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The Healthy Home Workbook: Easy Steps for Eco-Friendly Living Spiral-bound – February 23, 2006
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About the Author
Kimberly Rider is an interior designer who combines modern style with sustainable materials. Her current projects include homes, retail stores, and model homes. She lives in Marin County, California.
Thayer Allyson Gowdy's photographs can be seen in InStyle Home , and Health , as well as the book Nest for Two (0-8118-4084-0). She lives in San Francisco.
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My greatest interest in the workbook is with 'the war' (my words) being fought in and around all homes, garages, gardens and yards. This war has many factors and concerns: germs, pollutants, pests, bad practices, the previously mentioned EMF, and toxins, much of which we bring into the home ourselves, and, after our usual appropriate cleaning, germs may be the least of our concerns. Kimberly Rider deserves a "Silver Star" medal for going through a typical home and analyzing problems and making suggestions in each area. Even practical ways to handle yard pests is worthwhile. My ant problem has been throttled thanks to Ms Rider. The enemy in the unseen war may well be generating toxins that greatly affect our health to the point of possibly setting us up for cancer, breathing disorders, skin diseases, and who knows what else.
There is some curiousness to the layout of the workbook. But that's because there is so much overlap in each area. We meet the term EMF in the bedroom but it's effects are glossed over. A later chapter explains the serious concerns of EMF. One EMF chapter might have done the trick because it's everywhere in the home. But the great thing is that the "workbook" aspect allows us to move these cleanable plasticized pages around for reorganization.
***UPDATE*** I was concerned enough from the EMF chapter to purchase a microwave oven detector meter and an EMF meter. The microwave detector showed safe levels around the oven BUT the EMF meter showed dangerous levels of EMF within two feet of the microwave oven, exactly where food is usually prepared while the oven is operating. Also dangerous levels were emitted from the backside of the microwave where a chair was located. These have been taken into consideration: no food is prepared in front of the microwave when the oven is operating and the chair has been moved to a safe zone. Also, a 'hot' electric clock/radio was moved away from the bed. Our iron and the hair dryer also emit dangerous levels and will be used as little as possible on low settings. The big HDTV and the computer with 20 inch monitor were totally safe. The 'jury is still out' on what these hot levels are doing to us, but why take the chance. Get the meters! Thank you, Kimberly!!!****
I've taken this book and evaluated many aspects of my home and it has definitely altered the way I use cleaning products. My enormous collection of electronic gadgets in the house and especially in the bedroom is now a major concern. Microwave oven cooking has been permanently altered, and certain plastic products used for cooking are now banned. The key word here is "Easy"; there is very little here that takes a lot of effort, just thought and action! (Like always close the basement door!) 179 pages absolutely loaded with ideas and recommendations, a somewhat weak glossary (but that's what Google is for) and three double-columned pages of resources. Thank you, ladies, I truly believe reading this book will have a positive effect on our lives. Five Healthier Stars!