Howling on the web

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Below is a roundup of the major features on my work and interviews with me – that I know of – available on the web. This record is more than simply a vanity project. I believe it’s good – maybe even important – to be aware of how the things we do and say represent us in the global community of the internet.

On the web we are 'on the record' about who we are, what we say and what we do. And yet so much of what is on the web is the result of what has been called ‘unintentional publishing’ – people spouting off on social network sites or ranting in blogs, believing that self-expression is always some kind of self-contained end in itself.

The fast moving nature of the web and the facility to quickly retract, continuously edit, even substantially rewrite what you have put ‘out there’ lulls many people into believing that how they are represented on the web is largely ethereal and unimportant.

In my more Zen-like moments I agree, but every once in a while we get pulled up sharply and realise that the web isn’t a game. It is a very powerful communications tool and a more or less permanent record of those things we say and do. I try to treat it with respect and that includes some basic accounting of how the things I have said and done travel around the virtual world.

Daily Mail
Can YOUR lipstick give you heart problems?
20 August 2012 –
Many women feel naked in public without a slash of scarlet on their lips, but could your lipstick harbour a dangerous secret?...All these worries prompt Pat ­Thomas, a UK expert and author on cosmetic safety, to urge women to moderate both their use of lipstick and the brightness of the ­colours they choose...

Greehouse PR Blog
Mourning the loss of the Ecologist
18 June 2012 – We feel privileged to have Pat Thomas, former editor of the Ecologist magazine, debating the future of the Ecologist - will it be a Resurgence or do we need something completely different?

Fabian Pattenberg Blog
Learning from the Ecologist merger: The online subscriptions model does NOT work
11 June 2012 – 
Some of you might know the environmental magazine called the Ecologist. Several days ago it was announced that they are to merge with another publication called Resurgence. This by itself is not necessarily anything unusual. The interesting piece of information for me really only became apparent to me when I read this excellent and very passionate reaction on this merger by Pat Thomas aka ecoflections on Twitter. This is the link to the article called: The ecologist – never ‘just’ a magazine 

Zac Goldsmith sells the Ecologist for £1
6 June 2012 – After 42 years of lawsuits from GM companies, campaigns against nuclear power, and breastfeeding tips, the Goldsmith family has sold the Ecologist magazine for £1...Pat Thomas, Ecologist editor between 2007 and 2009, said: "There's a real sadness about it, although perhaps it will work out in the end. But no matter how you phrase it, it will be a loss. Part of the Ecologist's strength came from being independent."

Natural Products 
Natural beauty brands face 'Free from' labelling ban
28 May 2012 – 
Big cosmetics brands are pressuring EU authorities to ban ‘free from’ and ‘no’ labelling of natural and organic beauty products. That’s the warning from Peter Kindersley, owner of pioneer health and beauty brand Neal’s Yard Remedies... Former Ecologist editor Pat Thomas advises NYR on regulatory affairs. She told NP: “The big question for consumers here is who is making your choices for you?

Antioxidants: the natural way to tackle ageing 
22 February 2012 – If the roll call of scary ingredients has put you off conventional creams then antioxidants could be the alternative you’re looking for... Former Ecologist editor and natural health expert Pat Thomas helps to paint a mental picture. ‘If you imagine your skin as a dynamic living surface, pollution and sun or whatever is always interacting with the surface.

Tangerine and Cinnamon Blog
Milking It 
29 January 2012 – This week the committee organising the 2012 Olympics in London caused widespread anger when it announced that breastfeeding mothers would have to buy an extra ticket to bring their babies into sports venues. Some venues have a few discounted tickets for children, but others don’t. ....In the midst of the uproar, The Ecologist tweeted an article which it had published six years ago about the debate over whether women should breast- or bottle-feed their babies. It’s an argument that parents, doctors, and policy makers have been holding since at least the beginning of the twentieth century, and it’s to the credit of Pat Thomas that her piece provides a good overview of shifting attitudes towards infant feeding over the course of the past hundred years or so.

