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Following up on last week’s article about organic produce, I want to discuss other sources of substances that you are regularly exposed to that may be putting your health (and your children’s health) at risk. Here’s the short list:

·      Water (tap water, bottled water, showers, pools, etc.)
·      Food/Beverage (processed foods, juices, sodas, GMO’s, etc.)
·      Personal products (hair products, perfumes, soaps, deodorants, toothpaste, etc.)
·      House cleaning products (detergents, air fresheners, furniture polish, etc.)
·      Drugs (over-the-counter drugs, prescription drugs, vaccines, alcohol, etc.)

Now, I am not saying that any one of these specific items will cause you harm in isolation. In fact, most of the items on the list do more good than harm. I mean seriously, you couldn’t live without food and water, many people rely on drugs to sustain their quality of life temporarily and/or long term, and besides that, who wants to live in an unclean environment or scare people away with bad breath??!!

The problem is cumulative exposure to micro-amounts of harmful substances over time. Our bodies are well equipped to deal with exposure to these substances; that is what they are designed to do—protect you from harm and support your life.

Unfortunately, with the advent of technology, many of us have saturated our bodies and our natural filtration systems with these substances beyond our ability to cope. Just like a car engine, if you have too much junk in your gas (e.g., sugar in your blood) or too much oil in the engine (e.g., toxins in your food/water), the engine breaks down.

The good news is, you can do something about it. You can protect yourself from harm. You can avoid unnecessary disease and suffering. And, you can improve your situation, no matter how bad you think it is. If you don’t believe me, ask Tony Robbins, Louise Hay, Wayne Dyer, Oprah Winfrey, or Eckhart Tolle. (And that’s the short list!)

In order to do so, however, you must make better decisions. You will not get a different result by doing the same thing you have always done. Sorry, but it is true.

I could go on and on about this subject, but I will spare you my rants for now. Just know that all I am saying is this: you are going to eat, drink, shower, bathe, clean your home, medicate, deodorize, and do many other things on a regular basis that expose you to micro amounts of unsavory substances. If you are cognizant of this, you can minimize your exposure to the damaging particulates and protect your health by doing things like selecting organic produce, purchasing products that do not contain hazardous ingredients, filtering your water, detoxing, and using apps that help you make safer purchases (e.g., the Environmental Work Group’s Food Scores app and Skin Deep personal products app). 

Take control of the helm and you can steer yourself in the direction you wish to go. The good and bad news is this: it is up to you.

I hope you found the content of this post helpful and informative. Thank you for reading!!

Yours in health and well-being,




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