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In a devastating exposé within the culture of Silent Spring and Fast meals Nation, investigative journalist Randall Fitzgerald warns how hundreds of thousands of artificial chemical compounds in our nutrition, water, drugs, and atmosphere are making people the main polluted species on this planet. A century in the past in 1906, while Congress enacted the natural foodstuff and Drug Act, americans have been promised ?better residing via chemistry.? Fitzgerald presents overwhelming proof to shatter this fantasy, and so forth perpetrated via the chemical, pharmaceutical, and processed meals industries. within the face of this nationwide wellbeing and fitness quandary, Fitzgerald additionally offers trained and sensible feedback for what we will be able to do to show the tide and stay fitter lives.
? the common American includes a ?body burden? of seven hundred man made chemicals
? chemical compounds in faucet water could cause reproductive abnormalities and hermaphroditic birth
? A 2005 examine of lactating ladies in eighteen U.S. states discovered perchlorate (a poisonous portion of rocket gasoline) in virtually each mother?s breast milk
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Many are liberating molecules into the air, a method known as off-gassing. virtually each label we learn on each product we choose up incorporates a record of chemical names that to so much folks sound approximately as understandable as old Greek. We both take an “ignorance is bliss” angle approximately those chemical substances, or we undertake a faith-based state of mind that assumes a few employer of the federal or kingdom executive, or the product brands themselves, will warn us of any overall healthiness hazards. yet even if such warnings are published, as with the Wal-Mart signal, we nonchalantly move approximately our day-by-day lives pretending that what we don’t recognize won’t damage us. Let’s research the truth of what we confront each day. while you're a regular individual, on any common morning of your lifestyles the next regimen may be just like your event. You wake up from napping on a bed that was once covered with flame-retardant chemical substances in the course of its manufacture—as such a lot mattresses are—and which emits minuscule quantities of formaldehyde gasoline and a brominated substance recognized to be carcinogenic, which your physique with no trouble absorbs. You pad in your naked toes towards the rest room, throughout an artificial carpet treated—as so much carpets are in the course of manufacture—with benzene and styrene and several cancer-causing chemical substances. as soon as within the toilet, you switch at the tap and splash your face with faucet water laced with fluoride and chlorine, either cancer causing agents (most faucet water additionally includes lines of herbicides and pharmaceutical drugs). You open a plastic bottle of Listerine mouthwash (or an identical model) and gargle, now not understanding that the plastic bottle has leached its personal chemical compounds right into a mouthwash combination that already comprises 4 energetic elements besides a part dozen flavoring and coloring chemical substances. if you happen to learn the mouthwash label you'll find the subsequent: “WARNINGS: don't administer to kids lower than twelve years of age. don't swallow. In case of unintentional ingestion, search specialist counsel or touch a Poison keep an eye on middle instantly. ” you choose up your Crest toothpaste and locate it additionally has a caution label: “If greater than used for brushing is unintentionally swallowed, get scientific help…. ” even though sodium fluoride is the single “active” factor indexed in this toothpaste box, there are different chemical substances during this concoction that don’t must be printed to you, simply because they're labeled as “inert” and are therefore safe below alternate secrecy legislation. You bring up your fingers and practice pace Stick deodorant, which incorporates seven chemical compounds, together with aluminum, parabens (a preservative), propylene glycol (a lubricant and suspected melanoma agent), and different chemical compounds disguised below “fragrance,” that is one other exchange secrecy time period. On normal, in accordance with the FDA, we each one use 9 personal-care items day-by-day, containing approximately 126 chemical parts. in the event you use physique creams, they include penetration-enhancing chemical compounds which can force pollutants from different toiletries deeper into your flesh. earlier than leaving the rest room you pull a prescription drug (with a caution label hooked up) out of the drugs cupboard and swallow this mix of man-made chemical substances.