It’s not often, but sometimes I get flack – whether it be in the form of a roll of the eyes, a look, a sneer, a backhanded comment or an outright, why bother, everyone else is doing it and they are okay. Sometimes someone will go so far as to sneak my children something when I am not looking, because they don’t want to say no, or because they think it’s ok (in all fairness this has only happened twice – that I know of!) .
Sometimes friends and strangers alike get overwhelmed with the information that I impart, and I get responses like, “I can’t worry about the chemicals in the car seats when I have to worry about so many other things,” “I’m feeding my kids fruit and veggies so it’s okay if they have what everyone else is eating too (re preserved foods packed with dyes and chemicals),” or “toxins in hoses too? Come on.” And guess what? Sometimes I feel the same way. The information is overwhelming. We live in a society so dependent on making things bigger and better that they(the people adding the unnecessary junk into our foods, toys, clothing and every day products) don’t care at what expense it comes.
So why go to the ‘extreme’? Because the information is available if you look for it. Because avoiding toxic chemicals on foods, furniture, cars, bedding, etc. does make a difference. Because not being aware can and does seriously injure and kill people. A woman I recently came into contact with, Danielle Barry, wishes she had known about the chemicals in car seats before her son ended up with chemical burns as a baby. A friend of mine wishes she had done her research on vaccines before her son became injured due to just 1 injection. Families of people diagnosed with non genetic forms of cancer are wishing that they knew about the dangers of pesticides both on the foods they had eaten and on the lawn they once only cared about having look green and lush. (More on Families affected by Toxic Chemicals)
I don’t want to one day be one of those people who get sick down the road and have no idea why (yet their lifestyle and diet path clearly give some clues). I will ‘go to the extreme‘ to keep my family as safe as possible so that they can live a healthy life. I will avoid as much as I can so that the baby thriving inside of me doesn’t have 200 to 300 toxins in his/her cord blood from the likes of things like teflon, pesticides and flame retardants (Cord Blood Findings).
Life is about living, living free from illness and inflammation that slow people down. Of course we are all going to get sick at some point, whether it be a cold, a virus, food poisoning, etc., but those are the illnesses that we are supposed to get; the ones that ultimately make our immune system stronger from having to battle them; the ones that we feed our bodies the nutrients and supplements it needs to fight them quickly and effectively, while avoiding the refined sugars, chemicals and fever reducers that will only hinder our healing process.
Life is about enjoying food, playing, laughing and loving. I am making sure that my family does so for a long, long time, healthily!
*Disclaimer – I am actually not what I would consider an extremest. Though I do the best that I can to raise my family on a healthy, organic diet and in a household free of the toxins that I can control, there are the once in a blue moon occasions where we do eat pizza, and we will have have some treats at a party or fair (albeit it does depend on the treat – no cotton candy, soda or hotdogs here!). We also take our children to the typical places that most families visit, like parks, zoos, museums and animal farms (and no, I don’t think there is anything wrong with these places).