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Healthy Child Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  214 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Leading medical experts and scientists team up with celebrity activists to help parents detoxify and green their households.

Nothing makes one more keenly aware of health risks lurking in the everyday world than becoming a parent. Most know the importance of using cabinet locks and child gates, but research is showing many more ways we need to be childproofing our homes. T
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 17th 2008 by Dutton Adult
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Raven
This book has lots of good information and definitely inspires me to go greener. I got really mad in several areas thinking, "Why don't I know about this? I am a mom! I need to know these things!" However, although the author makes it a point at the beginning to say something like, "Don't panic," the statistics and stories in this book are enough to make anyone--especially a parent--scared and panicky. I had to keep reminding myself that it's okay to take things one step at a time. Another qualm ...more
Heather
Written in an accessible, sound-bite style, the book is a quick read--almost too quick. Gavigan is determined to keep readers from feeling too overwhelmed, so doesn't spend much time on the research behind the suggestions. He breaks things down into achievable steps and offers alternatives when the best practice (like buying all organic kids' clothing) will probably be too expensive for most. The separate tips that seemed to pop up on every other page were a little distracting, but usually usefu ...more
Ann
I breezed right through this book in one night - very easy to read. It might not have that much new information (especially if you are already living a greener life) but I really found it to be extremely resourceful. From DIY cleaning solutions to healthy recipes to a whole chapter devoted on where to get products and services, I have it earmarked in a dozen places. I could do without the anecdotes from most of the celebrities but overall, it's worth a read and will motivate you to make easy cha ...more
Amy
At times overwhelming despite the author's best efforts to reassure the reader against it, this book was a very good introduction for those wishing to change away from their toxic, chemical laden lives. I know I can't do everything, at least all at once, but I can be more informed about the things I bring into my home and how they might affect my kids. I borrowed this book from the library, but I think it's one I might want to own so I can continue to reference it as we aim to green our home and ...more
Jennifer
After the initial few chapters, I was excited about this book and the possibility of learning how to integrate more eco-friendly ways of living that would benefit both my child and the planet. Unfortunately, other than the chapter on home cleaning, I found the contents of this book pretty limiting and not helpful or useful. For example, he expresses over and over about how "toxic" carpet is and that you should either have hard floors or specially made non-toxic (i.e. insanely expensive) carpetin ...more
Suzy
I picked this up at the library several weeks ago and have been reading a little bit each day. I took notes as I was reading because there is so much information about living a greener life. I'm a novice when it comes to being green and I have a long way to go, but this book inspired me to do better. The book is targeted toward providing children with a safer, cleaner world to live in, but it has pertinent information for everyone.

The one change I have decided to make is to buy organic fruits a
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Andi
Apr 30, 2008 Andi rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Andi by: Mother Talk
It's a quick read and very direct. I finished in in two evenings. Simple, dramatic changes in the products you use around your house and yard can make a big impact on the health of your family and the environment. I am glad to have a guide to making the quickest, most effective changes.

My favorite chapters were the ones on toys and food. After reading this book I decided to buy all organic produce on the "Dirty Dozen" list. (listed in the book on page 69) These are the ones most likely to bear h
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Megan
I admit I was a little nervous about this book because of all the celebrity endorsements on the front cover. But, it is actually quite good and very interesting. I have visited the Healthy Child Healthy Website several times a month for awhile now and really appreciate the current research on the environment and children's health, etc. I spend a lot of time thinking about environmental contaminates and the consequences for my children's well-being (maybe too much time!) and this book sums up nic ...more
Sarah
If you know absolutely nothing about being 'green' then this book would be a great start at learning what it's all about.

If you already know a thing or two about green living then you might be disappointed to find that this book wasn't super detailed as far as what chemicals and hormones added to foods and cleaning supplies are doing to our bodies; it's a good overview however.

The resources and ideas for changing our behaviors were very helpful. The author(s)let you know that they understand t
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Kristen
If you want some good sound information on living a greener life this book goes over everything from food to beauty products to cleaning to the air we breathe and more.

It talks about raising your children in a healthy environment but, ultimately I would recommend this book to anyone parent or not. There is plenty of good info to take away from this book even if you do not have a child.

It is jam packed with definitions, precautions, tips, examples, "cut & carry" guides. It's a keeper and wo
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Charissa
This book opened my eyes to so many issues that I didn't realize existed. Before reading it, I was aware that organic food is better for you, that conventional cleaning products contain scary things, and that some fertilizers can be harsh. However, Healthy Child Healthy World made me aware that we really have to think critically about everything we bring in to our home environment (and other areas that we expose ourselves to). We need to watch what we put on our skin, what we wash our hair with, ...more
Andi
I really wish I would have had this book before I became pregnant with my son (almost three years ago). There is so much that I would have done differently. However, the wonderful thing about this book is that it keeps you looking forward with the message that changes now can still have an impact and that it's not an all-or-nothing battle. Every little step forward is progress.

