Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Reactionist

I'm one of those people that the media, marketers and conspiracy theorists love.  I buy it all.  BPA is bad?  I don't use plastic at all.  Bye-bye Tupperware, hello GlasslockTeflon is bad?  I only use stainless steel and cast iron pots and pans.  Pesticides and preservatives are bad?  Well, we consume only all-natural or organically-grown products.  Indoor air quality is bad and can be caused by chemical off-gassing of carpets, furniture and mattresses?  We opted for old hardwood floors and switched to an organic latex mattress.


The newest one?  In this month's issue of GQ (why I was reading this is another story) there was this article about the dangers of cell phone radiation (read it and let me know your thoughts!).  I understand that GQ isn't exactly an academic source and I know that I will be accused of being an alarmist, but the cell phone issue has been a concern of mine for quite some time.  We always try to use an earpiece or speakerphone to keep the phone away from our bodies (specifically our brains).  Some European governments have acknowledged the danger of cell phone radiation exposure and are issuing legislation to deal with that.  For our part, this week we ordered Verizon to install a landline(a fiasco in and of itself) in our home which we hope to be our primary method of phone communication.  Since we're going retro, I'm actually on the lookout for a vintage rotary dial phone.  Let me know if you have any leads!

But, oh! We have come to rely on our cell phones so much - how can I live without it? I realize it will be a weaning process as we complete the terms of our contract (I hate how those companies force you into those).  We are also considering throwing out the microwave oven and reverting back to ethernet cables instead of a wireless connection.  We might as well move to the outback and live off the land.

I don't believe in living in fear.  Really, I don't.  But as a mother I feel particularly responsible to make the best decisions for my family's health.  Like eating lots of vegetables, getting exercise, and avoiding cancer-causing radiation.  Am I crazy?

3 comments:

Kendra said...

No, you are not crazy! Just seeing how carefully protective I am and we only have a cat....I can only imaging how it is going to be when I have a child...

Isaac and Daniel Cook said...

Elaine,
I didn't have a cell phone for the first 18 months we were here. It was great - I'm now attached to mine again. I guess I need to be weaned.

Speaking of weaning, I finally weaned Oliver. It was a slow process (since November) but I did it. What are your thoughts about weaning?

MamaQ said...

Weaning is another post entirely! Last October I weaned Maya from nighttime feedings (which finally brought my period back after 3 years!). Our rule became "No opai when it's dark out" which she grasped quite well. But she still wants to nurse all the time - and after four months we're still not pregnant yet. It breaks my heart to wean her completely when she still wants it so badly, but I have a feeling that our fertility doctor is going to demand it. Ginny gave me a fabulus LLL book about weaning. I'll post again about it. But congrats on weaning Oliver! What an accomplishment!