There are so many good books about green living out there that I stopped picking up every one I see years ago. I have my favorites that I consider classics, Debra Lynn Dadd’s original Nontoxic and Natural (I’ll talk more about her another time) among others. Now I've added a new one to my list of classics. I picked up Renee Loux’s Easy Green Living: The Ultimate Guide to Simple, Eco-Friendly Choices for You and Your Home primarily because her book on raw foods, Living Cuisine: The Art and Spirit of Raw Foods is on my cookbook shelf. Honestly, I’ve never seen her show so I didn’t realize she was also a natural living expert.
I'm glad I picked it up, as it is a book that anyone interested in starting or furthering a natural lifestyle should own. It is priceless as a resource book. It’s particularly valuable because the information isn’t likely to become obsolete as some books in this genre do. This is because she doesn’t just rely on identifying safe brand names and products in the market place. She also gives detailed lists of chemicals to avoid and make it yourself alternatives.
She lists the dangers of the chemicals or contaminants in each area, everything from laundry detergents to bedding. She explains very clearly what to look for, what to avoid, and what the alternatives are. You can probably guess from my writing I particularly enjoy the new homemade formulas she offers to add to my repertoire.
I highly recommend this book for those starting on the path to discovering natural health as well as seasoned natural health gurus.
Book Review: Is Electricity Making You Sick?
Zapped-Why Your Cell Phone Shouldn’t Be Your Alarm Clark and 1,268 Ways to Outsmart the Hazards of Electronic Pollution by Ann Louise Gittleman
A few of the useful facts shared in Zapped:
~Regularly using a laptop on the lap can reduce sperm count by 25%
~Using a corded phone is safer than a cordless phone
~One of the worst places to place a couch or bed is on the wall opposite your refrigerator
A while back I saw a book was being published about electromagnetic pollution and it was by the cutting edge author Ann Louis Gittleman, I made sure I got myself a copy right away. Gittleman has made a career of nutritional research and has published award winning books on topics such as healthy diet and menopause. When she began to experience symptoms that turned out to be a benign parotid tumor, commonly linked to excessive cell phone use, she turned her attention to electropollution and has published the first full scale book I’ve seen that gives a layman’s overview of the issue combined with solutions to reduce exposure. You've heard of brain waves of course. Well, your entire body is a network of frequencies which have an optimum range. Ions of energy keep your heart pumping for example, we are full of electrical impulses. With increased exposure to radio, TV, electronic appliances and all of our modern gadgets, our bodies are now being bombarded with artificial frequencies that are actually damaging our cells. Gittleman shares fascinating research showing how electricity and particularly the “dirty electricity” emitted in our homes and work places affects us.
According to a 2005 press release issued by the World Health Organization, Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS), also known as radio wave sickness or electrosensitivity, is a “growing worldwide health concern”.
Symptoms can include nausea, headaches, heart palpitations, skin rashes, memory difficulties, anxiety, muscle weakness, and depression. It’s been likened to multiple chemical sensitivity due to its cumulative effect over time and the difficulty in procuring a diagnosis. According to Gittleman may be a factor in quite a few conditions including fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, migraines and Lupus.
The solution is to eliminate sources where you can, and ground the rest. Unplug, switch off your wireless when not needed, move your electronics away from areas you spend time in and learn alternative ways to use your appliances and cell phone. Grounding yourself and reigning in the dirty electricity around you though grounding can not only calm the system but also heal it. Gittleman gives plenty of resources for information, grounding devices and professional assistance. She also offers lists of foods and a cleansing bath that help heal and protect your system. The baths are particularly recommended after exposure such as after having x-rays or an MRI. If you are interested in these new solutions to promote health, I highly recommend Zapped: Why Your Cell Phone Shouldn't Be Your Alarm Clock and 1,268 Ways to Outsmart the Hazards of Electronic Pollution
A related book you may also enjoy is called Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?
Here are some useful products to reduce your electromagnetic exposure.
Stay Grounded my friends.
Thankfully, the winter has broken and we are beginning to see some lovely weather, perfect for planting a garden, an outdoor picnic or a walk through the neighborhood. Some of the happiest times in my life have been simply hiking and exploring the beautiful countryside in New Jersey with loved ones and family. From the terminal moraine (where the glaciers came to their sliding stop at the end of the ice age) and mountainous woodlands of Northern Jersey to the meandering rivers and pinelands of Southern Jersey, the beaches to the East and the wonders of the Delaware River to the West there's no end of amazing areas to explore.
David Wheeler, who has published a book entitled "Wild New Jersey" about his adventures during a year long exploration of the wild parts of the state, will be at the Clinton Book Shop tomorrow, April 17 from 1-3:00. . Here's an excerpt from his press release.
The fastest animal on earth dive-bombs him from the skies. A young black bear bounds up a mountain trail a few yards away. Poisonous snakes swirl at his feet. A thousand bats careen past his head in a pitch-black roost. Pods of dolphins swim right past him by the scores. Who? Experienced naturalist David Wheeler. Where? In Wild New Jersey, of course.
Wild New Jersey invites readers along Wheeler’s whirlwind year-long tour of the most ecologically diverse state for its size in America. Along with the expert guidance of charismatic wildlife biologists and local conservationists, he explores mountains, valleys, beaches, pine barrens, caves, rivers, marshlands, and more—breathtaking landscapes and the state’s Noah’s Ark of fascinating creatures.
This isn’t your ordinary ride on the Jersey Turnpike. Fasten your seatbelts and join Wheeler as he . . .
Kayaks through the Meadowlands under the watchful eye of the Empire State Building, Pans for cretaceous fossils in a hidden brook once home to mastodons and giant sloths, Rides a fishing boat in the frigid snows of winter on a high-seas quest for Atlantic puffins, Trudges through the eerie darkness of a bog on a mysterious night hike, Dogsleds across the windswept alpine slopes in the haunts of the porcupine and bobcat.
With Wheeler’s compelling narrative, in-depth background details, and eye for revealing the offbeat, you can count this as the first nature book to paint the extraordinary picture of New Jersey’s unlikely wilderness in all its glory. Come along for all the adventure and insight in Wild New Jersey!
NaturalJersey.com was created in order to have a place on the web where we can all share the great green & natural health resources in NJ. I hope you find it a never ending resource when you're looking for health-minded local businesses.