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My guest for Earth Day was a multi award winning film maker, producer, director, and a mom, Penelope Jagessar Chaffer. Penelope is a first black female director to be nominated by the British Academy of Film and Television. She was a producer and director of a documentary film, “Toxic Baby” , and I was fortunate enough to attend the premiere screening in NYC a few years ago. She was nominated as a “Mom on a Mission” in 2010 by Healthy Child, Healthy World and has recently been featured in Vogue magazine about Toxic Baby.
When I heard Penelope using the term, “Internal Environmentalism”, it struck a nerve in me because everything we eat and come in contact with are made with chemicals. And how we choose to use them should not depend on anyone other than ourselves. But, big chemical companies repeatedly ignore the safety of chemicals and release them into the environment, without long term study on humans. Toxic chemical related health issues are on the rise and we can’t ignore the unknown effects of these petroleum derived and/or artificial chemicals to our external ecosystem that find their ways into our food supply – directly or indirectly – and eventually, into our internal system unbeknownst to us.
So no matter how hard we try to eat clean and use safe products, sometimes we can’t avoid toxicity because we just don’t know if chemicals were tested for human safety or not.
Internal environmentalism is an understanding that what the problem we see in the external world also has a relevancy internally as well. ~Penelope Jagessar Chaffer
Penelope and I spoke about this frightening issue for more than an hour during Wellness Wednesday on Earth Day. I tried to edit the conversation into two parts but I just couldn’t separate it without losing the important message.
We covered some serious problems concerning toxic chemicals that are causing devastating effects on our health and what we can do about it.
Please watch or listen to the video. And share with your friends and family because this issue is happening right now. In our backyard. Literally!
Here is a short summary – and this does NOT do justice as there are more details in the conversation.
- America is the importer and/or manufacturer of 40 billion lbs of chemicals every day – toxic and nontoxic but we don’t know which ones are problematic.
- What is Internal Environmentalism?
- What is Atrazine and what does it do?
- Didn’t we learn the lesson from PCB fiasco?
- How do you have to protect yourself from daily exposure?
- What company does she trust implicitly, without even having to read the labels? (at 32 min mark)
We also talked about an app she’s developing for iPad that will revolutionize the way we map out the toxic world via social sharing and creating a community of people who want to learn about dangerous regions or where you can find organic products in your neighborhood and more. (See 41 minute mark)
She talked about a community in Oregon that’s going through a unique health crisis due to haphazard spraying of pesticides, specifically, Atrazine. And the reported increase incidents of prostate cancer in young boys is alarming and they believe it’s related to the spraying. See 44 minute mark to find out why her app will be crucial for communities like these and how it can help other communities to share informations or to report incidents similar to theirs.
It was a pleasure to talk to a very busy mama of two adorable kids and who is making another film while developing this valuable app. Please watch the webinar and share with your friends and family you want to protect. If the video does not play automatically, go to the lin https://youtu.be/l9326aEGpnA
Toxic Internal Environment with Penelope Jagessar Chaffer
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