The Hundred-Year Lie: How Food and Medicine are Destroying Your Health

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Over the past one hundred years, we have been guinea pigs in a vast chemistry experiment that uses our bodies, our health, and our good will to test the proposition that modern science can improve upon nature.

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Overview

Combining the impact of the classic bestseller Silent Spring with Fast Food Nation, The Hundred-Year Lie presents a devastating exposé of how chemicals in everyday products are ruining our health.

Over the past one hundred years, we have been guinea pigs in a vast chemistry experiment that uses our bodies, our health, and our good will to test the proposition that modern science can improve upon nature.

In The Hundred-Year Lie, investigative journalist RandallFitzgerald shatters dozens of myths being perpetuated by the chemical, pharmaceutical and processed food industries.

Find out why you would never be FDA-approved—and why humans are becoming one of the most polluted species on the planet:
• The average American now carries a “body burden” of 700 or more synthetic chemicals, including Teflon, plastics, and dozens of pesticides.
• Musk fragrances used in detergents and air fresheners are not filtered out by our current water treatment facilities, ending up in our drinking water.
• The artificial sweetener aspartame, an ingredient in 1,200 food products from diet drinks to chewing gum, has been linked to eighty-eight toxic symptoms.

Fitzgerald not only sheds light on the problems we face from the unprecedented chemical onslaught, he presents suggestions for what we can to do to turn the tide.

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This provocative and frightening look at the synthetic chemicals used by the processed foods, pharmaceutical and chemical industries delivers an excellent, up-to-date summary of "what is really in our food, water, vitamins, prescription drugs, childhood vaccines, cosmetics, and in our homes." Former Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Fitzgerald (Mugged by the State) takes aim at the belief that "lab-created synthetics are as benign as-and more effective than-naturally occurring foods and medicines." The "hundred-year lie" dates from 1906, the year Congress enacted the Pure Food and Drug Act. Utilizing a range of articles from science journals and government reports, along with interviews with scientists and environmentalists, Fitzgerald looks at synthetic chemicals-from artificial sweeteners to antidepressants-that are diminishing our health. Throughout, Fitzgerald explodes various myths such as that one right dose of a particular drug works for everyone and that all food additives have been tested for safety. Still, Fitzgerald's faith in Eastern and other natural healing processes will not convince everyone. The author concludes with practical steps for "choosing a diet of pure foods and a lifestyle free of synthetics." (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Read in tandem, these two expos s, which urge readers to take a stand against the food and pharmaceutical industries, offer a look into the changing nutritional content of and toxic buildups within our food. In The End of Food, organic farmer and investigative science journalist Pawlick compiles research conducted outside of North America that focuses on the modified and reduced nutritional value of food. The North American diet of greenhouse fruits and vegetables is, he writes, nutritionally poisonous. Pawlick does not see the end of the healthy North American as inevitable-a final chapter contains an annotated bibliography on gardening and small farms, sustainable agriculture, and expos s in the agricultural industry as well as a list of organizations and citizens' groups. Whereas Pawlick focuses on the nutritional content missing from our food, investigative journalist Fitzgerald addresses the toxic chemicals building up in our food, water, and environment. In 1906, Congress enacted the Pure Foods and Drugs Act. From that day forward, U.S. citizens have trusted that all foods and medicine would be closely monitored for safety. At the centennial of this act (ergo, Fitzgerald's "hundred-year lie"), readers continue to be bombarded with a cavalcade of chemicals introduced into the environment as by-products of scientific/industrial improvements on nature. Fitzgerald dismantles many misconceptions ("Myths We Cherish") and offers readers practical solutions for making their lives healthier, including an entire chapter on self-detoxification. Capped with a comprehensive bibliography, Fitzgerald's book is a thought-provoking text. Public libraries with strong collections in consumer health, nutrition, and environmental concerns would benefit from having both of these well-crafted books.-Rachel M. Minkin, Graduate Theological Union Lib., Berkeley, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780525949510
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/22/2006
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

RANDALL FITZGERALD has written for The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, and has worked as a contributing editor to Reader's Digest, where he researched, wrote, and edited articles on topics including science, medicine, and inspirational stories. He is the author of six previous books, including Lucky You! and Mugged by the State.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2006

    essential reading for humans

    this is the year for inconvenient truths. The earth is awash in toxic chemicals and indestructible drugs and hormones. They are in the earth, the water supply and our bodies. Read this book. Breakout of denial, do something now. Please.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2006

    Best Book of its kind since 'Silent Spring'

    This is an amazing outing of the synthetic filled world we live in. Most of us do not think about the consequences of a modern age built upon the idea of a better life through 'chemistry' and the subsequent problems of buying into that philosophy as related to medicine, food and nutrition. Randall Fitzgerald has done us all a huge favor pointing out the flaws in our assumptions that these synthetic nutrients, preservatives, drugs, and chemical compounds building up in our environment and increasing our daily body burden are alright and 'acceptable.' As the book indicates if we continue down the road of self-destruction without proper detoxification of our body and our environment we probably deserve the horrible end that may destroy our civilization due to our neglect. The good news, as pointed out in the book, is that we can improve our health and immune strength by becoming aware of the toxic problems we have created and knowing the full truth about what we have done will spur us to positive actions that can improve our health and allow us to step back from the 'slippery slope' mentioned in the book that we are all sliding down. My congratulations to the author for his objective and well researched presentation of the facts as related to the problem and his offer of logical and helpful solutions. Best book of its kind since 'Silent Spring.' A must read for anyone concerned with their health, and the health of our global community.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2006

    Brings it all together with great force and intelligence

    I knew a little bit about different aspects of the subject matter treated in this book. But Randall Fitzgerald is a true master at bringing together many different but related threads and weaving them into an extremely compelling argument that is much more powerful in its totality than the individual pieces. The scientific evidence (there is an 18-page bibliography) is overwhelmingly convincing, and rings true with my intuition as well. Fitzgerald makes it painfully clear: we are in very deep trouble. But he also points the way out for everyone, which is self responsibility for our choices, individually and collectively. This is one of the most important books I've read, ever. Even if you think you already know about the topic, I encourage you to read it you will see what I mean. Then you will want everyone to read it especially your friends and family. This is emergency knowledge.

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