I replied to one of the comments, but to none of the emails. I decided I'd just do a quick post in case anyone else was thinking the same thing. I feel like one of the comments, although I need to think of it as the commenter's opinions, kind of attacked my post, but I also think they were missing my point. By human nature, part of me feels like I attacked back, lol. Though, that was not really my intention.
Of course yesterday's post was my opinion, but that doesn't mean it didn't include facts. It is a fact there are harmful chemicals being allowed in foods and products. No, I didn't list all the facts (USDA, CDC, NCI, etc.) out there and I didn't list all the opinions. That wouldn't be possible. There are going to be opinions that stem from facts, naturally.
I NEVER want to imply that my family is perfect. We are far from perfect. We don't protect ourselves in every way possible. Of course we fall into what tastes good, feels good, helps us look good, etc. There are very, very few people who don't.
We don't and we can't. It's not all in our control. That was my point yesterday.
I have tried extra hard to give Knox & Sloane things that are clean and safe. Of course not everything has been or will be, but I will try. I'll try to raise them to know there are things that are good for them and things that aren't so good for them.
In posting the things I posted yesterday and this post today, I still struggle with the whole "we are only going to live once" scenario.
I understand we can't live in fear and be scared of everything.
That doesn't mean the way we live now won't affect the future.
However, back to saying goodbye to one baby, I'm willing to do whatever I can not to have to go through that again or to maybe help another family. Even one family.
Of course it is my opinion that if enough of us fight against these type of issues with our food and products that maybe our future kin will be a bit safer. Maybe we won't have to watch love ones die.
Maybe it's just a never ending battle.
And don't get me wrong, I do believe the government has changed some things for the better and that chemists are looking for alternatives, I still also know what makes the world turn in grand scheme of things.
People should still come before money.
In referring to "chemicals" yesterday, in a general sense, of course I was not speaking about them all. Perhaps they aren't all bad. I was quite obviously talking about the ones that have proven to be bad or that are being researched for further evidence.
I was talking about the ones we eat, breathe and absorb.
In saying I've not done a TON of research, does not mean I haven't done any.
That is my point, though. Why should we have to.
We trust people, although we have no other option.
I have read enough facts and have enough common sense to comprehend what is going on.
Doing my post yesterday, was me simply stating that we can tell the government that we want them to be EXTRA CERTAIN of things before putting them out their for our consumption.
No, I'm not going to lick super glue. I'm certain the chemicals in there were not made for consumption and probably not for human skin absorption. Would it hurt me? Probably not. Probably not the first time, but if I did it everyday, my guess is yes. Yes, it would.
My point was that so much is unknown by us besides the fact that more and more people around us are dying from cancer.
Of course we know cigarette smoke increases the risk of getting cancer. We know if we lay in the sun everyday, for more than an hour, that are risk of cancer is also increased.
There are things we can control and things we can't.
I hate that people have to think about clean things being more expensive and even an amenity.
I won't get into statics on the US versus other countries as far as all of this hoopla goes.
My point is you can speak up and you can make your own choices and have your own opinions. I was just expressing mine :) My opinion is that I think people should be aware.
I believe all of these sites have search tools, which makes it nice for research. There are often follow ups to articles as well. I know most of what I have read can be found on them as well.
NCI - National Cancer Institute - http://www.cancer.gov/
FDA - US Food & Drug Administration - http://www.fda.gov/
USDA - United States Department of Agriculture - http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome
CDC - Centers for Disease Control & Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/
This post is a bit all over the place, but if you read it, I'm glad :)