November 2011

Just in Case: How to be Self-Sufficient when the Unexpected Happens

OAR stands for organize, acquire and rotate. These are points regarding emergency supplies that Kathy Harrison stresses repeatedly throughout her book. The fact is that a crisis can occur at any moment. While some natural disasters come with some warning, like hurricanes, for instance, many do not, or if there is time to get ready, it is too short. Even in the case of hurricanes, disaster warnings are rarely a reliable indicator of severity. There are many unpredictable aspects and the only way is to have a plan to get through the situation. Just in Case: How to be Self-Sufficient when the Unexpected Happens by Kathy Harrison provides you with a set of practical, realistic tips for handling a crisis.  The tips center on the home, on the place where people are supposed to feel comfortable and safe.

The Healthy Home: Simple Truths to Protect Your Family from Hidden Household Dangers

"Dr Wentz has prescribed solutions that are simple to adapt to almost any living space."

What if many of the items in the average American home were actually toxic? What common items like perfume are actually harmful to your health? That is the premise of The Healthy Home: Simple Truths to Protect Your Family from Hidden Household Dangers by Myron Wentz, Dave Wentz, and Donna K. Wallace. Dr. Myron Wentz is a microbiologist , therefore he is qualified to write on the matter.
 

Wentz believes that the Average home is actually a deathtrap of sorts, one that is slowly killing those who dwell inside it. He also believes that environmentalism begins at home, from within the home, and the solutions he provides are available and fairly easy to implement. While pretty much everyone should be concerned about the issues dealt with in this book, the matter of the contaminated dwelling space is of most concern to those who have immune deficiency issues and those with allergies. These are the people most vulnerable to the toxins and chemicals that may be slowly poisoning American homeowners. For example, Wentz compares perfumes, many of which can be found in the average household, to asbestos which is known to cause mesothelioma. He believes that in the future, perfumes will be thought of in much the same way.