Are You Unknowingly Poisoning Your Sons (Like I Was?)

Are You Unknowingly Poisoning Your Sons (Like I Was?)

Many of you probably know from my prior blog posts that my stepmom passed away with uterine cancer this past spring.  What I haven’t written about previously is that I also had a grandpa and a cousin who died with brain tumors, another cousin who fought colon cancer last year, many friends who have been fighting various cancers… and my husband even had cancer the year before we met.

Are You Unknowingly Poisoning Your Sons (Like I Was?)

I’ve wondered time and again why it seems like so many people are getting cancer these days… when cancer isn’t anything that we used to ever hear about.  I’ve done lots of genealogy research for my family and none of my ancestors died from cancer.

What’s going on?

A few weeks ago, Jacqueline from Deep Roots at Home recommended a video series called The Truth About Cancer which was completely free at the time.  I decided to watch the series from beginning to end and was amazed at everything I learned about cancer causes and prevention.  And I also learned a very disturbing truth:  I was unknowingly poisoning my sons!

I want to share with you some of what I learned so that if you are making any of these same mistakes, you can also take steps to eliminate these poisons from your home.  I’m not trying to say that if you or a loved one have cancer that it is your fault.  But if there are ways that we can improve our health and reduce our risk, shouldn’t we try to implement them?  Our family is on a quest for better health!  Won’t you join us?

6 Ways to Stop Poisoning Your Sons:

  1. Eat Real Food – Let’s face it.  Kids love processed foods.  Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of nutritional value in many of these foods.  Not only that, many of them are FILLED with GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms.)  Some GMOs have been made Round-up Ready so that when sprayed with Round-Up, they won’t die.  The weeds are killed, however, making weeding much easier for farmers.  Others have been injected with a foreign substance which will cause insects to die if they try to eat them.  Humans then eat these foods and they are not good for our health.   The best ways to avoid GMOS are to eliminate processed foods from our diet as much as possible, to buy organic foods, and to grow our own gardens.

Sometimes people balk at paying more money for organic foods because they think they can’t afford it.  I know that’s what I used to think!  I’ve found that organic fruits and vegetables, however, are cheaper than processed foods.  For instance, organic potatoes might cost $1.99 a pound.  Buying a bag of french fries in the frozen section, however, would be more like $3-5 a pound.  As you can see, the real downside to buying real food isn’t the cost – it’s losing the convenience.  It takes longer to prepare french fries from a bag of real potatoes than it does from a bag of prepared ones.  Just do the best you can.  Consider replacing one meal at a time with real food until you’re eventually able to do them all.

If you’re unable to afford organic fruits and vegetables, familiarize yourself with options which aren’t on the Dirty Dozen List, meaning they contain less pesticides.  Try to fill up your shopping cart with as many items which as you can which are on the The Clean 15 list.

  1. Eliminate Plastics – Plastic bottles and containers are convenient because they don’t break as easily as glass.  Unfortunately, many plastics can leach chemicals into whatever they contain causing health risks.  Begin replacing your plastic storage containers with glass.  Consider replacing plastic water bottles with glass or stainless steel.
  2. Avoid Sugar – Sugar is SO tasty!  Many of us have a sweet tooth.  But sugar is not our friend.  And we have a sugar epidemic in our country.  Did you know that cancer LOVES sugar?  And there are many other health risks associated with sugar intake as well.  But as bad as sugar is for us, artificial sweeteners are even worse.  Try to minimize your sugar intake.  When you do want something sweet, try to use healthier options such as 100% pure stevia, xylitol, raw honey, pure maple syrup, molasses, or coconut sugar.

    Are You Unknowingly Poisoning Your Sons (Like I Was?)
  1. Get Them Moving – Sitting for long periods of time is not healthy for any of us.  Our kids need to be moving!  Our lymph system is responsible for helping to clean toxins out of our bodies.  And this system doesn’t have any pumps of its own.  It requires movement and contraction of our muscles for the lymph to move.  Try to have your kids move around throughout the day.  Let them jump around during their lessons.  Have them run laps between lessons.  Fit movement in wherever you can.  Make it fun!
  2. Drink Plenty of Water – We all need plenty of water!  It helps to flush toxins out of our bodies.  It helps to keep our gut lubricated and flexible.  It is the primary component of our cells!  Drinking water is an important and easy method of cancer prevention.  Begin trying to have everyone drink an extra glass or two of water each day.  Boys love a challenge so consider making it a contest to see who can drink their glass the fastest.
  3. Remove Poisons from Your Home – You’ve probably unknowingly brought lots of toxic chemicals into your home.  I know that every time I try to clean my shower with strong chemicals that will eat through the rust and lime that we have in our water, I feel like I’m in a gas chamber!  I never feel safe breathing in those fumes.  You probably know that toilet cleaners and various other cleaners aren’t very safe… but did you know that even your candles, air fresheners, and toothpaste can be loaded with chemicals?  Consider switching over to more natural options.  Use essential oils instead of air fresheners.  Make some of your own cleansers using things such as tea tree oil, lemon oil, vinegar, baking soda, and water.

