Chemicals in Me, Oh My!
What a difference a couple centuries make. We used to have pretty clean water and natural food in the USA. However, changes have been made in the last 100 years+ that are taking that away from us.
Unfortunately, we weren’t designed to live in our current world of man-made chemicals, toxins and pollutants. It has nasty effects on our children and our selves.
We need to be aware of it and its effects. More importantly, there is something simple we can do to help protect our loved ones (that includes you self).
Chemicals in Our Kids
It is bad enough for us adults, but what about our kids? There was a study that looked at the blood of babies born in American hospitals. They checked for 415 chemicals and found 287 of them in the babies’ blood.(1)
And they hadn’t had time to get them from contact or breathing. They had to get them directly from their mother’s contact with her environment.
Toxins are everywhere. They are in the air, in the things we handle, in the household and workplace items we use every day – even in our food and water. This includes:
- Clothing fabric
- Paper coatings
- Fossil fuel emissions
- Burning Garbage
There are more than 80,000 chemicals used in the industrialized world. Accumulate enough of these toxins and you might suffer, at the very least, fatigue, headaches, muscle soreness, bloating, depression and, at the worst, chronic diseases and cancer.
The government tells us that there are only a few parts per billion of toxic chemicals in the products we use. Conventional medicine c0-operates and tells a few parts per billion are OK for you. It’s low risk. It’s acceptable – at least to the industries that produce them!
Meanwhile, only a few parts per billion are exactly how much active ingredients are in some medications. Thirty parts per billion (30 ppb) of the ingredient in Paxil is plenty to take care of your anxiety. What would 30 ppb of mercury or PCBs do to you? One look at these diseases and how much they’ve increased tells us:
- Acute lymphocytic leukemia in children has increased 84 percent.
- Childhood brain cancers have increased 57 percent.
- Breast development now happens about one year earlier in white girls and nearly two years earlier in black girls than 50 years ago.
- One in 68 children now develops autism (almost twice the rate of a few years ago).
- The number of hypospadias cases, a birth defect, has doubled.
OK Adults, Your Turn
It’s not just kids and newborns that are full of chemicals. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) looked at 2,400 adults and found 215 toxic compounds in their urine and blood. Almost every single person had measurable amounts of the fire retardant BDE-47.(2)
Meanwhile, the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has revealed that nearly 40 percent of Americans have toxic levels of lead in their bodies.(3)
Other studies have confirmed harmful levels of pesticides, aluminum, mercury, benzene and vinyl chlorides acquired from everything from second-hand smoke to grain-fed beef to dental amalgams.
What to Do?
It is pretty simple, protect yourself and children! Regular detoxification is not just an interesting idea, it is very important in our modern world. It helps your body eliminate toxic waste stored in your tissues. Plus you’ll get:
- More energy
- Stronger immunity
- Faster fat burning
- Fewer allergies
- Fewer aches and pains
- Healthier skin, hair and nails
Natural Ways to Detox
Of course, we found it very helpful to design a safe concentrated supplement (below) but there are natural detoxification methods that are also safe and reliable. Here’s some ideas:
Step 1: Live without Toxins
There are many natural ways to rid yourself of toxins to look and feel your best:
- Limit your exposure to hormones. If you eat grain-fed meat, eat only lean cuts and trim off the fat. If you eat grass-fed beef, it’s okay to eat the fat – it’s good for you.
- Moderate your intake of caffeine, grains, carbohydrates and sugar. They make it harder for your body to fully process estrogen.
- Stretch and massage your limbs. This will release acids and toxins stored in your own tissues so your body can eliminate them.
- If available, hit the sauna. Any perspiring releases toxins through your skin.
Step 2: Eat Purifying Foods
Foods rich in vitamin C like fruits, berries and fresh vegetables will help do the trick, along with fiber-rich nuts, seeds and grains. (Concentrates of these are in our Ultimate Body Detox.)
Grapefruit is another food that binds to toxins and helps flush them from your body.
Modified citrus pectin (related to the grapefruit above) is made from the inner peel of citrus fruits and is one of the most powerful detoxifying substances in the world. One nice thing about modified citrus pectin is that while it eliminates toxic metals and pesticides, it doesn’t deplete your body of zinc, calcium or magnesium. (A few people can react to it so pass if that is you.)
Garlic increases phagocytosis that boosts the ability of your white blood cells to fight the effects of toxins in your body. If you don’t like the smell of garlic, you can get odorless aged garlic supplements at any health food store.
Chlorella is especially effective for pesticides. C. Pyreneidosa is the form with the best metal-absorbing properties. You can take some with meals.
Cilantro is one of the best detoxifiers for your central nervous system. It mobilizes so much mercury that it can’t always carry it out of the body fast enough. So use it in combination with chlorella.
Step 3: Rid Your Tissues of Heavy Metals
Of course we have a concentrated supplement with these nutrients and more. Can anyone say, Ultimate Body Detox? More information, if desired, can be found in our ppt-health.com website and products at inspirednutrition.com.
(Note: colon and liver cleansing are separate processes and not addressed here.)
(Information Courtesy of Allen Sears, M.D.)
1 “Body of Burden – The Pollution in Newborns,” Environmental Working Group, July 14, 2005
2 “Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals,” U.S. CDC 2009
3 Menke A, Muntner P, Batuman V, Silbergeld EK, Guallar E., “Blood lead below 0.48 micromol/L (10 microg/dL) and mortality among US adults,” Circulation Sept. 26, 2006;114(13):1388-94
4 Alternative Therapies, Jul/Aug 2008, Vol. 14m, No. 4