Thursday, June 22, 2006

How did it come to this?

According to Dr Heather Myers of UNBC, there are 87,000 synthetic chemicals out there. And since new ones are always being made, there may be more than that now.

In testing to see if a chemical is "safe", researchers only use the one chemical on one set of mice. If those mice live normally, it is safe. Rarely do researchers do multi-generational studies.... investigating what effects the chemicals have on the offspring of the test group. Also, the studies hardly represent real life since they are studying the effects of ONLY that one chemicals. With 87,000 chemicals out there, an organism will NEVER be exposed to only the one. And these chemicals often interact with each other (called synergistic effects). Researching only one chemical ignores this fact. Chemicals that may be relatively benign can become harmful when exposed to other chemicals.

This is why there are so many endocrine disrupting chemicals and other toxins out there; the researching and approval methods are illogical and far too simple. We put our trust in organizations like the FDA, assuming they know best and would not approve harmful chemicals for everyday use in a variety of ways. You have to take control of your life and be informed. You cannot assume that others are always acting altruistically. It is important to be aware of this, and to demand more of those who claim to have a vested interest in your well-being. Be active, not passive.


At 9:37 a.m. , Blogger kryce said...

rox, make that 87,001 chemicals. I just developed and marketed stupidonium. It's a chemical, that when ingested, makes North Americanc have:
1-large breasts
2-thick luxurious hair
3-a decreased appetite
4-believe the Bush administration
5-enjoy country music
the only real side affect is that it gives you uncontrollable diarrhea and an extreme desire to shake hands with Toby Keith.

on a serious non-sarcastic note, we must trust our own bodies and stop believing the lies that have been forced fed to use by multi-national corporations whose only agenda is to keep people living in fear while fattening their own "bottom line". and who do they use for their propaganda? just visit your local practitioner Dr. Prescription McAntibiotic!

At 9:38 a.m. , Blogger kryce said...

p.s. anyone know where I can get a great "flu shot?"

At 4:23 p.m. , Blogger Leah said...

Roxanne, i like your admonition, be active, not passive. It's so simple to at least midly question what goes into the things we ingest/use daily. for me a good indication is how i feel. ie. when i use toxic cleaning products i get a headache. when i use biodegradable, lemon/orange or vinegar cleaning products i feel happy and everything smells fresh and really clean. i think we're pretty smart but we tend to tune things out. have you seen the documentary The Corporation? if not it's a must see on multinational companies and how they lie with ease in order to make more profit.

At 11:31 a.m. , Blogger Roxanne said...

I'll put that on my list of movies to see. Thanks Leah.
I think active living is all about your state of mind and level of awareness. Once you start thinking about what you do to your body and what's in everyday things, it becomes so much easier to make better decisions. I think a lot of it has to do with respect for yourself. The whole "your body is a temple" thing.

PS- Chris, i think George W has a patent on Studidonium. Well, either him or Jessica Simpson.

At 9:54 p.m. , Blogger Dave said...

Heather Myers is smart. She won the highest post-secondary teaching award in Canada:

At 12:06 p.m. , Blogger kryce said...

i'm not very smart.
i won the 2 screaming kids award

At 9:16 a.m. , Blogger Roxanne said...

Actually Dave, it wasn't Heather Myers, it was Heather Smith (another INTS prof at UNBC) who won the award.


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