Environment & Health

Varda has published in scholarly and popular venues, worked in all media, and consulted to a variety of clients over the years. Selected works from her writing and a few examples of consulting reports in environment, health, reproductive and genetic technologies and health policy can be found on this page.



Water Inc. Novel. Verso Books, London (UK), 2005; McArthur & Co, Toronto, 2006; subsequently translated and published in Montreal (French), Munich (German), Seoul (Korean) and Belgrade (Serbian.)

Waters_6649sm“I could not put Water Inc. down… It’s a fantastic read, a heart-pounding eye-opener for Americans, full of great characters, romance, damning eco-facts; a political thriller and spiller that will grab you and hold you in bed late at night or at the beach. Refreshing, hard-hitting and full of hope all at once.” Laura Flanders, host of The Laura Flanders Show on Air America, and author of Bush Women.





Recognition, Inclusion and Equity – The Time is Now: Perspectives of Ontarians Living with Environmental Sensitivities/Multiple Chemical Sensitivities Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. Myalgic Encephalomyetis Association Of Ontario (http://meao.ca/ ) and project for an Ontario Centre of Excellence in Environmental Health (http://recognitioninclusionandequity.org/). 2013. A major report for a collaborative of patients, health providers and government addressing current state of lack of care (qualitative survey of patients’ experience, needs, gaps in services) for people living with chronic, environmentally-linked illnesses; special analysis of women’s, children’s, stigmatization and ES/MCS issues; in-depth exploration of proposed model of care and delivery; in-depth discussion of issues in barrier removal across government and society.

Recognition, Inclusion and Equity Website, content and design (http://recognitioninclusionandequity.org/), for the project for an Ontario Centre of Excellence in Environmental Health

Policy Implications of Health Harms of Chemicals to Women. With M. Anne Phillips, Ph.D. Policy Conference of Women’s Health Network, Health Canada and Environment Canada. Ottawa, February 26, 2009.

A World Fit for Children. Child Honoring. Raffi Cavoukian and Sharna Olfman, eds. Foreword by the Dalai Lama. Praeger 2006. Toxic World, Troubled Minds (with David Fenton). No Child Left Behind, Sharna Olfman, ed. Praeger, 2005. Techno-Environmental Assaults on Childhood in America (with Gary Sampson). Childhood Lost: How American Culture is Failing our Kids. Sharna Olfman, ed. Praeger 2005.

New Ideas in Sickness and Health. Two hour-long documentaries on environmental illness and iatrogenic illness. Ideas. CBC Radio 1984. First in-depth presentation of ‘Environmental Illness’ (today known as MCS) in Canada, at a national level.


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