Years ago, Michael Eigen wrote a book called "Toxic Nourishment." I've been thinking a lot about toxicity these days. It seems to be everywhere, especially in our government, in the lobbies, special interests, all of it seems to be so anti-humanity.
I was having a discussion yesterday with two friends after seeing another really good film "Invictus." (At least they are still making some really good movies.) We were talking about how after all the years of talking about preventive medicine, doctors still don't counsel people seriously about the need for regular exercise, eliminating processed foods from their diets, meditation, cutting back on the prescription drugs in favor of at least trying other remedies, i.e. amino acid supplements, tryptophan, roots, B vitamins, Cod Liver Oil (I'm serious) for vitamin D, etc., using acupuncture, yoga, chiropractors, as a way of maintaining our health.
I was also thinking about toxic relationships. Maybe they don't have to be toxic if people could communicate their true feelings, but the toxicity builds up over time and eventually there doesn't seem to be much you can do to fix it. As my friend B reminded me, in the not so distant past, most relationships didn't last that long. Women died in childbirth, people died of cholera and the plague or whatever fatal disease was around. It wasn't unusual for someone to have multiple wives or husbands in the course of a lifetime that averaged fifty or sixty years, if they were lucky.
I guess what I'm trying to say is...what? We poison our bodies and our minds and then we're trapped, trying to figure out how to let go of those toxins. Awareness is the first step, acceptance, and then action. I'm not sure which is the hardest.