Nonsense to Newsense
Three things have happened
since I wrote last months’ article. I mentioned that General Motors spent
more on health care than they did on steel for their cars. They have now
announced the closing of the GM plant in Oklahoma City. This will be a
major blow to the economy of our end of the state of Oklahoma. There are
rumors that Ford Motor Company will soon follow. Remember what I said last
month about the rising costs of health care and how it is effecting the
American business economy?
The second thing that has
happened is that I have buried another friend who lost his battle with
cancer- a friend who is younger than I am. 1 out of every 2 Americans are
getting Cancer according to the latest stats.
The third thing that has
happened is that we have read two articles on how Americans are beginning to
get the clue that our eating habits and the poisons that we come in contact
with are killing us. Wal-Mart announced that they are getting so many
requests for Organic foods that they are going to make these foods available
in their stores in 2006. I believe that the pendulum is going to swing back
from people trusting their health to others to our taking responsibility for
our own health. I pray that this will start with you and that it will start
without a disaster.
Several of you sent me
information and comments on last month’s article. One of the most
interesting was sent to me by Jeanne McKee the wife of rodeo announcer
is their e-mail address. You may want to contact her for more information
on the great articles that she sent me. I would like to directly quote an
article that she sent written by Dr. Joyce Woods. Last month we talked
about the foods that we are putting in
our bodies being toxic. We talked about the products that we put
on our bodies that are toxic such
as soaps, deodorants, shampoo, hair spray, etc. This article by Dr. Woods
goes into more poisons that we need to become aware of. As I said, for more
information, contact Jeanne because I am going to only quote very few things
that the article says. Here are some direct quotes from Dr. Joyce Woods who
has a doctorate degree in “Indoor Air Pollution and its effect on your
Begin by thinking of your
home as a toxic waste dump.
More than 72,000 synthetic
chemicals have been produced since World War 11
Less than 2% of synthetic
chemicals have been tested for toxicity and the majority of chemicals have
never been tested for long-term effects.
An EPA survey concluded
that indoor air was 3 to 70 times more polluted than outdoor air.
Reports tell us that
houses today are so energy efficient that “outgassing” of chemicals has no
where to go, so it builds up inside the home where we spend 65% of our
Chemicals get into our
bodies through inhalation, ingestion and absorption. We breathe 10 to 20
thousand liters of air per day. ADD/ADHD are epidemic in schools today.
Behavioral problems have long been linked to exposure to toxic chemicals and
molds. Use of Ritalin has skyrocketed since 1990. (end of direct quotes)
What is the culprit to the
poisons in our homes? The top three causes of poisoning deaths are:
Household cleaners, bleach and medications. We need to be aware of what is
stored under our sinks in our homes. If you are like me, you have many
cleaners, bleach, soaps, waxes, polishes, flea shampoos for the dogs, bug
sprays, and on and on.
We want our barns to be
ventilated with good fresh air without creating drafts, we want our horses
to have bedding to lay on that is free of toxic materials. We want them to
have hay that has not been weed sprayed or fertilized with anything not
conducive to our horse’s health. We no longer build the old time hay mows
over their heads to store hay because the studies showed us that it caused
lung infections that could cause horses to become bleeders. We store our
hay and grain where it can be free of mold and dust. But yet, how many of
us have had our heat and air ducts cleaned from dust and mold 2-3 times this
We wouldn’t think of
storing our meds and fly sprays around their houses where they live, yet we
store many poisons in our own homes and, some of us store all of their meds
and chemical filled sprays and soaps in a closed in tack room where we are
going in and out each day to get our tack. Look at the battle that we are
putting our body in. We are exposing ourselves to poisons in so many ways.
We first have to become aware of where all they are lurking in todays
products. I had a big shock when I looked on the label of the toothpaste
that I was using and it said: If swallowed in a larger amount than
necessary to clean your teeth, call the poison center. Knowledge is
the beginning of progress. We first have to understand which chemicals are
harmful to our bodies. We can no longer depend upon labeling laws to
protect the consumer. They do NOT protect us. Study for yourselves about
harmful chemicals in today’s atmosphere.
Back to Dr. Woods article,
she said this:
Eliminating the cause of
the environmental illness is more effective and much less expensive than
treating the symptom.
Prevention – 80 to 90%
Treatments – 50 to 60% Effective
Which of these two seems
to make the most horse sense? We need to go from nonsense to newsense and
a new commitment to take authority and responsibility for our own health.
I ended last month’s
article with the statement: Would you want to ride a horse that is not
feeling his best? This month, I ask you, how would you like to be a horse
that had a pilot with a brain that has been affected by chemicals, a body
that is stuffed with junk food and clogged arteries and a compromised immune
system? That poor horse has a pilot that will have a hard time thinking
clearly and making split second decisions. We need to be the best pilot we
can be to ride that horse that we have taken such good care of.