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Learn how to Create a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home ? from Christopher Gavigan and the trusted experts at Healthy Child Healthy World.

Healthy Child Healthy World is the essential guide for parents! All parents want a happy and healthy child in a safe home, but where do they start? It starts with the small steps to creating a healthier, less toxic, and more environmentally sound home ? and this is the definitive book to get you there.

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Overview


Learn how to Create a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home ? from Christopher Gavigan and the trusted experts at Healthy Child Healthy World.

Healthy Child Healthy World is the essential guide for parents! All parents want a happy and healthy child in a safe home, but where do they start? It starts with the small steps to creating a healthier, less toxic, and more environmentally sound home ? and this is the definitive book to get you there.

Unfortunately, tens of millions of Americans, overwhelmingly children, now face chronic disease and illnesses including cancer, autism, asthma, allergies, birth defects, ADD/ADHD, obesity/diabetes, and learning and developmental disabilities. The number gets higher each year and more parents ask WHY? Scientific evidence increasingly finds chemicals in everyday products like cleaning supplies, beauty care and cosmetics, home furnishings, plastics, food, and even toys that are contributors to these ailments.

The good news is that you can something to protect your children with a few simple changes!

Inside, you?ll find practical, inexpensive, and easy lifestyle advice for every stage of parenting including:

• Advice on preparing a nontoxic nursery for a new baby

• What every expectant mom needs to do to have a safer pregnancy

• Clarifying which plastics and baby products to avoid and the healthier solutions

• Tips to take to the grocery store, including the most and least pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables and the best healthy kid-approved snacks

• Which beauty care / cosmetic products pose the biggest risk to health

• The best recipes for healthy snacks, low-cost and safe homemade cleaners, and non-toxic art supplies

• How to easily minimize allergens, dust, and lead

• A greener garden, yard, and outdoor spaces

• Tips to keep your pets healthy, and the unwanted pests out naturally

• Renovation ideas, naturally fresher indoor air, and safer sleeping options,

• An 27 page extensive shopper?s guide to most trusted and best products every home needs

Inside is also packed with over 40 featured contributions from renowned doctors, environmental scientists, and public-health experts like Dr. Harvey Karp, Dr Philip Landrigan, and William McDonough, as well as many celebrity parents like Gwyneth Paltrow, Tobey Maguire, Sheryl Crow, Erin Brockovich and Tom Hanks. A special featured contribution from First Lady Michelle Obama on her best ways of coping with her daughter?s asthma.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452290198
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/7/2009
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 227,991
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


For over a decade, Christopher Gavigan has been dedicated to improving the lives of children and families. Gavigan's academic efforts focused on environmental science and geography, and graduate work in both education and child psychology. He has worked as an ecology and sciences professor in the Bay Area and Los Angeles and a child and family holistic interventionist, as well as founding Pinnacle Expeditions—an outdoor leadership program.

Gavigan currently serves as the Chief Executive Office/Executive Director of Healthy Child Healthy World, the leading national non-profit dedicated to protecting the heath and well-being of children from harmful environmental exposures. Under his leadership, Gavigan has launched impactful public awareness campaigns reaching millions, has executed a new strategic vision for the organization and has successfully established values-based messaging and collaborative relationships with over 30 social and environmentally driven business partners. He lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife, Jessica Capshaw, and their young son.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Meryl Streep ix

Introduction Your (Kids') Health Is Your Wealth 1

Chapter 1 Doing the Bump: Preparing for Baby 14

Chapter 2 Cleanup Time: Safe Suds and a Greener Clean 36

Chapter 3 A Clean Plate: Choosing, Eating, and Storing Healthier Food 63

Chapter 4 The Beauty Part: Natural Body Care 102

Chapter 5 Child's Play: Safer Toys, Gear, and Clothing 123

Chapter 6 Splendor in the Grass: Greener Gardens, Yards, and Outdoor Spaces 147

Chapter 7 Every Sip-and Breath-You Take: Clean Water and Air Solutions 171

Chapter 8 BFF: Raising a Green Pet 197

Chapter 9 Safe House: Healthy Home Improvement 214

Chapter 10 It's All Good: How to Grow Your Impact 243

Healthy Resources 271

Acknowledgments 299

About Healthy Child Healthy World 303

Index 305

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

    A perfect gift idea for every newly pregnant mom!

    When I worked at a natural health food store, we had a copy of this book on the shelf. I always encouraged people to give this book as a gift. There is a ton of helpful information, especially if you are just getting started in the "green" ways of living. I recently gave it to one of my good friends for her shower gift and I hope she reads it and learns from it. Even if she simply changes the shampoos and other personal care products for her baby to more natural alternatives and becomes aware of a few ingredients to stay away from - that would be a huge help for her child! Every little step counts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Easy Read and Informational for Novice

    I bought this book to help me understand what I can do to make my house more green as I suffer from allergies and sensitivities. This book was very good about understanding the basics and is written in more scientific manner than The Honest Life by Jessica Alba which I bought and read as well. I found both to be very helpful and provide steps to make your home safer. I have three small children and worry about what they are exposed to. This book helped me to understand what I can and can not control and provided options for change. Christopher Gavigan is a business partner of Jessica Alba so there is a lot of overlap. I also am brand new to the going green idea/concept so a lot of the information is new to me; however, I can see how someone who has this knowledge might find it redundant. This book is geared more to a novice. I keep this book close by as reference.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2008

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    This is a terrific reference guide to help parents (and, more to the point, anyone seeking a healthier lifestyle) create a safe place for their kids to live, eat and breathe. What I like most about it is that, to a novice, the book doesn't totally overwhelm or preach. It's matter-of-fact and logical material with tips that are totally DO-able. It really is a must-have in every parent's library, even if you don't plan on turning your life upside down and become totally 'green'. Food for thought!

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