What's in This Stuff?: The Hidden Toxins in Everyday Products and What You Can Do about Them

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We are what we eat. We are also what we drink, breathe, bathe in, and groom ourselves with. And what we clean our homes with, garden with, and care for our pets with. Ever ask what's in this stuff? The answers may shock you.

Most of us shop for convenience. We like to buy things that let us "spray and wipe," "wash and go," and eat on the run. Yet many of the quick-fix products we buy contain synthetic chemicals that pollute our homes and our bodies. In this fascinating, timely, ...

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We are what we eat. We are also what we drink, breathe, bathe in, and groom ourselves with. And what we clean our homes with, garden with, and care for our pets with. Ever ask what's in this stuff? The answers may shock you.

Most of us shop for convenience. We like to buy things that let us "spray and wipe," "wash and go," and eat on the run. Yet many of the quick-fix products we buy contain synthetic chemicals that pollute our homes and our bodies. In this fascinating, timely, and sometimes alarming book, Patricia Thomas reveals how many of the products we use every day contain a dangerous cocktail of cheap, poorly tested chemicals that are implicated in long-term heath problems. Wide-ranging and practical, What's in This Stuff? explains: Why are being exposed to more chemicals than ever before, The health risks of exposure to industrial chemicals in consumer products, Which chemicals you should definitely avoid-and why a mixture of chemicals can be particularly potent, Why Babies in the womb and young children are especially vulnerable to the effects of toxic chemicals.

What's in This Stuff? also presents simple solutions and alternatives to harmful products by revealing: How to interpret labels with ease so you can avoid dangerous chemicals, Tips for using conventional products more wisely to minimize their effects, The best plants for cleaning the air in your home and office, How to make your own toiletries, cleaners, and pet supplies using nontoxic ingredients already in your home.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780399533884
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/2/2008
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Thomas is the author of the bestselling Cleaning Yourself to Death as well as Living Dangerously: Are Everyday Toxins Making You Sick? A former radio producer and broadcaster, she is a regular contributor to newspapers and appears frequently on TV and radio.

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