How To Kick Your Thyroid’s Ass: Is Good Health Free? And, The Chemical-Free-Life Challenge!
For me, an important part of gaining more wellness has been examining my health and medicine paradigm and dissecting it for what it is. I have come face to face with the reality that many of the things I accept(ed) as truth and many of the things I never before consciously recognized were actually contributing to my illness. And this is a given, taken the fact that those in power above us (those who dictate what is safe for our bodies, and what is best for our health) are often at the mercy of the financial interests of huge corporations. Sometimes the bottom line is not about our health; sometimes the bottom line is about other people making money. Only since I have realized the financial incentives linking “safe” foods, “safe” chemicals, and “safe” pharmaceuticals, have I been able to reject the idea that the big men in charge are looking out for the best interests of the public health and safety; indeed, they are out to make money.
To elaborate: it is not in the financial interest of a doctor to cure a disease. A chronically-ill patient will make a physician and a drug company considerably more money over a lifetime of treatment, scripts, and appointments. I do not think your doctor is purposefully keeping you sick. However, it is clear (via our own firsthand experiences) that many mainstream physicians would never be interested in thinking “outside the box” and coming up with non-traditional therapies — even those that have been PROVEN to be effective (hello gluten intolerance! Hello food allergies! Hello vitamin and mineral therapy! Hello probiotics!). This is why so many chronically-ill people seek alternative care, and indeed, find relief.
The United States is the only country (along with New Zealand) that allows direct-to-consumer drug advertising. By the time we get to the doctor’s office, we’re begging the doctor for the drugs ourselves because the people on TV seem so happy and carefree now that they’re on medication. Where is the open dialogue about simple and FREE lifestyle changes?
In the United States, the government does not do independent testing of pharmaceuticals. Instead, it relies on internal studies from drug manufacturers. The same is true for food companies. Is for-profit self-regulation safe for public welfare? Or, better yet, is for-profit self-regulation safe for public welfare when the product in question is being ingested?
If a doctor in the U.S. cures an individual of a disease using non-pharmaceutical methods (an indeed goes public with this information), he will be sued by the FDA (or FTC) because, in this country, only drugs are allowed to prevent, treat, or cure an illness. Just how many diseases have a non-pharmaceutical cure that is deemed illegal due to FDA protocol?
The Environmental Protection Agency has set safe limits for known carcinogens and known endocrine disruptors. Safe limits for cancer-causing, people-killing, obesity-producing, infertility-creating chemicals. Safe limits.
These statements are not about specific politics or choosing party lines. This is about the idea that the people in charge are not looking out for our safety. This is about the idea that we need to be very specific and choosy about whom we allow to influence and control our health. YOU are the BEST person to be in control of it because you will always have your own best interests in mind (and don’t let people scare you of yourself; don’t let someone create a fear of your own health decisions in yourself. Just why is you being in charge of your body so damn dangerous? Stop letting people instill fear of your own choices. Why can’t you have sovereignty over your body?). Notice whom and what influences your health choices. Notice who says something is safe, normal, or routine, and WHY — is it because a company told them so? More over, this is about the basic human right to good health. Good health isn’t something we should have to buy or something that is advertised on television.
It’s taken a while but I’ve rejected synthetic cleaners, hygiene products, and over-the-counter medications. I do not consume chemicals (processed/industrial food), I do not store my food in contact with chemicals (plastics), I do not cook on chemicals (Teflon), I do not bathe in or slather on chemicals. Of course, this is all to the best of my knowledge — even as much as we try, it would be impossible to avoid everything because we simply never know, and in addition, many environmental factors are too transient to eliminate.
So for the next two weeks, I’m challenging you to a chemical-free life — an attempt at doing something “dangerous” and taking control away from companies and corporations and into your own hands. Can you reject synthetics and chemicals in shampoo, toothpaste, food, cleaning products, laundry detergent, plastics, pots and pans, and unfiltered water? If those with endocrine disease or cancer did, what sort of health gains would we incur? What would the result be? At this point, if we have a disease, what harm could a chemical-free life do? It won’t be easy, but what harm could returning to the way people have always lived really do us? HTKYTA and I will be on hiatus this upcoming Sunday, but will return the following week to hear how you all fared. Just know that I’m in this with you.
Some chemical/synthetic-free suggestions:
- store food and drinks in glass
- drink truly filtered water (chlorine- and fluoride-free)
- use natural hygiene and beauty products that are free of chemicals and heavy metals (deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo, dental floss)
- go without make-up if yours is synthetic
- baking soda can clean anything — from your teeth to your kitchen sink, no joke (make sure to buy the aluminum-free variety)
- coconut oil is a natural moisturizer and conditioner (though, any light-scented oils work here)
- chemical-free bars of soap at the health food store cost under $2.00
- re-heat foods on the stove top, not in the microwave
Let me leave you today with a thought from a book I’m reading, the quote reminding me of what disease steals from us: “Consequently, what was once man’s confident expectation of suitable treatment and surroundings is now so frustrated that a person often thinks himself lucky if he is not actually homeless or in pain. But even as he is saying, ‘I’m all right,’ there is in him a sense of loss, a longing for something he cannot name, a feeling of being off-center, of something missing. Asked point blank, he will seldom deny it.”
See you in two weeks,
Question or comment? Email me at Liz@DearThyroid.ORG; I’d love to chat. And if you’ve emailed me within the last few weeks and I haven’t responded, please re-send; I’ve been having some email problems. Thanks!
Tags: chemical synthetic free suggestions, chronic conditions, chronic illnesss, direct to consumer advertising, health and medicine, How To Kick Your Thyroid's Ass, hyperthyroid eating, hypothyroid eating, Liz Schau nutrition writer, only drugs are allowed to prevent treat or cure illness, safe limits for known carcinogens and known endocrine disruptors, science based nutrition, studies from drug manufacturers, thyroid disorders, wellness