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Dodging the Toxic Bullet: How to Protect Yourself from Everyday Environmental Health Hazards

Dodging the Toxic Bullet: How to Protect Yourself from Everyday Environmental Health Hazards

by David R. Boyd, David Suzuki

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Dodging the Toxic Bullet presents workable strategies that show how we can live longer, healthier lives by breathing clean air, eating healthy food, drinking safe water, and using non-toxic products. Author David R. Boyd provides accessible background on a range of hazards including mercury in fish, carcinogens in cleaning products, lead in toys, and lethal E. coli in ground beef. His clear directions for reducing risk include growing lots of houseplants, choosing whole foods, avoiding consumer products with strong or long-lasting smells, and using green cleaning products. Easy-to-follow advice and informative sidebars and checklists make this a must-have guide, especially for parents of infants and children.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781553656210
Publisher: Greystone Books
Publication date: 03/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 370 KB

About the Author

David R. Boyd is a leading environmental lawyer who has provided advice to the governments of Sweden and Canada. He is a Trudeau Scholar at the University of British Columbia, where his research focuses on the right to a healthy environment. He is also an adjunct professor with Simon Fraser University's graduate Resource and Environmental Management program. Boyd is the coauthor of David Suzuki's Green Guide and the author of other influential works, including Sustainability Within a Generation: A New Vision for Canada and Unnatural Law: Rethinking Canadian Environmental Law and Policy. He lives, lightly, on Pender Island in British Columbia with Margot Venton and their daughter, Meredith.

David Suzuki is an award-winning geneticist, broadcaster, and host of CBC TV's The Nature of Things. He has authored over 40 books and is widely recognized as a world leader in sustainable ecology. Dr. Suzuki has 22 honorary doctorates from universities in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. For his support of Canada's First Nations people, Dr. Suzuki has been honoured with six names and formal adoption by two tribes.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Acknowledgments 5

Foreword 7

1 Environmental Health 101 9

2 The Outdoor Air We Breathe 29

3 The Indoor Air We Breathe 51

4 The Food We Eat 73

5 The Water We Drink 97

6 The Things We Buy and Use 119

7 The Physical Hazards We Face 149

8 Advocate for a Healthy Environment 163

9 Healthy Planet, Healthy People 183

Resources 197

Index 207

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