As you can see, there are lots of ways that most of us can improve the fuel and reduce the toxins that we’re feeding to our bodies. Don’t try to implement all 6 of these suggestions at once.  Take them one at a time.  Once you have one step down, then attempt the next step.

Involve your kiddos in these decisions.  Let them help come up with a meal plan.  Take them to the grocery store to pick out some new, healthy food options.  The more you’re able to include them in the process, the more willing they will be to make these healthy changes.

And remember to take care of yourself as well.  You can’t help your family to become healthier if you aren’t taking care of yourself!

Question:  How well is your family doing at eating real food and avoiding toxins.  Have you already undergone some of these steps in your family?  Which step will you choose to attempt in the coming week?  Please leave a comment below.

30 thoughts on “Are You Unknowingly Poisoning Your Sons (Like I Was?)”

  1. Thank you for posting this valuable information. I have known this for years but it still is good to be reminded and apply these changes for our health and well-being.

    1. You’re welcome. I’ve known some of this stuff for awhile… but didn’t realize how important some of it actually was to our health and well being. Once I found it out, I wanted to share it just to be sure others are aware of it as well. My goal is not to make people feel guilty – but to be sure they are able to make informed decisions. 🙂

  2. We do all of the above, but the organic food is not an option for us. It is too expensive. It has nothing to do with “convenience” because I do make all our meals myself. A 1 lb bag of organic potatoes cost 1.99. I have never bought a 1 lb bag. It’s always 5 or more. That’s $10 for a 5 lb bag of potatoes. I have 5 kids, we can go through a 5 lb bag in one meal of mashed potatoes. Here, organic chicken breast is $9 a pound. Regular is 1.99/lb. So for one meal we are looking at $37 for one meal of chicken and potatoes before the organic veggies (our garden didn’t do well this year). My thoughts are do your best and let God take care of you. Some people simply cannot afford to pay for organic food.

    1. Organic fruits and veggies are definitely pricier than regular ones. I resisted them for a long time as well, for that very reason. I had fallen into the trap of purchasing plenty of processed foods as well – so as I’m eliminating some of those foods, I’m able to take those dollars and move them over to purchasing organic vegetables instead.

      And I agree that we need to just do our best. No one is going to be perfect, that’s for sure. I wish we could get the chemicals and GMOs removed from all of our fruits and vegetables so that none of us had to worry about that anymore…

      Again, my goal is not to make anyone feel bad… but to make sure people are educated about what they are putting into their bodies so that they can make the best decisions possible for their families. I hope that comes across… If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, I hope my readers will know that my heart is in the right place and that I care. <3

  3. This really is soooooo important, Michelle! Thank you for bringing it up! I thought most of it was just jumping on the band wagon, and I didn’t want to change the way we did things. It wasn’t until I lost 30 pounds on a 40 day fresh juice fast, that I decided this “fresh food fad” is for real. I have more energy than I’ve ever had, my migraine headaches have almost completely disappeared, my skin is nicer, and I just feel better in general. My husband saw the changes in me and has now taken the lead in making healthier choices for our whole family. If we can’t in good conscience ask the Lord to bless our food to our body, then we shouldn’t be eating it
    Thanks again for all you do, Michelle!

    1. You’re welcome, Dana. I know that I’ve personally suffered from some poor food choices as well… and I’m trying very hard to make healthy changes for myself and my family. It isn’t easy because I’m addicted to some of those unhealthy foods. Ugh! Thank-you SO MUCH for sharing your story. It’s VERY inspirational to me and I know that it will be for others as well. 🙂

  4. I agree with most things said, but are you saying organic fruits and vegetables don’t have pesticides on them? From someone that works in the agriculture field and worked in product development for a company that makes OMRI listed pesticides I can assure you that organic crops are sprayed 10 times more than conventional products. Also, a lb of organic potatoes may cost $1.99 lb, but 1 lb of conventional potatoes will cost $1 lb. Hiw much would a bag of organic French fries cost compared to those organic potatoes, $6-8 a bag?

