What’s Gotten into Us? is a deep, amazing, and empowering research into the threats—biological and environmental—that chemical substances now found in our day-by-day lives.
Do you recognize what chemical compounds are on your shampoo? How approximately your cosmetics? have you learnt what’s within the plastic water bottles you drink from, or the weed killer on your storage, or your children’s pajamas? If you’re like so much people, the answer's most likely no. yet you furthermore mght most likely figured that the majority of those items have been secure, and that someone—the brands, the government—was looking for you. the reality may well shock you.
After experiencing a health and wellbeing scare of his personal, journalist McKay Jenkins got down to detect the reality approximately poisonous chemical compounds, our alarming degrees of publicity, and our government’s utter failure to control them successfully. What’s Gotten into Us? reveals how risky, and the way universal, pollution are within the such a lot traditional issues, and within the such a lot customary of places:
• Our water: due to suburban sprawl and agricultural runoff, ninety seven percentage of our nation’s rivers and streams are actually infected with every thing from herbicides to pharmaceutical medications.
• Our bodies: excessive degrees of hormone-disrupting chemical substances from cosmetics, flame-retardants from garments and furnishings, even long-banned components like DDT and lead, are regularly displaying up in human blood samples.
• Our homes: Many pollutants lurk underneath our sinks and in our basements, in fact, yet do you know that they’re additionally present in wall-to-wall carpeting, plywood, and upholstery softeners?
• Our yards: insecticides, fungicides, even universal fertilizers—there are huge, immense, unseen expenses to our nationwide obsession with eco-friendly, weed-free lawns.
What’s Gotten Into Us? is even more than a take-heed call. It deals various functional methods for us to regain a few regulate over our lives, to make our personal own worlds rather less poisonous. within, you’ll locate principles that will help you make knowledgeable judgements in regards to the items you purchase, and to disentangle your self from dangerous items you don’t need—so that you just and your loved ones can begin dwelling fitter lives now, and within the future years. simply because, as this ebook exhibits, what you don’t recognize can damage you.
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