For those of who not familiar with my work, here is an updated Introduction to the Wecology Handbook. If you want to know what the book is about read a little of this introduction if you have time and let me know what you think. Book is coming soon! God Bless and Happy New Year! Thanks for reading.
The Wecology Handbook is a field guide, a cookbook, and a resource tool all combined into one. It’ll show you where carcinogens are hiding and how to avoid them and live a nontoxic life. If you want to protect your health, protect your family, or perhaps heal from disease this book is for you. This book is designed to shed light on the state of toxic substances in our environment and their intimate role in the diseases we encounter while also sharing the solutions before us for solving these crises. Here you will find the information you need to understand what’s really behind many of the diseases, cancers, food allergies and epidemics that we see today. The Wecology Handbook outlines solutions and simple steps you can take from eating healthfully to shopping with your health and the earth in mind. You’ll also see how you can help your neighborhood or city become a leader in the crusade for a healthier and more peaceful world.
This book weaves together the deep and contradictory connections between our food supply, toxic chemicals, the water supply, modern agriculture, the pharmaceutical industry and the chemical industry. Through this lens you will dive into the many dimensions of our collective health and wellbeing. While these issues trouble us all, there are life-saving solutions available to us. Though I’m not a doctor, I am a wecologist. I have been studying environmental health issues since 1990 after both of my parents were lost to cancer. The helplessness I felt drove me to learn as much as I could so that others might possibly not have to suffer the same fate. The Wecology Handbook is the result of information gathered since that time.
Through this book you will discover how through practical and simple solutions, it is possible to heal and recover from disease, as well as prevent it altogether. Our bodies can fix nearly anything—and, together, we can raise our wellness quotient. If you are ill, the most important thing to do is avoid anything that may be contributing to weakening your immune system while boosting your body’s healing powers with nourishing, fresh, raw foods and juices, clean fresh water, nourishing homemade soups and broths, brown rice, organic herbal teas. See recipes and the Adore Yourself 40 day wellness plan, page 387.
You have a right to know who does and who does not have an interest in your health. Humanity is experiencing an age of escalating diseases, heavy metals contaminating our water and air, unnatural genetically-modified food, violence and hostility. In the United States, a serious void of common sense exists within our governmental body. Government agencies continue to allow unsafe chemicals and substances into our water and environment. The President and Congress have chosen to provide protection for Monsanto and its cronies rather than show any sense of precaution for our health. Agriculture and the food supply are essentially controlled and managed by the chemical industry, which is responsible for manufacturing poisonous pesticides, pharmaceuticals and GMOs. Diseases keep increasing and patents on plants and pharmaceuticals keep rising. Meanwhile Americans keep killing Americans, and the real enemies to our well-being are never held accountable.
As for cancer, the World Health Organization claims
- Cancers figure among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide, with approximately 14 million new cases and 8.2 million cancer-related deaths in 2012.[i]
- The number of new cancer cases is expected to rise by 70% over the next 2 decades.[ii]
The Golden Rule, do unto others as you’d have them do unto you, is the one rule of the world that, if remembered and followed by all, could create wonders. Perhaps what is preventing all people from embracing this concept is the level of toxic pollutants we face daily. Studies show that exposure to many of these toxins can cause changes in behavior that can lead to violence, crime and hostility. These same toxins cause disease and cancer. Perhaps tackling the sources of these heavy metals and carcinogenic substances could very well lead to world peace. Who knows? If nothing else, I predict it will certainly reduce cancer rates.
Humanity is currently troubled with climate guilt and shame. We all know by now that extra CO2 in the atmosphere is not welcome, but what about all the toxic chemicals and other substances emitted into the air that cause serious health problems—many of which are also contributing to warming and ozone depletion. Looking at the toxic chemicals in our world, we need to ask: What purpose do these chemicals serve? Is their use causing more harm than good? It’s time we review why these chemicals are used in the first place, and why stricter pollution regulations and pollution control devices aren’t being implemented. We also need to examine the effects these chemicals are having on our mental and physical health.
Pesticides were originally weapons of war from World War I and World War II, intended to kill people. With nothing more than a name change, these war weapons became “pesticides” that were now applied to our food crops. Allowing toxic chemicals on food is madness, whether it’s in the growing stage or on the dinner table. Toxins should never be ingested.
The use of toxic chemicals is still quite new, barely a century in practice. Many toxins in the United States were allowed into market without adequate safety testing, and many, even if now found to be carcinogenic substances, remain in use because of glitches in the Toxic Substances Control Act. We must do something to fix this.
Think about the cancers and exploding rates of diseases like Alzheimer’s. Something is triggering these spikes in diseases, and it’s not carbon dioxide. The media talks about carbon dioxide harming us, but they don’t mention the toxic herbicides or nitrates from fertilizers, or the heavy metals and nanoparticles filling the air. With media and industrial manipulation underway 24 hours a day, most people assume the only substance they should be concerned with today is CO2. Instead of this ongoing stampede on CO2, we should target the real problems of our day with some common solutions: identifying the sources of toxic pollution; holding industry and government accountable; eliminating toxic substances from our food, soil, water and air; and cleaning up and protecting our air and water. By doing so, maybe we can reestablish our respect for the earth and for each other, and maybe the earth will keep providing for us in return. These actions could very well reduce violence and aggression worldwide, while also reducing cancer and improving everyone’s health.
Just looking at the food supply may make one wonder: Is there a war going on against our health? Are we being poisoned?
- Since World War II, chemical war weapons have been renamed “pesticides” and applied to growing crops and seeds.