    1. You know what, Guy, I was saying that organic fruits and vegetables didn’t have pesticides on them. This is information from the Whole Foods website: “Organic farmers’ primary strategy is “prevention.” By building healthy soils, healthy plants are better able to resist disease and insects. When pest populations get out of balance, growers will try various options like insect predators, mating disruption, traps and barriers. If these fail, the certifier may grant permission to apply botanical or other non-persistent pesticides from the USDA National List of Approved Substances under restricted conditions. Botanicals are derived from plants and are broken down quickly by oxygen and sunlight.”

      After reading your comment, however, I did a bit more research and found that some places are saying that natural pesticides ARE used on organic fruits and vegetables. I wasn’t aware of that. So, as someone with your experience, what types of fruits and vegetables would you recommend people buy?

  5. Excellent article! I wish I had known more about healthy eating when my sons were little. About 7 years ago I discovered the Weston Price Foundation online and by following even some of their suggestions we have been able to improve our over all health. Weston Price was a dentist who was appalled at the number of cavities he saw in children and eventually left his practice to travel the world and document how other cultures – that didn’t have cavities – were eating. A real eye-opener! I especially like their cookbook by Sally Fallon: “Nourishing Traditions”. It is a cookbook, but full of interesting stories about research done on food.

    1. Jean, I would be VERY interested in the results that Weston Price found. Were there specific foods/chemicals that were causing the cavities? I’ll have to do some more research on that one. And thanks for mentioning “Nourishing Traditions.” I think I have that book from way back. I’ll have to look through it again. Thanks for the comment!

      1. Weston Price wrote a very detailed book explaining all his findings. He includes lots of pictures, scientific data, graphs and things like that. The book is called “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration”. It is over 500 pages long and quite an intense read. Another book called “Cure Tooth Decay” by Ramiel Nagel is easier to read but also based on the work of Dr. Price. One of the recommended products is fermented cod liver oil. I often buy mine from “Radiant Life” The product is made by Green Pastures.

        1. Thanks, Jean, I will have to look into those books. My nieces have struggled with lots of tooth decay, at young ages, and it would be great to be able to help them!

  6. Thanks for sharing this! I also watched some of the TTAC videos. It blew my mind to learn that the people who handle & make cancer treatments wear hazmat suits for their own safety! I see no reason not to try and prevent unnecessary exposure. We started with getting away from teflon & our kids were part of the BPA is bad era, so we already avoided soft plastics with food or drink for them. Our bodies are pretty amazing if we treat them well and give them what they need! It’s been about a 3 year learning curve for our family, and eating healthy foods was/is the biggest challenge. This time of year is especially challenging with All Saint’s Eve candyville, Thanksgiving excess & pies, two winter birthdays & Christmas! We started with trying to give up soda. Making tiny changes over time worked best. Ex: first cut down on sweets, then cut soda M-F, then start a garden (and learn how to cook what grows). Our newest challenge is We stopped buying anything we could make at home from the store, like cookies & bread & crackers. I like cookies, but it’s a lot easier to eat 5 Oreo’s than to make a whole batch of cookies… We also elbow deep in learning to love cleaning with vinegar, rubbing alcohol, dishsoap, babywipes & essential oils, Like you I find savings in diy cleaning mixes, feeling satisfied from a healthy meal & not craving desert/sweets constantly, and so equally less buying/craving of processed foods . This has more than made up for the slightly higher cost of organic foods, copays & happier kiddos! A word on organic pesticides: I make a soap spray for bad bugs in my garden, it’s a “pesticide”,
    Ingredients: 1 gal water, 2Tbls dishsoap, 1cup rubbing alcohol & sometimes essential oils. I’ll take my chances with the 40 OMRI approved organic pesticides which include soap, mulch & alcohol over the Hundreds of conventional pesticides that have acceptable ‘safe exposure levels’ like DDT & Glyphosate/RoundUp anyday.

    1. Thanks so much for that comment, Danielle. I think you’re so right! And I agree completely about making tiny changes over time. I used to be COMPLETELY ADDICTED to Cherry Coke. I decided to give up pop several years back and I can’t tell you all of the amazing health benefits I received from that one decision alone.

      If anyone is interested, a book that has helped me to grow things organically in my garden is called “Terrific Tomatoes, Sensational Spuds, and Mouth-Watering Melons” by Jerry Baker. He has all sorts of recipes for herbicides and pesticides which are natural and harmless. Such as his Fungus Fighter Tonic which is made from molasses, powdered milk, baking soda, and warm water.

  7. Darlene Oliveira

    Thanks for the reminder. If organics aren’t an option, one of the cheapest ways to improve fruits and veggies is to wash them thoroughly with soap and running water.

