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Healthy Child Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home Paperback – April 7, 2009
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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.
This is a book that every single parent needs to read .before they read the What to Expect books or even Dr. Sears books.
"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."
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 book...you did an amazing job!! I am so very impressed. Classy, informative, warm...you really nailed it!
I LOVE (this) book. I think its so important, so well done, and I've already bought it as a gift for several new moms. Its 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.
This excellent green living guide contains simple solutions and daily steps for changing the way we live.
I can do somethingquite a lot actuallyabout the products in my home. That requires my being as conscious about things as possiblewhat you put in and on your body.
We have lots of reasons for being optimistic. Over just the past twenty years, weve 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
Gavigan currently serves as the Chief Executive Office/ExecutiveDirector of Healthy Child Healthy World, the leading nationalnon-profit dedicated to protecting the heath and well-being ofchildren from harmful environmental exposures. Under hisleadership, Gavigan has launched impactful public awarenesscampaigns reaching millions, has executed a new strategic visionfor the organization and has successfully established values-basedmessaging and collaborative relationships with over 30 social andenvironmentally driven business partners. He lives in the LosAngeles area with his wife, Jessica Capshaw, and their young son.
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great Book for new Moms and how to avoid toxic overload of their new infants and great for all mother who want to lessen the burden of toxins in the home.Published 14 days ago by Valerie
The single best book I read while I was pregnant. I recommend it to everyone.Published 21 days ago by Sylvia Shank
Excellent book. After my one son got sick I started looking at a healthier way of life and this book was a wonderful eye opener. I recommend for all parents. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Maria
All about celebrities. What makes them experts on child health? Very gimmicky. Annoyed it would cost me $5 in shipping to return this stupid book even though I am a prime member.Published 3 months ago by Elizabeth
It is a great resource for someone trying to have a healthier and safer home, even if you do not have kids yet! I would highly recommend it!Published 6 months ago by soontobebride
This is the book I give to all new parents and new "home" (any dwelling place owners. The BEST basic guide to a healthy abode!Published 10 months ago by Ali Z
This book is very informative. It has great information on everything such as food, cosmetics, and cleaning products.Published 11 months ago by Sharlene Harding