what’s in the meds?

after all of this hoopla of cleaning out the pantry, fridge and cupboards, i sat in front of my medicine cabinet this morning and started to wonder what the hell’s in our medications. i have a ton (as you can see) and i try to purge it frequently. i honestly can’t quite figure out what we have all this crap for, but i seem to have a pill to ease nearly every ailment, one symptom at a time.

in my defense, not a single one is expired. this i know. everytime we move (on average, once a year) i go through the meds and toss the expired ones. a longtime friend (who really should be a professional organizer and cleaner) used to help me sort and arrange the medicine cabinet to make it more functional and that would cause me to re-evaluate everything, and yet i still have this disaster of a cabinet full of chemicals.

i’m a lost cause.

i guess what i’m wondering is if anyone has done any research on what’s in our meds. obviously, chemical laden substances are never good, but i’m also willing to accept that my husband will always need a bottle of excedrin migraine within his reach.

since having the babies, i’m much more cautious about what i put in their little bodies. they get the very occasional dose of tylenol, but only when things are really uncomfortable. for the most part, i try to limit them to their vitamins and natural remedies.

is anyone else out there dealing with the same challenge? how are you handling the decisions? and what about first aid stuff?


Burt’s Bees – How Should We React?

By now, it’s no secret that Clorox has recently purchased Burt’s Bees.

There has been a lot of debate among hippies like ourselves about whether this is good, bad, or neither. I’d like to take a moment and share what I believe about the subject.

Burt’s Bees, first of all, creates great products. Their products are natural, environmentally friendly, affordable (more or less), and widely available. Being able to drop into the nearest supermarket and pick up a tube of Burt’s Bees lip balm is a wonderful convenience for the environmentally-minded consumer.

I use Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm and Burt’s Bees diaper rash cream. I have been very pleased with both products.

So, obviously, there are practical reasons to buy Burt’s Bees.

HOWEVER, if it is important to you to make sure that you money is only going to do good things, I would discourage you from buying Burt’s Bees.

People are arguing about whether Clorox is trying to truly “go green” or if it is just trying to cash in on the current popularity of environmentalism. Sadly, I am confident that the latter is true.

The reason why I would discourage buying from Burt’s Bees is the same reason that I will always choose Wendy’s over McDonald’s.

When trans fat came under scrutiny, Wendy’s pledged to eliminate all trans fat from its restaurants, and immediately set to work doing so.

When Super Size Me, among other things, brought McDonald’s under intense scrutiny, they added some salads and apple wedges to their menu.

Do you see the difference? The sincere people change what they’re doing wrong, and the fakers add something that seems right.

Clorox manufactures bleach, along with many cleaning products that contain bleach and other harmful chemicals. These chemicals are toxic to the environment, and to your family.

If Clorox truly cared about the environment, they would start phasing out their more dangerous products in favor of more natural alternatives. Buying Burt’s Bees? Probably either a business investment or a publicity stunt. Or both.

The moral of the story? If all you can afford or access is Burt’s Bees, keep right on buying it. It’s a far better product for you and your family than conventional brands. But if you can make the switch, find a better company to give your hard-earned cash to.