Pick Your Poison: How Our Mad Dash to Chemical Utopia is Making Lab Rats of Us All

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 2, 2011 - Political Science - 272 pages
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How the chemicals in everyday products are killing us—and what the government is not doing about it

Did you know that "nontoxic" usually means "never tested"? Or that many green cleaners are good for the environment but terrible for you? Chemist and activist Monona Rossol goes from under your sink to the halls of the powerful, tracing America’s love affair with chemicals that kill, explaining how much worse the problem has gotten in the last decade. Shocking and appalling and completely reckless—that’s how she describes the current prevalence of harmful chemicals in our everyday lives. Scientists have started linking our increased rates of cancer, autism, obesity, and asthma (among others) to chemical exposure and Rossol points the finger directly at the companies and executives making millions of dollars by polluting our environment and introducing toxic chemicals into our bodies. She chronicles how everyday toxins get into our bodies and accumulate over time and provides us with inspiration to make changes at the checkout lines. She also explains that Americans are not nearly as well protected by our government as we might think we are. Unlike the European Union, the United States allows chemical companies to produce toxins for use in U.S. consumer products with little to no oversight. While her tone is wry and entertaining, she’s also well informed, and her fact-filled treatise makes for absolutely terrifying reading.

  • Includes surprising explanations about the chemicals in furniture, detergents, paints, makeup, toys, spray cleaners, ionic air purifiers, art supplies, and more
  • Reveals how many eco-friendly products are good for the environment but bad for your health
  • Exposes the truth about government regulations, product testing, and labeling, including why terms such as "nontoxic" (which often means "never tested"), "hypoallergenic," and "FDA-approved" can be misleading
  • Offers practical ways to reduce your exposure and protect yourself and your family

If you’re alarmed by the health risks of the many hazardous chemicals we encounter at home, work, and school, don’t get frightened, get informed. Read Pick Your Poison to learn the facts and find out what you can do about the daily onslaught of toxins that are making lab rats of us all.

  

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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

I was expecting a paranoid rant against the dangers of chemicals in modern manufacturing, and a return to 'all-natural things'. Instead, I was very pleasantly surprised. This was a well-reasoned and ... Read full review

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User Review  - CHE Sadaphal - Goodreads

Have you ever wondered what exactly goes into your food or to the chemical composition of common household products? This book is for you. It will forever change how you look at products deemed "Safe" and to the potentially toxic chemicals we all are unknowingly exposed to. Read full review

Contents

Dedication
Dying for Your Childs
Calling a Product Green Doesnt Make
AllNatural Doesnt Mean Safe Either
Why Not Just Use Soap?
Of WaII Paint and Face Paint
Your Air Filter May Be PoIIuting Your
Silver Socks Rocked by Toxic Shocker
Chemicals Known to the State
Dont Drive Yourself Crazy
Acknowledgments
Index
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

MONONA ROSSOL, an industrial hygienist, divides her time between inspecting work sites, training workers, and delivering expert testimony in court cases involving chemical exposure. She is the President and founder of Arts, Crafts and Theater Safety, Inc., and a regular guest on the Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC. She has lectured and consulted in the United States, Canada, Australia, England, Mexico, and Portugal.

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