Parents are being required to do the research for keeping kids safe from toxins. Parents that are overtired, overworked and overwhelmed are tasked with wading through websites and books to find ways to reduce expose to environmental chemicals that may act like hormones in the body, such as flame retardants, pesticides and chemical in plastics. They are spending more on organic food and safe laundry detergent to avoid phalates. At one point, Sandra states "I am a conscientious parent. I am not a HEPA filter." Why is this protection not our society's highest collective priority?
Sandra offers three things that you can do to lessen your dependency to fossil fuels that are heating up the climate and causing asthma-related air pollution.)
1. Plant a garden (composting is a huge part of this solution that gets you away from fossil fuels)
2. Mow grass without the assistance of fossil fuels (or try planting no-mow areas)
3. Stop using your clothes dryer (stop putting carbon into the air to accomplish something, evaporation, that happens anyway.)
This book is both a reminder that constant critical thinking is needed to avoid chemical toxins, but also a call to action to policymakers that parents should not be the sole bearers of this protection. That we need to demand the precautionary principal is used to protect the health of humans and the planet. As Sandra says, "I can not stop the wind from blowing."