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The One Hundred Year Lie: How Food and Medicine Are Destroying Your Health

2 Ratings: 4.5
non-fiction book by Randall Fitzgerald

Combining the impact of the classic bestseller Silent Spring with Fast Food Nation, The Hundred-Year Lie presents a devastating exposof how chemicals in everyday products are ruining our health. Over the past one hundred years, we have been guinea … see full wiki

Author: Randall Fitzgerald
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Date Published: June 22, 2006
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A look at the highly toxic world we have created in just the past century.

  • Nov 29, 2008
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Just over a century ago, the Congress passed the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906.  According to author Randall Fitzgerald it was this legislation that reassured the American public that the food and medicines they were consuming had been thoroughly tested and were safe to use.  As it turns out nothing could be further from the truth!   "The Hundred Year Lie: How Food and Medicine Are Destroying Your Health" tells the sordid story of a century of deception and irresponsibility by the companies who process our food and manufacture the drugs and chemicals we use everyday.  Indeed, the promise of "a better life through chemistry" is a notion we all need to examine and seriously reconsider.
At a bare minimum, reading "The One Hundred Year Lie" will make you stop in your tracks and think about all of the different chemicals you are ingesting and coming into contact with every day.  It is not just the voluminous amounts of additives in your food that you must worry about.  Stop and consider all of the personal care products you use on a daily basis.  Add to that the over-the-counter and prescription drugs you may be taking and all of the household cleaning products that you employ.  Then think about all of the chemicals that are applied to our clothing, our bedding and to our furniture.  Next, you might want to consider the flouride in your municipal water supply and maybe the highly toxic arsenic in all of that pressure treated lumber around your property.  Now if you are a pretty unscientific sort like me you will then appreciate Randall Fitzgerald's attempt to explain the concept of "synergy".   Most people just take it for granted that the products they use must have been thoroughly tested and deemed completely safe to use. It is when you discover that the scientific community, the manufacturers themselves and various government regulators really have absolutely no idea how these different chemical concoctions are going react with each other in the real world that you just might become a bit concerned.

On many different levels "The Hundred Year Lie: How Food and Medicine Are Destroying Your Health" challenges the way we live our lives today and implores each of us as individuals and society in general to make the necessary changes before more damage is done.  I simply cannot imagine that anyone who reads this book will not feel compelled to make some significant changes in his or her own lifestyle.  In our never-ending quest for comfort and convenience we have done considerable damage to our our own personal well-being and to our environment.  Some say the damage may be irreparable.   This is a fascinating and well written book that is certainly worth your time and attention.  Very highly recommended!

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November 24, 2009
Thanks for this great info!
October 09, 2009
I didn't buy, but just borrowed the book from the library the other day. I AM ONLY on the first chapter and I am interested in reading the rest. You were right to say that if anything; this book will give you some insight on what you put in or on your body. As I read on; hopefully the author will give some suggestions on how we detoxify ourselves. This is truly an eyeopener. Thanks for you the review and thanks Melissa for suggesting that I read it.
October 07, 2009
Drifter51, you are one of my favorites. I need to buy this book ASAP.
September 14, 2009
I saw this book the other day - I'll definitely have to get a copy now. Great review!
June 24, 2009
I've always wondered about those magic cleaning products that make things disappear without much effort. Very scary... Thanks for the great review!
April 13, 2009
I feel the need to go out and buy this book right now--I work with children who have autism and often wonder whether or not it's the vast amount of preservatives in the foods we eat and chemicals that we have exposed ourselves to in the past 50 or so years are factors in the rise of its incidence. I don't have kids yet but one of my biggest concerns is autism which is exactly why I try to eat as much organic and preservative-free food as I can and use planet-friendly household products to ensure that my body is a safe and healthy environment for a baby. Thanks for the review--I will definitely check this one out!
March 13, 2009
This is why I eat organic and only use organic toiletries- it is amazing how companies are allowed to poison us legally! Im going to buy this book!
January 10, 2009
Makes me paranoid!
November 29, 2008
Another well written review and another book sold. You read a variety of very interesting non fiction books. Thanks again for the good reviews.
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