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Books that will Improve the Environment and Your Health

  • Sep 2, 2010
How to Grow Fresh Air: 50 House Plants that Purify
Houseplants--especially these 50--eat up indoor air pollution, making the air you breathe cleaner and healthier.I used this invaluable book as a resource and reference in my book, Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify & Energize Your Life, Your Home & Your Planet because it proves that plants remove toxic chemicals in the home. Bill Wolverton, Ph.D., of Wolverton Environmental Services in Mississippi, spent the past twenty-five years researching the healthful benefits of plants. He names fifty best houseplants to clean up your environment. They are listed in descending order, with the overall rating based on the plants ability to remove chemical vapors, ease of cultivation, susceptibility to insect infestation and transpiration rate. Dr. Wolverton provides details, advice and growing tips on all fifty plants. Each of the fifty plants is shown in full color with an additional closeup photograph of each plant.
See the full review, "An Essential Reference Book".
Disclaimer--I wrote the book. Award winning book Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify & Energize Your Life, Your Home & Your Planet shows you how to create a beautiful, non-toxic and natural home and workspace; a sanctuary that will support, invigorate and nourish you to enable you to flourish in all aspects of your life—while being kind to the environment. There are hundreds of resources and information providing eco-friendly and safe construction and building materials and household goods. You will learn how to make your home harmonious, combining the best principles of Feng Shui, the application of the Four Elements, color, Vastu, creative visualization, energy work and good design. Harmonious Environment: • Suggests ways to create a beautiful, non-toxic, natural home and workspace; a sanctuary that will support, invigorate and nourish you to enable you to flourish in all aspects of your life—while being kind and respectful to the environment. • Introduces Harmonious Adjustments™, in which selected principles of Feng Shui, the Four Elements, color, energy, Vastu and good design are illuminated. • Replacing the ‘bad stuff' with safe and eco-friendly products • Organizing the rest • Bringing in the beautiful • Placing objects with the intent to manifest your dreams
Easy Green Living: The Ultimate Guide to Simple,
Easy Green Living, by Renee Loux is an exhaustive guide to eco-friendly living for the home and person. Each chapter reveals the hazardous products to avoid, complete with detailed findings from research. Next, green products to use instead of dangerous ones are described. Finally, each chapter provides resources to find green products. I like that the introduction included the following, with explanations: Being green is not black and white Consider the life cycle of a product Start small Green living is a process The first chapter includes a basic introduction to green living and hazardous materials to avoid. Chapter two covers the basics of green cleaning; what to avoid, 6 basic ingredients to use for cleaning and recipes and resources for purchasing green cleaning supplies. Chapter three continues on the cleaning theme, for the kitchen and chapter four covers the bathroom. Chapter five is about personal care products. In addition to makeup and body cleaning products to avoid and use, Loux presents the hazards of conventional antiperspirants, tampons and hair dye and more and provides safe alternatives. Chapter six discusses how to have an eco-friendly laundry. Chapter seven covers green bedding and chapter 8, lightbulbs. Chapter nine discusses furnishings and materials, including paint, flooring and carpeting, kitchen and bath counters, cabinets and candles. Of all chapters, this could be more comprehensive--however, as Loux explains in the introduction, understanding the life cycle of products should make it easy to determine how green any product is. This guidebook will leave few questions about basic green living unanswered, particularly green cleaning.
See the full review, "Comprehensive and Well Researched".
Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
I picked up Food Rules: An Eater's Manual, because I have been searching for just this type of book for many of my clients as a New Year's gift. I read the slim book quickly in a bookstore and it is the perfect present for my clients who are not eating healthy diets (but who have confessed they wish to.) I am an interior designer/organizer and see how my clients eat all the time when I redesign and organize their kitchens. Pollan's In Defense of Food and The Omnivore's Dilemma are both excellent, but can be intimidating. Not Food Rules--it is short and easy to understand. The book is divided into three parts and has 64 chapters or rules. The following will give you an good idea of what the book is about: Part I, What should I eat? Includes such chapters as "Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food", "avoid food products that contain more than five ingredients", and "avoid foods that contain high-fructose corn syrup". Part II, What kind of food should I eat? Includes "Eat mostly plants, especially leaves", "eat your colors", and "the whiter the bread, the sooner you will be dead." Part III, How should I eat? Includes "pay more, eat less," "eat less," and "limit your snacks to unprocessed plant food." For those of you who desire a healthier diet, Food Rules is a terrific guide that makes understanding what to put into your body simple to understand and implement. Finally, if healthy eating is a new concept for you, you will find the clever chapter titles easy to memorize, thus making the concept of healthy eating a simple one to learn. Highly recommend.
See the full review, "Food Rules Rules!".

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September 07, 2010
Nice list! Well done.
September 06, 2010
Oh, so this is the list that you were talking about! It's fantastic, Norma!  I've got a list in this community, too, that I think you'd appreciate -- Little Things I Do For the Sake of the Environment :)
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Norma Lehmeier Hartie ()
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Norma is an award winning author, speaker and an eco-friendly designer. Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify and Energize Your Life, Your Home and Your Planet won The Grand Prize in the Writer's … more
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