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I’m going to try to start blogging a bit more again. I started this blog around this time of the year when I was pregnant with Ada, so maybe it’s fitting if I write a bit more again at this time of year when I am pregnant with our third. He will be born sometime around 4-6 weeks before our second, in November instead of December.

I feel like motherhood has been a collection of joining new clubs, so to speak. First you are pregnant or with a young child, and you can kind of automatically have a new sentence or two to speak with other moms you see in a check out line. It took me about a year to realize that socializing with other moms was something I needed more than at random moments (I was in college and knew NO other mothers for a while).

So I joined the pregnancy club. Then the I-want-a-natural-birth club and had a doula. Then the breastfeeding club. The cloth diapering club. The babywearing club. Then with my second, I was even more bowled over to join the food allergy/intolerance club. And here I am again, realizing that I’ve joined a whole new club that I never saw coming. It just feels *different* having a third. Going from a four person family to a five person family just feels like you are graduating up to that next level of familyhood again. We had to get a bigger car– we will have a baby at the same time as a first grader. I have two kids at completely different stages of development… whereas when I had a 2 year old and a baby and a small car it didn’t seem that different going from one to two. And at restaurants the four person table would do just fine.

But now I’ll have three. I guess I’ll also join the I-have-a-boy club. Which I don’t believe, at this point, will be *nearly* as different as people want me to believe, but sure it’s still different. In respect to birth/babyhood, the decision to circumcise or not is probably the most different thing, but people already want to impose so many personality traits, assigned by gender, on the kid even though he isn’t even born yet. But our girls play with tools, love robots and have clothes that are not pink, so I’m not that convinced that it will be “a totally different world” as everyone wants me to believe.

Things have been different for me personally, the third time around, something I never knew to expect. As a third pregnancy, apparently— my body has enlightened me and all my mother friends and midwives have confirmed— you feel every single stretch and loosening and pregnancy symptom (related to getting bigger at least) quite a bit more. Oh, I feel *everything*. I have one strip of ab muscle that has hurt from 2-3 months pregnant… before I was showing at all. I get contractions all the time. I get the cervical pains all the time. The midwives say that the body simply has a harder time each pregnancy getting those ab muscles to stretch and the ligaments to loosen. I also have worse pains after birth as the uterus clamps back down to look forward to. I do remember it was quite a bit worse with Ada, each time she’d nurse I get cramps, and that is supposed to happen more so the third time.

It’s all worth it of course, but like all those other clubs, expecting a third kid introduced me to differences I’d never considered.

Some things this time around have been better. I’ve gained weight easier, been able to control the ridiculous heartburn easier through diet changes (knowledge afforded me by being in the food intolerance club and learning to understand how food affects me better— kids teach us so much!), no longer have low iron (probably from being gluten-free). I wish I could say the morning sickness was different but I was still sick for months, and months, and months. Having a boy didn’t seem to help that.

I’ve been in labor twice and it’s daunting to think of the third time around. But I tell myself it will happen, I can’t stop it, and soon it will be three years later and all this pregnancy/labor pain will be a memory and he’ll be talking and playing.

Some things I had thought I’d do the third time around I didn’t. I thought I’d have a homebirth if I ever had a third. I moved from hospital with the first to birth center with the second, and figured homebirth would be the next way I’d go. Part of me still mourns the thought that I won’t do it that way, however, we had some solid logical reasoning. The birth center I go to and trust is about a hour and a half away, in Chapel Hill, NC. The midwives are backed up by Chapel Hill’s hospital— so much better, more mother/baby friendly and respected than the hospital here in Fayetteville, NC. The thought of going back to the hospital here if there was a true emergency during a planned homebirth (as small of a chance as that is) was just decidedly *not* appealing to me or my husband.

I hope to make it in time to have a water birth this time, as with my second I made it to the birth center and had about 20 minutes before I gave birth.

My hopes for the third birth…. a water birth, another short labor– not so short I don’t make the drive up there, but not agonizingly long either!– and another good recovery, in the first four weeks postpartum. I’ve been blessed thus far. I get weekly chiropractic adjustments, which help with positioning the baby so he isn’t breech and keeping the mother’s labor short, with the other two I did yoga… this time I should be… and I stay as active and on my feet as I can. After the birth I breastfeed, which helps the mother’s uterus tone back down and I’ll do that again as well.

My hopes for the third baby…. oh, I don’t know, maybe he’ll pop out and sleep all night and not be colicky since I’m already gluten-free? Totally unlike the second? Well, at least I know the knowledge I gained with her may help us out!


