pesticides + asbestos + mycotoxins + wellness

Today, I’m excited to have a special guest on the blog. Krista P is 23, lives in Florida and is into yoga, reading, writing, wellness and the environment. She got in touch and passed along this crucial, and yes, slightly scary info about toxins in our worlds. But since knowledge is power, I share her excellent info and links. Props to Kirsta for making sure we’re wary of the effects of these things on our health!
Asbestos
Asbestos is a natural mineral in drywall, tile adhesive, and insulation. When inhaled, asbestos fibers collect in the lungs and cause cancer. Mesothelioma symptoms are latent for 20-50 years, meaning that the cancer is often misdiagnosed. If you are already experiencing mesothelioma symptoms, see a doctor for a cancer screening. To be sure that your home doesn’t contain toxins like asbestos, contact a certified abatement professional.

Pesticides
Large percentages of pesticides are carcinogens. Pesticide residue causes not only cancer, but miscarriages, birth defects, nerve damage, and Parkinson’s disease. To avoid consuming produce contaminated by pesticides, eat organically grown food. Besides containing zero pesticides, organic fruits and veggies are fresher and tastier, often because of the lack of chemicals and preservatives.

Mycotoxins
Mycotoxins (mold) can cause a range of health problems, from small allergic reactions to cancer, asthma, multiple sclerosis, and heart disease. Mycotoxins can be found in contaminated buildings and may be present even if not easily detected. If your home contains mold, it’s important that you contact a professional rather than cleaning it yourself, as you might worsen your own health.

food inc. + environment + health + planet

Food Inc. was completely incredible shocking informative important! Wow! I knew that the concept of factory farming was bad, but the level of invasiveness, insidiousness and outright control on the North American diet is ASTONISHING.

Some stats to chew on – there are 47,000 products in the average supermarket. 90% have corn in them!
Cows are fed corn to fatten them up – when they should be eating grass! Being a butcher used to be safe and prestigious job back in the 50s. It’s now one of the most dangerous jobs there is and often done by exploited, undocumented workers since no one else wants to do the dirty work. Factory chickens are raised in five weeks, so quickly their bones don’t form and they can’t support themselves.

And on and on and on.

BUT THE GOOD NEWS is WE HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE this. Buy local. Buy in season. Buy organic. Don’t eat fast food. Processed food. Packaged food. Your body and your planet deserves so much more.

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