About Lisa Saffron

Lisa Saffron is a health researcher and writer with a particular interest in the effect of environmental pollution on health. She has a Masters in Environmental Technology and a first degree in microbiology. She is committed to providing accurate and accessible information. Lisa also wrote a regular column in Positive Health magazine.

Articles by Lisa Saffron

  1. Yoga and Breathing Exercises for Asthma

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    Much emphasis is placed upon environmental factors in asthma prevention and treatment, but the profound role of breathing is not sufficiently acknowledged as a therapeutic option. R...

  2. Organic Food and Cancer Risk

    Listed in organic food

    Can we reduce our risk of cancer by eating organic food? For many people, it is common sense that organic food is healthier than conventionally grown food. But a review of the scien...

  3. Cancer and Organic Meat

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    Since the 1970s, red meat has been suspected of increasing the risk of cancer. Recently the World Cancer Research Fund published its monumental review of the evidence on nutrition, ...

  4. Dialogue

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    This column is the last I will write for the foreseeable future. I have written fifteen columns with topics ranging from arsenic to xeno-oestrogens. But I have kept coming back to o...

  5. Arsenic; Natural but Nasty

    Listed in environmental

    In 1900, beer drinkers in northern England died of arsenic poisoning when sulphuric acid contaminated with arsenic was used in the processing of the beer. Murderers prefer arsenic a...

  6. Physical Activity and Cancer

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    When weighing up the risk of cancer from food, it is not only what you put into your body that matters, although the type and quantity of food certainly contribute to cancer risk. H...

  7. Physical Activity and Health

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    The lack of physical activity is one of the less desirable consequences of our transport system. The dominance of the motor vehicle is not the only cause of our increasing lack of p...

  8. Cycling for Health

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    Of all the ways the environment affects health, the one that matters most to me is transport. Not only is our health at risk from air pollution, traffic accidents and noise but the ...

  9. Headlice control - unnecessary chemical warfare

    Listed in environmental

    Headlice are a frequent nuisance but cause no hazard to health beyond an itchy scalp. Yet they are treated with toxic pesticides, potentially capable of causing greater hazards to h...

  10. The Weight of Evidence

    Listed in cancer

    During the last year, I have been looking closely at the evidence behind the theory that food produced by intensive agriculture increases the risk of cancer and that people can redu...

  11. Nitrates and Greens

    Listed in environmental

    Nitrate levels are often so high in British lettuce and spinach that our government recently negotiated a relaxation of the EC limits. The EC set limits in order to protect public h...

  12. Pesticides - an holistic view

    Listed in environmental

    Eating an organic apple every day is 100,000 times more likely to give you cancer than eating food contaminated with residues of the pesticide lindane. This statement is meaningless...

  13. The Rat and the White Loaf

    Listed in environmental

    Many years ago, I had a housemate who, given a free choice, inevitably made the non-nutritious one. The only bread he would eat was junk white. I argued in vain that such bread was ...

  14. Pesticides and Breast Cancer

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    Past and current use of organochlorine pesticides has led to the pollution of the entire globe, with detectable levels in the body fat of nearly everyone in the world. Could pestici...

  15. Nutritional Value of Organic Food

    Listed in organic food

    Of all the claims made for the benefits of organically grown food, the most controversial is the claim that it is healthier than food grown conventionally. To proponents, the vitali...

  16. Asthma and Air Pollution

    Listed in asthma

    There is no doubt that air pollution contributes to asthma and other respiratory problems but contrary to popular belief, there is doubt that air pollution directly causes asthma.

  17. Cancer and the Environment - Perception in Perspective

    Listed in environmental

    How do we assess the risks of cancer from the various hazards we are exposed to in our environment? Estimates of 75 to 90% of all cancers are believed to be caused by agents in the ...

Book reviews by Lisa Saffron

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