- GMOs and nanoparticles have been added to the food supply without
adequate safety testing, clearance, or labeling (in the USA).
- The trifecta: GMOs, pesticide and pharmaceutical companies are all tied together and co-owned. Isn’t this a conflict of interest?
- Pesticide manufacturers own the majority of global seed supply and are “patenting” and manipulating native seeds to create new GMO seeds that tolerate greater application of herbicides and pesticides. Pesticides and herbicides are made from toxic substances; these are neurotoxins, reproductive toxins, carcinogens, and overall health detractors. Do substances like these belong in our food?
- What benefits are derived from toxic chemicals and heavy metals in our food and the environment? Compare this to the consequences that befall people and animals that are exposed to toxic chemicals and heavy metals.
- Hazardous waste, heavy metals, and carcinogen substances are allowed in fertilizer.
- The EPA, FDA, USDA does not prevent toxic substances from entering our food supply, nor limit or tighten regulations on these health-damaging substances. Instead they’re allowed and no labels or health warnings are required.
- Excessive exposure to toxic substances and heavy metals can lead to learning disabilities, behavioral changes, aggression, juvenile delinquency, lower IQs, organ damage and cancer, nutritional deficiencies, auto-immune disorders, and systemic whole-body problems.
This book has been created to serve as a tool in learning about and understanding the interconnections between our health and food pollution, contemporary ecological circumstances, sources of toxic pollution, history of toxic chemicals, and the effects toxic substances have on humans, animals, and the earth. Consider it a handbook of “Wecology,” a field of study concerning environmental matters that affect us all.
This book weaves many ecological issues together in a way that enables you to grasp how much the environment plays a role in your life and health, the importance of keeping toxic substances out of nature, and how you can help keep industry and government accountable. While reading this book you will discover things that may change your views on drinking water, pollution, food, health, the chemical industry and government agencies. You deserve an opportunity to see the truth. This book may very well affect every buying decision for the rest of your life, for it is through our purchases that we support the best or the worst of corporations. If you want to be empowered to make the best decisions for your health and your family you must be informed. We’ve been cheated and lied to for so many years by industry, PR firms, politicians, and lobbyists; and now the time has come for the nonsense to end.
Although we live in an amazing modern world that is thoroughly advanced technologically, we still depend on the most basic things like clean water, clean air and safe food. Without these, good health and well-being are uncertain. Through our cultural and industrial advancements, we have grown accustomed to and dependent on countless products that make our lives easier and more efficient. Yet many of these products actually present a hidden problem: many are developed with toxic substances. For instance, herbicides used in growing good are known to contaminate the water we drink as well as the food we eat. In so doing, they pose a threat to our survival, cause innumerable health problems and essentially make our lives harder to manage. Many other industries as well are guilty of taking advantage of regulation loopholes and not managing the pollution they create. The extent of pollution, emissions and byproducts are taking their toll on our health. A little industrial accountability could go a long way.
This book is about saving lives; nobody wants to lose a child, a parent, a sibling, a partner, friend, relative, or pet. Of course life doesn’t last forever, but none of us have to die prematurely to illness that could be prevented or recovered from. This book will assist you in recapturing our nature and truth.
I don’t think anyone can disagree that pollution impacts health. In many cases, science is revealing our environment presents a greater risk to us of getting cancer than our genes do. Without fully reducing our environmental exposure to toxic substances, we’ll never know for certain to what degree genetic factors cause cancer.
“Inherited genetic factors make a minor contribution to susceptibility to most types of neoplasms. This finding indicates that the environment has the principal role in causing sporadic cancer.”[iii]
I was drawn to write this book after the loss of first my dad, then my mom and the journey that followed. That was in 1989 and 1990 respectively, over 25 years ago from the time this book went to print. Trying to find what caused their illness, as well as what may have saved their lives, has driven me to find the answers. What caused my dad’s illness? Born and raised in Oklahoma, he was an all American kid playing baseball, serving in WWII, and then graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a journalism degree. Throughout his younger years he took a summer job cleaning out oil storage tanks at Conoco. Did that set the foundation for his disease? During the war he gained a habit of smoking Camel cigarettes, did that draw years from his life? In my mom’s case, it’s a mystery; she didn’t drink or smoke nor did she ever clean out oil drums. Was it second-hand smoke, or something in the food, or pesticides and nitrate pollution in the well water? Behind our home lived a friendly family whose father worked with a toxic fertilizer company, TruGreen. Being good neighbors my parents sought his services for our lawn. Maybe those treatments had something to do with it.
As time goes on and more research is conducted, science shows cancer is triggered by environmental causes rather than predetermined by our genes. Nonetheless if you had to pinpoint one single cause for cancer it’s virtually impossible. We are exposed to so many toxic substances on a daily basis. With endless possibilities as these, the questions may forever remain unanswered. Despite the unanswerable and lingering questions, we still have the power to prevent or to recover and heal should disease strike.
My journey began in 1989. I chose to take a semester off from college and canvassed for Green Peace in and around Chicago. My dad became ill suddenly with what turned out to be cancer. While he was in a coma at Loyola Medical Center; I was trying to cheer my mom up and kept myself occupied with learning about dioxins and how paper of all things contributed to creating these toxins and what it was doing to the ozone layer. My dad never regained consciousness, instead slipping away from us within two months time, just before the Exxon Valdez spill happened. I felt so much sadness, outrage and… to continue reading click on the link: Wecology Handbook-intro-12-16
[i] The World Cancer Report 2014