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Healthy Child Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Gavigan , Meryl Streep
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Learn how to Create a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home ? from 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 of millions of Americans, overwhelmingly children, now face chronic disease and illnesses including cancer, autism, asthma, allergies, birth defects, ADD/ADHD, obesity/diabetes, and learning and developmental disabilities. The number gets higher each year and more parents ask WHY? Scientific evidence increasingly finds chemicals in everyday products like cleaning supplies, beauty care and cosmetics, home furnishings, plastics, food, and even toys that are contributors to these ailments.

The good news is that you can something to protect your children with a few simple changes!

Inside, you?ll find practical, inexpensive, and easy lifestyle advice for every stage of parenting including:

* Advice on preparing a nontoxic nursery for a new baby
* What every expectant mom needs to do to have a safer pregnancy
* Clarifying which plastics and baby products to avoid and the healthier solutions
* Tips to take to the grocery store, including the most and least pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables and the best healthy kid-approved snacks
* Which beauty care / cosmetic products pose the biggest risk to health
* The best recipes for healthy snacks, low-cost and safe homemade cleaners, and non-toxic art supplies
* How to easily minimize allergens, dust, and lead
* A greener garden, yard, and outdoor spaces
* Tips to keep your pets healthy, and the unwanted pests out naturally
* Renovation ideas, naturally fresher indoor air, and safer sleeping options,
* An 27 page extensive shopper?s guide to most trusted and best products every home needs

Inside is also packed with over 40 featured contributions from renowned doctors, environmental scientists, and public-health experts like Dr. Harvey Karp, Dr Philip Landrigan, and William McDonough, as well as many celebrity parents like Gwyneth Paltrow, Tobey Maguire, Sheryl Crow, Erin Brockovich and Tom Hanks. A special featured contribution from First Lady Michelle Obama on her best ways of coping with her daughter?s asthma.

Editorial Reviews


“Less than four cents of every health-care dollar is spent on prevention and public health. Our health-care system has become a disease-care system, and the time for change is well overdue.”
— First Lady Michelle Obama

Healthy Child Healthy World helps mothers and fathers connect the dots, to understand cause and effect….It tries to emphasize the healthful solutions, the positive, easy-to-follow steps you can take for your family, your home, yourself.”
—Meryl Streep

“This is a book that every single parent needs to read….before they read the What to Expect books or even Dr. Sears’ books.”
Nature Moms

"The work that Healthy Child Healthy World does is of the utmost importance. They are actually saving lives and supporting them, and it is not only our duty but our privilege to protect future generations as well."
—Brooke Shields

Healthy Child Healthy World is an excellent resource for any parent looking to keep their home healthy, safe and green for themselves, for their children, and for the planet.”
—John Adams, Founding Director, NRDC

“LOVE the did an amazing job!! I am so very impressed. Classy, informative, really nailed it!”
— Rita Wilson

“I LOVE (this) book. I think it’s so important, so well done, and I've already bought it as a gift for several new moms. It’s a must have for any one who cares about the health of their children and the world that we are living in.”
—Jane Buckingham, Author of “Modern Girl's Guide to Motherhood”, columnist for the New York Times Syndicate, and President of The Intelligence Group

“The best book ever written to help parents detoxify and green their households is Healthy Child Healthy World by Christopher Gavigan.”
Elle Magazine

“This excellent green living guide contains simple solutions and daily steps for changing the way we live.”
Library Journal

“I can do something—quite a lot actually—about the products in my home. That requires my being as conscious about things as possible—what you put in and on your body.”
—Kate Hudson

“We have lots of reasons for being optimistic. Over just the past twenty years, we’ve removed tons of lead from paint and gasoline, started huge recycling programs, encouraged millions to stop smoking, banned asbestos, made organic food more widely available, designed cars that go 50 miles on a gallon of gas, and learned to prevent skin cancer with sunscreen and avoidance.”
—Dr. Harvey Karp

About the Author

Christopher Gavigan is the CEO and executive director of Healthy Child Healthy World, a national nonprofit dedicated to protecting the health and wellbeing of children and families through cleaner, greener, and safer lifestyle changes.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1333 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0525950478
  • Publisher: Plume (April 17, 2008)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00125L812
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,244 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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108 of 114 people found the following review helpful
I read this book and liked quite a bit, but felt it wasn't really geared towards the every day person. I have a decent income, yet it overwhelmed me on it's push to buy, buy, buy to keep my family safe. It wasn't until I was almost finished that I realized his Hollywood connection, but it had seemed incredulous up to that point how he'd attracted so many celebrities as just a non-profit green guy.

All that namedropping made it harder to see the book as aimed at everyday people (I wanted to see regular people talking about their changes and making it work, not people with millions to work with). Several of the shops mentioned in the resources section for places to buy from "just happened" to be owned by celebrities. A lot of the items mentioned as critical were really advertorial for specific brands and of course very expensive. There were a few homemade recipes & ideas, but just as many pushes for things that are a financial stretch for many people. A lot of cheap greener living items were barely touched on. Cloth diapers were a tiny paragraph and not given much kudos yet that is a huge item that is feasible for any income level. Only 1 of the 4 diaper brands listed in the resources was cloth.

The intention was there, but IMO there are other books by regular people that are more inspiring, more realistic in what you're able to do time-wise and financially and still be as green and safe as you can.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What you CAN do....right Now! April 18, 2008
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.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every Parent (and Grandparent) Should Own A Copy April 23, 2008
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I've been receiving e-newsletters from 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!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential, Educational & Empowering! April 17, 2008
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!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 26 days ago by Deborah Schubert
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very informative book, motivates me to make some important changes in our lifestyle.
Published 2 months ago by Michele Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great New-Mom Gift!
I buy a copy of this book for every baby shower gift I give. Love it!!!
Published 3 months ago by Marilee G Whiteside
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opener
It completely opened my eyes to chemicals and toxins that our children are exposed to everyday by product that where made for them.
Published 6 months ago by Natalie5911
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read
This is a great read whether you have kids or not. We don't have kids in our household, but it has really helped me to think a little more about certain choices we make when... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mtc616
5.0 out of 5 stars I sent it to my niece for her new baby.
But is isn't just for new parents. We all need to be informed in order to live healthy in today's poisoned world.

Published 9 months ago by Margaret Hess
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book to read.
One of the best books I have ever read about health. Very complete and full of great information. Hope this author makes another book.
Published 13 months ago by customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for New Families
This book has a lot of great information in it. I wish I had read this before I had started my family although it does have a lot of good information that I can apply to our... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Katie and J
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone needs to read this book
This book is very informative if you have children or not. I have been trying to eat "clean" but I had no idea there are so many other toxins and chemicals we encounter in... Read more
Published 18 months ago by jennrn
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
A must read for current and expecting parents! It changed my life. Great resource to go back to as your kids grow as well!
Published 18 months ago by Michelle
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