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Green Barbarians: Live Bravely on Your Home Planet Paperback – December 29, 2009
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Chapters delve into details about the body, food, kitchen, bathroom, laundry, health, pets and children.
If you have read Sandbeck's Green housekeeping you may recognize some of the info and suggestions in the chapters about food, kitchen and bathrooms, she does repeat a little of the information from that book, but overall it's not as in-depth and cleaning-centric as Green Housekeeping.
This book really gives you some insight into some of the ridiculous things that people do that are completely unnecessary and some of the long-forgotten practices that might still be of contemporary use. A lot of the books value come from the condensed results of various research articles and applications that point to surprising results. Especially in the chapter on health where she includes discussion on treating various human ailments with other organisms (biotherapy) like intestinal worms. The bibliography is impressive and the book seems to be very well researched. Also has an effective index for looking up choice statistics or wanting to gross out your roommate with a verbatim reading.
In addition to the informative aspects of this book I also found it highly entertaining. This book had me laughing out loud and reading choice bits to my fiance more than any other recent book. The wit that Sandbeck writes with is indispensable, and though it doesn't take away from the gravity of some of the statements made in this book, it does make them a little easier to face.
Highly recommended, amusing and informative, what more could you ask for?
That fear is toxic, and that the strategies we've evolved to protect ourselves from our fears are even more toxic (antibacterial soaps, bleach all over the kitchen, keeping kids out of the dirt, all that) is the message. It's a good one, and amusingly delivered here.
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I picked this book up at the library; I suppose I was being very green already (walked to the library, did not have the book shipped to me). Read morePublished on July 6, 2013 by Dana Carter
Interesting ideas presented. Some (informatively) infuriating- ie. food production and corporations, and plenty of useful tips/reminders/wake-up calls for life. Read morePublished on December 9, 2010 by Zachary Strange
I really wanted to like this book. I have always agreed that dirt is good for you; my Grandma always said kids grow on dirt. Read morePublished on September 15, 2010 by Quilted Kat
This book contains some practical information about how to counter our current germophobic culture and how to use less toxic products and practices in our homes and daily lives. Read morePublished on August 4, 2010 by Likes-to-read
Ellen Sandbeck's obvious love of research and the methods she uses to ferret out the truths that modern technology ignores is a boon to us all. Read morePublished on July 30, 2010 by cheri roshon
This book is fantastic for those who want to make small changes in their daily life. The information provided is part horror stories about the amount of chemicals and part... Read morePublished on April 22, 2010 by Aric M. Harbick