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Published on Sep 4, 2008
Nena Baker visits Google's Mountain View, CA headquarters to discuss her book "The Body Toxic: How the Hazardous Chemistry of Everyday Things Threatens Our Health and Well-Being." This event took place on September 3, 2008, as part of the Authors@Google series.
Nena Baker, the author of The Body Toxic, gets her blood tested and finds out she's positive for more than three dozen substances—including DDT (banned 36 years ago). This opens her investigation into our country's long history of better living through chemistry, and the price we're paying now. This is a chilling look at the questionable safety of nearly everything we store food in, drink from, wear, walk on, rest on and drive. Chemicals used to make everything from water-repellant jackets and flame retardants to unbreakable plastics used for food storage are building up in our bodies and the environment with possible far-reaching consequences.
Nena Baker has been a working journalist for more than 20 years. She's a former staff writer for the Oregonian, United Press International and the Arizona Republic. She has also freelanced for a variety of publications, including SELF, Town & Country, Mademoiselle, and Seventeen.