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Alarmist; focuses too much on problems, not answers
on October 3, 2010
I'm a mother to an almost two-year old boy and I had a very hard time reading this book. Imagine reading a newspaper that focused solely on horrible news and didn't have varying sections like sports, entertainment and best yet, the comics. This book is so doom and gloom that I could only take it in small doses. Before you say, "Duh! What did you expect?!" I want to say that I expected an informative eye-opening book, not a Everything-In-The-World-Will-Kill-Or-Severely-Damage-Your-Child book.
I consider myself fairly conscientious about eating organic, foregoing pest control in our house and never using dry cleaning. I would say I'm more into "natural" things than most but even so, according to this book, my son is doomed to get something bad since we drink city tap water, are up to date on his vaccinations and cook with pans coated in Teflon. It's just too much.
And the evidence presented is a little one sided as well. On the vaccines, the authors note how horrible thimerosal is and although the government has denied any connection between thimerosal and autism, the authors say animal studies give credence to the connection. They cited experiments with mice who had compromised immune systems who got sick once injected with the same amount of thimerosol typical to those found in vaccines. The mice then went on to display "autism-like symptoms" How do you gauge autism like symptoms in mice? Do they avoid eye contact? Do they lack typical social skills? The authors note that vaccines no longer contained thimerosal after 2001 however they did not mention that autism rates are still climbing despite thimerosal no longer being present.
Don't get me wrong, the book has many good points and it is true, there are too many toxins in our environment today. There were things that made me go "Oh, wow, that sounds horrible but it also sounds right." But the whole book concentrates on what's wrong. The solution is placed as an appendix. That should tell you what the book is focused on.