Dodging the Toxic Bullet: How to Protect Yourself from Everyday Environmental Health Hazards

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Praised by doctors and scientists, Dodging the Toxic Bullet helps you identify and avoid a range of environmental health hazards, including mercury in fish, lethal strains of E. coli in water, carcinogens in cleaning products, lead in toys, and the ultraviolet radiation in sunshine.

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Overview

Praised by doctors and scientists, Dodging the Toxic Bullet helps you identify and avoid a range of environmental health hazards, including mercury in fish, lethal strains of E. coli in water, carcinogens in cleaning products, lead in toys, and the ultraviolet radiation in sunshine.

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"Boyd's powerful, well-documented book will shake readers out of their complacency and empower them to take action against environmental hazards."
Library Journal, Apr 1, 2010
Library Journal
As an environmental lawyer, professor, and author, Boyd is acutely aware of the environmental hazards brought about by our comfortable lifestyles. Here, he identifies the chemicals, toxins, and infectious agents found in the air we breathe, the food and water we consume, and the gadgets, products, and machinery we use, and he outlines the steps we can take to limit exposure and protect our health. Comparing environmental safety standards in Canada, the United States, Australia, and Europe, he points to areas that need improvement. Boyd stresses that every person has the right to live in a healthy environment and urges all citizens to get informed, speak up, confront the polluters, advocate for a clean environment, and fight for government policies and business practices that promote a clean and sustainable world. VERDICT Boyd's powerful, well-documented book will shake readers out their of complacency and empower them to take action against environmental hazards.—Irwin Weintraub, Brooklyn Coll. Lib., NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553654544
  • Publisher: Greystone Books
  • Publication date: 3/2/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


David R. Boyd is a leading environmental lawyer who has provided advice to the governments of Sweden and Canada. He is a Trudeau Scholar at the University of British Columbia, where his research focuses on the right to a healthy environment. He is also an adjunct professor with Simon Fraser University's graduate Resource and Environmental Management program. Boyd is the coauthor of David Suzuki's Green Guide and the author of other influential works, including Sustainability Within a Generation: A New Vision for Canada and Unnatural Law: Rethinking Canadian Environmental Law and Policy. He lives, lightly, on Pender Island in British Columbia with Margot Venton and their daughter, Meredith.

David Suzuki is an award-winning geneticist, broadcaster, and host of CBC TV's The Nature of Things. He has authored over 40 books and is widely recognized as a world leader in sustainable ecology. Dr. Suzuki has 22 honorary doctorates from universities in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. For his support of Canada's First Nations people, Dr. Suzuki has been honoured with six names and formal adoption by two tribes.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1

Acknowledgments 5

Foreword 7

1 Environmental Health 101 9

2 The Outdoor Air We Breathe 29

3 The Indoor Air We Breathe 51

4 The Food We Eat 73

5 The Water We Drink 97

6 The Things We Buy and Use 119

7 The Physical Hazards We Face 149

8 Advocate for a Healthy Environment 163

9 Healthy Planet, Healthy People 183

Resources 197

Index 207

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