A. Thompson
New Society Publishers | 0865715114 | 2004 | PDF | 320 pages | 8 Mb

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Media reports focus increasingly on the declining health of children in industrialized countries. Asthma, autism, learning and behavior problems, and cancer are all on the rise. At the same time, there is consistent news about poor indoor air quality, mold and how buildings can make people sick.

Homes that Heal addresses both of these developments, revealing that our own homes can contribute to many of these health problems. A passionate examination of our built environment and the alarming impact today's chemically polluted world is having on the health of present and future generations, Homes That Heal is easy-to-read, solutions-oriented and humorous, full of stories and advice that empower families to take back their health on a daily basis. Topics covered include:

a Healthy Home Quiz that enables readers to evaluate the health of their own home and identify many of the common home health hazards
factors impacting indoor air quality
a room-by-room examination of typical problems and solutions
toxic materials used in building a new home or remodeling
cleaning products and other consumer hazards found in the home
an easy-to-understand introduction to the science of Bau-biologie (Building Biology), an internationally recognized approach to healthy construction.

Packed with useful information and resources, Homes That Heal is written to be easily understood by busy mothers and will appeal to anyone interested in the health of his or her family. Designed for the family coffee table, it is equally suitable for doctors' offices and home improvement stores.

Athena Thompson is an award-winning entrepreneur specializing in environmental medicine and is an advocate for children's health. A natural health specialist for 18 years and a certified bau-biologist (building biologist), she is cofounder/owner of Humabuilt Healthy Building Systems and lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon.


Part One: The Building of a House
Chapter 1: The Basics 5
Chapter 2: The Healthy Versus The Unhealthy Home 13
Chapter 3: The Conventionally Built New Home 19
Chapter 4: The Remodeled Home 41
Chapter 5: The Healthy New Home 55

Part Two: How To Live Healthfully In Your House
Chapter 6: Environmental Health at Home 75

Healthy Home Quiz 83

Chapter 7: Bedrooms 99
Chapter 8: Bathrooms 131
Chapter 9: Kitchens 147
Chapter 10: Laundry Rooms 165
Chapter 11: Home Offices 181
Chapter 12: Other Rooms 191
Chapter 13: Garages 205
Chapter 14: Yards, Plants, and Pests 213
Chapter 15: Pets 229
Chapter 16: Cleaning 239
Chapter 17: Home Maintenance 255
Chapter 18: Living Happily Ever After 265


"...a book that is useful not only for homeowners but for renters as well." - Vancouver Sun, Saturday 4th December 2004.

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