Synopses & Reviews
Combining the impact of the classic bestseller Silent Spring with Fast Food Nation, The Hundred-Year Lie presents a devastating exposé of how chemicals in everyday products are ruining our health.
Over the past one hundred years, we have been guinea pigs in a vast chemistry experiment that uses our bodies, our health, and our good will to test the proposition that modern science can improve upon nature.
In The Hundred-Year Lie, investigative journalist RandallFitzgerald shatters dozens of myths being perpetuated by the chemical, pharmaceutical and processed food industries.
Find out why you would never be FDA-approvedand why humans are becoming one of the most polluted species on the planet:
The average American now carries a body burden of 700 or more synthetic chemicals, including Teflon, plastics, and dozens of pesticides.
Musk fragrances used in detergents and air fresheners are not filtered out by our current water treatment facilities, ending up in our drinking water.
The artificial sweetener aspartame, an ingredient in 1,200 food products from diet drinks to chewing gum, has been linked to eighty-eight toxic symptoms.
Fitzgerald not only sheds light on the problems we face from the unprecedented chemical onslaught, he presents suggestions for what we can to do to turn the tide.
"This provocative and frightening look at the synthetic chemicals used by the processed foods, pharmaceutical and chemical industries delivers an excellent, up-to-date summary of 'what is really in our food, water, vitamins, prescription drugs, childhood vaccines, cosmetics, and in our homes.' Former Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Fitzgerald (Mugged by the State) takes aim at the belief that 'lab-created synthetics are as benign as and more effective than naturally occurring foods and medicines.' The 'hundred-year lie' dates from 1906, the year Congress enacted the Pure Food and Drug Act. Utilizing a range of articles from science journals and government reports, along with interviews with scientists and environmentalists, Fitzgerald looks at synthetic chemicals from artificial sweeteners to antidepressants that are diminishing our health. Throughout, Fitzgerald explodes various myths such as that one right dose of a particular drug works for everyone and that all food additives have been tested for safety. Still, Fitzgerald's faith in Eastern and other natural healing processes will not convince everyone. The author concludes with practical steps for 'choosing a diet of pure foods and a lifestyle free of synthetics.' (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Provocative and frightening . . . excellent. (Publishers Weekly
Exhaustively researched . . . a useful addition to your library. (Salon.com)
A frightening wake-up call . . . if Fast Food Nation made you consider some serious lifestyle changes, The Hundred-Year Lie will inspire you to go ten steps farther. (Boston Herald)
An investigative journalist shatters dozens of myths being perpetuated by the chemical, pharmaceutical, and processed food industries and reveals why humans are becoming one of the most polluted species on the planet.
In a devastating exposé in the tradition of Silent Spring
and Fast Food Nation
, investigative journalist Randall Fitzgerald warns how thousands of man-made chemicals in our food, water, medicine, and environment are making humans the most polluted species on the planet. A century ago in 1906, when Congress enacted the Pure Food and Drug Act, Americans were promised ?better living through chemistry.? Fitzgerald provides overwhelming evidence to shatter this myth, and many others perpetrated by the chemical, pharmaceutical, and processed foods industries. In the face of this national health crisis, Fitzgerald also presents informed and practical suggestions for what we can do to turn the tide and live healthier lives.
? The average American carries a ?body burden? of 700 synthetic chemicals
? Chemicals in tap water can cause reproductive abnormalities and hermaphroditic birth
? A 2005 study of lactating women in eighteen U.S. states found perchlorate (a toxic component of rocket fuel) in practically every mother?s breast milk
About the Author
RANDALL FITZGERALD has written for The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, and has worked as a contributing editor to Readers Digest, where he researched, wrote, and edited articles on topics including science, medicine, and inspirational stories. He is the author of six previous books, including Lucky You! and Mugged by the State.