Pesticides are no laughing matter! They are and have been poisoning us and our environment for way too long. We are overdue in putting a stop to using these chemicals to destroy unwanted insects and other organisms.

There are quite a few toxic substances that fall under the category of pesticides. Herbicides are used to kill weeds, insecticides are used to annihilate insects, fungicides are for fighting different fungus, rodenticides are utilized for wiping out rodents, and the list goes on.

Pesticides are taking its toll and it is becoming more and more challenging to correct the consequences that follow. These noxious substances are harmful to our water sources. These chemicals are flowing into our rivers, streams, oceans, and groundwater (think about this the next time you drink a glass of water, shower, or brush your teeth!) and the run-off is destroying whole ecosystems which are affecting the fish, animals, bees, and the human population.

"According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), more than one billion pounds of pesticides are used annually in the U.S., and many grains have been genetically modified to include pesticides within the nucleus of the seed. When livestock are fed these grains, the pesticides build up in their fatty tissues. When we eat the livestock, we inherit the same pesticides. Though humans receive plenty of pesticides in this manner, it is suspected that residue on produce is by far the real culprit when it comes to how much pesticide we ingest on a daily basis" (www.smartlivingnetwork.com).

So, how does this affect our health? The answer is in a plethora of ways. As reported by, www.nature.com, "After countless studies, pesticides have been linked to cancer, Alzheimer's Disease, ADHD, and even birth defects. Pesticides also have the potential to harm the nervous system, the reproductive system, and the endocrine system. Pesticides can even be very harmful to fetuses because the chemicals can pass from the mother during pregnancy or if a woman nurses her child. Although one piece of fruit with pesticides won't kill you, if they build up in your body, they can be potentially detrimental to your health and should be avoided as much as possible."

My advice to you is to start investing in your health and the health of the environment now. A few recommendations for doing this is growing your own food, frequenting your Farmers Market and looking for the organic vendors, shopping organic at your supermarkets, and finding non-toxic chemicals to do your "dirty work." If budget is a concern when it comes to purchasing organics, pick and choose. Check out www.ewg.org for the 'Dirty Dozen List.' It will educate you on the most heavily sprayed crops. In addition, there are all sorts of recipes for household cleaners such as using  white distilled vinegar diluted with water for disinfecting kitchens and bathrooms. Add a few drops of essential oil such as lavender, rose, or cedar for a fresh smelling home. Furthermore, when you get the hankering for combatting those pesky weeds, I beg YOU, please don't buy Round Up or other killers and try this simple, homemade recipe called Weed-Be-Gone: 1 Gallon of Vinegar, 2 cups Epson Salt, & 1/4 cup Dawn Dish Soap (the blue original). Just mix it up and spray it in the morning after the dew has evaporated. Then, you walk away. By dinner time, the weeds have been "burned out" and your work is done!

So, beautiful people, look for these safer alternatives and treat yourselves right.

                                                                                                                             Wishing you all the best of health and happiness,

                                                                                                                                                                     Stacy xoxo     


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