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AG00108_.gif (1629 bytes) Dr. Epstein is author of some 280 scientific articles and ten books, including the prize-winning 1978 The Politics of Cancer, and the 1998 The Politics of Cancer Revisited, and co-author of the 1976 The Legislation of Product Safety: Consumer Health and Product Hazards, the 1982 Hazardous Wastes in America, the 1995 Safe Shopper's Bible, and the 1997 Breast Cancer Prevention Program, besides numerous editorials in leading national newspapers. 

Dr. Epstein’s activities in the interface between science and public policy include: consultant to the U.S. Senate Committee on Public Works; drafting Congressional legislation; frequent invited Congressional testimony; and membership of key federal agency advisory committees including the Health Effects Advisory Committee of EPA, and the 1973 Department of Labor Advisory Committee on the Regulation of Occupational Carcinogens. He was the key expert involved in the banning of hazardous products and pesticides, including DDT, Aldrin and Chlordane. He is the leading international expert on the public health hazards of Monsanto’s genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (rBGH) used for increasing milk production, and of sex hormones used for fattening cattle in feedlots on which he has consulted for the E.C., testified on their behalf at the January 1997 World Trade Organisation hearings, and presented scientific testimony to the EU Parliament in May , 1997. More recently, he presented "Legislative Proposals for Reversing the Cancer Epidemic" to the Swedish Parliament in December 1998, and to the U.K. All Parliamentary Cancer Group in June 1999.

Dr. Epstein’s numerous honors and awards include: medals and prizes in the Royal Army Medical Corp.; the 1957 British Empire Cancer Campaign (now the CRC) Fellowship at The Hospital for Sick Children Great Ormond Street and the Chester Beatty Cancer Research Institute, London; the 1969 Society of Toxicology Achievement Award; the 1977 National Conservancy Award of the National Wildlife Federation; the 1981 Henry Kaiser Award; the 1989 Environmental Justice Award; a 1998 Right Livelihood Award (the Alternative Nobel Prize) for international contributions to cancer prevention; the 1999 Bioneers Award; and a 1999 Project Censored Award (the Alternative Pulitzer Prize) for an article critiquing the American Cancer Society.

Dr. Epstein has extensive media experience involving numerous invited appearances on major regional and national TV networks including Sixty Minutes, Face the Nation, Meet the Press, McNeil/Lehrer, Donahue, Good Morning America, and the Today Show. He has also made frequent appearances on Canadian, European, Australian and Japanese T.V.

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Samuel S. Epstein, M. D.,

Professor of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the School of Public Health, University of Illinois Medical Center Chicago, is an internationally recognized authority on the toxic and carcinogenic effects of environmental pollutants in air, water, and the workplace, and of ingredients and contaminants in consumer products--, food, cosmetics and household products.

Donahue, Good Morning America, and the Today Show. He has also had frequent appearances on Canadian, European, Australian and Japanese T.V.

Dr. Epstein’s numerous awards and honors most recently include the 1998 Right Livelihood Award, (the "Alternative Nobel Prize") for his international contributions to cancer prevention.

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Losing the War Against Cancer



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