What's the big deal with environmental toxins? Do they really affect us?
You know how you don't notice things until you have some connection to it and then suddenly you see that thing everywhere. Like when you're car shopping and you think you are getting a unique color that no one else has because you never notice it anywhere but then as soon as you stop off the lot you start seeing that color everywhere. Sometimes it makes you mad and sometimes you just have to ask yourself, "How in the world did I not see that before?!" It's not that you never saw that color before it was just that that color had no connection to you. It didn't stick because it didn't need to.
That's what's happening to me right now with all this very scary health information. I know I've seen things, I've even read articles with this same information before but suddenly I'm seeing it everywhere. I'm seeing studies pop up in my news feed, I'm seeing friends across the country post about their health changes, why they are making them and the benefits they are experiences. As I read through some of this stuff I get frustrated with myself asking, "Why Shasta? Why didn't this stick before? Why didn't I recognize the seriousness of things that just seem so ordinary?"
Just today... today... one day... I have read these facts in the little bit of time I was online:
1) Puberty is hitting girls at an alarming early age... as early as 7-9 yrs old and that early puberty typically sets the stage for emotional and behavioral problems, linked to lower self esteem, depression, eating disorders, earlier loss of virginity and increased risk for STDS as well as cancers later in life. The culprit? Environmental chemicals and toxins.
2) Environmental toxins can mimic estrogen and act like steroids that speed up puberty.
3) Over 230 CHEMICALS are found in NEWBORN cord blood... in over 90%. Most women are trying to protect their babies, not expose them to harmful chemicals yet they're in so much of what we use in our homes and what we eat or store our food in.
4) Phthalates - is found in processed food packaging, detergents, toys, beauty products, hygiene items and more and is found to increase the speed of puberty as well as increase the risk for several serious health issues including heart disease and cancer.
So what can you do? We can't take away everything we are exposed to but there are ways we can minimize exposure to our kids and ourselves. I don't know if I can reverse all the damage that has been done already but I'm sure going to try. Before I list some of the measures we can implement right now, that I've already begun implementing in my house, I want to give you some hope that making a change can make a difference.
There was an experiment done by Lewis E. Cook, Jr. and Junko Yasui which was published in the book Goldot that details what happened with 3 different groups of rats when given different diets. The entire excerpt can be found here but the gist of it is that group 1 of rats was given a healthy, raw veggies, fruits, nuts and grains diet from birth grew into a healthy weight with no health issues, no aggression, healthy sexual appetites and behaviors, no birth defects and did not die early. When they were the equivalent of 80 years old they were put to death and their organs looked healthy and didn't show deterioration.
Group 2 of the rats were given a typical American type diet that, "included white bread, cooked foods, meats, milk, salt, soft drinks, candies, cakes, vitamins and other supplements, medicines for their ailments, etc. During their lifetime, these rats became fat and from the earliest age, contracted most of the diseases of modern American society including colds, fever, pneumonia, poor vision, cataracts, heart disease, arthritis, cancer, and many more.
Most of this group died prematurely at early ages, but during their lifetime, most of them were vicious, snarling beasts, fighting with one another, stealing one another's food and attempting to kill each other. They had to be kept apart to prevent total destruction of the entire group. Their offspring were all sick and exhibited the same general characteristics as the parents. As this group of rats died one by one or in epidemics of various diseases, autopsies were performed revealing extensive degenerative conditions in every part of their bodies. All organs, glands, and tissues were affected, as were the skin, hair, blood, and nervous system. They were all truly total physical and nervous wrecks. The same conditions existed in the few which survived the full duration of the experiment."
Group 3 is what made me really wake up, take note and realize that there is still time and hope for my body and my kids bodies. This group spent the equivalent of 40 years eating the same "American Diet" that group 2 ate and they faced the same issues. However, at that time they switched out the diet to the health diet of group one and the results were astonishing. Within a single month of starting the new diet, the behavioral pattern had changed completely and they become docile, affectionate, and playful and were able to live together again. Also, from that point on they stopped suffering from their illnesses. They compared the organs to those that died before the 40 years to those that lived until the end of the experiment and their organs has been restored to health.
We don't have to live like this any more. It's not okay. One of my mentors, Tracy Kemble, once shared a motto that I've since taken as my own and it's simply, "Don't should on me". I know... it sounds bad. Might be why I like it. It sounds like I'm saying another word and maybe I should be because that's sometimes what it's like. Seriously though, society..., "Don't SHOULD on me!" Don't tell me I "should" just eat what's in the store because it's easier and fine. It's not fine. Don't tell me I "should" just keep what I know to myself because no one cares because people do care. Plenty of people care and plenty of others just don't know that they care yet.
It's a lot to take it and it's hard to know where to start but here's what I did:
1) I started with switching out cleaning products and hygiene items in my home. The easiest way for me to do this was through ordering online with a company that offers all kinds of toxic free products and has been selling for decades. I talked to several families that have used the products and have been so happy with the switch. If you are really interested and want to know more I have a contact box at the bottom. There's a video I can send you that goes over products that are available or if you'd prefer a live webcast, we can do that too. Submit your info in the comment box and I will personally contact you to see how I can help and connect you with more information if you want it.
2. I attended a class on juicing. I am not someone anyone expected to be juicing. I don't really eat veggies. I'm a steak, chicken (fried chicken at that) and potatoes girl. I learned so much. That's where I heard about the rat experiment and I can't get it out of my head. I started juicing and love it AND my kids love it! They are on board and excited that mommy wants to be healthy and they want to be healthy with me.
3. I started slowly switching out junk in my house for healthier options. I'm still working on this and some options may not be the healthiest but they're better than what I had.
4. Research. I don't skip over the articles now on how sugar is as addicting as cocaine or how it feeds cancer. I read labels. I'm learning about environmental toxins, what they are, how they affect us and how I can avoid them. I am not staying ignorant any longer.
Please know that you do have choice. I'm a single mom of 5. I don't have a lot of money and really believed that being healthy was unobtainable for me, that I couldn't afford it. We live in a small town where we don't have "natural" and "healthy" grocery stores but I'm doing what I can. Buying all the other stuff online has made my life so much easier too and saved me tons of money from running into Walmart and Dollar General all the time for 1 or 2 things and coming out with 25.
Please. If you've read all this and you aren't sure what to do or where to start, connect with me and let me get you a link to a video that explains more or the times for the webcasts. Our lives matter. Our kids lives matter. Our future matters. The choices you make matter. I choose health.
I'm a Gypsy soul, with an Entrepreneurial spirit and compassionate heart. I believe passionate people inspire people and that we all should be chasing our passions in life. I help others do that through helping others figure out how to LIVE life, LOVE more and LEARN as they GO explore.
Having taught ASL and Entrepreneurship both in the classroom and online to high school students for the past 12 years, I have a heart of teenagers and helping them succeed.
I also love encouraging closet gypsy souls who are afraid to just chase their dreams and be true to the real person they are who's been locked away inside because of fear.
I can't help but help!