Something To Write About
I am on a journey that is teaching me a lot of things about chemicals and how they effect our health. It goes far beyond anything I could have ever imagined. I have started looking at things a little differently. This is the first post in what I plan to be a series to share this journey with you.
I’m sure some of you have noticed that I haven’t posted anything in almost a year. To be honest, I have started so many posts that are still sitting in “draft” mode and hopefully I will find the inspiration to finish them all. Some amazing, and terrifying things have happened in our family over the year. Some of them I really need to share. God has shown me some wonderful things over this past year.
However, right now I have something else I want to write about. I have been on a journey over the last few years. It is a journey to work toward living as chemical-free as I can. The more I learn about toxins in our world and how they affect us and our loved ones, the more passionate I become to educate others on what God has been showing me.
We all need to really start thinking about what the consequences are to us and the people we love if you don’t start educating ourselves on the dangers around us. Lets start with cleaning products. If you go pull out any cleaning supply that you use in your home, turn the bottle over, and google some of the ingredients, the results will not be pretty.
You may be thinking, “Well, people have been using these things for years and no one I know has died from using them.” Really? Let me ask you something? Do you know anyone personally who has or has had cancer? IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)? Unexplained aches and pains?
Root Cause Analysis
Here is an analogy that will sum up what I have been learning in a nutshell:
At my new job, one of the things that we work on in the world of IT is referred to as RCA (Root Cause Analysis). Something BIG happens to disrupt the production of the company that has to do with the computers not working right. It gets fixed either temporarily (It gets a bandage on it, if you will) or permanently. Let’s say a computer gets rebooted and the problem goes away. The company is able to function again, but we still need to find out WHY the problem occured to begin with so we can prevent it from happening again.
So what does this have to do with what I have begun to understand about the toxins in our world? The medical community is a treasure that God has given us. I have the utmost respect for anyone who has dedicated their lives to healing people. However, I think we all, medical providers included, want to fix what ails us, but we don’t think about the RCA . Instead, we stay on medications for extended periods of time; sometimes for the rest of our lives.
Some medications are administered through patches, nasal sprays, ointments, neutralizers? They are very effective. On the flip side, t chemicals that are in ANYTHING that we smell or that touches our skin. These all play a part in our overall health!
The CDC put out a good explanation. Check out their online PDF booklet called How Chemical Exposures Happen. Here is a snippet from the last page of the booklet:
- Breathing (or inhalation): Chemicals are found as gases, vapors, aerosols, and fibers that you breathe in with air. When chemicals reach the lungs, they can affect the lungs directly or travel to other parts of the body through the blood stream.
- Eating and drinking (or ingestion): Food or drinks may have chemicals on or in them that can enter your body. These chemicals are absorbed, or taken in, by the digestive system.
- Touching: You can have contact with chemicals through
- Chemicals can enter your bloodstream through the pores, small cracks, or cuts in your skin. Other chemicals may just irritate or burn your skin, exposing it to infection.
- Some chemicals may burn or irritate your eyes. Some chemicals may enter your body through the eye.