The Hundred-Year Lie is a book by former Wall Street Journal investigative journalist, Randall Fitzgerald. I came across this book and had to share about it. After I read it I will post a review of the book. What I like about the idea of this book is that it discusses the onslaught and history of the chemical revolution and what it is doing to the health of people, animals and the earth, from the larger time-span perspective.
Even though we know we need to start moving away from toxic chemicals and synthetics to improve our health and the health of the planet, our perspective of the situation and what is normal is a little skewed. Because our life spans are so short compared to the earth, we often very quickly adapt the view and perspective of the world and what is normal from the way our world has been since we were born. Most of us were born after this chemical and industrial revolution. We grew up viewing it all as very normal and safe. That’s the way the world works. That’s how food is grown, with massive amounts of chemicals. That’s what food and nourishment is, processed and refined with an excellent shelf life. And that’s what we do when we have any symptoms, the miracle and safe convenience of drugs and allopathic fixes. It is all so deeply ingrained in us since birth that all the ideas of anything that came before this revolution, the way we used to live and eat seems completely foreign, alternative and “new”. Yet it’s only been a few generations. An extremely short time span. What is normal and accepted by us was not normal to our great grandparents.
So when and how did it all happen? And who is responsible for the un-greening of our planet and of our health? I guess it just amazes me that all these devastating consequences we are facing have had their effects and were put into action such a short time ago. We learn about the history of the world and the history our ancestors and it all spans such a vast length of time. Then at the very end, in only a hundred years, we seem to have had the greatest impact, both amazing and destructive. Maybe we are too clever for our own good. Advanced intelligence and creativity never really mix well with emotions and desires for greed and power. If we can do this much harm in this short amount of time, let’s seriously hope that we can reverse it in an even quicker amount of time. It may feel like we are flying, but we are actually free falling and trying to sew a parachute in midair.
The book exposes just what is in our food and water and household products. It attempts to look at the questions and mysteries of things like:
* Why are studies showing that 12% of American couples are unable to conceive?
* Why are studies showing that the number of children being born with both male and female sex organs tripled in the last decade?
* Why is the incidence of testicular cancer in 2000 four times higher than in 1950?
* Why are more and more men seeking breast-reduction surgery as a result of drinking tap water?
* Why is the U.S. spending more than twice as much on health care than any other industrialized nation?
Here is a speech given by the author at a booksigning. It is broken into 6 parts.