See, I don't appreciate the extensive use of shockingly under-tested chemical additives in our day-to-day lives. So many chemicals--at least 700 food additives alone--which as "generally regarded as safe" or GRAS by the U.S. government were never really tested for safety--for humans, other animals, or the land. If we were using it before 1958 it was all rolled in as GRAS, tested or not. Some of them truly are safe, I am sure, but the FDA has had to resind that classification from a number of additives formerly thought to be GRAS which turned out to be bad news. The bottom line is that we just don't know. We just don't know what all this chemical exposure is going to do to us. I think we're being used as semi-willing test subjects in the wave of fancy new (and 50-60 years IS new) chemical additives everywhere from food preservatives like BHT in cereal and snack foods, to sodium lauryl sulfate in shampoo and tooth paste, to plastic enhancers in shower curtains and rain coats.
The library where I work is part of an area health libraries consortium. As such I was recently reminded of a cool resource from the National Library of Medicine. The Household Products Database can inform consumers (like ourselves) about what exactly is in some of these products we're encouraged to buy and use around our homes--sometimes even rub right onto our skin or put directly into our mouths.
It makes me incredibly grateful to have switched to just vinegar and baking soda for all my household cleaning! Baking soda has a Health Hazard rating of 0, isn't ranked a carcinogen by any of the reporting agencies, is not an eye or skin irritant, and doesn't impact respiratory health. By comparison some of the commercial products are rather alarming! Flammability and Health Hazard ratings of up to 3, irritating to skin, respiration and/or eyes, not to mention commercial products are much more expensive than baking soda and result in plastic bottle waste. It seems like a no-brainer to me.
I don't want chemicals in my food, either. I want food in my food. Simple food which I can picture in my mind. I don't know about you, but I can't picture FD & C Yellow #5, soy lecithin or or hydrolyzed corn protein. I can picture corn. I can picture soybeans. I'll just eat those instead of their adulterated bits. If I don't know what it is I don't know why I'd put it in my body, especially on a regular basis, and let it become a part of me.