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Our Stolen Future: Are We Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence, and Survival?--A Scientific Detective Story Paperback – March 1, 1997
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"A critically important book that forces us to ask new questions about the synthetic chemicals that we have spread across this earth."—former vice president Al Gore, author of An Inconvenient Truth
About the Author
Dr. Theo Colborn was Professor at the University of Florida, Gainesville and President of TEDX (The Endocrine Disruption Exchange). She was the author of numerous scientific publications about compounds that alter the development of human, wildlife, and laboratory animal offspring before they are born. Dr. Colborn was awarded the Blue Planet Prize, the Rachel Carson Prize, the Society of Toxicology and Environmental Chemistry's Rachel Carson Award and Time Magazine's Environmental Heroes Award. She died in 2014.
Dianne Dumanoski is an award-winning journalist who writes on environmental issues and is the coauthor of Our Stolen Future. She lives in Massachusetts.
Reporter, editor and publisher of OurStolenFuture.org, Dr. John Peterson Myers is founder, CEO and Chief Scientist at Environmental Health Sciences, publisher of EnvironmentalHealthNews.org and DailyClimate.org. From 1990-2002, he was director of the W. Alton Jones Foundation, a private foundation supporting efforts to protect the global environment and to prevent nuclear war. He received his Ph.D. in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley, and lives near Charlottesville, Virginia.
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I find that the book is still an excellent source of information on the problems related to persistent chemicals in the environment. We continue to experience problems that can be directly related to these chemicals. In this book one can find an excellent historical discussion about how previously unexplained reproductive problems and behavioral deviations in the wild were related to these persistent chemicals that accumulate in the environment. It is my opinion that similar problems are now being observed in the general human population, not an unexpected result. We should have been working to reduce the introduction of these harmful chemicals a long time ago. Instead the problem has been ignored.
This book should have been a wake-up call to action. It is still relevant today, because it appears that we have yet to wake up.
This is a must-read for any person concerned with the health of the environment and the health of their own families. The sense of the book is that these harmful chemicals would be affecting future generation for many rears to come. We did not listen to the warning when the book first came out. Maybe it is not too late to get educated. It remains an open question whether it is too late to save the environment and our future generations.
The book treats this complicated problem in a way that anyone can understand. The detective work involved in investigating the problem is no less fascinating that that found in a Sherlock Holmes mystery. A fascinating read.
After I immigrated from China to US, a lot of my peers from China started family and had children in US. Their children have a wide spectrum of health issues: a variety of allergies (wheat, fish, peanuts, nuts, egg, milk, kiwi), asthma, autism. Almost 50% the Chinese families with children (that I know of) have some sorts of long term health problems. It was really alarming and scary to me. To have a baby seems to be lottery drawing by the parents. Even though the doctor can help and care for the Mother throughout pregnancy, there was no prediction or convincing explanation for why such high percentage of children of this generation have so many health issues that is largely non-existent in previous generations. This mysterious health issue has haunted me for years as I witness my friends fighting them painfully with their children.
After reading the 'Our Stolen Future', I gained a better understanding about the subtle and lasting impacts of Endocrine Disruptors and other chemicals on our health. Many of the bio-accumulative chemicals are passed down to our future generations in a 'un-avoidable' manner. I don't have a biochem back ground. The authors are really masterful in explaining how the mechenics works for the Endocrine Disruptors in our bio systems. The complex environment we live in are saturated with 'invisible' chemicals: in air, food, water, packaging. It is really hard to trace and analyze the causality of the health issues we are all experiencing. I am grateful for the authors' extensive efforts in summarizing decades of critical scientific studies and present it to the public to inform and educate.
The book will have a lasting impact on me. It motivated me to learn more and deeper about this subject. I will try to make better choices in my daily life and help people around me to do the same.
I want share with everyone that the book authors created a website [...] to provide updates on research and regulatory progress related to the topics covered in the book. I find the website very useful in keeping track of the changes.
I recommend two other books on the subject of chemicals and their environmental impacts:
1. BETWEEN EARTH AND SKY: How CFCs Changed Our World and Endangered the Ozone Layer
2. The Lawn: A History of an American Obsession
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this book promotes awareness and hopes to spur people into action. what is postulated in this book is quite scary indeed. recommended reading for all concerned citizens of the earth
Still, the pro-industry flunkies will cry and cry. "You'll ruin the economy!" they shout from the rooftops. Well my favorite part of this book so far is the allegory: "A robber sticks his gun in your ribs and says 'your money or your life' what do you choose? It doesn't matter if you're an investment banker, a soccer-mom or a homeless person, the choice is ALWAYS that no amount of money is worth your life; you can make more money later as long as you're still alive..."
4 stars instead of 5 for being 10 years old and not up with the more current research, but certainly a good place to start if you are interested in the subject.