Over the past four decades, the prevalence of autism, asthma, ADHD, obesity, diabetes, and birth defects has increased substantially among children throughout the world. Not coincidentally, more than 80,000 new chemicals have been developed and released into the global environment during this same period. Today the World Health Organization attributes more than one third of all childhood deaths to environmental causes. Children's environmental health is a new and growing discipline that responds to the expanding threat of chemical and environmental hazards to child health. Amid mounting evidence that children are especially sensitive to their environment-and that exposure during their developmental "windows of susceptibility" can trigger cellular changes that lead to lifelong disease and disability-there is a compelling need for continued scientific study of the relationship between children's health and their environment. Children and Environmental Toxins: What Everyone Needs to Know offers an authoritative yet accessible question-and-answer guide to the "silent spring" of threats in our collective backyard. As the burdens of environmental toxins and chronic disease continue to defy borders, this book will be an invaluable addition to the conspicuously sparse literature in this area.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 376 g
Dimensions: 217 x 148 x 18 mm
"I can't overstate the respect and admiration I have for Dr. Landrigan and the important work that he does--this book is a gift for families everywhere." - Jessica Alba
"Every parent needs to read this book. Not only does it offer excellent information on the realities of environmental toxins in our midst; it also explains what actions to take to avoid or prevent them. You couldn't ask for more reliable, diligent authors than Philip and Mary Landrigan. This is the new Bible that needs to be in every home." - Jennifer Beals
"Lead, pesticides, BPA, allergens-it's a chemical jungle out there for our kids. At last parents have the definitive field guide to get through it, one grounded in science and loaded with practical advice." - Ken Cook, President and Co-Founder, Environmental Working Group
"The essential must-read for every new parent, serving up science-based information and actionable daily solutions to prevent harm and ensure a happy, healthy, worry-free start. The Landrigan are national treasures, and this book will be valued for generations to come." - Christopher Gavigan, Founder of The Honest Company; author of Healthy Child Healthy World
"Philip and Mary Landrigan have done us all a great service by pulling together authoritative information about environmental toxins. And more than that, they have given us practical solutions about how to navigate and live safely in our increasing complex environments." - Judith Palfrey, MD, Harvard Medical School
"Families encounter a greater array of complex chemicals in everyday products than ever before. With a lifetime of knowledge, Landrigan and Landrigan offer a useful guidebook for everyone, from parents to policymakers, concerned with protecting the health and wellbeing of our children." - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
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