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Naturally Dangerous: Surprising Facts About Food, Health, and the Environment [Hardcover]

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Pages   194
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.5" Width: 6.5" Height: 1"
Weight:   1.35 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Publisher   University Science Books
ISBN  1891389092  
EAN  9781891389092  

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Full of surprising anecdotes, curious facts and historical oddities, this remarkable little book connects observations from our everyday lives to the scientific principles that explain them. You will find information on organic produce, irradiated foods, trans fat and fat substitutes, natural herbs, designer drugs, smallpox, Mad Cow Disease, Prions, Anthrax, cancer, DNA testing, global warming, acid rain, aphrodisiacs, pheromones, and much more. Chances are if there is something you were wondering about, you will find it covered here. Should you be eating margarine? Are cell phones safe? Read on!The author has avoided scientific jargon and mathematics to make this book of interest to nonscientists and scientists alike.

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Thought-Provoking  Jul 31, 2002
As a former marketing assistant for a small publisher, this interesting work caught my attention. It is a highly informative reference, which addresses health and environmental issues that will be of interest to everyone. The information is indispensable to anyone concerned with their heath and provides details on prescription drugs, vitamins and herbal medicines, along with some possible dangers or side effects of popular herbs. Where misconceptions abound or confusion arises due to conflicting information in the popular press, this resource provides a logical viewpoint.

Collman covers the underlying science, in a non-technical and understanding manner, behind the chemistry involved in our everyday lives. You'll find this book valuable time and time again.

Some interesting info, some not  Mar 8, 2002
Well, he opens the section on Organic Foods with "Organic food, promoted by 'political correctness' and some scientific misunderstandings..." I guess my chance for an objective view on this subject just flew out the window.

He then states that organic food is more likely to harbor bacteria (8 times, although we don't have any details where that number came from) and that there are no reports of deaths due to pesticide residues so that it is obviously better to eat non-organic. Hello? Why are people dropping like flies from cancer? Pesticide residues is certainly a great place to look for answers, but here its dispensed with in a couple of pages.

Next he goes on about the dangers of contaminated alfalfa sprouts, which is peripheral to the whole arguement since they are not necessarily organic.

And finally, we get to hear an explanation of how naturally occurring carcinogens are more dangerous than synthetic pesticides or herbicides.

In another part of the book he states that factory raised chickens are far more likely to carry salmonella than free range. That seems like something of a contradiction to me.

This fellow may be a chemist, but what we are hearing are opinions. You can believe his if you want, but I'm not convinced.

On the up side, I did learn that a healthy person passes wind 14 times a day, at a volume between 25 and 100 millileters on each occasion, so I'll give him 2 stars.

Naturally Dangerous  Jan 14, 2002

"Nothing is completely safe or risk free", as we are constantly required to balance "one risk against another". So says Dr. James Collman of Stanford's Department of Chemistry in the preface of his recently published book, "Naturally Dangerous". Filled with interesting, scientific and historic anecdotes which will appeal to the curious reader, it's larger purpose is to explain in lay terms, the essence of the more important scientific controversies which have impacted public policy in recent decades. There is great risk in nature, but scientific understanding and the introduction of commercial applications of science have insulated us from many of these naturally occurring risks, allowing for a near doubling of life expectancy over the past century. But this desirable end has come at a cost. As Dr. Collman posits, "there is no free lunch". We constantly deal with tradeoffs between risk reduction and the creation of new risks, which our interventions spawn. It is only through meaningful understanding of the pertinent scientific concepts that we as a society can begin to make rational judgments. The problem is that we live in a sea of scientific illiteracy both on the part of the electorate as well as within our political leadership. Often trained in the law, many woefully lack necessary technical insight. Such a state paves the way for purposeful obfuscation of the scientific reality, creating an environment favorable for the promotion of public phobias for partisan political ends. By providing us with 224 pages of easy to read basic science, Dr. Collman does his part to push these debates in a logical direction.

Duncan Mason, MD

A Movement Toward Health & Environmental Truth  Dec 28, 2001
The book, "Naturally Dangerous" is balanced, recognizes known facts and points out uncertainties in our knowledge when the facts are not known unequivocally. The simplified chemistry and physics of a wide range of human experience should be valuable to most readers. Unfortunately there are some on the "fringe" of health and environmental issues who adopt firm positions, are unwilling to accept evidence which doesn't support them, and may be vaguely critical of the book's content. This is called "politics", and it gets in the way of the orderly pursuit of truth. This book is a refreshing step in the direction of truth.
Learn more about your environment, health, and nutrition.  Dec 22, 2001
Professor Collman's new book is an excellent source of information about the foods you eat, the drugs you take, and the environment you live in. He explains how and why natural substances are essential to your good health and also how these same substances can be dangerous to your health. Easy and fun to read, this well researched book provides an abundance of facts and information about the benefits and dangers of vitamins, hormones, health foods, prescription and over-the counter drugs, air pollution, radio activity and other topics of interest to everyone. Would make a good present for anyone and has excellent references for further reading, an extensive glossary, and is well indexed. An exellent and well balanced book by an outstanding teacher.

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