Farmers Guardian
CIWF Wins Award for Nocton Campaign 
10 June 2011 – Compassion in World Farming has won an ethical award for its campaign to halt the proposed Nocton mega dairy, in Lincolnshire. The animal welfare charity picked up the Campaigner of the Year award in the Observer Ethical Awards 2011 on Thursday at London’s Victoria & Albert museum...

Farming Monthly
Compassion in World Farming Wins Observer Ethical Awards 2011
10 June 2011 – The prestigious accolade was awarded at London’s Victoria & Albert museum for Compassion’s work to end factory farming and in particular their successful Cows Belong in Fields campaign. This was the charity’s response to the proposed mega-dairy at Nocton, Lincolnshire where thousands of cows would potentially spend the majority of their lives indoors...

Horse and Country TV
Cows Belong in Fields' Campaign a Success
22 February 2011 – Nocton Dairies has withdrawn their controversial plans for a ‘mega-dairy’ in Nocton, Lincolnshire, H&C is pleased to learn. Compassion in World Farming, the world’s leading farm animal welfare charity has campaigned vigorously against these plans and is celebrating the decision to abandon them... 

'Superdairy' Plan Shelved Over Pollution Concerns
17 February 2011 – Plans for the biggest dairy farm in western Europe have been withdrawn following an outcry from local and national campaigners. Two dairy farmers said concern about groundwater pollution lay behind their cancellation of the £34m Nocton Dairies in Lincolnshire which would have housed almost 4,000 cows...

Daily Telegraph
Plans for 'Mega Dairy' Scrapped Amid Fears for the Environment
16 February 2011 – Nocton Dairies have been struggling for months to get planning permission to build a 3,770 "cow factory unit" six miles south of Lincoln. Animal rights activists labelled the industrial scale sheds "battery farming for cows", with the cattle kept indoors for most of the year and milked by machines...

Lincolnshire Echo
Second Superdairy Plea 
24 December 2010 – A second request for the Government to handle the Nocton super dairy planning application has been made. Compassion in World Farming can reveal that a group of nine MPs has written to Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles to request he calls-in the proposal...

Lincolnshire Echo
Animal welfare charity asks Government to intervene over decision on super-dairy 
26 November 2010 – An animal welfare charity has applied for the Government to decide on the Nocton super-dairy instead of the council. Compassion in World Farming wants the fate of the proposed £34 million project to be taken out of the hands of North Kesteven District Council...

Lincolnshire Echo
Farmers hope to expand Nocton super-dairy ‘but only once it is fully established’ 
19 November 2010 – The scaled-down super-dairy at Nocton may well end up milking 8,000 cows – exactly as its backers originally intended, the Echo can reveal today. Devon dairy farmer Peter Willes, one of farmers behind the £34 million project, which would house 3,770 cows, says he is "fairly confident" the revised project will gain planning permission...

Supermarkets turn noses up at megadairy milk 
18 November 2010 – Leading supermarkets are to blacklist milk from a proposed megadairy, The Independent has learnt. Two farmers are to go ahead with plans for a £34m, round-the-clock unit with thousands of cows at Nocton in Lincolnshire. Peter Wiles and David Barnes shelved plans for a 8,100-cow plant in April following an uproar from residents and animal rights activists...

Farmers Guardian
Nocton Dairies: Animal welfare lobby slams plans 
18 November 2010 – Animal welfare and environmental groups have attacked Nocton Dairies plans, despite the decision to cut cow numbers back by more than half. Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) condemned the revised plans as ‘an unwanted and unnecessary industrialisation of dairy farming’...

Exclusive: Clydesdale Bank under fire over finance for Nocton 'super dairy 
15 November 2010 – Campaigners claim the bank has refused to state what environmental assessments were carried out before supplying a mortgage – part of a £13-million land deal – to company behind controversial Nocton proposal...

