Hi! You are probably wondering why I would choose to write a book on the subject of an organic lifestyle. Most of us would not normally consider that there is any problem with the conventional lifestyle that we lead.
Our modern high paced world that we live in has conditioned us to accept rather than question many issues that face us, as we simply feel that there is not enough time to devote to problems that do not seem to affect us.
I have been a medical doctor for the past fifteen years and specialise in emergency medicine. I have had the tremendous privilege of meeting and treating many patients from all walks of life, who have presented with acute injuries and medical illnesses.
These include patients with acute medical illnesses such as allergic reactions, heart attacks, stroke and those with exacerbations of their chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, cancers and many, many more.
A few years ago, I began to ponder over the many ailments people suffer from and wondered why it seems that more and more of us are suffering from allergies, cancers and lifestyle related illnesses such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease. Over this period of time there was one question that kept coming back to me.
Is it possible that the food that we eat and the environmental pollutants and chemicals that we are exposed to in our daily lives, be contributing to the rise of these illnesses?
Many of us would personally know of family members, friends or workmates who have been affected by these illnesses in one way or another.
This question has led to my own personal journey of searching and discovery of a natural, chemical-free and organic lifestyle that is not just good for our wellbeing but also for the environment in which we live.
If you are thinking of taking the first step towards an organic life, I hope this book will inspire you to start your own journey towards a healthier life.
This book will help you to be well-informed, save money and make organic choices about everything from what you eat and wear to how you furnish your home and maintain your garden. It details the hazardous chemicals that are found in body care and cleaning products. It also describes how you can change from using these synthetic and often toxic chemicals to using natural substances that are equally effective.
Within this publication, you will meet inspirational, every day Australians who have invested and devoted an endless amount of their time, energy and resources into bringing us outstanding 100% certified organic and genuine natural products. They have been very generous in sharing their personal experiences, challenges and triumphs on their own journey towards a chemical-free lifestyle.
By choosing organic foods, making choices that lessen the impact on our environment, switching to non-toxic cleaning products and using natural instead of synthetic materials in and around the home, we take control over all these areas in our lives. Small changes can have great impact if we all play our part.
If you are reading this introduction, I do hope you will read the rest of this book and then pass it on to your family, friends and workmates. Together, we can make a difference in our health, the health of our loved ones and the health of the world we live in.
Wishing you a long, prosperous, healthy and happy life!
Dr Esther Lok