This past weekend I had the pleasure of spending some time with a long-time friend of the family, who unfortunately as the years have gone on, we only get to see maybe once a year. As we were talking, she was immediately interested in learning about the Norwex products I sell and we began a discussion about how the 80,000+ chemicals introduced in our society over the last 50 years have been proven links to so many different diseases and illnesses.
Then she began to tell me about an episode of David Suzuki’s The Nature of Things that she had recently caught on tv. It featured Dr. Paula Baillie-Hamilton, an MD who has has dedicated her life’s work to finding the link between household chemicals and obesity. I was very interested in what she had to say so when I came home yesterday, I immediately Googled this doctor and a lot of information popped up. I encourage you to do the same. She has written several books in regards to detoxing the chemicals from your body and explaining the research behind these findings. I won’t go into all the details as you can all read for yourself but the basis is that even with diet & exercise, our body chemistry is so messed up from all the chemicals in our homes and our food that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to shed any weight at all.
It makes sense of course. We know that since the introduction of all these chemicals, the rate of cancers and other diseases have gone up more than significantly. They meant well, they were created to protect us from things in nature that were making us sick. However, there’s a point when too much can cause more damage than what it’s protecting us from right?
Reading this has assured me that our decision to make greener choices in our home was a positive step. We need to stop thinking that these cleaners are doing good. We need to start looking at the alternatives to keeping our homes clean. We need to stop associating the smell of cleaner or bleach as the smell of clean. All those bottles have warnings that they are not safe to ingest, yet we are using them to spray the surfaces that our children touch on a daily basis. It’s on their skin, they are rubbing their eyes, putting those fingers in their mouths. It’s not safe and over time, it’s hurting them more than we can imagine.
A cold-turkey type change doesn’t always work so I challenge each of you to today to think of one thing you can change to remove some chemicals from your home. Maybe you will toss out the Febreze? Or vow to only purchase organic fruits & veggies? Start with one thing and then go from there. You will soon wonder why you didn’t switch sooner – it’s no more difficult to be green. It just takes a change in routine and habit.