Toxins Around Us
Water: Oceans cover 71% of our planet
Soil: Our Planet has 7 continents. Our body has also 7 continents We are all interconnected.
Air: Earth atmosphere is about 300 miles high but most of it is within 10 miles with 21% O2 and 78% Nitrogen and 0.4-1% of water vapor at the sea level.
Food we grow & eat: When you're growing your own vegetables, fruits and herbs, you increase the likelihood that you'll eat these healthy foods. After all, you can't grow chips, ice cream or french fries in your backyard garden.
Some people are under the impression that they can remove toxins from water by boiling it. Boiling water kills harmful organisms but does nothing to remove toxic chemicals, compounds, salts, and metals. Our planet is being slowly poisoned with toxic waste forming.
Contents of debris in oceans.
Cigarettes Cigarette butts have long been the single most collected item on the world’s beaches, with a total of more than 60 million collected over 32 years.
Mercury- from fossil fuels as smoke is washed down into water by rain or flowing in from rivers
Lead- About 1000 meters down in a remote part of the Atlantic Ocean sits an unusual legacy of humanity’s love affair with the automobile. It’s a huge mass of seawater infused with traces of the toxic metal lead, a pollutant once widely emitted by cars burning leaded gasoline. Decades ago, the United States and Europe banned leaded gas and many other uses of the metal, but the pollutant’s fingerprint lingers on. Lead is the main toxin causing problems like in Flint (Michigan). Corroded pipes are releasing up to ten times the allowable amount of lead into the water. Lead is toxic to almost every organ and affects children the worst. Developmental issues, stunted growth, deafness, behavioral problems, learning disabilities, and brain damage can all result from exposure to lead. If ingested during pregnancy, lead can cause premature birth. Lead exposure has even been linked to autism, prostate cancer, and reproductive problems for both men and women. It's damaging to the cardiovascular system and kidneys.
Agriculture, mining, oil drilling, and many other industries dump chemical wastes into water sources. This makes the water unsafe to drink or to use for preparing food, for bathing, or for irrigation
Soil is becoming increasingly saturated with man made chemical fertilizers typically caused by industrial activities, agricultural chemicals and improper waste disposal.
Low calorie sweeteners: (Nutrasweet) including both Aspartame and Saccharin. Nutrasweet products are low calorie sweeteners that have been linked to cancer, craving for sugar, obesity, diabetes and chronic neurological disorders. This is when Monsanto among many other powerful corporations in America donates millions of dollars to research centers and facilities including the American Diabetes Association.
PCBs: In the late 1920s, Monsanto become the largest producer of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) used as hydraulic fluid, cutting oil and lubricant for electric motors, capacitates and transformers. Now PCBs are widely banned and known as one of the most dangerous chemicals related to cancer, immune system disorder, birth defects and even death. Keep in mind that a recent study by University of California in San Francisco shows that Monsanto’s PCBs still remains in the blood of pregnant women.
DDT: in 1944, Monsanto among 15 other companies started manufacturing DDT as a pesticide for killing weeds. Despite all the claims of Monsanto that DDT was safe, the research in 1970s confirmed that DDT was toxic and due to public pressure DDT were banned in 1972.DDT breaks down in soil in between 2-15 years!!
Roundup: Soon after DDTs were banned in 1973 Monsanto developed another toxic pesticide called Roundup (even more toxic than DDT). The active ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate molecule used for killing weeds and roots. Glyphosate has been linked to birth defects, reproduction failure and deformities in animal laboratories.
Making air polluted with smog as a result of human endeavor to meet demand with supply.
We occasionally experience smog hanging over our cities when poor air-flow and dispersal allows pollution to build up—and it is during such episodes that susceptible individuals (e.g. those with asthma, COPD or heart disease) may undergo an acute exacerbation requiring increased medication or admission to hospital.
Of greater concern is pollution indiscernible at ground level but manifesting in chronic health effects. This ‘invisible killer’ contains nitrogen oxides, ozone (O3) and exceptionally small particulate matter (PM). PM10 and the more abundant PM2.5 constitute particles with diameters less than 10 and 2.5 µm, respectively—the latter being approximately 30 times less than the width of human hair. PM has been held responsible for the majority of health effects.
Urban areas pollution has the major source in fossil fuel combustion, primarily from road transport, as well as power stations and factories.
Rural and semi-urban areas pollution of developing countries, the burning of biomass fuels on open fires or traditional stoves creates indoor concentrations of PM that far exceed those considered safe in outdoor air.
+ Refined vegetable and seed oils.
The consumption of vegetable oils increased drastically in the last century. While some vegetable oils have been linked to health benefits (olive oil & Coconut oil;avocado oil and some), there are concerns about the excessive intake of omega-6. The plant oils that you should avoid due to their high omega-6 content include:
- Soybean oil
- Canola oil
- Corn oil
- Cottonseed oil
- Sunflower oil
- Peanut oil
- Sesame oil
- Rice bran oil Throughout evolution, humans got omega-3 and omega-6 in a certain ratio. While this ratio differed between populations, it’s estimated to have been about 1:1. As an indication of healthy vs. unhealthy diet one can measure O6/O3 ratio very easily by a simple blood test.
Oils that are high in polyunsaturated fats are susceptible to oxidation, both on the shelf and inside your body.
+ Trans Fats & Fried Foods
Major inflammation source. Trans fats raise your bad (LDL) cholesterol levels and lower your good (HDL) cholesterol levels. Eating trans fats increases your risk of developing heart disease and stroke. It's also associated with a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Foods containing trans fats:
- Frozen pies and other baked goods
- Snack foods
- Microwave popcorn
- Frozen pizza
- Fast-food & Fried food
- Vegetable shortenings and some stick margarines
- Coffee creamer
- Refrigerated dough products (such as biscuits and cinnamon rolls)
- Ready-to-use frostings
+ PAHs: (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)
PAHs are chemicals formed when muscle meat, including beef, pork, fish, or poultry, is cooked using high-temperature methods, such as pan frying or grilling directly over an open flame ). may increase the risk of kidney cancer. Again, this appears to be partly dependent on genetics, as well as additional risk factors, such as smoking.
+ Sugar Excess sugar is also linked to breast and colon cancer. This may be due to its effect on blood sugar and insulin levels, which can drive tumor growth. Sugar is high in fructose, like
Soda Candy Sweetened Yogurt Salad Dressing Frozen Junk Foods Breads Canned Fruit Juice
Since the late 1990s, the FDA has warned that eating too much high-mercury fish can lead to neurological damage, especially to young children and unborn babies. Pregnant women and women of child bearing age shouldn't be eating more than 12 ounces of fish per week (that’s two meals per week) We are exposed to mercury all the time . Very important distinction is between 2 forms of Mercury: Methyl Mercury (toxic and ubiquitous.) vs. Ethyl Mercury (in some vaccines).