Friday, February 25, 2011

The Healthy Home - A Must Read

Did you know that the dirtiest, most polluted homes are often the ones that look and smell "clean"?

The Healthy Home: Simple Truths to Protect Your Family from Hidden Household Dangers(Vanguard Press; March 22 2011; 978-1593156558), father and son team, Dr. Myron Wentz and Dave Wentz, walk readers room- by-room through a typical house, pointing out the surprising health risks posed by everyday products and behaviors of any modern family.

From the bedroom to the backyard, and with the help of colorful illustrations, you will learn about the negative effects of commonly- found toxins and receive simple solutions to help minimize exposure without foregoing convenience.

What I Can Tell You:
This is one of the most interesting books I have read on protecting my family from the every day products I use in my home and on our bodies.

I was shocked at how many toxins we have in our house. Once you get educated, it is easy to see why these items are a danger to you and your family.

We are all scent based and if something smells good, it is good for us. This is far from the truth. I remembered while reading this book that a friend of mine while taking clothes out of the dryer after as wash commented on how nice  her clothes smelled. I wanted to call her and say, stop using products with scents. Our pores take in these toxins created by scientists in a lab.

"The whiff of moutain spring comes from Scientists dressed in white lab coats and masks, sitting on stools mixing compounds until they reproduce natural smells through the use of chemicals."

It was also an eye opener to read  the section on pest control. The cartoon shows a guy wearing a protective suit armed with an oxygen tank and a spray can standing over two unprotected kids. The words under it are: "I think I saw a fly." In the summer, I spray the gazebo like crazy to keep the flying nats and mosquitoes out. It is time to read the labels or like for some pyretha (thanks Vexcon).

There is so much to discuss here. Like did you know that OJ after a few weeks loses Vitamin C? Or that Milk is acid producing which means it cancels out calcium intake.

I could go on and on. This is one of those books that you will want to highlight, dog ear and discuss with your friends and family for years to come.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Vanguard Press for my honest opinion.

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