michael Lerner, Commonweal president and one of the country's leading authorities on complementary cancer treatments, urged all who can to become environmental activists and charted a healing course for people living with breast cancer. 

February 23, 2023
Public Forum—"What's Causing Marin County's Breast Cancer Epidemic?"
(See the article "Questioning the Causes" in KEEPING ABREAST
 Opening speakers included:
* Hal Brown, Marin County Supervisor
* Nancy Rubin, Marin County Director of Health and Human Services
* Georgie Farren, M.D., Marin Breast Cancer Watch's Adolescent Study Project Director

November 9, 2023
Lorraine Pace—"What Does the Multi-Million Dollar Long Island Study of Breast Cancer Tell Us About the Epidemic Here in Marin?"
Lorraine Pace, diagnosed and treated for breast cancer in 1990, formed the West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition for Long Island and began to survey women in her neighborhood and map the breast cancer clusters that showed up. The idea of mapping has caught on across Long Island and maps are being modeled on the West Islip project. Lorraine's campaign to find answers has led her to the White House, to Albany, across the state and all over Long Island. She's been featured in Newsday, U.S. News and World Report, USA Today, The New York Times and much more. She appeared in two breast cancer documentaries: "Rachel's Daughters" and "Say It, Fight It, Cure It". She now works with a new national initiative: Breast Cancer HELP (Healthy Environment for a Living Planet). She is responsible for starting over 20 coalitions in the U.S. including Long Island, New York and abroad.

February 17, 2023
Cindy Sage—"Evidence for Electromagnetic Fields as a Potential Risk Factor for Breast Cancer" 
Cindy Sage has been involved in EMF issues as an environmental consultant and public policy researcher since 1982. New studies of RADIO FREQUENCIES (CELL PHONES,  A.M.,F.M., T.V., COMPUTERS, PAGERS) elicit growing concern whether or not we are protected from adverse health effects related to exposure to antenna. Ms. Sage addressed recent developments in the science and politics of cellular antenna sitings.  Patients with Tamoxifen as part of their treatment may wish to know if they are exposed to high levels of EMF. Some laboratory studies have reported that human breast cancer cells exposed at 6-12 mG EMF show a reduction in the beneficial effect of Tamoxifen. An association between cancers and EMF exposure has been reported in over 110 epidemiological studies. 

November 12, 2023
Lee Hitchcox, D. C.—"Strategies for Staying Alive"
* What are the best strategies based on current medical literature, to prevent and treat breast cancer?
* What action can women take to rid their bodies of pesticides, both at the personal and national levels?
* How do pesticides mimic estrogens and what are the implications, both for cancer 
and premenopausal osteoporosis?

Dr. Hitchcox is a chiropractor with ten years clinical experience. After the loss of several family members to cancer, he devoted 8 years to researching life extension strategies. He is the author of Long Life Now: Strategies for Staying Alive. Dr. Hitchcox has been on the Hunza diet for the last 6 years and plans to compete in the Ironman Triathalon at age 50. He is well known for his lectures on cancer, pesticides, biological age, and extreme longevity cultures. 

October 24, 2023
Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., author of Living Downstream—"An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment"
Sandra Steingraber, biologist, poet, and survivor of cancer in her twenties, brings all three perspectives to bear on the growing body of evidence linking cancer to environmental contamination. Her scrupulously researched scientific analysis describes worldwide patterns of cancer incidence and the sabotage wrought by cancer-promoting substances on the intricate workings of human cells. In a moving personal narrative, she brings to life stories of communities confronting decades of industrial and agricultural pollution.
Living Downstream is the first book to bring together toxics-release data—now finally made available under right-to-know laws—and newly-released cancer registry data. Sandra Steingraber is also the first to trace with such compelling precision the entire web of connections between our bodies and the world in which we live. Her book strikes a hopeful note, showing us how we can do a great deal to eliminate environmental contributions to cancer. And her brave, clear and careful voice is certain to break the paralyzing silence on this subject that persists more than three decades after Rachel Carson's great early warning.

September 4, 2023
Board Members of Marin Breast Cancer Watch--Report to the Community on the World Conference on Breast Cancer
The World Conference on Breast Cancer was attended by 650 delegates—advocates, scientists, physicians, environmentalists, health organizations, government agencies, and U.N. officials—representing over 50 countries. Delegates gathered together to further understand the causes of the epidemic and current treatment modalities, and to formulate world policy to end this international health crisis. Five of our board members shared first-hand information of workshops and roundtables they attended. 

