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Product Details

  • Paperback: 445 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (July 10, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0020820852
  • ISBN-13: 978-0020820857
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Customer Reviews

Easy to read, thank you so much for the great reference book!
Dianne Tweedy
This is a must have for those that are committed to improving their quality of life, and personal commitment to health and wellness.
Dewan Simon
Unfortunately this book was published too many years ago to have many products that are still around or cover recent products.
J. VanEngelenhoven

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98 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Lou Thomas on June 8, 2005
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If you would like to reduce your personal toxic load, you probably will not find a better resource than the Safe Shopper's Bible by David Steinman (an excellent health writer) and Samuel Epstein (a well-known cancer researcher).

This book covers a large array of consumer products and foods with a specific focus on cancer-causing ingredients, with specific product types and brands listed for each category. It is based upon hard research from sources including manufacturers' Materials Safety Data Sheets, reports by the World Health Organization and Freedom of Information Act requests to the FDA, USDA, EPA and ATF (which perform their own testing that often never sees the light of day).

Deodorants, shampoos and conditioners, as well as fish, red meat, and various vegetables, are just some of the many products covered. All products are listed in easy-to-read charts by category, with an overall risk level for each, and more specific information if you need it.

In the seven pages the book devotes to deodorants, for example, we see that there are enormous differences in the carcinogenicity of the various products reviewed. They range from products like English Leather A Man's Deodorant Stick, with six ingredients placing users at risk for contact dermatitis (fragrance, parabens, propylene glycol), or cancer (D&C Red 33, FD&C Green 3, FD&C Yellow 6), to Desert Essence Tea Tree Deodorant, which has no such ingredients.

The main failing of the book is that it overlooks substances that are not known carcinogens, such as mercury. Hence, various seafood items are listed as safe which actually pose a mercury risk.
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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Linda C. Jennings on October 8, 1999
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All I did was place this book on my desk...wow...it was the conversation topic of the day...aluminum cooking utensils, pots and pans are harming us ...antiperspirants which we have been wearing since puberty contains aluminum which we spray and roll on daily...shampoos. hair dyes, plastic wrap on meat, get this...microwave popcorn packaging is slowly harming us....what do ya do...buy this book for your home reference library..get informed....they need to make this a pocket size book for easy referencing while shopping....someone bought my copy again so...i am buying my third copy...again!!!! BUY THIS BOOK!!!!
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 22, 2002
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I have serious adverse reactions to the chemicals in many products, and need to avoid those that make me sick. Since most products do not list ingredients, there is no way of knowing what is actually in them, or if it may be a health hazard. This book lists the hazardous ingredients in many products, and also lists the ones that are safer. Great information for anyone who has health problems that are aggravated by various chemicals, as well as people who wish to avoid using harsh chemicals. I use the book quite often, in my search for safe products.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By M. Theisen on June 18, 2006
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I love this book and have walked into many stores carrying it. The only downfall is that many of the products have been discontinued. For example, Almay no longer makes the solid anti-perspirant unscented deodorant (you can get it in gel form, but I was looking for a solid), also several of the hair and makeup products have been discontinued by the companies that produce them. Since the book was originally published in 1995, it needs to be updated since products are constantly changing on the market. But the book has still been a useful tool for me.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 2003
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This is a great guide but needs to be updated badly. There are graphs of specific company's products with their pro's and con's listed beside them. The problem is that many companies have changed the formulations of their products since the book's original publish date of 1995 and many of the specific products listed are no longer made...some by companies that no longer exist.
However, as a reviewer noted below, it is an essential guide for knowing which harmful ingredients to look for.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By S. Peplinski on March 8, 2006
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I purchased this book because our family was wanting to become a toxin-free home and eat more organic foods. I wanted to know which products and cleaning items were the safest. As I read the book, often I was shocked, surprised and disappointed that our regulating agencies would allow toxic and carcinogenic ingredients in products we buy and trust. How could this be? This book does an excellent job listing which ingredients are not good for you and the reason why. It was interesting to look up the current products I use (such as toothpaste, shampoo, deodorent, bathroom cleaner) and see how they ranked. Needless to say, I have thrown away many items from my bathroom cabinet. I have also become a regular label reader. I feel educated and informed at choosing the best products. If you're not sure what to buy, the book gives you many excellent choices of brand name items that are considered safe or to have minimal risk on your health. I have read this book from front to back. It offers a list of many websites and mail order companies providing organic foods and non-toxic products. I think if more people knew what was in their food or personal products, that they'd make a change. This book does an excellent job of informing you. All they need now is an updated version with some of the newer products listed. Great book!!!!
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