As you will see this is a multi-part Blog post series… stay tuned for far more valuable info on this important topic and was to relieve yourself and our loved ones of this dangerous condition many of us have at one level or another.
For decades, scientists have been studying the pollutants in our air, water, food, and soil. Now scientists are beginning to examine pollution levels in humans and their findings are unsettling to say the least. Environmental chemicals are all around us and there’s no way to escape their harmful effects. Our bodies are not capable of eliminating all the different toxins and chemicals we inhale and ingest every day. They simply accumulate in our cells (especially fat cells) tissues, blood, organs (such as the liver and brain) and remain stored for an indefinite length of time – eventually leading to numerous health conditions. Our bodies are simply not designed to metabolize these new chemicals which humanity has never been exposed to in the history of the world.
“I Am Polluted”
“Researchers at Harvard’s School of Public Health examined my blood, hair, urine, toenails and bones,” reported Mark Stevenson in Canada ‘s National Newspaper The Globe and Mail on March 5, 2005. “It’s all in the name of the emerging science of body burden, a concept referring to the amount of chemicals that accumulate in the human body. As it turns out, I am polluted. Everyone is to some degree. But as the list of toxic chemicals identified in people continues to grow, scientists are trying to figure out what the implications are for human health.
‘It is alarming,’ Professor John Spengler says. ‘This is not meant to be settling information. I think if more people wake up to this fact, the better we are going to be… and the more demanding we’re going to be of our governments and our industries.’”
Researchers at two major laboratories found an average of 91 industrial compounds, pollutants and chemicals in the blood and urine of nine volunteers and a 167 chemicals in total for the entire group. According to the research, conducted by Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York with the Environmental Working Group, “76 cause cancer in humans or animals, 94 are toxic to the brain or nervous system, and 79 cause birth defects or abnormal development.” None of the people tested worked with chemicals or lived near an industrial facility. These results, presented in great detail on the Body Burden website, “represent the most comprehensive assessment of chemical contamination in individuals ever performed.”
“Six Trillion Pounds of Chemicals a Year”
The blood and urine samples taken from the nine volunteers were only tested for 210 different chemicals. U.S. chemical companies actually hold licenses to manufacture 75,000 chemicals for commercial use. The federal government registers an average of 2,000 newly synthesized chemicals each year. U.S. industries manufacture over 6 trillion pounds of 9,000 different chemicals a year. In 2000 alone, major U.S. industries reported dumping 7.1 billion pounds of 650 types of industrial chemicals into our air and water.
It’s no wonder there are “hundreds of chemicals in drinking water, household air, dust, treated tap water and food. They come from household products like detergent, insulation, fabric treatments, cosmetics, paints, upholstery, computers and TVs, and they accumulate in fat, blood and organs, or are passed through the body in breast milk, urine, feces, sweat, semen, hair and nails.”
Check back soon to learn more. Our next session we will cover Cancer, Birth Defects, You Name It, The Toxins Within and Without and a brief discussion about Mercury – “Our Preferred Poison” and what to do about it