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Our Toxic World: A Wake Up Call Paperback – October, 2003
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Of course the book is not just about all the problems of toxins but also includes sound advice on how to choose safer products and protect yourself. She also dedicates several chapters to discussing wildlife research data and lab data. While this is interesting information to a point, she includes so much detail and so many examples that it starts to read like a research paper instead of a book for the general public.
I did like her summarizing statement that we are creating stronger more chemically-resistant pests and weeds and weaker, more unhealthy humans. In addition to the toxins she also discusses genetic engineering and the potential health problems it may cause. If you are concerned about the toxic environment and how it may be affecting your health you will be hard pressed to find a more informative, better-documented book than "Our Toxic World".
Chapter 1 titled, "Chemicals and Pesticides Can Hurt You and Those You Love" lays the groundwork for the whole book. The next Chapter, "How Can You Tell If Chemicals Hurt You?" describes the symptoms of illnesses set off by chemicals. The next chapter deals with methods of prevention to exposure and other actions to be taken after exposure. Chapter 4 explores in detail, whether the chemicals can affect the behavior, activity and learning etc. of children. Chapter 5 deals with a very important aspect of pollution, namely the effect on sex, including feminisation, masculinisation, infertility etc., in animals and humans.
Chapters 6 to 10 study the extent of the contamination, what one can do to minimise the effects, the ineffectiveness of the present governmental efforts in USA etc. Then follows a summary of the entire book and some useful Appendices.
One may or may not agree with the alarmist approach of Dr.Rapp, but there is no doubt that environmental health has become a major area for further research. If you or your loved ones, friends etc. are suffering from severe allergies and other vague illnesses, it may be useful to check out whether any of the common pollutants could be the reason.
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That is how I felt. Until I read the book. What an eye opener!
I happen to be one who rarely gets sick, and recovers quickly when I do. I also tend to opt for a healthier life style. However, there is a family history of cancer.
In reading this book, I realized that there is even more that I need to be doing to protect myself and my family. Dr. Rapp has done a considerable amount of research and shares her findings with the reader. Research references are listed at the end of each chapter for those wanting to learn even more.
If you own a home you need to read this book. If you rent a home or apartment, you need to know the information in this book. If you golf or live near a golf course, this book is for you. If you have children or grandchildren in school, consider reading this book.
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A LOT OF GREAT INFORMATION THAT PROBABLY VERY FEW OF US ARE AWARE OF. THERE IS SO MUCH TOXICIDY AROUND US THAT IT IS UNBELIEVEABLE. GREAT JOB.Published 17 months ago by PETER RAPP
GREAT INFO, EVEN FOR NEW PARENTS AS TO NOT POLLUTE THERE BABY... ! & KEEPING SAFE FROM TOXINS IN NEW CARPETING & PAINTS AND OTHER ITEMS LIKE FURNITURE & THINGS, WE... Read morePublished on January 18, 2013 by TATTOO JOHN
I got this for my husband, and he loves this book. lots and lots of good information is in it.Published on December 7, 2011 by K. Olson
I wish this book could be read by everyone that has children or is considering having children, particularly in the USA. Read morePublished on December 27, 2010 by Jodi-Hummingbird
Toxins are everywhere. They're in the water we drink, the air we breath, the food we eat and its packaging, the clothes we wear, our cleaning, hygiene and cosmetic products, sofas,... Read morePublished on August 25, 2010 by Nelson Beads
The topic is important and Dr. Rapp's goal is ambitious, but several things get in the way:
1) Page 3: "It typically occurs shortly after exposures to either an... Read more
An excellent start to exploring the toxic facets of the world in which we live. Falls short in the resources column as it fails to mention the Feingold Allergy Program ([...]). Read morePublished on November 2, 2007 by Janet Vermillion Moos