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Suggested Reading

Synthetic Planet: Chemicals, Politics and the Hazards of Modern Life by Monica Casper, Rutledge, 2003
An excellent explanation of the politics surrounding industrial chemicals. Dying from Dioxin — Citizen’s Guide to reclaiming Our Health and Rebuilding Democracy by Lois Marie Gibbs, South End Press, 1995 Explains how dioxin is everywhere, and goes on to detail this serious threat to our health. >>

Toxic Deception: How the Chemical Industry Manipulates Science, Bends the Law and Endangers Your Health by Dan Fagin, Marianne Lavelle, and the Center for Public Integrity, Common Courage Press, 1999
An investigative reporter’s views of the chemical industry pointing out many interesting facts and relationships, i.e., almost 50 percent of the top officials who left their employment with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the past 15 years now work for chemical companies. >>

Chemical Exposures: Low Levels and High Stakes by Nicholas Ashford and Claudia Miller,Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1998
A good exploration into the concept of individual sensitivity to low-level chemical exposures. >>

Our Toxic World: A Wake Up Call by Dr. Doris Rapp, MD, Environmental Research Foundation, 2003
Discusses how chemicals surrounding us affect not only our physical health but also our behaviors, and are the cause of a number of chronic illnesses. >>

Toxics A to Z: A Guide to Everyday Pollution Hazards by John Harte, Cheryl Holdren, Richard Schneider and Christine Shirley, University of California Press, 1991
A good place for the layperson to begin to understand the 100 most common toxins found in their surroundings. >>

The Consumer’s Guide to Effective Environmental Choices: Practical Advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists by Michael Brower and Warren Leon, Three Rivers Press, 1999
A well-researched and down-to-earth guide for sensible environmental decision-making in your everyday life. >>

Chemical Deception: The Toxic Threat to Health and the Environment by Marc Lappe, Sierra Club, 1992
An early book that discredits many of the common statements surrounding the often-quoted statement by chemical industry members who say that exposure to chemicals won’t hurt you. >>

Seeds of Deception by Jeffrey Smith, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2003
The first book to disclose industry and government involvement with genetically modified foods. >>

Tired or Toxic: A Blueprint for Health by Sherry Rogers, Prestige Publications, 1990
An early work describing the sources of toxins and an individual’s physical ability to deal with them. >>

Chemical Sensitivity by Sherry Rodgers, McGraw-Hill, 1998
An introduction to and explanation of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) and body chemistry. >>

Creating A Healthy Household by Lynn Marie Bower, Healthy House Institute, 2000
This is an excellent book for those seeking specific product sources and basic information on their home environment. >>

Homes That Heal by Athena Thompson, New Society Publishers, 2004
The author gives a Bau-biologist’s perspective on how your home can contribute to many health problems, and recommends solutions. >>

Safe Shopper’s Bible by David Steinman and Samuel S. Epstein, Macmillan, 1995
A great reference source and guide that provides valuable toxic insights into everyday household products, cosmetics and food. >>

The Invisible Disease by Gunni Nordström, John Hunt Publishers, 2004
Discusses the dangers of environmental illnesses caused by electromagnetic fields and chemical emissions. >>

Diet for a Poisoned Planet: The 21st Century Edition by David Steinman, Avalon, 2007
How to choose safe foods for you and your family. >>

Living Green by Greg Horn, Freedom Press, 2006
A Practical guide to simple sustainability. >>

Safe Trip to Eden by David Steinman, Avalon, 2007
Ten steps to save planet Earth from the global warming meltdown. >>

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