Physicians for Social Responsibility https://psr.org Thu, 01 Dec 2022 17:01:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.0.3 PFAS: Toxic Chemicals To Understand & Avoid https://psr.org/pfas-toxic-chemicals-to-understand-avoid/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=pfas-toxic-chemicals-to-understand-avoid Mon, 28 Nov 2022 17:28:44 +0000 https://psr.org/?p=22206 This month, PSR’s My Green Doctor explains why PFAS are important and how your patients can avoid them.

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PFAS chemicals seem to be everywhere these days: at the top of Mount Everest, in umbilical cord blood, in breast milk, and in the news. In 2022, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced new health advisories for PFAS in drinking water. This month, PSR’s My Green Doctor explains why PFAS are important and how your patients can avoid them. Click this link or scan the QR code.

My Green Doctor is a free money-saving benefit from Physicians for Social Responsibility.  Members use My Green Doctor’s “Meeting-by-Meeting Guide” to learn how to adopt environmental sustainability, save resources, and help create healthier communities. The program adds just five minutes to each regular office staff meeting or weekly office “huddle”, making small changes at each meeting that really add up over time.

Everyone in your practice can register as Partner Society members at www.MyGreenDoctor.org or at www.MyGreenDoctor.es (si, en Espanol).  Use the discount code MGDPSR to save $60 instantly and get full free access to My Green Doctor forever. Ask your practice manager to register today and to put My Green Doctor on your next agenda. You can do this!

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The PSR 2022 Virtual Gala Is a Success! https://psr.org/the-psr-2022-virtual-gala-is-a-success/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-psr-2022-virtual-gala-is-a-success Fri, 18 Nov 2022 17:16:32 +0000 https://psr.org/?p=22194 On November 15, PSR held our virtual annual gala, featuring guest speaker Anna Ikeda and a special Q and A with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, moderated by Dr. Natasha DeJarnett.

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Screencap of Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha speaking at the gala

On November 15, PSR held our virtual annual gala, featuring guest speaker Anna Ikeda of Soka Gakkai International and a special Q and A with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, Professor of Public Health at Michigan State University of Human Medicine, moderated by PSR Board Member Dr. Natasha DeJarnett. The event featured PSR chapter leaders from around the country discussing their local work on climate change, environmental health, and nuclear weapons abolition; and also included a musical performance by the recording artist Yuno. Thank you to all our attendees, sponsors, and speakers!

Watch the recording below.

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First stop on the #DemandAccess tour + more campaign updates! https://psr.org/first-stop-on-the-demandaccess-tour-more-campaign-updates/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=first-stop-on-the-demandaccess-tour-more-campaign-updates Thu, 17 Nov 2022 16:47:00 +0000 https://psr.org/?p=22190 On November 8, PSR’s #DemandAccess campaign had its first #DemandAccess tour stop in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Annie Cheney, Jasmine Owens and Aude Bouagnon
Pictured from left to right: Annie Cheney, Jasmine Owens and Aude Bouagnon. Annie and Aude are members of the #DemandAccess Steering Committee; Jasmine is Associate Director of PSR’s Nuclear Weapons Abolition Program

On November 8, PSR’s #DemandAccess campaign had its first #DemandAccess tour stop in Boston, Massachusetts. Aude Bougnaon, a steering committee member of the campaign, attended the American Public Health Association’s national conference. She represented #DemandAccess in a roundtable hosted by the APHA Peace Caucus on the intersections of peace, militarism and public health. 

Aude shared her own personal story of how she discovered her passion for health advocacy, which led her to PSR and #DemandAccess, and what this campaign means to her: “…I truly believe that in harnessing the very best that science, health care and our collective creativity and strength have to offer, we can transform our systems such that everyone has access to the human rights of dignified health care, a clean environment to work, play and pray in, and a safe community. I hope you’ll join us in Demanding Access.”

PSR, GBPSR, and IPPNW meetup in Boston
Members from PSR National, Greater Boston PSR, San Francisco Bay Area PSR, #DemandAccess, and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War gathered together in Boston the weekend before the APHA conference

Introducing: Access Ambassadors!

#DemandAccess is growing! We have a new opportunity for young health professionals to join the campaign and take action to demand access to the resources needed to live sustainable, healthy, equitable lives that are being denied to our communities for the sake of exorbitant military spending. 

