The overriding intention for my blogs has always been to provide my readers with empowering information to guide them in achieving their wellness goals. This summer alone has already given me so many exciting health headlines to share. They were filled with fascinating discoveries, new insights, and opportunities for putting our well-being intentions into action!
Recently, a major focus of mine has been on supporting you in navigating through our world of chemical and toxin bombardment. Rather than scare you with dreary facts alone, I have made sure that I included resources to mitigate the negative effects and maintain optimal health.
But, all that information can be overwhelming, and, just plain frightening!
So, here’s a little recap of things that you may have missed and some new information to share that you can use to make decisions for your next healthy steps.
A Safer and Healthier Summer Recap
July started with “oily” news that allowed us to enjoy our summertime meat (with spicy oils) on the grill, while avoiding the health hazards of fleshy-cooked byproducts.
Next, we learned about the “dirty little secrets” in sunblock labeling and how to safely enjoy the sun with the newest essential oil-based, non-chemical sunscreen.
A post inspired by the Chronic Lyme Disease Summit 2 gave you a way to protect yourself from the multi-legged critters that invade the day and go bump in the campfire light. In it, I explained the pitfalls of chemical shields and the benefits of an all-natural, essential oils- infused bug spray
You also read about proactive strategies that supplement your immune, digestive, and overall wellness while traveling to your sunny vacation spots.
Perhaps the most exciting news, at least for me, was the kickoff of the first month of the “Cleaning Up Your Home and Health in 6 Months.” This ongoing series takes all that you have learned about the hazards of ubiquitous chemicals into action. By opting for simple, cost-effective, and safer personal care and household products, you are promoting your own well-being, and supporting our children, our children’s children, and our planet.
A More Sustainable World Side Effect
This topic is a true passion of mine, because of the positive ripple effect for future generations… one purchase, and, one “Home and Health Cleanup Challenge” at a time. The only thing anyone has to do is choose a different brand for the products they are already buying!
The urgency of this simple action is becoming more apparent. A recent study reported that there is a potential connection between declining sperm counts in men and their chemical exposure. According to Science Daily:
While the current study did not examine causes of the observed declines, sperm count has previously been plausibly associated with environmental and lifestyle influences, including prenatal chemical exposure, adult pesticide exposure, smoking, stress and obesity. Therefore, sperm count may sensitively reflect the impact of the modern environment on male health across the lifespan and serve as a “canary in the coal mine” signaling broader risks to male health.
You Do Have the Power
Dr. Mercola’s recent interview with Philip Howard, Ph.D, who wrote Concentration and Power in the Food System: Who Controls What We Eat? highlighted the trajectory of a poisoned world, but also how to transform it to a positive one.
- The trend is for fewer but bigger firms increasing their power to control what we eat; four European firms control the global beer market; six firms control the global seed market; two firms control food distribution in the U.S.
- Monopolies benefit corporations, not the public, reinforcing the company’s power and political clout. Many corporate executives even serve on federal advisory committees and global trade agreement working groups
- Two-thirds of the farm commodities sold in the U.S. come from just 100,000 farms, and these middle-to-large-scale farms just keep getting bigger, in part by the way government subsidies are doled out
The good news is, despite the depressing story of the corruption of our food supply, there is a change afoot. Howard gives two examples of how consumer preferences have driven away profits from big firms and placed them into the hands of more local and healthier companies.
The delightful them is this:
If we all swap from a chemical product to a non-toxic one, we can begin to truly make a dent in “voting” down greedy corporations. We can “weed out” suppliers with profit-only motives and encourage businesses that allow the health of our world to thrive!
Through voting with our dollars, we can gather what we have learned about environmental exposures, healthy eating, lifestyle practices, and make purchasing choices in alignment with the values we want to proceed us and leave to our children.
Click here to learn more about the power you have at your fingertips and get more resources that can support you in making the next informed, healthier, and safer choices!