I chose to go back to relaxed hair because my natural hair no longer served its purpose. When I went natural I did it for several reasons but to encompass them all it had a lot to do with not knowing who I was. I was trying to find myself. I grew up with two older sisters and three brothers and let’s just say I was the roughest of the bunch. I was a certified tomboy. I was the darkest of all the girls and yes it created a complex. If anyone can remember growing up in the 90’s it was in to be light skinned. Clearly I wasn’t in. my older sisters as well as my mother are light skinned women, or as some may put it “red bones”. Growing up I had a hard time identifying with my beauty as a caramel skinned African-American woman. I went through several phases as a young girl, due to other things that we will get to in the future, and in each phase I remember them all being an attempt for me to define who I am. This last phase, the past four years of being natural, has finally put me on the page of understanding what it was that I was unconsciously doing. My emotions are mixed because it’s almost like I’m stepping into a new world however I have been there before. I am excited about the journey that I am about to take tomorrow and I hope that each day helps me learn more and more about who I am.
November 8, 2011
It was only a few years ago that if you labeled fluoride as a dangerous substance, you would be laughed at and scorned. For years, a select minority of individuals were the only ones raising the awareness of this health concern. Their cries have been and continue to be met with dissonance, despite the fact that the public’s opinion on fluoride has changed much in just a short time.
In fact, even the United States government has called for lower levels of water fluoridation following a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives, which found that increased fluoride consumption led to decreased IQ in children.
Communities are attempting to end water fluoridation, mainstream news is acknowledging its negative effects, and even a number of professional dentists have recognized the dangers of fluoride, and spoken out against its use and distribution. Most recently, the Palmer City Council of Alaska passed an ordinance repealing the town’s water fluoridation mandate.
Mainstream dentistry and oral health has been the vehicle through which sodium fluoride, a chemical byproduct of fluorine, has been injected into our everyday lives. Said to ‘fight tooth decay’ and ‘strengthen enamel,’ it has been proliferated into nearly every form of toothpaste. Dentists also apply fluoride topically to teeth during routine visits to produce said effects. It has been added to municipal water supplies since the early 1900s, under the same premise of aiding oral health and hygiene.
Despite this, fluoride has a notoriously negative track record in terms of how it is used, and the products that use it as an active ingredient. While being used in toothpaste and various mouth washes, fluoride is also the main ingredient in many rat poisons, Prozac (an anti-depressant found to actually lead to suicide and other health conditions), and is even labeled as a toxic substance.
In fact, the safety precautions regarding sodium fluoride are quite telling themselves:
Risk and Safety Phrases.
R25 – Toxic if swallowed.
R32 – Contact with acid liberates very toxic gas.
R36/38 – Irritating to skin and eyes.
S1/2 – Keep locked up and out of reach of children.
S22 – Do not breathe dust.
S36 – Wear suitable protective clothing.
S45 – In case of accident or if you feel unwell, seek medical advice immediately (show the label whenever possible.)
Of course it is important to note that there is a difference between topical fluoride exposure and internal consumption. With topical fluoride exposure, the amount of actual internal exposure can be minimal. However, many forms of fluoride exposure are through the internal digestion of the substance that has been linked to reduced IQ in major studies. Fluoride tablets have been distributed to children in public schools, leading to the complete digestion of the substance, as opposed to topical use.
For quite some time there have been a host of individuals speaking out against water fluoridation and its inclusion in foods, oral hygiene products, and as psychotropic drugs. Many foreign countries have banned its inclusion in municipal water supplies, and many U.S. states are progressively moving towards the same, as research continues to come out on the subject.
More recently, many practicing dentists have admitted that water fluoridation is a health risk, and should be stopped. This demonstrates a profound nature of humility that most doctors and large drug companies have yet to realize. If the mainstream medical establishment could own up to its shortcomings and work towards changing them, there would be nothing to fear. Sadly, in pursuit of profit, they go to great lengths to maintain the guise of authenticity, while slowly shearing the individual of their health and wealth.
Today marks the beginning of my hair journey. I have been Natural for about four years now and tomorrow I will be getting my first Relaxer. I know a lot of people may think that’s completely backwards but it’s not. I noticed that Hair is therapy to women. It’s an extension of our inner self. When I first went Natural it was in July of 2007. I was in a dark place in my life and everything that you could think about was out of control. My only way of controlling the madness was to take control of my hair. To some of you this might sound ridiculous but to others it sounds like Hair-apy (see Emotional section). So today I will spend my last full day with my Afro-centric Fro! J Don’t worry I will take pictures & post them soon. Tonight I plan on doing a hot oil treatment and deep conditioner before the big day. I will twist my hair into to two strand twist and allow to air dry. I will let you know how it goes! Wish me luck!!!
Today I embark on a new journey. I call it the “Journey of a Well-Rounded Woman”. On this journey I will explore every aspect of human development: Physically, Mentally, Emotionally, Spiritually, and Socially. In college I learned that all aspects of life can be rounded into these five categories. Although some topics might be controversial this blog is meant to be a representation of my actual journey. I am setting out to post a new blog everyday in each of the five categories.
The Physical Category
In this section I will be starting a transformation of my physical self. There will be updates and advice in the areas of Hair, Make-up, Wardrobe, Health, Diet & Exercise!
The Mental Category
In this section I will post Political and Economic information that I am learning about. There will be citations for all information that I write about so that you made be able to educate yourself!
The Emotional Category
In this section I will talk about personal life lessons of mine and advice I might have for someone that might be going through the same thing.
The Spiritual Category
In this section I would like to provide excerpts from my daily devotion. I hope in this section to educate, elevate and inspire people with the Word of God.
The Social Category
In this section I will post interesting pictures or videos and have a place to discuss social things that affect who we are.
I hope that this journey inspires many people to stare their own!
Peace, Blessings and Love
Confessions of CY