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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade; 1st edition (August 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399522069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399522062
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #436,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

"We now use more than 50,000 chemicals in daily living," state the authors in the introduction to this ill-prepared call to arms. Steinman (Diet for a Poisoned Planet) and Wisner, described as a detoxification expert, proceed to discuss ways to reduce dependency on potentially harmful chemicals, but they fail to distinguish between those that are beneficial and those that are damaging. The good tips here, such as the "Grandma's Pantry" concoctions that can substitute for commercial cleaners, are diminished by a wiseacre tone and alarmist statements: the authors equate gassing one's home for termites with "letting Saddam Hussein loose in the kid's playroom with a 55-gallon chemical drum." Chapters relate the dangers present around the home and in the workplace. Suggested alternatives are listed in sections called "Simple Things to Do," e.g., "Get yourself and your kids on a healthy diet" and "Make sure your child's school is tested for lead." The authors adopt points of view associated with Scientology and list L. Ron Hubbard's Bridge Publications as the first resource for drug detoxification. While there are some sound, specific tips here for less-toxic living, the authors' tone and consistent hammering at government and industry deception devalue this effort.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

David Steinman is the acclaimed environmentalist, health consumer advocate and author who founded the Green Patriotism movement. His major books include Diet for a Poisoned Planet (1990), The Safe Shopper's Bible (1995), Living Healthy in a Toxic World (1996), and Safe Trip to Eden: Ten Steps to Save the Planet Earth from the Global Warming Meltdown (2007), the book that introduces the concept of Green Patriotism.

In 1986, Steinman testified before Congress as an expert witness on the levels of chemical contaminants in the blood of fishermen and women eating locally caught fish from the Santa Monica Bay. His landmark human blood study, published in the Journal of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, led to the historic local movement to clean up the Santa Monica Bay. From 1989 to 1991, Steinman represented the public interest as a member on the safe seafood committee of the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine where he advised Congress on safe seafood legislation and coauthored Seafood Safety (National Academy Press, 1991).

Since 1996, Steinman has been an advisory board member for The Green Guide Institute, a national non-profit, organization for consumer research and information run by Wendy Gordon Rockefeller. In 1997, Steinman founded Freedom Press, a publishing house for environmental and health books and magazines, and he is editor-in-chief of the popular national magazine The Doctors' Prescription for Healthy Living.

In 2000, Steinman served as Chairman of Citizens for Health, a national nonprofit consumer advocacy group known as the voice of the natural health consumer.

Since Diet was published in 1990, Steinman has been a popular consumer health advocate in the media on TV, radio and in the press. He has won awards for his reporting from the California Newspaper Publishers Association, the Sierra Club, and the Society of Professional Journalists ('Best of the West: Environment and Natural Resources Reporting').

David Steinman is married with three children and lives in California.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sean Burke on November 6, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I learned a great deal reading this book. The authors presented the information in a very easy format to understand and I found myself learning the things I wanted to learn very quickly. Best of all they give great resources to order products and learn more. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about the toxins in our life and how to avoid them.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 9, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Perhaps the previous reviewer should have read the whole book, and not just the forward. Although Kirstie Alley was a contributor without much credentials, the book itself was great. The authors provide an easy, readable, "how-to" book, particularly for those new to the concepts of toxicity and healthy change. I would definitely recommend it, and have ordered two additional copies for members of my family!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Although this is information is now a few years old, I can only imagine that things haven't changed. This book gives quite a bit of insight on how disgusting corporate drug, chemical, and even cosmetic companies are and the harmful, un-renewable resources they abuse. Not to mention beneficial advice on the importance of organic ingredients and whole foods. This book scared me enough to keep me away from fruits, vegetables, meat, and dairy products that are maintained with pesticides. I am more aware in many ways because of this book, however is does leave me with some unanswered questions.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 19, 1999
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This is a useful book, packed with information but written in a somewhat choppy manner. Additionally the unfortunately "cute" chapter headings and overall humorous tone of the book detract somewhat from the importance of the text.
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