When a tanker truck of chemicals overturns or there is a high profile industrial chemical contamination of food, the authorities (government and professionals) react quickly. However, they seem relatively unconcerned that there are tens of thousands of chemicals in the air, food, water and commercial products that we are exposed to every single day. These toxins gradually accumulate in our cells and wreak havoc on normal cellular processes.
We’ve probably all seen reports of animals that no longer reproduce normally and there is plenty of evidence in the medical literature that toxins harm humans. Recently a little bit of attention is being paid to the fact that chemicals can also damage our probiotic organisms that perform so many crucial functions for us. Here are some links to useful websites for various categories of toxins:
GENERAL – There is a lot of pollution we cannot personally control, but we can help minimize the damage by using a high quality far infrared sauna and voting with our dollars and buy the least toxic alternatives.
- Environmental Working Group Consumer Guides (to foods, cleaning products and body care) and Home Tips
- Natural Resources Defense Council
- Healthy Child resources
- Doris Rapp, MD on Environmental Medicine. Archived Interview and her Book
- A film, Unacceptable Levels
- Howard Garrett, the Dirt Doctor’s website. Source for safer alternatives for home and garden.
- Chemical Body Burden in Newborns
- Toxin Toxout (Getting Harmful Chemicals Out of Our Bodies and Our World) book by Bruce Lourie
- Detoxify or Die classic book by Sherry Rogers, MD
MERCURY – Other than radioactive materials, this metal is the most toxic. There is so much loose in our environment that we must be cautious about what fish to eat. Other controllable exposures are in dental materials and vaccinations.
- Moms against mercury (note: services that rank website safety often give poor ratings to sites fighting the status quo.)
- FDA—current advice on fish for pregnancy and children. FDA chart of exact mercury levels in fish
- Dental resources
- Do Antibiotics Contribute to Mercury Poisoning?
- Mercury Madness-David C. Kennedy, DDS. Archived interview
- Dr. Mercola on mercury
FLUORIDE – this chemical is uniformly acknowledged to be poisonous in large quantities. Its use for topical dental treatments is not as controversial as the practice of adding it to drinking water. Most developed countries do not fluoridate their water supplies. This site lists scientific and political issues:
PESTICIDES – Some of the diseases directly related to pesticides (including Roundup) include: asthma, autism and learning disabilities, birth defects and reproductive dysfunction, diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, and several types of cancer. Roundup® is considered one of the scariest. Residues of it will most often be found on GMO crops.
- Listen to an interview with Howard Garrett on Roundup.
- Pesticide-Induced Diseases Database
- Pesticide “inactive ingredients” are a big problem
BPA – Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical plasticizer that’s extremely common in food packaging. It acts like an estrogen hormone and studies show it can promote the growth of breast and prostate cancer cells.
WATER – We’ve known that all manner of industrial and agricultural chemicals leach into municipal water supplies. Now the concern is about drugs such as antibiotics and antidepressants turning up in drinking water. Municipal filtration and processing cannot handle all these toxins. Chlorine is added to kill bacteria in the water, but that can also kill our probiotics. Bottled water need only be as good as tap water and often contains plasticizers.
- TV news on testing Gulf residents after the oil spill
- Why it is important to filter tap water – Archived interview and Water filters
SMOKING – Surely I don’t need to say more than that smoking is a risk factor for virtually every disease, not just lung cancer. Here is help:
RADIATION – We are increasing surrounded by all kinds of energy frequencies and wave lengths all with little to no testing for their effect on health. Besides CT scans and radiation treatment, even airplane travel is a source of radiation. We should be a little suspicious given that we were assured that x-rays were so safe that they could be used to treat sinus infections and measure shoe size. I guess that is one good thing about texting…it keeps the cell phone away from our brains.
Copyright 2014, 2015 by Martie Whittekin, CCN