“10 Americans” by Environmental Working Group


I am sure that some people think I am nuts to devote so much of my time, energy and money to the uphill battle of staying one step ahead (or trying to) of nasty chemicals that negatively affect our health.  Sometimes, it does seems crazy, and it can be downright overwhelming.  Some think that it is a battle to be fought only by rich nouveau-hippies who can afford to shop at Whole Foods and seek the counsel of holistic practitioners (full disclosure: I do both, although I would not consider myself a hippie of any sort.  Also, for the record, my naturopath is less expensive and easier to see than my internist).  So, how does that saying go?  “Haters are gonna hate”.

I urge you to watch this video by the Environmental Working Group, called “10 Americans”.  It is fascinating and sobering, but above all inspiring.  For those confused by all the hoopla over organic this-and-that, it will clarify its importance.  For those jaded by all the overwhelming information they’ve read through the years, it will renew your resolve to “vote with your pocketbook”.  The video is about 20 minutes long, but it is very interesting and provides information relevant to everyday life.  Just play it while you are folding laundry, doing your pushups, or waiting in the carpool line.  You will be glad you did.  We DO have some control over what enters our bodies and our children’s bodies; why not do the best we can with what we’ve got?

The fact is, anyone who lives above the poverty level with enough time to watch “The Real Housewives” or to play Fantasy Football can make a small positive change or healthy choice every single day.  Are you a parent?  Do you plan to be one day?  Then you really ought to care about the chemicals present in your home.  Do you think the rise in leukemia, autism, and even severe food allergies (despite the marvels of modern medicine) is just a coincidence?  By the way, these ailments are far more expensive and heartbreaking than the price of organic kale at Whole Foods.