The Personal high cost of not ‘going green’.
If you’ve been thinking you should ‘Go Green’, the next question should be ‘why’? If all you can come up with is ‘the environment’, our polar ice caps, and other ‘non-specific answers, you should run to your nearest library, book store, etc. (Hint: You can sometimes find it as a used book on Amazon.com) and get The Autoimmune Epidemic by Donna Jackson Nakazawa. Donna Nakazawa is an investigative reporter who has an autoimmune disease herself. I promised in a prior post to have more on this book as it is so important to each of us personally.
In her research on the causes of autoimmune diseases, Ms. Nakazawa has worked with some high level experts in the field. The forward to her book was written by Dr. Douglas Kerr who is the Director of Johns Hopkins Transverse Myelitis Center. I mentioned her book once on this site and promised to give your more info when I finished the book. It’s not an easy book to read because it ‘touches reality’ in a new and different sort of way. But, it is a ‘must read’ for anyone who wants to become informed about ‘why’ we need to clean up our planet and the results of our not doing it.
This book reveals insight into lots of diseases, primarily Autoimmune Disorders, that we don’t even realize, all of which are proven in some cases and suspected in others, of coming from environmental factors. Almost all of the diseases are serious and many are life-threatening issues. Among Autoimmune Diseases you will find Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Graves’ Disease, Myasthenia gravis, Autoimmune Addison’s Disease, Meniere’s Disease, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Scleroderma, Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, Rheumatoid arthritis, and many others that most of us don’t understand and can hardly pronounce the name of, but are increasing at alarming rates in industrialized countries.
Not only is it the air, water and cleaning chemicals we need to be concerned about, we need to be very cautious about any supplements, nutrients and vitamins too. Most of us, including me, didn’t know that you can go to the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements website for data on a wide range of dietary supplements and their risks and safety. You can also download the USDA’s free nutrient database software to get in-depth information about the nutrients and vitamins present in the food you eat. There are almost 7,000 common foods listed. This is important as the food we eat often helps to combat illnesses. Also, some foods we eat carry food borne illnesses and we must remember to wash it thoroughly before eating it. If you like seafood, but would like to know how much mercury you are ingesting, go to Got Mercury for more information.
Our skin is the largest organ of our bodies. It is also very good at absorbing toxins. Cosmetics are full of disturbing chemicals too. According to Ms Nakazawa’s book, (P 259) the Environmental Working Group has tested 15,000 cosmetic producst and almost 80% contain harmful impurities but were still labeled as ‘organic’ or ‘natural as cosmetics and personal product labeling isn’t regulated by the government. The FDA has reviewed the safety of only 11% of the 10,500 ingredients being used in personal care products. She suggests you visit Think Before you Pink for a list of products that are paraben and phthalate free.
Another bit of information in the book (P259) is to avoid the use of dark hair dye as those who use it have three times the risk of developing lupus. Likewise, she goes into the hazards of some nail polishes and synthetic perfumes.
Again, this book is clearly worthy of a read as millions of us will probably develop one of the many known autoimmune diseases in our lifetime and there are lots of them that are yet to be identified. This body of research has dragged behind for many years while the problems of our exposures have risen. I encourage you to get the book and it will change your life as to how you look at our environment.