What's Toxic, What's Not

What's Toxic, What's Not

by Gary Ginsberg, Brian Toal
     
 

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Arsenic. Mercury. Pesticides. Dioxin. Toxic gases. Your typical hazardous waste dump, right? Wrong. These materials can be found in the home. Every day, people work, live, and play amid potentially harmful toxins-things they might not even know are there. They are exposed to these toxic substances in their homes, neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, foods, and

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Arsenic. Mercury. Pesticides. Dioxin. Toxic gases. Your typical hazardous waste dump, right? Wrong. These materials can be found in the home. Every day, people work, live, and play amid potentially harmful toxins-things they might not even know are there. They are exposed to these toxic substances in their homes, neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, foods, and consumer products.

Now, two toxics experts with decades of experience in public health have created a book that separates the risks from the myths of everyday toxins. Comprehensive and easy-to-use, this guide provides scenarios and real-life examples-including important warning signs-that show how to identify problems and what to do about them. With Q&A segments, charts to help assess risk, and a special homebuyer's guide, What's Toxic, What's Not is a book no home should be without.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Ginsberg and Toal-toxicologists for the Connecticut Department of Public Health-have created a comprehensive bible of hazardous substances that impact every individual in the United States. While explaining the major toxins of lead, radon, mold, and asbestos, they also delve into pesticides and chemicals in consumer products, food, water, air, and soil. Chapters describe each toxin, address the myths and realities surrounding it, and discuss how people come into contact with the substance and how to avoid it. Charts illustrate the toxicity, exposure, and risk index for each contaminant. Suggestions for testing one's own environment through the local health department, water service, and so forth are concrete and achievable; important points are boxed for emphasis. Tips are provided for diverse subjects such as how to microwave foods in plastic safely and how to make a homemade "green" bubble bath. A resources appendix provides Internet sites for more information. A fascinating, albeit somewhat frightening, account that should be available in most collections.-Janet M. Schneider, James A. Haley Veterans' Hosp., Tampa Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425211946
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/05/2006
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 8.96(h) x 1.04(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Dr. Gary Ginsberg is the senior toxicologist at the Connecticut Department of Public Health, and holds faculty appointments at the medical schools at Yale University and the University of Connecticut. He is a member of a National Academy of Science panel on biomonitoring. 

Brian Toal supervises the Environmental and Occupational Health Assessment Program in the Connecticut Department of Public Health, where he works closely with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in preventing community exposures to toxics.

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