Madonna almost got it right…We are living in a “chemical” world

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Good morning, afternoon, and evening! We hope you had a wonderful weekend. Let’s step away from the chocolate for a moment to consider the toxic chemical world we are living in. We can start by defining the issue [1]:

– Eighty thousand toxic chemicals have been released into our environment since the dawn of the industrial revolution, and very few have been tested for their long-term impact on human health.

– According to the nonprofit organization Environmental Working Group, the average newborn baby has 287 known toxins in his or her umbilical cord blood.

Yikes. Given this situation, the key questions are, how is this affecting us and what can we do to protect ourselves?

What’s going on

There are many articles on this subject, and I will present 2 recent findings.

The newsflash is that pesticides are even worse for us, the soil, the bees (I’ll stop now) than originally thought:

http://www.cornucopia.org/2014/02/pesticides-may-dangerous-testing-reveals-study-finds/

The issue is that tests of pesticide safety are carried out only on the active ingredient, the chemical that targets the pest. But pesticides sold to consumers and farmers are complex mixtures of other chemicals deemed “inert,” which implies these additives don’t have biological effects.

The scientists from the University of Caen exposed three human cell lines to the active ingredients of three herbicides, three insecticides and three fungicides. Then they exposed the cell lines to the commercial formulations, which contained “inerts,” and compared the results. The new finding, if confirmed, has significant implications for pesticide safety because if inert ingredients commonly amplify pesticide effects, then safety standards may not be protective of human health.

In the study, fungicides were on average the most toxic, followed by herbicides and then insecticides. Roundup, a commercial herbicide sold by Monsanto that uses the active ingredient glyphosate, was by far the most toxic of the herbicides and insecticides tested, according to the study, which was published in the journal BioMed Research International. Used to kill weeds on lawns, gardens and crops including soybeans and corn, glyphosate is one of the most widely used herbicides in the United States. Note that it is particularly used on genetically engineered (GE) soy and corn which winds up in most processed foods – SGM.

Additionally, of the 80,000 toxic chemicals in our chemical world, ones linked to neurological issues, like autism, have doubled:

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/02/15/number-chemicals-linked-to-autism-and-other-disorders-doubled-in-past-7-years/

The issue here is that industrial chemicals pose a far greater threat to the neurological health of a developing fetuses, infants and young children than to adults. During the early weeks of pregnancy, an embryo forms the cells that eventually go on to become the brain and spinal cord. Those cells divide, multiply and migrate, forming millions or even billions of connections with surrounding cells – and build up the pathways that form the body’s central nervous system.

“If some chemical gets in to the developing brain, whether lead or methylmercury, and either kills brain cells or disrupts cell division or cell migration, those connections are lost and the brain is not as complete as it should have been,” study co-author Dr. Philip Landrigan, of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, said. “And the consequence is a child whose intelligence is reduced and attention span shortened, etc. The human brain is a wondrous creation, and extremely complex, but the price of that complexity is vulnerability.”

Though the researchers acknowledge that increasing rates of conditions like ADHD and autism are partially due to increased awareness about these conditions, they argue that other factors are also at play. (For example gluten sensitivity, as described in Grain Brain, but this only works on a healthy brain – SGM.) “We note the increase of later diagnoses of these disorders tracks very nicely with increased production and release into environment of synthetic chemicals over last 40 or 50 years,” Landrigan said. “And then on top of that, there’s the direct evidence we present in [the] paper showing these particular chemicals have been linked to these problems in children.”

What can we do

Per Dr. Hyman [1], the most important things you need to understand to cure disease, create health, and lose weight are:

  1. The role of toxins
  2. The role of nutrition in health and disease
  3. The importance of detoxification in health and disease

In other words, emphasize the good and remove the bad. Unfortunately, you probably aren’t going to learn much about either of these important topics from your doctor. Most physicians today are still hopelessly ignorant in these areas. They were simply never taught about nutrition and detoxification in medical school. (Dr. Hyman’s words, and he should know.)

Although there are toxins in our environment that are impossible to avoid, there are steps that we can take to improve our situation, and that’s the best any of us can do. For example, avoiding toxic chemicals in the home from insect exterminators, lawn maintenance, wall-to-wall carpet, Teflon cookware, BPA, cleaning supplies, and flame-retardant furnishings is a good start.

We blog very frequently about the importance of wholesome nutrition at W Cubed, so check out our numerous posts if you have not already. Proper detoxification is also essential for health, and goes hand-in-hand with nutrition because detoxifying foods should be emphasized.  Here is how [1]:

  1. Drink Clean – Drink plenty of clean water, at least eight to ten glasses of filtered water a day.
  2. Eliminate Properly – Keep your bowels moving, at least once or twice a day. And if you can’t get going, then you need some help. This can include taking two tablespoons of ground flax seeds and taking acidophilus and extra magnesium citrate capsules. If you have any chronic diseases or problems, you have to be careful about taking supplements and should work with your doctor.
  3. Eat Clean – You should also eat organic produce and animal products to eliminate the toxins, hormones, and antibiotics in your food. (Per the situation with glyphosate above, avoiding processed foods with GE corn and soy is also a good idea – SGM.)
  4. Eat Detoxifying Food – You should eat 8 to 10 servings of colorful fruits and vegetables a day, particularly family of the cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, collards, kale, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kohlrabi) and the garlic family (garlic and onions), which help increase sulfur in the body and help detoxification.
  5. Minimize Drugs – Avoid stimulants, sedatives, and drugs, such as caffeine and nicotine, and try to reduce alcohol intake.
  6. Get Moving – Exercise five days a week with focus on conditioning your cardiovascular system, strengthening exercises, and stretching exercises.
  7. Avoid the White Menace – This includes white flour and white sugar.
  8. Sweat – Sweat profusely at least three times a week, using a sauna, steam, or a detox bath.
  9. Supplement – Take a high-quality (whole foods – SGM) multivitamin and mineral supplement.
  10. Relax – Relax deeply every day to get your nervous system in a state of calm, rest, and relaxation.

It is great that diet, physical activity and mental relaxation are emphasized because at W Cubed, we respect the importance of a healthy body, mind and spirit. I encourage you to read this entire post because sources of toxic load, resulting symptoms and diseases and 5 steps to optimal detoxification are also discussed. All of the above is even more important for women who are pregnant or wish to become pregnant so that they can create the best environment possible for their developing baby.

And that is a wrap for this weekend! Thank you for delving into this topic with us and we wish you a healthy and prosperous week!

[1] http://drhyman.com/blog/2010/05/19/is-there-toxic-waste-in-your-body-2/

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