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Yesterday I called Payman, yelling in the phone at him, while desperately trying to calm Ada (who is 3 now) and wash her face.

He told me to call poison control, and I got annoyed at him for not answering the question I had and hung up. He made record time home, probably leaving immediately after I hung up.

The question I was asking was, “Which soap did you use to get the spray paint off of your skin last week???”

I was checking the mail with Azita– something she loves to do each day– and Ada was on the patio eating apple slices because it was such a gorgeous day. That made her about 40-50 feet away, I think. Ada starts screaming, I run down the driveway and see her beautiful face covered in black speckles. Around her eyes, on her lips, across her left cheek (where it was most concentrated) and down her arm. The pattern looked perfectly as if she held the spray paint can a few inches from her face and sprayed on her cheek– will all the overspray and splatters getting all over her eye, nose and lips. All the important places.

Payman was spray painting a joystick. A little pet project of his this past few weeks was modding a joystick to have Akuma, a street fighter character, on it. I don’t play video games generally, but it was kind of a cool thing. So he needed the nasty stuff– it bonds to plastic and looks super shiny.

My first thought after worrying if she had blinded herself was that he had major difficulty getting it off of his hands b/c of the nasty type of paint it was.

That was why I called him to ask which soap worked the best, and it was the 7th generation dish soap, by the way. He had tried our Whole Foods liquid and bar soaps first.

She was a trooper for all of it, and her skin was bright red after the scrubbing with a soapy wash cloth. She closed her eyes while I scrubbed and pushed and scraped it off her soft skin. It was so close to her eyes that it was in her eyelashes. She said it didn’t hurt. She said she could see. Her eyes looked clean and she followed my finger when I asked her to look at it. I don’t know if those were telltale or not in this kind of situation, but it was what I could think of.

Next, I took green bentonite clay, known for drawing toxins out of the skin/body, as is my understanding, made a facial mask and rubbed it over the spots with the paint and then her entire body. I put her to soak in the bath and Payman watched her while I called Poison Control.

It never occurred to me, so traumatized I was at seeing it all around her eyes, that if she inhaled it (duh) was the huge, huge issue.

The Poison Control lady was incredibly kind, helpful and thorough.

She looked up the paint name and brand and said it was a really serious situation if Ada had inhaled it. She said if Ada had inhaled it directly, it was an asphyxiant, and we would know in the first minute or two that something was seriously, seriously wrong, as Ada would be unable to breathe.

It seems her natural reflexes to close her eyes and mouth and breathe out probably took over.

Lord have mercy, it never should have happened, but I can see all the reasons why we didn’t see it coming. Payman thought he had one more coat, it’s also been cold and we spend much less time outside. I saw the can and thought “Oh I need to put that away” but it never once occurred to me that she would pick it up and be able to press the button– it hurts an adults finger, right? I didn’t even think she saw it, standing on the edge of the patio. I don’t blame Payman and he doesn’t blame me, and we are going to be even more wary of not letting something like this happen.

So, after it’s off of her, after Poison Control helps us to determine it’s not an emergency and we don’t need to take her anywhere, it’s time to start treating the accident.

I think many people might think the danger is passed now, and the worst most life-threatening part of the danger *is* passed, but there are still things to be done to help her body detox from a chemical exposure.

I only know this from researching chemical sensitivity for myself and being a part of online mailing lists where this stuff gets discussed. It’s not info a doctor or nurse would give you, most likely.

First thing– Vitamin C. I got 2 grams in her last night, but it could be between 5 and 10, really. We are working on another gram right now, and if it had been me I probably would have been twice that. This morning she has had another gram. The only side effect of lots of vitamin C that I’m aware of is loose stools. And if you take high amounts for a very long time you need to taper it down to avoid scurvy symptoms. I’m not the expert, but look up websites like ImmuneWeb and join the mailing list if you need this kind of advice and support.

Second thing– healthy fat. A spoon of nut butter, grassfed meat at dinner, an avocado. Because I what I know Ada will take easily, I gave her 3 doses of omega-3 and omega-9 fish oils made for kids. I am not a doctor. Research other places as well as my personal opinion for your own health. I think I need to say that.

Third thing– another detox bath. The treatment really started when I put the clay mask over where the paint had been. She got another bath. You can add epsom salts and bentonite clay to the bath. I will probably do another all over body clay treatment sometime today. It’s difficult because she isn’t always willing and prefers showers to baths. I think I will plug the drain while she takes a shower and put some salts or clay and at least let her feet and legs soak.

