Janie Rezner's guest on Women's Voices, KZYX, is American mountaineer, writer, and environmental health scientist, Arlene Blum. She is best known for leading an all-woman ascent of Annapurna, a climb that was also the first successful American ascent.
Dr. Blum is currently on a crusade against chemical flame retardants, which are found in almost all upholstered furniture.
High concentrations have been found in the bodies of creatures as geographically diverse as salmon, peregrine falcons, cats, whales, polar bears. Most disturbingly, a recent study of toddlers in the United States conducted by researchers at Duke University found flame retardants in the blood of every child they tested. The chemicals are associated with an assortment of health concerns, including antisocial behavior, impaired fertility, decreased birth weight, diabetes, memory loss, undescended testicles, lowered levels of male hormones and hyperthyroidism. Important health information here. You may choose to throw out your couch after hearing what she has to say.
Dr, Blum has written two books about her adventures, Breaking Trail, a Climbing Life" and "Annapurna: A Woman's Place" which was named as one of the 100 best adventure books of all time by National Geographic.
Ocarina music from the CD ""Oquawka Speaks the Words and Music of Mother God" . . composed and performed by Janie Rezner, who makes the triple chambered ocarina . www.janierezner.com