Some farms use INSECTS to eat other insects, like wasps to eat corn worms, and ladybugs to eat aphids, and so on. I had a CSA (community supported agriculture) share through a farm called Thorpes Farm when I lived in Buffalo, NY. They used zero sprays whatsoever. They were certified organic, but they went above and beyond. The share from them was also a really good deal if you eat your greens, because often they had "all you can eat" of certain crops for certain weeks, so we would take home a 15-gallon bin of kale every week that they had unlimited kale available. (Photos of what my fridge looked like stuffed with that much kale are available on my facebook.)
That said, yeah, the large organic farms do everything the cheapest way they can while still following the regulations. They still use chemicals.
Personally, my body can't tolerate make-up, perfumes, chemical shampoos, etc. I get migraines. Even fifteen minutes of wearing eye-liner (even Eco Bella eye-liner which is vegan and hypoallergenic) gives me a terrible headache that lasts for hours. So I'm "lucky" in that I can't expose myself to chemicals without making myself immediately suffer hours of pain. I have multiple face masks for filtering fumes from the air. My favorite is metamask, which just recently became available on Amazon. I was getting to the point where I was afraid to leave the house before I discovered these masks. I can't enter a building using incense or where any painting is going on!
I'm also insanely sensitive to foods, including all lectins. (Gluten is a type of lectin.) So in my books I teach people how to avoid chemicals and toxic foods as much as possible.
In Teal's case, I'm imagining flying around has a lot to do with the chemical ingestion. After I fly somewhere I'm down for the count for three days of recovery time. None of the masks I've tried do anything for jet fuel fumes; they go right through the mask and make me feel terribly sick even when everyone else just thinks it is a "mildly annoying" smell. It's not. It's chemical stuff poisoning you. I always take celery with me when I fly, as it is a miracle for headaches. And fresh ginger for the motion sickness of course.
I'm honestly considering if I ever want to fly again. I've been flying someone once or twice a year for the past decade, and each time it seems harder and worse than the last.
I've done a lot of reading about liver cleanses. I've done enemas and love them. I've watched clients do liver cleanses and helped them through it; but somehow I've not been called to do it myself. I'm concerned about how my body would handle it. For one thing, I couldn't use olive oil because I'm sensitive to olive oil. The idea of consuming epsom salts also makes me uncomfortable. And I can't do pasteurized juices, so I would have to fresh juice all my juice for the three day cleanse, which itself has implications. But . . . Maybe I should try it. Perhaps my sensitivities would go way down if I could get some stuff out of my liver.
(And yes, of course, I eat super clean too. All organic, no refined sweeteners whatsoever, no protein extracts, no hydrogenated oils, no food colorings, no mysterious added flavorings that aren't specified, no GMOs – which is part of eating all organic, and no lectins.)
Thank you for sharing Teal. I never find any of your content to be an "over share" for my taste, but then, I'm an INFJ too.