“Remember, you get what you pay for: do your own research, read the labels and chose quality over what’s being promoted and assumed to be good for you.“
To live out your years and to die of old age without first succumbing to disease seems almost impossible today. It is as though we are at war. Not by an invading enemy landing on our soil but by day to day living in a hostile environment. They say ignorance is bliss but how about willful blindness? Is it that some folks just don’t want to know? The average person lives their life oblivious to the dangers that surround them. Thankfully, most new homes require carbon monoxide detectors—they have the ability to sense danger before it happens, giving advanced warnings to save our lives. What else do we have that can do the same?
Water is a perfect example: Canada has bragging rights with lots of clean fresh water—just open the taps and enjoy! But maybe we need to rethink this way of thinking with the recent discovery. In 2015, a pediatrician in Flint, Michigan, recognized the relationship between an increase in her patients’ lead levels in their blood and the city’s recent change in water supply. The ensuing public health crisis was as revealing as it was tragic. Large numbers of children were found to have blood lead levels that put them at risk for neurotoxic sequelae, and an entire community became dependent on bottled water. Now something even worse is happening as hundreds of thousands of Canadians have been exposed to high levels of lead in their drinking water. The contamination is higher than they ever were in Flint. This data is based on an investigation that tested drinking water in hundreds of homes and reviewed thousands more previously undisclosed results. 
To assume and believe all is well is a problem, we are very trusting, but isn’t trust earned? When you visit the great outdoors you fill your lungs, ah, the great mountain air crisp and clean! Could you say the same in any modern day city today? And let’s not forget our food: grocery stores packed to the brim, everything looks so amazing but is it? We could sure use detectors for our food couldn’t we? Salmon packaged deep pink, beef and pork tomato red, and what is genetically modified and what isn’t, the eyes can’t tell. I asked the butcher if they ad dyes to the meat, or is the colour natural? He smiled, and said “everything is coloured to the way we expect it to look like, otherwise it would not be appealing and would not sell.” Our produce is the same; if it isn’t marked organic, we can assume it is genetically modified. Not to mention the highly processed center aisle—god only knows what’s in it. I remember the commercial for Wonder Bread. I used to wonder how they could call it bread since we had a saying at home that the whiter the bread the sooner you’re dead. Now I wonder about everything.
The soon to be released movie titled Dark Waters stars Mark Ruffalo as the environmentally-conscious lawyer (in real life it’s Robert Bilott), who began an environmental crusade in 1998 in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Bilott spent the majority of his professional career taking the fight to corrupt chemical companies. In this case, that chemical company is DuPont that had been dumping chemical waste, including an unregulated chemical compound called Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). PFOA wasn’t public knowledge at the time but during his research, the lawyer was given access to 160,000 DuPont files which revealed that the company had been using the substance since 1951. This is about chemical dumping, so you can imagine what is done with the nuclear waste and how that’s being disposed of?
How did we get to this position, where is the oversight? The infrastructure we now have in place is based on companies taking responsibility for their actions and self-regulation, the government only gets involved when problems occur or when discovered by outside investigation, like the Dark Waters case. Yes, they do have inspections but these are booked in advance and any improprieties can easily be hidden if the perpetrator wishes so.
When it comes to our health, we can’t leave the oversight or responsibility to our doctor or any single government body; we must do our own homework, act accordingly, and take matters in our own two hands. The other collective power we have is peaceful protests in order to hold those responsible and make them accountable for their actions. We see the fruits of this power in the Canadian class action lawsuit of Monsanto and their toxic offering of herbicide glyphosate, a killer solution in a spray bottle.
We need all the help we can get. Supplements are not a luxury but a necessity for remaining healthy. Sadly, like everything else, most supplements are made from synthetic feed grade raw materials. Remember, you get what you pay for: do your own research, read the labels and chose quality over what’s being promoted and assumed to be good for you. If someone were to ask me what vitamins they should take, I would suggest covering your bases. The equivalent of a One-A-Day would be Next Generation B-Complex, one with breakfast and one with dinner and Opti-Cal/Mag with K2, two with breakfast and two with dinner. This would provide your daily essentials of vitamins and minerals. To help the body getting rid of heavy metal toxic residues, the best way is with the oral chelation treatment of CLAW-OCHMB from Life Choice. This is a program and not a daily supplement. Consider these your armour of self-defence as you battle the toxic elements, in order to remain healthy and to live a full life.
The best of health,
Resources and Further Reading:
- Mendoza, Martha. 2019. Investigation: Lead in some Canadian water worse than Flint. https://edmonton.citynews.ca/2019/11/04/investigation-lead-in-some-canadian-water-worse-than-flint/
- Silverstein, Michael MD, MPH; Hsu, Heather E.MD, MPH; Bell, Alastair MD, MBA. 2019. Addressing Social Determinants to Improve Population Health. The Balance Between Clinical Care and Public Health.
- Haynes, Todd. 2019. Dark Waters. USA, Killer Films, Participant.
 Mendoza, Martha. 2019.