Mamas on Bedrest: How Healthy Is Your Home?

March 30th, 2011

I am still reeling from the shocking near death experience of little Oliver Gibson. It is every parent’s nightmare to think that their home could be a toxic environment for their children. And while most families take precautions with their pets when they are bringing baby home, (When I was having my children, I had an indoor cat and both she and I had to be tested for Toxoplasmosis, a parasite commonly found in cat feces. Adults with competent immune systems generally ward off Toxoplasmosis quite well. Infants with congenital toxoplasmosis may have permanent disability, such as blindness or learning disorders. In individuals with compromised immune systems, toxoplasmosis can be deadly.) who would have thought that pet turtles, housed in an aquarium in another room in the house, could pose such a deadly threat as infant botulism?

The Gibson story is a very somber reminder that toxins can exist everywhere and we parents have to be ever vigilant about what comes in and around our children and our homes. I cite this story to in no way point a finger of blame. The Gibsons, like all of us, did the best they could with the information with which they had to work. Even federal authorities in both the United Kingdom and other countries were equally baffled. It just goes to show how difficult it can be to know what is potentially harmful.

So I was really excited to receive a copy of  The Healthy Home by Dr. Myron Wentz and his son David Wentz. Dr. Wentz is a microbiologist and immunologist who developed the first commercially available diagnostic test for the Epstein-Barr Virus.  He has dedicated his life to studying first what makes us sick and now in his later years, what can make us well. He has taken his years of scientific expertise and compiled a small “handbook” in The Healthy Home of potentially harmful substances around the home.

This topic has really gotten my attention, so I am going to read the book, divided by rooms of the house, and blog about each section.  I am also going to gift 5 copies of the book, one for each room of the house (Bedroom, Bathroom, Kitchen, Living areas, Garage and Yard) to readers who posts interesting comments to my blog posts and complete a 30 Minute Complimentary Bedrest Breakthrough Session.

The story of little Oliver Gibson really blew me away, but I do believe that everything happens for a reason. Oliver’s mama, Kris (Our Mama on Bedrest in Ireland) told me that because of Oliver’s case, authorities in the UK were able to finally solve another case of infant botulism in which there was no readily available cause. That infant had also been exposed to the particular kind of turtle Oliver had been exposed to and had also made a full recovery. So while devastating, Oliver’s ordeal has provided scientists around the world with new information.

I hope to raise awareness of potential dangers in the home with these blog posts based on The Healthy Home. For some of us, this will likely be a mind-blowing read. For others, it will be confirmation that what you are already doing is the best possible thing. In any event, knowledge is power and my goal is to empower every mama on bedrest-and beyond-to do the best possible for herself, her baby and her family. So watch for the blog posts and even if you don’t win one of the books, sign up for a 30 Minute Complimentary Bedrest Breakthrough Session Today!

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