Book: The 100 YEAR LIE anybody reading or read it??

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by victoria, Mar 16, 2007.

  1. victoria

    victoria New Member

    I just got this book out from my library, haven't had a chance to start it yet actually, but it seems like it is more than backing up my fears about our environment.

    Here's some reviews about it:

    The Hundred-Year Lie:
    How Food and Medicine Are Destroying Your Health
    by Randall Fitzgerald

    From Publishers Weekly:
    This provocative and frightening look at the synthetic chemicals used by the processed foods, pharmaceutical and chemical industries delivers an excellent, up-to-date summary of "what is really in our food, water, vitamins, prescription drugs, childhood vaccines, cosmetics, and in our homes."

    Former Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Fitzgerald (Mugged by the State) takes aim at the belief that "lab-created synthetics are as benign as—and more effective than—naturally occurring foods and medicines."

    The "hundred-year lie" dates from 1906, the year Congress enacted the Pure Food and Drug Act. Utilizing a range of articles from science journals and government reports, along with interviews with scientists and environmentalists, Fitzgerald looks at synthetic chemicals—from artificial sweeteners to antidepressants—that are diminishing our health.

    Throughout, Fitzgerald explodes various myths such as that one right dose of a particular drug works for everyone and that all food additives have been tested for safety.

    Still, Fitzgerald's faith in Eastern and other natural healing processes will not convince everyone. The author concludes with practical steps for "choosing a diet of pure foods and a lifestyle free of synthetics."

    Book Description:
    Combining the impact of the classic bestseller Silent Spring with Fast Food Nation, The Hundred-Year Lie presents a devastating exposé of how chemicals in everyday products are ruining our health.

    Over the past one hundred years, we have been guinea pigs in a vast chemistry experiment that uses our bodies, our health, and our good will to test the proposition that modern science can improve upon nature.

    In The Hundred-Year Lie, investigative journalist Randall Fitzgerald shatters dozens of myths being perpetuated by the chemical, pharmaceutical and processed food industries.

    Find out why you would never be FDA-approved—and why humans are becoming one of the most polluted species on the planet:

    • The average American now carries a “body burden” of 700 or more synthetic chemicals, including Teflon, plastics, and dozens of pesticides.

    • Musk fragrances used in detergents and air fresheners are not filtered out by our current water treatment facilities, ending up in our drinking water.

    • The artificial sweetener aspartame, an ingredient in 1,200 food products from diet drinks to chewing gum, has been linked to eighty-eight toxic symptoms.

    Fitzgerald not only sheds light on the problems we face from the unprecedented chemical onslaught, he presents suggestions for what we can to do to turn the tide.


    Amazing but not surprising. It IS a fact we have a lot of chemicals in us that were not present 100-150 years ago, ever. The presence of so many chemicals in our bodies that were never there before cannot avoid having an effect on most if not all of us...


  2. hugs4evry1

    hugs4evry1 New Member

    I've never heard of the book, but agree completely with the science behind it.

    There's simply no way (in my mind) that's it's ok to consume so many chemicals on a daily basis and still be well.


    Nancy B