A review of the book: "The essential green you - Volume Three."
by Gerald T. Westbrook
This is my third book by Dierde Imus (DdI) that I have reviewed. As usual, I looked for the index. Eureka, Ms. Imus has included what appears to be an excellent index in her third book. Perhaps she received so much criticism for not having an index in Book one and Book Two, she decided she had to include one for Book Three.
As a means to try to estimate the utility of this index I selected three terms that I was interested in from Book Two. The terms, and the comments from the Index are listed below.
* Asthma - Page 102 - Most fragrances contains highly volatile allergens that are a recognized cause of autism.
* Autism - Page 141 - Mercury is a potential cause of autism - - according to a National Institutes of Health study of June, 2007.
* PCBs - Page 27 - This was a surrogate for BPAs. They both have a double benzene rings, but the couple is different. And PCBs contain between 2 to 10 chlorine atoms. In any event one of the recommendations from the index on cooking fish, was to boil, bake or grill it, as the fat--which contains most of the PCBs and dioxins--drips away.
All of the above impress me as pretty useful information. So this Index passes that simple test of credibility.
It also has a very good Table of Contents, as did Book Two. However, Book Two was organized into parts. I will do that for Book Three.
Part 1 Introduction.
Chapter 1 Take Charge of Your Health.
Part 2 All about food
Chapter 2 Eating Green.
Chapter 3 The Power of Produce.
Chapter 4 Out of the Box: Snacks & Processed Foods.
Part 3 All about body care and appearance.
Chapter 5 A Greener Clean: Personal Care Products.
Chapter 6 Not So Pretty Makeup.
Part 4 All about fashion.
Chapter 7 Green Your Style: Eco Fashion.
Part 5 All about Medicines.
Chapter 8 Jagged Little Pills: Medication.
Chapter 9 New Kind of Medicine: Alternative Health.
Part 6 Conclusion.
Chapter 10 Buy Green, Eat Green, Be Green.
Appendix 1 Favorite Vegan Recipes From the Imus Ranch.
Appendix 2 Buying Green: A Web Resource Guide.
I will comment briefly on Parts 1, 2, 3 and 6.
Part 1 - The African proverb:
"If you think you're too small to have an impact,
try sleeping in a room with a mosquito."
This tiny proverb is superb. It is inspirational, and it is a fit with a series of books (One, Two, Three and Silent Spring) where mosquitoes are important. Also in a recent trip to Prince Albert National Park, which was an outstanding visit, with one exception: mosquitos. I had forgotten these bugs tend to increase in number as one moves north and we were attacked mercilessly, even inside a beautiful cabin at a high quality lodge. So it is even harder to sleep in a cabin with thousands of these "dive bombers."
Part 2 - All about food.
DdI recommends, if you are going to read only a single chapter in this book, this is it. She argues strongly, in the opening paragraph, for a plant based diet. Since my favorite food is beef I moved to that section immediately. Ouch! She argues that "an animal-based diet is at the root of why we're all so ssick." She goes on to state that red meat is one of the worst offenders. The first problem is that 8o percent of the cattle are raised on feedlots under, where the goal is to get the cows as fat as possible, as soon as possible. They are usually fed high calorie grains, such as corn, even though their stomachs were "designed" to eat only grass. This leads to many health problems, which in turn leads to the use of high amounts of antibiotics.
These huge feedlots and industrial dairy farms also create an enormous contribution to our environmental problems. One feedlot, with 10,000 cows, produces 500,000 pounds of manure per day. On a macro scale, "livestock waste is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, outranking cars." I suspect that claim is too strong. This is a very complex subject and deserves to be treated with a level of caution.
Further as much as 95 percent of our exposure to dioxins (a class of highly toxic chemicals) comes from meat and dairy consumption.
This book provides a huge number of tips for four groups.
* Beef & Dairy: 5 Best Bets; 3 Better than Nothing.
* Pork: 3 Best Bets.
* Poultry & Eggs: 4 Best bets; 1 Better than Nothing; 5 Don't Fall For.
* Fish: 42 Avoids; 29 Safe to Eat Once a month; 28 Safe to Eat.
Part 3 - All about body care and appearance
The comments and concerns in Chapter 6 about Not So Pretty Makeup reminded me when I was a youth, I used to kill time by walking through department stores: sporting goods, tools, clothing etc. I would have to pass by the cosmetic counter on entrance and I would see this clerk, who looked like she was the "best customer" for her products. She looked ill. She looked ghostly. The products were not doing a thing to help her appearance, and maybe were doing a lot to hurt it, and her health.
Part 6 - Conclusion.
I had rated Book One as a four star book, and Book Two as three stars. When I started into this book I had a preconceived idea that this trend would continue to the two star level. However, the reverse has happened. Due to the inclusion of a fine index and a fine Table of contents, plus a superb proverb and much valuable information on nutrition--albeit some unhappy information about beef, that will cause me to re-think my diet--I'd rate this book in the four star category.
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