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Chasing Molecules: Poisonous Products, Human Health, and the Promise of Green Chemistry

Each day, headlines warn that baby bottles are leaching dangerous chemicals, nonstick pans are causing infertility, and plastic containers are making us fat. What if green chemistry could change all that? What if rather than toxics, our economy ran on harmless, environmentally-friendly materials? Elizabeth Grossman, an acclaimed journalist who brought national attention to the contaminants hidden in computers and other high tech electronics, now tackles the hazards of ordinary consumer products. She shows that for the sake of convenience, efficiency, and short-term safety, we have created synthetic chemicals that fundamentally change, at a molecular level, the way our bodies work. The consequences range from diabetes to cancer, reproductive and neurological disorders. Yet it's hard to imagine life without the creature comforts current materials provide - and Grossman argues we do not have to. A scientific revolution is introducing products that are 'benign by design', developing manufacturing processes that consider health impacts at every stage, and is creating new compounds that mimic rather than disrupt natural systems. Through interviews with leading researchers, Grossman gives us a first look at this radical transformation. Green chemistry is just getting underway, but it offers hope that we can indeed create products that benefit health, the environment, and industry.

Clean, Green, and Lean: Get Rid of the Toxins That Make You Fat

A renowned naturopathic doctor shows you how to get lean and be green while helping to save the planet.

Now you can lose weight and be good to the environment, too—without starvation diets, calorie counting, complicated meal plans, or even having to exercise. Dr. Walter Crinnion, a naturopathic doctor and environmental medicine physician, shows you how to clean up your diet and clear out your body and home to eliminate unwanted pounds and toxins from your life. You′ll be able to get rid of nagging health problems such as allergies and fatigue and enjoy greater energy and a greener planet. Clean, Green, and Lean:

  • Shares an effective program to shed pounds and stay healthy by getting rid of toxins in your body and your life in just four weeks
  • Combines losing weight with being good to the environment
  • Can help reduce aches and pains, depression, and other health problems
  • Is written by one of the country′s foremost authorities on environmental medicine who has appeared on The View and other programs

If you′re serious about losing weight and safeguarding your health, follow the expert advice of Dr. Crinnion and start getting clean, green, and lean today.

Cleanse Your Body, Clear Your Mind

Modern life is toxic. The average person accumulates more than 700 harmful chemicals in his or her body, making us fat, sick, and tired. But there's a safe, simple solution that brings noticeable results in as little as ten days.

Debunking the myth that you have to drink odd concoctions or eat weird food to jump-start your body's natural detoxification, the clinically proven plan in this book eases symptoms from chronic ailments like allergies and autoimmune diseases as well as daily annoyances such as brain fog, fatigue, and insomnia-without strictly restricting your diet or lifestyle.

Complete with a symptom-specific quiz that helps target specific areas for improvement, Dr. Morrison's customizable, inexpensive program helps reverse the symptoms of toxicity, drop excess weight, and keep your body healthy.

Detoxification and Healing: The Key to Optimal Health

Detoxification promotes wellness by ridding the body of poisons that can lead to a host of health problems ranging from fatigue and depression to cancer and diabetes. This revised edition of the popular nutrition-based health guide presents new advice and up-to-date information on detoxification and healing.

In clear language, the author, Doctor Sidney Baker MD, explains body chemistry, how detoxification works, and why it is so important. He discusses new medications, vitamin and mineral supplements, delayed food allergies, the dangers of mercury and aluminum poisoning, and much more.

