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The Non-Toxic Avenger : What You Don't Know Can Hurt You - Deanna Duke

The Non-Toxic Avenger

What You Don't Know Can Hurt You

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Published: 29th November 2011
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Most of us turn a blind eye to the startling array of chemicals lurking in everything from shampoo to baby bottles to the money in our wallets, choosing to believe that government agencies ensure the safety of the products we wear, use, ingest, and breathe in daily. Yet the standards for product safety in North America lag far behind those of other countries. We frequently hear that a substance we've relied on for years turns out to have serious effects on our health, the environment, or both.

After coming to terms with the fact that the autism and cancer which had impacted her family were most likely the result of environmental toxins, author Deanna Duke undertook a mission to dramatically reduce her family's chemical exposure. She committed to drastically reducing the levels of all known chemicals in both her home and work environments, using the help of body burden testing to see what effect, if any, she was able to have on the level of toxins in her body.

Follow Deanna's journey as she uncovers how insidious and invasive environmental toxins are. Learn about your day-to-day chemical exposure, the implications for your health, and what you can do about it. And find out whether the author's quest is mission impossible, or whether she is ultimately able to improve her family's health by taking steps towards leading a chemical-free life.

Deanna L. Duke is an environmental writer, urban homesteader, and author of the highly acclaimed environmental blog The Crunchy Chicken.

Deanna Duke provides wonderful insights in this very personal exploration of the toxic chemicals hidden in every single part of our lives. An important and timely guide to understanding our toxic world. - Bruce Lourie, co-author Slow Death by Rubber Duck In The Non-Toxic Avenger, Deanna Duke lays out what could otherwise be confusing information in a straightforward, non-hysterical, and relatable way. The beauty of this book is that readers can apply Deanna's nontoxic avenging in small or large ways, taking as tiny or as enormous a step as they like. Either way, it will make readers think a little harder about the things we humans surround, slather, coat, and feed ourselves with. It was an eye-opener for me. - Ree Drummond,author of

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Laying It All Outp. 1
In the Beginningp. 1
Double Whammyp. 2
The bones of an 85-year-oldp. 4
Trying to make sense of it allp. 6
The Non-Toxic Avengerp. 6
Lab testingp. 7
Deciding on the testsp. 8
Not getting ahead of myselfp. 10
One more thingp. 11
Where did the bad stuff go?p. 15
Lab test snafusp. 16
What's so bad about a little lead?p. 17
Getting Startedp. 19
Clean airp. 19
Sparkles, jewels and dangly itemsp. 21
Seeing doublep. 22
PVC-free dreamsp. 23
What's that on your lunch tray?p. 26
Lice!p. 28
Keeping the chemo out of mep. 31
Of epidemic proportionsp. 32
Foundations for autismp. 33
Cluing in on ADHDp. 34
Sticky situationp. 37
A frictionless surfacep. 39
Coal tar cake with a side of Teflonp. 41
Falling for candlesp. 45
Mammograms and mercury, oh my!p. 48
The Baselinep. 53
Testing, testing, 1-2-3p. 53
Stinkoutp. 55
Lead and water testingp. 57
Nail polishp. 58
It's the pitsp. 60
Tapping the' tap waterp. 63
Holy fluorosis, Batman!p. 66
Chlorine: It's not just for breakfastp. 66
Other junkp. 67
Filth filterp. 69
Clearing the airp. 70
Leafy indoor air purifierp. 74
Emma's birthday bashp. 77
Happy birthday! Here's your bra (.)(.)p. 81
Halloweenp. 83
Pfucked by PFCsp. 86
Not-so-sweet dreams;p. 88
Getting downp. 92
Pining for pajamasp. 94
Avoiding Robespierrep. 96
Blow mep. 97
Licking the windowsillsp. 103
Pure as the driven snowp. 104
Parabens and phthalates resultsp. 105
Halloween: What actually happenedp. 113
Heavy metal lab resultsp. 115
Adjusting to Non-toxic Livingp. 123
Getting my drink onp. 123
Heating oil headachesp. 130
Teflon slip-upp. 132
Getting clean with greasep. 134
Bodywash brainwashp. 137
Deodorant part deuxp. 138
Squeaky cleanp. 140
Going zits upp. 142
Yellow goldp. 144
Makeup!p. 145
Lubed and lotionedp. 146
Blocking out the sunp. 150
Poos and don'tsp. 152
Goops and greasesp. 153
In the land of the moldyp. 156
Exercising with toxinsp. 160
Moles in my molehillp. 164
Going BPA bananasp. 166
Heating with PFCsp. 167
Dishwasherp. 168 .
Clean eatingp. 170
Winter gardeningp. 172
Watch outp. 173
Going a Little Bonkersp. 177
Leaving the sanctuaryp. 177
Stuck in the sinkp. 180
Liplockedp. 182
Laminated turkeysp. 183
Snow and toothpastep. 184
Missing labsp. 186
Cancer updatep. 186
Thanksgivingp. 188
Holiday lightingp. 189
Off-gassing chess setp. 192
Oh! Christmas treep. 193
Getting orthopedicp. 195
CFLs and dirty electricityp. 196
Happy pitsp. 200
Getting bloodyp. 201
Getting sick from medicationsp. 202
Washing it all awayp. 203
Coffee logp. 205
The not-so-sen yoga matp. 206
Body artp. 207
Tingle timep. 209
Lab results unearthed!p. 211
Throw your watch awayp. 215
Getting faked outp. 216
Dirty moneyp. 218
Unscented scentp. 219
Non-toxic Christmas giftsp. 220
Trying to keep it all straightp. 220
Figuring it All Outp. 223
Kissed by the sunp. 223
Apple of my eyep. 226
Flooding with pineapplesp. 228
Pine poisoningp. 230
Numbness and pain: Part deuxp. 231
Talking about the detoxp. 232
The high cost of organicsp. 236
The moment of truth: XRF analyzerp. 238
Lab results reckoningp. 241
Final health updatesp. 245
Wrapping It Upp. 249
It was the best of timesp. 249
It was the worst of timesp. 251
What does it all even mean?p. 252
Additional Resources
Notesp. 254
Indexp. 265
About the Authorp. 277
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ISBN: 9780865716926
ISBN-10: 0865716927
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 29th November 2011
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43