What's Gotten into Us?: Staying Healthy in a Toxic World by McKay Jenkins

By McKay Jenkins

What’s Gotten into Us? is a deep, striking, and empowering research into the threats—biological and environmental—that chemical substances now found in our day-by-day lives.
 
Do you recognize what chemical compounds are on your shampoo? How approximately your cosmetics? have you learnt what’s within the plastic water bottles you drink from, or the weed killer on your storage, or your children’s pajamas? If you’re like such a lot people, the answer's most likely no. yet you furthermore mght most likely figured that almost all of those items have been secure, and that someone—the brands, the government—was searching for you. the reality may perhaps shock you.

After experiencing a health and wellbeing scare of his personal, journalist McKay Jenkins got down to become aware of the reality approximately poisonous chemical compounds, our alarming degrees of publicity, and our government’s utter failure to manage them successfully. What’s Gotten into Us? reveals how harmful, and the way universal, pollution are within the such a lot traditional issues, and within the such a lot frequent of places:
 
• Our water: because of suburban sprawl and agricultural runoff, ninety seven percentage of our nation’s rivers and streams are actually infected with every thing from herbicides to pharmaceutical medications.
• Our bodies: excessive degrees of hormone-disrupting chemical substances from cosmetics, flame-retardants from garments and furnishings, even long-banned components like DDT and lead, are continually displaying up in human blood samples.
• Our homes: Many pollutants lurk underneath our sinks and in our basements, in fact, yet do you know that they’re additionally present in wall-to-wall carpeting, plywood, and upholstery softeners?
• Our yards: insecticides, fungicides, even universal fertilizers—there are huge, immense, unseen expenditures to our nationwide obsession with eco-friendly, weed-free lawns.
 
What’s Gotten Into Us? is even more than a warning call. It deals various sensible methods for us to regain a few keep watch over over our lives, to make our personal own worlds rather less poisonous. inside of, you’ll locate principles that can assist you make educated judgements in regards to the items you purchase, and to disentangle your self from bad items you don’t need—so that you simply and your loved ones can commence residing more fit lives now, and within the future years. simply because, as this booklet indicates, what you don’t be aware of can harm you.

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I can read them when I get home,” Michelle said. “Nope,” I said. ” Sport that she is, Michelle grabbed the papers, cleared her throat, and began to read. Two results came of all this: First, Michelle decided that she didn’t want to buy fur anymore because she actually has the biggest heart known to humankind and because we are nowhere near so different on the inside as we seem on the outside. Second—and here’s the point of the story—I showed myself to be a smug little jerk. I had mobilized my intellectual and persuasive resources to get someone else to change her behavior, and remained, I saw, utterly complacent about my own.

Michelle was a Daily Candy girl, a Marc Jacobs white Stella handbag girl, a kind of Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw grows up, gets married, and has a baby girl. On the other hand, call me a pussy, but I felt bad every time I saw one of those raccoons or possums with their guts spilled out on the Palisades Parkway. I also felt bad for little animals getting killed for nothing but their skins. Yet I managed to exempt, back then, my leather shoes from my concern that humanity puts vanity before kindness to animals.

Was it possible to live environmentally in our modern culture? Would it seem so unappealing that no one would follow my lead? Would I be making myself into a freak? Or would what I was doing have some real value? I didn’t just want to have no carbon impact. I wanted to have no environmental impact. I was not talking about taking easy environmental half-measures, by the way. I was not talking about just using energy-saving fluorescent lightbulbs or being a diligent recycler. My idea was to go as far as possible and try to maintain as close to no net environmental impact as I could.

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