What’s a busy mom supposed to do?
She’s becoming aware that all is not right in the world. She’s connecting the dots between the health of her family and the products she buys and uses. She wants to make more informed choices, but her days are filled to overflowing with all the jobs she is responsible for getting done? She would like to be able to sit down with a cup of coffee and do her own research, find her own answers…
But the baby’s crying.The toddler is feeding his lunch to the dog. The laundry she washed yesterday is still in the washer, because the load she did the day before is still in the dryer. All the hampers are overflowing. And now the teenager is sulking
Labels are created to grab your attention and convince you to choose that box/bottle/product setting on the shelf or pictured in an online ad. Manufacturers are VERY good at covering up anything that would make us not want to buy the product.
Would you choose a product with a label that openly said it has these ingredients?
No! You wouldn’t. But if you’re not paying close attention, you probably are.
Manufacturers know this, so they omit those words (and others) instead choosing misleading words to make us THINK we’re buying a clean product. It’s called “greenwashing.” And it is becoming more and more prevalent.
“But that’s why we have the FDA, right?”
I used to think so. But the FDA doesn’t know or care about a product or its label until consumers report damage in large numbers. And then it may take a decade or more before they actually take any action. Many American companies make two versions of their products: one for Americans with the yucky stuff, and one for Europe because the yucky stuff has been banned. Say Whuuut?
SIDENOTE: Have you watched Dopesick? It has strong language and isn’t appropriate for children, but if you can stomach profanity, watch it! It’s the sick saga of how Purdue Pharma was able to hoodwink America into thinking OxyContin was a good thing. The role the FDA played in that fiasco is just one instance of how corrupt and duplicitous big business and big government are. (FYI - the woman that approved the “black box label” is the SAME woman responsible for blocking a specific treatment protocol that practicing physicians were using successfully with their patients during the scourge of 2021 and beyond. Grrrrrr!)