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Our Toxic Burden
Toxins are everywhere!
From polluting the air we breathe, to the water we drink, to the food we eat. Toxins threaten and affect our quality of life and the
life of those we love. They cannot be avoided and the toll on health is staggering.
From the moment we begin life in our Mother's womb we have been bombarded with toxins. This continues every day of
our lives. Many of these toxins are fairly easily excreted and do little harm. Others build up in our system and impede the
potential abilities for our bodies to perform properly. Others still potentially lead to the break down of our metabolism and
to chronic diseases.
There are hundreds of toxins in our body at any given time.
Some come from your carpet, cabinets, foam mattresses and pillows, telephones, hair dryers, flame retardants, household
cleaners and computers. Many others come from the foods we eat every day at home or at restaurants.
Unfortunately, many of these toxins have a much more difficult time leaving the body, so, they build up rapidly to an
overburdening of toxicity.
There are chemicals found in some shampoos, nail polish, deodorants, toothpaste, shower curtains, vinyl flooring
and plastic water bottles that studies suggest can cause problems in sexual development, especially in baby boys.
Pesticides commonly found in household bug and plant sprays, pet flea collars and antimicrobial soaps that have
been linked to some cases of asthma, as well as, neurological, developmental and immunological problems.
Even highly recommended fruits items from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), listed to promote good
health, such as strawberries and grapes can be toxin hazards, unless they are certified organically grown.
In the case of fish, farmed Atlantic salmon is by far the single greatest source of PCB's and other persistent toxins in
today's diet. This is the type of salmon most frequently found in grocery stores and restaurants. Another favorite
fish, tuna, is known to contain mercury, a heavy metal toxin that is highly dangerous to our health.
These are only a few examples of toxins that can enter our bodies every day. For most of us,
environmental chemicals and toxins come in tiny doses and the harm is hard to measure. We
need to learn from the experiences documented at major chemical accidents and
contaminated hot spots around the world that inundate people with severe doses of toxins
and those effects can be anything but subtle.
Consider this quote from the President's Cancer Panel...
'...when the government evaluates the safety of a chemical, it needs to look beyond individual chemicals to consider
the cumulative effect on humans from exposure to multiple chemicals, and it must consider how small amounts of a
chemical can cause subtle changes in the human body that can result in cancer years later.' - The United States
President's Cancer Panel Annual Report
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