Posted: 2:00 AM October 09, 2010
Dr. Catherine Karr, director of the Northwest Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit at the University of Washington, will speak on Tuesday, Oct. 12, on the health effects of pesticide exposure to children.
The talk is one of a series of meetings sponsored by the Rogue Group Sierra Club on the impact of pesticides on human health, especially pregnant women and children. The next three meetings will be held on Tuesdays in October, starting at 7 p.m. at the Headwaters Environmental Center, 84 Fourth St., Ashland.
The series is in response to concerns raised by the Ashland Parks and Recreation Department’s use of pesticides in parks and other locations and the city’s use of pesticides at its wastewater treatment plant.
Those concerns prompted the Parks Department to post areas where they will be spraying. But the local Sierra Club group wants the city to eliminate its use.
The meetings will feature two women who have done extensive research on the impact of pesticides on women who are pregnant and children. In addition to Karr’s talk, on Oct. 19, Bonnie Nedrow, an Ashland naturopath, will discuss the connection between pesticide exposure and reduced fertility in men and women.
The series will also include two films. On Oct. 26, the Sierra Club will show “A Chemical Reaction,” a movie that shows how a town in Canada banned pesticides outright. A second film, which will be aired at a time to be announced, is “Living Downstream,” the story of Sandra Steingraber’s personal struggle with cancer and her work linking pesticides and other chemicals with cancer.
ABOUT : Dr. Bonnie Nedrow, ND
Dr. Bonnie’s goal as a physician is to work with her clients to set health goals
and to teach people to become self care experts for themselves and their families.
At the core of this education is an understanding of the ability of the body to
heal, especially when provided a healthy diet and lifestyle. Whether for prevention
or for treating acute and chronic illnesses, clients will be exposed to counseling
in nutrition including food and supplements, lifestyle including rest and relaxation,
herbal and homeopathic medicines and physical medicine ranging from home hydrotherapy treatments to cranio-sacral treatments in the office.
Through listening to the story, gathering information about important health makers
and milestones, physical exam and indicated lab analysis, a picture of health and
opportunities for improved wellness can be identified. Dr. Bonnie will then spend
the time needed for you to understand the physiologic process of your body’s
response to its environment and will develop with you a treatment plan to remove
obstacles to cure.
Finding balance in life is an ongoing personal goal of Dr. Bonnie. She has recently
moved to Ashland with her two daughters, Colette and Ianthe, and her husband Leo
from Seattle WA. They are all enjoying a slower pace with time to engage in life
including soccer games, camping, gardening, eating yummy food and reading a good
ABOUT: Dr. Catherine Karr
Catherine Karr, MD, PhD, is a Pediatrician with a doctorate degree in epidemiology. Her research involves large epidemiological studies of the impact of ambient air pollution on infant and child respiratory health. She is an Assistant Professor with the University of Washington (UW) Department of Pediatrics and sees patients at the UW Pediatric Clinic at Roosevelt. Dr. Karr is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the UW School of Public Health, as well as a Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSU) Director. In this capacity, she responds to queries from health care providers, government officials and families regarding health risks associated with environmental exposures. She is involved in policy and education through her appointment on the American Academy of Pediatrics National Committee on Environmental Health. Dr. Karr earned her medical degree from the UW School of Medicine, a master’s of science degree in toxicology from UW, and her doctorate degree from the UW School of Public Health.
The National Academy of Sciences reported that at least 1 out of 7 people are significantly harmed by pesticide exposure each year. As Catherine Karr, a toxicologist from the National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides [Beyond Pesticides], points out, more and more people are beginning to “link feeling terrible with the fact the neighbors had the lawn sprayed the day before.”