No one can argue successfully that we don't have more toxins in our environment now than we had, as little as 50 years ago. The question is really about the impact of these toxins in our environment.
CBC aired a documentary titled, "Chasing the Cancer Answer," where they stated:
• 14 million Kg of carcinogens are released into the atmosphere in Canada each year
• Childhood cancer is up 25% in the last 30 years
• Wendy Mesley's blood was tested for some 60 heavy metals, pesticides and other toxic chemicals. Among the pollutants found in her blood were several known or suspected carcinogens, including: Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), Organochlorine pesticides, Cadmium and Nickel.
• Interviewed was Dr. Sam Epstein, Author of "Cancer-Gate," who contends that drug companies and politicians have encouraged government financial support for a cancer cure rather then prevention through reduction in toxic chemicals.
A study on breast cancer by Breast Cancer Action in the United States tells us:
• The Breast Cancer rate has increased 54% over the past 26 years even though billions of dollars have been spent on breast cancer research.
• Compelling scientific evidence points to some of the 100,000 synthetic chemicals in use today as contributing to the development of breast cancer, either by altering hormone function or gene expression.
• Xenoestrogens (a hormone disrupting compound) known to increase the risk of breast cancer include ingredients in many household products, especially cleaning agents, solvents and pesticides.
The Environmental Defence Group has conducted studies of toxic chemicals in the bodies of Canadians across Canada. (Imagine what it is in America?)
• Sarah Winterton, a program director found her body was home to 16 respiratory toxins, 38 reproductive toxins, 19 chemicals that disrupt hormones and 27 carcinogens. They also found traces of heavy metals, such as lead, arsenic and uranium, and chemicals used in pesticides, flame retardants and stain repellents. (DDE and DDT, DMTP, HCB, PBDE 47 and 99, PCBs and PFOS) - This is just a taste of the poisons swishing through her blood.
• Studies of volunteers in Europe, the U.S. and Canada show the same results. The by-product of a modern life of industrial emissions, treated food and endless consumer products, microwave bags, fast food wrappers, nail polish, computer casings, laced with synthetic substances.
• Researchers suspect these toxic chemicals have links to a number of cancers, including breast, testicular and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, not to mention reproductive disorders and learning disabilities. But little is proven. Scientific consensus moves slowly and environmental health research is tricky. But the proof is self evident from the diseases and deaths caused from this pandora's box of pollution!
• Absorbed by a woman, many chemicals can be passed on to her children through breast milk and through the placenta. We know this is true from less potent characteristics in or simple food.
A U.S. study of umbilical cord blood from 10 newborns found pesticides, chemicals used in consumer products, and by-products from gasoline, garbage and the burning of coal. The newborns averaged some 200 contaminants, many of them carcinogens, developmental toxins and neurotoxins.
• "It's a big red flag," says Jane Houlihan, vice president of research at the Environmental Working Group in Washington, which spearheaded the study. "Babies aren't supposed to be born pre-polluted."
• Researchers eager to know the health effects of this body burden look at illnesses that are on the upswing. The worldwide prevalence of asthma is rising by 50 per cent, on average, every decade. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, the age-standardized incidence of testicular cancer was up 54 per cent, breast cancer 19 per cent, thyroid cancer 221 per cent, and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (a cancer of the lymphatic system) 83 per cent.)
• "We know our genetics haven't changed," says Houlihan. "With rapid changes in health, scientists suspect environmental exposures play a role." That's like saying, "The sun is hot!"
We can do our part to minimize our impact on the environment. We can avoid using laundry detergents with phosphates. We can avoid using herbicides and pesticides on our lawn and garden. We can avoid using household cleaning, bath products and beauty products with phthalates, trisodium nitrilotriacetitate, ethoxylated alcohols, silica etc. And we can arm our bodies to resist toxic chemicals by strengthening or cells defence systems with proper nutrition, proper rest and control of emotional stress.
It takes a concerted effort to avoid almost all the pollutants of our world, but your life is worth it... isn't it?
Toxins in our bodies cause health problems linked to fatigue, lack of a general
sense of well being and depression or mental confusion. Your
liver plays a key role in detoxifying harmful substances that
you may eat, drink, inhale or rub on your skin. However, the
liver is no match for certain toxins, including some common
medications. Toxic hepatitis is liver inflammation that occurs
when your liver is damaged by toxic chemicals, drugs or certain
In some cases, toxic hepatitis develops within hours or days
of exposure to a toxin. In other cases, it may take months of
regular use before symptoms of toxic hepatitis appear. Often,
the symptoms clear when your exposure to the toxin stops. But
toxic hepatitis can permanently injure your liver, leading to
irreversible scarring of liver tissue (cirrhosis) and in some
cases to liver failure. Occasionally toxic elements are responsible
for kidney or nervous system damage.
