Olivia Newton-John was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992. Her film Environmental Links to Breast Cancer featured Dr. Devra Davis, EHT’s longtime President as well as other experts working in environmental pollution. Her film focused on toxic chemicals in the environment and how even low levels of environmental pollutants can turn on cancer cells. This film was groundbreaking and the issues Newton John raised awareness on such as plastics, endocrine disruption, xenoestrogens etc. are considered well proven today.
Olivia won 4 Grammy awards and had 5 US No.1 singles, old an estimated 100 million records worldwide, and is best known for playing Sandy Olsson, in the 1978 musical film, Grease, with John Travolta.
“It was a real privilege to work with Olivia on the film, Exposure–environmental links to breast cancer in the 1990s. A warm, funny and clever person, she had a genuine sense of humor that managed to bring light into any room. She took the matter of environmental contamination quite seriously and became determined to find ways to address illness through pushing plant medicine to new boundaries. Forever Sandy, forever young.” – Dr. Devra Davis statement on the passing of Olivia Newton John.
Xenoestrogens are “foreign” estrogens, substances that are close enough in molecular structure to estrogen that they can bind to estrogen receptor sites with potentially hazardous outcomes such as causeing cancer. Xenoestrogens are synthetic chemicals released into the environment as pollutants from agricultural spraying (pesticides and herbicides), from industrial processes, and waste disposal (PCBs and dioxins).
Olivia Newton-John’s Film Environmental Links to Breast Cancer
DIRECTOR: FRANCINE ZUCKERMAN
PRODUCERS: FRANCINE ZUCKERMAN AND MARTHA BUTTERFIELD
“When Exposure is not probing the connection between breast cancer and radiation, organochlorines, estrogen and mammography, it offers some rousing advice from activists such as Sharon Batt. Batt is author of the book on breast cancer Patient No More and is a breast cancer survivor herself. She argues convincingly that women with the disease — indeed, potentially all of us — are involved in a drama that could well end in premature death. “If ever we should become fully engaged, it is now,” she says.”- REVIEW BY MEGAN K. WILLIAMS REPOSTED FROM FILM RELEASE