I generally didn’t see myself using my blog as a place of news and media- however this is something I really felt the need to share. This week, in class our wonderful professor Dr. Angele Besner, a Naturopathic Doctor, decided to rain on our parade by sharing some relevant and current research done on shellfish from BC’s coast, most specifically, oysters! Apparently, for several reasons- the toxic heavy metal levels that are showing up in the oysters from BC are showing overwhelming levels of cadmium.
What is cadmium?
Similar to all the elements in our world, they are naturally occurring and can be toxic in concentrated, high doses. As with many things in our world- they are here for a reason. However, once again- the issue is that we, as humans, have meddled too much with plant earth’s resources and interfered with mother nature’s balance and harmony. Cadmium can be found in a variety of products including batteries and fungicides- and where do all these products go when we are done with them? They are emitted into the atmosphere. They don’t just disappear, they just disappear from our selective sight. A lot of these metals find themselves in the ocean- creating a toxic home to all of our world’s beautiful, diverse creatures.
Enter oysters! Similar to many toxic metals, they build up in our bodies’ tissues over time, as opposed to just being flushed out of our system (which would be the ideal situation). So how many oysters do you need to eat to be considered ‘toxic’? Prior to this new research and findings, “In 2002, the ministry introduced a monthly recommended limit of 12 oysters per month for healthy adults”. You can guarantee that this recommended allowance will change, but it’s always difficult to trust that the government and corporations will be completely honest with the public about things that may affect the economy and its potential to bring in money.
The alarming fact that jumps out of the article is the statistic that eating a single B.C. farmed oyster is equivalent to smoking two packs of cigarettes. Imagine if you’re a smoker who eats oysters- bad news! Apparently this is something that is only showing up in the West Coast, so to all you East Coasters- sit tight, for now!
So, earth can be thought of in the same way, and in some ways it is even more resilient (a much larger bucket). However, this bucket too can fill up and start spilling over. Pollution, land degradation, pesticides, drilling, food waste, human waste- these are all things that go in the earth’s toxic bucket. Instead of getting acne or cancer, things like earthquakes, tsunamis, droughts, epidemics. Another way that toxicity manifests is in the ecosystem. When we pour waste, chemicals and garbage into the ocean- it doesn’t just get recycled by the water. It is ingested by the marine life. This may all seem simple and rhetorical, however, if it really was, then why are we still doing it, so ignorantly!?
Be the change that you wish to see in the world
- Be more mindful and conscious of the products you use and food you consume
- “detoxify” your home: replace your old household products with greener ones that do not contain harmful chemicals
- Visit Dedicated to Health’s Site for more tips on things you can do in your home
- Start small, baby steps. Don’t overwhelm yourself & you don’t need to send yourself into debt.
- Some tips for where to start: Toothpaste, hand soap, dish detergent, laundry detergent, cleaning products, shampoo & conditioner, face wash
- Minimize your consumption of animal products
- Try to be as organic and sustainable as possible (food choices)
- A great resource that will help making decisions easier on what foods should be bought organic and what foods can be non-organic (because it is a change and can prove to be slightly more expensive) is EWG’s 2012 Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce which outlines what is referred to as the “Clean 15” and the “Dirty Dozen”. In short terms, the clean 15 are foods that generally are sprayed less, have less pesticide exposure OR have skins that can be removed. The dirty dozen are foods which are highlighted as having high levels of pesticide exposure.
- Live through love (expression)
- this applies to the relationship you have with yourself, earth everyone around you
- Once you start living and breathing through love, things will become more clear and simple. A sense of freedom will accompany you wherever you go
- Be pro-active. Do your own research. Be a world citizen! If you don’t know the answer, ask! “Ask and you shall receive”
- & where are you supposed to get your aphrodisiac from?