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Cancer and Eco-Friendly Homes

Posted Dec 01 2008 1:39pm

Green Goes with Everything  

Cancer is dramatic enough.   When it comes to my body and the environment, I want the least amount of enviro-paranoia and vegan-girl-scout-pep-rallying as possible.   That is exactly what I like about Sloan Barnett’s new book Green Goes With Everything.

In this basic primer on becoming a green consumer, Sloan is no Julia Butterfly and doesn’t expect you to be one either. She present steps that help you phase into a greener life, and tosses in plenty of guilt-free phrases like “when possible.”  

I don’t need much convincing to green my life; I am a young adult cancer patient and my husband is an attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council. Still, simple tasks, like swapping out the carcinogenic plastics in my kitchen and buying glass food storage containers, have remained on my to-do list for two months.   Sloan presents simple information from credible scientific sources.   She motivated me to finally run to the store this past Friday and load up on Pyrex containers.

Despite the fourth grade like writing style, this sensible, practical guide will help you make healthier choices about the food, air, water, and energy that are in your home.   I have signed off on pages of yellow disclaimer slips in the hospital acknowledging that the very treatments that are used to try to cure me may cause secondary cancers.   The tips in Sloan’s book may help me lower those odds.

Have you made any simple changes lately to detoxify your home?   What were they?


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