As an Access Ambassador, young health professionals will have the opportunity to take action and demand that Congress prioritize people over profit; over the Pentagon. They’ll also gain access to professional trainings, networking opportunities, and more!

Are you a young health professional interested in becoming an Access Ambassador? Do you know young health professionals that would be interested? Fill out and share this form to join today.

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Deadline Extension: Submit a Public Comment Supporting Environmental Justice and Electrification https://psr.org/submit-a-public-comment-supporting-environmental-justice-and-electrification/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=submit-a-public-comment-supporting-environmental-justice-and-electrification Tue, 08 Nov 2022 21:20:00 +0000 https://psr.org/?p=21488 Tell the IRS that we must prioritize environmental justice and electrification over prolonged reliance on fossil fuels. Take action now!

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), of all people, has issued a call for public comments on the implementation of energy provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act.

Unfortunately, Inflation Reduction Act rebates and tax incentives for household upgrades to electric stoves, water heaters, and furnaces can also be used for fossil fuel-powered appliances.

We must ensure that these rebates and tax breaks in the Inflation Reduction Act are not protracting our fossil fuel dependence! 

Whether efficient or not, appliances powered by fossil fuels contribute to serious health effects including premature mortality, heart attacks, respiratory diseases and asthma. Prolonged usage of fossil fuels to power our stoves, water heaters, and furnaces will also continue our march toward climate devastation.

Fossil fuel appliances are especially harmful in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color, where residents are three times more likely to live in an area with poor outdoor air quality, which compounds indoor air pollution health harms. Please help PSR ensure that electrification is prioritized over dangerous fossil fuel appliances. Our health, the climate, and our most vulnerable populations depend on it.

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Take Action

Please send a brief message to the IRS compelling them to center environmental justice and prioritize full electrification in the implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act.

Here are some suggestions for points you might want to make. Feel free to choose a few. Put your message in your own words.

  • Thank the IRS for this opportunity to comment on the implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act.
  • We must use Inflation Reduction Act monies to provide financial incentives that will enable low-income homeowners to eliminate gas stove pollution, by switching from gas to electric stoves, and upgrading to heat pump water heaters and furnaces.
  • The harms from fossil fuel appliances disproportionately threaten persons in communities of color or low-income communities, persons with pre-existing health problems, and our children. Preventing the worst consequences of climate change requires urgent action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Gas appliances, even those that are highly efficient, are associated with a host of indoor air quality health impacts. Gas stoves in particular release dangerous air pollutants, including nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, particulate matter and benzene.
  • Gas stoves have been found to be especially dangerous to children. disproportionately burdening those in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. Children are more at risk from indoor air pollution due to their more fragile immune systems and more active lifestyles.
  • Lower-income and communities of color are three times more likely to live in an area with poor outdoor air quality, which compounds indoor air pollution health harms.
  • Living in a non-private dwelling, being Black, and living below the federal poverty level are all risk factors for childhood asthma, one of the most prominent health effects of gas stove use.
  • Electrification can provide environmental justice communities access to cleaner air and healthier homes, and access to clean energy and energy efficiency while helping meet the Biden administration’s climate ambitions.
  • A typical U.S. home can cut its heating-related climate pollution by 45 percent to 72 percent by swapping out a gas-fired furnace for an efficient, all-electric heat pump.
  • Reliance on gas and oil appliances is a key contributor to methane pollution, a potent greenhouse gas, with 80 times the warming power of carbon dioxide over its first 20 years in the atmosphere.

Note: Any personal information you submit may be publicly visible on the IRS docket.

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Join Us on Nov. 15th For PSR’s Virtual Gala – Featuring Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha! https://psr.org/join-us-on-nov-15th-for-psrs-virtual-gala-featuring-dr-mona-hanna-attisha/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=join-us-on-nov-15th-for-psrs-virtual-gala-featuring-dr-mona-hanna-attisha Thu, 03 Nov 2022 18:15:34 +0000 https://psr.org/?p=21855 Get tickets now for our annual Virtual Gala, with a special Q&A session with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha.

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Q&A Session: Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha - Professor of Public Helath at Michigan State University and founding director of the Pediatric Public Health Initiative

Bridging Our Best to What’s Coming Next!

