Hundred-Year Lie How to Protect Yourself from the Chemicals That Are Destroying Your Health

ISBN-10: 0452288398

ISBN-13: 9780452288393

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Description: In a devastating expos in the tradition of "Silent Spring" and "Fast Food Nation," investigative journalist Randall Fitzgerald warns how thousands of man-made chemicals in our food, water, medicine, and environment are making humans the most polluted species on the planet. A century ago in 1906, when Congress enacted the Pure Food and Drug Act, Americans were promised better living through chemistry. Fitzgerald provides overwhelming evidence to shatter this myth, and many others perpetrated by the chemical, pharmaceutical, and processed foods industries. In the face of this national health crisis, Fitzgerald also presents informed and practical suggestions for what we can do to turn the tide and live healthier lives. Consider this: The average American carries a body burden of 700 synthetic chemicals Chemicals in tap water can cause reproductive abnormalities and hermaphroditic birth A 2005 study of lactating women in eighteen U.S. states found perchlorate (a toxic component of rocket fuel) in practically every mothers breast milk

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/26/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946

When he's not busy writing novels, Randall likes to write about himself in the third person and pretend it's not weird.A former programmer and cheese burglar, Randall fled the law to sunny Los Angeles where he shies away from telling people he's a writer when they ask what he does for a living. Sometimes he says voice acting, sometimes he says what he used to do, sometimes he just hits them really hard in the knee and runs away before they realize what's happened.Either way, he's eternally grateful that you're even reading THIS much. Seriously. He told me so.

Introduction: What Are We Doing to Ourselves?
Down the Rabbit Hole
Reading the Signs
Myths We Cherish: Toxicity Is Someone Else's Problem
The Government Knows What Is Safe
There Is Truth In Labeling
The Poison Is in the Dose
We Can Handle the Body Burden
Playing Biological Roulette
From the Womb to the Grave
The Hidden Role of Synergies
Clues to a Health Mystery
Our Five Toxic Phases of Life
Your Personal Toxicity Test
A History of the Hundred-Year Lie
Strangers in a Strange Land
Wizards of Oz: The Food Industry
Let's Throw a Dinner Party
We Have Become What We Eat
How We Lost the Nutrients
Myths We Cherish: Food Additives Are Harmless
Artificial Sweeteners Are Safe
Pet Food Is Harmless
NASA Has Perfected Synthetic Food
Toxic Threats in Our Food
Toxic Threats in Our Water
sorcerer's Apprentices: The Drug and Medical Industries
Nature's Gift Abused
Myths We Cherish: The Government Insures That Drugs Are Safe
One Dose Fits All
Fluoridated Water Is Healthy for Us
We Get All the Vitamins We Need
Vaccinations Are Always Beneficial
Drugs Have Extended Our Life Spans
Overmedicating Our Children
The Marketing of Disease
We No Longer Know What to Expect
Are We Becoming a Mutant Species?
Canaries in a Coal Mine
Myths We Cherish: Plastics Are Harmless
Everything Is Normal
Animal Testing Predicts Human Health
Evolution or Extinction?
Learning to Protect Ourselves
Beyond Apocalypse Now
Our Health is Naturally Occurring
Pure Food Is Good Medicine
The Medicinal Wonder Foods
Myths We Cherish: Only Drugs Can Treat Depression
Food Doesn't Cause Violence
Only Drugs Can Relieve Pain
Placebos Don't Really Heal
Organic Food Is Always Pure
Centenarians Are Genetic Anomalies
Nature Is Our Best Pharmacy
When Western Medicine Fails
Myths We Cherish: Ancient Physicians Were Unsophisticated
Ancient Remedies Are Unscientific
Rediscovering Ancient Wisdom Traditions
Bringing It All Home
Afterword: A Detox Journey
How to Detoxify Yourself
Modern Science Affirms Ancient Cures
Postscript: More Evidence to Penetrate Our Denial
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index
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