Other antioxidants would probably be helpful, too. For a child this size, the fat, vitamin C and baths are my main goals right now, just because she hates taking things and its work to get all the supplements in her. Thank goodness for chewable vitamin C that can be broken up into “worms” and fed to a “baby bird” piece by piece!

The moral of the story… I take chemical exposures seriously. I don’t believe that the danger is over after the immediate worst is over. We are very lucky, though. I worked for a company for three years where I was repeatedly exposed to paints and solvents with incredibly improper handling and ventilation, and I didn’t realize at the time, but I’ve never been the same since. I was fatigued and headachey for most of those three years, and I knew it was on the days certain chemicals were around but I didn’t realize it would affect me so much after the day was over.

I get headaches when I smell people’s “clean” clothes. If only people would realize that companies pour all those nasty scents in them because they are hiding that fact that the detergent is inferior and the clothes are actually *not* clean. There is a difference between clothes smelling like flowery junk and clothes smelling clean, but we are brainwashed by corporations.

I get headaches when I smell perfume.

I get headaches after smelling cleaning supplies in public bathroom.

I get headaches after smelling soaps.

I think I feel icky after being a park that has been treated with roundup type things and in the summer when my neighbors use it. It’s awful.

I don’t want this for Ada and so I’m treating this experience as something that needs treating even after the worst is over.

What’s funny is, knowing what I do about chemicals, this still happened to Ada. We research and buy clean cleaning supplies, or use Hydrogen peroxide and vinegar. We use Biokleen and other safe detergents and etc. We try to limit pesticide residues by eating organic meat and plants. And then we leave a spray paint can out.

Knock on wood, I’d think a physical injury like a burn or cut or even break (cringe at the thought) would be better, in the long run. At least she isn’t exposed to all the other nasty scents and stuff as much a other people. Maybe she’ll be better off after something like this for it.

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Aaah, the first of the month. I spent yesterday in Raleigh, visiting Whole Foods, Costco and Trader Joe’s.

When you first go gluten-free, the first question you ask is “But *what* will I eat? Then you look at some GF pastas, breads, and flours and the second thing you ask is “But how can I afford this?”

Perhaps this new lifestyle suited our family well because my husband I already happily would travel to shop at a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s where local, seasonal or organic foods were available. We were already label-readers. We were already concerned that our food didn’t come out of boxes. We were already concerned with making sure that we maintained our bodies and environment through the choices we made.

But let’s address the first question. “What will I eat??? Everything has gluten (and dairy, if you cut both) in it!!!”

That’s the crux of the issue. Actually, most foods *don’t* have gluten in them. It’s just that wheat is so cheap and is used as a cheap filler in processed foods.

That old rule of nutritionists… shop the outside of a grocery store and avoid the inside, and you’ll have healthier choices holds true here. There is a world of food out there. When I first started, I’d buy something each grocery trip I’d never tried before or at least didn’t know much about. That led to us trying parsnips, bison, swiss chard, lamb, millet. Other things I might have liked, or didn’t like so much, that are now staples. Mostly vegetables, in our case.

It’s true, even with eating around whole foods, there is still alot of wheat around. Bread, sandwiches, tortillas, burritos, crackers. Sure, it’s all wheat. But you’ll find that once you start to rely on other foods, you need those less.

Then the second question… “How do I afford these foods?”

That comes back to the same principle. No one forces you to buy a $7 loaf of gluten-free bread and a $3.50 box of gluten-free pasta. Except those opiate receptors that gluten acts on… but that’s another post.

If you focus on whole foods, you just don’t need all those packaged gluten free products. I’m not preachy here. I’ve bought a lot of gluten free products. The beginning of the month also means my amazon subscribe and save purchases arrive, mostly gluten-free mixes and flours.

But if you go more package free along with gluten free, it’s really not so bad.

Or better yet, don’t just go light on the packages. Go light on the grocery store. Farmer’s Market’s are by far the easiest way to get affordable food. The only caveat is that you have to eat more vegetables and less packaged junk!

I’ve seen friends go to the Farmer’s Market and buy three tomatoes and then go grocery shopping later. We may have used to have done that, but no longer. During the right seasons, I spend as much at the Farmer’s Market as I do at the store, but get more for it.

Last summer, we bought our veggies and eggs from the market, and only meat from the local stores.

