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Health threat is topic of Aug. 8 Medina talk

By Bob Downing Published: July 24, 2012

A physician from southwest Ohio will speak on the effect of toxic chemicals from hydraulic fracturing or fracking on human health on Aug. 8.

Dr. Deborah Cowden, president of the Greene County Medical Society, will speak on "The Effects of Fracking Toxins on the Body (Fracking Does a Lot to the Environment but What Does It Do to the Body?)"

Her talk will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Unity Life Enrichment Center @ Williams on the Lake, 787 Lafayette Road, Medina.

The program is being presented by the Concerned Citizens of Medina County and is designed for the public, first responders, health-care professionals and elected officials.

Kerry Mathias of Precision Analytical will also give a presentation on water testing.

Admission is free. For more details, go to



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