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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1 edition (December 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425211940
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425211946
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,172,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Gary Ginsberg has twenty years of experience in toxicology and risk assessment, working initially in industry and for the last 10 years in public health. He is the senior toxicologist at the Connecticut Dept. of Public Health where he helps set pollutant standards for air, water, and soil and develops health advisories for fish and consumer products. He has an adjunct faculty appointment at the Yale University School of Medicine and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He is a member on a number of expert review panels including the committee that reports to the USEPA administrator on how well the agency is protecting children's health. He is also a member of a National Academy of Science panel on human biomonitoring. His research publications are in the areas of chemical carcinogens and the risks to children and other sensitive subpopulations. He received his Ph.D. in toxicology from the University of Connecticut in 1986.

Brian Toal is the supervisor of the Environmental and Occupational Health Assessment Program in the Connecticut Department of Public Health. He has evaluated environmental risks for over 20 years of public health service, developing specific expertise in indoor air pollution, asbestos, fish contamination and hazardous waste site evaluations. He is project manager on grants from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control on surveillance of environmental disease and assessment of community risks from contaminated sites. He has a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of Washington where he majored in environmental toxicology.

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By John on January 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a must-have book.

I've never written an on-line book review but I feel so strongly about this book's message that I'm taking the time to write this one in the hopes that you'll act on it.

As a public health professional specializing in environmental health, I am always getting questions from friends, family, and the public about environmental threats to their health.

Recent examples: My water smells funny when I take showers, is this a problem for my child or me? Should I worry about living near the highway - my windowsills have black soot on them. My neighbor's wood stove smells up our house at night and I fear my father's emphysema is worsening. My employer just moved me into a new office building that stinks of chemicals and now at night my chest hurts - it's never hurt before. I love to eat fish but the media is telling me to stop - should I?

I must admit I don't have all the answers - not even close. The diversity of threats, the complexity of each threat, and the proliferation of new scientific research makes it impossible for one person to have all the most informed answers.

But Ginsberg and Toal's new book comes closer to covering all the bases--and covering them exceptionally well--than anything I've ever read.

These experts have dedicated their careers to public health. They've worked on the front lines for decades. Their vast real-world experience and far-reaching understanding of the science--coupled with a knack for translating complexity into easily digestible and practical answers--is a winning combination.

Section 5 (Tying it All Together) alone is worth the full cost of the book (which is considerably less than how much I typically spend each day commuting).
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Seth Fredericks on December 10, 2006
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Rachel Carson's seminal 1950s expose, "Silent Spring" began educating us about the dangerous chemicals industry spewed onto the land and sea. After decades of media coverage of toxic events (Love Canal, Three Mile Island,Taco Bell ecoli breakout) we're either completely paranoid about what we eat and breath or completely blaise because we don't know who or what to believe anymore.

Along comes Dr. Gary Ginsberg and his sidekick Brian Toal, the toxic-busters from Connecticut's department of health to give us some prospective. True, there are a lot of harmful pesticides and toxins especially lead, carbon monoxide and pressure treated wood the authors write, but there are many other air and waterborn invaders that are not as problematic. The authors adroitly dispel these myths and perhaps the most important page in the book comes early, page 10, where they list the Top 10 Toxic Risks and the Top Ten Toxic Myths.

Written in laymen's terms without placing blame, the authors stay focused on their mission---helping consumers sort throught our toxic wasteland. Using real life episodes to illustrate their points, they give us specific ways to protect ourselves and remediate pollution in our homes and neighborhoods.

Children are the most vulnerable to many of the biggest problems such as ozone air pollution and parents would be wise to read this book. Prospective homebuyers will also protect themselves and save some heartache and equity if they take the authors advise on mold, radon, powerlines and hazardous waste sites.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Christine L. Graesser on December 5, 2006
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This book is an invaluable resource that should be in every home. The authors are health professionals with no ax to grind, just sound information on nearly every environmental hazard you might encounter. You'll learn about common hazards you never knew existed. You'll also learn about what is truly toxic and what is just hype.

Parents will find this book especially useful, with information about hazards in schools, neighborhoods and homes.

It would make an excellent holiday gift for just about anyone on your list. It could just save a loved one's life, or at least protect their health.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Celeste on February 17, 2007
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Great Book. Has lots of helpful information. An excellent reference for anyone concerned about their living environment.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Gengras on January 13, 2007
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By reading Mr. Ginsbergs book you will learn things uou never knew and confirm things you thought you knew. It is a complete guide that every home should have. This is a polluted and toxic world we live in. It is comforting to have an idea of what toxins are and how they can and should be dealt with.
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