Toxins and Toxic Overload
What is your toxic load, body burden, pollution within?
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Your body's largest organ, your skin, absorbs toxins, not only from what touches the skin, but from chemicals in the air. Your skin actually breathes and if your skin permeability has been compromised, passage of toxins through your skin into your body is even easier. When the skin becomes damaged, more toxins can be absorbed through the skin (http://www.tenbulls.com/html/VWWSHO.html) The dyes and chemicals in the laundry products used to wash clothing and bedding can cause many unpleasant symptoms in adults and children, including learning disorders. Toxin and symptom list..
"The issue of Toxic Load contributes to many health problems. A scientific article from the Journal of the National Cancer Institute suggested that more than 75% of cancer is caused by diet and environmental factors. In addition toxic exposure is a contributing factor to cardiovascular diseases, (heart attack), cerebrovascular diseases, (stroke), and neurodegenerative diseases, (Parkinsonís disease and Alzheimerís disease). Environmental pollutants stockpile in the body contributing to the chronic diseases." Crossroads Medical Associates http://www.riverhillwellness.com/toxicload.htm
What type of things enter through your skin? Toxins from personal care products, feminine products, scented products, air pollution, pesticides, herbicides, off-gasing from new products, plastics and buildings are just a few. Disposable diapers alone can contain or release dye, fragrance, plastic, toulene, xylene, ethylbenzene, and dipentene. Researchers are studying the possible connection between "asthma-like" reactions and chemicals released by disposable diapers. Do you know what toxins are in the personal care products you use. Compare your personal care product labels with the Toxic Ingredient Directory.
"Toxic load consists of past and present physical, chemical, biological contaminants in food, air and water, as well as the emotional state of the individual. You can compare total body burden to a container - you can only fill it to capacity. Anything above capacity causes spillover or, in other words, allergic symptoms and ultimately sickness. Another image to keep in mind is the straw that breaks the camel's back". Jozef J. Krop, M.D., FAAEM, Healing the Planet, One Patient at a Time. www.jkropmd.com
"From the time we are babies and grow to adulthood, we rub an estimated 2,000 litres (84,000 ounces) of chemical-based lotions, shampoos, cosmetics and body products into our skin more than 470,000 times" (Joseph Borkovic, Eco-dynamics_3-TM) All of these chemicals must be broke down by the liver. If the liver is unable to break them down they are stored in the body.
Fragrances in personal care products, household cleaners, scented candles, deodorizers, fabric softener sheets, laundry detergents, and perfumes can trigger multiple allergic reactions including headaches and have also been linked to reproductive disorders in both men and women. Up to 200 chemicals including phthalates can be used to create one fragrance.
"Scientists estimate that everyone alive today carries within her or his body at least 700 contaminants, most of which have not been well studied (Onstot and others)." *Onstot J, Ayling R, Stanley J. Characterization of HRGC/MS Unidentified Peaks from the Analysis of Human Adipose Tissue. Volume 1: Technical Approach. Washington, DC: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Toxic Substances (560/6-87-002a), 1987. www.chemicalbodyburden.org
Electromagnetic Sensitivity http://members.aol.com/gotemf/esmog/toxicload.htm
"Xenoestrogens are synthetic chemicals that mimic or interfere with estrogen in our bodies. They form a subset of a broader group of chemicals known as endocrine disruptors.
Exposure to xenoestrogens, which are found in pesticides, PCBs, plastics, and other industrial chemicals, has been linked to breast and ovarian cancers in women and to decreased testosterone levels, prostate cancer, and lowered sperm count in men. These damaging effects have been found in fish, reptiles, birds, rodents, and humans.
These chemicals are found in soil, lakes, and rivers as pesticide run-off from agricultural usage. They are present in polycarbonate plastic food wraps and containers and are also found in herbicides and pesticides on fruits and vegetables. Because hormones such as estrogen act in the body at very low levels (parts per trillion), exposure to even small amounts of environmental endocrine disruptors concern scientists. Although the plastic and chemical industries refute the links between their products and the effects of endocrine disruption, the government environmental agencies in Canada and the US have begun to screen potentially xenoestrogenic chemicals and to undertake more research into the impact these chemicals have on animals and humans. " Alive Magazine, August 2004
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Body Burden www.chemicalbodyburden.org
http://www.btoxicfree.com/avoiding_toxins.htm#Anchor2 Use toxin free products
http://aunaturelle.com/index.html Toxins to be avoided
Nova Scotia Allergy and Environmental Health Assocation http://www.lesstoxicguide.ca/index.asp?
http://www.btoxicfree.com/avoiding_toxins.htm#Anchor1 Reducing chemical exposure
In Harm's Way: Toxic Threats to Child Development (Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility) www.igc.org/psr/
Joseph Borkovic, Eco-dynamics_3-TM, goodnessyou-goodnessme.org
Trade Secrets www.pbs.org/tradesecrets/problem/bodyburden.html
Our Stolen Future www.ourstolenfuture.org
Generations at Risk
Environmental Illness Society of Canada (EISC) www.eisc.ca
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