Overall Wellnes vs. Cancer- Part Three: The Experts?

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Thanks for visiting!  I know that the topic in this series I’ve been writing about isn’t fun, and it’s easy to click on outta here… so thanks for taking a look.

In Part One, I talked (well, wrote) about the importance of reading an ingredient label.  This simple act can help you decipher if the product has cancer causing or other toxic ingredients just from noticing and or asking questions about an ingredient that is unfamiliar.  In Part Two, we went over creative marketing by corporations that we’ve known for generations and ask ourselves if we trust them to be safe.

Today I want to talk about the “experts” that we believe to have our best interests, but do they?  Well, I think intentions are well meaning and I don’t think they mean any harm, but most are trained or are educated in their precise field.  They usually don’t have an overall view of what’s connected with what (in our lives), and that makes it difficult when trying to figure out a solution at why you have a new rash on your arm.  Then there are experts who may know, but don’t move quick enough in making change for the better.  Here’s a couple of examples…

~Doctors are supposed to help us diagnose an ailment that we might have and give us a solution to help fix the problem.  But in today’s world of processed foods, toxic environments, not enough exercise and over the counter synthetic medications, another prescription to add to the mix really doesn’t seem like a good idea on an already full schedule of unhealthy, which the doctor probably doesn’t even know that your calendar has already been filled.  Did you know that out of about 14 years of education to become a doctor, learning about nutrition is only 23.9 hours of study?  One would think that learning about food and the benefits of certain minerals and or vitamins that are naturally present in organic foods would be important to understand.  If a patient is diagnosed with a certain deficiency, instead of prescribing synthetic medication, maybe an apple (organic) a day really DOES keep the doctor away.

~The Federal Drug Administration aka FDA, the Unites States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are all government departments that helps to regulate stuff that could be harmful and keep us safe, right?  I mean, these guys are supposed to be the experts of all experts.  These government agencies were created for the health and safety and to protect the people and that should be TOP priority.  But that’s not always the case.  Let’s take glyphosate (chemical found in most herbicides) and use that as an example.  Why glyphosate?  Well, this pesticide (herbicide) is used on agriculture such as corn and soy.  The World Health Organization (WHO) now states that glyphosate is a probable carcinogen.  The EPA says otherwise, BUT, also admits that their studies are flawed.  And on top of that, the EPA are the ones that tell us the levels of “allowable daily intake” (ADI) in which we can ingest!  Imagine that, we can ingest probable carcinogens!  Move along folks, nothing to see here!

I’ve been researching and doing my homework over the years and what I have learned is that food is medicine.  Manmade chemicals are usually damaging in our bodies and in our environment.  We have been led to believe that it’s okay to consume, ingest, put on, use freely, and dump chemicals that are highly toxic on, in, and around our personal bodies.  But here’s the problem with that… these chemicals are found in our food, drinks, water, cleaning solutions, personal care products, outdoor gardens and space… shall I continue?  It’s not that it’s a singular problem and we can easily fix it.  We must realize that it is a combination of all the “allowable daily intake” for each and every thing we use on a daily basis.  Once we take note of that, we’re able to make smart decisions to make positive change.

The reason I bring up the “experts” in this post is to make us question who truly advocates health and safety for the people?  I can answer that question.  WE are our own best experts if we choose it to be.  TM ❤

 

~I am not a doctor, scientist, or professional advisor.  I am a concerned citizen for our planet, the critters and our children.  The words I write come from my heart and the knowledge that I share is from many many hours of research. TM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Overall Wellness vs. Cancer- Part Two: Trust & the Big Brands

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In Part One, I spoke about reading labels and how reading labels helps to identify ingredients that are toxic, or a carcinogen.  That’s a start.  That was the beginning of my toxic free journey and by reading labels, I’ve learned even more than just ingredients.

