Every time we eat, drink and breathe we are exposed to toxins. Even worse, our exposure is 50 times the level of toxins compared to most other developed countries. Daily, poisonous chemicals are introduced to our bodies from cleaning supplies, clothing, personal care products, cookware, computers, cell phones, pest management, plastics and fragrances. These ever expanding toxic chemicals infiltrate our food, water, air and skin creating several debilitating chronic diseases and acute reactions.
The Environmental Protection Agency states that there are over 85,000 chemicals registered worldwide. However, less than half of those have been tested for toxicity in the human body. Even worse- less than 9% of chemicals have been assessed for toxic effects on children and their development. Of the 85,000, around 3,800 chemicals are considered “high use” and are more prevalent in today’s society. The EPA estimates that over 90% of all U.S. foods contain pesticides. Likewise, the EPA estimates that 4 billion pounds of pesticides are used in U.S. foods on a yearly basis, that equals 10 pounds for every man, woman and child. How many pounds is that for your own household?
The daily amount of varying toxins, pesticides and hormones that our bodies take in is innumerable. Once inside the body, these toxins reside in the bowel, liver and fat tissues and affect multiple body systems. For instance, pesticides are linked to hormone imbalances, cancer, neurological and autoimmune diseases. They are often associated with weight gain, foggy memory, fatigue, decreased sex drive, fertility disorders, depression and anxiety. Toxins attack our bodies in and outside of our homes- and shockingly, the toxins we find in our homes are more dangerous than what lurks outside. Common household toxins include most cleansers, body lotions, paint, adhesives, air fresheners, carpet deodorizers, stain removers, bleach, mothballs, oven cleaners, lawn and garden care, and many pesticides!
Toxins don’t always come from obvious chemical exposures, They can produced internally as a result of food allergies or overgrowth of opportunistic organisms. Additional health issues related to toxins Include:
Detoxification is a vital way to help your body eliminate toxins as well as to give your system a fresh start. There are several excretory pathways and organs that aid the body in detoxification on a daily basis. The four main excretory pathways include urine, sweat, respiration and stool, while the main detox organs are the liver, intestines, kidneys and skin. Optimally functioning detoxification systems are vital to overall well-being. If any of these pathways are clogged or are unable to function properly, the body usually becomes toxic. Utilizing a seasonal bowel cleanse with vegetables and supplements containing probiotics, enzymes and fiber is a great way of increasing bowel absorption. Below is a chart describing some of the common toxins that are addressed during detoxification.
Method of Detection & Removal
|Alcohol||Consumption||Stimulates Estrone(E1) receptors increasing breast cancer risk by 40%; may create mood disorders||Avoid or minimize|
|Caffeine||Tea, coffee, chocolate, soda||Stimulates excess bile production which depletes the liver of nutrients, may create mood disorders||Avoid or minimize|
|Aspartame Sucralose||Artificial sweeteners||Neurological dysfunction, ADD||Avoid Sources and buy different products|
|Processes Oils (Canola/Vegetable)||Processed food, salad dressing, restaurant food, fried food||source of pesticides||Use Organic Grape Seed/Organic Olive oil- (cold pressed)|
|Formaldehyde Trichloroethylene||Decaf coffee, dry cleaning solvent||Impairs Phase 2 detoxification in Liver||Avoid Sources and buy different products|
|Imported produce||stimulates Estrone(E1) receptors increasing breast cancer risk by 40%||Eat organic|
|Phthalates, Dioxin Plastics, Bisphenol-A||Plastic food containers, plastic bags, Ziploc bags, baby bottles, vaginal lubricants, nail polish||stimulates Estrone(E1) receptors increasing breast cancer risk by 40%; possible Carcinogen, harmful to nervous system, & may cause birth defects||Use glass, porcelain, and aluminum foil for food storage|
|Polycyclic aromatic Carbons||Gasoline, Oil combustion, Cigarette smoke, Charred meats||stimulates Estrone(E1) receptors increasing breast cancer risk by 40%||Avoid or minimize|
|Chlorinated products||Drinking water, Pools||Displaces iodine and results in low thyroid state, cancer causing hypochlorites||Avoid or minimize|
|Brominated products||Pesticides, processed flours, breads, beverages (eg. Mountain Dew), fire retardants, medications||Endocrine disruptor, displaces iodine results in low thyroid state||Avoid or minimize, Iodine Therapy|
|Fluoride||Toothpaste, mouthwash, dental treatments, unfiltered water, insecticide||Endocrine disruptor, effects pineal gland & melatonin production, weakens the immune system, may cause allergic reactions (eg. hives), impairs bone mineralization||Purify drinking water, use fluoride free products, mineral and herbal therapy to remove fluoride|
|Parabens, methylparaben||Lotions, skin products, deodorants, cosmetics||Concentrate in fat tissue & breast tissue; endocrine hormone disruptor||Avoid Sources and buy different products|
|Polyethylene glycol, Petroleum||Lotions and skin products, vaginal lubricants||possible Carcinogen, harmful to nervous system, & may cause birth defects||Avoid Sources and buy different products|
(i.e. Mercury, Lead, Arsenic, Cadmium)
|Amalgams, fish (tuna/mackerel), house paint, medications, cigarettes||Displaces other metals (eg. Ca, Mg); osteoporosis, Dementia, cognitive dysfunction, arthritis||Heavy metal challenge test in urine with DMSA, Oral chelation, IV chelation|
|Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) Radiation||Cell phones, computers, screens, WiFi zones, cordless phones, airplanes, hospital zones, Bluetooth||Thyroid dysfunction, 4-fold decrease in sperm function, sleep disturbances (disrupts alpha & delta brain waves), brain dysfunction and tumors||Keep cell phones, iPads & laptops >10” from body; use fully insulated headsets instead of hands-free devices|