They’re the World’s Worst Polluter – Do You Encourage Them?

“Story at-a-glance

  • A number of chemicals found in plastic products are known to act as endocrine disruptors. Some of the most pervasive and well-known include phthalates and bisphenol A (BPA)
  • As the harms of BPA have become more widely known, many companies have started replacing it with other chemicals. However, these replacement chemicals also have no safety record, and as time goes on, we’re finding they’re just as hazardous as BPA
  • A recent study showed that 97.5% of children and adolescents had detectable levels of BPA in their urine; 87.8% had BPS; and 55.2% had BPF. All three chemicals correlated with an increased risk for obesity, even after the researchers controlled for caloric intake
  • A scientific review found BPB has endocrine disruptive effects; it affected reproductive function, damaging sperm and lowering egg production, lowered testosterone production and had estrogenic activity, “similar to or greater than BPA”
  • For the second year in a row, The Coca-Cola Co. was found to be the most polluting brand in a global audit of plastic trash. Coca-Cola is responsible for more plastic litter than the next top three polluters combined”Read More >>

I will write more about changes I have made and changes I have started…

Yikes! Happy Belated Year of the Earth Pig- Earth being focus

It is already April 2019! In Chinese astrology it is another year of Earth element.

For now, just a reminder of the macrocosm – microcosm: how we treat the earth effects us, how we treat ourselves effects the earth. Healthy means good for you- good for the planet, air, water, animals, 2,4 5 & 8 legged, winged, scaled, etc. It is important not only to eat clean healthy foods, but to also use ‘clean healthy’ products. For example, from NRDC

From, time to pay more attention to what you put on your body- and the packaging of it.  ‘If You Won’t Eat It, Don’t Use It‘ Be aware Mineral Oil is Petroleum- not good for you to put on or ingest:

Massage is one of the best ways to pamper yourself, but did you know that a massage can be extremely toxic? Unless you know what questions to ask, your massage could include a significant dose of crude oil distillates and hormone-mimicking chemicals that are on the world watch-list of carcinogens, but are somehow still allowed into your personal care products. Read More

2018 Year of the Earth Dog

Happy Chinese New Year! Happy Year of the Earth Dog!

Some random ideas/info:

Energy of the year supports positive Dog attributes including loyalty, friendship, and service. The energy also supports caring for the earth and our internal earth energy.

After a fiery 2017 Chicken year, nice to get grounded in 2018 Earth energy. Mercola’s website has great information on ways to get grounded- besides the best= getting your feet directly on dirt, sand, soil as temperature allows.

In Chinese Medicine, Earth represents Home, nourishment, digestion (Stomach and Spleen), center, grounding, wholeness. Time to tend to what we eat and our digestion. Choosing clean, organic, locally grown foods (when possible) is a great start. Check local farmers markets and COOP’s for healing & delicious whole foods. has great information pesticides in produce. Look for their ‘Dirty Dozen’ lists.

The 2017 Dirty Dozen: Strawberries, Spinach Top EWG’s List of …

Also remembering to choose animal products consciously. Love choosing eggs from Cornucopia’s scorecard,

How we move forward is important. How we treat ourselves, each other, the earth, all beings, all creation matters!

Perfect year to remember Chief Seattle’s wisdom:

Man does not weave this web of life. He is merely a strand of it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.

All things share the same breath – the beast, the tree, the man… the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.”

Internet searches will give you tons of information and perspective on this year’s, Earth Dog. I hope to add info thru the year!

For now, Happy New Year!

Above picture of ‘Year of the Earth Dog’ from Google images!


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