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Book Review: 'The Healthy Home'

Book Review
Title: "The Healthy Home: Simple Truths to Protect Your Family from Hidden Household Dangers"
Authors: Dr. Myron Wentz and Dave Wentz
Publisher: Vanguard Press, 2011; 304 pages; $21.99

For us human animals, our homes are our habitats. And since we now know beyond a shadow of a doubt that toxins and hazards in our environment can be just as impactful on our health as the things we actually eat and drink, it behooves us to attend to the healthfulness of our daily living environments.

Americans spend billions every year on home decor and remodeling to optimize how our homes look, feel and function. Now, well-known microbiologist Dr. Myron Wentz and his son, nutritional entrepreneur Dave Wentz, propose that we spend at least some of our time, money and energy optimizing our homes for healthfulness in their new book, "The Healthy Home: Simple Truths to Protect Your Family From Hidden Household Dangers."

The younger Wentz starts the book out by rattling off his own list of little-known home-based health horrors, and the advisory adages he’s coined to help people avoid harm from them, ranging from "your microwave isn’t a television, so by all means don’t watch your popcorn pop," to "indoor air pollution is the asbestos of tomorrow," to my own personal favorite, "let your senses be your guide … (i)n this toxic world, the nose knows."