Hormone Deception: How Everyday Foods and Products Are Disrupting Your Hormones

by D. Lindsey Berkson (Author)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal
Dust we track home, steam from showers and dishwashers, and plastic wrappings
for meat and cheese all send manmade hormone-disrupting chemicals into our
bodies. The extent to which this exposure affects human health is unknown, but
evidence suggests that it may be responsible for recent worldwide increases in
health problems, including breast cancer and declining sperm counts. This
accessible, extensively researched handbook gives the reader information to
respond to this new reality. Berkson (bioenvironmental science, Tulane Univ.),
the author of several books on natural healing, provides background on how
hormones work in our bodies, discusses the known and suspected effects of
hormone-disrupting chemicals, and offers practical advice on avoiding exposure
and on detoxifying oneself. Charts of chemicals, a list of organizational
resources, and a room-by-room tour of the potential hazards in a typical house
are featured. Based on scientific studies and communications with experts in the
field, this book is recommended for public and academic libraries.

From Booklist
When her mother was pregnant with Berkson...the obstetrician administered
diethylstilbestrol (DES) to prevent miscarriage. Although some negative
information about DES was known at that time, most doctors felt it was as safe
as smoking. Berkson draws women's and doctors' attention to all the questions
about hormones and other chemicals that remain unanswered or whose answers
aren't widely known or heeded. Her main thesis is that chemicals from inside the
body are safe whereas those from outside can be questionable or sometimes
dangerous and even deceptive, causing the body to respond to them as if they
were hormones. Berkson has collected a vast amount of material. She explains it
clearly, discriminating suppositions from hard data. She urges further research,
pointing out, however, that a major deterrent to it is the attitude that "a
man-made chemical is considered innocent until proven guilty."

Product Details

Paperback: 464 pages
Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (December 27, 2001)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0658021303



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