Tuesday November 15, 2022
PSR Virtual Gala
Virtual Program from 6:00-7:30 PM Eastern

Our program will include a discussion with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, Professor of Public Health at Michigan State University of Human Medicine and founding director of the Pediatric Public Health Initiative. Dr. Hanna-Attisha was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World for her role in uncovering the Flint water crisis and leading recovery efforts.

Additional speakers to be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets, Sponsorships, and Ads Can be Purchased Online at psr.org/gala*

PLEASE RSVP BY FRIDAY NOVEMBER 11, 2022


Would you like to learn about an EASY way to
raise even more money for Climate Change
and Nuclear Weapons Abolition?
Create your OWN PSR Pledge Campaign at psr.org/gala.


We Would Like to Offer a Special THANK YOU to our Gala Sponsors
Jeff Carter, JD
Lisa Doggett, MD, MPH
Ellen Ferranti, MD
Alan H. Lockwood, MD
Steve McKee
Arthur Vincent Milholland, MD
Barbara Sharp, MD and Todd Sack, MD
Barbara Holt Warren, MD, MPH

Lumix CPAs and Advisors; Creative Print Group

*Sponsorship must be confirmed by November 5, 2022 for inclusion in the Program.

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In Florida, Queer Youth Battle Bigotry and Climate Change https://psr.org/in-florida-queer-youth-battle-bigotry-and-climate-change/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=in-florida-queer-youth-battle-bigotry-and-climate-change Mon, 31 Oct 2022 15:54:00 +0000 https://psr.org/?p=22285 Atmos article quoting Lakey Love, PSR Florida chapter manager.

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Protester with sign reading "Climate Justice Now!"

Atmos

“The overlap between racial justice, environmental justice, and queer and trans justice is super apparent,” said Lakey Love, cofounder of the Florida Coalition for Transgender Liberation, which organizes around trans rights, and chapter manager for the Florida chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, a public health advocacy group.

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PSR Advises Biden: Rewrite the Nuclear Posture Review https://psr.org/psr-advises-biden-rewrite-the-nuclear-posture-review/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=psr-advises-biden-rewrite-the-nuclear-posture-review Fri, 28 Oct 2022 15:20:52 +0000 https://psr.org/?p=21667 The NPR disregards the increasing numbers of Americans who are calling to redirect these resources to urgent needs like food insecurity, access to health care, and the climate change crisis — to name just a few. 

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The Biden administration’s long-awaited Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), released yesterday, is disappointing, to say the least. While it does pledge nominal support for nuclear arms control, pays lip service to “reducing the role of nuclear weapons in U.S. strategy,” and acknowledges an eventual goal of “a world without nuclear weapons,” it actually asks Americans to continue pouring astronomical resources, attention, time, and energy into “modernizing” and supporting these doomsday devices. This disregards the increasing numbers of Americans who are calling to redirect these resources to urgent needs like food insecurity, access to health care, and the climate change crisis — to name just a few. 

The NPR fails to address the catastrophic consequences of maintaining nuclear weapons. Communities around the United States are being poisoned everyday, people are getting sick and dying, all because of the mere existence of these weapons—suffering that would increase tenfold if these weapons were ever used. “Through this NPR, President Biden is continuing in the footsteps of his predecessors to uphold this system of mass death that we call our nuclear weapons program.” said Jasmine Owens, PSR Nuclear Weapons Program Associate Director.

“Since 1962, PSR has called for total elimination of all nuclear weapons as the only path that will protect public health. Repeatedly since then, events have underlined this health imperative,” added Martin Fleck, PSR Nuclear Weapons Abolition Program Director. 

This year, President Putin’s actions draw from a Soviet-era playbook, and Biden’s Nuclear Posture Review feels appropriate to 1955. The NPR admits that “Russia’s leaders have made clear that they view these weapons as a shield behind which to wage unjustified aggression against their neighbors.” In other words, this so-called “nuclear deterrence system” is not keeping the peace. “If this is deterrence at work, I want my hundreds of billions of dollars back,” says PSR’s Tova Fuller, MD, PhD.

The United States’ response to address Putin’s threats should not be to simply match them with threatening activity of our own. When the United States and NATO persist with nuclear warfighting games, draw up elaborate nuclear “postures,” and issue counter-threats, that is exactly what we are doing. We risk even greater escalation and the possibility of a nuclear weapon being used. We put the lives of this and succeeding generations in peril. New climate studies indicate that a nuclear war using less than 3% of the world’s arsenals could trigger nuclear winter and mass starvation for billions of people. At the very least, we see no reason why a robust defense against a nuclear attack and support for the Ukrainian people cannot be accompanied by a vision and a plan to rid the world of these weapons once and for all—something this document doesn’t even attempt to do.

