Are GMOs Safe? What the Science Tells Us
 – Sheldon Krimsky PhD

Free and Open to the Public, Thursday, October 8, 2015 

Wellesley Free Public Library, Wakelin Room 7-9 PM

If you are like me, you are confused about what to think about Genetically Modified Sheldon Krimsky PhDOrganisms (GMO’s)?  There is lots of “information” being distributed on the news, on the web, in public conversation about GMO’s that can leave one feeling confused as to what is true and what is hype! Some prominent scientists and policymakers assert with confidence that there is no scientific controversy over the health effects of GMOs—these GM crops are inherently safe and do not have to be tested. The scientific evidence, however, reveals a different story. The talk reveals how politics and corporate interests have distorted an honest look at the health and environmental effects of GMO crops.

If you want to get a better understanding , come find out for yourself so you can make your own decision. Sheldon Krimsky PhD has given this lecture in many venues including the Cambridge Public Library and the New York Public Library.  Now he is coming to Wellesley to present the information he has gathered about the GMO corn, soybean and cotton crops that are intimately tied into our food system.

If you are a parent or grandparent with young children, an adolescent or even a young adult, this is a not to be missed event!!  He is a leading expert on the research done to date on GMO’s and he gives a very informative, straight-forward and objective review of everything that he has gathered about this newer seed line.   While he has many lifetime accomplishments, including being the Lenore Stern Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Department of  Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning in the School of Arts & Sciences, Adjunct Professor in Public Health and Community  Medicine in the School of Medicine at Tufts University, the 2012-2014 Carol Zicklin Visiting Endowed Professorship in the Honors Academy and Professor of Philosophy at Brooklyn College, CUNY, adjunct professor in The New School, at Milano during the summer, as well as the author of 14 books and over 200 papers,  he is very down to earth, engaging, ethical, and an easy-to-follow  speaker.   Questions and answers will follow his talk.  Bring yourself, bring your family and bring your friends…There is no charge to attend and all are welcome!
Co-Sponsored by the Wellesley Free Library and Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project.

Mind-body Medicine for Cancer Prevention

THURSDAY, MAY 20th, 2015  7:00-8:30 PM

Wellesley Free Public Library, Wakelin Room

According to experts at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Dr. Ann WebsterBody Medicine, even when faced with the worst possible news from your doctor, some of your recovery may actually be in your own control.

Health psychologist Dr. Ann Webster was in the midst of a very different, thriving career when a loved one’s illness first brought her into the world of hospital care and the needs of people with a life-threatening diagnosis. It was an experience that changed her life.  Come hear Ann Webster’s talk on Mind/Body Medicine and learn more about the upcoming film Everything Matters

In 1987, Dr. Webster joined the staff of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind/Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. She serves as Director of the BHI Cancer Program, and on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, and maintains a demanding schedule as an author, lecturer, and teacher in addition to her patient care work.  Read more here on Dr. Ann Webster.Everything Matters

According to experts at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, even when faced with the worst possible news from your doctor, some of your recovery may actually be in your own control.  But thanks to a few simple, yet powerful techniques, people are not only surviving, but thriving, as they battle cancer.  Watch NewsCenter 5’s report

Webster first approached the filmmakers wanting the stories of some of her remarkable patients told. What she never imagined was being in front of the camera herself; her story and tireless commitment to those facing devastating illness form a central element this documentary film.

This lecture is sponsored by The Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project and the Wellesley Free Library and is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.

WCPP Announces SmartScan App for Apple iPhone

The Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project is excited to announce our new free iPhone app that helps you identify healthier choices for everyday items in your shopping cart.  We call it SmartScan and it is the only current app that enables you to Scan a product barcode and go. We are introducing this free on-line mobile application to allow families to immediately learn more about ingredients in the products they consider before they buy them from food to fertilizer to make-up; thus enabling them to make more intelligent choices.

WCPP SmartScan

Scan a product barcode and go – it’s easier than ever to know what is in the products you buy. Here is how it works: SmartScan checks ingredients against the SmartScan database of “potentially hazardous substances”, and ingredients that match the blacklist are given a “hazard rating” derived from the NFPA704 standard, California Proposition 65 list with some gaps filled in with Wikipedia resources. If no harmful ingredients are found, an “All Clear” notice is displayed.

“As one of the beneficiaries of last year’s Turkey Trot, our Board of Directors discussed the best use of the funds for the benefit of our community in your ongoing efforts to reach more people quickly with helpful health information, which is a core part of our mission. Instead of printing old-school style flyers, we decided an application for smart phones could better provide quick and easily accessible research on healthy products” commented Theresa Keresztes, Board of Directors with the Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project.  The result was an application that is apparently the only app that tells you what ingredients are potentially unsafe or harmful – from the supermarket to the hardware store.

We are pleased with the results and especially impressed with the two former Wellesley High School students; Davis Foster and Nicholas Perretti who worked tirelessly to bring our idea to life completing the app in record time for their Senior project last spring.  We are grateful for their timely efforts, dedication and level of professionalism. “Working with Davis and Nick was like working with seasoned technology consultants whom I have worked with during my career in technology and they are just getting started!  We wish them all the best at the Rochester Institute of Technology where they have begun their Freshman year.” said Linda Griffith, President of the Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project.

To download SmartScan to your iPhone or other Apple device and learn more about the app pictured above, you may access it here in the upper right margin of our home page @

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