Thursday, May 19, 2011

Bigger Picture Moment: Brought to You by Chemically-Infused Grapes and Exploding Watermelon

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He drapes small arms covered in angry red welts heavily over my shoulders as I carry him upstairs.

“But I didn’t think the grapes would make me sick, mom.”

Anger wells in my throat, threatening to escape through hot tears.

I’m almost certain it wasn’t the actual grapes; rather, I’m pretty sure it’s what was sprayed on the grapes that’s causing his little immune system to swell and attack, rendering my normally energetic boy lethargic and wholly uncomfortable.

We wait, watch to see if the swelling spreads to his face, and when it does, we resign to giving him antihistamine as a last resort to curtail any bigger allergic reaction from exploding.

My heart hurts as I watch him fall asleep, finding relaxation from the reaction.

And I think of the mothers who have children with life-threatening allergic reactions or who are really sick.

This isn’t the way our bodies are supposed to react after eating food.

Adding another log onto the fire burning in my mind about why we choose locally grown or organic products, I resign in my head to sell our house, buy a plot of farm land and begin my own organic non-commune commune.

Because what our bodies are really rejecting when they develop diseases like cancer and diseases and in some cases even allergic reactions, are the toxins that are slathered, sprayed and doused across our food, sown into our soil, saturated in our streams.

Maybe I sound a little melodramatic?

Maybe it seems like I’ve jumped off the end of the "sort of crunchy" pier straight into a pit of sustainably grown, organic granola?

I’ve been mulling these thoughts in my mind – whether I’m over reacting.

Are some alergic reactions and cancers and disease actually stemming from what we’re doing to our land with the use of chemicals and growth agents and overuse of antibiotics?

Is it all blown out of proportion?

My gut says to trust these instincts, these thoughts to avoid chemicals and food that’s been altered from its original state – but maybe I don’t have enough organic soil upon which I can build some sort of natural foundation.

I open Twitter and come face to face with a study.

Dr. Greene tweeted about how the President’s Cancer Panel acknowledged that “we face ‘grievous harm’ from chemicals that surround us every day and that we have ‘grossly underestimated’ the amount of illness caused by these exposures – illness ‘that could have been prevented through appropriate national action.’”

Like with cancer, I have to wonder if we’ve also grossly misunderstood the link between chemicals and allergic reactions – since allergies are the immune system’s over-response to things like corn, soy, cow’s milk, peanuts and wheat, all of which are some the most altered and sprayed crops, the likelihood of the immune system wanting to fight when those things are ingested seems highly probable to me.

I mean, think about it. Really, really think about it.

What are we eating?

It’s a lot more than just food.


Watermelons are exploding in China from the over use of growth-inducing chemicals.

They have been deemed unfit for human consumption.

So the exploded melons are being fed to pigs and fish, both of which will be consumed by humans.

Have we forgotten the concept of food chains?

Cows across the vast expanse of our United States are being fed genetically-modified, subsidized corn, which they cannot naturally digest, instead of prairie grass.

Grass neutralizes the acidity in the cow’s gut; corn doesn’t.

So e-coli actually builds up in the cow’s gut, giving way to e-coli outbreaks in our beef.

Our smallest, weakest suffer and fall.

Have we neglected nature in favor of science and production?

Last year, the journal Pediatrics releases a study citing that the U.S. could save $13billion dollars per year if 90 percent of mothers nursed their babies for the first six months instead of feeding them formula.

What does that say about the diseases that can be prevented by feeding babies a milk that’s specifically designed for them AND a milk that kills cancer cells?

Have we allowed Who-Code Violators like Nestle to push an agenda more focused on profit than health?

A young woman is diagnosed in 2003 with a rare, incurable stage four cancer.
She researches chemicals and food and cancer and places herself on a Crazy Sexy Diet.

She survives and is thriving.

Have we lost our allegiance to our bodies and replaced it with feeding our cravings?

And in a small town, in the most northern suburbs of Chicago, a small boy innocently eats grapes from the bottom drawer of his refrigerator after his mother bought them, ignoring her gut instinct regarding the purchase of non-organic, mass produced fruits and vegetables.

And his body rejects them in an angry flare of hives; he recovers.

His mom returns the grapes to the store, only to learn that they are cleaned with a chemical agent while on display.

Have we downplayed our instincts, ignored our gut feelings to the point of detriment?

In a succession of bigger picture moments, her instincts are realized, embraced, no longer to be ignored.

Chemical residue on grapes – a gentle reminder noticed and taken with gratitude that ignorance of instinct {and even nature's way} is only bliss until the body begins to break.

And I've got to learn to listen before the weight of it all, the stress of the overload begins to break the bodies we feed.