While I was in New Zealand last week, Stephanie of Team DC took the time to catch up on some reading and picked up Toxic World, Toxic People by Anna Victoria Rodgers. Here are her thoughts:
Essentially, in a nutshell, the book is a guide to health, happiness and lifestyle in a world where we each come into contact with approximately 80,000 untested toxic chemicals every year.
At first, I was a little daunted by the title and topic and wondered if I’d actually get to the end and start weaving my own clothes and eating home grown veg…but I thought it was important to keep going. Anna writes with insight and authority and sheds light on many issues that affect us on a daily basis – including some that we may not even be aware of.
It is a thought provoking and inspiring read with over 800 pages of facts, figures and proof; Anna has been thorough with her research. Her decision to stand up and adopt a ‘tell it straight’ approach is a courageous one and she discusses several issues many of us are concerned with but, unfortunately, often do nothing about.
This book may seem a bit frightening at first, but ultimately, its purpose is to help. Anna captures your attention and then not only signposts potential health hazards, but provides excellent advice on how to avoid them. It is easy to see how passionate she is about healthy living and encouraging others to do the same.
Her message is to remind us of the important things in life.
If you get the chance, do give it a try. It’s not as scary as it sounds and I promise, you won’t spend the rest of your lifetime trying to avoid anything and everything that’s not 100% natural. But, of course, it’s definitely worth being more aware of the world around us.
You might just decide to give those chemical face peels a miss from now on though..