May 22, 2010

Step 1: How to create a Non-toxic consumer revolution

Larry D. Rickman
May 21st, 2010

Do you believe that toxic chemicals in our products are killing us?  If so read on.  If you are a non-believer please read, do some research, ask some questions and then lets discuss your opinions.  I love a healthy debate.  One statistic; 40% rise in breast cancer from 1973 to 1998.  What could be causing that?  Are we just that much more unhealthy today?  

We have been talking about Toxic Chemicals, cleaning products, and various other home issues for several months now.  Most of the time I'm getting questions about how to start, what's the first step to going green, or how do I get rid of toxic chemicals in my home. 

The truth of the matter is you will have difficulty eliminating toxins from the home if you try to do it all at once.  The primary reason is you don't know what you are looking for, how to read it, what's dangerous and what's not.  So the first step really is awareness; what should you be aware of:
  • Become aware of the chemicals that you are using to clean your home and the harm these cause
  • Become aware of the toxins in and on your food
  • Become aware of the toxins in your personal care products
  • Lastly become aware of the toxins you come into contact with everyday outside your home.
The first step is to really understand what the scope of the problem is.  Its pervasive; its everywhere in your home, in your food, in your shower, in your washing machine.  The sheer number of chemicals we come into contact with daily is mind blowing and the first step is understanding the scope of the problem.

When is the last time you read a label on a personal care item, food label, or cleaning product and understood what you were reading?  Must you become an expert in label reading?  No...the solution is rather simple.  If its not natural, if its unintelligible, if you read it and go "Huh?" then you probably shouldn't be consuming it.  We have written and posted numerous items that can begin your education; here are a few -

If interested and live here in Reno I can get you a pamphlet on toxins, current legislative efforts, and the impact on our health.  Its a 20 page or so read on what impact toxins are having on the health of the American public.  If not and you are interested:  Click here.  Join the folks at Safer Chemicals Healthy Families on Facebook, Twitter, online, and others. 

Getting started with awareness is step number 1 in cleaning your house and your body of toxic chemicals.

Step 2 we will focus on looking at an easy thing to get rid of in your home; toxic cleaners.   

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