ContamiNation: My Quest to Survive in a Toxic World by McKay Jenkins
We are all surrounded by poisonous chemicals and dangerous toxins. Are you interested in understanding the risks different products pose and the consequences of over-exposure? If so, ContamiNation is the book to read. In addition to revealing the results of recent scientific reports and interviews with the participants of experimental studies, McKay Jenkins makes suggestions of alternative products we can use to improve the quality and safety of our environment.
ContamiNation addresses everything from home furnishings, cleaning products, cosmetics, lawn products, toys, the air we breathe, and the water we drink. Many chemicals and toxins found in common everyday usage have been linked to debilitating conditions: cancer, liver and kidney problems, autism, attention deficit disorder, problems in the endocrine system (thyroid and hormone balance), asthma, food allergies, eczema, depression, birth defects, and lead, mercury, and arsenic poisoning. Even symptoms like persistent headaches, fatigue, and high blood pressure can be caused by over-exposure to poisonous chemicals.
Things you have lived with your whole life can suddenly start causing health issues. As the author explains- it is called the “bucket theory”. The human body is like a bucket that can hold a certain volume of toxic chemicals. When a person reaches their maximum limit (and their bucket is full) it can no longer detoxify itself. Once you pass the threshold, there is no going back to normal. Health problems inevitably begin.
Some examples of which you may already be aware include lead paint on toys imported from China, mercury in fish, and the danger of drinking out of plastic bottles. Other examples may shock you such as dangerous levels of formaldehyde in plywood and ethylene glycol (a chemical generally used in paint and antifreeze) turning up in some brands of toothpaste.
In many cases there is neither sufficient government research to justify banning products nor interest by the chemical companies to make products safer. And McKay Jenkins admits that in many cases there simply are no alternative products available, so the only option is to stop using something altogether. And although it would be virtually impossible to live a chemical-free life, there are ways to minimize the dangers and protect your personal environment. Jenkins does make the consumer aware of what ingredients to avoid if at all possible. And he lists websites for organic and eco-friendly products, and offers home made recipes for cleaning products.
So whether you or a family member already have one of the above mentioned conditions, or are fortunate enough to not yet have experienced a “full bucket”, I highly recommend reading this book. It’s a real eye opener… a must read.
Rated 5 Stars
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