Cathy is on summer sabbatical with her five children. This post ran last summer.
By Cathy Jameson
“If you are alive in 2011, no matter what your age, you have been part of one of the largest and worst experiments in history. No matter how carefully you eat or drink or watch your exposure to toxins, your body has chemicals in it that do not belong there and have the potential to make you ill, even fatally ill.”
From: The Great Global Poisoning Experience by John DeCock:
DeCock continues: “ … The Scientific American suggests that soaring rates of autism are linked to our constant exposure to toxics. Again, we pay an enormous emotional, practical and financial price to deal with the increase in this disease...”
Did my eyes just do a trick on me? I was not reading this from an “anti-____” (fill in the blank: government, vaccine, environment) blog. It was posted on July 15, 20011 on The Huffington Post. I’m not a big HuffPo reader, but the first paragraph of DeCock’s piece had me thirsty for more. So, I continued to read. I actually went back a good four or five times to reread the article. More bold statements are made further in the post. I invite you to read it. Go ahead. Read it again if you have to.
I first saw the link on Anne Dachel's website and was so moved by the article that I wanted to forward the piece to some people on my email/contact list. I started thinking about what I would say when I introduced the article because I like to include something personal about why I’m sending a story that I think is interesting:
Hi Family and Friends,
If you're alive in 2011 and don't know anything about what John DeCock is writing about, I hope it's because you're living on some piece of God's green Earth that hasn't been touched by mankind’s greed…or manipulated by Big Brother…or polluted by Big Pharma or Big Industry. I hope it’s because you have only eaten pure food that hasn’t been destroyed by toxins, antibiotics, pesticides or been altered from genetically modified techniques. I hope you have only breathed air that hasn’t known smog or smokestack emission. I hope you only touch water that has never been tainted by chemical spills or human waste. I hope it’s because your skin is clear of harmful ingredients now found in “health“-care products and pawned off to make us feel smoother, younger, softer. I hope your clothes are ones that are free of synthetics, irritants and formaldehyde. I pray your furniture and flooring aren’t off-gassing chemicals into your living spaces where you and your children eat, sleep and breathe. Oh, I’ll stop now. I’m dreaming up fantasies and probably torturing you. Just go read the article, okay?
If I said all of that in a quick email about the article, I wonder if I’d be looked at as Leader of the Wackos instead of just Cathy who is once again passing on what she thinks is good information.
As much as I want to solve my problems and contribute to solving the problems that plague the world, I also want to help those closest to me in life. I know not every friend or family member of mine has the same passion I do; life would get really boring if that were the case. No, we’re all a bit different bringing diverse opinions to each other’s lives. My differences blend with yours and in turn mix it up a bit for someone else. That allows us to see each other’s perspectives with a new view and maybe appreciate what we have and even what we don’t have.
My original thought was to forward this article because John DeCock says so much in such a short read. Plus, it’s what many in the autism community have been saying for years—toxins, exposures, environmentals, increased rates, illnesses, poisons, diseases, overwhelming problems—truly, all these exist! And, things must change now before it gets worse. I thought it would be a nice addition to what I’ve been forwarding for years and what I have been spouting non-stop since my son was affected by toxins in his environment (aka, childhood vaccines).
I just couldn’t shorten my email message though, and it turned from short reflection into an essay of its own. Influenced by a fantastic message that will hopefully go farther than from my computer screen to yours, I hope you have been as captivated as I have. The article is probably going to be an old-news read for you, but it could be a gentle reminder for someone on your list, someone who may need to be reminded to be or become an educated consumer. Don’t look at is an “I told you so!” sort of message but rather as a wake-up call. Plus, your name isn’t anywhere in the article so people like Uncle Johnny or Grama Louise (who your kid’s autism is just bad behavior) won’t think you’re Leader of the Wackos. Remember, that’s my job.
Go ahead and share the link to DeCock’s essay. Add your own intro. Make it personal. What a vision if every single person would stand up for their personal rights after reading an article like this. I have a feeling a lot of people won’t care though. It’s too easy to continue to ignore what so many of us have been saying for so long. But, we can still send the information onward. Wouldn’t it be nice if someone else besides just us would get a clue that something’s got to give?
Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.