Whatâ€™s Gotten into Us? is a deep, remarkable, and empowering investigation into the threatsâ€”biological and environmentalâ€”that chemicals now present in our daily lives.Â Do you know what chemicals are in your shampoo? How about your cosmetics? Do you know whatâ€™s in the plastic water bottles you drink from, or the weed killer in your garage, or your childrenâ€™s pajamas? If youâ€™re like most of us, the answer is probably no. But you also probably figured that most of these products were safe, and that someoneâ€”the manufacturers, the governmentâ€”was looking out for you. The truth might surprise you.After experiencing a health scare of his own, journalist McKay Jenkins set out to discover the truth about toxic chemicals, our alarming levels of exposure, and our governmentâ€™s utter failure to regulate them effectively. Whatâ€™s Gotten into Us? reveals how dangerous, and how common, toxins are in the most ordinary things, and in the most familiar of places:Â â€˘ Our water: Thanks to suburban sprawl and agricultural runoff, 97 percent of our nationâ€™s rivers and streams are now contaminated with everything from herbicides to pharmaceutical drugs. â€˘ Our bodies: High levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals from cosmetics, flame-retardants from clothing and furniture, even long-banned substances like DDT and lead, are consistently showing up in human blood samples.â€˘ Our homes: Many toxins lurk beneath our sinks and in our basements, of course, but did you know that theyâ€™re also found in wall-to-wall carpeting, plywood, and fabric softeners? â€˘ Our yards: Pesticides, fungicides, even common fertilizersâ€”there are enormous, unseen costs to our national obsession with green, weed-free lawns. Â Whatâ€™s Gotten Into Us? is much more than a wake-up call. It offers numerous practical ways for us to regain some control over our lives, to make our own personal worlds a little less toxic. Inside, youâ€™ll find ideas to help you make informed decisions about the products you buy, and to disentangle yourself from unhealthy products you donâ€™t needâ€”so that you and your family can start living healthier lives now, and in the years to come. Because, as this book shows, what you donâ€™t know can hurt you.
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