Environmental toxins: Get them out, part I
Identifying what’s harmful is key to limiting daily exposure to environmental toxins. We can’t control everything that we come in contact with, but we can try to minimize toxin exposure where we can. Being able to identify toxins is the first step to remedy the “I’m full of what?!?!” reaction that most people have when they learn the truth of what’s in our food, water, and things that interact with our body.
Evidence of environmental toxins
Decades of research studies on all areas of the body (blood, urine, bones, nervous system tissue, fat cells, brain) have found countless man-made chemicals in residence. In an Environmental Working Group (EWG) study, 10 cord blood samples from newborn infants were tested for environmental toxins.
- 287/ 413 toxic chemicals were detected; an average of 20 detected/ baby; 101 chemicals were found in ALL babies
- Childhood cancer increasing 67.1% since 1950; the U.S. has 4th highest cancer rates in the world
In 1992, another EWG study was done with Mount Sinai School of Medicine with 9 adults, including an organic-farming activist & journalist Bill Moyers.
- 210 contaminants were tested, 9 classes of toxins were found with the 167 compounds, with an average of 91/ person
- 53 linked to cancer, 62 central nervous system toxins, 58 endocrine toxins, 55 immune toxins (leading to auto-immunity)
Clean, Green, & Lean. Walter Crinion. Wiley, Inc; 2010 notes that industrial chemicals are hard to completely eliminate in our modern life.
- 80,000 chemicals registered by EPA; 79,750 registered chemicals not fully tested for complete environmental impact
- $635 billion – the size of the chemical industry
- 450 billion pounds/ year