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“Environmental activist Lewis, a medical doctor who notes that she grew up in the era of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (1962) and the Love Canal ecodisaster, presents a compelling case for not using toxic chemicals in and around homes. She wants Americans to go to the website thegreathealthyyardproject.com to pledge to stop using toxic substances, and she spells out why they should be avoided and suggests how to do without them. She advocates for using native plants, dissolving grease buildup on frying pans with vegetable oil, and abstaining from flushing unused prescription pills down the toilet. It’s a slim volume, just four chapters, but it’s well researched, with 119 footnotes. And it’s easy on the eyes, with many photos and with sidebars. Lewis is a good environmental cheerleader, declaring, 'Together, we can make a big difference!'”
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“Now that we have come to understand the health advantages of pesticide-free organic food, the next step is our drinking water. The Great Healthy Yard Project explains the importance of getting chemicals out of our water, and makes it easy to accomplish.”
—Lucy Rockefeller Waletzky MD, Chair New York State Council of Parks

“As a father of two young kids, I appreciate Lewis’s spot-on recommendations to protect our lands and waters for future generations.”
—Troy Weldy, Senior Conservation Manager,The Nature Conservancy of New York

“Lewis brings us findings on the links between lawn and garden chemicals and childhood diseases such as autism, ADHD, diabetes, and obesity. Who wouldn’t trade a green lawn to protect their children’s health?”
—Jayni and Chevy Chase

About the Author

Diane Lewis, MD, is a nephrologist and consultant in environmental health. A one-time organic farmer in the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks, Diane has served on the board of Bedford Audubon Society. She currently chairs the Water and Land use Task Force for the nonprofit organization Bedford 2020. She is a member of the Rachel Carson Awards Council for Audubon Women in Conservation, a member of the Mid Hudson Regional Sustainability Plan Water Management Working Group, and the Bedford Garden Club, the Town of Bedford Planning Board, and Town of Bedford Open Space Acquisition Committee. She is also a freelance reporter writing primarily on matters relating to health and the environment and is a frequent contributor to the Bedford Record Review.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 145 pages
  • Publisher: She Writes Press (June 3, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938314867
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938314865
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,132,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on June 21, 2014
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I heard Diane speak on NPR and had to learn more. I have understood the water cycle superficially, and I now understand the details. I appreciate the idea of starting with our houses and spreading it to our neighborhoods.I like that Diane is practical and not an absolutist, as this approach has a higher chance of acceptance by communities. I pay a lot to have my lawn cared for, and it still looks bad. I am going to start doing it myself, and use the techniques in this book. Thank you for researching this out. I look forward to being kinder to our water.
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By John Marnien on August 22, 2015
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A timely call to action to transform many of our faulty beliefs and habits concerning the care of our land and resource usage. I took rather longer reading this book than I normally would. I found myself looking ahead at times, and frequently referring back to things already covered. I believed that it was only a matter of time before we found that in many ways we are the cause of our own bad fortune. We have been sold an expensive lie that we should obtain a better lawn through chemistry. I remain confident that things that we use or take for granted will eventually be identified as the source of many ills and mental problems that plague our generation. Thanks to Diane Lewis for explaining that much of our unhealthy environment lies just outside our doorways. She also clearly outlines what we can and should do about it. As an author myself, I found that her writing style made a difficult subject easy and enjoyable to read. However, much of the material deserves, almost demands, a second look. Then, in the refrain of an old song, we have to clean up our own backyard.
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By griselda aguilar on May 1, 2015
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A very nice book to read and very nice illustrated. It is interesting and has much to learn. Perfect for me and my kids to start out yard and taking care of it the right way. It evens has a recipe for dandelions! Thanks for letting me review and sample this book.
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White clover and grass, no pesticides, no herbicides, the healthiest lawn ever. Good book, recipe for clean drinking water.
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