Naturally Dangerous Surprising Facts about Food, Health and the Environment

ISBN-10: 1891389092
ISBN-13: 9781891389092
Edition: 2001
Authors: James P. Collman
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Description: Full of surprising anecdotes, curious facts and historical oddities, this book connects observations from our everyday lives to the scientific principles that explain them. The author has avoided scientific jargon and mathematics.

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Book details

List price: $39.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University Science Books
Publication date: 8/1/2001
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 280
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Full of surprising anecdotes, curious facts and historical oddities, this book connects observations from our everyday lives to the scientific principles that explain them. The author has avoided scientific jargon and mathematics.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Illustration Credits
Overture: Is Anything Safe?
Exaggerated Health Scares and Scientific Ignorance
Chemicals Lurking in Your Grocery Store
Proteins and Amino Acids
Essential amino acids
Protein diets
Carbohydrates
Artificial sweeteners
Bread and Cereals
Fats
Trans fats
Fat substitutes
Chocolate
Asparagus
Foods Rich in Oxalate
Flowers
Vegemite
Spices: Ancient Herbal Antibiotics
Flavor Enhancers
Natural Toxins in Food (Even Vegetables Can Be Dangerous)
Organic Foods
Is America Ready for High-Tech Dining?
Choosing between natural and genetically modified foods and medicine
Smoked Meats and Fish
Beware of Jerky (Trichinosis from Wild Game)
Alcoholic Beverages
The Pharmacy
Prescription Drugs
Contraindicated Drug Combinations
Antibiotics, Good News and Bad
Over-the-Counter Medications
Medicines and Drugs Derived from Plants
Marijuana (cannabis)
Opium
Morphine
Heroin
Codeine
Cocaine
Synthetic narcotics
Quinine
Taxol
Is "Health Food Store" an Oxymoron?
Herbal Medicines
Vitamins
Hormone Supplements
Melatonin
Steroid hormones
Peptide hormones
Performance-Enhancing Drugs
Infectious Agents: Are All Microorganisms Bad?
Viruses
Bacteria
Fungi
Algae
Lesser-Known Microorganisms
Mad-Cow and Related Prion Diseases
Cancer and the Environment
Cancer and Risk Assessment
The Delaney clause
The Immune System: Jekyll and Hyde
Examples of the Role of Microorganisms and the Immune System in History
Nature Is Elemental
Metals
Lithium
Sodium and potassium
Beryllium, magnesium, and calcium
Chromium
Iron
Cobalt
Copper
Zinc
Aluminum
Lead
Mercury
Thallium
Nonmetallic Elements
Boron
Carbon
Nitrogen
Phosphorus
Arsenic
Oxygen
Sulfur
Selenium
Fluorine
Chlorine
Iodine
Radon
Natural and Unnatural Molecules in the Environment
Perilous Natural Toxins
Aphrodisiacs
Pheromones
Man-Made Chemicals in the Environment
Insecticides
Gasoline additives
Is the Sky Falling??
Acid Rain
Global Warming and the Greenhouse Effect
The greenhouse gases
Water vapor
Carbon dioxide
Methane
Freons
Nitrous oxide, laughing gas
Other natural causes of global warming
The Ozone Hole
Dust, Magnets, and Scuba Diving
Small Particles (Dust Can Be Dangerous)
Electromagnetic Fields (Are Electric Blankets Dangerous?)
Sunlight
Chemical photosensitivity
Inherited photosensitivity
Underwater Dangers (Scuba Diving)
We Are All Radioactive!
Radiation in Nature
Irradiation of Food
Epilogue: There Is No Free Lunch!
Further Reading
Glossary
Index

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