Giveaway: Four Copies Of ‘The Healthy Home’

May 24, 2011

It’s time for another giveaway here on The Good Human! This time I am giving away 4 copies of the book The Healthy Home: Simple Truths to Protect Your Family from Hidden Household Dangers by Dr. Myron Wentz and Dave Wentz, which I just recently finished reading myself. Full of great information and advice about the toxins we could be poisoning ourselves with inside (and outside) of our homes and what to do to clean them up. The authors walk the reader through a typical house, pointing out the dangers that may be hidden from view but can be serious health issues. While a lot of the information is probably well-known by long-time readers of this site, I learned quite a few tips that I can implement in my home right away. Here’s a snippet from the book:

Have you ever considered:

– Chemicals added to fabrics to enhance durability and stain and wrinkle resistance have been linked to both reproductive and developmental toxicity, as well as cancers of the liver and bladder. But organic cotton contains none of these.

– Aluminum can induce oxidative damage, which has been linked to Parkinson’s and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), yet a typical dose of your regular antacids can contain as much as 400 mg of aluminum. A little soda water anyone?

– Your cooking pans coated with non-stick Teflon can release six toxic gases when heated up to 680°F on a regular electric stove, including two carcinogens, two global pollutants, and a chemical known to be lethal to humans. Maybe the extra scrubbing of a regular pan is worth it.

– The air in your home is constantly filled with toxins from the paint on your walls, the glue that holds down your carpet, and the fire-retardant chemicals coating your comfy mattress. You can learn how to minimize your exposure.

With the help of The Healthy Home, you’ll learn about the dangerous substances you may be exposed to on a daily basis, and the simple but effective changes you can start making today that will help you and your family reduce your toxic burden.

While I did enjoy the book, my only issue with it came from some rather silly scare tactics about CFL light bulbs. Sure, there is mercury in them; we all know that by now. But the truth is that compact fluorescent light bulbs use up to 75% less energy and last up to 10 times longer than incandescents, and if every home in America replaced just one incandescent bulb with a single CFL, in one year it would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes. The Environmental Health Watch says that “the overall mercury exposure from coal-fired power plants is very substantially reduced by use of CFLs” so I am not as much concerned with breaking a bulb in my home as much as I am about reducing the demand for more coal-fired power plants required when people don’t reduce their energy dependence at home. For more information on CFLs and any potential hazards, check out my posts Are CFL light bulbs dangerous? and who is behind the fear mongering over CFL bulbs.

Overall, I do recommend you check out this book if you are concerned about the potential toxins surrounding you and your family. It offers solid advice, tips, and alternatives to help you clean up your environment at home. The authors are also donating all proceeds from the book to The Children’s Hunger Fund, so if you don’t win a copy here you can know that your purchase of the book goes towards that cause. Now, how can you win a copy? It’s quite simple, really. Follow the below rules to enter:

– The giveaway starts now and will be open until Thursday morning, May 26th, 2011 at 7am MST.
– To enter, please leave a comment (with a valid email address, so I can contact you) here on this post as to why you would like to win a copy of the book. Emailed entries will not be counted, entry by comment only.
– Only one entry per person. Period. Please don’t try to use different email addresses, etc, as the IP numbers will be checked.
– Entries must be from residents from the U.S.
– Four winners will be chosen at random from all eligible entries received and notified via email.

Good luck everyone!

Books were provided by Larsen Global.

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After a varied past of being a test driver for automotive television programs, a Hollywood studio lackey, and an online media sales director, David is now the publisher and editor of The Good Human. In his spare time he rides motorcycles, drinks good beer, and builds stuff in the garage. You can follow him on Twitter at @thegoodhuman or G+ at Google
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Comments (21)

  1. Marie @ Awakeatheart says:

    Sounds like a nifty book. I am constantly looking for more information as good source material to spread the word on the dangers inherent in untested household products. Trust just isn’t warranted to any commercial product anymore, the more you know the better off you’ll be.

  2. robin says:

    I’ve read a number of these types of books, but I can always use a refresher & there’s always something new to learn. Perhaps if people were more aware of the dangers inside the house they’d be more willing to spend time outside…

  3. Deb says:

    I am actively changing over everything in my home to earth and living creature friendly products. The amount of chemicals that we are exposed to on a daily basis that are not in our control is truly frightening. Controlling what we can is the way to go. Thank you very much for all of the information that you provide! It is most appreciated.

  4. Andrea Swann says:

    As I am entering the field of green interior design I am always looking for information about the reasons not do everything (or anything) the conventional way in our homes and every day habits. This books seems like it would be a great way to gain fresh ideas and valuable knowledge.

  5. Rene says:

    I would love a copy of this because as an owner of a RV and a manufactured home, I know these places are crawling with unhealthy toxins. I’d love to reduce my exposure as much as possible! Thanks.

  6. I’ve heard from many that this book is wonderful! I would love a copy in order to learn more about improving the air quality in my home.

  7. Heather says:

    Please enter me to win! This book sounds like a great resource.

  8. I’m always looking for ways to reduce my chemical exposure, and I think I just roped my sister into it too! She’d love this book for sure.

  9. Laura Miller says:

    I would love to read this book. I am always looking for more great resources on how to make my home as safe as I possibly can for my family.

  10. Jess C. says:

    When our son was one, he was diagnosed with asthma. Although we gave him the necessary medicine, we’ve systematically gone through our home and have eliminated many toxins from our environment. Needless to say, the flare-ups have significantly decreased.

    We’d love this book because we know there’s more to do… Having seen what a big difference small changes can make, we’d like to clean up our act as best we can!

  11. Angie Doel says:

    I would LOVE to win a copy of this book, because this is one of my major concerns – how can I make my home healthier for myself and my three children? Thanks for featureing this book…even if I don’t win, I will definitely pick up a copy!

  12. Jennifer says:

    I would love to receive a copy of The healthy home, so I could share what I learned with others. I would also love to educate my 5 year old son on the importance of non toxic living. You can never teach them too young! Thank you for your time. Jennifer

  13. Carol Lee says:

    This sounds like the perfect book for me… I’m moving from room to room in my house trying to detox it and make it healthy! :)

  14. Tanya says:

    I would love to win this book. It would be useful to help me choose the right products for my home and keep my family healthy THX

  15. Elizabeth says:

    I’d love to use the info in this book as I strive to create the healthiest life I can for me and my family. Plus, I’m especially interested in how to make my home healthier as I prepare for the arrival of my first baby!

  16. I would truly love to own this book and can’t afford to buy it…really. But I constantly talk to and teach others about how to save the planet and have a healthier life. In addition, my daughter is the PTA president at my granddaughter’s elementary school where they are all about being environmentally conscious. I’ll be sure to let her read it too. Thanks.

  17. Emily says:

    I would love a chance to win this. This book sounds like a great way for me to learn what to do around my own home. Sometimes, with all the information out there, I feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start. This could be it!

  18. Dmitriy says:

    This would definitely be a great addition to the collection of items that I’ll be taking with me to college next year.

    I’ve already followed up with Kamal Meattle’s TED Talk on removing toxins from indoor air via house plants and would like to build on that to ensure an ideal living place for me and my roommate.

  19. Monala says:

    I just moved, so making sure my new home is healthy would be great.

  20. Passerby says:

    I have Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS), to a disabling level, and really need a copy of this.

    Thanks! :)

  21. david says:

    Thanks for entering everyone! Winners will be notified by email in the next day or so.