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Our Stolen Future: Are We Threatening our Fertility, Intelligence and Survival? - A Scientific Detective Story Paperback – 16 Jan 1997


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  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; New edition edition (16 Jan 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349108781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349108780
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 704,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Aug 1999
Format: Paperback
Ever read Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" or are you interested in Environmental Health - how the environment around us is having an effect on human health? This book is the next step after "Silent Spring" and is an excellant follow-up. You do not need to have a Science degree to understand it as it is both clear and concise. This book is for those of us worried about the world around us and what we are doing to it and in turn what it is doing to us.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Niki Collins-queen, Author TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Mar 2012
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The book "Our Stolen Future" by Theo Colborn and John Peterson Myers, two leading environmentalists and Dianne Dumanoski, an environmental journalist, list the compelling effects of chemical contamination revealed from wildlife studies, laboratory experiments and human data. Synthetic chemicals are now linked to reproductive problems: a low sperm count (the male sperm count has plummeted by 50% since 1940 worldwide), infertility, genital and urethra abnormalities, the feminization of males, the masculization of females and hormonally triggered human diseases such as breast and prostrate cancer. Other symptoms include neurological and developmental disorders in children, the abnormal functioning of the thyroid, endocrine and immune system and mental and emotional development.
The danger we face in being exposed to industrial chemical contaminates is not simply disease and death. Something more sinister than straightforward poisoning may be occurring-the actual destruction of our human potential and our ability to reproduce.
Carcinogens are poisons that kill cells or attack DNA, other man-made chemicals target hormones. These synthetic hormones mimic the effects of natural hormones, usually the female hormone estrogen, by altering the natural synthesis of hormones or altering hormone receptor levels. The effects most often appear in the offspring, not the exposed parent. Many mothers are unknowingly passing their chemical legacy on to their babies through their womb and through their breast milk.
Eighty thousand chemicals have been registered with the Environmental Protection Agency in the last 60 years. Twenty new chemicals enter the market a week. Few are properly tested. These chemicals include pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, industrial detergents, and household cleaners.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christopher on 26 Jan 2004
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A truely chilling and thought envoking text that confronts us in refreshingly easy context with some of the most potent hazards and downfalls of mankinds exponential technological advancment. An excellent introductory text for the student or any interested party on the broad subject of toxicology.
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this used item arrived pretty fast and in good condition! it's a technical book that gives us an awareness of the problems of plastics in our lifes since always!
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The biology and science is technical but well-explained and comprehensible for most readers. Very well written, and the warning for the future of mankind clearly stated.
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