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Our Toxic World: A Wake Up Call Paperback – October, 2003
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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About the Author
Dr. Doris Rapp is a New York Times Best-selling author of Is This Your Child. She is Board certified in Environmental Medicine, Pediatrics and Allergies.
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The book is very specific to the USA, but is still a useful read for non-US readers.
I realise it'd be a big task and outside the author's field of knowledge and maybe interest, but I would have liked a bit of information added about how the situation in the US compares with countries such as Australia, NZ, Canada and the UK etc. I know we don't have it anywhere near as bad as in the US, but I'd really like to know how we all compare.
The book contains good and detailed information on which chemicals to avoid and where they lurk, as well as what the signs are of chemical exposures and some of the ways they can be treated and how the political situation in the US has allowed chemical companies to place their profits so far above above the safety of the public.
(This last issue has particular relevance to M.E. patients, as they are already being denied their basic rights due to vested interest groups putting money making above human rights, with the full knowledge and support of government. The quotes below are all just as relevant to M.E. and the 'CFS' bogus disease category as to issues about chemicals.)
The author should be congratulated on writing such an excellent book. I hope it gets the wide readership it deserves, and not just amongst those of us that react badly to common chemicals already due to illness (such as M.E. and M.S. patients etc.). If these issues of corruption keep being ignored then the future of people all over the world is looking fairly grim.
My favourite quotes form the book:
"We must live by a higher than ordinary standard of principles if our world is to survive. I believe we all have to take off the blinders"
"It is everyone's responsibility to become more aware of what can happen, and whenever possible, to take action to protect those who are in danger. It could happen to you."
"We have some clever creative scientists and greedy executives and lawyers working in industries who care more about their personal economics than the future of the human race."
(From the book 'The Politics of Cancer, quoted in this book), "The pattern of industry-sponsored fraudulent scientific research, supported by bribed public officials and corporate controlled mass-media is so common that it can be considered 'business as usual' in the US."
Jodi Bassett, The Hummingbirds' Foundation for M.E. (HFME) and Health, Healing & Hummingbirds (HHH)
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