A tale of two herds
13 November 2010 – Cows do not belong in fields," said Peter Willes. And with those six words the dairy farmer ignited what could become the defining battle between the decades-old push for cheaper food and the campaign against the factory farming which produces it...

Insulined Facebook page
The Marginalized: An Exhibition of Global Others
25 October 2010 – "
Most of us aren’t travellers at all – we’re tourists, as vulnerable to the process of commodification as the places we visit" – Pat Thomas, editor of Ecologist (NOTE: I'm not entirely sure what this is, but thought it was fun that they took a quote from a Geographical article I wrote – PT)

Lincolnshire Echo
Campaigners' cash appeal to buy bus adverts against Nocton super-dairy 
16 Oct 2010 – People are being encouraged to help raise £3,000 for bus adverts against the Nocton super-dairy,Compassion in World Farming has set itself the challenge of raising the cash by tomorrow. The roll-out of 80 "Cows belong in fields" and "Say no to the mega-dairy" adverts begins on Monday morning across Lincolnshire...

Sunday Times
Clean up the natural way 
10 October 2010 - ... Klint read Cleaning Yourself to Death, a guide to the toxicity of household cleaners by Pat Thomas, and decided to make a change. She dumped her conventional products and began to research eco-friendly alternatives...

Daily Telegraph
Consumer backlash again 'super dairies' could create new label for free-range milk 
27 September 2010 – Nocton Dairies want to build the country’s largest dairy farm in Britain in Lincolnshire. Animal rights campaigners claim the plan to house more than 8,100 cows on one farm will lead to “battery farm” conditions.

Exclusive: 'Super-dairy' may only meet 'minimum welfard standards’ 
21 September 2010 – Advocates of Britain's biggest dairy farm, at Nocton, have sold the concept on the basis of its outstanding animal welfare and environmental credentials. But new evidence suggests this may not be possible without public funding

Revealed... the 515 chemicals women put on their bodies every day
21 November 2009 – According to a new report, most of our favourite cosmetics are cocktails of industrially produced and potentially dangerous chemicals that could damage our health...

The repellent truth about mosquitoes
6 August 2009 - The buzz of a bug near your ear in the middle of the night. The bites that itch for days. Malaria. There are plenty of reasons to stock up with insect repellent before you go away...

Sir Paul to tell EU: 'Less meat means less heat' 
29 November 2009 – Sir Paul McCartney will this week throw his weight behind a growing campaign to address global warming by reducing the amount of meat we eat, lobbying EU politicians for their backing. The former Beatle will interrupt a European tour to fly to Brussels on Thursday, where he will make his case at a special hearing of the European Parliament... 

How the Moon could fuel World Wars
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27 May 2009 – Forty years after Neil Armstrong first set foot on the Moon, a new space race is opening up. Next time the flags are planted, though, it won't be Cold War one-upmanship that's at stake but a 'miracle power source of the future', Helium-3. But while the world's major powers rush to secure the valuable fuel, many are concerned what damage will be done...

Ecostorm webite
Fishy business: uncovering the truth behind your cheap Christmas salmon
December 2008 – In its latest film the Ecologist Film Unit (EFU), a collaboration between Ecostorm and the Ecologist magazine, travels to Peru to investigate a host of unreported environmental and social costs – including pollution and health problems, overfishing, and impacts on ecosystems and wildlife – arising from the production of fishmeal and fish oil, principal ingredients in farmed salmon feed... Pat Thomas, editor of the Ecologist said: “Salmon are the tigers of the sea. They are predators and carnivores and raising them in captivity raises a number of significant problems, including how to feed them the high protein diets they require to stay healthy... 

Feeding the World Conference website
Ecologist magazine GM special issue
November 2008 – The Ecologist has published perhaps the best ever special edition magazine about Genetically Modified food and the issues around it.The editor, Pat Thomas writes, “Growing anxiety, growing concern, growing doubts, growing uncertainty. If you are one of a growing number of people who want to be heard on the subject of GM, and to find out how you can become involved in keeping the future GM-free, here are some places to start.”

