Friday, November 19, 2010

Zapped Book Review

Recently TLC Book Tours sent me this great book called Zapped: Why Your Cell Phone Shouldn't Be Your Alarm Clock and 1,268 Ways to Outsmart the Hazards of Electronic Pollution by Ann Louis Gittleman.  Now, if that title grabs your interest, you and I are in the same boat.  And I'll make a confession right here, I use my cell phone as my alarm clock.

In the first chapters of the book Ann Louis Gittleman compares the amount of electronics in a home forty of fifty years ago versus a home today.  The difference between how much we relied on electricity then and how much we depend on it now was truly shocking to me.  40 years ago the average home had 15 electronics in it- usually an alarm clock in the bedrooms, an electric razor in the bathroom, a TV and stereo in the living room, and the basics (stove, fridge, dishwasher, blender, toaster, phone) in the kitchen.  Now take a look around you right now where you sit.  How many electronics can you count?

I actually pride myself on not being one to need the latest greatest thing.  Though, I am just as reliant now on electronics as anyone else.  From where I sit I can see four computers (three laptops- one is my old one that is not working, one is my current one that I am typing on, and one is my boyfriend's- and a desktop I use for work), my 32 inch LCD TV, an HD antenna, a DVD player, two Wiis (one mine, one my boyfriend's), a printer, an alarm clock (though it's not plugged in), my Smart phone, a printer, a sewing machine, and a Playstation 2.  In my studio alone (combo living room and bedroom) I have 14 electronics.  In this one room I have just as many electronics as the entire average home 40 years ago!

So what's the point?  Why is this a bad thing?  Aren't electronics good?  Well... in some ways, yes. But just think of all of the Electromagnetic Fields (or EMFs) there are flying around you every day because of all of these electronics.  Ann Louis Gittleman's book goes into the potentially harmful effects that EMFs have on our bodies and state of mind.  The author goes into her many years of research and other studies done to show exactly how much harm these constant barrage of EMFs harm (or help) us.  Needless to say, the study shows mostly only harm. Things like depression and anxiety, chronic fatigue syndrome, even cancer!

One of the most shocking culprits of EMFs that surprise me was the refrigerator!   The author recommends not putting beds or couches (or anywhere else you will be sitting for a few hours at a time) on walls that are shared with the refrigerator because of this.  Luckily I realized right away that my bed does not share a wall with my fridge, but I'm sure I've lives in a house or apartment at some point in my life that did!  Scary.

But before you throw your iPhone out your window, or rearrange the living room to flow better with your fridge, keep reading!  Ann Louise Gittleman suggests simple ways you can live with all of the electronics in your home without affecting your health.  She goes in to the best place to put your bed, use efficient lighting, and to invest in room-darkening drapes in order to "Zap" your bedroom.  In the kitchen she recommends not lingering in front of the fridge and why you should stand back if you cook on an electric stove.  Then she goes through other rooms in your home and explains the best way to spread electronics out, where to put them where you will get the least amount of EMFs, and just handy littles tips and tricks to Zap-Proof your whole home.  Since we are moving to an owned home in Chico, CA soon I will be keeping this book close when it comes time to decorate the whole place.  It's one thing when you live in an apartment for 6 months, it's another when you will be living in the home for at least the next 10-15 years of your life, if not all of what's left of it!

I found most of the information given in "Zapped" was extremely informative and interesting.  The book clearly states it's references when stating certain facts so you know the information given in the book can be backed.  Though I'll admit a fair amount of it went over my head (I'll admit that I didn't take sciences past college basics) but the parts that mattered- the parts that went into how to Zap-Proof your life, made for an extremely interesting read!

Interested in reading all of the fabulous suggestions the author has to offer for how to Zap-Proof your life?  Then head on over to Amazon today and pick up a copy of Zapped: Why Your Cell Phone Shouldn't Be Your Alarm Clock and 1,268 Ways to Outsmart the Hazards of Electronic Pollution of your very own for just $15.27!  It would also make a great gift for the book lover or eco-friendly family member on your list!  You can also become a fan and follow Ann Louise Gittleman over on Facebook and Twitter.

I received a copy the product for purpose of review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. I was not paid to write this review.


Heather J. @ TLC Books said...

I'm glad to know that the book offers some practical tips rather than just doing "doom and gloom" with no suggestions! That makes me want to read it even more.

Thanks for being a part of the book tour.

Girdle girl said...

I can't help thinking that our reliance on electronics has gone so far that its irreversible.