Although it may be difficult for consumers to determine which products are most harmful, there are a few ways to lessen your exposure to toxins by making a few easy lifestyle changes:
- Try to avoid plastic bottles. Instead of drinking out of plastic bottles, which can leech harmful toxins, Gary recommends investing in a stainless steel bottle. Or, use glass bottles, especially for baby formula.
- Don't microwave plastics. Doing so can cause toxins to seep out of packaging and into food. Instead, take your food out of plastic wrappers and put a plate over it before microwaving it.
- Use fragrance-free cosmetics during pregnancy. It's okay to use cosmetics during pregnancy if you can't bring yourself to avoid them altogether, but avoid anything with a scent, as it is a carrier for a family of chemicals known as phthalates, which may be linked to developmental and reproductive health risks.
Toxins hinder enzymatic reactions:
Healthy enzyme function is important to our health and well-being
because enzymes play a vital role in most of the body’s
biochemical processes. Presence of toxic elements interferes
with healthy enzymatic activity making cellular processes less
Toxins disturb cell membrane function:
Healthy cell membranes play a vital role in optimal cell function.
Toxic elements interfere with healthy cell membrane processes
including normal cell membrane transport.
Toxins disrupt nerve conductance:
Healthy nerve conductance is vital to a healthy nervous system
function. Toxic elements disrupt normal nerve conductance causing
neurological dysfunction including lack of psycho-emotional
well-being. The effects of toxic elements on the nervous system
are gradual and progressive.
Who is affected most by toxic
Children and pregnant women are most susceptible.
The level of toxicity and adverse health effects of toxic elements
vary among individuals. Fetuses and children are most susceptible,
partly due to their high growth rates and low body mass. Chronic,
low-grade exposure in children may lead to subtle or more severe
physical and/or mental symptoms.
Although fetuses and children are most susceptible
to toxic element exposure, adults can also be seriously affected.
Cumulative effects of long-term, low-dose toxic element exposure
can lead to many serious health problems in adults.
What symptoms are linked to toxic
ALUMINUM: Produces mental status changes, learning
disabilities, speech disturbances, coarse tremors, and produces
an abnormal EEG; Inhibits cell division during the "S Phase";
fosters bone disorders, including fractures; causes a microcytic
hypoproliferative anemia; is a toxic agent in the etiology of
Alzheimer's disease; kills liver cells. Causes blood to clot at
3–4 ppm, causing strokes and heart attacks.
ARSENIC: Fatigue, headaches, skin rash, increased salivation,
muscular weakness, loss of hair and nails, anemia, sensory disturbances,
visual disturbances, loss of energy, shock, coma, convulsions,
muscular paralyses, blindness, atrophy, kidney damage.
BARIUM: Convulsions, hallucinations, vomiting,
cramps, purging, prostration, paralysis. "The Chloride"
- Fatal dose 0.8 to 0.9 grams.
BORON: Boric Acid - Serious poisoning can result from
the ingestion of 5 grams. Chronic use may result in eczema, localized
edema, stomatitis, (Stomatitis is an inflammation of the mucous
lining of any of the structures in the mouth, which may involve
the cheeks, gums, tongue, lips, throat, and roof or floor of the
mouth.), gray line on the gums.
CADMIUM: Loss of sense of smell, anemia, dried
scaly skin, hair loss, hypertension, kidney problems, extreme
restlessness and irritability, headache, chest pain, increased
salivation, choking, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, tenesmus,
(Tenesmus is a feeling of incomplete defecation. It is experienced
as an inability or difficulty to empty the bowel at defecation.),
throat dryness, cough, pneumonitis.
COPPER: Doctors at Loyola University Medical
School in Chicago and the Carl Pheiffer Treatment Center have
reported that violent males between the ages of 3 and 18 commonly
have elevated copper and reduced zinc blood levels when compared
to nonviolent males. Depression and schizophrenia also have links
to high copper levels.
