Download and read online Our Stolen Future in PDF and EPUB For years, scientists have noticed disruptions in animal breeding cycles, accompanied by increases in birth defects, sexual abnormalities and reproductive failure. Humans are not immune either, with sperm counts dropping by as much as 50% in recent decades and with women seeing a rise in hormone-related cancers, endometriosis and other disorders. This book traces the cause of these aberrations and diseases to the pervasive presence in the environment of chemicals that mimic hormones and trick the reproductive system. The conclusions are as obvious as they are inescapable - unless we make vital changes in the way we manufacture and employ the artefacts of our good life , there will be no life at all.
Download and read online Trace Environmental Quantitative Analysis in PDF and EPUB This study offers insight into the principles of trace environmental quantitative analysis (TEQA), focusing on data reduction and interpretation, sample preparation and instrumental analysis from a wide range of matrices, including sludge, sediment, oil and air, as well as ground, waste and surface water. It draws on the author's own research with metal chelate solid-phase extraction.
Download and read online Reversibility of Chronic Degenerative Disease and Hypersensitivity Volume 1 in PDF and EPUB The clinical approaches to the chronic degenerative diseases that drain our resources, and compromise our well-being, have become almost exclusively symptom-focused. The common wisdom is that they are idiopathic with final outcomes to be managed rather than prevented or cured. That they are potentially reversible rarely enters into any discussion between doctor and patient. A Homeostatic approach to Cure and Prevention for Researchers and Clinicians Working in Toxicology, Immunology, Neurology, and Internal Medicine Reversibility of Chronic Degenerative Disease and Hypersensitivity, a four-part encyclopedia, offers a much different perspective on chronic degenerative disease, one that disputes the idiopathic label attached to most, as well as the usual fatalistic prognosis. The first volume, Regulating Mechanisms of Chemical Sensitivity, demonstrates that one aspect common to chronic diseases is the disruption of systemic and cellular homeostasis. Environmental pollutants play a large role, along with the contributions of genetic and life style factors, in disrupting the self-regulating mechanisms built into our normally adaptive cells. "As dyshomeostasis develops in the nervous system, causes should be found and removed before the metabolicinduced tissue changes take place and cause autonomous, irreversible fixednamed diseases to occur. ...Single and multiple chemicals in various doses either individually and/or in combinations can cause individual or multiorgan dysfunction of the endocrine system. The astute clinician must be aware of these factors in order to help the patient with hypersensitivity and/or chronic degenerative disease." Chapter 2 Drawing on a vast amount of data and clinical cases attended to by the authors in their own medical practices, this volume examines the complex relation that environmental pollution has with chronic degenerative diseases. It considers its impact on the body’s vast communication networks and what excessive overload does to homeostatic mechanisms. The authors factor in both general and specific environmental loads and how they alter and trigger genetic and non-genetic responses. Volume 1 begins with an overview of the physiologic basis of homeostasis, exploring various ways that the body deals with toxins and the networks it uses to communicate news of assault and makes provisions for adaptation. The text delves into the connective tissue matrix and considers vascular, neural, endocrine, and immune system responses to a variety of noxious assaults. "Both innate and acquired immunity can be and are altered in individuals with chemical sensitivity and chronic degenerative disease. ...With pollutant overload changes can occur in the lymphatic channels, the lymph nodes, and lymph node egress as well as the lymphatic cells. Changes in mucosal function and the effects of the autonomic nervous system are evident with environmental pollutant overload." Chapter 3 Written by two very knowledgeable clinicians, it brings together research of the highest caliber and provides extensive discussions involving sophisticated biochemical, endocrine, and neural science. The text provides clinicians with the knowledge to understand the triggering and processes of degenerative diseases, so that they might develop more efficient treatment and prevention plans. The book also supplies the knowledge and perspective that can lead research to more effective treatments. "The ground regulation system consisting of the connective tissue matrix, fibroblast, macrophages, mast cell, leukocyte, end capillary vessel and autonomic nerves, is a global information system for regulating the dynamics of homeostasis in the body. ...One’s knowledge of this process must be the guide to move through the onset of early end-stage disease and, eventually, see the manifestations to fixed-named autonomous diseases. It is this knowledge that offers us the greatest potential ... for preventing and reversing early homeostatic dysfunction." Chapter 1
Download and read online Chemical Ecology in PDF and EPUB Chemical ecology is the ecology of body odour. Every organism uses chemical information in intra- and inter-specific interactions. Animals emit chemicals to attract a mate or to prevent a competitor from mating with the partner they just mated with. Plants emit chemicals to recruit other organisms to take care of their sex life or to attract bodyguards to defend them against their enemies. Chemical cues mediate a whole gamut of interactions in plant and animal communities. Chemical cues are used to communicate, but can also be exploited in espionage or eavesdropping. To understand the ecology of chemical signalling in communities one needs to carry out manipulative experiments. Such experiments have been done throughout the last century. However, in recent years the degree of precision with which such experiments can be done has grown tremendously as a result of rapidly increasing knowledge at the molecular-genetic level. This opens exciting new avenues to chemical ecologists. The connection of molecular genetics to community ecology and ecosystem ecology provides novel tools to take up old questions that were often hard to answer. This book provides an overview of chemical ecology related to different ecosystems and an outlook at novel directions that can be taken in chemical ecology through a molecular-ecological or eco-genomic approach. The book addresses above- and belowground terrestrial systems as well as aquatic systems, and the organisms involved are micro- and macro-organisms, such as plants, arthropods and mammals. The scientific approach presented in this book is characteristic of modern biological research. The book will be useful for scientists and students interested in ecology in general as well as those working in the fields of molecular, chemical, behavioural, population or community ecology.
