A Day in the Life of Toxic Exposure
Are you, like more and more people, finding that your doctor just can’t help you get better?
Whether you suffer from vague and generalized conditions like chronic pain, chronic fatigue and depression or are battling a life-threatening illness like cancer, diabetes or autoimmune disease, if you doubt that your doctor can help you at all, you’re not alone.
That’s because conventional medicine seeks to hide symptoms, but neglects to treat the root cause of disease, leaving patients in a chronic, hopeless state of pain and suffering.
Did you know that one of the most pervasive and seldom-treated contributors to both chronic and acute conditions is TOXICITY!?
Every day, all day, you consume countless toxic poisons that take a toll on your health: fueling chronic inflammation, crippling your immune response, making you gain weight and increasing your likelihood of developing a deadly disease.
You’re not convinced that you are slowly and surely being poisoned?
Seeing is believing, so they say. So, how about I tag along with you, just for a day, and show you some of the many and unsuspected threats that are making you sick?
Very well, then, it’s settled. We’ll get started first thing in the morning…
“5 more minutes,” you think, as the alarm goes off, feeling like you just haven’t gotten enough rest. You drag yourself out of bed and reach for a glass of water. The bathroom fills with steam as you prepare a nice, hot shower. The smell of your favorite shampoo lifts your mood as you work your hair into a rich lather. Brushing your teeth, you take one last look in the mirror, thinking that you still look tired, but there’s nothing to be done about that now. At least you’re feeling better, you tell yourself, as you swallow an antibiotic you’ve been taking for an upper respiratory infection. A fresh-smelling shirt, still warm from the dryer, completes your look. Finally, fueling yourself for the day ahead with a multigrain bagel and a glass of juice, you step out the door and head to work.
STOP RIGHT THERE.
In the short time that it’s taken you to prepare for your day, you’ve already taken in a frightening load of toxic compounds.
Let’s start with that glass of water. If it came from the tap, you’re also taking in…
Chlorine wipes out beneficial bacteria in our guts, fuels acidity and inflammation and binds with microscopic particulate in the water to create a cancer-causing compound.
Fluoride is a neurotoxin that is associated with increased risk of osteoporosis, hip fractures and bone cancer.
Aluminum anode rods are placed in hot water heaters to extend the life of the product. Aluminum ions in the water are linked to anxiety, headaches and Alzheimer’s disease.
Lead leaches from pipes and is especially dangerous for children. It contributes to learning and behavioral disorders and is associated with an increase in aggressive, antisocial and criminal behavior.
Even low doses of copper cause fatigue, irritability and headaches. Increased exposure results in damage to the liver and kidneys.
- Genetic testing
As we know, genetics are not the only factor in our health, but they’re still an important one! Tests can reveal genetic mutations that make us more susceptible to particular nutrient imbalances, drug interactions and health problems. By knowing what’s in our DNA, we can modify our environment, diet and lifestyles to balance our inherited risk factors.
Perhaps, you opted for a bottle of water. Unfortunately, the “purified’ water you see on most shelves at the store is nothing more than glorified tap. It could be from a natural source, a spring or well, in which case it may be contaminated with pesticides, fertilizers, nitrates, algae blooms or bacteria.
To make matters worse, dangerous chemicals can leach from the plastic bottle into the water. Single-use plastic bottles contain what is known as non-intentionally added substances (NIAS). Up to 80 contaminants could be present in that water, including:
Formaldehyde is a preservative that causes irritation to the lungs, throat and eyes. According to the EPA, prolonged exposure causes cancer.
Acetaldehyde causes similar irritation to the eyes and respiratory tissues after brief exposure. Chronic exposure mimics alcoholism and causes significant damage to the liver.
Antimony is a toxic heavy metal that lowers blood sugar and increases cholesterol. It is associated with serious respiratory impairment, including inflammation of the lungs, chronic bronchitis, chronic emphysema and even tumours in the lungs.