  8. This is such an important list. I pinned it so I can work through them one by one. I think that’s a great tip you shared. Honestly, my family needs help in each of these areas. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Hi Michelle,
    Love your articles! I am a mother of 5. Had 4 kids in the 80″s….had the 5th in 2006 when I was two weeks from being 47. I stayed at home with them so we were pretty much low income. Grocery buying was tough….and I fed my family a lot of junk. High carb meals (potatoes, white rice, a lot of pasta, white bread) ( those were the days that fat was demonized and carbs were in), processed foods, junky cereals…because it seemed cheaper….and I see the effects now on my adult children that my food choices have made. Obesity, kidney stones, digestive problems, bad teeth….I could go on. So now I have only the eight yr. old at home with my husband and I, and we have made a lot of changes. Limited sugar…maybe a dessert on the weekends and sugar is replaced with honey, molasses or usually stevia. No white flour…I grind oatmeal to replace most flour in my baking. Soft drinks, rarely, maybe when we go to an occasional movie. We grow a organic garden and although our budget won’t allow going all organic when buying at the store…we try when we can. But mostly…we eat real food. We started raising honeybees….so not only do we have access to honey…but also the beeswax which I use to make and replace a lot of beauty and health care items in addition to using essential oils. I just continue to read and research and study and continue to change what I can little by little.

    1. Oh, Colleen, thank-you for sharing your story! Try not to beat yourself up about the past. You did what you could. And now that you know better, you’re doing better. We are trying to be the same way. It is BUSY trying to homeschool, volunteer at church, blog, etc etc and my boys didn’t complain as much when I was feeding them processed foods. AND BOY WAS IT EASIER FOR ME! So I fell into that trap for sure. Now, I’m making some changes and talking to my boys about WHY – and I’m hopeful that these changes will help us all to have better health and more energy. I can already see a difference for sure!

      I’ve always thought it would be really neat to raise honeybees. Is it hard to start doing that?

  10. Good suggestions. I have eliminated most processed foods, but still cannot afford to purchase all organic fruits and veggies. Maybe someday. I also mostly use natural cleaners, and no longer buy plastic wrap.

    1. Hey, you know what, we need to just do the best we can. I wanted to be sure everyone had the information so that they could make good, informed decisions. When we are unaware of all of the chemicals surrounding us, it’s impossible for us to make good decisions. If you’ve eliminated most processed foods then you’re doing better than the majority of Americans! Keep up the good work. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Jacqueline. I agree that all doctors (old and new) as well as anyone who would like more vitality should watch TTAC. My boys and I are watching it together right now for Health Class. It is helping them to see the benefits of a healthy diet more than anything else I’ve ever said to them!

  11. That is such an amazing series with lots of great information! Fed Up is another interesting documentary about the food industry and what they have done to food.

    1. I’ll have to check that one out as well. It’s important to know what we’re putting in our bodies… through food, cleaning products, etc. Thanks for stopping by, Lori!

  12. Thank you for sharing this! These are all the reasons we are now living about an 80% “natural” life style, with goals in the very near future to be 99% all natural. =)

    1. That’s wonderful, Elizabeth. My family is trying to move to a “natural” lifestyle as well. It isn’t easy! And it isn’t cheap. But I do feel good about some of the new choices we’re making. Sounds like you’re even farther along the path than we are. Great job!!!

  13. THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS!
    I had chills go down my spine! For about four years already, we’ve gone a healthier route when it comes to food; we stopped all processed foods, we buy organic most of the time, grass fed and range free meat and poultry, we exercise during the week, sugar is still our challenge because we do consume lots of baked goods, so pure cane sugar is our enemy when it comes to unhealthy eating; however, the cleaning stuff that you mentioned I need to change. I use Clorox for EVERYTHING, especially after my son and I got infected with MRSA this year, everything freaks me out so much now! I will definitely change my cleaning stuff and get rid of my scented candles! If you have any alternatives to cleaning products, please share with us! Thank you again! God bless you! Thanks

    1. You’re so welcome, Nidy. It’s definitely a process. It sounds like you’ve made lots of healthy changes and you are on the right path.

      For safe cleaning products, I’ve found that it’s much cheaper to make your own than it is to buy them. I use essential oils I buy from Vitacost.com and mix them with water, vinegar, baking soda, etc in order to make whatever I need. If you Google “homemade toilet cleaner” or “homemade dusting spray” or “homemade all purpose cleaner” all sorts of recipes show up. Try a few and see which ones you like the most. I especially like using lemon and orange essential oils because the side benefit is that the smell makes you happy… which is something I need while cleaning. I’m not fond of cleaning my house! LOL

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