Meat must be rationed to four portions a week, says report on climate change
30 September 2008 – People will have to be rationed to four modest portions of meat and one litre of milk a week if the world is to avoid run-away climate change, a major new report warns...

Ecostorm website
A solution to the food crisis? How one chicken might just change the world...
August 2008 – Set against a backdrop of rising global food prices, and the spread of factory farming in countries such as India, The Ecologist Film Unit – a major collaboration between Ecostorm and The Ecologist magazine – this month releases a film which tells the story of a food revolution in Southern India...
According to Ecologist editor Pat Thomas: “It’s important to see this story in its larger context. The globalised food system that most of us rely on is inherently unsustainable. It requires huge inputs of energy, and creates enormous amounts of pollution including greenhouse gases, and sickening amounts of waste.

Sunday Times
Vanity case: toxin-free beauty
31 August 2008 – ...Now we have some welcome guidance. In her new book, Skin Deep (Pan Macmillan £7.99), Pat Thomas, the editor of Ecologist, provides a thorough run-down of potentially harmful chemicals lurking in everyday beautifiers...

Ecostorm website
Former cihef goverment scientist brands Hehathrow third runway 'White Elephant ahead of climate camp
July 2008 – In an exclusive interview with the Ecologist Film Unit (EFU) Professor Sir David King has said that government plans to expand British airport capacity are both short-sighted and economically unsound. Sir David, until recently the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, said that the Government’s own policy of drastically reducing carbon emissions made nonsense of current proposals to expand airport capacity...

According to Ecologist editor Pat Thomas: “Sir David’s damning indictment of the UK government’s airport expansion plans is timely and most welcome...

The expert panel: Which is your favourite eco-escape?
6 July 2008 – Pat Thomas, editor, The Ecologist. A holiday has to work well on several levels - it's not just about where you go, but why you go, where you stay, what you eat, who you are with – which is why the unique, sustainable Welsh and French holiday properties run by Under the Thatch are so appealing...

Ecostorm website
Ecostorm joins forces with the Ecologist magazine to form specilist film unit
June 2008 – In a major new venture, Ecostorm has teamed up with The Ecologist magazine, the world’s most widely read environmental magazine, to launch the Ecologist Film Unit (EFU), which will make hard-hitting, investigative films to be streamed on the internet, broadcast on TV and at film festivals and events... Ecologist editor, Pat Thomas, said. “It will also offer an antidote to the kind of ‘tick-box’ environmental reporting of some mainstream news and provide a model of how print and online media can work effectively together to drive change”.

Suite 101
Organic, Local Produce or Fairtrade: Which is Best?
30 March 2008 – Pat Thomas, editor of The Ecologist – the world's most respected environmental affairs magazine – gives her opinion...  

London Evening Standard
We're making bottled water a museum piece 
12 March 2008 – London's biggest museums and galleries today backed the Evening Standard's Water On Tap campaign. They join hundreds of restaurants, cafés and clubs in providing customers with free tap water without prejudice... 

ODE Magazine
Give Bees a Chance
January/February 2008 – Reports of catastrophic declines in the bee population have scientists buzzing. Is it mites? GM crops? Mobile phones? Habitat loss? Here's what the plight of the humble bee says about our own relationship to nature. [Reprint of article in the Ecologist, see here].
Why our diets are a fat lot of good 
1 February 2008 – Food is a big problem these days. Not the lack of it, but a diet of endless choice, garnished with a generous dollop of confusion. Don't eat this. Do eat that. Stop worrying about X and begin worrying about Z...

