We are constantly being bombarded with information, and it’s hard to know who is telling the truth and what is worthy of your time and attention. When it comes to issues that affect my health and our environment, I prefer to hear news from sources that rarely make mainstream media. Money and power are often synonymous these days, and there appears to be no limit to how skewed stories can become. It’s critical that we are aware of the issues that affect our health so that we can do our best to protect ourselves, and provide ourselves with the best self-care. In order to do so, we need accurate information without political ties and corporate agendas.

There are some brave souls leading the way in delivering such information. I can’t even imagine what they have to muddle through to uncover the truth and get their stories published. But I’m incredibly grateful that they persist. White Wash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science, by Carey Gillam, is a must read. Glyphosate, the main ingredient in Round Up, is the central focus of this book, but other pesticides are also addressed.

Pesticides, and particularly Round Up, are everywhere. It is likely to come as an unpleasant surprise to discover that Round Up is in your food. Yes you read that right – unless you are aware of and actively working to avoid Round Up, you are likely consuming it at every meal you eat! And even those of us who are aware of it and choose otherwise, are still getting it, albeit in smaller quantities. It’s everywhere!!

And why does this matter? The health consequences of pesticides and Round Up have been suppressed. Scientists that have raised concerns over their affects have been ostracized and many have unjustly lost their credibility and livelihoods. My common sense has long told me that any substance designed to kill living creatures, even tiny insects or weeds, is not something that should be in my body or fed to my children. But science proves what I guessed, and seeing the research deepens my desire to avoid these substances and spread the word about their dangers and how to avoid them. I’ve heard pieces of the stories in this book from various resources over the years. Having them all gathered in one resource and expanded upon is such a blessing! It’s far easier for you to get the whole story in one easy read.

My resource suggestions are typically upbeat and intentionally positive. I want you to feel empowered and have the tools you need to develop and maintain excellent health. Sometimes, however, the information you need is deep and dark, and this is one of those times. Knowledge, no matter how upsetting, can set us free to make different choices. And when more and more of us choose a different path, we can change the way things get done. It’s your body and your health. You must be informed in order to make the best possible choices and the information in White Wash is essential for you to be aware of. 

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