[h/t: Talking Points Memo]
Where are we going, and why am I in this handbasket?
“In the U.S., four cases of lead poisoning have been linked to Chinese dental fixtures. A laboratory test revealed that some contained 210 times the acceptable amount of the toxic metal.”So far, they’re known to be deliberately poisoning:
• pharmaceuticals and OTC drugsThe only question I have is: Are there any remaining routes of poison administration that they can exploit?
• toys and teething rings
• lunchboxes and backpacks and bibs
• dental crowns and dentures
1. Buy nothing at all other than the essentials.Generations have gotten by quite nicely without the quantity of goods we now consider somehow essential. Kids and adults had far fewer toys, but enjoyed their bikes and the public library and making up their own games. And always, we need to remember that for every dollar we spend, we are sacrificing our time, because time really is money.
2. Buy nothing from China, if at all possible.
3. Buy nothing from “dollar” stores, and nothing generic, and nothing that’s likely to be counterfeit.
4. Make what you can (e.g., simple toys, curtains, food from scratch) and withdraw from the culture of consumption.
5. Tell your doctor and dentist that you expect them to use top quality materials on you, and specifically, that you demand they use nothing from China in or on your body.