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Body Toxic How the Hazardous Chemistry of Everyday Things Threatens Our Health and Well-Being

ISBN-10: 0865477469
ISBN-13: 9780865477469
Edition: 2009
Authors: Nena Baker
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Description: We are running a collective chemical fever that we cannot break. Everyone everywhere now carries a dizzying array of chemical contaminants, the by-products of modern industry and innovation that contribute to a host of developmental deficits and  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 7/21/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.572

We are running a collective chemical fever that we cannot break. Everyone everywhere now carries a dizzying array of chemical contaminants, the by-products of modern industry and innovation that contribute to a host of developmental deficits and health problems in ways just now being understood. These toxic substances, unknown to our grandparents, accumulate in our fat, bones, blood, and organs as a consequence of womb-to-tomb exposure to industrial substances as common as the products that contain them. Almost everything we encounterfrom soap to soup cans and computers to clothingcontributes to a chemical load unique to each of us. Scientists studying the phenomenon refer to it as "chemical body burden," and inThe Body Toxic, the investigative journalist Nena Baker explores the many factors that have given rise to this conditionfrom manufacturing breakthroughs to policy decisions to political pressure to the demands of popular culture. While chemical advances have helped raise our standard of living, making our lives easier and safer in many ways, there are costs to these conveniences that chemical companies would rather consumers never knew about. Baker draws back the curtain on this untold impact and assesses where we go from here.

Nena Baker is a former staff writer fornbsp;The Arizona Republic and The Oregonian.nbsp;Her award-winning investigation of Nike's Indonesian factories led to numersous improvements for workers.nbsp;

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