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TOP TOXINSby Dave Foreman
This newsletter contains an article on the importance of cleansing and detoxifying your body (see “Fall Cleansing” below). I thought it might be appropriate to include a small section on the topic of toxins to get you motivated to take better care of your body.
Lead – a potent neurotoxin that can cause brain damage, even in low doses. Although it was taken out of gasoline three decades ago, it's still found in many homes, especially those built and painted before 1978.
Phthalates – often used to soften plastics and can interfere with the hormone system. (I believe these are the evil culprits behind the rise in thyroid disease. Choose products labeled as phthalate-free or PVC-free. Avoid bottles marked with the #3 recycling code.
Tobacco – its smoke can contain up to 40,000 chemicals, including cadmium, lead and formaldehyde. Pesticides - poisons intended to kill weeds, fungi, insects and small animals. Would you eat an apple sprayed with insect repellent? Then why buy foods that aren’t organic?
Mercury – a potent neurotoxin: according to the Environmental Protection Agency, pregnant women and children should completely avoid high-mercury fish.
Radon – a naturally occurring, radioactive gas that's the second leading cause of lung cancer (after tobacco). Have your basement checked!
Cadmium – a heavy metal linked to cancer, kidney damage and bone damage. I have also seen (my own observation) a link between this and Parkinson’s disease.
Arsenic – a common wood preservative that was banned from playgrounds in 2004, but can be found at older ones as well as on fences and decks.
Bisphenol A – an estrogen-like ingredient often found in clean, hard plastics, the lining of metal cans and slippery paper receipts. It is associated with breast cancer.
Solutions: Regular Cleansing and Detoxification
If you feel as though you have had long-term exposure to any of the toxins listed above (or any other well-known toxins), I suggest that you start a cleansing regimen today. For suggestions on how to se start read the article on cleansing and detoxifying your body below.