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Canary in the Courtroom: How Pesticide Poisoning Changed a Womans Life and Forced Her Into Civil Action

Jessie MacLeod

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315 pages. Canary in the Courtroom is the compelling true story of a woman poisoned in her own home by a pesticide and her resultant civil action against the pesticide company that applied it. It raises questions and encourages awareness about the toxins in our environment. Christine Rankine, then a 54-year-old teacher, was living a normal, busy life when she hired Vermini Termite and Pesticide Company to kill termites in her home. The pesticide applied was d-limonene, a chemical that is common in everyday products. What happened to Christine after the pesticide application is now a gripping biography that provides not only courtroom drama but includes valuable information about chemicals in our environment. Canary in the Courtroom documents Christine Rankines experience in and outside the courtroom, and illustrates what can happen to an individual after chemical exposure. Just as canaries once warned coal miners about toxins in the mines, chemically injured men, women and children are now signaling a universal warning about toxins in our environment. We are being exposed to increasing amounts of chemicals in our lives, and each day more people are becoming injured from that exposure. Statistics reveal that nearly 17 of the worlds population suffers from some form of chemical sensitivity, and research indicates that the percentage is increasing. Ms. MacLeod has written a timely and compelling story into which she has skillfully woven valuable consumer information. She describes how we are often misled about the existence of chemicals in the products we use. She points out loopholes that allow toxic ingredients in common products and exposes flaws in federal laws that are meant to protect us. What happened to Christine Rankine could happen to anyone. Reading her story will entertain you, enlighten you, and perhaps give you the knowledge necessary to save you or a family member from possible chemical injury. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780595380527

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Canary in the Courtroom is the compelling true story of a woman poisoned in her own home by a pesticide and her resultant civil action against the pesticide company that applied it. It raises questions and encourages awareness about the toxins in our environment.Christine Rankine, then a 54-year-old teacher, was living a normal, busy life when she hired Vermini Termite and Pesticide Company to kill termites in her home. Vermini assured her that the chemical applied was a safe and natural product. After the pesticide application, Christine became very ill, with a burning sensation in her throat and lungs, as well as the inability to breath normally.This courtroom drama and the story that parallels it provide insight into what can happen to an individual after becoming chemically injured. In this powerful biography, author Jessie MacLeod examines the influence of the chemical industry and illustrates how labels and manufacturers' claims are often deceptive. She exposes legal loopholes that allow toxic ingredients in commonly used products and discloses weakness in federal laws and regulations that are meant to protect the consumer. Ms. MacLeod skillfully weaves credible research, colorful characters, and entertaining courtroom drama into this riveting story.What happened to Christine Rankine could happen to anyone. Reading her story will enlighten you and perhaps give you the knowledge necessary to save you or a family member from possible chemical injury. This book is a must-read for anyone concerned about product safety and for anyone in the mood for a good courtroom drama.

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Jessie MacLeod has been a corporate meeting planner for a multinational pharmaceutical company and a copywriter for a major Napa Valley winery. She has been an elementary school teacher and is now a freelance journalist. She lives in Southern California.

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