Toxins – Do we really need to worry?

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by Tom and Julie Meekins

This week something happened in our world that gave us pause. After living in single family dwellings for the better part of the last 35 years, we are currently making our home in an apartment complex.

This week our apartment received regularly scheduled pest control spraying under the sinks in our kitchen and in our bathrooms.

What would be your reaction to that? Would you just chalk it up to "it is what it is"? Would you contact management and ask that your particular apartment not be sprayed? Would you seek to know what exactly was in the substance being sprayed?

What about neighborhood spraying of toxins on fields and lawns? Does that make you stop to think at all?

Before we had children, we just went along with whatever came our way. To be honest, we didn't think about toxins all that much.

Now, however, having raised four children whose sensitive systems reacted to their environment in a way that made us take action -- we are always thinking about such things.

We are not alarmists by nature and we don't want to cause anyone undue concern, but we have seen enough of the effects of the toxic overload in our way of life and environment to stand up and take notice. And we feel we would be remiss if we didn't encourage you to ask questions as well. We often say to our friends, clients, and each other that we don’t know what we don’t know. So, we hope that we will encourage some to consider something new.

Many of the children of the parents with whom we work have weakened immune systems because of their individual body's reaction to toxins in our society. Many of their ailments and learning struggles and quirks and special needs are either caused by or exacerbated by those reactions.

Just doing a search on google of "toxic overload" brings up some interesting things. Here are a few:

1) A book:

2) An article:

And there are countless other articles and books on the topic.

So if all these people are raising awareness about toxins, shouldn't we at least educate ourselves?

And if our children are struggling in their development or in their learning (which is often caused by child development hiccups), is it worth looking into the cause?

We know that you already have a lot on your plate as parents or folks who work with kids in some way. There are some simple solutions we would like to share with you with regard to toxins in your situation.

Here are a few tips and ideas:

1. Become a label reader and know the ingredients in your food, shampoo, lotions, make-up, etc.

2. Choose the better options -- the cleaner options of those types of products (without adverse dyes and chemicals, etc.)

3. Learn about and diffuse therapeutic grade essential oils. We like: Check out their website -- lots of amazing information there!

4. Think about the environments in which you take your child. Do they have good air quality? Is there an overload of harmful chemicals?

Research how you can boost your child's immune system with nutrition and exercise and possibly even supplements.

And just in case you are curious about what we did with regard to the chemical spraying in our apartment, this was our mode of operation: open windows, wipe out under the sinks, keep the bathroom fans running all day, and we diffused Plague Defense essential oil (from Heritage Essential Oils) in the kitchen all day.

If you are looking for support in your parenting with nutrition and child development, we invite you to a Get Acquainted Call.

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Tom and Julie Meekins

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