FLOURINE: The metabolism of the child's brain, is impaired
by sodium fluoride (NaF). Damage to skin growth, hair growth,
a tendency towards bronchitis, etc., are part of it. Cancer and
leukemia incidence rates increase by 15%. Lack of energy, pale
appearance with no pigment and dry, stringy hair... Thin, silky
and occasionally sparse hair; little browning of the skin, in
the Sun; and premature loss of the baby teeth. Bronchial infections,
middle-ear infections, hyperkinesis in children (constant, spontaneous
bodily unrest), deficient capacity for concentration and continuous
mental activity, and lack of mental receptivity. In addition,
eczemas, neurodermititis and obesity (very important!) have been
observed in connection with fluoride administration.
LEAD: Children: delayed mental development,
hyperactivity, delayed learning, behavioral problems. Children
and adults: fatigue, anemia, metallic taste, loss of appetite,
weight loss and headaches, insomnia, nervousness.
MANGANESE: Emotional disturbances, sleepiness,
weakness, spastic gait, paralysis, languor (feeling faint).
MERCURY: Reduced sensory abilities (taste, touch,
vision and hearing), metallic taste with increased salivation,
fatigue, anorexia, irritability and excitability, psychoses, mania,
anemia, numbness, tremors, incoordination, cardiovascular disease,
hypertension with renal dysfunction.
SELENIUM: Nervousness, depression, convulsions,
vomiting, cough, dyspnea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, somnolence,
fall in blood pressure, respiratory failure & death, marked
pallor, garlic odor of breath, sweat and urine; red staining of
fingers, teeth and hair; marked debility, epistaxis, G.I. disturbances,
dermatitis, irritation of nose & throat. Hydrogen selenide
can cause pneumonitis and damage to liver, kidney and spleen.
(arthritis; eruptions and yellowish tinting of the skin.)
SILVER: Convulsions, coma, blood dyscrasias,
dermatitis, argyria may occur following prolonged use. Heart (especially
aortitis or aneurysm), liver or renal disease, gastroenteritis,
What organs are affected by toxic
BRAIN: lead, mercury, aluminum
LUNGS: arsenic, cadmium, nickel,
LIVER: nickel, arsenic
KIDNEYS: mercury, cadmium, arsenic
BONE: cadmium, lead
NERVES: cadmium, lead, mercury
How are toxic elements detected?
Toxic elements accumulate in hair over time providing long-term
record of environmental exposures. Hair analysis for toxic elements
involves collection of a small sample of hair (one teaspoon) from
the back of the neck. The sample is processed and analyzed using
ionized mass spectroscopy technique. Hair element analysis is
a valuable and inexpensive screen for toxic element accumulation.
It is not considered a stand-alone diagnostic test and is used
in conjunction with patient symptoms and other tests. Provocative
urine testing is usually used as a follow-up check to confirm
hair analysis findings.
Urine Challenge Analysis:
Urine element analysis involves urine collection following oral
or intravenous administration of a chelating agent that mobilizes
elements from tissue deposits. The test results are most reliable
when a pre and post challenge urine samples are analyzed. When
performed in this way, the test provides an excellent method to
diagnose or confirm toxic element burden and to monitor detoxification
Blood elemental analysis provides information only about ongoing
or relatively recent environmental exposures. Unlike hair
analysis or urine challenge test, the results of blood elemental
analysis do not reflect tissue deposits of toxic elements.
Vega Autonomic Reflex Test Assessment:
This electro-diagnostic type of assessment evaluates toxic elements
on a qualitative basis by revealing the degree of somatic (bodily)
stress associated with presence of toxic element load. Provocative
urine testing is used as a follow-up check to confirm Vega test
findings and to quantify toxic element burden.
What treatment options exist?
Treatment for heavy toxic element toxicity involves administration
of chelating agents. Chelating agents are man-made substances
(e.g. DMPS, EDTA and DMSA) that bind toxic elements and allow
for their effective elimination through urine. Healthy kidney
function is a prerequisite for the use of chelation therapy. Here
are the best ingredients for a gradual and thorough way to detoxify.
Using natural plant-based substances (e.g. garlic,
chorella, cilantro, alpha
lipoic acid) can also be used to treat toxic element
toxicity. It appears that such natural substances
are able to uniquely eliminate toxic elements from within the
cell space and promote elimination of other toxins such as chlorine,
pesticides and various other chemicals or pharmaceutical drugs.
Natural treatments are often used in combination with chelating
agents, as the last stage of treatment.