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Paperback Healthy Child Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home Book

ISBN: 0452290198

ISBN13: 9780452290198

Healthy Child Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home

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Learn how to create a cleaner, greener, safer home with Christopher Gavigan and the trusted experts at Healthy Child Healthy World. Healthy Child Healthy World is the essential guide for parents All parents want a happy and healthy child in a safe home, but where do they start? It starts with the small steps to creating a healthier, less toxic, and more environmentally sound home, and this is the definitive book to get you there. Unfortunately, tens...

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Every Parent (and Grandparent) Should Own A Copy

I've been receiving e-newsletters from HealthyChild.org since the birth of my first child two years ago. So I was thrilled when I got word that they'd published a book. I immediately ordered three copies (one for myself, two for friends), sight unseen. Got the book yesterday, sat up most of the night pouring over it. The verdict? Excellent. Seriously, this book is exactly what I've been looking for. I've been pretty disappointed with the majority of books targeted at parents that bill themselves as "green" or "eco." Many of them look gorgeous -- printed on recycled paper with lots of pretty, glossy photo spreads. Some of them take on a "holier than thou" tone that I find to be a big turn off. And most of them skimp on the concrete details and information we parents need to make the right choices for our families. Healthy Child, Healthy World is filled with good, solid information to help any parent navigate the complexities of raising a child in a world over-burdened by chemicals. It provides helpful buyer and information resources in the back. And while it does include anecdotal celebrity cameos throughout, I didn't feel like I had to belong to an exclusive club (or be fabulously wealthy) in order to heed much of the advice in the book. Best of all, where most books of this sort leave me feeling wretched and panicked by the time I've finished reading them ("I've poisoned my child!"), this book left me feeling empowered. Happy Reading!

What you CAN do....right Now!

Healthy Child Healthy World is an excellent, comprehensive resource for living a cleaner, greener life - not only for ourselves but for our children and grandchildren too! It simply spells out what we CAN do right now to get the toxins out of our lives. For example, on page 159, the author gives alternatives to traditional mosquito repellents. Two actual brand names of natural repellents are given which have been found to be effective. Another tip he gives is to plant scented geraniums, lemon thyme, marigold, and basil next to our homes to repel the bugs. There are many, many jewels of information in this book. Some examples include, a recipe for homemade soft scrub(ber), running your water on cold first thing in the morning flushes out lead from pipes (from older houses), a recipe for an all-natural pest killer for your garden, a list of safe and unsafe seafood to consume, and how to know if your produce is conventional, organic, or genetically modified by looking at the PLU#. From the food we eat to choosing toys and clothes, even raising a green pet, everything is covered in this book. It is well-laid out, easy to read, with tips throughout to put you into action. The chapters are as follows: Introduction. Your (Kid's) Health is Your Wealth Chapter 1. Doing the Bump: Preparing for Baby Chapter 2. Cleanup Time: Safe Suds and a Greener Clean Chapter 3. A Clean Plate: Choosing, Eating, and Storing Healthier Food Chapter 4. The Beauty Part: Natural Body Care Chapter 5. Child's Play: Safer Toys, Gear, and Clothing Chapter 6. Splendor in the Grass: Greener Gardens, Yards, and Outdoor Spaces Chapter 7. Every Sip-and Breath-You Take: Clean Water and Air Solutions Chapter 8. BFF: Raising a Green Pet Chapter 9. Safe House: Healthy Home Improvement Chapter 10: It's All Good: How to Grow Your Impact I highly recommend this book to every parent AND grandparent! Thank you Christopher Gavigan for putting together such a comprehensive resource and guidebook!

Essential, Educational & Empowering!

Healthy Child Healthy World teaches everyone about the chemicals we are exposed to in our pet products, cleaning supplies, food, landscape, body care products, plastic items and more - AND it gives easy soultions to every problem it illuminates. Rather than feel overwhelmed, I learned so much from this book and feel empowered to make simple changes that I know will help protect my family's health now and in the future. Essenial reading for all!

Little Changes Add Up

As a new parent I have certainly experienced the urge to do everything I can to provide a good environment for my little girl. The fun part of the job is trying to make her feel secure in our love which seems as natural a thing as there could be. The harder part is providing her a safe and healthy environment to grow and thrive in today's world. The problem there lies in finding the relevant information and corresponding suggestions regarding how to implement changes that will positively impact our family without driving us crazy. The answers to these issues can be found in this book by Mr. Gavigan. It provides what could be an overwhelming amount of information in a way that it can be easily digested and referenced over time. It also emphasizes the importance of taking the little steps over making complete lifestyle changes that would cause even the most resolute parents among us cower. I would recommend this book for personal use or as a gift without reservation.

A great resource for anyone trying to be more "green"!

This is a great guide for those with and without children. Making simple changes to help improve your home environment is good for everyone, especially those you love most. This is an easy read and a great reference for years to come. You can find reviews and excerpts from the book here: http://www.healthychild.org/book
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