Now, I have learned to budget and buy enough meat (so that I can afford organic/local) from Whole Foods, Costco and Trader Joe’s) at the beginning of the month and utilize our deep freezer, so that the rest of the month I buy only fresh stuff– fruits and veggies.

There are many things we afford because of my use of Amazon.com, too. Organic canned beans… I think $2.29 and more locally. $1 and some change with Amazon subscribe and save. What about gluten-free cake mixes and flours? I save atleast $2 or more on several of the brands I buy online.

Cashews, the vegan or dairy free person’s dream come true, are not cheap, especially for raw or organic. Often $12 a pound. The broken pieces of $6.50 at Whole Foods, and whole raw ones are $6.00 a pound at Trader Joe’s. I order ten pounds at a time, getting them at $5 a pound online.

I just made some cashew cream. It’s wonderful stuff.

Also, I’ve found a local grassfed beef place, that I’ve got to make a large order from but need to organize with some friends to do.

Once you start to dissect those two big worries about eating more whole foods in general or gluten-free, you start to learn that you just may want to rethink the way you buy and the way you eat. And it’s really not any more work, it’s just different.

I personally, was easy on myself at first. I bought whatever GF goodies I wanted. But that did add up too much, and any time you are eating loads of packaged stuff it’s less healthy than cooking whole foods. I gave myself several months to treat myself and not worry about costs, and now I have figured out ways to maintain our new, happier lifestyle.

Yesterday at Whole Foods, I bought grassfed beef on sale and some fresh greens and other things. I didn’t need to buy the expensive gluten-free cake mixes because those are coming online.

What do we eat? Everything but gluten.
How do we afford it? We budget and we’re creative and we support local farmers.

I have friends who live in places where they have several farmer’s markets to choose from that run year round. I am jealous of them. I hope Farmer’s Markets will get larger and longer running and easier to access here, so that others who would find the work I do to shop at them easier.

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Greening the bathroom

When Payman and I first moved into our house, and I had just found out (two days after moving in, actually) that Azita was going to burst into our world before it knew what hit it, finding ‘green’ or eco-friendly, or just eco-friendlier, stuff to fix up the house with was not nearly so easy as it is now.

It hadn’t hit the trends yet. Alas, I guess some bandwagons are a good thing. At least it gets the products out there. I remember looking for non-VOC paint and finding that it costed over $50 a gallon, in limited colors, through mail order.

The past few months our little home has been turned upside down as we did a much, much, needed (okay, well compared to most of the, a much *wanted*) renovation.

Our floor was warping with water damage, the yellowing tub was old and stained and had glue residues that were impossible to clean. It had also been redesigned at some point so that we had this huge empty space, no closet or storage, and the tub jutted out and took up about 1/3 of our bedroom closet on the other side of the wall… plywood covered with aging wallpaper.

My mom decided to offer her Christmas break to help us tear down the old bathroom and do the work ourselves. She spent her whole break working on it, but you just have to hope those articles that say spending your vacations in a different environment, even if you are doing hard volunteer work, is good for the mind and body are true!

Everything took a long time. So what did we do to green it up?

I’m not sure how green you can make your demo except by trying to save what can be saved and donating it to someone who needs it.

The floors weren’t possible to save…. all five rotting or warping layers of them… I tried to save some tiles to make mosaics with, but I think I gave up on that as the carport turned into a dump. The tub you couldn’t save, as the shower walls had to be cut to be taken out, and I doubt you could reinstall it anyway.

The sink and vanity I put on freecycle, but only the faucet got re-used. So we did do some landfilling there. Oh and the old drywall.

As far as re-installing stuff went, I tried to be as green as possible, but not only for the earth. I know I get sick from chemical smells, and I know every one of us is affected by them.

We got non-VOC paint, non-VOC caulk, and non-VOC spackling for holes in the walls. There is also a company that makes a chemical friendly, non formaldehyde wall mud/joint compound, called Murco-1000 I believe, but I couldn’t get it here. Those lucky Californians and Texans.

Drywall, I guess, can’t be made to be much more or less green.

I have watched and read about some amazing ways of building homes, that make more sense that our stick frame and drywall style, at least according to the green engineers. But I don’t know how much of that can be translated into a one-room renovation in a house built in the old drywall, asbestos laden material way.

When I put down the tile, I went with the brand at Lowe’s b/c it was LEED certified and offsets its water usage.

LEED means its good for the environment, not the human, and I kept getting dizzy spells after grouting tiles. I want to do whats good for the environment *and* the human, but I did what I could in all cases.

