Bill Statham’s other book, The Chemical Maze Shopping Companion, was the first book I ever bought on my toxin-free journey. I was very excited to have a read of this second edition of The Chemical Maze Bookshelf Companion. It’s like the bumper version of the shopping companion. Although this book is designed as a home reference guide, it is still reasonably compact and will fit into a handbag if you want to take it shopping.
Without being too gushy, I really do love this book! It is quite simply a must have for all families trying to avoid chemicals in their lives. It’s the reference book I use to help me decide if a product is suitable for my family, based on the safety of its ingredients.
Bill and Lindy have ten years of research invested in this book and it shows. It is extremely comprehensive with over 1200 chemicals listed. Best of all, the information is unbiased and not attached to any big multinational company!
In the book, you will find listed by name and number:
* Food additives
* Cosmetic ingredients and
* Household products
Also included are some safer alternatives and recipes for homemade cleaners.
I love the way it’s so easy to read and quick to find what you are looking for. You don’t have to dissect lots of scientific information, Bill and Lindy have done all the hard work.
In the directory, you will find:
* The name and number of the chemical
* It’s functions (eg preservative, skin conditioning )
* A code ( a clever use of sad and happy faces on a scale from safe to use to potentially hazardous)
* Potential effects (eg suspected neurotoxicity, hyperactivity, asthma)
Bill and Lindy
Some quick tips from Bill and Lindy:
– Check the label. Remember, ‘no added’ doesn’t mean none at all.
– By simply choosing products with the least amount of ingredients on the label, you are making a choice for better health.
– Asthmatics can have adverse reactions to genetically modified ingredients, especially preservative 220 which can be found in everyday health foods like dried apricots.
– ‘E numbers’ represent preservatives and additives on ingredient lists.
– The notorious food additive 621 MSG is most obviously found listed on a label as 620-622. But MSG is often disguised as other ingredients. Look out for anything ‘hydrolysed’.
I highly recommend this book to any family who want to have a safe and toxin free household. It’s a great reference book for everyone but especially those starting out on this journey and are confused about what is safe and what is not. Bill has changed our lives for the better and I am grateful that he has written this resource for us all of us to use. A firm Natural New Age Mum favourite!
**This giveaway has now closed. The lucky winners were Melissa and Monique!**
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Bill is giving away a FREE copy of The Shopping Companion (rrp $16.95) with every Bookshelf Companion purchased through the website before the end of November 2013. Just put NNAM in the ‘note to merchant’ area. Go shopping here.