Naturally Rockford: Guest Column: Chemically speaking—brighter days ahead

Ever wonder just how many chemicals we are exposed to every day? Some studies say we are exposed to 200 different chemicals a day. Some studies even suggest that 70,000 chemicals are being used today! Are there really 3,000 chemicals added to our foods and 750 different chemicals in our water? How could this be? I thought we were all on the same page, to help take care of mankind and to protect the environment!

What about when we get ready to start our day? The sun is shining, birds are chirping, and the forecast is looking warmer day to day. So we fire up the coffee pot and reach for the artificial sweetener because we don’t want to consume too many calories in the day. Now, what was in that sweetener anyway? Nevermind, I’m sure it’s just fine. After all, it was approved by some organization, wasn’t it? Breakfast might consist of something fresh, fruit perhaps? Sounds great. Was it organic or sprayed with some well-known insecticide? Nevermind, I’m sure that was approved as well by another well-known organization. We can’t forget to brush our teeth, got to keep those teeth healthy. Thank goodness your toothpaste was approved by another organization to ensure you get the healthiest smile and teeth you possibly can. Make sure you don’t swallow it, though; you’d have to contact Poison Control immediately. Why would that be? If you had enough time to take a shower, I’m sure you were able to wash in some animal tallow, dyes, fragrances and maybe even some engine degreaser. Squeaky-clean!

Anything in moderation, I’m sure is fine for some. How about when you consume a whole bunch of manmade harmful chemicals in one day, throughout your whole lifetime? It could have some effect on you and your family. Then again, each dose was in moderation and approved for consumption or application.

Can our bodies take this kind of abuse day after day, week after week, month after month, and not rebel to some extent? Is it possible to clean up our act little by little?

Next time you go to use something in your house, read the ingredients. Do you see any of the following?


DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (monoethanolamine), and TEA (triehanolamine)

Propylene Glycol (PG) (the No. 1 ingredient in anti-freeze)

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (foaming agent)

BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytolune)

Artificial colors and flavors

Artificial sweeteners


Sodium nitrates

Phosphates, Sulfur Dioxide and Sodium Bisulfite

Many chemicals have been shown to be hormone disrupting, cancer causing, immune suppressing, and provoke premature aging. One thing that many of us might think about is how all of these tie into the environment. Everything you use and eat goes back into the environment. It’s not just about what we eat anymore, but what we use on our bodies and within our homes. Choosing chemical-free products that are organically grown can help your family and the organizations that support their use.

Each of us can make a difference and set an example for generations to come. Organic isn’t just a phase anymore, and neither is “natural.” It’s now a way of life, and we need to wake up and take notice of what is happening to us, our families and our world.

For more information, contact Cindy Shattuck at (815) 621-3385, or e-mail at Cindy has a degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant and continually looks for non-invasive, environmentally safe ways to help others. Her company, Nature’s Grove Aromatherapy, has been handmaking safe, therapeutic-grade bath & body products since 1999. She encourages everyone to do research to have a better understanding for themselves and begin their own personal journey to better their quality of life, one product at a time.

From the June 15-21, 2005, issue

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