The Toxic Consumer: Living Healthy in a Hazardous World

The Toxic Consumer: Living Healthy in a Hazardous World

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Overview

Be scared, be very scared: toxic chemicals are in thousands of everyday products…and then they become part of our blood, our fat, our bodies. The chemicals that make things non-stick, flexible, flame-retardant, or stain-resistant are implicated in a staggering range of health issues, from birth defects to the rising rates of certain cancers.
More than ever, we want to know how to make informed, responsible choices about what we buy, for our own good and for the good of our planet. The Toxic Consumer provides the answers, precisely and accessibly. And you don’t need to be a scientist to understand the information. One by one, the guide breaks down such noxious substances as PFCs, phthalates, perchloroethylene, and formaldehyde and explains what each one is and what threats it poses, what items contain these poisons, and how they interact with our bodies and well-being. Then it outlines healthier options for bedding, flooring, cosmetics, clothing, food and drink, and everything else we need, making positive recommendations that will help us to reduce our exposure to proven harmful toxic chemicals in our daily lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402776274
Publisher: Sterling
Publication date: 10/23/2009
Series: Green Essentials
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

Foreword     ix
Preface     xiii
Introduction     1
What Are Toxic Chemicals and How Are We Exposed?     11
Sensitive Subjects     23
Common Toxic Chemicals: Ten to Watch     40
Indoor Pollution and How to Reduce It     82
Rules and Regulations     110

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