Sometimes people tell me they are very careful about what they eat and drink and so THEY don't have toxins in their bodies. Do they?
From High Tech Health...
We have been perpetually exposed to toxins every day since we were born. As the quantity that accumulates in the body reaches high enough levels, the affect on our health can vary from annoying chronic symptoms to death from heart disease or cancer.
• Plastic wrap and plastic bottles outgas plasticizers (phthalates) that leach into our food. Phthalates chemically mimic hormones damaging the endocrine system.
• Pesticide residues are detectable in 50% - 95% of the food consumed in the U.S. Pesticides can be even more damaging to the endocrine and glandular systems. The U.S. uses 30x more synthetic pesticides today than in 1945.
• "Silver" dental fillings contain mercury (a cause of Parkinson's disease and many other neurological disorders) that leaches out and is absorbed by the surrounding tissue and lungs.
• The average carpet outgases more than 12 chemicals (such as benzene, a known cause of leukemia) all of which can cause disease.
Our bodies have become virtual dumping grounds for the hundreds of thousands of toxic compounds that invade our air, water, and even the soil that nurtures our food.
More than 77,000 chemicals are in active production in North America. More than 3,000 chemicals are added to our food supply; and more than 10,000 chemicals in the form of solvents, emulsifiers, and preservatives are used in food processing, packaging, wrapping, and storage.
Everyday, all of us ingest tiny amounts of these chemicals. The EPA estimates there are more than 20,000 chemicals that our bodies cannot metabolize. Chemicals not metabolized are stored in the fat cells throughout our bodies where they continue to accumulate.
As these chemicals build up, they alter our metabolism, cause enzyme dysfunction and nutritional deficiencies, create hormonal imbalances, damage brain chemistry, and cause cancer. Because the chemicals accumulate in different parts of the body and at different rates and in different combinations, there is a disturbingly large variety of different chronic illnesses that can result.
Since none of us can be protected, everyone needs to be taking steps to overcome the toxins before they overwhelm us.