In a devastating exposé in the tradition of Silent Spring and Fast Food Nation, investigative journalist Randall Fitzgerald warns how thousands of man-made chemicals in our food, water, medicine, and environment are making humans the most polluted species on the planet. A century ago, when Congress enacted the Pure Food and Drug Act, Americans were promised "better living through chemistry." Fitzgerald provides overwhelming evidence to shatter this myth, and many others perpetrated by the chemical, pharmaceutical, and processed foods industries.
· The average American carries a "body burden" of 700 synthetic chemicals;
· Chemicals in tap water can cause reproductive abnormalities and hermaphroditic birth;
· One study of lactating women found perchlorate (a toxic component of rocket fuel) in practically every mother's breast milk.
In the face of this national health crisis, Fitzgerald presents informed and practical suggestions for what we can do to turn the tide and live healthier lives.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Randall Fitzgerald has been an investigative newspaper and magazine reporter and book author for over forty years. He has written investigative features for Readers Digest, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.
His books include The Hundred Year Lie: How food and Medicine Are Destroying Your Health, Lucky You!: Proven Strategies for Finding Good Fortune, and Toxic Beauty: How Cosmetics and Personal-Care Products Endanger Your Health… And What You Can Do About It with Samuel S. Epstein.
Provocative and frightening . . . excellent. (Publishers Weekly)
Exhaustively researched . . . a useful addition to your library. (Salon.com)
A frightening wake-up call . . . if Fast Food Nation made you consider some serious lifestyle changes, The Hundred-Year Lie will inspire you to go ten steps farther. (Boston Herald)