Each year, for three weeks in July, my favorite sporting event comes around – the Tour de France. Over a three-week marathon, sporting drama of the greatest endurance evolves where the cyclists display all human virtues – bravery, determination, skill etc. it never disappoints.
It’s practically the only sports event that I watch on TV and which brings me to the point of this blog. My viewing is confined to the hour-long edited highlights of that day’s cycling and the program is punctuated by commercial breaks. Of the many commercials, three caught my eye:
- A lime scale removal liquid which you apply to shower screens etc in the bathroom, which ‘leaves everything sparkling and smelling fresh
- Granules, which you spread over carpets and which penetrate the fibers. When you then vacuum ‘you pick up all that deep down dirt leaving your carpets cleaner and smelling fresher’.
- A spray which you apply to bed linen etc to keep it ‘smelling fresh’
Needless to say, each of these products is a concoction of chemicals which are hostile to the human body. Furthermore, they’re a tip of an iceberg of toxic household products manufactured for our convenience and for profit of the manufacturer. Not only are these products unnecessary they can extract a toll on our health.
A key part of my personal recovery protocol has been the elimination of all such household and personal care products and their replacement with organic, natural ones.