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The Hundred-Year Lie: How to Protect Yourself from the Chemicals That Are Destroying Your Health Paperback – Bargain Price, June 26, 2007
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Exhaustively researched . . . a useful addition to your library. (Salon.com)
A frightening wake-up call . . . if Fast Food Nation made you consider some serious lifestyle changes, The Hundred-Year Lie will inspire you to go ten steps farther. (Boston Herald) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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At a bare minimum, reading "The One Hundred Year Lie" will make you stop in your tracks and think about all of the different chemicals you are ingesting and coming into contact with every day. It is not just the voluminous amounts of additives in your food that you must worry about. Stop and consider all of the personal care products you use on a daily basis. Add to that the over-the-counter and prescription drugs you may be taking and all of the household cleaning products that you employ. Then think about all of the chemicals that are applied to our clothing, our bedding and to our furniture. Next, you might want to consider the flouride in your municipal water supply and maybe the highly toxic arsenic in all of that pressure treated lumber around your property. Now if you are a pretty unscientific sort like me you will then appreciate Randall Fitzgerald's attempt to explain the concept of "synergy". Most people just take it for granted that the products they use must have been thoroughly tested and deemed completely safe to use.Read more ›
In a story that makes clear the need for this book, the author stands outside a Wal*Mart. Shoppers are rushing past a state-mandated sign that warns of chemicals inside that are "known...to cause cancer, birth defects and other reproductive harm." He stops a shopper to ask if she had thought about the sign. She brushes past with the dismissal that, "If there was any danger, someone would tell us!"
Well, you are being told. If--like the shopper and most of the rest of us--the signs with the bold letters aren't clear enough for you, this book certainly is.
Fitzgerald is a professional writer, rather than a scientist, activist, politician or scholar. This may be why his book is an enjoyable read and easy to understand. And it's unburdened by the technical complexities or alarmist attacks that are too common to writing on this topic.
Also to its credit, the book goes beyond gloom and doom to offer practical solutions that you can begin right now. Although nothing quick or easy is promised, the case that we need to do something is made starkly compelling. Getting informed is the first step, and this book is information that we all need now to make better choices concerning every detail of what we eat and how we choose to live.
Opus on the rise and ubiquity of unsafe and largely untested synthetic
chemicals passing as food, medicine, and their undeniably extreme impact on
our ability as a species to maintain our health
and civilization. Impressive...
Fitzgerald's book is not abstract, it is not philosophical, it is not a cheap
attempt at self or product promotion, and it is completely devoid of
finger-pointing or blame.
Even when he identifies the culprits that have generated, maintained and
profited from what he calls "The Synthetics Belief System" (a century old
attempt to equate the application of synthetic chemical "discoveries" to food,
medicine and consumer goods with notions of identity, self-worth, and the
myths of "progress, all promoted by the processed food, pharmaceutical and
chemical institutions... and our blind belief) he convincingly points that it is
we consumers, we employees, we stockholders, we government officials and the
electorate that are ultimately keeping this pattern of "accelerating
degeneration" in place...all because we have come to aggressively demand all
this synthetic chemical "food stuff" and "medicine stuff" and "consumer stuff"
as our birthright. We have been taught an awful lesson.Read more ›
Mr. Fitzgerald has packed an enormous amount of alarming and scientifically-based information on a wide range of topics that directly impact our health and quality of life into an engrossing, well-organized and shocking book. Even though much of this information has been available (with a bit of effort) for some time, I have not seen it organized so ingeniously or presented in such a stark, authoritative and grounded fashion. By "grounded", I mean that it is alarming in its content but not hysterical in its tone. Hundreds if not thousands of scientists worldwide have been trying to sound the alarm about the effects of synthetic chemicals on our environment, bodies and reproductive capacity for several years, but because the information is so upsetting it has not been readily accepted or discussed by the larger population.
In one of the book's most mesmerizing chapters, Fitzgerald crafts a painstaking, revealing time-line of our last century in which it becomes possible to fathom the causes and effects set into motion by the introduction of synthetic chemicals, drugs and food additives to our lives. It becomes virtually impossible to accept that the exponential rise in cancer, heart disease, birth defects and diabetes are wholly unrelated to these trends in our dietary habits and exposure to unregulated toxins in our food, water and environment.
Mr.Read more ›
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Very interesting reading learned a great amount of information and changing things in our home.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I became employed in the water treatment field in April '03, prior to this I did not know or care about what was put into the water system. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Linda J. Flythe
Very good reading and interesting on how the lies people believe have made big business rich . I'm sure they all (including the government) laugh all the way to the bank and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jean Knapic
This book, written in 2006 and published in 2007, includes all the things you wish you'd known when they were happening, so maybe--just maybe--had we known them at the time, we... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Stopshere
Perfect condition. This is a great book. Very informative and good detail from several sources.Published 7 months ago by Nikki Rose
The book is well written and is full of information. I was wanting some solutions from the author and that was sparse. In fairness, the book is about the lie, not solutions.Published 9 months ago by Vardoggs
After reading this book it is plain to see how our Government is slowly killing us. Yes, Americans are the guinea pigs of the Chemical and Pharmaceutical Companies or as aptly... Read morePublished 11 months ago by BETTY BARNETT
This book is a great read.... very informative! The book also came in great condition!Published 12 months ago by Emily