Environmental Justice

Copy of Copy of September Williams Author of Chasing Mercury's book 'The Elephant in the Room: Bioethical Issues in Human Milk Banking' is a Top 100 on Amazon Today! THANK YOU!

Copy of Copy of September Williams Author of Chasing Mercury's book  'The Elephant in the Room: Bioethical Issues in Human Milk Banking'  is a Top 100 on Amazon Today! THANK YOU!

Quick does anyone know the relationship between Chasing Mercury and The Elephant in the Room:Bioethical Concerns in Human Milk Banking?

By now you all know that a sports illustrated model breastfed her baby on a Runway during Fashion Week a couple of weeks ago right? ( The baby was wearing noise cancelling head phones.)

I’m happy to Share that The Elephant in the Room: Bioethical Concerns in Human Milk Banking is in the top 100 of three amazon ebook areas: And also the print book his holding her own as well. The book is a fundraiser with proceeds going to Mothers Milk Bank San Jose so …. You might want to read the Bridge the Gap

Mothers Milk Bank San Jose is my Fiscal Sharing Partner for this project — The Elephant… http://www.mothersmilk.org In Amazon ebook: The book is available in Ebook and Paper Back. It is currently on Amazon and will be in Ingram Partners distribution (independent books stores too) by the end of November. IT’s a short quick read as well as a bit of a primer on bioethics and narrative. It might be particularly useful for students not just of medicine but psychology, writing, film & TV, sociology

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September Williams' Chasing Mercury Continues to Hold Her Own

September Williams' Chasing Mercury Continues to Hold Her Own

Well, this year has been a heck of a ride — On August 16, 2017 the World Minamata Convention on Mercury was ratified and thus transitioned from a convention to treaty to international with the strength of international law . That means the first year anniversary of the treaty has just passed.http://www.mercuryconvention.org.) I was able to be at the first convention of the parties signatory to the convention in Geneva this past September. Over this year my romance suspense novel Chasing Mercury seems to have opened up the dialog on environmental toxins to several thousands of people who otherwise might not have cared as much — and hopefully more will come. Here are some reviews from the past month— but what is clear to me is what readers are appreciating is not me — but the story of a group of people who came together to make change and who are still working at it. Hope people will continue to support Chasing Mercury and remember that a portion of the proceeds continue to go to greenaction.org and http://freegrassy.net/mercuryhome/

Surprising, mysterious, romantic, and smart. A must read!

Chasing Mercury is an incredibly unique book, one that made me realize that I didn’t know there was an entire new way to put together a historical romance, and I was definitely...Read more


Wow! That was my reaction to the quality and fun time I had reading this book, just wow!
Fantastic read, strongly recommend  

Tracking the process of application to the convention has been brought with joy and fear as I begin to understand how hard people worked to achieve the convention and how much work still has to be done —

Mercury is a natural element: it is found in the Earth’s crust and naturally released through volcanic activity and weathering of rocks. It exists in various forms, each with a varying degree of toxicity but all equally harmful, affecting the nervous system, the brain, the heart, the kidneys, the lungs and the immune system of all living beings. Because exposure to mercury – even small amounts – may cause serious health problems, including in utero, the World Health Organization considers it one of the top ten chemicals of major public health concern.

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September Williams Author of Chasing Mercury goes to Geneva for COP1 Minamata Convention on Mercury

September Williams Author of Chasing Mercury goes to Geneva for COP1 Minamata Convention on Mercury

Big news! I’m going to Geneva with Chasing Mercury next week.  I'll be covering the 1st Conference of the Parties Signatory to the Minamata Convention on Mercury since the treaty went into force, August 16, 2017. The primary themes of Chasing Mercury were inspired by the signing of the Minamata Convention by a UNESCO initiative in 2013 at the Kumamoto Prefecture of Japan, nearly sixty years after the toxic effects of the persistent organic pollutant methyl mercury was found to cause Minamata disease— and forty-five years after a ballerina named Sicily met a powwow dancer whistleblower journalist name Forest.  

 

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September Williams' Chasing Mercury Chapter Assiniboine River Louis Riel and Victor Hugo

September Williams' Chasing Mercury Chapter Assiniboine River Louis Riel and Victor Hugo

In Chasing Mercury there are a lot of contextual references to pieces of art that were not well accepted because they were thought risqué or inappropriate for the stature of the subject. One of those is the sculpture of Louis Riel, a Metis man. It used to sit on the  grounds of the Manitoba Legislature with Louis naked to the rath of the wind and those who killed him.

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BREAST MILK IS SAFER THAN FORMULA EVEN IF THERE IS MERCURY CONTAMINATION

BREAST MILK IS SAFER THAN FORMULA EVEN IF THERE IS MERCURY CONTAMINATION

What we do know is that Breast Feeding improves the health of both mothers and babies which far outweighs any toxic effects of mercury-- in most circumstances. IF you are worried and are in an environment where there is know to be high Mercury levels see a clinician. Know that  if Mercury is present ( and there is some everywhere)  Levels go down within in 2-3 months after birth -- and again there is more mercury in cows milk based formula's than in human breast milk.  The damage of not breast feeding an infant is far more lethal in terms of disease  than mercury.  However-- an environment where a mother is exposed to high levels of mercury during pregnancy -- can be dangerous and cause Minamata disease --but that mercury is passed across the placenta into the blood stream of the baby.  But Mercury is poorly transmitted to and through breast milk. If you have the luxury of avoiding mercury ingestion by all means do. But if you have to choose between breast feeding and not -- mercury contamination is not your biggest problem.  You might see the film Breast Milk and follow journalist, writer health communicator Kimberly Seals Allers (author of the Big LetDown). 

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September Williams Novel Chasing Mercury meets Micheal Friedman's Album Random Acts Of Tuning-Why Berlin?

September Williams Novel Chasing Mercury meets Micheal Friedman's Album Random Acts Of Tuning-Why Berlin?

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