I enjoy researching and writing articles about health and have developed some strong convictions along the way. I really don’t like to publicly admit this but I believe at times I get a little “over the top” when it comes to things to avoid. Let’s face it, we live in an increasingly toxic environment, and we eat an increasingly toxic diet. It would be virtually impossible to immunize ourselves from everything that might be considered harmful to our health, and longevity. I also admit that I myself have often become overwhelmed at the many precautions I know I should be taking in order to facilitate optimum health but just can’t stir up the inner motivation to carry them all out.
Some of the toxic substances that I know I should be avoiding for my sake and the health of my family are found in the general cleaning supplies, hygiene supplies, and cosmetics my wife and I buy for ourselves and our family. I just have to admit, I like nice smelling shampoo, antiperspirant, deodorant soap, toothpaste, lotions, dish washing soap, bleach, Comet, and of course my wife has enough cosmetics to start a beauty salon.
I also know that an air purifier would be a good investment, but to be honest as yet I don’t have one and I do continue to buy the above listed hygiene and cleaning supplies and my wife still buys her cosmetics. I use a cheap carbon water filter on my faucet because I am convinced that our tap water is loaded with many unhealthy toxins yet I shun the very expensive systems, because let’s face it, I am living paycheck to paycheck just like many other Americans I know.
I buy mainly organic fruits and vegetables and that in itself becomes a very costly endeavor. I am not sure why I opt for these and not air purifiers and expensive water purifying systems but that is my reality at this writing. I believe that the elimination of the bad and the addition of the good of all of the above would be a great step in a more healthy direction, and yet I just don’t ever seem to find the time or money to locate the hygiene, cosmetic, and cleaning supplies (and maybe I don’t really know where to look) that would be more compatible with health and wellness.
Maybe there is a part of me that knows that if I take it to the next level, I would be the type who would become completely obsessed. I would then have to rule out just about everything in life. I have no problem, however, admitting that our houses and apartments are toxic wastelands and I would never tout the benefits of many of the products that I use because I know they are not the best choices for me, my family or the environment.
My process towards better health choices has been an evolution. I realized about 3 years ago that for me, animal flesh and their by-products were a very unhealthy choice and I no longer partake of meat or dairy. I also realized that when I made a choice to eat meat and dairy, an animal necessarily suffered horribly because of my decision, and the environment paid a heavy toll also.
Some might interpret the evolution of my new way of thinking and doing as hypocritical believing that I should go all the way or not at all and maybe they are right. Nevertheless in my travels I have found that good people sometimes hold convictions (even strong ones) that they are never able to fully live up to although they never stop striving to do so. In my case, I will continue to learn and grow and I am sure I will make plenty of mistakes along the way. But God willing I shall never give up the fight for better health, physically, emotionally, and above all spiritually, and I hope that my loved ones, friends, and neighbors are able to bear with my inconsistencies as I continue to try and move forward in a positive direction.