I'm always amazed at what parents don't know. I meet far too many good, smart, well-intentioned people who have yet to hear that their cleaners might be making their kids sick. Or that the toys they bought for Christmas might be loaded with phthalates. Or that their water bottles might be disrupting everyone’s hormones. There’s a new book out that’s trying to change all that. And this is a post to try to get everyone everywhere to read it.
I mentioned Healthy Child Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home, by Christopher Gavigan, in a review of new parenting titles last week. But it should get a post of it’s own. I’m writing one today because the organization Healthy Child Healthy World (which Christopher heads) is trying to get as many people as possible to buy a copy from Amazon.com as a way to make the book number one for the day, get it on bestseller lists, and ultimately get it noticed by parents who will then read and follow its important advice. (An easy e-mail way to spread the word is here)
Full disclosure: Seventh Gen and HCHW have been working together for a long time. In fact, they hosted the book party when our own book, Naturally Clean: The Seventh Generation Guide to Safe & Healthy, Non-toxic Cleaning, came out a couple of years ago. But that doesn’t mean that theirs isn’t a book worth reading. Not by any stretch. Because this is information all too many parents lack. Think of it a cure for a disease of unawareness that’s unwittingly afflicting more families and more young lives than I dare to count.
Pick up this book and you’ll have a de facto manual for healthy child rearing. I’ve been reading my own copy, and I can’t find any healthy home stone that’s been left unturned. It’s wonderfully comprehensive and everything it has to say is dispensed in quick, easy-reading bursts that parents can handle on a page-by-page basis no matter what bedlam is going on around them. Everything every mom and dad needs to know is here. What to do about toxins, toys, indoor air, outdoor gardening, food, clothing, cleaning, personal care, pet care, baby care. And that’s just for starters. You name it. It’s here. Plus lots of sidebars are filled with recipes, background info, and explanations of key issues and threats to kids’ health. As a bonus, a bevy of celebrities chime in with their own perspectives and experiences as befits a book written in Los Angeles.
Trust me. You’ll get your money’s worth and then some. So go grab a copy today. Let’s send this one up the charts and get it seen so that the information it contains can reach the parents who need. If you don’t have kids, buy it anyway and give it to someone who does. Or donate it to your local library. The time has come to stop break the cycle of toxicity. Let’s start by spreading the word and raising a new generation of healthy kids. I can’t think of any better way to start the weekend.