Download and read online Alpha Girls in PDF and EPUB The co-author of the best-selling Raising Cain profiles today's girls as more independent, self-confident, and motivated than those of previous generations, sharing new research, profiles, and case studies that discuss the characteristics and potential of the modern "alpha girl." Reprint.
Download and read online Sustainable Development for Engineers in PDF and EPUB It is crucial that engineers – from students to those already practising – have a deep understanding of the environmental threats facing the world, if they are to become part of the solution and not the problem. Is there a way to reconcile modern lifestyles with the compelling need for change? Could new improved technologies play a key role? If great leaps in the environmental efficiency of technologies are needed, can they be produced? Engineers are in a privileged and hugely influential position to innovate, design and build a sustainable future. But are they engaged or uninterested? Are they knowledgeable or ignorant? This book has been developed by a number of committed educators in European engineering departments under the leadership of Delft University of Technology and the Technical University of Catalunya to meet the perceived gap between what engineers know and what they should know in relation to sustainable development. The University of Delft decided as long ago as 1998 that all of its engineering graduates, working towards careers as designers, managers or researchers, should be prepared for the challenge of sustainable development and, as such, should leave university able to make sustainable development operational in their designs and daily practices. The huge amount of knowledge gathered on best-practice teaching for engineers is reflected in this book. The aim is to give engineering students a grounding in the challenge that sustainable development poses to the engineering profession, the contribution the engineer can make to attaining some of the societal and environmental goals of sustainability, and the barriers and pitfalls engineers will likely need to confront in their professional lives. Concise but comprehensive, the book examines the key tools, skills and techniques that can be used in engineering design and management to ensure that whole-life costs and impacts of engineering schemes are addressed at every stage of planning, implementation and disposal. The book also aims to demonstrate through real-life examples the tangible benefits that have already been achieved in many engineering projects, and to highlight how real improvements can be, and are being, made. Each chapter ends with a series of questions and exercises for the student to undertake. Sustainable Development for Engineers will be essential reading for all engineers and scientists concerned with sustainable development. In particular, it provides key reading and learning materials for undergraduate and postgraduate students reading environmental, chemical, civil or mechanical engineering, manufacturing and design, environmental science, green chemistry and environmental management.
Download and read online The Promethean Illusion in PDF and EPUB "This text examines our presumption of mastery, the role of Newtonian science and modern science upon the Western philosophy of nature. Biological and ecological case studies reveal the ways in which nature places limits on our knowledge and actions, stymieing attempts at mastery. Programmatic proposals to control nature via genetic engineering and planet management come under specific attack"--
Download and read online It Ain t Necessarily So in PDF and EPUB The authors use hard data and science to debunk a number of common misconceptions surrounding missing children, cell phones, breast implants, AIDS, cancer, radiation, vitamins, and violent crime rates, among many other topics.
Download and read online Childhood Lost in PDF and EPUB A disturbing look at American culture today and how it is connected to increasing numbers of children who are physically or mentally ill, obese, sexualized, violent, or neurologically and learning impaired.
