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The Healthy Home    by Dave Wentz, Myron Wentz & Donna K. Wallace order for
Healthy Home
by Dave Wentz
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Vanguard, 2011 (2011)
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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

In The Healthy Home, Dr. Myron Wentz and his son Dave Wentz with the help of Donna K. Wallace, take readers room by room through a home, sharing 'Simple Truths to Protect Your Family from Hidden Household Dangers'. The premise is that we are typically surrounded by toxic products and that removing them or mitigating their effects will improve health and life expectancy.

Are the risks exaggerated? Read for yourself and decide. But common sense will tell you that, despite ubiquitous marketing campaigns, many of these products add little value to our lives. In his Introduction, Dave Wentz reassures us that 'you don't have to be a scientist - or even a cave-dwelling technophobe - to protect your family from the toxic influences found in modern society.'

The book takes us through the house - Bedroom, Bathroom, Kitchen, Living Areas, Garage and Yard - assessing each room for potential toxicity. Quizzes in each chapter help readers to assess their own situation. There are references to sources for further exploration, and alternative recommendations of Simple Solutions to reduce family exposure. There's even a list of homemade solutions we can use in order to 'clean, not contaminate.'

Some of the topics that caught my eye addressed: the prevalence of Not-So-Natural Fabric; dangerous fragrances; The Mysteries of Dry Cleaning; EMF exposure; parabens taken in through the skin; mercury amalgams in fillings; excessive vaccination; leaching of chemicals from plastics; intake of high-glycemic foods; and the use of pest-repelling plants as an alternative to pesticides. But there are many more.

Though I'm not doing badly in most areas The Healthy Home addresses, I can and will do better after reading it and strongly recommend it to anyone who is concerned about reducing personal and family exposure to the toxic byproducts of our modern lifestyle. In closing, I'll share two of the simplest safeguards the book espouses - wear gloves while cleaning, and regularly open windows to air out a home's accumulated chemicals.

Note: The co-authors are donating their proceeds from book sales to 'effective nonprofit organizations that help nourish, educate, and provide medical care for impoverished children.'

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