What's toxic, what's not

Gary Ginsberg

Book - 2006

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New York : Berkley Books 2006.
Item Description
"Know your risk -- safeguard your home"--Cover.
"Everything you need to know about: mold, lead, radon, asbestos, food additives, power lines, cancer clusters and more..."--Cover.
Physical Description
376 p. : ill., charts
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Main Author
Gary Ginsberg (-)
Other Authors
Brian Toal (-)
Review by Choice Reviews

Covered in yellow and black, this paperback by Ginsberg (Univ. of Connecticut School of Medicine and CT Dept. of Public Health) and Toal (CT DPH) resembles the offerings of a popular self-help series. Bulleted lists, risk index graphs, "toxic files," question-and-answer sections, and a conversational tone confirm its audience as general readers. Nevertheless, the authors sort out confusing and sometimes conflicting information about confirmed and perceived health hazards, including lead, mercury, asbestos, radon, pesticides, food additives, dioxins and dioxin-like compounds, air and water pollutants, and mold in foods, homes, schools, and workplaces. They define the basic terminology of toxicology and provide guidelines that specify ways to avoid or limit exposures. An appendix lists resources for those seeking additional or more current information. Additional chapters address home buyers' and consumers' concerns and cancer clusters. References include state and federal government documents, peer-reviewed journal articles, and environmental organizations' reports, along with newspaper articles. Although this book includes recent topics, including perfluorooctanoic acid/perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOA/PFOS) release from nonstick cookware, Richard Philip's Ecosystems and Human Health (2nd ed., CH, Apr'02, 39-4613) is a more scholarly alternative for college students and above. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers. Copyright 2007 American Library Association.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Ginsberg and Toalâ€"toxicologists for the Connecticut Department of Public Healthâ€"have created a comprehensive bible of hazardous substances that impact every individual in the United States. While explaining the major toxins of lead, radon, mold, and asbestos, they also delve into pesticides and chemicals in consumer products, food, water, air, and soil. Chapters describe each toxin, address the myths and realities surrounding it, and discuss how people come into contact with the substance and how to avoid it. Charts illustrate the toxicity, exposure, and risk index for each contaminant. Suggestions for testing one's own environment through the local health department, water service, and so forth are concrete and achievable; important points are boxed for emphasis. Tips are provided for diverse subjects such as how to microwave foods in plastic safely and how to make a homemade "green" bubble bath. A resources appendix provides Internet sites for more information. A fascinating, albeit somewhat frightening, account that should be available in most collections.â€"Janet M. Schneider, James A. Haley Veterans' Hosp., Tampa [Page 150]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Two experts in the field of toxicology and environmental health assess the potential hazards and health risks of such toxic materials as radon, asbestos, mold, lead, food additives, and more, examining the harmful effects of, as well as refuting the myths about, everyday toxins. Original. 20,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Arsenic. Mercury. Pesticides. Dioxin. Toxic gases. Your typical hazardous waste dump, right? Wrong. These materials can be found in the home. Every day, people work, live, and play amid potentially harmful toxins-things they might not even know are there. They are exposed to these toxic substances in their homes, neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, foods, and consumer products. Now, two toxics experts with decades of experience in public health have created a book that separates the risks from the myths of everyday toxins. Comprehensive and easy-to-use, this guide provides scenarios and real-life examples-including important warning signs-that show how to identify problems and what to do about them. With Q&A segments, charts to help assess risk, and a special homebuyer's guide, What's Toxic, What's Not is a book no home should be without.