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Book Reviews from the pages of Think Magazine
"SOME BOOKS ARE MEANT TO BE NIBBLED, OTHERS TASTED, AND STILL OTHERS CHEWED AND SWALLOWED" -Francis Bacon
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I grew up in India, Norway and the UK and am a “Third Culture Kid” – “someone who has spent much of their childhood years outside of the parents’ culture, who absorbs elements from lots of different countries and has a sense of belonging to those who have had similar experiences.” (Ruth E. Van Reken).
My first book, Home Keeps Moving, was published this summer and I want to tell you a little about it.
Home Keeps Moving tells the story of growing up in many worlds due to moving frequently throughout my childhood. It gives insight into the many struggles and challenges that “Third Culture Kids” face with constantly leaving friends, homes and their familiar surroundings – of those trying to grasp an understanding of who they are and how they fit into their current society.
The question of where “home” was didn’t even emerge until I was much older, since as a child, you learn to adapt to whatever is thrown at you. It becomes your concept of “normal”.
In my early twenties, I started to search for personal literature on the topic of crosscultural upbringings and TCKs but realised there were hardly any books out there. So I decided to do it myself! I started writing Home Keeps Moving but the task was too overwhelming for me at the time.
As I’ve gotten older, I have recognised how exciting, colourful and unique my own childhood was and I wanted to share that with others. In this global and transient age, I thought it was more important to have literature out there for people to grasp and empathise with TCKs, since cross-cultural living is becoming more common day by day.
As a result of my own transient upbringing, travel has forced its way into my bloodstream and I’ve continued to incorporate this transient lifestyle into my adulthood. So far, I have lived as an expat in America, Canada, Thailand, India and New Zealand, being anything from a secretary to an orphanage volunteer. I have been to more than 42 countries (and counting) and never stayed anywhere for more than four years.Add a comment Add a comment
I lost my appetite, but at least my interest in this topic was successfully piqued.
Our Stolen Future deals with endocrine disruptors and endocrine mimickers present in-among other things-plastic packaging that, through coming into contact with food, reduces male sperm count. When Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring came out 40 years ago, DDT was already widely used to control mosquitoes.
Although DDT did have an impact in controlling malaria, it also had a fatal impact on wildlife: and toxic chemicals made their way into the human food chain through the birds and fish that fed on these DDT-exposed mosquitoes.
In fact, students at my university (years before I attended) collected some dead birds around campus after an aerial spraying of DDT, hung them from a clothesline strung across the middle of campus and announced with a scoreboard: DDT 15, Birds 0. Our Stolen Future is a somewhat more scientific attempt to sound the alarm on chemicals in plastics, PCBs and other chemicals that infiltrate our ecosystem on a daily basis.
Like DES (a synthetic female hormone used to stop breast milk and as a ‘morning after’ pill, and readily available to woman for 40 years), DDT successfully mimics natural estrogen.
Possible DES side-effects include vaginal cancer, uterine deformities, miscarriages, undescended testicles and devastated T-helper cells (which are essential to the body’s immune system).
Hormones and hormone receptors fit together like lock and key and activate different responses at required times, but when hormone mimics or hormone blockers (which make it impossible for natural hormones to bind to the receptors) enter the body through DDT, DES or a host of other chemicals in plastics and pesticides, the responses become incorrect.
PCBs and other persistent chemicals like dioxins and furans become magnified and concentrated as they move up the food chain-stored in fatty tissues until they reach the top predators. As PCBs move from phytoplankton to zooplankton to larger and larger fish and then to herring gulls, the chemical concentration in animal tissue can be magnified up to 25 million times!
Effects on the animal kingdom range from insufficiently thick eggshells and infertile populations to birth defects and cancer. Synthetic chemicals often confuse the hormone-producing glands (e.g. the thyroid and pituitary), which means that the body doesn’t know what to turn on, turn off, speed up or slow down, and this can cause defects or disease in organs like the testicles, ovaries and pancreas.
Water run through PVC tubing comes out containing Pnonylphenol, which is not only added to polystyrene and PVC as an antioxidant and to make plastics more stable, but is also found in contraceptive creams like nonoxynol-9. Also, polycarbonates and plastic linings of food tins contain P-nonylphenol and bisphenol-A, which leach in to water and food from packaging and act as hormone blockers.
Even reusable plastic bottles can seriously damage our health. For such a scientifically daunting subject, the authors of Our Stolen Future have produced a very readable and understandable book that even people without a solid scientific background can appreciate.Add a comment Add a comment