Some of you might come here wondering, "why"? "Why do you care about all of this hoopla!? It's just a fad! I fed my kids beef, dairy, *plastic*, McDonald's, etc, etc. when they were four months old and they turned out fine"! Or, you say, "I've been using any and all hair care products, nail products, soaps, etc, etc, etc, etc. from the cheapest and most convenient retailer all my life and I'm fine!" Or "I've been drinking homogenized milk since I was a baby and..."
Oh, you get my drift.
I understand the animosity. I had it too. I rolled my eyes at vegans and the like and thought it was all a bunch of crazy jargon to make themselves feel better. Anything they said seemed like so much emptiness, backed by unsubstantiated claims. "For every one study that says this, there's another study that says the opposite", afterall.
Until... I realized where these studies were coming from.
Until... I realized that when some of us kids grew up, we weren't so "fine".
DAIRY and MEAT TOXINS
The Dairy Industry will ALWAYS state the so-called 'obvious', "Drinking millk is not only good for you, but the calcium you get from it is 'ESSENTIAL'!!!" Well, anyone who does any investigating will see that most of those studies OUTSIDE the dairy industry actually confirm that our bodies simply do not absorb this calcium well enough to justify stealing calves' milk from their mommies. Not to mention ingesting the many hormones, chemicals, bleaches, antibiotics, GMO's, etc. that are found in our North American Beef and other animals and fish.
The beef my grandmother ate as a child is simply not the beef we eat today.
THE GOVERNMENT MUST BE PROTECTING US?
I used to believe that if it was bad for us, the government would not allow it to be sold off the shelves. That they would warn us of the potentials... at the very least. Well, for the sake of profit (someone's profit)... this is just not the case. I won't say the government does nothing. But, is it enough for us and especially for our kids? I realize they sometimes do what they can, but do they eliminate the cancer-causing chemicals altogether or just "minimize" them? Wouldn't you hope that if they KNOW something is bad for us that they would not allow them to be sold at all? Is simply "minimizing" harmful cancer-causing chemicals enough?
Here's a quote directly from the government of Canada and a statement you might want to think about the next time you wonder if the government would really let us buy something that was bad for us. Take note of the governments "blah-blah-blah jargon":
"Maximum levels exist for a number of chemicals and retail foods, although the list is limited. There are several reasons for this. The finding of a chemical in food does not automatically lead to the conclusion that there is an unacceptable health risk to humans. The chemical may be at such low levels that it does not pose an unacceptable risk and therefore, risk management (e.g. the establishment of a maximum level) is not required." (HA! That's EXACTLY what they said about Bisphenol A - a chemical in BABY BOTTLES, which negatively effects our children's future fertility and neural development)!
They then go on to say, "Maximum levels are established in an effort to reduce exposure to a particular contaminant."
Did you catch that?? Do you see the words they are using? "Does not AUTOMATICALLY"... "therefore risk management is not required"! And did you catch the effort to reduce exposure? I'm sorry, is it just me or shouldn't the government be *ELIMINATING ALTOGETHER*, the exposure to a particular contaminant. All this means is that it's minimized. What does that mean? If toxins are never released from our bodies (which they don't altogether) and chemicals build up over time (which they do), then these "minimal toxins" eventually stop being considered "minimal" and pose a crucial health risk over years and sometimes even mere months of exposure for our children.
This is not to mention that the government will not rattle the powers that be unless the studies are repeated - sometime taking years - even AFTER already confirming its toxic potential.
WHAT DO OTHER NATIONS DO?
The FSA (the European Union's more aggressive approach to chemicals and their harmful effects) has helped the public make decisions based on known and even suspected carcinogens. We here, in NorthAmerica, are left to ourselves and have to read labels and then go research whether or not it's toxic for us and our children! Now, of course, not everything at the grocery store causes cancer or affects our children's fertilty and neural development. But, most - yes, most - absolutely do! We've got to know which ones might be even suspected to affect us negatively and in turn, make choices whether or not to avoid them.
Unfortunately, the Canadian and American government know all too well the financial effects this would have on big corporations. If these chemicals in question turn out to be safe in the end, they've caused a paranoia in the public that has tainted this particular item for nothing and potentially brought down a well-meaning business!
This is an understandable dilemma.
But please, let "us" make that decision. Please let "us" know about all of these known AND EVEN suspected cancer-causing, fertility-affecting, neuro disability causing chemicals in a reader-friendly manner that is readily accessible to the public. Chemicals have only begun to infiltrate our food, drugs, cleaners, beauty products, etc. in such mass amounts in this past century. There are over ten thousand new chemicals released into our air, clothing, children's toys, and food each and every year! As already mentioned and is worth repeating, chemicals, once entered into our blood stream do not entirely leave it.
The toxins continue to build and build into our systems over years and years. One cancer-causing shampoo application will not hurt us. The fact that I've been using it since I was TWO might!!!!
Here is an article, which helps you understand and detect the toxic cleaners in your household.
Some more things you might want to read:
Informative website on the EU's fight against harmful chemicals. Lots of information but, a great read if you don't "really" believe that "ignorance is bliss":
Website on why to avoid meat in North America, which the FSA has already deemed unsafe:
(*note: Canada's guidelines for the hormones in the beef industry is a bit more strict than our friends in the south)
I could link you to hundreds if not thousands of sites dedicated to this topic and others. It is all too easy to find consensus, with information at our fingertips.
So what and why do I care about all of this? Well, dairy, as one example of many I could conclude with, is known to CAUSE arthritis in the vast amounts of our elderly. The milk that the dairy industry says we so desperately need is actually contributing to it. I will grow old. We all will, yes, eventually die anyways. HOWEVER, if I live for another forty years, I want those forty years not to be filled with the pain and suffering I see happening with the women in my family. My genes might support arthritis occurring (and studies out of the University of California are confirming that genetics are only responsible for a mere 5% of our outcome - this means that we are responsible for the remaining 95%)! If I protect my body and not treat it as a garbage disposal, I know I will minimize the effects and not, as I see in my own family, be kept up every single night, for years on end, in pain because "we all die anyways". The chemicals and drugs found in food like dairy, something we are all brainwashed to believe is best for us, is contributing to the countless disease epidemics in our Standard American dieters.
It might seem overwhelming to you and even sometimes, for me. Yet, it's not as overwhelming as you might think.
I live a very fulfilling life, full of wonderful foods and flavors, great-smelling, effective household cleaners, creative means to play, laugh, and simply be. Sometimes, I find out something new, or that something I thought was better, was not. I just keep doing more research and figure out how to adjust as I go. We can't throw up our arms, wave our white flags all-too-easily and give it all up for the sake of not having it "all figured out". We simply must try.
For the sake of our future and our children's. Lets not sit back and say, "Why bother? We're all gonna die anyways." Let's make this journey as we age, as fun and as painfree as we possibly can along the way, shall we?
~To find out how you can minimize the toxins in your family's lives and what easy and affordable alternatives to use, Dawna offers in-home consultations, as well as office, skype, and telephone consultations. Contact Healthy Little Sprouts today to book an appointment.