Down the Rabbit Hole

It all started with a google search, “are grains really bad for you.”  A search prompted by this subtly entitled article (read sarcasm), “How Grains are Killing You Slowly,” which basically blasts all grains.  And I’m not just talking about processed grains, like what you find in your basic white bread and pastries, but whole grains such as rice, oatmeal, wheat, rye, barley, and millet (whatever the hell that is), basically, fifty percent of my diet.

Reading that article was like jumping down a rabbit hole, because next thing I knew, I was reading an article called, “Boys With Boobs: Hidden Chemicals Fed to Kids Can Impact Their Health.”  The cause of these boobs, according to the author, plastics, specifically, the BPA in plastics that our kids are exposed to, constantly.

Right now you might be saying to yourself (like I did), my plastic bottles are BPA free. Well, don’t be too proud of yourself, BPA was replaced with BPS.  Don’t know what BPS is?  Me neither, and that’s exactly the problem, new chemicals often bring new problems, problems that don’t surface until we’ve been using these products for ten years.

Then, there’s the phthalates, chemicals found in everything from plastic wrap to cosmetics, also hormone disruptors, that some scientists believe are wreaking havoc on our health. Don’t take my word for it, Google it.

And don’t get me started on toothpaste and antibacterial soap, something, if you’re like me, that you direct your children to use at least twice a day.  It turns out a lot of these products contain triclosan, a chemical that is registered as a pesticide.  Not exactly what I envisioned as a part of a healthy lifestyle.  If you don’t use toothpaste (not likely) or antibacterial soap, consider this:

“Remember, this chemical is not only in soaps but also body washes, toothpaste, shampoo, and 140+ other personal care and home products. Unfortunately, triclosan is now also contaminating rivers, streams and sewage sludge that is applied to agricultural fields, so there is a chance you’re getting exposed from environmental sources as well.11″


So, like any good mom, who doesn’t want her sons to grow boobs, I went to Whole Foods and bought my Tom’s of Maine toothpaste (triclosan free), fragrance free children’s shampoo, and all natural soap to add to my growing collection of all natural products.

Aren’t I so special.

At least, that’s how I felt until I realized that all these fragrance free, all natural products for my bath loving kids, as well as my all natural deodorant, are packaged in plastic bottles, most of them with a 6 on the bottom.  That’s the number, along with the 3 and 7 that you’re supposed to avoid.  Shouldn’t these all natural people know this?

Then, I really started think about it, and look around, and all of a sudden I felt like I was in an Alfred Hitchcock movie.  My recyclable bags?  Aren’t they made of plastic.  My all natural face cream, organic milk, organic soaps, vitamins, everything in my life…..packaged in plastic!!!

Seriously, look around your house.  I challenge you to find things not packaged in plastic, or lined in plastic, or wrapped in plastic.  I’m beginning to think the Grey Poupon and Bottle wine on my counter are the only items in my kitchen that don’t contain plastic.

I could take it all back, but then I’d be stuck holding a receipt, with…wait for it…even more BPA.  Yes, it’s used as color developer for receipts, cheaper to use than ink or toner. Hence, the new advice from the health conscience, forgo the receipt when you can.  That’s great, until I find a five hundred dollar charge on my credit card that I didn’t authorize.

It’s a toxic world out there, folks, one that gives a whole new meaning to ignorance is bliss.  If you choose to bury your head in the sand, frankly, I don’t blame you. In the meantime, I’ll be trying to figure out how to keep my boys flat chested.

PS: If you’ve noticed the lack of pictures lately, it’s because I can’t find my camera charger.  I know it will turn up as soon as buy a new one, but in the meantime, you’re stuck with crappy iPhone photos, of which my basement, not yet done yet, will soon be posted.

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