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Poisoned By Pesticides? There is Help

Dr. Alan Vinitsky appeared in front of the nation’s capitol when the SafeLawns Foundation officially kicked off its campaign.

The answer is “No,” to all of you who’ve been emailing and asking. The SafeLawns Blog didn’t go black for good. Having returned from one of the longest vacations of my career — mostly enjoying the month of December with my family and my research project at Glenstone — I’m back at it in the SafeLawns office today . . . planning several public appearances and consultations.

Among my activities today will be a lunch meeting with a woman from Massachusetts who was dreadfully poisoned by toxins in her workplace. Though we’re obviously focused on the landscape here at SafeLawns, the doctors who aid in toxin recovery are generally the same regardless of the source. We’ll see what we might do to help with a referral.

As my friend and colleague, Dr. Alan Vinitsky, tells us, the first step to recovery is removing yourself from that source, from whatever it is that’s causing the acute symptoms. Afterward, if your condition is chronic rather than acute, you may still be faced with daily irritants and setbacks — and that’s where Dr. Vinitsky and other healthcare professionals listed here can help: http://www.safelawns.org/blog/2011/01/chemically-sensitive-here-are-a-few-sources/. Simply eating right and exercising may also be a big boost, too. To that end, we’d all do well to follow some of the advice from Better Off Well, a lifestyle site and counseling service that I’ll be recommending to my new friend at lunch.

Later today I’ll be booking flights to Omaha, Nebraska, Green Bay, Wisconsin and then Seattle, Washington, to continue the work of this organization that began seven years ago on the notion that the best way to keep folks healthy was to find a way — though education, outreach and legislation — to eliminate synthetic lawn and garden pesticides and fertilizers. These products simply are not necessary in the quest to grow a beautiful landscape.

Happy New Year and welcome to 2013. I hope you’ll join in our conversation to make the planet safer, one lawn at a time.

 

About The Author

Paul Tukey

An international leader of the green movement, Mr. Tukey is a journalist, author, filmmaker, TV host, activist and award-winning public speaker, who is widely recognized as North America's leading advocate for landscape sustainability and toxic pesticide reduction strategies.

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