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THE GREEN LIFE “Pollution in People”

The article below has such good information that I want to share with
you.  As you know, I am passionate about eliminating toxins as much
as possible.  Toxins render our bodies ability to function properly and
the more we can rid these toxins from our lives, the better our bodies
will function and we will feel so much better, less tired, much more
energetic, better skin, better immune system and total wellness.
Why wouldn’t we want this for ourselves?  It is much easier than we
often think to eliminate toxins.  Please read below!!!

For years, I thought I could keep my body free of dangerous
chemicals by taking just a couple of simple precautions — using
natural cleansers and buying organic food. Wrong.Biomonitoring tests to check for chemicals in people always find
them. It doesn’t matter whether the people are old, young, newborn
or even fetal, nor what their history is. Contamination is always
found. It is therefore a virtual certainty that if I were to be tested,

I would learn I was contaminated, too. Not to cause panic, but so
would you.

This pollution of our bodies is thought by many scientists to be
universal today. It goes by the name of body burden.

Where do the chemicals come from? They are used in a seemingly
endless array of industrial applications and consumer products,
including baby toys, air freshener, laundry detergent, shampoo,
nail polish, food containers, rugs and furniture, to name a few.

And how do they get into our bodies? Through our food, tap and
bottled water, indoor and outdoor air and many of the things we
touch or put on our skin. Babies get them in the womb from their
Hence, the phenomenon of infants starting life with
chemicals already in their systems.

Given how ubiquitous chemicals are, the question is not really how
they get into us, but whether there is any way to keep them out. I
will get back to that.

Let’s first talk about whether and how the chemicals might harm us.
The chemical industry predictably claims they are safe. In reality,
next to nothing is known about the vast majority of them. That’s
because our laws allow chemicals to go on the market without prior
safety testing

But we do know quite a bit about a few chemicals, and what we know
is not reassuring. For instance:

Phthalates have been linked to problems with reproductive system
development in baby boys and to insulin resistance and obesity in
adult men. They are used in a wide variety of cosmetic products,
such as moisturizers, nail polish and baby powder; cleaning products;
plastic food wraps; and toys, especially those made with PVC plastic.
Other uses include medical equipment and building supplies.

Bisphenol A (also known as BPA) has been linked to breast and
prostate cancer, reproductive problems, diabetes and alteration of
brain chemistry and behavioral changes. It is used in many household p
products, including plastic baby bottles, hard plastic sports bottles
and metal food cans, which are often lined with plastic to prevent a
metallic taste in food.

PCBs, which were formerly used as electrical insulators, among
other things, have been found to affect the immune, reproductive,
nervous and endocrine systems. They are also considered a probable
carcinogen. Though their production in the U.S. was banned in 1979,
these long-lasting chemicals continue to circulate in the environment
and in the food chain. New releases also occur when old equipment
made with PCBs is damaged or improperly disposed of.

Dioxins, a byproduct of the manufacture and burning of chlorine
products, can affect the cardiovascular, respiratory, immune,
reproductive, nervous and endocrine systems and cause cancer.
Other classes of chemicals shown to be toxic include PBDEs (used as
flame retardants) and PFCs (used to repel water, stains and grease).

All the chemicals listed above are endocrine disruptors, meaning that
they interfere with the workings of the endocrine — or hormone —
system. Hormones are our bodies’ chemical messengers. They tell
cells to start or stop carrying out key functions at the proper time.
While key to basic body functioning throughout our lives, they are
particularly important to fetal development. During the nine months
in which a baby takes shape, an exquisitely timed orchestra of these
chemical signals ensures that the baby’s body develops as it should.
Any tampering with the type or timing of the signals can have tragic
consequences, from cancers that emerge later in life to missing body
parts. They can also affect the brain and behavior.

The years directly leading up to puberty, when hormones again play
a major role in body development, may be another time when people
are particularly sensitive to endocrine-disrupting chemicals. So, how
can you protect yourself, your children and your children-to-be?

Unfortunately, moving somewhere remote is not, in itself, an answer. Many
chemicals are highly mobile and resistant to breakdown. Over the last few
decades, they have spread on wind and water currents to every corner of the
globe, including the most pristine places.

However, your personal practices can make a difference in your LEVEL of
exposure, not just to endocrine disruptors but to other toxins that humans are
spewing out into the environment. These steps, in particular, can help:

* Buy organic food as much as possible. If cost is an issue, focus on the produce
that will make the most difference, along with milk if you have young children.

*Eat less meat and meat products, especially fatty meats and butter, as many
toxic chemicals are picked up by animals and stored in their fat (and ours).

* When choosing fish, follow safety guidelines for avoiding mercury

* Reduce your use of cosmetics and fragrances and buy less toxic brands.

* Use unscented laundry detergent and cleaning products — or use organic

* Do not use chemical pesticides around your house, on your pets or on your lawn.

At the same time as you take these steps in your own life, keep in mind that the
real solutions to body burden, like other forms of pollution, are societal not
individual. Without government regulation, safety from chemicals is a losing battle.

**Sheryl Eisenberg


Unsafe at any level. Toxicologists are fond of saying, “the dose makes the poison,”
meaning that toxic substances are only toxic above a certain level. This explains
their method of safety testing, which is to begin at the high end of the dose
spectrum and work their way down until they find a dose that seems safe. But
such thresholds may not exist with endocrine disruptors, which can have effects
at unimaginably small doses, while sometimes having different or no effects at
higher levels.

Environmental health scientists are therefore looking for new testing
methodologies that take these different patterns into account.

The old view was that the “placental barrier” protected the fetus from
contaminants in the mother’s body. Recent research has shown this to be false.
For instance, ten of ten newborns whose umbilical cord blood was tested on
their day of birth as part of the Human Toxome Project were found to be
contaminated with scores of chemicals, including many “linked to brain and
nervous system toxicity, cancer, and birth defects and developmental delays.”

Look for personal care products without the word “fragrance” in the ingredient list
to cut down on your exposure to chemicals. This catchall term can mask the
presence of a slew of toxins. Don’t trust product claims of being unscented, warns
the Environmental Working Group, as fragrances may be used to create the
unscented effect. You actually have to scan the ingredients to confirm that the
word “fragrance” does not appear.


I hope that you found this article to be as insightful as I did!!!  To your greatest
health and total wellness!!!


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