Naturally Dangerous: Surprising Facts about Food, Health and the Environment / Edition 1

Naturally Dangerous: Surprising Facts about Food, Health and the Environment / Edition 1

by Collman
     
 

ISBN-10: 1891389092

ISBN-13: 9781891389092

Pub. Date: 05/28/2004

Publisher: University Science Books

Full of surprising anecdotes, curious facts and historical oddities, this remarkable little book connects observations from our everyday lives to the scientific principles that explain them. You will find information on organic produce, irradiated foods, trans fat and fat substitutes, natural herbs, designer drugs, Mad Cow Disease, Prions, cancer, DNA testing, global…  See more details below

Overview

Full of surprising anecdotes, curious facts and historical oddities, this remarkable little book connects observations from our everyday lives to the scientific principles that explain them. You will find information on organic produce, irradiated foods, trans fat and fat substitutes, natural herbs, designer drugs, Mad Cow Disease, Prions, cancer, DNA testing, global warming, acid rain, aphrodisiacs, pheromones, and much more. Chances are if there is something you were wondering about, you will find it covered here. Should you be eating margarine? Are cell phones safe? Read on!The author has avoided scientific jargon and mathematics to make this book of interest to nonscientists and scientists alike.


About the Author

Jim Collman is a Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University. A member of the National Academy of Sciences and a recipient of numerous research and teaching awards, Collman is also an avid fly-fisherman with broad interests in the environment, health, nutrition and the history of science.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781891389092
Publisher:
University Science Books
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Illustration Credits
Overture: Is Anything Safe?1
Ch. 1Chemicals Lurking in Your Grocery Store7
Ch. 2The Pharmacy45
Ch. 3Is "Health Food Store" an Oxymoron?61
Ch. 4Infectious Agents: Are All Micro-organisms Bad?87
Ch. 5Cancer and the Environment107
Ch. 6Nature Is Elemental121
Ch. 7Natural and Unnatural Molecules in the Environment155
Ch. 8Is the Sky Falling??169
Ch. 9Dust, Magnets, and Scuba Diving195
Ch. 10We Are All Radioactive!209
Epilogue: There Is No Free Lunch!225
Further Reading227
Glossary239
Index259

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