Do you take vitamin supplements?
How do you know if they work? If your supplements are not working you’re wasting your money. Thousands of chemicals, untested for safety, pervade both our indoor and outdoor environment. These toxins find their way into our bodies, as evidenced by the 246 synthetic chemicals being tracked by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) as of 2013 – and this accounts only for the chemicals on their monitoring list.
You don’t have to be near a belching factory chimney to be exposed to dangerous toxins. They proliferate in our environment and can appear as innocuous as an infant’s plastic baby bottle or the antibacterial soap meant to keep us safe from germs. Bisphenol A (BPA)a carbon-based synthetic compound, an ingredient in many plastics, and triclosan, found in antibacterial soaps and toothpastes, are both suspected hormone disruptors. Flame retardants, another class of petrochemical derivative and hormone disruptor, are found in furniture, toys, carpet and electronics.
Most chemicals used in the environment and in our homes have never been tested for safety. This includes those found in cleaning supplies, pesticides and even cosmetics. Many times it is only after the fact – when a chemical has been used extensively – that it is ultimately proven unsafe – as was the case with lead, asbestos and most recently, petrochemicals such as BPA and other suspected hormone disruptors.
The CDC released 2013 report with updated tables on the levels of 117 (of the 212 reported in 2009) synthetic chemicals found in our bodies, also addition tables for 34 new chemicals. A recent government study found traceable levels of BPA in 93 percent of participants. High levels of flame retardants have been found in the breast milk of women across the country. Americans have the highest level of flame retardants in their bodies in the world. And the new factor in the toxic equation is the discovery that toxic substances may have harmful, even their most harmful effects at very low levels. In a way this makes logical sense, synthetic chemicals are very powerful – think of how a small prescription pill can effect substantial changes in the body. Added to this toxic burden are the deleterious effects of GMO foods. Lastly, no research seems to have explored possible interactions of all of these chemicals in our bodies.
How Does Toxicity Affect the Body?
Different toxins do different damage. For example, hormone disruptors interfere with our bodies’ endocrine systems and with any of the functions they regulate – including metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sleep and mood. Women with higher levels of flame retardants in their blood take longer to get pregnant and have smaller babies. Another area of toxicity to consider is the toxicity that comes from stress. Stress and the toxicity of negative emotions associated has been linked as a casual or aggravating factor in just about every disease condition. Current statistics reflect the growing problem of our toxic burden: 1,600% increase in birth defects since 1980 250% increase in breast cancer since 1980 59% decrease in male sperm count since 1940 500% increase in cancer mortality since 1900 400% increase in heart disease since 1900 Detoxification as Part of a Healthy Lifestyle The first and most obvious step in creating a healthier lifestyle is to minimize your exposure to all synthetic chemicals.
It can be difficult to know what is toxic, as a level of a substance considered safe at one time can then be proven unsafe at a future date. Also, remember most chemicals in our environment have never been tested for safety in the first place. Some form of relaxation practice is recommended by experts to reduce the toxic effects of chronic stress. Given that the elimination of all toxins is not practical, regular detoxification is integral to maintaining a healthier lifestyle.