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Children and Environmental Toxins : What Everyone Needs to Know - Philip J. Landrigan

Children and Environmental Toxins

What Everyone Needs to Know

Paperback Published: 25th January 2018
ISBN: 9780190662639
Number Of Pages: 304

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More than 80,000 new chemicals have been developed and released into the global environment during the last four decades. Today the World Health Organization attributes more than one-third of all childhood deaths to environmental causes, and as rates of childhood disease skyrocket -- autism, asthma, ADHD, obesity, diabetes, and even birth defects -- it raises serious, difficult questions around how the chemical environment is impacting children's health.

Children and Environmental Toxins: What Everyone Needs to Know® offers an accessible guide to understanding and identifying the potential sources of harm in a child's environment. Written by experts in pediatrics and environmental health and formatted in an easy to follow question-and-answer format, it offers parents, care providers, and activists a reliable introduction to a hotly debated topic.

As the burdens of environmental toxins and disease continue to defy borders, this book provides a new benchmark to understanding the potential threats in our environment and food. No parent or care provider should be without it.

Industry Reviews

"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



1. Changing diseases in a changing environment

Patterns of childhood disease -- then and now Environmental changes

2. New chemicals and new childhood chemical exposures

Explosive growth of chemicals Early warning signs Gaps in safety and toxicity testing Childhood exposure to new chemicals 3. Children's unique vulnerability to toxic chemicals in the environment

Unique windows of vulnerability exist in children Children process toxic exposures more slowly than adults Children's higher metabolism rates make different demands on their bodies than adults Childhood exposures can incubate for many years and may cause adult disease Exposures are proportionately greater in children than in adults Normal hand-to-mouth behavior increases their exposure to toxins Children live closer to the ground and have different exposures than adults Other risk factors compound the problem

4. The links between childhood disease and toxic chemicals in the environment

The increase in autism, ADHD, and other problems of the developing brain The increase in male birth defects, early puberty in girls, and testicular cancer in young mem The increased incidence of asthma and allergies New links between household toxins, obesity, and diabetes The links between childhood exposures and adult disease The growing problems with reproduction The increases in childhood cancer

5. A Guide for Parents: Keeping Your Child Safe from Environmental Toxins

An environmental checklist for your home Over 100 ways to protect your children and promote health as they grow

At home 10 ways to make baby's room safer 8 ways to avoid asthma and allergy attacks 10 practical ways to prevent lead poisoning 25 ways to minimize your child's exposure to endocrine disruptors 9 cautions about pesticides 11 ways to reduce exposure to unsafe foods 14 tips for avoiding exposure to household chemicals 6 ways to grow your child into a healthy adult

At day care 10 ways to make day care safer

At school 10 ways to make school safer

In the neighborhood 10 ways to make the neighborhood safer

Tips for future moms and dads 10 ways to protect future children

6. A Call to Action

Children's health, toxic chemicals and you

Policy and legislation: where we stand now

Evidence-based prevention US standards vs standards in other countries Consequences of our current situation

A call for a new public health revolution

New ways to protect children from environmental toxins Our call to action - community based actions, state initiatives, federal legislation Career opportunities for the future of public health

ISBN: 9780190662639
ISBN-10: 0190662638
Series: What Everyone Needs to Know
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 25th January 2018
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.1 x 14.0  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.28

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