Let Them Eat Flax!: 62 All-New Commentaries on the Science of Everyday Food and Life

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ECW Press, Nov 23, 2005 - Science - 287 pages
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Do you know if your waiter sings in the bathroom? Or if the lady who whipped up the icing on your cake wore false fingernails? When was the last time you microwaved your dishcloth? Is your orange juice pasteurized? In Let Them Eat Flax!, award-winning author Dr. Joe Schwarcz explains why these are more important questions than whether you eat fresh or farmed salmon, whether genetically modified foods should be labeled, or whether fruits and vegetables harbor traces of pesticides. In Let Them Eat Flax!, Dr. Joe Schwarcz continues his crusade against purveyors
 

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Contents

Reefer Madness
145
Obsessions and Compulsions
150
Water Bottle Confusion
155
A Toxicological Nuance
159
Some Crooked Chemistry
162
The Cryonic Quest for Immortality
165
The Cold Facts About Antifreeze
168
Would You Like to See My Etchings?
172

Spare Me the Wheatgrass Enzymes
45
Functional FoodsFrom Cod Liver Oil to Vitaballs
49
Eating Shellac
52
Nasty Microbes
55
The French Paradox
59
Jittery Goats and Coffee Beans
62
To Label or Not to Label that Is the Question
66
Smoked Meat
69
Nutrigenomics
73
The Saga of Golden Rice
76
Pesticide Problems
80
Organic Agriculture
83
Bringing Piggies to Market
86
Calcium and Weight Loss
90
Learning from the Bushmen of the Kalahari
93
The Cheesecake Factory
96
A Bump for the Antioxidant Bandwagon
100
Vitamin E Doesnt Deliver Either
103
The Cold Facts about Vitamin C
108
A Cancer Treatment on Trial
112
The Cure for All Cancers
115
Praying for Health
119
Germs Germs Everywhere
122
Music and the Savage Breast
125
A Stink about Antiperspirants
128
The Dangers of Betel Beauties and FruitEating Bats
132
Murder by Toxin
135
The Prickly Problem of Acupuncture
139
Does She or Doesnt She?
175
It May Be an AlcoholBut Dont Drink the Methanol
181
Citius Altius Fortius
185
It Was the Strychnine
188
MercuryPretty but Nasty
191
Feeding the Soil
196
Ammonium NitrateMore than a Fertilizer
201
Chlorate and the Exploding Trousers
204
The Music of Copper Sulfate
207
Flying High with Aluminum
210
Blue Garlic and Gold Smudge
213
A Stable Mass of Bubbles
216
A Paper Trail
220
The Birth of the Pill
226
The Greatest Inventor
233
Peppers Ghost
236
Stradivarius or Nagyvaryus?
239
Its Dynamite
242
The PoxBoth Cow and Small
245
Tin Plague
248
Firebombs Bedpans and a Moldy Cantaloupe
252
Radar and Hot Coffee
258
Spontaneous Human Combustion
261
Forceful Sole Searching
265
Magical Hydrides
269
Natural Cures They Dont Want You to Know About
273
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About the author (2005)

Dr. Joe Schwarcz is the author of Dr. Joe & What You Didn't Know, The Fly in the Ointment, and That's the Way the Cookie Crumbles. He is a professor of chemistry and the director of the Office for Science and Society at McGill University in Montreal. He lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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