Daily Mail

The question: What is a green-collar job?
27 January 2008 – "We need to make sure that we start jump-starting the jobs in this country again," Hillary Clinton said during a debate last week. "That's why I want to put money into clean-energy jobs, green-collar jobs." John Edwards said he would create 150,000 green-collar jobs a year, while Barack Obama said they were "central to my energy plan". Green collars have joined the employment wardrobe of blue collars...

A wish list for the planet 
3 January 2008 – Leo Hickman asks campaigners to share their new year resolutions, hopes and dreams for a better world ... Pat Thomas Editor, the Ecologist: This year I'm going to make a greater effort to talk to my teenage son about things that matter. Sex used to be the big taboo between parents and children. These days it is peak oil, climate change and resource wars. More parents need to admit what a mess we have made of things – and apologise – and then lead by example to help kids define themselves as something other than consumers and prepare for life in a world of increasingly finite resources...

‘Green fatigue' leads to fear of backlash over climate change
30 December 2007 – British people are now convinced about the dangers of global warming but are either baffled about how to stop it or are ignoring the issue.
Analysts say few people are taking action to deal with the threat of climate change, although over the past 12 months the vast majority have come to accept that it poses a real threat to the world. Opinion polls reveal much confusion among the public about what Britain should do to combat the problem...

London Evening Standard
The 1000 London’s Most Influential People 2007
30 November 2007 – No one can escape the growing influence of the eco-movement – and nor should they attempt to. As befits one of the biggest world cities, in terms of both influence and carbon footprint, London is attempting to change its ways . Here is our list of those in the capital leading the way... 

BBC News
End of the High Street Hunter-Gatherer?
23 Nov 2007 – Buy Nothing Day – an annual moratorium on shopping – has made little impression over the years. But campaigners marking this year's day of inaction, on Saturday, sense the tide is starting to turn.
The mere thought is almost enough to bring Maryann Poole out in a cold sweat – a day dedicated to not shopping... 

Despair has eaten into the British soul
31 October 2007 – It is a rough and tough culture shock to travel back to England from Australia at this time of the year. There it is springtime and the swallows have just arrived from the north; here the nights are closing in and the leaves are falling from the trees.

Running down life's ugly truths
28 October 2007 – They are the minor irritations of everyday life, liable to spark explosions of fury at any time. Perhaps global warming, war and poverty should provoke anger, but wheelie bins, litter and mobile phone ringtones are often the more likely triggers, says the Ecologist magazine.

The Ecologist: ''No one tells us what we can or can't print
15 October 2007 – Walking into the offices of The Ecologist is like walking into an oasis of calm: the noise and rubbish of Spitalfields Commercial Street are immediately replaced by a quiet ambience, plants, art-deco design and a fully equipped kitchen. Half-a-dozen members of staff are studiously working in the background...

Press Gazette
New editor for Ecologist as Goldsmith focusses on politics
13 September 2007 – Zac Goldsmith has appointed author and journalist Pat Thomas has his successor as editor environmental monthly The Ecologist...

Irish Times Magazine
Clean up the natural way
7 April 2007 – ... Klint read Cleaning Yourself to Death, a guide to the toxicity of household cleaners by Pat Thomas, and decided to make a change. She dumped her conventional products and began to research eco-friendly alternatives... "It was a turning point. I found recipes on the web and started making my own products.”

The flabbiest argument I ever heard
28 October 2006 –I have heard some hilarious excuses from fat people in my time, but the one rolled out in the last item of yesterday’s Today programme managed to flabbergast even me. Indeed, I dare say that obese people all over Britain were so delighted by this new chance to blame their condition on something other than their own moral turpitude that many of them choked on their cornflakes. Except that by 8.53am they had probably already wolfed down their cornflakes and were well onto their third plate of scrambled eggs and bacon with pancakes and maple syrup...

Daily Mail
Update on Herceptin
20 October 2006 – After a passionate campaign by breast cancer patients, the innovative drug herceptin must now be funded by the NHS for use in women with early stage disease. Sarah Stacey gives the lowdown on recent developments...

