Hi, I’m Audra, the blogger behind Tox Free Me.
I started Tox Free Me to increase awareness of chemicals in every day items, how they are negatively effecting our bodies & easy ways to get rid of them.
Chemical free living came naturally to me….so I thought!….until 2016 when I endured a high-risk pregnancy. Eating all organic food (mostly a plant-based diet), buying “green” products for my home, partaking in daily exercise and going to my annual check ups…. I learned that was not enough.
At 12 weeks, I started bleeding, thinking it was a miscarriage, but later learned I had a subchorionic hematoma, or a blood clot, in my uterus and it was the size of an apple. It had the potential to impede on the growth of my child and WORSE kill my baby.
I felt like my body was failing me and worse, failing my baby.
I sat on bed rest for nearly 15 weeks where I found comfort in researching more integrative ways to manage my health. I wanted to continue using conventional medicine like going to see my OB, take medications as needed as well as incorporating alternative ways to manage my health.
At 31 weeks, we welcomed London Marie, all 3lb and 1oz, into out lives via emergency C-section. We are so thankful she is alive and her birth is truly a MIRACLE! But, we had no idea that our battle was just beginning.
We spent 51 days in the NICU helping London grow and fight off infection…..both of what we’re still doing today. Premature babies are born with less anti-bodies than babies born full-term meaning their immune system has a higher chance of being compromised. I wanted to find ways to prevent her from getting sick and help her handle the stressors that might come like sicknesses, illness, and disease.
Through all my research, I chose to approach her health using plants & essential oil based products because it is noninvasive, non-pharmaceutical way to preventative care. Now all you doctors and nurses our there, don’t freak out….remember I take an integrative approach which basically is conventional + alternative. I can’t just shove drugs at my daughters are all the time to keep her body healthy I needed a plan to do things around her, in her environment that supports her body and doesn’t suppress it.
Our bodies are exposed to 100’s if not 1000’s of chemicals a day through our food, make-up, personal care products, our kids crayons, in plastic water bottles, our kids clothing and even those air fresheners in our car and house.The impact of chemicals is dangerous taking years to show up just like the tobacco in cigarettes. I knew I had to make a change for my health & my family’s health ensuring my children are not burdened my chemicals for the rest of their life.
Even more importantly, the closer I paid attention to my friends, my family members, my neighbors, my co-workers the more I realized they were suffering from chronic disease which were all linked to toxic chemicals. My mother-in-law has been battling with her health for 10 years being diagnoses with celiac disease & MS all to find out her body was burden by toxins weakening her immune system. Close friends were being diagnosed with Rheumatoid arthritis. My mother, my brother and sister-in-law all struggling to fall asleep at night and & wake-up with EXTREME fatigue. And worse, seven friends, over and 18 month period, delivering premature resulting in three infant deaths.
The task of replacing toxins and chemicals seemed really daunting because I already thought I was doing a good job, buying green, organic products. But through the process, I actually realized it was simpler than I ever imagined.