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How To Avoid The Top 10 Chemicals/Toxins

Avoid The Top 10 Most Common Toxins
People today believe the illusion that living in
this technologic age gives them an upgrade in
life, and ignore the major consequences of the
downside.

With all of the "conveniences" and "advances"
that people take for granted, involves a
number of toxins, chemicals used by corporations
to manufacture these devices, which have heavily
saturated our air, water, soil, food.

Diseases and conditions that people are being
inflicted with today are a result of years of
constant exposure to these toxins and chemicals.

With the widespread use of these toxins and
chemicals worldwide, it is obvious to see
that they are responsible for the rapidly
increasing number of people being inflicted
with cancers, disorders of the immune system,
neurological disorders, chronic fatigue
syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivities,
allergies, hormonal disturbances, and so on.

Think about this.

There are approximately 77,000 chemicals and
toxins that are produced in North America
alone.
There are over 3,000 chemicals that are added to
the food supply, as well as more than 10,000
chemical solvents, emulsifiers, and preservatives
that are used in food processing.
Approximately 1,000 new chemicals/toxins are
produced every year.

So, where do all of these chemicals/toxins end up?

They all end up in our oceans, lakes, rivers,
groundwater, our air, the soil, our food
supply, and our bodies.


How chemicals/toxins affect our bodies.

A report from the Columbia University School of
Public Health estimates that 95% of cancers are
caused by our diet and toxic environment.
A second report, in the British Medical Journal,
estimates that 75% of cancers can be attributed
to our lifestyle and environment.

This really comes as no surprise, especially when
you consider other estimates which show that
Americans(and Canadians)have approximately 400 to
800 chemicals/toxins stored in their body fat.

Here are some of the short and long term effects
of these chemicals/toxins.

Neurological Disorders: Parkinson's, Alzheimer's,
Depression, Attention Deficit Disorder, Schizophrenia,
and so on.

Cancer

Nutritional Deficiencies

Hormonal Imbalances Enzyme Dysfunction

Altered Metabolism

Reproductive Disorders

Fatigue

Headaches

Obesity, Muscle and Vision Problems

Immune System Depression

Allergies/Asthma

Endocrine Disorders

Chronic Viral Infections

Less Ability To Tolerate/Handle Stress

Ten Of The Most Common Chemicals/Toxins


These are the chemicals/toxins are most common in
our air, water, soil, food, and bodies, and this
is only a partial list, as there are thousands
more chemicals/toxins poisoning our environment.

 http://www.mercola.com/2004/mar/6/environmental_chemicals.htm

PCBs -- Polychlorinated Biphenyls: This industrial chemical has been "banned" in the United States for decades, and it is a persistent organic pollutant that's still present in our environment.

Risks: Cancer, impaired fetal brain development
Major Source: Farm-raised salmon. Most farm-raised salmon, which accounts for most of the supply in the United States are fed meals of ground-up fish that have absorbed PCBs in the environment and for this reason should be avoided.
 http://www.mercola.com/2003/aug/2/pcbs_salmon.htm

Pesticides: According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 60 percent of herbicides, 90 percent of fungicides and 30 percent of insecticides are known to be carcinogenic. Alarmingly, pesticide residues have been detected in 50 percent to 95 percent of U.S. foods.
Risks: Cancer, Parkinson's disease, miscarriage, nerve damage, birth defects, blocking the absorption of food nutrients
Major Sources: Food (fruits, vegetables and commercially raised meats), bug sprays

Mold and other Fungal Toxins: One in three people have had an allergic reaction to mold. Mycotoxins (fungal toxins) can cause a range of health problems with exposure to only a small amount.
Risks: Cancer, heart disease, asthma, multiple sclerosis, diabetes
Major Sources: Contaminated buildings, food like peanuts, wheat, corn and alcoholic beverages
 http://www.mercola.com/2003/nov/5/toxic_foods.htm

Phthalates: These chemicals are used to lengthen the life of fragrances and soften plastics.
Risks: Endocrine system damage (phthalates chemically mimic hormones and are particularly dangerous to children)
 http://www.mercola.com/2003/jun/21/chemicals_children.htm
Major Sources: Plastic wrap, plastic bottles, plastic food storage containers. All of these can leach phthalates into our food.

VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds): VOCs are a major contributing factor to ozone, an air pollutant. According to the EPA, VOCs tend to be even higher (two to five times) in indoor air than outdoor air, likely because they are present in so many household products.
Risks: Cancer, eye and respiratory tract irritation, headaches, dizziness, visual disorders, and memory impairment
Major Sources: Drinking water, carpet, paints, deodorants, cleaning fluids, varnishes, cosmetics, dry cleaned clothing, moth repellants, air fresheners.

