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Dodging the poisonous Bullet offers practicable options that convey how we will reside longer, fitter lives via respiring fresh air, maintaining a healthy diet nutrition, ingesting secure water, and utilizing non-toxic items. writer David R. Boyd presents available historical past on various dangers together with mercury in fish, cancer causing agents in cleansing items, lead in toys, and deadly E. coli in floor red meat. His transparent instructions for decreasing hazard contain turning out to be plenty of houseplants, identifying complete meals, averting shopper items with powerful or long-lasting smells, and utilizing eco-friendly cleansing items. Easy-to-follow recommendation and informative sidebars and checklists make this essential advisor, specifically for fogeys of babies and children.

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We breathe in an estimated 15,000 liters (almost 4,000 gallons) of air daily, approximately 10 liters every minute. Every time we inhale, we draw air across 55 to 85 square meters (600 to 900 square feet) of surface area in our alveoli, tiny sacs inside the lungs. Life-giving oxygen immediately passes into our bloodstream. Twenty-five trillion red blood cells, each containing 300 million hemoglobin molecules, transport oxygen from the lungs to the heart and around our bodies. Carbon dioxide is simultaneously returned to the lungs and exhaled.

Your actions can make the air and water cleaner for everyone; improve working conditions in factories, farms, and other occupational settings; protect Nature and biodiversity; and reduce the threats posed by climate change. Your ecological footprint (a measure of your total environmental impact) will shrink, not only taking pressure off the planet but also increasing the likelihood that you will lead a happy and fulfilling life. 2 THE OUTDOOR AIR WE BREATHE I’m so old, I can remember when the air was clean and sex was dirty.

It is illogical to worry about getting cancer from polluted air, contaminated food and water, or unsafe consumer products if you smoke a pack of cigarettes a day. Similarly, there is little point in fretting about pesticide residues on your produce if you eat an unhealthy diet or rarely participate in physical activities. , persistent organic pollutants) or information is not available for making sound decisions to reduce your risk. For example, in Australia, Canada, and all American states except California, laws fail to require the disclosure of toxic ingredients on most product labels.

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