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Michelle Whitmer

Joining the team in February 2008 as a writer and editor, Michelle Whitmer has translated dense medical information into patient-friendly prose at for more than six years. She focuses solely on asbestos and mesothelioma, and her articles on these topics are published in newspapers and magazines across the country. The New York Times even quoted her on the dangers of asbestos exposure.

Michelle helped receive HONcode certification - a designation reserved for the Web's best sources of medical information. Her dedication to accuracy and clarity has helped the site earn praise from medical authorities like the American Lung Association and mesothelioma specialists.

Featured on podcasts and in medical publications, Michelle serves as an authority on mesothelioma and advocates for people affected by asbestos-related disease. Part of her advocacy work includes participating in's monthly mesothelioma support group and answering the public's questions about asbestos exposure.

Prior to joining, Michelle worked in the magazine industry for five years as a journalist and copy editor. She studied English and science while at Rollins College and graduated with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. Michelle is a certified yoga instructor, a member of the American Holistic Medical Association, and pursues ongoing education in natural medicine.


Recent Articles by Michelle Whitmer

Top 5 Places You Will Encounter Asbestos in the Workplace

Asbestos and asbestos containing materials are not entirely banned in the US. Find out what common products may contain asbestos and how to ensure that you are not at risk.

Top 5 Ways for Construction Workers to Avoid Asbestos Exposure on the Job

Everyday many workers in the construction industry are exposed to asbestos. Avoiding exposure to asbestos containing material is one of the first steps in prevention of asbestos-related diseases. Learn how to avoid asbestos exposure on the jobsite.

Asbestos: Frequently Asked Questions

In the '70s and ’80s, asbestos was regularly making the news because studies were confirming the mineral’s toxicity and the effects were serious: Asbestos was being connected to pulmonary disorders and aggressive cancers. The lack of media attention arou