The Toxic Sandbox: The Truth About Environmental Toxins and Our Children's Health [NOOK Book]

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From pesticides to PCBs-what's a threat, what's not, and what to do about it.

Mercury. Lead. Pesticides. Plastics. Air pollution. PCBs. How can parents sort through the hype, propaganda, and misinformation-and find out what is and isn't a threat to children's health? Investigative journalist, advocate, and concerned parent Libby McDonald separates the facts from the alarmist myths. Based on the latest research along with interviews with top ...
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The Toxic Sandbox: The Truth About Environmental Toxins and Our Children's Health

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Overview

From pesticides to PCBs-what's a threat, what's not, and what to do about it.

Mercury. Lead. Pesticides. Plastics. Air pollution. PCBs. How can parents sort through the hype, propaganda, and misinformation-and find out what is and isn't a threat to children's health? Investigative journalist, advocate, and concerned parent Libby McDonald separates the facts from the alarmist myths. Based on the latest research along with interviews with top medical, toxicological, and environmental experts, The Toxic Sandbox covers a wide range of essential concerns, including:

- How can kids be protected from mercury poisoning?
- What are the sources of lead poisoning, and how can they be avoided?
- What pesticides are children ingesting, and does eating organic keep them safe?
- Which teenage beauty products contain carcinogenic phthalates?
- What are PCBs and PBDEs and why are they found in breast milk?
- What can be done to stop the childhood asthma epidemic?


Delivering reliable, up-to-date information, this indispensable resource will empower parents to protect their kids-and raise awareness for the greater good.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101203323
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/6/2007
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 749 KB

Meet the Author

Libby McDonald is a writer, a documentary filmmaker, and a mother of four. An advocate for children, she started an alternative public school for the underprivileged in Jersey City, New Jersey.
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Table of Contents


Foreword     ix
Uncovering the Truth: A Yearlong Investigation     1
Lead: There Is No Safe Threshold     13
Mercury: Fish Contaminated with Mercury     41
Plastics: Toss the Bad Plastics     65
PCBs and Flame Retardants: Old and New Carcinogens     97
Air Pollution: Dirty Air Harms Our Children's Brains     119
Pesticides: Which Foods Are Safe?     145
A Safer Future: Why There's Reason to Hope-and to Stay Informed     161
Ten Key Steps     169
Questions for Your Pediatrician and Dentist     173
About the Blog     175
Notes     177
Sources     181
Acknowledgments     195
Index     197
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2008

    CRITICAL Information for Every Parent and/or Expecting Mother

    This book is an easy quick read, yet full of so much information. It is a must educational book for all parents. You will be surprised at how much toxicity our children are exposed to everyday. After reading this book and researching the referenced websites it suggests, you will be able to make simple changes in your families habits to limit dangerous exposure to toxins you didn't even know existed! The information that I learned in this book has changed my family's lives forever. A big THANK YOU to the author for writing this book!

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