Your Fifth-Grade English teacher would be proud.


“Good for you!” she’d say as you tried to untwist the tongue-twister of ingredients on the back of your shampoo bottle or toothpaste tube. “Good for you!” but you sometimes wonder: can anything that unpronounceable really be good for you?

You’ve tried to go natural, and it’s hard – but is it better? Read “Mother Nature is Trying to Kill You” by Dan Riskin, PhD, and you might find out.

When Dan Riskin went to Belize to study bats and came home with a botfly maggot lodged in his scalp, he never faulted the itchy creature’s mother. She was just giving her DNA a chance to survive into the next generation. That’s what every living creature does, says Riskin. We’re just “meat robots” at the mercy of our DNA.

And Riskin believed that… until his son, Sam, was born.

Surely, protecting one’s DNA is inherent in much of what we do, including parenting. Our DNA wants our offspring to live to see their own offspring, thereby preserving our genetic make-up for the future. But does DNA explain love, or is love just a mask for the propagation of a species? Is Nature as benevolent as we’ve made it out to be, or is there a “creepier side” that we should know about?