Dioxins: Chemical compounds formed as a result of combustion processes such as commercial or municipal waste incineration and from burning fuels (like wood, coal or oil).
Risks: Cancer, reproductive and developmental disorders, chloracne (a severe skin disease with acne-like lesions), skin rashes, skin discoloration, excessive body hair, mild liver damage
Major Sources: Animal fats: Over 95 percent of exposure comes from eating commercial animal fats.

Asbestos: This insulating material was widely used from the 1950s to 1970s. Problems arise when the material becomes old and crumbly, releasing fibers into the air.
Risks: Cancer, scarring of the lung tissue, mesothelioma (a rare form of cancer)
Major Sources: Insulation on floors, ceilings, water pipes and healing ducts from the 1950s to 1970s.

Heavy Metals: Metals like arsenic, mercury, lead, aluminum and cadmium, which are prevalent in many areas of our environment, can accumulate in soft tissues of the body.
 http://www.mercola.com/2003/dec/27/toxic_metals.htm
Risks: Cancer, neurological disorders, Alzheimer's disease, foggy head, fatigue, nausea and vomiting, decreased production of red and white blood cells, abnormal heart rhythm, damage to blood vessels
Major Sources: Drinking water, fish, vaccines, pesticides, preserved wood, antiperspirant, building materials, dental amalgams, chlorine plants
 http://www.mercola.com/2004/feb/18/dental_health.htm
 http://www.mercola.com/2005/feb/9/mercury_chlorine.htm

Chloroform: This colorless liquid has a pleasant, nonirritating odor and a slightly sweet taste, and is used to make other chemicals. It's also formed when chlorine is added to water.
Risks: Cancer, potential reproductive damage, birth defects, dizziness, fatigue, headache, liver and kidney damage.
Major Sources: Air, drinking water and food can contain chloroform.

Chlorine: This highly toxic, yellow-green gas is one of the most heavily used chemical agents.
Risks: Sore throat, coughing, eye and skin irritation, rapid breathing, narrowing of the bronchi, wheezing, blue coloring of the skin, accumulation of fluid in the lungs, pain in the lung region, severe eye and skin burns, lung collapse, reactive airways dysfunction syndrome (RADS) (a type of asthma)
Major Sources: Household cleaners, drinking water (in small amounts), air when living near an industry (such as a paper plant) that uses chlorine in industrial processes.

How To Avoid Chemicals/Toxins

While it is impossible to avoid all chemicals
and toxins, it is possible to limit your
exposure as much as possible.

Buy and eat, as much as possible, organic produce and free-range, organic foods. If you can only purchase one organic product it probably should be free range organic eggs. Fortunately most grocery stores now have these available. If they don't contact the store manager and encourage them to carry them.

Rather than eating fish, which is largely contaminated with PCBs and mercury, consume a high-quality purified fish or cod liver oil. Contact your favorite health food store for it or. Another option is to have your wild-caught fish lab tested to find out if it is a pure source. There are still some
wild Alaskan red salmon that are mercury/PCB free.

Avoid processed foods -- remember that they're processed with chemicals!

Only use natural cleaning products in your home. Most health food stores will have these available or you can search on line for them.

Switch over to natural brands of toiletries, including shampoo, toothpaste, antiperspirants and cosmetics. Same sources here, either your local health food store or you can search on line.

Remove any metal fillings as they're a major source of mercury.

Avoid using artificial air fresheners, dryer sheets, fabric softeners or other synthetic fragrances as they can pollute the air you are breathing.

Avoid artificial food additives of all kind, including artificial sweeteners and MSG

Get plenty of safe sun exposure to boost your vitamin D levels and your immune system, and you'll be better able to fight disease.

Have your tap water tested and, if contaminants are found, install an appropriate water filter on all your faucets, even those in your shower or bath.

Limit your use of drugs, prescription and over-the-counter, as much as possible. Drugs are chemicals too, and they will leave residues and accumulate in your body over time.

Related Articles:

Cancer, One of the Leading Causes of Death Today Was a Rarity Among Ancient Populations
 http://www.mercola.com/2005/feb/2/cancer_ancient.htm

Toxic Chemicals Found in Nearly ALL Foods
 http://www.mercola.com/2000/dec/24/chemicals_pop.htm

Are You Caught in the Drug Trap? Find Out How to be Set Free From a Drug-Controlled Life
 http://www.mercola.com/2004/apr/21/drug_trap.htm

The Toxic Bucket: How Environmental Medicine Unloads the Burden of Synthetic Chemicals From the Body
 http://www.mercola.com/2004/sep/22/toxic_bucket.htm

How to Live Healthy in "Our Toxic World"
 http://www.mercola.com/2004/feb/28/toxic_world.htm

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