Eco worrier: feline hygiene
23 September 2006 – Q: I’m cutting back on the amount of chemicals used in my home. Is my cat litter tray a problem? There’s been much fuss (claws out, naturally) about scoop-able cat litter trays. Their advantage is that the clay ingredient, sodium bentonite, clumps together when wet...A new book by Pat Thomas, The Ecologist’s health editor, called What’s in This Stuff?... And “cats ingest the clay while cleaning their feet,” she says...

Daily Mail
Is your bubble bath safe?
5 September 2006 – Bath foam that triggers headaches. Shampoo full of cancer-causing chemicals. And shower gel that attacks your skin. As experts warn of the chemicals in our toiletries, we reveal the health hazards...

Daily Mail
Can toiletries actually kill?
4 September 2006 – We use toiletries every day with careless abandon. But are they really safe? Here, health and environmental journalist Pat Thomas reveals how such simple products as shower gel and shaving foam can have potentially devastating effects on our health...

Feeding Crime 
2 May 2006 – If governments really want to improve law and order, they should ban adverts for junk food.

Does television cause crime? The idea that people copy the violence they watch is debated endlessly by criminologists. But this column concerns an odder and perhaps more interesting notion: if crime leaps out of the box, it is not the programmes that are responsible as much as the material in between. It proposes that violence emerges from those blissful images of family life, purged of all darkness, that we see in the advertisements....In March this year the lead author of the 2002 report, Bernard Gesch, told the Ecologist magazine that “having a bad diet is now a better predictor of future violence than past violent behaviour. … Likewise, a diagnosis of psychopathy, generally perceived as being a better predictor than a criminal past, is still miles behind what you can predict just from looking at what a person eats.”

Irish Independent
Experts call for end to alternative health cover
4 September 2005 – Thousands of Irish people firmly believe that swallowing an inert tablet or drinking water said to possess the memory of a substance it once came into contact with will cure them of their ills.... Alternative health advocate and author of What Works, What Doesn't Pat Thomas dismissed The Lancet's study. She said: "Medical journals are prone to fads and they say one thing one week and another the next which they consider...

'The thought of not working would kill me'
11 June 2004 – A new survey says mothers are frustrated and stressed, torn between a career and family. But do we really want to ditch the job and stay at home? Marina Cantacuzino talks to women on the front line...Pat Thomas Is an author and editor of an alternative health newsletter. She is a single mother…

Nutrition Health Review
Whither the weather withering? an interview with Pat Thomas
Summer 2004 – Q. What is biometeorology? A. Biometeorology is a study of the way in which the weather affects natural systems. That can be plants, or humans, or animals, or what have you. My book focuses on the effects of weather on human systems...

Daily Mail
Feeling under the weather?
3 February 2004 – From hay fever, to winter colds, to sunburn, we all know that the weather affects our health. But to what extent?
According to a new book by Pat Thomas, the weather can contribute to respiratory problems, strokes and even heart attacks, and as many as one in three of us is 'weather sensitive'. Here is our complete guide to what exactly is happening to your body when you feel 'under the weather'...

Sunday Times (Scotland)
What to do when the bed bugs bite
4 January 2004 – ...and other hazards, according to a new book, Living Dangerously: Are everyday toxins making you sick? The author, Pat Thomas, is an environmental health campaigner and blacklists everything from television to loo cleaner and carpets... 

Men’s Health Forum
Even if you never parachute, scuba-dive or play in the Glasgow pub league, you could be living dangerously 
November 2003 – Pat Thomas is an expert in a field of health that no company or corporate wants to talk about and that most of the rest of us would prefer not to hear about. Is modern life, so dependent as it is on an explosion of technologies to which we’ve never had time to adapt, disrupting our hormones and slowly killing us. Offices and buildings, pesticides and pollutants, toxins and pylons are all put under Thomas's microscope, the case against them made on the basis of evidence and with none of the new age flannel that sometimes floats around this debate. Compelling stuff...

