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Children & Lawns: Share This Video

A well known doctor and our friend, Chip Osborne, worked with Grassroots Environmental Education to put together this comprehensive video that should be shared widely among school administrators and elected officials, as well as parents everywhere: http://www.youtube.com/GrassrootsEnvEd#p/c/3/3JahNUoM3zE

Here is the biography of the doctor:

Dr. Leonardo Trasande

* ASSISTANT PROFESSOR Preventive Medicine
* ASSISTANT PROFESSOR Pediatrics

Children’s Environmental Health Center at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (www.cehcenter.org),

Email leo.trasande@mssm.edu

Specialty

* Public Health and General Preventive Medicine
* Pediatrics

Certifications

* American Board of Pediatrics

Education

* MA, Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government
* MD, Harvard Medical School
* A.B., Harvard College
* M.D., Harvard Medical School
* M.P.P., Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government
* Mount Sinai School of Medicine
* Boston Children’s Hospital
* Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center
* Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center
* Residency, Pediatrics
Children’s Hospital Boston
* Fellowship, Pediatrics
Children’s Hospital Boston
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Fellowship, Environmental Med
Mount Sinai Hospital

Biography

Leonardo Trasande co-directs the Children’s Environmental Health Center at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (www.cehcenter.org), where he holds a joint appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine. Dr. Trasande serves on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. His research interests span medicine and policy. He is best known for his analyses of the economic impact of environmental toxins on child health, and is embarking on a series of analyses that document the immediate health and economic consequences of childhood obesity. His analysis of the health and economic consequences of mercury pollution played a critical role in preventing the Clear Skies Act from becoming law, and provided a major foundation for the multistate lawsuit that overturned EPA’s Clean Air Mercury Rule (which relaxed regulations on emissions from coal-fired power plants). Dr. Trasande is also a leading investigator in the National Children’s Study, a longitudinal cohort study of 100,000 children that will identify the preventable and environmental factors that contribute to asthma, obesity and other chronic conditions in childhood.

Dr. Trasande earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He completed a pediatrics residency at Boston Children’s Hospital, a Dyson Foundation Legislative Fellowship in the office of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, and a fellowship in environmental pediatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He has testified before the Senate’s Environment and Public Works committee and Democratic Policy Committee. His work has been featured on the CNN documentary Planet in Peril and in National Geographic, and frequently appears on national media, including NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Evening News and National Public Radio. Dr. Trasande is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and continues to practice clinically.
Research

Economic analyses of pediatric illnesses

Dr. Trasande is best known for his analyses of the economic impact of environmental toxins on child health, and is embarking on a series of analyses that document the immediate health and economic consequences of childhood obesity. His analysis of the health and economic consequences of mercury pollution played a critical role in preventing the Clear Skies Act from becoming law, and provided a major foundation for the multistate lawsuit that overturned EPA’s Clean Air Mercury Rule (which relaxed regulations on emissions from coal-fired power plants).

Dr. Trasande’s research interests span medicine, public health and policy

Children’s environmental health research

Dr. Trasande is developing a cohort study of prenatal mercury exposure in a subsistence community near Lake Chapala, Mexico, and heavily involved in a study of childhood lead exposure in Kampala, Uganda.

National Children’s Study

Dr. Trasande is the lead location investigator for the Queens and Nassau County locations and serves on the national Steering Committee for the National Children’s Study (www.nationalchildrensstudy.gov), a longitudinal cohort study of 100,000 children that will identify the preventable and environmental factors that contribute to asthma, obesity and other chronic conditions in childhood.
Publications

Trasande L, Thurston GD. The role of air pollution in asthma and other pediatric morbidities. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2005 Apr; 115(4): 689-699.

Trasande L, Landrigan PJ, Schechter C. Public health and economic consequences of methyl mercury toxicity to the developing brain. Environ Health Perspect 2005 May; 113(5): 590-596.

Landrigan PJ, Trasande L, Thorpe LE, Gwynn C, Lioy PJ, D’Alton ME, Lipkind HS, Swanson J, Wadhwa PD, Clark EB, Rauh VA, Perera FP, Susser E. The National Children’s Study: a 21-year prospective study of 100,000 American children. Pediatrics 2006 Nov; 118(5): 2173-2186.

Trasande L, Boscarino J, Graber N, Falk R, Schechter C, Galvez M, Dunkel G, Geslani J, Moline J, Kaplan-Liss E, Miller RK, Korfmacher K, Carpenter D, Forman J, Balk SJ, Laraque D, Frumkin H, Landrigan P. The environment in pediatric practice: a study of New York pediatricians’ attitudes, beliefs, and practices towards children’s environmental health. J Urban Health 2006 Jul; 83(4): 760-772.

http://www.mountsinai.org/profiles/leonardo-trasande?id=0000072500001497201822

About The Author

Paul Tukey

An international leader of the green movement, Mr. Tukey is a journalist, author, filmmaker, TV host, activist and award-winning public speaker, who is widely recognized as North America's leading advocate for landscape sustainability and toxic pesticide reduction strategies.

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  • http://www.firebellylawncare.com Tom Kelly

    Paul,
    Thank you for posting the link to this video. Once again the simplicity in the message is what should continue to drive this argument. Kudos to Chip and Dr. Trasande for really making this work. I will do everything I can to spread the word.
    Tom

  • http://www.apogeelearning.com Rose Marie Raccioppi

    So pleased to be able to pass this on. I am pleased as well to share with you this post- action in place… APOGEE Learning: Toxic Assault On Our Children – Call to Action
    ~ http://apogeelearning.blogspot.com/2010/05/toxic-assault-on-our-chldren-call-to.html

    Paul, I attended the presentation of “Chemical Reaction” at the Audubon Society in Connecticut – great doing!!

  • Cindy Saucier

    Here in Canada our sporting fields are all chemical-free, even our higher level fields. Kids need to be protected and there has NEVER been an incident of a child tripping over a dandelion. The field just needs to be properly cut. Thankfully, the Province of Ontario banned pesticides for cosmetic purposes and we are doing fine without them. I have almost an acre of property and have never used a chemical in my yard and garden. I am a member of a local Horticultural Society and we all garden without pesticides. It Works! Word with nature, not against it and keep our kids safe!

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