My 5: Dr. Philip Landrigan, Mount Sinai Medical Center

January 14, 2009 by  
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Dr. Philip Landrigan, Mount Sinai Medical Center. Photo: Courtesy Dr. Landrigan

Blue Planet Green Living (BPGL) asked Dr. Phil Landrigan, noted researcher and pediatrician, a question we ask all our interviewees. Here is his response.

BPGL: What are the five most important things that we can do to save the planet?


  • I would say it really comes down to taking deliberate, conscious steps to protect children from toxic environmental exposures in early life. For example, never sand down old paint during pregnancy because of the risk of lead.
  • Minimize use of pesticides or eliminate it.
  • Stay away from plastics, go to glass bottles and stainless steel containers.
  • Get plenty of exercise.
  • Stay happy.

Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc
Professor and Chairman, Department of Community & Preventive Medicine
Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Children’s Environmental Health Center
Mount Sinai School of Mediciine

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4 Responses to “My 5: Dr. Philip Landrigan, Mount Sinai Medical Center”

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  3. Joann Schiavone on March 9th, 2010 4:28 pm

    Dr. Landrigan: I am from Walbridge Ohio, and the past 1 1/2 years there has been 38 cases of cancer detected in Clyde Ohio.. @ children in one family a boy and his sister were diagnosed with leukemia, and Dr. Robert Indian from the Ohio Health Dept in Columbus ohio gave this account as he has told me 24 years ago when my son was diagnosed with leukemia whatever was here is probably gone… When my son was diagnosed 24 years ago there was a boy 6 houses down from us diagnosed Jan of of 1986 and my Son was diagnosed March 5 1986, along with others in a 5 mile radius, and that time i demanded a cancer study be done and all I got was a water down study from the man thats leading the research on the cancer cluster in Clyde Ohio…

  4. Julia Wasson on March 10th, 2010 8:42 am

    Dear Joann,

    Dr. Landrigan is not affiliated with Blue Planet Green Living; we merely interviewed him. You might try contacting him at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

    Thank you for sharing your story. I can only imagine your frustration at the continued incidences of cancer in your neighborhood.

    I believe the National Children’s Study is designed to discover situations like the one you describe. While it won’t prevent the tragedy of childhood cancers, it should bring to light many of the factors that are causing those cancers. Perhaps then corporations will clean up their acts and prevent future damage to our most valuable resource, our children.

    I applaud you for continuing to look for a cause. Have you reached out to other parents to join your efforts? Oftentimes, a small, committed group of parents can get the attention of the officials to make change. But it’s very hard to do that alone.

    Please keep us posted on what you learn.