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Environmental Chemicals

Environmental Chemicals

It is hard to imagine that our living environment, which appears clean and harmless, is actually contaminated with numerous poisons that could be accumulating to life threatening levels over time. Unfortunately, many can’t be seen, smelled, felt, identified or detected by the human senses. It is not until after years and years of subtle chronic exposure when symptoms can emerge and become identified as diseases by many names like cardiovascular disease, dementia, or cancer.

Early warning signs of hidden chemical toxicity may be linked to common symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia, headaches, allergies, chemical sensitivities, immune deficiency, weight imbalances, sadness or nervousness, worsening forgetfulness, decreased body temperature, and overall feelings of "yuck" or malaise.

Environmental Chemicals

These poisons or "environmental toxins" most commonly are from "modern living" and linger as contaminants in air, drinking water, food, and soil. They come from industrial wastes, petroleum, coal and garbage combustion, pesticides, herbicides, mining leading to erosion and the release of heavy metals such as lead, arsenic, and mercury into the soil and water. They can also come from apparent harmless environments such as our homes and the gas fumes let off by wood, paint, and glues, hygiene products like hair and body cleansers, toothpaste, deodorants, and cosmetics. Don’t forget the toxic chemicals in prescription drugs, detergents, household cleaners, upholstery, artificial fabrics, computers and TVs.

The majority of these chemical poisons become deposited in the fatty tissue because of their "lipo-philic" or "fat-loving" nature. Tissues that are dense with fat will also accumulate high amounts of chemicals such as the nerves, glands (especially thyroid and sex glands), heart and arteries lined with cholesterol, and of course the brain. They can be also detected in the blood and organs or passed through the body in breast milk, urine, feces, sweat, semen, hair and nails. The prestigious British Medical Journal estimates 75% of cancers are caused by environmental and lifestyle factors including exposure to chemicals. (1)

So, how do you rate? Take the tests!

If you answer true to more than several of the following questions and tests you can consider yourself in need of chemical detoxification. Continue reading to learn how to lighten your chemical burden.

Environmental Chemicals
  1. Persistent cool body temperature under 98.0 degrees?
  2. Difficulty breaking a sweat?
  3. History of multiple allergic reactions to medications or inability to handle caffeine?
  4. Mercury dental fillings?
  5. Synthetic body implants?
  6. Grew up in family that smoked?
  7. Past or present chemical use profession or hobby: painting, auto, industrial, farming?
  8. Sensitivity to diesel fumes, soap/detergent aisle, perfumes, or cigarette smoke?
  9. Worsening forgetfulness/coordination, numbness/weakness, tremor, mood alterations?
  10. Living in a brand new home or office?
  11. Progressive immune weakening: increased allergies, infections/colds, autoimmune disease?
  12. History of asthma, eczema, chronic infections, or liver disease?
  13. History of cancer: esp. lymphoma, leukemia, thyroid, brain, lung, glandular cancer?
  14. History heart disease, neurological disease, untreatable migraine headaches?
  15. History of Sick Building or Gulf War Syndrome, chronic fatigue/CFIDS, fibromyalgia?

WHAT CAN I DO??? Simple Tips for Reducing Exposure to Chemicals

  • Eat fewer processed foods: often contain chemical additives.
  • Eat organic meat, butter, wild game, and produce. It's free of pesticides and preservatives.
  • Eat fewer meat and high fat dairy products, which contain higher levels of some pollutants.
  • Don't microwave or cook food in plastic containers, Ziploc bags, or plastic wrap. Use glass.
  • Run your tap water through a home filter before drinking. Remove chlorine through a shower filter before bathing.
  • Avoid breathing in fumes from burned garbage and diesel/gas fumes.
  • Check cosmetics and personal care products for toxic ingredients.
  • Avoid artificial fragrances, deodorants, and air fresheners
  • Reduce the number of household cleaners you use. Try vinegar, natural soaps, and water first.
  • Avoid cleaning products that say "use in well-ventilated area" then replace with safe products.
  • Avoid breathing gasoline fumes when you're filling your car.
  • Eat seafood known to be low in PCB and mercury, like northern wild salmon, sardines & herring.
  • Avoid tuna and other predatorial fish (shark, swordfish, marlin, tilefish also grouper and snapper), which are all high in mercury.
  • Don't use nail polish, which contains chemicals linked to birth defects in laboratory studies.
  • Stay 3 feet away from appliances microwave, stove, oven, toaster, dryer, heaters.
  • Keep children 10 feet from the TV.
  • Keep clocks, radios, cassette players 3 feet away from sleeping areas.
  • Keep 3 feet away from computer video display terminal.
  • Un-bag dry cleaning and air out in the garage for a day.
  • Use environmentally friendly paint with low VOC-emittance.
  • Avoid vinyl products like shower curtains, wall paper and floor coverings.
  • Choose carpet and padding that have a low smell level; air out before installing.
  • Orient your bed so your head points north.
  • Don't sleep under an electric blanket or on a waterbed. If you insist on using these, unplug them before going to bed (don't just turn it off).

Toxicity Treatment

All of these detoxification treatments will be discussed in length in Dr. Iverson’s new book Nature's Detox, the accompaniment to Nature's Diet and Nature's Diet Cookbook.

We seek to find the sources of contamination as well as the overall level of exposure of patients to prevent further accumulation of poisons. Through testing of the urine for heavy metals and reflex testing for plastics, pesticides, hydrocarbons and other organic molecules we are able find the overall level of burdens that poison the body. To clear the body of these harmful chemicals we may choose several methods of detoxification.

  1. Dietary modifications are the first step in beginning the elimination process.
  2. Herbal cleanses that purge the intestines, liver, kidneys, blood and lymph of excess wastes
  3. Homeopathic medicines liberate poisons within the cells through processes called "drainage"
  4. Chelation is a very powerful method by which certain substances like DMSA, DMPS, and EDTA can grab onto and remove heavy metals.
  5. Vigorous exercise mobilizes fat stores and eliminates chemicals through sweating and hyperventilation.
  6. Hydrotherapy and body work such as skin brushing, deep tissue massage, and hot water applications like saunas and hot tubs increase elimination of chemicals through the skin.
  7. The underestimated cleansing action of colonics helps remove a multitude of chemicals from the intestinal mucosa and the liver through bile releases of the gallbladder.
  8. Water fasting to induce ketosis is the ultimate means of cleansing by breaking down fat cells that hold the body’s accumulated wastes.

1) BMJ 2004; 328:447-451 (21 February)


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