It has long since come to my attention this past year that my needs for joy, peace, and love in this world has shifted Justice to the forefront.
As I immerse myself deeper into relationships with people that devote their lives to buffering us from the harmful effects brought to this world, the less I can ignore it. Once I have witnessed the life on the Rez (from the school systems, to man-camps stealing women and children, to the “health care,” to drilling and mining…) Gawd, I will try to stay off of this soapbox and save it for another day. The summary is that this world is suffering and other people have been subject to the suffering more than I have. I could tell you over and over again what I have witnessed are stories that will lead both of us to tears. But this, this is not what this article is about.
It is well documented that Petrol used in plastics / aluminum (that we eat out of?!?!) contain Phthalates (I hate spelling that), BPA, and BPS in plastics cause infertility, cancer, and thyroid issues.
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The most common symptoms if you live around fracking sites / are exposed to toxic chemicals:
Not only are State Public Health affairs in bed with large industries that bring in loads of green (not the good kind), but it is extremely difficult to attribute disease statistics to fracking and oil sites without longtitudinal (at least 15 year studies). In Flower County Texas, a huge ass fracking site, breast cancer reports have increased while other counties in Texas report a decrease of breast cancer incidences.
As the public health and PSE (Physicians, Scietntists, and Engineers for Healthy Energy) struggle to keep up with the ever evolving advancements of the oil and gas industry with their research, the gap to care for the people with current health concerns grows. As a culture, our reliance on the scientific method is beautiful and tends to discount patient-centered care. Independent of the fact that research is often funded by the un-renewable resource industry to skew results using poor methods of measurement, our people are suffering. The damages are continued to be committed despite the fact that we have perfectly simple access to solar, wind, and water energy.
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I never thought I could see the day where I would have lasers aimed at my chest as I walked to provide medical care, where guns would be aimed at me for pure intimidation, where private mercenaries hired by Oil Industry would infiltrate in at such extreme war tactics to waste money on behalf of oil that was to be exported to China.
Where I could face those hired & militarized by the oil company to violently extract prayerful (true) warriors, medics, and elders out of the camp on behalf of the oil company. I will never forget that moment where I physically felt and saw that the police hired, private agents hired were not neutral. They were never neutral, they were only there to protect those invested in the pipeline. I am not claiming that these people were evil. They were often lost also trying to feed and protect their families. They were often fed conspiracy stories that we were hired protestors and that we were violent. In fact, most people at camp were not even protestors, they were working together in community for a common vision: Protection of the water & lands.
There is an uprising at the moment to demand our basic human rights to be healthy, happy, and free from dis-ease. The standard medical system is not designed to keep us at optimal health & neither are the standard environmental practices. It is up to you to take health into your own hands, with a bit of guidance. I invite you do decide what you can do to take charge of your personal steps, where your personal health can allow you more empowerment to be the best version of you. We need people like you in the world to be healthy, happy & full of life in order to save this planet.