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This year instead of making the usual blanket New Year’s Resolution to “exercise more” I decided to pick a new promise that I could actually accomplish. So for 2013 my top New Year’s Resolution is to decrease use of toxic chemicals in my home. I have already been looking at ways to reduce chemicals in skin care products and I was inspired by a new book by a father and son team of experts to extend my reach. The Healthy Home ( Vanguard) is the brainchild of Dr Myron Wentz, a noted microbiologist and his son Dave Wentz who is trained in bioengineering. In clear, easy to understand language, The Healthy Home describes potential problems in our homes and provides simple and affordable solutions.
The book is divided into different areas in the house. From the bedroom thru the kitchen to the garage and yard, the authors identify common toxins and explain their impact on our health. For example in the bedroom, The Healthy Home explains the dangers of the electromagnetic fields (EMF) from devices that are clustered around the bed including phones, clocks and lamps. In the bathroom, the authors highlight the problems with aerosols, parabens, phalates and preservatives that are often used in prsonal care products.
In the bathroom, this book raises concerns about chemicals in tub and tile cleansers that contain toluene, lead and thimerosol– substances linked to endocrine disruption.
The information is disturbing but the book points you in the direction of better choices. For example to avoid chemicals in the bedroom, it suggests using all cotton or organic fabrics for bedding and nightclothes. I wish the authors had provided brand names of healthier choices as well as resources to find them. These are disturbing issues and we need all the help we can get to reduce our chemical load. However The Healthy Home certainly identifies the problems. I plan to start by changing my cleaning products to healthier formulations. Has anyone recommendations for effective “green” cleaning tools?