Last week, my Facebook and Twitter feeds were full of admonishments about the Bumbo chair and its vicious, evil, and life-threatening properties. “Bumbos were recalled!” I was not the only parent/blogger who thought this reaction was a completely ridiculous worry, and I tweeted this in reply to the hub-bub:
— Gretchen (@HealthfulMama) August 15, 2012
Which brings me to the heart of the matter: why THE HELL does a plastic chair (or, in previous years, drop-side cribs, among other innocuous items) warrant the type of attention that has parents leaping to warn each other of this potential ****DANGER DANGER DANGER**** while, every second of every day, children are subjected to the mess that is that has become the American way of life: processed foods, genetically-modified and pesticide-laden produce, vaccines full of aluminum, toxins in every product, chemical-leaching plastics, environmental hazards, and healthcare ruled by prescription drugs meant to “fix” the body’s reactions to these invaders.
Okay, clearly I’m generalizing. But the fact that parents focused on “alternative” health, green living, clean eating, natural birth, environmentalism and the mind-body-spirit connection remains a small portion of society points to the fact that, somewhere along the line, we (the collective “we”) lost touch. We allowed those with financial and political power to make decisions for us. We allowed corporations to control our food, to dictate our health, to decide who controls a woman’s uterus. We allowed ourselves to be convinced that we’re dirty, pestilent individuals that need constant chemical cleansing. We said, “Okay!” to vaccines that have undergone limited research and contain questionable ingredients. We didn’t put up a fight when factories polluted our air, our water, our lungs…
THIS MUST END NOW.
Just Label It
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