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From pesticides to PCBs-what's a threat, what's not, and what to do about it. Mercury. Lead. Pesticides. Plastics. Air pollution. PCBs. How can parents sort through the hype, propaganda, and misinformation-and find out what is and isn't a threat to children's health? Investigative journalist, advocate, and concerned parent Libby McDonald separates the facts from the alarmi From pesticides to PCBs-what's a threat, what's not, and what to do about it. Mercury. Lead. Pesticides. Plastics. Air pollution. PCBs. How can parents sort through the hype, propaganda, and misinformation-and find out what is and isn't a threat to children's health? Investigative journalist, advocate, and concerned parent Libby McDonald separates the facts from the alarmist myths. Based on the latest research along with interviews with top medical, toxicological, and environmental experts, The Toxic Sandbox covers a wide range of essential concerns, including: - How can kids be protected from mercury poisoning? - What are the sources of lead poisoning, and how can they be avoided? - What pesticides are children ingesting, and does eating organic keep them safe? - Which teenage beauty products contain carcinogenic phthalates? - What are PCBs and PBDEs and why are they found in breast milk? - What can be done to stop the childhood asthma epidemic? Delivering reliable, up-to-date information, this indispensable resource will empower parents to protect their kids-and raise awareness for the greater good.


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From pesticides to PCBs-what's a threat, what's not, and what to do about it. Mercury. Lead. Pesticides. Plastics. Air pollution. PCBs. How can parents sort through the hype, propaganda, and misinformation-and find out what is and isn't a threat to children's health? Investigative journalist, advocate, and concerned parent Libby McDonald separates the facts from the alarmi From pesticides to PCBs-what's a threat, what's not, and what to do about it. Mercury. Lead. Pesticides. Plastics. Air pollution. PCBs. How can parents sort through the hype, propaganda, and misinformation-and find out what is and isn't a threat to children's health? Investigative journalist, advocate, and concerned parent Libby McDonald separates the facts from the alarmist myths. Based on the latest research along with interviews with top medical, toxicological, and environmental experts, The Toxic Sandbox covers a wide range of essential concerns, including: - How can kids be protected from mercury poisoning? - What are the sources of lead poisoning, and how can they be avoided? - What pesticides are children ingesting, and does eating organic keep them safe? - Which teenage beauty products contain carcinogenic phthalates? - What are PCBs and PBDEs and why are they found in breast milk? - What can be done to stop the childhood asthma epidemic? Delivering reliable, up-to-date information, this indispensable resource will empower parents to protect their kids-and raise awareness for the greater good.

30 review for The Toxic Sandbox: The Truth about Environmental Toxins and Our Children's Health

  1. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Reading this book kind of made me want to put my kids in a plastic bubble. But then I started to worry that the plastic bubble might contain BPA, and I scrapped that idea. This book explores environmental toxins putting our kids at risk -- lead, mercury, plastics and air pollution, among others. I was most interested in the chapter on plastic contaminents (BPA and others) and this book does contain a good amount of information on those specific toxins. So, I now feel more informed and have somet Reading this book kind of made me want to put my kids in a plastic bubble. But then I started to worry that the plastic bubble might contain BPA, and I scrapped that idea. This book explores environmental toxins putting our kids at risk -- lead, mercury, plastics and air pollution, among others. I was most interested in the chapter on plastic contaminents (BPA and others) and this book does contain a good amount of information on those specific toxins. So, I now feel more informed and have something new to worry about. The book is a quick read, and a good resource for parents concerned about environmental health hazards and looking for strategies to protect their kids. The list of questions to ask your child's pediatrician/dentist was a nice addition.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    Quick, easy read. Well organized and researched. Accurate info on lead, mercury, plastics (BPA and phthalates), PCBs and PBDEs, air pollution, and pesticides. Good advice on how to protect our children from all these chemicals and toxins. This is the exact type of information I painstakingly had to research on my own in 2004 and now you can find it all in one place. The only disappointment was minimal info on PFOAs (Teflon). I also think the author should have at least mentioned the possibility Quick, easy read. Well organized and researched. Accurate info on lead, mercury, plastics (BPA and phthalates), PCBs and PBDEs, air pollution, and pesticides. Good advice on how to protect our children from all these chemicals and toxins. This is the exact type of information I painstakingly had to research on my own in 2004 and now you can find it all in one place. The only disappointment was minimal info on PFOAs (Teflon). I also think the author should have at least mentioned the possibility of eating fewer animal products (or even eating vegetarian) to avoid bioaccumulative toxins like PCBs.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jostalady

    This is a quick read, just an overview of the kinds of everyday toxins parents need to be alerted to. I would recommend this book to any parent that doesn't plan to spend any or a lot of time on this topic, because it is important to be aware. This would also serve as an easy entry point for someone who plans to look at this topic more closely. This is a quick read, just an overview of the kinds of everyday toxins parents need to be alerted to. I would recommend this book to any parent that doesn't plan to spend any or a lot of time on this topic, because it is important to be aware. This would also serve as an easy entry point for someone who plans to look at this topic more closely.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Janelle

    I bought this book to learn a little more about the BPA controversy when I was pregnant. Each chapter is dedicated to a different thing for parents to be aware of. I found it to be a good reference, and the bibliography will be useful should I choose to pursue any of the topics a little more in depth.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Maggie

    This book was shocking. It's a must read for parents and everyone else too. It talks about a lot of the hazards that surround our kids everyday and, more importantly, what we can do about it. The book discusses exposure to lead (which is probably more of a concern in the US), mercury, plastics, and more. They also have a website that you can check out. Great book! This book was shocking. It's a must read for parents and everyone else too. It talks about a lot of the hazards that surround our kids everyday and, more importantly, what we can do about it. The book discusses exposure to lead (which is probably more of a concern in the US), mercury, plastics, and more. They also have a website that you can check out. Great book!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    This is a great introduction to common toxins, especially those that can affect young children and their development. It was quite eye-opening, particularly about BPA. I would recommend it to anyone, not just parents, concerned with everyday toxins.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Angelique

    The author makes it really easy - outlines the most prominent chemicals that our children are exposed to and the possible health implications due to these ubiquitous chemicals. A quick easy read that can serve as a simplistic reference.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lana

    Concise, easy to read and very relevant for modern-day parents. I personally would have preferred a little more in-depth information at some points but I think that most would be quite happy with the overview it does provide. Recommended.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    Apparently, my decisions to avoid certain plastics has decreased the chances of Aiden having a small penis. Or cancer. Wew. Two things on my Motherhood Checklist: Things to Prevent down, a million more to go.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Brenna

    I started this book and randomly page through it here and there. I learned some good facts about organic fruits & veggies from it, and about scary plastics!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Interesting and informative read, but a little alarmist.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Karina

    Most of it wasn't breaking news to me, but still good to read about in depth. Good for any parent to take a look at. Easy reading. Most of it wasn't breaking news to me, but still good to read about in depth. Good for any parent to take a look at. Easy reading.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amy Brown

    So far, very interesting! a must read for all parents!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    for such a title, this hypocondriac's dream book wasn't particularly thorough, not particularly well written, or particularly interesting. shucks because it should have been good. for such a title, this hypocondriac's dream book wasn't particularly thorough, not particularly well written, or particularly interesting. shucks because it should have been good.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sandy Jiang

    Well researched and very informative- people should read just to be aware!

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