It was a very easy read and the resource section is phenomenal. I borrowed the book from the library, but would definite
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Ta Ta Ta Tia
I consider myself fairly 'green', but this book gave me many more things to consider. I hadn't even given thought to things such as shampoo or candles. I agree with those who commented that it wasn't an alarmist type book and left the reader with the feeling that baby steps were acceptable and easily achieved. My only complaint was that I wished it provided the reader with more everyday, natural solutions. They seemed to be quick to offer resources to purchase chemically conscious products at 5x ...more
Alicia
This was an informative book and opened my eyes to a lot of the unseen hazards in our home, but the solutions they suggested were not very easily attainable. For instance, for cleaning supplies instead of suggesting inexpensive homemade remedies they suggested a lot of companies they sell 'green' cleaning supplies. I thought they could have made a lot of inexpensive suggestions, but instead they gave lists of companies to look into. It was still interesting, I learned a lot, and I hope to slowly ...more
Kara
Amazingly the book is fairly non-alarming while pointing out the dramatic rise of childhood cancers, asthma, and autism either directly or suspected to be caused by the a parallel rise in chemicals that we use in our homes, put on our bodies, and eat and drink. I consider myself fairly "green" and don't feel that I learned a ton, but I loved how easy it was to read, as well as the suggestions and encouragement for making changes one at a time.

I would suggest this book to anyone since it is not
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Lizzette
Excellent, must read for any parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle....etc. I love how the book emphasizes a number of times that not everyone can do everything but everyone can do something. It is a bit overwhelming to learn how many chemicals and toxins we are exposed to in our everyday lives. While I was aware of much mentioned in the book, I did learn more about my environment and how to do simple things to reduce our use. There are a lot of do it yourself and very practical tips provided througho ...more
Donna
This is a very helpful and informative book about how to keep toxins and chemicals out of your home, your kids, and yourself. While I thought some of it was a little much (I'm not going to rip out my carpets, replace the furniture, and make homemade pet food), a lot of the advice and the research backing it up is very good and easy to do, such as: eat organic food as much as you can, use non-toxic cleaning products, don't wear shoes into the house, and open your windows frequently. I did a lot o ...more
Statia
I wish I would have had this book before my son was born. If I had known even a quarter of the stuff that I know now after endless hours of research, I would have done so many things differently.

This is a great resource for new parents or parents looking to detoxify their home and give their kids a cleaner, healthier life, however, I could do without the celebrity endorsements. That kind of turned me off a bit. Still, it's great information, even for someone who's seasoned in researching safer
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Rosanne
Practical information in one place, very straightforward. Some good ideas and examples.

The celebrity stories/insight/vignettes are supremely eye-roll worthy. Last time I checked Toby McQuire (sp?) did not have a degree in Environmental Toxicology, so I'll take his opinions with a grain of salt.

Lots of facts but not a lot of evidenced based data to back it up. Overall, nothing too offensive though, a lot stuff your grandmother did is making a comeback and is being repackaged as green and a 'new w
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Katie
An excellent resource! Suggestions from celebrities, environmentalists, business owners (such as the president of Seventh Generation) and the author are encouraging and motivating--there is no condemning of people for the choices they make or have made--just inspiration to make changes that make sense to you and your lifestyle. Readers looking for a good starting point on how to make greener lifestyle choices will benefit from this book, as will those looking for ways to expand on their current ...more
Julie
A good overview of lots of issues regarding environmental and chemical hazards in our lives, regardless of whether or not you have kids. Just as previous books changed the way I think about food and what I buy, this book has made me look further into what kind of cleaning products and personal care products are in our house....and make changes. Let's just say I chucked a bunch of stuff this week, including a trip to the HHW drop-off center!
Meagan
Everyone, single or with a million kids, should read this. It's not just a fruity book on the government allowing companies to be as evasive as they possibly can with their marketing (although it is proven in this book that they are) it's about living a better life for you and those who will follow after. Loved it. I am already making changes once I log off and unplug all my cords.
Stacy
This is a must read for everyone, even if you're like me, and don't have children. It opens your eyes to what we're putting in our bodies by the products we buy, and the everyday things we use. How these things can be doing more harm to our bodies, and environment then we may even realize.

It also gives you great tips, and a lot of resources for alternative solutions.
Cara
An informative book on how to clean up your life. It's often a bit on the overwelming/scary side but you have to put it into your own life's perspective to find what will actually work for you. I personally think it is a must read for parents and people who are interesting in the everyday, ordinary things we use that affect our health. It may be for you, it may not be!
Christa Cordova
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Faye
I enjoyed all of the ideas in the book on how to change your life to be more green for your children. It changed many things in my life. Some of the more major things would take a lot of money. The chapter on skin was the most transforming for me. I had not thought of all of the information before. It also has great websites and recipes for cleaning supplies.
Anita Joseph
Anyone who cares about the chemical-impact on their children should keep this book on hand. Also offers a great glossary of important numbers and addresses to several environmental organizations (i.e. water and air testing) and the best filtration systems for your home based on the type of minerals/chemicals found in your local water table.
Kevin Brady
Good book on some safer choices we can make for childhood products, and general household products. Very insightful information, while reminding the reader that you cannot eliminate everything, you can do your best to eliminate the harmful stuff, and tips on how to limit exposure to things you cannot eliminate completely. Overall, great read!
Karen
A good practical resource for parents wanting to raise their children in a more eco-friendly environment. It wasn't full of scare tactics, but instead was written in a positive way that helps you to make small (or large) changes to your daily life and your child's life without being ridden with guilt over what you aren't doing. A good balance.
Jenifer
This book has some useful information on how to live a healthier, less toxic life; however, I would have liked more specifics in some areas. I came away feeling like I need to go read and research more to fill in the gaps. Perhaps that was the author's intent, but I expected more "how-tos".
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