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Dangerous or Safe?: Which Foods, Medicines, and Chemicals Really Put Your Kids at Risk Hardcover
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Natterson, in her role as pediatricion, has heard all these questions from concerned parents. In her role as mother, she's had to answer them for herself. This book offers her answers. More than that, however, Natterson offers the data she has collected on each question, followed by the kind of reasoning she follows in turning the data into decisions. Far too often, the question is not "safe or not?" but "safer than what?" For example, oils in some foods can oxidize to form known carcinogens. So, when weighing potential effects of preservatives in food, potential effects of not using them need to be weighed, too. Seeing Natterson's reasoning won't make you agree with her in all cases. I know I found a few things to dispute. But, when the whole discussion is laid out, the reader can intelligently decide what to dispute, and why.Read more ›
Dr. Natterson has taken the hype and hysteria out of today's most common worries (micro waving food in plastic, vaccines, peanut allergies and the like), and lays out a solid explanation of the safety or dangerous nature for each topic she covers. She provides a great deal of scientific data, but you do not need a degree from Harvard or Johns Hopkins School of Medicine to understand it (she has degrees from both schools, by the way). And, if you want, you can cut to the chase, and skip the wealth of information to simply get the answer. At the end of each chapter, she provides a section called "What's the bottom line?". It puts the information in a nutshell. She then proceeds to tell you what she has/does in her own home, with her two children. (Interesting to know she is operating not only as a doctor, but as a mom).
While the book covers all the topics I expected in a book about children's health, there were a many pleasant surprises. I have a 4-year-old boy and a 7-year-old boy, so the chapters on cell phones, cosmetics and antiperspirants don't really apply to them. Yet, they were still very informative, as they are products I use in my daily life. I didn't expect to find pearls of wisdom for myself, and yet, there they were.
The timing of this book couldn't be better.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had high hopes for this book when I saw Deepak Chopra's quote on the cover as I respect him but this book turned out to be a big disappointment. Read morePublished on September 13, 2010 by Megan M. Jeffries
This book has been such a useful tool for me. As a first time mom, I had so many questions about the potential dangers of various foods and medicines. Read morePublished on May 13, 2010 by First Time Mom
As its title clearly suggests, this book tells you exactly what you need to know about foods, meds, and chemicals, which you may or may not be aware of, that can be harmful to... Read morePublished on May 13, 2010 by P. Guzman
Oh, those poor trees. They would have been better used for kindling for Girl Scout campfires.
Leafing through this book, everything is out of date, superficial and a lot... Read more
This book holds so much promise. Who doesn't want to know what's safe for their kids? I was, however, sorely disappointed. Read morePublished on March 1, 2010 by PrairieMom
Dr. Natterson does as promised, and gives us the REAL deal on what's dangerous or safe, not the hype that we hear about from school drop-offs, parks, or sensationalized news... Read morePublished on October 31, 2009 by momdoc
This book takes all the questions we have as parents and answers them in an incredibly easy-to-read format. Read morePublished on October 30, 2009 by antherium