"Detoxification and Healing is at the leading edge of its field . . . destined, I believe, to move into the mainstream of medical practice treating toxins and their link to immunology and neurobiology . . . a pioneering opus of great importance." --Charles Lee Remington, Lecturer and Professor Emeritus in Biology and Environmental Studies, Yale University

Diagnosis: Mercury: Money, Politics & Poison

A voyage of discovery that led this idealistic physician into the murky waters of corporate cover-ups and conflicting science, bemused colleagues and corrupt officials, mass poisonings and what may be a widespread but obstinately unrecognised problem for ordinary consumers. I defy anyone not to be angry by the end of this book. --New Scientist

One morning in 2000, Dr. Jane Hightower walked into her surgery to find a patient with disturbing symptoms she couldn't explain. The woman was nauseated, tired, and had difficulty concentrating, but a litany of tests revealed no apparent cause. She was not alone. Dr. Hightower saw numerous patients with similar, inexplicable ailments, and eventually learned that there were many more incidents around the world. They had little in common - except a healthy appetite for certain fish. In 'Diagnosis: Mercury', Dr. Hightower retraces her investigation into the modern prevalence of mercury poisoning, revealing how political calculations, dubious studies, and industry lobbyists endanger our health. While mercury is a naturally occurring element, she learns there's much that is unnatural about this poison's prevalence in our seafood.

Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry

Lead in lipstick? 1,4 dioxane in baby soap? Coal tar in shampoo? How is this possible? Simple. The $35 billion cosmetics industry is so powerful that they've kept themselves unregulated for decades. Not one cosmetic product has to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration before hitting the market. Incredible? Consider this: The European Union has banned more than 1,100 chemicals from cosmetics. The United States has banned just 10. Only 11 percent of chemicals used in cosmetics in the US have been assessed for health and safety - leaving a staggering 89 percent with unknown or undisclosed effects; Over 70 percent of all personal care products may contain phthalates, which are linked to birth defects and infertility; Many baby soaps are contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical 1,4 dioxane.It's not just women who are affected by this chemists' brew. Shampoo, deodorant, face lotion and other products used daily by men, women and children contain hazardous chemicals that the industry claims are "within acceptable limits". But there's nothing acceptable about daily multiple exposures to carcinogenic chemicals - from products that are supposed to make us feel healthy and beautiful. "Not Just a Pretty Face" delves deeply into the dark side of the beauty industry, and looks to hopeful solutions for a healthier future. This scathing investigation peels away less-than-lovely layers to expose an industry in dire need of an extreme makeover.

Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things

This is one scary book. Using a variety of test methods, the authors determined individual “body burdens,” or the toxic chemical load we carry. The innocuous rubber duck, for example, offers a poison soup of phthalates that “permeate the environment and humans.” From other products and food, we also have a collection of chemicals shorthanded as PFCs, PFOAs, PSOSs, and PCBs. None of them are good, and they are everywhere, thanks to Teflon (which drew the largest administrative penalty against a company ever obtained by the EPA), Stainmaster, nonflammable pajamas, tuna (hello, mercury), and, would you believe, antibacterial products. The legacy of our chemically addicted society is not just all around us but also inside us, and it is killing us, as the Teflon case proved. (Workers in West Virginia believed that “having a high-paying job often meant getting sick,” and many were reluctant to sue and possibly scare DuPont away.) Poised between chirpy green-living manuals and dense academic papers, Smith and Bruce Lourie have crafted a true guide for the thinking consumer. If readers don’t change their ways after reading this one, then they never will. --Colleen Mondor

Toxic Beauty: How Cosmetics and Personal-Care Products Endanger Your Health... and What You Can Do

Splashy ads and commercials for personal care products are everywhere we turn, promising to keep our appearances fresh and our partners satisfied.

But do consumers really know what they’re applying to their faces and bodies in their quests for youth and beauty? Do they know the health risks they’re taking by simply applying lipstick, face moisturizer or deodorant? Toxic cosmetics and personal care products clutter the shelves at retail stores everywhere, and consumers don’t know the avoidable risks they’re taking by following a simple beauty regimen.

Written by Dr. Samuel S. Epstein, a founder and chairperson of the Cancer Prevention Coalition, Toxic Beauty gives the lowdown on salon safety, health risks hiding in everyday products, how we put our children in danger and more. Toxic Beauty will also educate you and your family on easily implemented solutions through the use of a variety of positive alternatives.