104 Responses to “Community Question: Where Do You Draw the Line at Natural?”


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  1. Ozfiz

    Sodium lauryl and sodium laureth sulfates are actually palm oil, which contributes greatly to rainforest deforestation in Borneo, Sumatra, and many other rainforests. For this reason I always avoid them or any other name palm oil goes by.

  2. Veronica

    Can you talk to the CHEMIST and ask his thoughts are on the use of Stevia?

  3. Beverly

    Did not know about the white vinegar. I make Kombucha vinegar but it falls more in the line of apple in recipes.
    So interesting what is done to our food chain…Nothing is cut and dry in our little world of greed. So thank-full that people like you spread the word to help us make conscious choices. We are more powerful than we think as consumers. WE can change so many things just by what we purchase or chose not to purchase, because ultimately what sells is what is going to be produced, Bottom line.

  4. chris

    it was suggested by a nutritionist that i substitute stevia for sugar; bad idea !!! i tried it for almost a year and had the worst, most foul smelling gas you could possibly imagine. since cutting out sugar did make it easier to lose weight, i didn’t want to believe that it was the stevia that was causing the problem, especially after it was recommended by a really good nutritionist.. as soon as i stopped taking stevia, the problem went away.. it is an interesting note that this stuff was banned in the U.S. and other countries, but is now listed as GRAS (generally recognized as safe). i don’t like the sound of that ..do you?

    • Brittany

      Hi Chris,

      I’m a farmer and have grown a couple types of stevia. The dried leaves can make a great sweetener and as you know may be very beneficial to those in need or desiring a natural sugar substitute.
      Beans and broccoli give me gas too. Everyone’s body processes differently. It doesn’t necessarily make the substance bad.
      Just food for thought;)

  5. chris

    btw..in regard to your comment “not all plants are safe..poison ivy, anyone.” i take homeopathic poison ivy regularly…it is called “rhus tox” i use the 200C or 1M potency.. only one pellet in 4 oz. water, and sip from that every 20 min. until you see a difference… it is absolutely the best thing ever for cold sores, or fever blisters if you like the sound of that better.. nothing that any doctor ever gave me worked except for this. if you take it right when you see the first sign of a bump, crack, or discoloration on your lip, it will not get worse… if i don’t take it, well..it ain’t pretty !! so there ya go.. poison ivy is my favorite plant !!!

  6. Dani

    hear, hear! fascinating article, great job

  7. Ruth

    I love your outlook on life and the way you do your research as well as citing your sources. Not many people do. Crunchy Betty articles are helping me to draw the line, as you so eloquently said. I do have something to point out, though; every single piece of produce or animal product that is available today is genetically modified. Selective breeding is picking preferred genetics in attempt to improve on current stock, be it vegetable or animal based. As examples of GMO vegetation, both wild wheat and snap peas before cultivation had exploding seed pods for propagation. The better the explosion, the farther the seeds were flung, the more successful the parent plant was in passing on its genetics. Hunter/gatherers found the defective plants that didn’t explode and started cultivating those because they were more reliable to harvest. Wild rice propagated the same way, now that I think about it. Further examples of seletive breeding in the plant world are apples, which rely on grafting to reproduce, as well as most other fruit and nut trees and avocados which only have 2 (!) Sets of genetics in the entire world. A seed grown from an avocado pit will be a clone of its parent. “GMO” is a catch all term, these days!
    I do apologise for how intense this post probably comes across as. I didn’t realize this was a hot button for me! A quick way to see what I’ve spelled out in a peer reviewed source, Jared Diamond put out a book , “Guns, Germs and Steel” where he has over 30 pages of peer reviewed documentation supporting the argument above.

  8. Elisabeth

    Many years ago I came up with my own ideals. Anything that can safely be made in my own kitchen is food. Anything that must be made in a lab is not food. I think that the definitions transfer well to personal care products.

  9. Marie

    I consider things derived from petroleum to be completely natural. Petroleum is a naturally occurring substance that is the end result of hundreds of millions of years and countless billions of metric tons of decayed biomass.

    I can safely make soap in my kitchen – should I eat it?
    You make things in a kitchen; you can also make things in a lab. Why does the lab get so much hate? It’s typically because a laboratory is associated with people that do things that most other people do not understand. Something that is not understood leads easily to hate and mistrust.

    Technically, olive oil isn’t natural, because it doesn’t occur naturally in the physical world but few people would exclude it for that reason. Corn, ANY corn that exists today is not natural, therefore your white vinegar will never be ‘natural’ whatever that means.

    As for toxicity, as you well know, the dose makes the toxin. Everything is toxic. Some things just take less to hurt a person. The problem with a black-and-white natural lifestyle is that we don’t live in a black-and-white type of world and we can’t make those kind of choices – we have to compromise with reality – sort of like using the internet on a computer inside a room inside a house with a utility connection to an electric power plant to talk about natural living on a blog.

    But then again, humans are natural beings, and therefore could not their creations be considered ‘natural’?

  10. ExquisiteThing

    I think informing ourselves is the key, and so is remembering that not every body (Yes, I separated EVERY BODY on purpose) will react the same to Anything. Just because something is Organic or comes from a plant does not make it safe or therapeutic for All. And, there are many elements taken from plants that are altered in labs to extract the beneficial parts, made into medicine that many people need to survive. Would I prefer to use food as medicine? Yes. But the fact is that our very earth and environment is so polluted that it Is Very Hard to draw lines. I think it is an individual thing, and not to be judged. We are bombarded daily with what is good and what is bad… it be so overwhelming that sometimes my line is drawn at trying to sift through what I’m told, take a break, and then listen to my body.

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