Download and read online Grub in PDF and EPUB In the past few years, organic food has moved out of the patchouli-scented aisles of hippie food co-ops and into three-quarters of conventional grocery stores. Concurrent with this growth has been increased consumer awareness of the social and health-related issues around organic eating, independent farming, and food production. Combining a straight-to-the-point exposé about organic foods (organic doesn't mean fresh, natural, or independently produced) and the how-to's of creating an affordable, easy-touse organic kitchen, Grub brings organics home to urban dwellers. It gives the reader compelling arguments for buying organic food, revealing the pesticide industry's influence on government regulation and the extent of its pollution in our waterways and bodies. With an inviting recipe section, Grub also offers the millionsof people who buy organics fresh ideas and easy ways to cook with them. Grub's recipes, twenty-four meals oriented around the seasons, appeal to eighteen- to forty-year-olds who are looking for fun and simple meals. In addition, the book features resource lists (including music playlists to cook by), unusual and illuminating graphics, and every variety of do-it yourself tip sheets, charts, and checklists.
Download and read online The Dirty Dozen in PDF and EPUB Forty years after the publication of Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring," this important study examines the history, industrial uses, and harmful effects of the twelve most commonly used organochloride chemicals. All have been fully or partially banned by the Stockholm Protocol, an international treaty signed by about 120 countries in December 2000. Among the twelve are the dioxins (the active ingredient in Agent Orange) and polychlorinated byphenyls (PCBs), which are toxic in minute quantities. Johansen pays special attention to the Inuit of the Arctic, where these chemicals have been bio-accumulating to dangerous levels, moving up the food chain to a degree of toxicity that some Inuit mothers are no longer able to safely breast-feed their infants. The polar stratospheric ozone has been devastated by emissions of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), and new scientific findings connect global warming near the Earth's surface to significant cooling in the stratosphere. This synergy aggravates ozone depletion because the chemical reactions that destroy the ozone become more energetic as temperatures drop. Synthetic toxins have taken their toll on minority ethnic groups in the United States, and persistent organic pollutants have inflicted physiological damage on humans and other animals. Finally, Johansen explores the estrogenic effects of such chemicals. Sperm counts have declined as much as 50% in 50 years.
Download and read online Wasser als Quelle des Lebens in PDF and EPUB Als Forschungsgegenstand der Natur-, Sozial-, Geisteswissenschaften wie auch der Medizin ist Wasser als Quelle des Lebens Thema dieses breit gefächerten, interdisziplinären Werkes. Der Bogen spannt sich vom Wassermolekül als Baustein alles Lebendigen über das Wasser im Wechsel der Jahreszeiten und der Aggregatzustände, als Zivilisationsgarant und seltenes Gut hin zum Wasser als spirituelle Quelle, religiöses Symbol, Medium und Metapher. Das Werk leistet einen thematischen Beitrag zu der von den Vereinten Nationen ausgerufenen Internationalen Aktionsdekade „Wasser für das Leben“.
Download and read online The Promise and Peril of Environmental Justice in PDF and EPUB Are we environmentally victimizing, perhaps even poisoning, our minority and low-income citizens? Proponents of "environmental justice" assert that environmental decisionmaking pays insufficient heed to the interests of those citizens, disproportionately burdens their neighborhoods with hazardous toxins, and perpetuates an insidious "environmental racism." In the first book-length critique of environmental justice advocacy, Christopher Foreman argues that it has cleared significant political hurdles but displays substantial limitations and drawbacks. Activism has yielded a presidential executive order, management reforms at the Environmental Protection Agency, and numerous local political victories. Yet the environmental justice movement is structurally and ideologically unable to generate a focused policy agenda. The movement refuses to confront the need for environmental priorities and trade-offs, politically inconvenient facts about environmental health risks, and the limits of an environmental approach to social justice. Ironically, environmental justice advocacy may also threaten the very constituencies it aspires to serve--distracting attention from the many significant health hazards challenging minority and disadvantaged populations. Foreman recommends specific institutional reforms intended to recast the national dialogue about the stakes of these populations in environmental protection.
Download and read online Listen To Your Hormones in PDF and EPUB Information on how hormones work and what men can do to listen to their hormones. Sections on erections and libido, sexual preference, effects of light on hormone regulation and depression and erectile dysfunction.
Download and read online Globalization and Its Terrors in PDF and EPUB Teresa Brennan argues that the evidence already exists that globalization has for years been harming not just the poor of the Third World, but also its alleged beneficiaries in the affluent West.