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The body toxic : how the hazardous chemistry of everyday things threatens our health and well-being

Author: Nena Baker
Publisher: New York : North Point Press, 2009, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Almost everything we encounter--from soap to soup cans and computers to clothing--contributes to a chemical load unique to each of us. Scientists studying the phenomenon refer to it as "chemical body burden," and in The Body Toxic, the investigative journalist Nena Baker explores the many factors that have given rise to this condition--from manufacturing breakthroughs to policy decisions to political pressure to the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nena Baker
ISBN: 9780865477070 0865477078 9780865477469 0865477469
OCLC Number: 180751476
Description: 277 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Coming clean --
A chemical stew: body burden --
Chemicals we've loved: consumer conveniences --
Kermit's blues: atrazine and frogs --
What price beauty? Phthalates and you --
Up in flames: polybrominated diphenyl ethers --
The goods on bad plastic: Bisphenol A --
Out of the frying pan and onto the paper: perfluorinated chemicals --
Reaching ahead: new policies --
My list and beyond --
It's all about you --
Environmental and public-health groups that get it --
Learn more from government sources.
Responsibility: Nena Baker.
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We are running a collective chemical fever that we cannot break. Everyone everywhere carries a dizzying array of chemical contaminants, the by-products of modern industry and innovation that  Read more...

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Introduction: coming clean -- A chemical stew: body burden -- Chemicals we've loved: consumer conveniences -- Kermit's blues: atrazine and frogs -- What price beauty? Phthalates and you -- Up in flames: polybrominated diphenyl ethers -- The goods on bad plastic: bisphenol A -- Out of the frying pan and onto the paper: perfluorinated chemicals -- Reaching ahead: new policies -- Epilogue: my list and beyond -- Appendix 1: It's all about you -- Appendix 2: Environmental and public-health groups that get it -- Appendix 3: Learn more from government sources -- Notes -- Acknowledgments -- Index.

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