(This is an "I'm trying to figure this out" type of post. If it doesn't make much sense, or isn't well written, that is why)
I never thought it would have come to this. Never pegged myself to be the tree-hugger, crunchy granola type person, you know, the kind we made fun of growing up. But, well, it turns out I was wrong. Not that I'm a full fledged "natural is the only way to go" person, not by any means. I flip flop a lot on the subject, freaking out about how expensive I imagine going all organic, etc. really would be, while simultaneously becoming rather more disturbed by the things I learn in regards to what is allowed to be put in food and lotions and things, all the while reminding myself that we're all going to die some day anyway, and it's so hard to determine what really is good and healthy, so what's the point anyway?
I understand the desire to and thinking behind wanting to only use natural products, but it seems to me that many people take this to extremes, and it is a bit of a turn off for me. You see, we live in a fallen world, and every time someone makes claims of this or that being the miracle thing which will save us all from cancer, it causes me to pause, because there is nothing in this world that will absolutely prevent/cure disease once and for all. Nothing is going to give one a super human immune system, quite simply because everything in this fallen world is flawed. Further, in spite of what many all natural proponents might think, just because something is claiming to be all natural, but has a "do not eat" warning on it, doesn't mean that it isn't all natural. I wouldn't advise eating uranium, but that is certainly a naturally occurring substance. Or when people point out that because X is an ingredient in, say, cement or chemical degreaser, that said ingredient is therefore bad for you, which is not necessarily the case. Water is a surprisingly popular ingredient in many things which would kill you if ingested, but that doesn't mean that water is toxic. Another annoying line of thought is that which states that all man-made/artificial drug/medicine is toxic and does more harm to the body than good. I personally believe that such thinking does much disservice to the human intellect, and by extension the Divine Intellect. Surely God knew what He was doing when He endowed man with the intellectual capabilities we have which allow us to delve into the mysteries of the universe; to say that any discoveries and developments that man has in the realm of medicine only result in things harmful and not beneficial in any way seems to me an illogical conclusion.
(So I had to leave this mid-thought, which usually isn't a good thing...)
In spite of all those things that irk me about the "all natural is absobloominlutely the best" arguments, I find myself falling to the siren song of the au naturel. I always thought it would be cool to make medicinal compounds of herbs and stuff, so it really isn't too much of an imagination stretch for me. Though I will say I won't go all crunchy granola mama any time soon; think of me more like a chewy granola type person. Anyway, I think I'll be moving more toward the all natural, at least in regards to cleaning and hygiene-type stuff. Food will most likely follow eventually. :) But I promise to try and do my best to remain reasonable in my thinking regarding such things.