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"Our Toxic World"



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Book Review:

"OUR TOXIC WORLD - A WAKE UP CALL"

 

In 1962 Rachel Carson, one of the first to publicize the deleterious effects of "manmade" chemicals on all forms of life on this planet, wrote the groundbreaking A Silent Spring. Two years later she had herself died of breast cancer; and it was 40 years before anyone else would come along with both the capacity and the courage to accept the challenge of continuing in Carson's brave steps.

That someone is the New York Times bestselling author Doris J. Rapp, MD, an eminently qualified board-certified pediatrician, allergist, and environmental medicine practitioner (reverentially referred to by her colleagues as the "mother of environmental medicine"), an extraordinarily gifted and compassionate doctor who has dedicated her professional life to exploring the impact of a toxic environment on our physical and mental well-being and to educating her patients and the public at large to the numerous resources available to them for preserving (or, if lost, to recovering) their optimal health.

Ultimately, Our Toxic World: A Wake-Up Call is much more than just a sequel to Carson's sobering and provocative expose. Although similarly eye-opening and disturbing (as it documents -- in one chilling study after the next -- the broad range of adverse health effects of synthetic environmental chemicals on our brains, our bodies, and our sexual organs), this meticulously researched and painstakingly referenced manual does rather more than wake the reader up with a start. It also offers the reader a sense of hope and possibility, that there are indeed options available to those committed to learning about all the things they can do to protect their own health and that of their loved ones.

And although Our Toxic World is gut wrenching and heartbreaking, it is also a gripping page-turner from start to finish; and the valuable pearls of wisdom contained herein will be savored by the reader long after the last page has been turned and the book returned to its shelf. Replete with 60 pages of invaluable appendices enumerating various diagnostic tools, treatment protocols, healthcare resources, and hot tips ("if a food to which you are allergic makes you sleepy, take it before bedtime") gleaned from Rapp's decades of clinical experience with the sick and the relatively well, this volume -- a veritable tour de force -- is an indispensable reference guide that belongs in the library of all health-conscious laypersons and all healthcare professionals (both those who are traditional and those who are more unorthodox).

Rapp cautions us all that if we refuse to take seriously this call to action, then our planet will be in for not only a silent spring but a silent summer, a silent fall, and a silent winter as well. Congratulations to Dr. Rapp for having had the guts, the brains, the dedication, and the passion to take up the gauntlet where Rachel Carson left off and to pull together this masterpiece for posterity. It is cutting-edge, state-of-the-art, and medicine at its best. This volume will become a classic in the field

It is however possible that someday Our Toxic World will become obsolete. I certainly hope so. But until that time...

Martha Stark, M.D., Faculty, Harvard Medical School












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