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About the Author

Deirdre Dolan is a journalist whose writing has appeared in Harper's Bazaar, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times Magazine, among other publications. She has written columns for the New York Observer and the National Post, and is the author of Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Book.

Alexandra Zissu is a writer and editor who has worked at T: The New York Times Style Magazine, the New York Observer, Details, and Lifetime magazine. She has also written for Vogue, Organic Style, and Health magazines, among other publications.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1 edition (September 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060887451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060887452
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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88 of 92 people found the following review helpful By skd on March 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
I received the book yesterday and am more than halfway through the book. I was expecting a book with a lot of information on the different kinds of foods and what pollutants are commonly found on them and practical ways to deal with it (in addition to buying organic). And the same for household cleaners and pollutants in the house. I am dissapointed in the book.
I didn't feel I learned anything useful from the personal stories, which are numerous in the book. Also there are alot of "one of my friends" advice, which doesn't seem all that sound. They recommend using chinese herbs a few times, and I dont' know if that is safe. I am chinese and I don't know what is in those herbs and whether they are tested in any way for purity and safety. I am also surprised that in the Omega-3 section they don't mention algae derived DHA pills. DHA is the form of omega-3 that is important for fetal brain development. I'm a vegetarian and the pills are a good alternative to fish as source of DHA since they are mercury free. They do mention flax seed oil as an alternative to fish for Omega-3, but they should know that humans convert only a very small percentage of omega-3 in flax seed oil into DHA, so flax seed is not a good alternative source of DHA. The authors also make it seem like it is difficult to find clean fish pills, but this is not so. My husband buys them from a nutrition chain store found in most malls and he's a toxicologist. I think they should have discussed what questions women should ask when trying to determine if a fish pill is safe. Also what independent testing companies they can contact.

The lack of rigor in this book bothers me, for example, the section on ultrasounds. They mention that there is some "anecdotal debate about their safety".
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Kitrino on May 14, 2007
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When my first child was born in early 2005, I spent months researching information about organic food, plastic toys and bottles, cloth diapers, etc. Now that I'm expecting my 2nd, I'm pleased to find that basically everything I painstakingly researched earlier is now available in one well-written book. In fact, I think the advice outlined in this book is not only valuable for expecting and new parents, but for anyone looking for a healthier lifestyle and home.

This book is organized into three sections--transforming (pre-conception), growing (pregnancy), and living (babyhood). In each section, the authors cover food, home environment, work environment, fitness, play, etc. The text is easy to read and accurate, and broken up by essays written by various journalists. I find these essays to be a pleasure to read, not something to skip over. The perspectives are varied and many of them are quite amusing. There is also an abundance of website recommendations throughout the book--a nice perk in any recently published book.

The best sections are the ones that cover food (which are most important to eat organically and why), your house (why not to remodel when pregnant, lead, mold, water filters, plants that can actually filter your air), beauty products (phthalates, what to toss out now), household cleaning products (what's really in them and why it's dangerous), labor (natural or epidural--a great non-judgmental summary of your options), and plastics (why they're dangerous for you and for baby). Some of the advice may be a bit over the top for the average person (can you really afford an organic mattress for you and for baby?), but their advice is sound and not alarmist at all. I'm surprised by the review "Go, Fear Culture, Go!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By birdie12 on April 16, 2008
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I was expecting a thorough, fact-ridden book with loads of information about organic produce and products. While there are some helpful charts, such as the Twelve Most Contaminated Non-Organic Fruits and Vegetables, the Best and Worst Fish, or the Hazards of Household Products, I found this book overall to be unfocused and shallow, filled with uncorroborated statements like, "For swollen extremities you might give an herbalist a shot - some of our friends found them helpful." Organic for Dummies would have been a better title for this book.

At times, these writers deviate from their organic focus, giving women generic advice about what to pack for labor or how to eat one-handed when you have a baby in your arms (buy bags of organic nuts or carrots...Come on! Is this advice I need?) Or perhaps my favorite excerpt, if you do drink coffee during pregnancy buy fair-trade coffee because it "helps family farmers in developing countries gain direct access to international markets and allows them to receive fair prices on their products." These writers haven't done enough research to know how pesticides on coffee beans can affect your developing fetus, but they did manage to define Fair Trade about as thorough as my grocery-store coffee kiosk does.

Overall, I found this book to be trite and not well-researched. For anyone who already shops organic and has read informative books, your time would be better spent on the Internet doing your own Google search. Thirty minutes pulled up better research and information.
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