Many people have heard the frog story – you put a frog in boiling water and it jumps out, but if you put a frog in cold water and turn up the heat slowly it doesn’t jump out of the water. This is a cautionary tale and a good analogy for our current situation.
I believe that we are all slowly being poisoned by environmental toxins, harming the mental and physical health of everyone and causing a lot of suffering. A number of websites, like the Environmental Protection Agency, estimate that we use around 1 billion pounds of pesticides each year in this country alone. This might not be exact, but does it really matter whether the actual number is 800 million pounds instead of a billion?
Rather the point is that we need to stay aware of this phenomenon, even if the negative effect is gradual. I take three steps to help with this dilemma. First, I do my best to stay clear of toxic exposure, work on detoxing accumulated poisons in my body, and support organizations working on this problem.