Ruth Hennig was the Executive Director of the John Merck Fund which supported public policy and research for improved human health, specializing in developmental disabilities and environmental health. While working to fund projects advocating for and studying the health implications of chemical exposures, she herself was diagnosed and treated for cancer.
Ruth discusses the way having cancer, twice, caused her to ask some broader questions and engage in her own care choices. The process ultimately led her to become more activated and involved in preventing harmful chemical exposures for others. Presently, Ruth serves on the board of Defend Our Health and is a member of the Maine State Advisory Board for the Conservation Law Foundation.
Some places to get more information on toxics, which Ruth recommends:
Environmental Working Group
Healthy Babies, Bright Futures
Defend Our Health
Toxic Free Future
Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health
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