Nov 102011

“Some would nominate processed meats, like hot dogs, bacon, and ham [to be banned]. The evidence linking them to cancer—especially colorectal cancer—is so strong that health authorities are starting to say that we should never eat them at all, and never feed them to children

In 2007, the World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute for Cancer Research released the most comprehensive review on diet and cancer ever published, prepared by the world’s leading experts, and it was quite damning about the link between processed meat and colorectal cancer. In early 2011, an update to the report encouraged people to avoid processed meats altogether.

Our obesity rates have never been higher, and cholesterol-lowering drugs have never been so popular. In a word, we are a mess.”

Dr. Barnard, of the Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine, makes some harsh indictments of the average Western diet, and offers solutions to the rampant preventative disease it’s spawned.

Occupy Your Diet: A Discussion About Food, Health and Kindness With Dr. Neal Barnard, Forbes, November 9, 2011.

Nov 022011

From the Professional Staff Congress:


Congress’s Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (i.e. the “Super Committee”) is meeting in secret, and making plans that could increase economic insecurity and reduce access to health care for millions of Americans. The fight is on to protect Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, employee health benefits, public-sector pensions and other safety net programs.

As workers, we’ve earned our network of benefits, and we must fight to keep them. National safety net programs, public pensions and other benefits are under attack.

Click here to send a letter to your representatives and congress. Tell them, hands off the social safety net!

Oct 302011

Sandro Galea, MD, DrPH’s work seeks to uncover how determinants at multiple levels of influence–including policies, features of the social environment, molecular, and genetic factors–jointly produce the health of urban populations.

Dr. Galea has conducted large population-based studies in several countries worldwide including the U.S., Spain, Israel, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Liberia, primarily funded by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Galea’s interest in the complex etiology of health and disease has led him to work that explores innovative methodological approaches to population health questions.

Date: November 16, 2011

Time: 6pm—8pm

College: CUNY School of Public Health

Address: 2180 Third Avenue, Manhattan

Building: SB

Room: Room 115/116

Phone: 212-396-7778


Admission: Free

via CUNY Events Calendar.

Oct 172011

Public Health Policy Seminar Series: “Health Policy, an International Perspective”

Speaker: Dr. Vicente Navarro, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Date: October 19, 2011

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

College: CUNY School of Public Health

Address: 2180 Third Avenue, Manhattan

Building: SB

Room:Room 115/116

Phone: 212-396-7778



via CUNY Events Calendar.

Oct 172011

This informative session, open to students—but also to your sisters, mothers, friends, and others—will give you the facts from the latest research concerning breast health, risk factors, preventive measures, treatments, and more.

The session will be led by Catherine Putkowski-O’Brien, who  is a Breast Cancer Survivor, Level 2 Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Psychotherapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Trauma Therapist, and Director of Health Education for the Staten Island Breast Cancer Research Initiative (SIBCRI)—a part of CSI’s Center for Environmental Science. SIBCRI’s community education programs are supported by the NYC Council, the Borough President’s Office, and private donations.

Light refreshments will be served.

For further information, contact Mr. Ralph Pagan, SEEK Program.

Open to the public and the College community.

Date: October 20, 2011

Time: 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

College: College of Staten Island

Address: 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, Building: 3S

Room: 118

Phone: 718.982.2411

Admission: Free

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