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Toxic terror : the truth behind the cancer scares / Elizabeth M. Whelan, Sc.D., M.P.H.

Whelan, Elizabeth M.

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This classic expose of fearmongering in the environmentalist movement is now revised and updated. Whelan rigorously critiques widespread beliefs regarding our nation's health, food supply, and use of technology and chemicals. While bookstore shelves are falling over with alarmist books that claim America is being poisoned and that disease and death will be the price we pay for "the good life," the media has given little attention to the facts that Americans are healthier today than ever before and that advances in science are mostly responsible for this improvement. Toxic Terror rejects "the bad news syndrome" and examines the alleged evidence of adverse health effects associated with technology. Juxtaposing the popular claims with the facts, Whelan effectively dispels the often frightening and damaging claims made by groups and individuals who have failed to do their homework. . Potent political-environmental issues covered include the DDT debate and the birth of environmentalism, Love Canal, the true story about pesticides, diet and carcinogens, asbestos and PCBs, air and water pollution, nuclear power, and more. Reason magazine called the first edition of this book "a breath of fresh air in the public debate on toxic substances."


Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 1993.

Physical description

476 pages : black and white illustrations ; 24 cm

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • English

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  • 9780879757885
  • 0879757884

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