Overview- It’s a Global Thing!
Besides my obsession with the topics of essential oils and the microbiome, I am also passionate about making people aware that the chemicals that surround us can cause havoc to our health. The good news is that there are solutions to mitigate these exposure risks. This allows for choices to take back control of our health and not be victims. In this way, we can work together to promote our health and our loved ones. This will also result in protecting our planet and future generations.
Ensuring Health for the Future
What many adults may not be aware of is that children are the most at risk from these exposures! This is due to their vulnerability of interferences in critical life developmental stages. Unfortunately, parents are unknowingly exposing their children to many chemicals every day. They are placing their children’s health in harm’s way through their cleaning products, laundry detergent, personal care products, pesticide ridden food choices, and unpurified air!
My hope is that by making more adults aware, we can join together with solutions. To me, protecting our little ones and giving them a healthier start is one way to make the next generation more aware and to assist with mitigating the sad statistics resulting from our country’s current approach to healthcare.
The Dreary Problem
(Note: for the faint of heart, and/or those tired of dreary news, feel free to skip down to the solutions.)
Although some may argue that there is inclusive evidence that chemicals affect our children’s and our own health, their arguments are becoming silenced by more science. The research is overwhelming supporting environmental exposures are linked to negative health outcomes. Furthermore, results that previously reported no harmful associations are being revealed as flawed.
Internationally, organizations are voicing their concerns and highlighting heart-breaking evidence of what results when children are exposed. In fact, just recently the United Nations reported on their website that two of their experts were urging the phasing out of pesticides in farming. The article stated,
Chronic exposure to pesticides has been linked to cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, hormone disruption, developmental disorders and sterility. Farmers and agricultural workers, communities living near plantations, indigenous communities and pregnant women and children are particularly vulnerable to pesticide exposure and require special protections.
The experts particularly emphasized the obligation of States to protect the rights of children from hazardous pesticides, also warning that certain pesticides can persist in the environment for decades and pose a threat to the entire ecological system on which food production depends.
In February, the Harvard School of Public Health posted the findings of “A report prepared for the European Parliament, co-authored by Harvard Chan School’s Philippe Grandjean, adjunct professor of environmental health, outlines the health benefits of eating organic food and practicing organic agriculture.” The article further states:
“The most important information in this report is about pesticides in food. In conventional food, there are pesticide residues that remain in the food even after it’s washed. Organic foods are produced virtually without pesticides.
Authorities in both the European Union and the United States insist that current limits on the amount of pesticides in conventional produce are adequate to ensure that it’s perfectly safe. But those limits are based on animal studies, looking at the effect of one pesticide at a time. The human brain is so much more complex than the rat brain, and our brain development is much more vulnerable because there are so many processes that have to happen at the right time and in the right sequence—you can’t go back and do them over.”
Nationally, scientists at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, a division of the National Institute of Health (NIH), are tracking evidence of increased risk for cancer and other health complications for the public to view here.
What’s even scarier, is that research is just beginning to fully assess the impacts of what occurs when we combine more than one chemical, the impact of more than one metabolite, and the effects of chronic low-dose exposure versus toxicology reports. This makes for the opening of an even bigger can of toxic worms!
Now the Solutions!
Using essential oils to support and protect our body from these unwanted exposures and choosing greener products infused with them, are a few solutions that combine two of my favorite topics into one.
- Positive action steps to decrease exposure can be found here, here, here, and/or here.
- Read about the importance of “Essential Oils for Detox here.”
- What to look out for if one is taking the route of “detox and cleansing” to decrease damage from past exposures? Solutions can be found here, here, and in my book.
- A resource on how to not “re-tox” after cleansing can be found here.
This blog specifically discusses the dangers of our chemical world on our children and steps to mitigate these risks for parents and parents-to-be.
Finally, a simple way to purify the air is with diffusing, so make sure you check out part II of the diffusing blog posted here.
Here’s to a healthier world for us all!
Disclaimer: This information is applicable ONLY for therapeutic quality essential oils. This information DOES NOT apply to essential oils that have not been tested for purity and standardized constituents. There is no quality control in the United States, and oils labeled as “100% pure” need only to contain 5% of the actual oil. The rest of the bottle can be filled with fillers and sometimes toxic ingredients that can irritate the skin.
This material is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any illness. You should check with your doctor regarding implementing any new strategies into your wellness regime. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. (Affiliation link.)