You're no dummy.
You count your calories and sweat to your oldies. But now everyone on God's green earth is touting the virtues of organic, and you're wondering what the big deal is.
If I trust the brand, isn't it OK? If it's locally grown, isn't it OK? If I can pronounce all the ingredients, isn't it OK?
Not so much.
And if that wasn't bad enough, now they're telling you that you have to buy organic hair and beauty products. Is this just some kind of scam created by corporate giants that's designed specifically to make you spend more money? food
You might think organic foods are just foods grown without bug spray, but it goes beyond that. Organic foods are grown in non-chemical fertilizers, without the use of pesticides, without the use of radiation and without genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or chemical food additives. That's a mouthful.
So why is this so important? Well, to prove a point, let's take our sweet red friend, the strawberry.
Last year, California approved the use of methyl iodide on strawberries as a bug repellent. Don't live in California? It doesn't matter - 80 percent of the nation's strawberries are grown there.
This nasty pesticide is used in labs to induce cancer in rodents and small animals. Just breathing enough of this chemical causes lung, liver, kidney and central nervous system damage. You might not be breathing it in, but the people who are planting your strawberries are.
It's not just the methyl iodide that'll hurt you, sweetness. The regular strawberries you buy at the grocery store are loaded with a toxic cocktail mix of eight carcinogens, 24 suspected hormone disruptors, 11 neurotoxins and 12 developmental or reproductive toxins. Some of these chemicals can hang out in your body for years, so even small doses are an issue.
While you may be a plant-based beauty, you definitely have those meat-eaters in your life who just won't give up their carnivorous ways. You're co-existing as peacefully as possible, but what they don't know could kill them.
The FDA recently admitted that chicken contains trace amounts of arsenic. Yep, the poison. How is that possible? Well, for one thing, Pfizer, Inc. makes chicken feed. Know what else Pfizer is famous for making? Viagra. What is a company that makes boner-enhancers doing making chicken feed? Freakin' good question. Regardless, only organic chicken is certified to be arsenic-free.
So now you know that your fruits and veggies have disgusting, infertility-producing and cancer-causing chemicals all over them. Ready for the bonus round? There are all kinds of nasty parabens (super-strong preservative chemicals that show up later in breast cancer tumors) and sulfates lurking in your beauty and household products. Even products that claim to be "all natural" have enough chemicals in them to make your hubby estrogen-dominant and throw off your fertility big-time.
Don't panic. Educate yourself. Stupid girls are not hot. Read Kim's book on chemical-proofing your home. It has tons of resources to help you un-scarify your abode and information on organic, healthy makeup or beauty products. When in doubt, check out our very own "What the Hell Do I Buy?" section for tons of great resources on products that won't make you toxic.
Can't get on board cause organic is expensive? You're right - it is. But you know what else is expensive? Infertility treatments. Hospital stays. Chemotherapy. Funerals. You get the idea.
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