Water-sense faucets, non-VOC materials whenever available (and this means looking and both Lowe’s and Home Depot to see which one has it. Ugh, *SO* many trips to the hardwards stores!), and attempting to re-use and recycle seemed to be the way we could try to green it up.

And the new bathroom is so much better. So much cleaner. You don’t feel bad putting your kids in the new, clean, white, jetted tub. And our closet… finally back to a decent size! So we don’t regret any of it, but it was a big job.

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You double check your ingredient’s list.

You wash the fruit coated with corn and wheat based wax.

You wipe up gluteny-crumbs before you let the baby eat at mother-in-law’s table.

You make sure your rice brand doesn’t share fields with wheat.

You read a study saying that out of 50 subjects, one person with celiac disease reacts to 10 ppm or less, and you know that your kid is one of them. One that has to be more careful than others.

Then you have a period of three weeks where she just isn’t herself.  Her gluten symptoms are there.  You stop taking her to other places.  You beat yourself up for making bread with non-gluten grains in case they are cross-contaminated.  You feel bad every time she has a hard time in the bathroom and can’t figure out why it isn’t going away.

Since you are renovating your bathroom, you have this little bug in your ear reminding you that you read something once about drywall dust and wheat starch.  But you figure, hey, I’m cleaning and shop vaccuuming with a drywall filter 8 times a day. It *couldn’t* be that.

Yes, well, thank you google.

Apparently, gypsum (drywall) does in fact contain wheat starch.  And at least three blogs/forums I read have celiacs reporting that they felt undeniable gluten symptoms after tearing up old drywall.

What’s more, the tile grout and cement you used?  Cement products can now contain wheat starch or corn starch, especially the pre-mixed ones.

And all the mold-inhibiting claims on the new bathroom products, like cement board, caulk, grout?  Derived from wheat.

So wheat is in the air and on the floor around here, and one way or another found itself in to her system.  And it’s not like we don’t wash her hands!  Or let her play in the bathroom while it’s under construction!

She stands at the door, in the hallway, gleefully saying “dirty here!” since that’s what she’s been told.

So if you google drywall and wheat starch, or grout and wheat starch, you won’t find places dramatically and emphatically stating that you will get glutened while renovating your home. 

You’ll find MSDS sheets and patent submission forms barely mentioning that the wheat starch is there. 

You have to put the pieces together yourself, and when you mention this to your kid’s allergist, there is a good chance they will think you are nuts.

Guess what the plan is for today?  Putting up the new drywall.  I may have to take a day trip.  Hubby might be on his own.  I don’t know.  It’s not like it will be the end of the world.  She’s getting over it.  But it’s awfully hard to keep a two year old in one room for a whole day, and it’s also hard to do something that you know is making her sick.

What’s funny is that the products that use the wheat starch are often the “green” ones.  Wheat is certainly more eco-friendly than other things. It’s just  not necessarily more super-sensitive-celiac friendly!  Wheat or chemicals, wheat or chemicals?  Maybe Ada should move to an undeveloped Caribbean island.

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Add specialist number three to Ada-the-angel’s list of doctors at Duke Medicine.

Ok, well, this one isn’t really a specialist like the allergist or gastroenterologist.

But the girls each had their first dentist appoinments this week.  Azita has had no issues and turned four, so we took her, and she did marvelously.  She loved it.  They loved her.  Question and question and question about what they were doing to her teeth, only perforated by questions about when she would be receiving her new toothbrush.

Ada.  Ada has had some tooth chipping and decaying for several months now.  The front two were decaying quickly, and I’ve been making an effort to brush them well and use little flossers, more than I did with Azita, since we realized her enamel seems quite weak.  Weak enamel and issues with teeth often come in people with celiac disease, at the very least, anecdotally.

The front two looked bad, but still didn’t prepare me for the dentist’s assessments.  The wants to put two stainless steel crowns and about 8 fillings in.  She says there are extensive cavities in each of her teeth and that brushing them meticulously from this point on won’t prevent them from getting worse– which was my hope. 

She will have to be put under at the hospital for this amount of work.

We spoke about what metals are in the stainless steel crowns, including nickel and aluminum, and our concerns in putting these substances in the mouth of a child whose immune system seems to be in constant overdrive.  Celiac disease in as autoimmune disorder, after all, and Ada does seem to react to some chemical smells or pollens, as do I.

