Earth Day: The impact we make is beyond a piece of litter.

April 22, 2010 § 1 Comment

A friend of mine lent me a book called “The Hundred Year Lie” by Randall Fitzgerald.  The first half of the book was a depressing read about all of the chemicals and synthetics that have made their way into our food and the resulting increase in cancer, diabetes, obesity, number and level of toxins contained in our blood, etc.  I struggled to get through that part of the book.  When I reached the second half, it was a welcomed read about eating better, making more natural and/or organic choices, basically taking ownership about what we’re putting into our bodies and being accountable for the results.

One part that stuck out for me especially is when Randall Fitzgerald talks about the rise in male breast reduction surgeries.  He attributes it to there being so many more hormones in the water today because the birth control pill has become so commonly used among women and there is no process to remove it from a city’s water system.

This kind of indirect result of increased use of birth control made it’s way to the forefront of my thoughts as I read a friend’s Facebook status this morning:

Rea Sauter wishes you a happy Earth day!  Pick up some litter today, or pick up a new green daily choice. It’s your planet & your karma.

It is my planet and my karma.  Combined with the new outlook to treat my body better from reading “The Hundred Year Lie” and the fact that whatever we put into our environment affects the health and wellness of other people, I suggest we all look not only to pick up some pieces of litter, but also to think about the foods you eat and the products you use, the chemicals that are in them, and the impact beyond today that they have on our planet and on your fellow man.


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