Living In A Toxic World
Toxins we are exposed to and ingest include what we eat and drink, household cleaning agents, cosmetics, heavy metals, smoking, pharmaceuticals and even the air we breathe.
But there are things we can do to minimise our risk such as avoiding various foods and following a detoxification programme.
There are many things we cannot avoid in our toxic world but there are things we can do to minimise our risk, such as keeping an eye on what we eat and avoiding commercial household cleaners.
So What Should Be Avoided?
Well the bad news is that all commercial household cleaners contain toxic materials, generally they contain substances that can be disruptive to the respiratory system and digestive tract. Did you know that most allergies and breathing problems we contract can be caused by these household chemicals?
Alternative Household Cleaners
The good news is that there are alternative and safe household cleaners, a good general all purpose cleaner is vinegar, sodium carbonate and hot water, just think of the money you will save as well as giving you and your family’s health a boost! See alternative household cleaners here
Foods To Avoid.
Processed food should always be avoided, so go for organic or home grown as it hasn’t been sprayed with chemicals. Genetically Modified (GM) foods are made to grow quicker and perfect in shape for the supermarkets, but to achieve this the crops have had to be subjected to insecticides and herbicides and goodness knows what else to control the growing. So why not try growing your own or club together with your neighbours.
E waste is becoming a huge problem throughout the world and it is set to get worse if not controlled on a Global scale. E waste is all our used electronic equipment including computers, monitors, mobile phones as well as other electronic goods. To be sure we are living in a disposable world and unfortunately an incredibly small percentage of e-waste is recycled.
The problem is that electronic waste isn’t just rubbish, it contains some very toxic substances, like mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic and brominated flame retardants. When these retardants are burned they create other toxins, in fact some of the most toxic substances known today. The toxic effects in electronic waste can cause cancer as well as reproductive disorders and many health problems.
There are organisations that are taking the lead to prevent this one of which is the Basel Action Network (BAN) who are active throughout the world.
Detox and Chelation.
Heavy Metal Poisoning
Heavy metal poisoning can cause serious health problems and is often misdiagnosed for something else.
Heavy metals are normally present in the body however many of these have no known biological function, these are Aluminium, Cadmium, Beryllium, Lead and Mercury. Arsenic, Copper, Iron and Nickel are essential at low levels but are toxic at high levels.
When toxic metals accumulate they disrupt the function of vital organs, namely the heart, brain, kidneys, bones and liver.
There are many ways these metallic toxins can be absorbed into the body, through foods, beverages, skin exposure, and via the air we breathe. If you are working in an environment that is subject to these toxins you should wear gloves and use protective breathing equipment, make sure the work area is well ventilated.
Because of the very nature of our toxic environment escaping all heavy metal exposure is impossible but we can take preventative measures to reduce exposure, these include certain foods and Chelation Therapy.
Chelation Therapy is the approved treatment for heavy metal poisoning. It was first used in the 1950′s for those who worked in battery manufacturing to Chelate or “Claw” the heavy metals from the body, it was also used by the Navy for those suffering from lead poisoning from repainting old Naval ships.