One of the most informative books out there that I still love is: ‘Healthy Child Healthy World; creating a cleaner, greener, safer home’, written by Christopher Gavigan.

Healthy Child Healthy World is the essential guide for parents. All parents want a happy and healthy child in a safe home, but where do they start? It starts with the small steps to creating a healthier, less toxic, and more environmentally sound home and this is the definitive book to get you there. “

Since it’s World Book Day today, here is a small outtake of a blog I wrote years ago about this book:

Each chapter has an amazing variety on advice, but one of my ‘favorite’ chapters was “Chapter 10: It’s All Good”. At one point Christopher described in his step-by-step program “#Step 9: Keep the Faith”; the basic facts you need to keep in mind if you want to succeed, not only in making changes in your daily life to create a healthy environment for your kids and for yourself, but it’s also advice you can apply in your professional life.

The 5 P’s:

  • Positive: Optimism and hopefulness motivate you and those around you.
  • Persistent: Don’t give up.
  • Pragmatic: Figure out if the outcome you’re striving toward is achievable.
  • Patient: Success is almost never immediate. Patience is still a virtue.
  • Perspective: It’s vital to maintain the ability to step back and remember all the other things that matter.

5 simple words, but they can have a big impact.

This book is a must-have if you are a parent or a parent-to-be. It’s filled with practical and inexpensive lifestyle advice. And the contributions of environmental scientists, public-health experts and renowned doctors are definitely worth reading too. 

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