David French, Ph.D., holds a doctorate in Political Economy from Harvard University and has held a variety of jobs, from disc jockey to university professor. He has lived and worked in Eritrea, Pakistan, Malawi, Nigeria and Angola (where everything is definitely bad for you). He has written for publications such as World Development, New York Times Magazine, the Natural Resources Forum and published Working Communally: Patterns and Possibilities. He currently lives in Dublin, Ireland.
Everything Is Bad for You: An A-Z Guide to What You Never Knew Could Kill Youby David French
Everything from carpets to camping to water to Norman, Oklahoma, endangers your health, your sense of well-being and ultimately, your sanity. Discover the disturbingly amusing truth: sunscreen is
You've heard about the latest studies and you've read the conflicting reports. You were right to be suspicious-the strange reality is that everything is bad for you.
Everything from carpets to camping to water to Norman, Oklahoma, endangers your health, your sense of well-being and ultimately, your sanity. Discover the disturbingly amusing truth: sunscreen is bad for you whether you use it or not-and so is everything else!
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A confirmed optimist, I surprised myself by liking this book a lot. It is a fascinating read, being both humorous and informative at the same time, and hard to put down. The writer presents evidence which suggests that not alone is everything bad for you, but that you are ¿damned if you do, and damned if you don¿t¿. This will make you laugh, which is good for you, but then again, maybe laughing isn¿t good for you! There is also an excellent list of websites to help track down solid information on a wide range of health issues. So I reckon whether you are an optimist or maybe a pessimist, looking for a laugh or trying to get some solid information on particular issues, this book could do the job.
Most of it seems very false...and I just got the sample
What I liked about this book is that it¿s not only very funny, it also contains huge amounts of information about things that may actually be bad for you. The author himself is somewhat agnostic about how much of this stuff you should believe, but I found myself reassessing the things I eat, as well as becoming more alert about issues I hadn¿t given much thought to, like the reliability of medical care and prescription drugs. There¿s something for everyone: for example, any woman who is pregnant (or thinking of becoming so), should pay attention to what the book says about things from aspirin and soft cheeses to seafood and swimming pools. A small treasure.
A book for anyone who gets worried when they read about the latest cancer-causing houshold item... this book has hundreds of things that can kill you, maim you or make you sick, all apparently based on real research studies. I particularly like the way many things are bad for you if you do them, as well as if you don't. This would be a great present for any pessimists or hypochondriacs you know, as well as a general-purpose stocking stuffer.