Hoboken, New Jersey : John Wiley & Sons, Inc., , ©2011.
xiv, 241 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
This book explains how the chemicals in everyday products are killing us, and what the government is not doing about it. Did you know that "non-toxic" usually means "never tested"? Or that many green cleaners may be good for the environment, but terrible for you? The author, a chemist and activist goes from under your sink into the halls of the powerful, tracing America's love affair with chemicals that kill, explaining how much worse the problem has gotten in the last decade. -- Provided by publisher.
Preface -- Your body is a chemistry experiment: have we given ourselves diabetes, autism, and cancer? -- Dying for your (child's) art: why "nontoxic" doesn't mean not toxic -- Calling a product green doesn't make it stop being poison: the chemical substitution game -- "All natural" doesn't mean safe, either: Mother Nature is out to get you -- Why not just use soap? : you versus the environment -- Of wall paint and face paint: how labels can mislead you --You have the right to know: how MSDS can help you protect yourself (when no one else will) -- Your air filter may be polluting your air: understanding chemical exposure -- Silver socks rocked by toxic shocker! : our weak worker and consumer protection laws -- Chemicals known to the state of California: a political action plan -- Don't drive yourself crazy: thirteen reasonable ways to change today -- Acknowledgments -- Appendix A: Detergent additives -- Appendix B: Evaluating the material safety data sheet -- Appendix : New York disclosure amendment -- Notes -- Index.
Includes bibliographical references and index.