The dentist here gave me the name and a referral to Duke Pediatric Dentistry and suggested I get their opinion because of our concerns with the allergies, crowns and putting her under before the age of 2.

We will be going on Tuesday, bright and early, to be there at 8 a.m.  But it was that, or several months away, and there seems to be a sense of urgency with this.

Honestly, my main fear, is Ada being in more pain.  We speculated that the over-the-top throwing up from since before the teeth were in until a few months ago may have weakened the enamel.  She has had enough pain in her 20 months.  If she starts crying or seeming that the cavities hurt, my gut reaction will be to get all the dental work done.  We have to do something, we are just trying to find the least invasive way to go.

One dentist’s website, out of Texas, says he feels that stainless steel crowns are often unnecessary, cruel and antiquated.  But that is his opinion and I have no idea other than from him saying it, why that is.  He did say that adult teeth grow in crooked more often under crowns. 

There was some talk about nursing at night and bottle mouth, and I cited a study listed at the end of this article for the dentist, in which the researchers soaked teeth in breastmilk for 6 months and there was no decay, thus breastmilk in non-carieagenic.  The big caveat is, however, that they soaked teeth with cracker crumbs in it in breastmilk and there was quite a bit of decay.

So night time nursing does not cause the caries or cavities, but you must make sure the teeth are clean before you put them down to sleep.

The dentist kind of shrugged and said, “well sugar is sugar.”  That study kind of contradicts that, and I’ll be mailing her a copy of it, but still she was pretty nice about it.  The more we talked the more I think she could plainly see I wasn’t just negligent about the teeth.  When she found out about how strict Ada’s diet is, she started to realize this kid has some special issues.

And then when she looked at Azita’s absolutely sparkling little teeth (which I wasn’t even sure they would be, we aren’t perfect, but she does brush her teeth), I gained even more credibility.  She even said, “So you didn’t nurse this one?”, possibly showing her bias that she thinks the decay is caused by night nursing and I reaffirmed that I indeed had nursed them both the same way, how ever many times at night they wanted to until at least the age of 2.

I feel that the Duke office will probably have the same opinion, so I called some holistic/biological dentists to get their advice.  One gave me the brand name of a plastic resin crown which has no metals in it.  She said it costs more and is slightly less durable but it is the non-metal/non-chemical/crazy-crunchy-momma way to go.  Well she didn’t say it in those *exact* words.

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I think it’s funny (read: annoying) when people think that buying and eating organic foods is the change.  Growing things without chemicals to aid in their development or pest control is actually the new thing, if you want to look at the big picture.

We humans have a knack for looking at the current time period as if that is how things have always been done.  We logically know we are living in a time different from all previous eras, but we *act* like this is how it has always been.

I remember talking to a professor when I went to FTCC, several years ago.  It was a writing class but we read Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail as an example of a powerfully argumentative, logical argument.  It was great, by the way.  Anyway, the class is in a discussion about it and someone has mentioned a racially-charged statement they heard at work and the teacher says that “Things aren’t going to change.  It’s never going to change.”

And I said (or at least thought, but I *think* I said) “But things have changed!  200 years ago there was slavery.  60 years ago there was ‘separate but equal’.  Before that, women couldn’t vote.  In South Africa a decade ago there was aparteid.  We have to believe that because things have changed to be better for all people, things will continue changing.”

The professor didn’t say anything. 

We look at our world with the same error in regards to the state of our current food issues, though even that is not as horrible as the unfairness of treating people a certain way because of a physical attribute.  In both situations, let’s remember where we came from to put our current status in correct perspective.

People think you can’t grow organic vegetables on a large scale, that you need the chemicals for pest control.  Then who do these large-chain grocery stores get their supply from?  People think that there is no difference in the quality of organic foods.  But the vitamins and nutrients formed in a peice of fruit, that benefit our body, form because the plant is naturally defending itself against pests and disease.  So we put a chemical on it to fight for it, and the fruit doesn’t have to.  Organic fruit and veggies have more nutrients in them for this reason.  Believe me or not, google it or not, that’s your choice.

Even if there was no nutritional or taste difference, think about all the chemicals washed down into our water.  There are chemicals present in the fat stores of polar bears.  That’s how far reaching our agricultural system is. 

The ocean’s pH has changed to become acidic enough that 80 percent of oysters are not surviving.  Again, believe me or not, look it up for yourself or not, but we have got to stop acting like growing things organically is the change.  That was the first way.  Agriculture now, the way it is done now, that is the change, the effects of which we are beginning to see.  Some of us are, at least.

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