In our last Blog post we started this series on the topic of Body Pollutions and the Dangers, covered the Body Burden and interesting section entitled: “Six Trillion Pounds of Chemicals a Year”. If have yet to read it, please head down below to check it out before continuing with this, Part II of Body Pollutions and the Dangers. OK, not that we have that out of the way, lets more on…
Cancer, Birth Defects, You Name It
In total, out of the 210 chemicals tested for, the nine subjects carried:
76 chemicals linked to cancer in humans or animals,
94 chemicals that are toxic to the brain and nervous system,
86 chemicals that interfere with the hormone system,
79 chemicals associated with birth defects or abnormal development,
77 chemicals toxic to the reproductive system, and
77 chemicals toxic to the immune system.
What mixtures of industrial chemicals are found in the bodies of the general population? How can we find out what industrial chemicals are in our body? “Not easily,” say the researchers at Environmental Working Group. “In this study the laboratory costs alone were $4,900 per person. Scientists spent two years designing the study, gaining approval of the study plan from Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s Institutional Review Board, and recruiting subjects. People can request body burden tests through their personal physicians, but in general the methods used by available commercial labs are not sensitive, the available tests are limited, or both.”
If you’re not ready to spend close to $5,000 on a comprehensive test, you can use the Environmental Working Group’s online questionnaire to build a “virtual” body burden profile based on lifestyle questions.
Deadly Combination of Chemicals
“When it comes to toxic chemicals in everyday products,” explains the Center for Children’s Health and the Environment, “there is surprisingly little information available about how they behave in combination. How, for example, are our bodies affected when the chemicals in paint thinners interact with those in dark hair dyes, or when we are exposed to one pesticide on a fruit, and another from our neighbor’s lawn?
Here is an analogy: Compared with non-smokers, cigarette smokers have ten times the risk of contracting lung cancer. We also know that workers exposed to asbestos have five times the lung cancer risk compared with those never exposed. You might think, therefore, that smokers exposed to asbestos would have 15 times the risk of getting lung cancer. In fact, they face 55 times the risk… Dutch scientists have documented that when PCBs, at a non-toxic level, are mixed with dioxin, at a level that produced only minor liver damage, the combination produced 400 times the damage of the dioxin alone.”
The Toxins Within and Without
Environmental pollution is just part of the problem as our bodies are forced to deal with the chemical cornucopia that is poisoning our food s upply. More than 3,200 chemicals are added to the food we eat, and as many as 10,000 more additives find their way indirectly into our food as it is grown, processed, packaged, and stored. This includes hormones and antibiotics fed to animals, as well as pesticides and heavy metal residues , such as lead and mercury, in plants.
As dismaying as all this may sound we must face the fact that our external environment is not the only contributing factor to internal pollution. Our health is equally disrupted by toxins that are produced inside the body, primarily due to the body’s inability to cleanse itself adequately and improper digestion. “A poorly functioning digestive tract can turn even the best of foods into metabolic poisons in the form of acids, gases, alcohols, and carcinogens,” explains Dr. Linda Berry, clinical nutritionist, in her best-selling book Internal Cleansing. “Autointoxication is the process of the body poisoning itself with toxins, from internal sources, that cannot be processed by the body’s elimination systems because they are overloaded, undernourished, genetically compromised, or diseased.”
The nutritionally inferior processed and junk foods consumed by many Americans are contributing to digestive disturbances, which in turn leads to an even more toxic internal environment.
Mercury – “Our Preferred Poison”
Another common form of toxicity comes from mercury amalgam fillings. According to the latest data, American dentists use 44 tons of highly toxic mercury to fill some 100 million cavities each year. Despite all the safer alternatives available today, 92% of dentists still prefer to work with amalgam fillings. The March 2005 edition of Discover magazine reported the following in its article entitled “Our Preferred Poison – A little mercury is all that humans need to do away with themselves quietly, slowly, and surely:”
“Mercury is unimaginably toxic and dangerous. A single drop on a human hand can be irreversibly fatal. A single drop in a large lake can make all the fish in it unsafe to eat… In the modern era, [mercury] became a common ingredient of paints, diuretics, pesticides, batteries, fluorescent lightbulbs, skin creams, antifungal agents, vaccines for children, and of course, thermometers. There is probably some in your mouth right now: So-called silver dental fillings are half mercury… Seafood is one of the two most common sources of mercury exposure in adults. ”
Stay tune for our next blog post for the more information regarding our topic where we’ll discuss Parasites (yes they are more prevalent than you might think, Signs of Toxicity and a unique spin on the concept of “Detoxify or Die”