Fear of living dangerously
1 November 2003 – Beware: your home is packed with toxins...talking on your mobile and ordering a latte might seem ordinary 21st-century activities but nonetheless I am astonished to see Pat Thomas doing them when I meet her. After all, mobile phones and coffee are just two of the many things she demonises as environmental...

Irish Times
Could your home be making you sick?
10 October 2003 – Pat Thomas is repeatedly told that her new book, Living Dangerously: Are Everyday Toxins Making You Sick?, will incite panic. "But those who say this are assuming that people only operate in two modes, ignorance or panic, whereas I believe there are lots of states in between, such as bewilderment, a desire to ask questions, a reassessment of lifestyle and beliefs, anger and action," she says...

The 50 Best Books for New Parents

28 Septemer 2002 – Parenthood can turn life into a steep learning curve. Kate Calvert lists the books you need to smooth the way...

Daily Mail
How to fight your fear of childbirth
14 November 2001 – Women are more afraid of giving birth than ever before and are turning to Caesarian births instead. Here's how to ease your fears...

The rise and rise of eczema
27 May 2001 – It is hard to imagine anything more upsetting for a mother than finding her baby covered in blood. Yet for Deborah Walsh it was, at one time, a regular event. The natural assumption is that it must be a rare disease that can do this to child. But it's not. It's one we've all heard of – eczema – and there are many more mums like Deborah. The evidence is that this everyday skin disorder is becoming a nagging itch that modern medicine cannot soothe...

How a clean home can be a killer
25 February 2001 – Tens of thousands of Britons could suffer anything from chronic ill-health to early death because of toxic chemicals used in consumer products in homes, according to a new book.
Fewer than a quarter of the 70,000 chemicals used in toiletries and cleaning products have been subjected to a full safety investigation, while others, officially classed as hazardous waste, are frequently found in products from baby lotion to eye drops and cleaning fluids, according to Pat Thomas, author of Cleaning Yourself to Death...

Irish Times
The ingredients of your favourite scent could cost you your health
1 January 2005 – Before shelling out for expensive perfume, have you ever wondered just what makes that sexy smell? Chances are that it's a cocktail of less-than-sexy petroleum-based chemicals, some of which can trigger asthma or cause cancer, birth defects and nervous system disorders.

Irish Times
Do cleaners hide a toxic shock?
18 May 2001 – Air fresheners, all-purpose cleaners, bathroom cleaners, carpet cleaners, floor cleaners, glass and window cleaners, and drain cleaners are just some of the products used everyday in the workplace. But how safe are they?

Irish Times
Home Made
30 December 2000 – ...for anyone allergic to housework: in Cleaning Yourself to Death (Newleaf/Gill & Macmillan), Pat Thomas explains how many of the products with which we scrub, scour and sweat are composed of deadly toxins...

When push comes to shove 
8 May 1997 – "Now, when you feel that contraction, I want you to hold your breath and really push ... push hard, right down into your bottom ... right? Keep it going, keep pushing, push, push ... don't waste the contraction! If it's still there, give another push...

Notable Quotes
Quotes on Pregnancy 
“There has never been a time in history when simply being pregnant and giving birth has seemed so complicated. This is because there has never been a time in history when being a woman has seemed so complicated. Whatever gains we imagine we have made in work, in relationships and in the wider culture, the struggle to find a positive definition of what it is to be a woman, particularly in regard to our reproductive lives, is as intense as ever. Nowhere is that struggle felt as keenly as in the arena of pregnancy and birth.” - Pat Thomas, Alternative Therapies for Pregnancy and Birth

Channel 4 The Real Birth Show
Recommended Books 
Alternative Therapies for Pregnancy and Birth by Pat Thomas (Element Books, 2000) £9.99. Comprehensive guide that explains the benefits of the wide range of alternative treatments that can be used alongside conventional medicine.