David Steinman

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
David Steinman
David Steinman photo.jpg
David Steinman in 2006.
Alma materColumbia University
University of Oregon
OccupationJournalist, Environmentalist, Author
Notable work
Diet for a Poisoned Planet

David Steinman is an environmentalist, journalist, consumer health advocate, publisher and author. He has published five books focusing largely on environmental, dietary, and consumer safety issues, including Diet for a Poisoned Planet in 1990, he is the founder of the publishing company, Freedom Press, which publishes Healthy Living Magazine, and he also operated an online radio show entitled, Green Patriot Radio.


Steinman earned his undergraduate degree from Columbia University before earning a Master's degree in journalism from the University of Oregon.[1]


In 1985 while writing for LA Weekly,[2] David Steinman learned that fish in the Santa Monica Bay were tainted with DDT and PCBs,[3] he organized a research team from Loma Linda University that found levels of DDT and PCBs were elevated in the blood of local sport fishermen (including himself).[2] He wrote an article about his findings for the Weekly entitled, "Poisoned Fish, Poisoned Fishermen.".[4]

In February 1986, Steinman was invited to testify as an expert witness before the Congressional Subcommittee on Health and the Environment chaired by Henry Waxman, he shared his findings about the environmental contamination of fishers from Santa Monica Bay and the levels of contamination in locally-sold seafood.[4] The findings of his research team from Loma Linda University were also published in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry in 1989.[5]

In 1990, he published his first book, Diet for a Poisoned Planet, which discussed, among other things, how to avoid foods that may have been contaminated with pesticides and what pesticides could do to human bodies. Soon after its release, the book garnered criticism from organizations like the California Raisin Advisory Board and the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) for its "alarmist" views; the California Raisin Advisory Board spent $558,000 on a campaign to denounce findings in the book. ACSH founder, Elizabeth Whelan, termed the book a "threat to national security." Steinman himself said that he believed the industry was "conspiring against" him to discredit his research.[6][7]

In 1995, Steinman co-authored The Safe Shopper's Bible with Samuel Epstein; the book provided information on which foods, cosmetics, toiletries, and other household products did or did not have carcinogens or other toxins.[8]

In 2007, Steinman commissioned a study on shampoos and bath products that showed that some were contaminated with the carcinogenic compound, 1,4-dioxane,[9] he commissioned a second study in 2008 that revealed that 47 out of 100 soaps, shampoos and other consumer products labeled "natural" or "organic" had detectable levels of the compound.[10] By that time, Steinman had begun publishing Healthy Living Magazine via his publishing company, Freedom Press.[9][11][12]

In 2010, Steinman created the online radio show, Green Patriot Radio, which he also hosted.[13] Steinman ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in California's 33rd congressional district in 2012 as a Green Party candidate, running against incumbent Democratic candidate Henry A. Waxman and others.[14] Steinman lost in the June 2012 nonpartisan blanket primary, coming in sixth place with 3.5% of the vote.[15]


Publication year Title Original publisher ISBN Notes
1990 Diet for a Poisoned Planet Harmony Books ISBN 1-56025-922-1 Seattle Times Bestseller.[6]
1995 The Safe Shopper's Bible Macmillan ISBN 0-02-082085-2 Co-written with Samuel Epstein
1996 Living Healthy in a Toxic World Perigee Trade ISBN 0-399-52206-9 Co-written with Michael Wisner
1998 The Breast Cancer Prevention Program Macmillan ISBN 0-02-862634-6 Co-written with Samuel Epstein
2007 Safe Trip to Eden Running Press ISBN 1-56025-806-3


  1. ^ "David Steinman". WebMD. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b Stauber, John; Rampton, Sheldon (1995). Toxic Sludge is Good For You: Lies, Damn Lies and the Public Relations Industry. Common Courage Press. ISBN 978-1567510614.
  3. ^ Ferrell, David (February 11, 1986). "Researchers Find Tainted Fish in L.A. Markets". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Health implications of toxic chemical contamination of the Santa Monica Bay: hearing before the Subcommittee on Health and the Environment of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives, Ninety-ninth Congress, second session, February 10, 1986". February 10, 1986. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  5. ^ Gossett, Richard; Wikholm, Gary; Ljunbenkov, John; Steinman, David (October 1989). "Human Serum DDT Levels Related To Consumption of Fish from the Coastal Waters of Los Angeles". Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 8 (10): 951–955. doi:10.1002/etc.5620081014.
  6. ^ a b Bloyd-Peshkin, Sharon (February 1991). "Diet for a Poisoned Pen". Vegetarian Times. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  7. ^ Puzo, Daniel P. (29 November 1990). "The New Naturalism : Controversy Eats at 'Diet for a Poisoned Planet'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  8. ^ Current Biography Yearbook. H.W. Wilson Company. 2001.
  9. ^ a b Cone, Marla (9 February 2007). "Testing finds traces of carcinogen in bath products". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  10. ^ Cone, Marla (14 March 2008). "Popular 'green' products test positive for toxicant". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  11. ^ Bloomfield, Rose (25 April 2012). "David Steinman Endorsed by Major Libertarian Robert Scott Bell". Patch. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  12. ^ Marroquin, Art (6 May 2012). "Congressional veteran Henry Waxman faces slate of newcomers in South Bay's realigned 33rd District". Daily Breeze. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Green Patriot Radio". TuneIn. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  14. ^ Art Marroquin, Rep. Janice Hahn beats Rep. Laura Richardson in South Bay Democrat-vs.-Democrat battle, Daily Breeze (June 5, 2012).
  15. ^ Statement of Vote: United States Representative by District, 33rd Congressional District, Presidential Primary Election - Statement of Vote, June 5, 2012. Secretary of State of California.

External links[edit]