Health is more than just the absence of disease; rather, it is a state of physical, mental and social well-being. We use the term health to describe anything from the physical state of our body to that of our soil. More and more studies and stories appear in the media, on the internet, and in research journals about the negative effects of chemicals on our body and our health-from chemicals in plastic water bottles and food storage containers to certain children’s toys, or toxins in our own backyard soil.
Rather than ignore the information and pretend to live blissfully, take control of the choices you can, whether it be in finding out the history of your home (e.g. paint, soil, air quality) or seeking “safe” food and drinking containers. Know that even with the smallest choice, you are helping to maintain a healthful state. The articles in this section will help you to get a head-start on understanding these issues and leading a healthier life!