Non-Toxic: Guide to Living Healthy in a Chemical World

Non-Toxic: Guide to Living Healthy in a Chemical World

Non-Toxic: Guide to Living Healthy in a Chemical World

Non-Toxic: Guide to Living Healthy in a Chemical World


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There is no question that our environment has changed dramatically over the past few decades. The influx of thousands of toxic chemicals that seep into every aspect of our lives wreaking havoc on our bodies can seem daunting, but research now shows that by making simple changes, we can dramatically reduce exposures to many harmful chemicals that we eat, breathe, and lather on our skin.

Non-Toxic is a practical guide to living healthier in our modern environment. It teaches how to reduce chemical and radiation exposures by recognizing potential threats and paying attention to what you eat, breathe, and put onto your skin. Written in clear, easy-to-understand language and based on scientific evidence, this book is filled with resources, tools, tear-off sheets, recipes, and practical, cost-effective tips designed to help you:

· Understand and decode product and food labels

· Create delicious recipes to help detoxify your body

· Choose and prepare food and drinks safely and healthfully

· Furnish and clean your home for a healthy indoor environment

· Safely disinfect surfaces from COVID-19

· Create do-it-yourself cleaning product recipes

· Choose safer personal care products and cosmetics

· Reduce exposure to pesticides in and around your home

· Ensure safe drinking water for you, your family and pets

· Reduce exposure to EMF radiation from cell phones, laptops and other tech toys

· Make informed decisions about toys, baby products, and other environmental issues affecting your children

Written by a board-certified Rheumatologist and Integrative Medicine Physician, and a renowned PhD professor of neuro- and reproductive biology, Non-Toxic is designed to be referred to again and again for its relevant, cost-effective, and practical ways to reduce exposure and thereby lower risk for developing a variety of environmentally associated illnesses.

ABOUT THE SERIES: From series editor, Andrew Weil, one of the most iconic and trusted names in healthcare today, the Dr. Weil's Healthy Living Guides series discusses caring for common medical conditions and optimizing health from an integrative medical approach. Integrative medicine is defined as an evidence-based healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person (body, mind, and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of all appropriate therapies, conventional, alternative, and complementary.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190082352
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 09/08/2020
Series: Dr Weil's Healthy Living Guides
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 456,478
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Dr. Aly Cohen is a board certified rheumatologist and integrative medicine specialist, as well as an environmental health expert in Princeton, New Jersey. She has collaborated with the Environmental Working Group, Cancer Schmancer, and other disease-prevention organizations, and is coeditor of the textbook, Integrative Environmental Medicine, part of the Oxford University Press Weil Integrative Medicine Library. In 2015, she created to share environmental health, disease prevention, and wellness information with the public.

Dr. Fred vom Saal is a Curators' Distinguished Professor of Biology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. After college he taught biology as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Somalia and after the revolution there, he also taught in Kenya and then Paris before entering graduate school. Dr. vom Saal has published over 240 articles and reviews on his research. He has served on the editorial boards of numerous scientific journals and federal research review panels both in the United States and abroad.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword xi

Introduction: The Story of Truxtun, Aly's Golden Retriever 1

1 Overview of Environmental Exposures: How We Got into This Pickle 13

2 How the Human Endocrine and Immune Systems Are Disrupted by Chemical Exposures 37

3 Chemicals and Kids: What Parents and Parents-to-Be Need to Know! 57

4 We Are What We Eat: Chemicals in Our Food 75

5 What Is REALLY in Our Drinking Water? 105

6 Medications Are Chemicals Too 133

7 The Air We Breathe: Indoor and Outdoor Air Quality 155

8 Is My Antiperspirant Harming Me? Personal Care Products and Chemicals 171

9 Squeaky Clean: How to Stay Clean without Toxins! 199

10 Insecticides, Herbicides, and Other Pesticides: Chemicals Designed to Kill 225

11 Home Furnishings: How to Avoid Flame Retardants and Other Toxic Chemicals 245

12 Radiation: Safer Use of Cell Phones, Tech Toys, and Gadgets 267

13 Detoxification Methods That Work 291

Appendix 1 Detox Recipes 327

Appendix 2 Travel Tips 349

Appendix 3 Gym Tips 353

Appendix 4 Reputable Labs 355

Appendix 5 Abbreviations 357

Appendix 6 Glossary 359

Appendix 7 Tear-Off Refrigerator Sheet 365

About the Authors 367

Acknowledgments 371

Index 375

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