Thursday, September 1, 2011

"Cover Me ...

"this is really dangerous
cover me
but worth all the effort
cover me
i'm going to prove the impossible really exists "
~ Bjork ~ Cover Me ~

Most of us are bombarded with information about how it is so important to put the right foods in our bodies.  As you know, I am a huge advocate for the saying "you are what you eat".  Of course on the Gerson Therapy, there are loads of restrictions in terms of foods and for very good reasons (check out past posts for more information).  But there is also an emphasis on removing ALL toxins from our external environment.  You see, with the Gerson therapy, we create an internal environments that is healthy, so our bodies can fight all dis-ease.  And if you combine that with removing all toxins in your external environment, then you are truly living within  a pure, healthy and toxic free lifestyle.  Which leads me to the question "what about the clothes we wear and how does that help or hinder our bodies?".  

Now this may seem like an odd question, but the other day Russell mentioned reading about toxic dyes that are put in some jeans to give them the "look" and help sell the product.  Uh - oh!  I froze thinking about the pair of jeans I so proudly bought in California last year from Target.  I SO loved those jeans because they kinda-sort made my big butt look not so big ... and also after trying on about 50 pairs through the mall, I was ecstatic to find a pair that looked alright and were so cheap.  Hmmmm, now I know why they were sooo affordable.  And I remember reading on the label, dye may run into other clothes, wash separately.  I didn't think much at the time ... and I am sure by now, 10 months later, the dye is well washed out .... or, I absorbed it, ah yep, probably a combination of both.  

Our skin is the largest organ, and so what we lather on, douse or spray as well as WHAT WE WEAR, directly absorbs into our bodies.  So we may be negating all the good with the organic health foods we ingest by wearing toxic clothing.  There are plenty of environmentally friendly fashion outlets and brands out there.  Earlier this week, Greenpeace found highly toxic chemicals in brand clothing.  In their "Dirty Laundry 2" report, traces of toxic chemicals were detected in products made by 14 big brand top clothing manufacturers.  
"Greenpeace said it purchased 78 different branded clothing samples (most of them made in China, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines) from 18 countries around the world and subjected them to careful scientific analysis.  Nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPE)s were detected in two-thirds of the samples the group tested, including popular brands such as Calvin Klein, Adidas, Converse, Ralph Lauren, Abercrombie & Fitch, Bauer Hockey, Cortefiel, Uniqlo, Gap, H&M, Lacoste, Nike, Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation (PVH Corp) and Puma.  This toxin has been proven to mimic female hormones, alter sexual development and affect reproductive systems."

Maybe it is time to take responsibility as to what is in our closets ... throw out the toxic clothing and wear eco and socially conscious brands ~ better for our community, environment and especially our bodies.

"Remember to take care of your body, it's the only place you have to live"

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