Okay, so for today’s post, I’m gonna write about products we think helps us to be healthy.  Who helps us to think about a product and if it’s healthy or not?  Unfortunately, creative marketing throughout the years by corporations that we’ve become familiar with since we were kids, have altered our views and made many content in believing in the product that is being sold to us.  The corporations ‘help’ us to decipher what is healthy and we’re okay with it.   We’ve been comfortable with the idea that, for example,  Johnson&Johnson’s baby products would never harm us!  I mean think about it… what’s their tag?  “No More Tears” right?  And yet as I read the label of their products, why would they use ingredients that are carcinogens?  Or endocrine disruptors?  And this is supposed to be safe for our babies?  This is where some of our problems with our health start and most people don’t even realize it.

We think that we can trust these big brands that we grew up with because, well, shucks, we grew up with them, sang their songs… “I’d like to teach the world to sing…”, and what’s the difference now?  Part of the problem is that too many don’t ask questions, don’t read labels, and continue doing what they always have and purchase the same products.  But the products have changed over time and ingredients that may have been okay before are now replaced with cheaper, man-made, untested ingredients that keeps the corporation profitable and the consumers are unaware and wondering why they have a new rash on their arm.  It’s not just rashes, it’s more than that… there are now ingredients that are known carcinogens in the products that we purchase and we think that because we’ve seen these companies all our lives, we trust them to be healthy and safe.

These harmful ingredients give the person who uses them a higher percentage of cancer and or other health problems.  Come on, let’s think about what I just wrote, I’ll say it again but worded differently…  If we are using products with carcinogenic ingredients, do you think that we have a higher risk of getting cancer?  Common sense would tell us, yes.

Cancer sucks.  Chronic illnesses suck.  Obesity sucks.  Being unhealthy sucks.  This has become the norm for waaaaay too many people.  We need to stop the chaos that is attacking our health everywhere we look.  The solution starts with us.  Read labels, ask questions, be informed because YOU looked into it, not because of a commercial.  A different way of thinking needs to happen, a mindful way that no amount of marketing can duplicate.  We can change it, the more we know… right?  TM ❤

 

**Please note… I am not a doctor and everything I write in this post is my opinion only.

 

 

Overall Wellness vs. Cancer- Part One: Label Reading

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Cancer. It’s all around us. I hear about it through people I work with, people around me talking about one of their friends, on FB, strangers that I overhear at a public place… it’s maddening and it’s a heartbreak.

I have been researching and studying for years now about what makes us healthy and what makes us sick. Learning about wellness in general. I’ve been fascinated at the same time overwhelmed from what I have discovered by trying to put all the pieces together. Through researching and having some common sense, I’ve been able to keep my household in pretty good all around good ‘wellness’ shape. 🙂

The thing is, if we don’t want cancer, then we must pay attention to what causes it to begin with. It starts with our own environment. It starts with knowing our bodies and it starts with thinking outside of what it was that we’ve been taught throughout our lives. We have to start over as that information is no longer correct.
It does take time to transition into a new way of thinking. It’s not instant. I think that if we can learn one thing new every day, I mean REALLY learn it, even some small piece of information that changes the way we view that one thing, it helps the overall big picture.
The one thing that I have incorporated into my life that has had (and still have) a major impact for me? Reading labels. All labels. Food, shampoo, cough syrup, laundry soap… on and on and on. Label reading in the beginning is like learning to read Greek. Seriously! What label reading does, is it makes you ask questions. It makes you aware of that ingredient that you can’t pronounce. It makes you put that item back when there are waaay too many ingredients for something that should only have maybe 2-3 ingredients, like peanut butter.
What does label reading have to do with cancer? It teaches us about ingredients. It teaches us that maybe we don’t need to eat that chemical preservative that is a known carcinogen. It teaches us that maybe we don’t want to rub petrolatum (petroleum/crude oil found usually in lotion or lip balms) on our body as this too is a know carcinogen and endocrine disruptor. It teaches us that phosphates in our dish soap or dishwasher soap destroys marine life and contaminates our drinking water.

 

It is ALL connected to our health and well being. My advice for today? Get in the habit of reading labels. It will open your views on more than just ingredients. The more we know, right?  TM ❤

 

 

**Please note… I am not a doctor and everything I write in this post is my opinion only.