Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Who Knows?

What products are safe? Is Bisphenol A (BPA) bad for us as water bottles and canned food linings? Should we worry about the chemicals leeching into our skin from our shampoo and soaps? Is Genetically Modified Food a danger to our long-term health? Should we allow 2-methylnaphthalene to be used in our cereal box packaging? 

The bottom line? Who knows. Which is the very reason we are at risk. The FDA considers and  approves (in the vast majority of cases) chemically-created additives and genetically-modified organisms to be used in our food, health products and the packaging that gets those products to us. The problem with the entire system is that it doesn't take into account the entire system. Any one of these chemically-derived additives could be perfectly safe on its own in a laboratory. And, it could even be perfectly safe in a controlled environment where the other things it interacts with are also controlled. 

In the real world? Who knows. There are so many variables we cannot possibly predict the affects. The recent revelations on Flouride in our drinking water is only one example. There are, I fear, thousands of other examples.

One very effective way to reduce the number of additives you are consuming is to eat the vast majority of your meals at home, using whole, natural foods. If you buy whole food with minimal to no processing, you have a much better chance of avoiding the chemicals and additives that could be causing signficiant damage to your health. Eating true may require a bit more effort, particularly when you first start. Make the effort. It is an investment worth making.

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