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I woke up this morning dizzy and light-headed, and feeling nauseated. I have to hold onto the walls to walk.
I am house-sitting, and yesterday their cleaning lady came to steam-clean the carpets. I must have absorbed some chemicals through the soles of my feet later in the day. Damned hazardous chemicals are everywhere.
About 10 years ago I was diagnosed as having 'increasing environmental sensitivity' due to the wanton and irresponsible over-use of chemicals everywhere. Even though I personally have been chemical-free for over 25 years, the chemicals everyone else uses have seriously diminished my health, and I'm angry. Chemicals have diminished the nutrition values in my food, and I'm angry.
I don't really much care if you choose to harm or kill yourselves, but what right do you have to harm or kill me? (Actually I DO care what happens to you, but it is your free CHOICE to do what you will to yourselves.)
I can no longer use commercial soaps, shampoos and laundry detergents (or fabric softeners); I cannot wear synthetic fabrics. Breathing someone's cloud of after-shave or cologne makes me ill. I can't even go into most fabric stores... the formaldehyde in cheap fabrics makes my eyes burn. I can, however, go into a very high-end fabric store that deals in natural fabrics like wool, linen, silk, cotton... with no problems. My sensitivities grow worse every year thanks to increasing chemical use. I'm beginning to understand how the fish in our chemically-polluted streams must feel. Helpless.
I read an alarming report in an English newspaper this morning about continued (and increasing) honeybee decline. We've lost over 3 million colonies in the US and scientists have found 121 different pesticides in samples of bees, wax and pollen. Some commercial beekeepers lost 60-80% of their hives this past winter, on top of many previous losses, and it is spreading world-wide. Folks better start waking up because more than a third of everything we eat is thanks to the honeybees' pollination.
And it is not just commercial agriculture, either. It's us... from the chemicals we use to wash our windows and clean our toilet tanks, to the chemicals we use on our lawns and gardens. I'd bet the ranch that the cleaning lady yesterday never read the ingredients' list, and probably would not have understood it anyway.
Most homes have enough chemicals beneath the sink and in the garage to be considered 'weapons of mass destruction' for the microbial population of the earth, killing beneficial bacteria along with pathogens, without discrimination.
What happened to good old vinegar and newspaper instead of 'windex' to clean windows? What happened to the old-fashioned wire-mesh screen flyswatters? The 'modern' flyswatters made of plastic push so much air in front of them they alert the fly and we miss... and so, we resort to aerosol pesticides. Our lungs must love that! Why take the time to learn that wasps have a dormant period every morning and evening when the nest can be safely smoked out with a burning newspaper, when we can buy a $7 bottle of wasp spray and spray them anytime?
Have we become so dumb that we are incapable of understanding we are killing ourselves by killing the planet that supports us? Or are we just too lazy to care? A 'pill' will not fix this. Not now, not ever.
I am seeing the same syndrome in health issues surrounding nutrition. Most people don't really want to be healthy if they can't do it by taking a 'pill'... it's too hard. "I don't have the time to cook from scratch with real ingredients because I have a job and 3 kids..."
Actually, it's probably more like "I don't have the time to learn that the propaganda (via advertising and 'advice' from supposed authorities) is leading us down a merry path..."
Fortunately there is a growing percentage of us that DO care.
But what will it take to finally awaken the general population? Is it even possible? I thought something like the current oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico might... but I doubt it. Most folks care philosophically, but in reality they don't really care much because it isn't their shores... oh, they may get a glimpse when there are no more gulf shrimp or fish. Or when the dead ecology of the gulf deltas affects the food chain world-wide. When will they realize it's their world, and we're all connected?
It's NOT up to someone else.