In our previous post REAL FOOD, HERBOLOGY, TRADITIONAL LIVING AND SAVING OUR FAMILY, pt. 1, I spoke about the changes that we have been making in an effort to restore our family’s overall health.
“We have made several changes, but the path ahead is long and we have far to go. We are now in a constant state of transition. Eliminating toxins such as plastics, the microwave, highly processed foods, chemicals (cleaners, foods, air fresheners) – EVERYTHING!”
As I mentioned, we have been, and continue to eliminate items in our house that have been determined to be a threat to our well-being. You may be wondering how we decide what is a “threat”? Research, hours of independent research. Then I discuss the finding with my husband and we make a decision based on what we feel is best for our family. Media be damned! Is there a negative side to this? Unfortunately. If you asked my husband what his number one complaint about his wonderful amazingly beautiful and talented wife (OK, I might have been paraphrasing there) is, he would answer, “she is always on the computer.” I view it as a necessary evil and take every available moment to utilize my time with research and education. I do however, try to limit my computer time to opportunities found throughout the day (such as 3AM-6AM) instead of taking away valuable family time. I love you Baby!
Toxins in plastics has been a well-known fact for quite some time. The manufacturers of course try to shake off any new attention by making ‘modifications’ and claiming that research is false. So who is in charge of regulating these toxins? The government, specifically the EPA or Environmental Protection Agency through the TSCA or the Toxic Substances Control Act. Time Magazine released an article in April of 2010 that address this issue.
“Since World War II, production of industrial chemicals has risen rapidly, and
the U.S. generates or imports some 42 billion lb. (19 billion kg) of them per
day, leaving Americans awash in a sea of synthetics. These aren’t the sorts of
chemicals that come to mind when we picture pollution — huge plants spilling
contaminated wastewater into rivers. Rather, they’re the molecules that make
good on the old “better living through chemistry” promise, appearing in items
like unbreakable baby bottles and big-screen TVs. Those chemicals have a habit
of finding their way out of everyday products and into the environment — and
ultimately into living organisms. A recent biomonitoring survey by the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found traces of 212 environmental
chemicals in Americans — including toxic metals like arsenic and cadmium,
pesticides, flame retardants and even perchlorate, an ingredient in rocket fuel.
“It’s not the environment that’s contaminated so much,” says Dr. Bruce Lanphear,
director of the Cincinnati Children’s Environmental Health Center. “It’s us.”
The article continues on with how these unregulated chemicals are affecting the overall health of Americans:
“As scientists get better at detecting the chemicals in our bodies, they’re
discovering that even tiny quantities of toxins can have a potentially serious
impact on our health — and our children’s future. Chemicals like bisphenol A
(BPA) and phthalates — key ingredients in modern plastics — may disrupt the
delicate endocrine system, leading to developmental problems. A host of modern
ills that have been rising unchecked for a generation — obesity, diabetes,
autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder — could have chemical
connections. “We don’t give environmental exposure the attention it deserves,”
says Dr. Philip Landrigan, director of the Children’s Environmental Health
Center at New York City’s Mount Sinai Medical Center. “But there’s an emerging
understanding that kids are uniquely susceptible to environmental hazards.”
You can read the full article here. Our decision was a no-brainer. Eliminate plastics. We started with the purchase of glass baby bottles (while pregnant with our 5th child) that we stumbled upon at Goodwill for $2. We added a few more from a clearance section in Wal-Mart for another $3. These prices were a steal compared to the $15+ per bottle prices I had found online. Next we recycled all of our plastic bowls and most of our Tupperware. I began saving emptied glass jars from pasta sauce, etc. to use in lieu of mason jars while we slowly add these purchases to our household. Instead of plastic sandwich bags, we now use brown paper bags for sandwiches, snacks, etc. and bring them back home to add to the compost pile.
Our mission to eliminate plastic grocery bags in still in process. We have acquired about 40 reusable grocery bags. I have to admit, I’m still forgetful with this adjustment. Our vehicles have been in some what of a chaos situation over the last year or so and I will repeatedly forget to get the bags our of one car to put into the other. Or I will accidentally walk out of the house without them. I would highly recommend putting them back in your trunk once you have emptied them. Also, pay no mind to the grouchy store clerk who complained about “how much of a pain” the reusable bags are. Hold your head high, you know their importance. That is all that matters.
Lastly, for our family, the most important thing is that we view our forgetfulness or set-backs not as failures just as stunted progress. We continue on the next day with our intentions high and try our best to fulfill them.
Coming soon: REAL FOOD, HERBOLOGY, TRADITIONAL LIVING AND SAVING OUR FAMILY, pt. 3