The Healthy Home: An Attic-To-Basement Guide to Toxin-Free Living

Linda Mason Hunter, Author
Linda Mason Hunter, Author Rodale Press $21.95 (313p) ISBN 978-0-87857-813-9
Reviewed on: 06/01/1989
Release date: 06/01/1989
Here one finds a blend of old-fashioned advice (``Remove onion odors from your hand by rubbing with the cut end of a celery stalk'') with multitudinous warnings about pollutants and dangers lurking in our homes. Radon (``an odorless, colorless, radioactive gas''), formaldehyde-infused building materials, petroleum-based products and carbon monoxide-releasing wood fires are among the risks addressed. Hunter, a former editor of Better Homes and Gardens Remodeling Ideas magazine, presents her ideas in a clear and accessible manner, but like many others who suggest there is cause for alarm about our dwellings, she is unscientific. Her anecdotes, for example, greatly fortify her admonitions, but often no numbers are given to substantiate how many people have experienced various problems, or whether the preponderance of evidence would suggest these problems pose a serious danger for the rest of us. Moreover, all perils are seemingly presented with the same sense of importance, rather than ranked in a hierarchy. (May)
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