As you step into that steamy shower, you’re getting an even bigger dose of all of the toxins in your local water supply, especially chlorine which evaporates with the steam. Inhalation is the most dangerous form of exposure to chlorine because it reacts with the water droplets to form a corrosive acid that irritates and damages the eyes and respiratory tissue.
What about those scrumptious soaps, shampoos, conditioners, body washes, shaving creams and deodorants that reliably transform us from groggy and dishevelled bed monsters into neat and attractive professionals ready to take on the day?
They’re dangerously problematic! Some of the worst compounds you can be sure that you’re consuming include:
Commonly found in deodorants, shampoos, lotions, sunscreens, makeup and other cosmetics, parabens mimic estrogen in the body and contribute to breast tumors and reproductive cancers.
Phthalates in shampoos are linked to birth defects, testicular atrophy, and liver cancer.
Also found in shampoos, methylisothiazolinone damages the brain and nervous system.
Toluene is a neurotoxicant and has been linked to anemia, kidney damage, impaired immune function and blood cancers. It is commonly found in the synthetic fragrances used to make personal care products.
Triclosan in toothpaste, deodorant, and body wash has been linked to heart disease and heart failure. It’s also an endocrine disruptor that contributes to weight gain, infertility and reproductive cancers.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (and closely related Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate)
These chemicals that make products foamier, like hand soaps, toothpastes, shampoos and cleansers, lead to organ toxicity, endocrine disruption, and cancer.
Aluminum is commonly used in deodorants, which are especially risky products because they are applied directly over our lymph nodes, and often just after shaving, when small cuts can make it even easier for the dangerous ingredients to penetrate our skin.
That sweet smell you were indulging in as you worked your hair into a lather? Sadly, the synthetic fragrances that are used in commercial products contain any combination of over 3,000 chemicals, many of which are known to be toxic. The most commonly used ingredients include acetaldehyde, which impairs the kidneys, brain, lungs and sex organs, and benzophenene, which is linked to endocrine disruption and organ toxicity and is believed to promote the growth of tumors. Many synthetic fragrances are derived from benzene, a petroleum byproduct known to cause cancer, especially in children.
If your morning routine includes a makeup application, your risk is even greater. You’ll be consuming yet more parabens, phthalates and lead, plus:
Ingredients that release formaldehyde, known to cause cancer, are added to cosmetics as preservatives.
Derived from petroleum and used to thicken and soften creamy products, PEGs cause cancer, damage the nervous system and impair development.
Common preservatives found in cosmetics that induce skin allergies, encourage the spread of tumors and are linked to organ and reproductive toxicity.
An endocrine disruptor that contributes to thyroid dysfunction, commonly found in foundations.
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Moving right along…
If you’re not familiar with the impact of antibiotics on your health, you may want to sit down…you see, that medicine that your trusted doctor prescribed to help you get better?
It’s making you very sick.
According to the CDC, 1 in 3 antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessary and as such pose an utterly unwarranted risk to not only the health of the unlucky individual with a careless M.D., but to the entire population at large, as overuse of antibiotics spawns the development of more and more bacteria that are resistant to medication.
Even when antibiotics are absolutely necessary, they pose a significant risk to your health. Antibiotics compromise the immune system, fuel systemic inflammation and leave you vulnerable to dangerous pathogenic infections.
And that fresh scent on your crisp, clean shirt? A study at the University of Washington identified 7 hazardous air pollutants and 25 volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are released from dryer sheets, including benzene and acetaldehyde.
Let’s not forget about that healthy breakfast…
Whole grains products are marketed as a more wholesome option for the health-conscious consumer, but are they? The wheat on the market today has been hybridized and genetically modified to withstand extreme amounts of toxic pesticides. Glyphosate, the pesticide used on wheat crops, is a carcinogenic antibiotic, reportedly increasing your likelihood of developing cancer by 41%!
As for the juice, just this year Consumer Reports announced that in a survey of 45 different popular commercial juices, half contained elevated levels of lead, cadmium and arsenic, which contributes to cancer, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and impaired learning, concentration and memory. Organic juices were just as likely to contain heavy metals as conventional products.
Enough of this, already. We’ve got to get you to work!
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