The Hundred-Year Lie by Randell Fitzgerald (the following excerpt is from pp. 218-220).
Synthetic-chemical production levels overall have been doubling every decade since the 1940s. At least five new synthetic chemicals are developed for commercial use every single day, yet no one has any realistic idea how harmful these chemicals are to us, either alone or acting in synergy with other chemicals. Our ignorance on these matters long ago surpassed our wisdom. Even global warming, to the extent that it's caused or exacerbated by human actions, mostly stems from the release of synthetic chemical toxins.
Since the start of the Hundred-Year Lie in 1906, the year the U.S. Congress enacted the Pure Food and Drug Act, we have a century of false and misleading guarantees from which to draw lessons. Here are the ones I draw from the research contained in this book and the patterns that emerged as a consequence of one hundred years of myth making.
Our rediscovery of ancient wisdom can rescue us from the follies of this failed experiment with our biochemical nature. Try and imagine what will happen if, for the rest of the twenty-first century, the synthetics belief system of the previous hundred years remains supported by our bodies and our bank accounts. We can already see the signs of an accelerated degeneration of our species. It has spread across multiple layers of life and throughout nature. It's characterized by infertility, reproductive abnormalities, birth defects, weakened immune systems, and a contagion of illness and disease that threatens to bankrupt every industrialized society with runaway medical costs.
This isn't hyperbole or fear mongering. Our nation really is going broke from medical costs that consume nearly two trillion dollars in annual spending — and most other industrialized nations are not far behind us. Every thirty seconds in the United States, someone must file personal bankruptcy in the aftermath of a serious health problem. Premiums for employee-sponsored health insurance have been rising five times faster on average than workers' earnings since the year 2000. Many companies are dropping or trimming their employee health coverage. An estimated forty-five million Americans are now uninsured because they cannot afford to pay private insurance premiums. This in turn puts a huge strain on federal and state government insurance programs. That bedrock of American health care, the government program for the elderly called Medicare, will go broke by 2019, warns Comptroller General David Walker, who heads the Government Accountability Office. "The Medicare problem is about seven times greater than the Social Security problem," Walker told members of the U.S. Congress in 2005. "It is much bigger, it is much more immediate, and it is going to be much more difficult to effectively address."
It's as if we're witnessing one of those slow-motion train wrecks in which three tracks are converging. On track one roars the runaway train of synthetic chemical production. On track two comes the runaway train of health-care costs. On track three barrels the runaway train of environmental effects that are diminishing human and animal fertility. When the wreck debris finally settles, a powerful synergy of unpredictable social forces will be unleashed.
Medical scientists rarely make alarmist statements or apocalyptic predictions in public for fear of ridicule or being ostracized by their peers. That tendency toward caution makes the joint declaration known as "The Vallombrosa Consensus Statement on Environmental Contaminants" all the more startling in its directness and import. Sounding an alarm about the link between synthetic chemicals and infertility, forty U.S. and Canadian physicians and scientists representing the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Stanford University's School of Medicine, Harvard's School of Public Health, and a dozen other prominent research institutions signed and released a public statement in October 2005 affirming key findings in this book: