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It’s Great To Be A NERD

You are a rent-free storage unit. For what, you might ask? The answer might scare you, but it’s something everyone should know about.

Groundbreaking Study By EWG

The Environmental Working Group carried out the most comprehensive study ever conducted on multiple chemical contaminants in humans 1, looking at the amount of chemical pollutants present in the blood and urine of nine volunteers. The results were astounding…

What they found was a total of  167 chemical pollutants, including an average of 53 carcinogens in each person.

Now you might be thinking that those volunteers were probably exposed somehow by their working environment or where they lived. But here’s the kicker…the people tested did not work with chemicals or live near industrial facilities.

The ability for toxins to travel long distances is not new to us. For example, we have found DDT in samples taken from Inuit.

I was listening to a radio show this past weekend on the CBC that was discussing plastic. Award-winning Canadian science writer Alanna Mitchell, mentioned that plastic has been found in the most remote parts of our earth. There is no place on the earth where there is not plastic. Every piece of plastic that has ever been made in the past 60 years still exists today and will exist for many years to come.

The Synergy Of Chemicals

In traditional toxicology, toxins (i.e. chemicals, drugs, hormones) are studied individually to determine the dangers they pose. What has been greatly overlooked is the possible effect these toxins might have when combined.

Toxin synergy

www.childenvironement.org

For example, a small dose of a pesticide by itself might be “safe”, but what happens when we are exposed to a small dose of a pesticide, and a small dose of a persistent organic pollutant, and a small dose of a heavy metal, and so on? As you know from the discussion above, this is the case with everyone.

One study looked at 3 groups of people; smokers, people exposed to asbestos, and people who both smoked and were exposed to asbestos. The smokers had a risk of getting lung cancer 10x that of a non-smoker. The people exposed to asbestos had a risk of getting lung cancer 5x that of people not exposed. However, the people who both smoked and were exposed to asbestos had a whopping 55x risk of getting lung cancer. 2 3

What Can We Do To “Clean Up Shop”?

ANERD is a mnemonic outlining the factors involved in keeping your body clean and toxin-free. It is an easy way to remember how to maintain sufficient detoxification.

A-void

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Unnecessary drugs
  • Toxic work environments (hair salon, airplane, painting, etc.)
  • Homes with leaded paint
  • Air pollution
  • Polluted drinking water
  • The SAD Diet (Standard American Diet)
  • Amalgam fillings

N-utrition

  • Whole foods
  • Focus on alkalizing foods
  • Cruciferous vegetables daily
  • Olive oil, onions, garlic, lean unprocessed protein
  • Good quality multivitamin
  • Essential Fatty Acids
  • N-acetylcysteine, lipoic acid, and other antioxidants

E-xercise

  • Increasees lymphatic flow
  • Induces sweating which releases toxins
  • Increases metabolism and detoxification efficiency

R-est

D-etoxification

  • Therapeutic juice fasting
  • Various detoxifying herbs
  • Colon hydrotherapy
  • Sauna

These are general guidelines that are highly recommended as daily/weekly methods for preventing the storage of chemicals in your body.

If you want to embark on a comprehensive clinical detoxification protocol be sure to consult with a qualified health care practitioner who can direct you appropriately.

References:

  1. http://www.ewg.org/sites/bodyburden1/
  2. National Toxicology Program. Asbestos. In: Report on Carcinogens. Eleventh Edition. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, National Toxicology Program, 2005.
  3. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Asbestos: Health Effects. Retrieved April 10, 2009, from: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/asbestos/asbestos/health_effects/index.html.