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These green resources will give you easy ways to limit the amount of toxins you and your family are exposed to.
The Healthy Home Workbook: Easy Steps for Eco-Friendly Living by Kimberly Rider (Chronicle Books, 2006)
Naturally Clean: The Seventh Generation Guide to Safe and Healthy Non-Toxic Cleaning by Jeffrey Hollender and Geoff Davis with Meika Hollender and Reed Doyle (New Society Publishers, 2006)
Organic Housekeeping: In Which the Non-Toxic Avenger Shows You How to Improve Your Health and That of Your Family While You Save Time, Money and Perhaps, Your Sanity by Ellen Sandbeck (Scribner, 2006)
Redux: Designs that Reuse, Recycle and Reveal by Jennifer Roberts (Gibbs Smith, 2006)
Raising Healthy Children in a Toxic World: 101 Smart Solutions for Every Family by Phillip J. Landrigan, M.D., and Mary Landrigan, M.P.A. (Rodale Press, 2001)
Children's Health Environmental Coalition
National non-profit organization dedicated to educating parents and caregivers about environmental toxins that affect children's health. CHEC offers a monthly email newsletter called First Steps for pregnant women and mothers of newborns to educate them about fetus' and babies exposure to toxic chemicals. For easy ways to detoxify your home, go to CHEC's Blue Butterfly web site, bluebutterfly.org.
A research group of scientists, engineers, policy experts, lawyers and more that researches and exposes health and environmental threats, and tries to find solutions.
Lists potential environmental hazards to children where they live, learn and play and gives tips to help protect them.
Online store for natural and eco-friendly home and pet products, building and renovation materials.
A web site for expectant and long-time mothers to share information on protecting their families from herbicides, pesticides, pollutants and poisons.
Lists alternatives for managing pests with non-toxic methods.
Otis Pregnancy (Organization of Teratology Information Specialists)
Organization that studies the effects of drugs, chemicals, medications and other exposures on the fetus.