April 13, 2010

The Environment – Borrowing it From Our Children


Healthy Soul-utions is all about being healthy in all areas. This month there is a great focus on planet earth with Earth Day in a few weeks.

Everything is interconnected.  So our environment is really an extension of us. What we do the planet, we do to ourselves. We see the environment is in trouble. As the Native Americans say, “We have not inherited the earth from our fathers. We are BORROWING it from our children.”

As a health care professional, I am appalled at the number of children I have seen in my practice over the years. Upon investigation, I realized a major factor for this, is the environment these children have to cope with.

Now environment means both interior and exterior. We are all willing to point the finger and blame our external environment, but how many of us have really cleaned up our interior environments? I believe we need to look at our personal environments first and educate ourselves.

Most of the moms I met did not know that their choices of cleaning agents were harming their childrens’ health. Ammonia, ammonium hydroxide, ethanol, phenol and naphthalene are examples of some the chemicals in laundry detergents. Residues of these chemicals remain in the clothing and bedding and come in direct contact with the skin and respiratory system. By changing the laundry soap to a safe biodegradable one, I have helped many children eliminate asthma and allergic symptoms.

A note here about biodegradable. According to government standards, it means that it breaks down but there are no standards as to whether these chemicals have to be harmless. Also it has to break down within a hundred years. (Not acceptable in my books)

It can be very easy to make a few changes in our own homes and this gives us a sense of control. I know it certainly helps me to know I am not contributing to any further polluting of our planet.  Now we can make a difference to our internal environment and health. If each of us makes a difference, then we will create a hopeful picture for our future generations.

After many years of careful research, I recommend Dr. Shaklee‘s biodegradable products called Get Clean. Dr. Shaklee coined the word “biodegradable” back in the 50s. He saw what we were doing to our planet back then. NASA, the Biosphere 2 (World Renowned Environmental Project) in Arizona and the Cousteau Society use only the Get Clean products because they break down into harmless chemicals in a very short period of time.

Get Clean has something for every cleaning need. A good place to start is with the general cleaner. The Basic H2 concentrate has over 1,000 different cleaning uses. I used to bathe my grandchildren in it because it is pH balanced. I also use it for my entire general cleaning, windows to floors and everything in between.

Get Clean outperformed 11 National Brands in Independent Laboratory Testing. It also offsets its carbon footprint and was the first climate neutral company. Since 2007 through sales of one product alone (Basic H2), Shaklee Corporation eliminated 4.1 billion bottles of conventional 26-oz window cleaner from landfill sites. If placed end-to-end, these bottles would wrap around the earth more than 28 times! The neat thing is that is less expensive than all the other cleaners on the market. So not only do you save the planet, you also save money.

For more information on healthy safe products, check out the healthy home section at www.naturesvitalforce.com. In honour of Earth Day, I will give out free samples to anyone who contacts me this month.

Together we can choose to become conscious stewards of our planet earth.

Do you have a story to share? I’d love to get your feedback.

Next week I will cover the project I have started to clean up the lakes.

Stay tuned.

Charlene Day

About the author 


I’m a Canadian, gluten-free, tai chi loving, great-grandmother. I live in Ontario and love helping people get healthy again.   I use all the experience I have gained in the almost 5 decades to help you live a life full of vitality with great clarity and focus.

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