Here’s my back story…
…Working in the ER as a nurse, I see a whole slew of health problems day in and day out that I truly believe could have been prevented long before the patients Primary Doctor started them on 10 different prescription medications to only “control” their symptoms, and put a “bandaid” on their underlying health issues. When I first started out pre-med and then transitioned into nursing, I was under the false impression that I was going to uncover so many answers to our society’s medical burden… and I thought I would be helping people prevent and cure disease, but little did I know, the two aspects of HEALTH & HEALTHCARE couldn’t be more disconnected if we tried!
* America’s healthcare system does everything backwards… we treat the problem when it arises, but no one truly wants to take the time to prevent the problem in the first place.
Initially, when I first began researching health, how to maintain it and how to treat it … I was so frustrated by what I was discovering and at many points had very negative thoughts such as… “it’s just not worth it” “this is just too complicated” “what did I get myself into?” & most debilitating of all… I began to think, maybe “there’s nothing I can do about it!” (& MOST LIKELY you feel the same way right now)… But, the more I learn and realize how acheivable a healthier lifestyle really is, I became excited and motivated to change so many things in my life so that eventually…. I can help people avoid all of the above by simply encouraging a truly healthy, simple, chemical-free, active lifestyle!
I came across this article today on Dr.Leaonard Coldwell’s site which made me realize how many changes I have made in just 6 months time… I literally have accomplished all 10 reccomendations easily (except for maybe #10… I cant seem to figure that one out). So, … I hope I can motivate you to do the same. It just takes a little trial and error, see what works for you, get rid of the junk in your life and start enjoying a HEALTHY lifestyle!
Here’s a summary of the article:
Top 10 ways to dramatically reduce your daily exposure to cancer causing agents
While it’s impossible to avoid all of the toxins and cancer causing agents that surround you, there are some simple, yet effective steps you can take that will greatly decrease your exposure to toxic substances. Making these painless adjustments can lower your risk for just about every type of cancer along with a whole slew of other diseases. The key to this list is that each of the items exposes you to toxins or cancer causing agents on a daily, or almost daily, basis. By eliminating them you are effectively cutting out a large majority of your exposure.
1. Purchase organic foods
By going organic, you are not only avoiding pesticides; you are also avoiding GMOs, artificial ingredients and harmful preservatives.
2. Filter your tap water
Tap water contains arsenic, fluoride and chlorine; all of which are highly toxic. Using a water filter for your drinking water is a great start; however, the body absorbs a substantial amount of water through the skin during showers and baths. One good option is to install an entire house water filter which can remove 99 percent of these chemicals.
3. Get the mercury fillings taken out of your mouth
Mercury is highly toxic and the old fillings in your mouth may be slowing leeching into your system. When making an appointment to get your mercury fillings removed, be sure to find a dentist that has expertise in this area.
4. Make your own deodorant
Deodorants and antiperspirants contain dangerous chemicals including aluminum, parabens, propylene glycol, FD&C colors, talc and more. Making your own natural deodorant is as easy as mixing coconut oil, baking soda and shea butter.
5. Buy natural toothpaste and mouthwash
Fluoride is very toxic and should not be swallowed. Many toothpastes and mouthwashes contain fluoride, triclosan, saccharin and artificial colors such as FD&C Blue #1. Avoid these ingredients by purchasing natural toothpastes and mouthwashes. You can also make your own mouthwash with water, baking soda or sea salt, and a drop of peppermint or tea tree oil.
6. Buy natural bodywash, shampoo and conditioner
Avoid ingredients including triclosan, fragrance, PEG, ceteareth, polyethylene, DMDM hydantoin and parabens including propyl, isopropyl, butyl, isobutyl.
7. Make your own natural home cleaners (or buy organic, simple cleaners with minimal ingredients)
Cleaners such as AJAX, Lysol, bleach and the like produce very toxic fumes. They can be replaced by a simple and inexpensive mixture of vinegar and lemon. There are many simple recipes for non-toxic, homemade cleaners.
8. Buy natural laundry detergent
Most name brand laundry detergents leave chemical residue on your clothes which is absorbed by your skin. Ingredients to avoid include linear alkyl sodium sulfonates, petroleum distillates, phenols and sodium hypochlorite (house bleach).
9. Don’t use the microwave
Microwaves kill food, plain and simple. The way they cook is unnatural. Instead use your oven, stove-top, toaster or toaster over whenever possible.
10. Limit your cell phone use
The radiation from cell phones can cause cancer. Limit your cell phone use and try to use hands free options such as Bluetooth and speakerphone whenever possible.
A few other notables include:
– Use natural makeup
– Don’t use baby powder (talcum)
– Don’t use weed killers or pesticides
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