What's Gotten Into Us?

What's Gotten Into Us?

Staying Healthy in A Toxic World

Book - 2011 | First edition
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Random House, Inc.
What’s Gotten into Us? is a deep, remarkable, and empowering investigation into the threats—biological and environmental—that chemicals now present in our daily lives.

Do you know what chemicals are in your shampoo? How about your cosmetics? Do you know what’s in the plastic water bottles you drink from, or the weed killer in your garage, or your children’s pajamas? If you’re like most of us, the answer is probably no. But you also probably figured that most of these products were safe, and that someone—the manufacturers, the government—was looking out for you. The truth might surprise you.

After experiencing a health scare of his own, journalist McKay Jenkins set out to discover the truth about toxic chemicals, our alarming levels of exposure, and our government’s utter failure to regulate them effectively. What’s Gotten into Us? reveals how dangerous, and how common, toxins are in the most ordinary things, and in the most familiar of places:

• Our water: Thanks to suburban sprawl and agricultural runoff, 97 percent of our nation’s rivers and streams are now contaminated with everything from herbicides to pharmaceutical drugs.
• Our bodies: High levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals from cosmetics, flame-retardants from clothing and furniture, even long-banned substances like DDT and lead, are consistently showing up in human blood samples.
• Our homes: Many toxins lurk beneath our sinks and in our basements, of course, but did you know that they’re also found in wall-to-wall carpeting, plywood, and fabric softeners?
• Our yards: Pesticides, fungicides, even common fertilizers—there are enormous, unseen costs to our national obsession with green, weed-free lawns.

What’s Gotten Into Us? is much more than a wake-up call. It offers numerous practical ways for us to regain some control over our lives, to make our own personal worlds a little less toxic. Inside, you’ll find ideas to help you make informed decisions about the products you buy, and to disentangle yourself from unhealthy products you don’t need—so that you and your family can start living healthier lives now, and in the years to come. Because, as this book shows, what you don’t know can hurt you.

Baker & Taylor
A cautionary investigation into the pervasiveness of toxic chemicals in the body shares the story of the author's survival of a contaminant-induced tumor while counseling readers on how to avoid chemical exposure through everyday consumer products.

Publisher: New York : Random House, [2011]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781400068036
Branch Call Number: 614.7 J52w
Characteristics: 321 pages ; 25 cm


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Jul 07, 2013

Wow. This book was not what I expected it to be. Yes, it’s very informative; but it’s borderline scary. This novel truly exposes the harsh reality that by the use of our common household products we are voluntarily poisoning ourselves and drastically lowering our overall health. From plastic water bottles to shampoo and laundry detergent to even children’s toys, Jenkins explains how every product in our lives is having an impact on our quality of life. And sadly, most of those impacts are negative.
This book however not only addresses problems it also provides numerous resources that you can use to help change the way you purchase products. It even gives helpful tips on how to discern between harmful products and has a list of certain ingredients to look for when purchasing things.
This book, however frightful that it may seem, is definitely of value for anyone to read. It is very well written and easy to read. It’s divided into chapters for different types of products and it always provides a solution to the problem that it addresses.
In conclusion: Worth the read! Enlightening, informative and straightforward.

Nov 30, 2011

A very informative read. For those who want to know why...

debwalker Jun 16, 2011

Slowly poisoning ourselves?

Jun 06, 2011



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Jul 07, 2013

A highly informative (and slightly frightening) look into the real truth behind the products that we purchase and use every single day. Jenkins explains how simple things like soap and shampoo have a huge impact on our physical and mental health. Many companies today knowingly fill their products with harmful chemicals that can cause endless complications in the human body from things like birth defects to even causing cancer. This book not only reveals the reality behind everyday household products and how they affect us, but it also provides options for much healthier alternatives. It’s definitely worth the read, a real eye opener.


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