May 29, 2023
Dean Ornish, M.D.—"Can Comprehensive Lifestyle Changes Affect Breast and Prostate Cancer?"
Dr. Ornish is President and Director of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, California. For the past 20 years, he has directed clinical research demonstrating, for the first time, that comprehensive lifestyle changes may begin to 
reverse even severe coronary heart disease—without drugs or surgery. He is the author of several best-selling books, including "Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease," "East More, Weight Less," and "Everyday Cooking with Dr. Dean Ornish." He was selected by Life magazine as one of the 50 most outstanding members of his generation.
Dr. Ornish is currently directing a randomized, control trial—in collaboration with the U.C.S.F, School of Medicine and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center—designed to determine if comprehensive lifestyle changes scan slow, stop, or reverse the progression of prostate cancer. Since both breast and prostate cancer are hormonally-related, the results of Dr. Ornish's study will have implications for people living with breast cancer.

April 29, 2023
Marin Breast Cancer Watch and Health Council of Marin present an evening with experts on HEALTH CARE WITHOUT HARM.
What is Health Care Without Harm? It is a campaign created by 28 different healthcare and environmental organizations that is attempting to transform the health care industry, by eliminating pollution generated by today's hospital and medical practices, without compromising safety or quality of care. A panel of experts will explain what pollutants are created by the incineration and landfilling of medical waste and how these pollutants can affect your health. We will learn how a medical facilities' interior design and construction materials scan emit harmful toxins and what is being done to prevent the "Sick Building Syndrome" in hospitals.  What is YOUR responsibility as a health care consumer? Health Care Without Harm wants you to become informed and help advocate for change by supporting these actions:
* Pollution prevention practices
* Use of environmentally safe materials, technology and products
* Education of consumers and health works on impacts and solutions

John Barnard, Regulatory Compliance Manager, Integrated Environmental Systems, Oakland
Lexie Rome, Co-director, Sustainable Futures Project, Commonweal, Bolinas
Sandra Ross, Ph.D., President, Health Council of Marin
Lowell Smith, Vic President, Project Development, Sutter/California Health Systems
Karen Susag, Consultant, Endometriosis Association, San Francisco

September 10, 2023
Wendy Tanowitz, Vice President, Marin Breast Cancer Watch presents Report From the East Coast—an update on the Long Island survey, where it stands today, how it relates to Marin.  Nancy Evans , Breast Cancer Action - reporting on her testimony in Washington, D.C. before the Senate Cancer Coalition hearing on breast cancer and her travels on the East Coast while filming Rachel's Daughters.

July 16, 2023
Marion Moses, M.D., Founder of the Pesticide Education Center—"Designer Poisons: How to Protect Your Health & Home from Toxic Pesticides"
Safer alternatives to dangerous pesticides. Pesticides linked to breast cancer and cancer in children. Why you should not use foggers, bombs, aerosols. Pesticides you should not use under any circumstances.

June 6, 2023
Marin Breast Cancer Watch presents a TOWN HALL MEETING
* Find out about the direction of our group and about current/upcoming projects
* What work do you think needs to be done?
* How would you like to become involved?
* Share your best thinking on how to build on effective organization
* Bring any donations you may for the yard sale!

May 7, 2023
Don Flint, Associate Director of The Cancer Project at Commonweal—
* Guidelines for Choosing
* How to Locate Resources: Chinese Medicine - Stress Reduction - Diet - Psychological Support

April 30, 2023
Michael W. DeGregorio, Pharm.D.
"Everything you wanted to know about TAMOXIFEN and Breast Cancer but were afraid to ask"

March 26, 2023
THE SILENCE IS OVER! The Power of Breast Cancer Activism. 
An evening with Lorraine Pace, breast cancer survivor and founder of Breast Cancer H.E.L.P. (Health Environment for a Living Planet).  When Lorraine Pace was diagnosed with breast cancer, she already knew 20 women with breast cancer—all of whom lived in West Islip. She wanted to find out why. So she formed the West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition, which pioneered community mapping of breast cancer on many Long Island towns and she continues to organize communities to do this type of work. Her tireless efforts have resulted in important federally-funded studies of organochlorines and electromagnetic fields in relation to breast cancer. A former real estate agent, Lorraine is now breast cancer education specialist at the University Medical Center of the State University of New York at Stony Brook.