There is one sentence in the new NPR with which we firmly agree: “We will work with a sense of urgency to reduce the danger of nuclear war, which would have catastrophic consequences for the United States and the world.” And, in fact, President Biden has made it clear in several statements since the beginning of the war that he understands the danger posed by nuclear war, for which we are grateful. We urge him to bring his energy, experience, and leadership to that single sentence, and scrap the rest of this absurd, outdated NPR. We must immediately begin the difficult, complicated process of pursuing a verifiable agreement among nuclear-armed countries to totally eliminate their nuclear arsenals in compliance with international law. We understand this will not be easy, but if the situation in Ukraine is truly the closest we have come to a nuclear war in decades, reducing that threat must be our first priority.  

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Join Us on Nov. 15th For PSR’s Virtual Gala – Featuring Anna Ikeda! https://psr.org/join-us-on-nov-15th-for-psrs-virtual-gala-featuring-anna-ikeda/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=join-us-on-nov-15th-for-psrs-virtual-gala-featuring-anna-ikeda Thu, 27 Oct 2022 17:50:14 +0000 https://psr.org/?p=21608 Get tickets now for our annual Virtual Gala, with speaker Anna Ikeda of Soka Gakkai International.

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Keynote Address Anna Ikeda, Program Coordinator for Disarmament, Soka Gakkai International

Bridging Our Best to What’s Coming Next!

Tuesday November 15, 2022
PSR Virtual Gala
Virtual Program from 6:00-7:30 PM Eastern

With Keynote Address by Ms. Anna Ikeda, Program Coordinator for Disarmament, Office of UN Affairs at Soka Gakkai International.

Additional speakers to be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets, Sponsorships, and Ads Can be Purchased Online at psr.org/gala*

PLEASE RSVP BY FRIDAY NOVEMBER 11, 2022


Would you like to learn about an EASY way to
raise even more money for Climate Change
and Nuclear Weapons Abolition?
Create your OWN PSR Pledge Campaign at psr.org/gala.


We Would Like to Offer a Special THANK YOU to our Gala Sponsors
Jeff Carter, JD
Lisa Doggett, MD, MPH
Ellen Ferranti, MD
Alan H. Lockwood, MD
Steve McKee
Arthur Vincent Milholland, MD
Barbara Sharp, MD and Todd Sack, MD
Barbara Holt Warren, MD, MPH

Lumix CPAs and Advisors; Creative Print Group

*Sponsorship must be confirmed by November 5, 2022 for inclusion in the Program.

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Hype aside, gas is anything but clean https://psr.org/hype-aside-gas-is-anything-but-clean/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hype-aside-gas-is-anything-but-clean Sat, 22 Oct 2022 15:40:00 +0000 https://psr.org/?p=22282 Times Union op-ed by Kathleen Nolan, MD, PSR New York President.

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Gas stove top

Kathleen Nolan, MD, PSR New York President | Times Union

We’ve known for years that fossil fuel pollution from cars, trucks, ships and power plants is a menace to our health. As a physician and public health researcher, I feel the responsibility to ensure that the public also knows about an omnipresent yet silent and rarely noticed source of pollution that is continually making us sick, right beneath our noses: the gas we burn in our homes.

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Scientists Warn Nuclear War Would Make the World Colder, Darker and Hungrier https://psr.org/scientists-warn-nuclear-war-would-make-the-world-colder-darker-and-hungrier/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=scientists-warn-nuclear-war-would-make-the-world-colder-darker-and-hungrier Fri, 21 Oct 2022 15:36:00 +0000 https://psr.org/?p=22280 Truthout interview with PSR's Dr. Ira Helfand.

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Truthout

Ira Helfand, a longtime emergency room physician and co-chair of Physicians for Social Responsibility’s Nuclear Weapons Abolition Committee, spoke with Truthout by video call from Massachusetts.

Helfand likens the current nuclear crisis to a global near-death experience, but says that unless humanity recognizes how close we are to death, we risk failing to take the action needed to reduce the threat and avert a future catastrophe. Without profound change, he worries we will not address the underlying conditions that led to the current crisis.

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