Toxins, Toxins Everywhere

We all know that “toxic” means that a substance, material, or chemical is bad for our health, but there’s a lot more to understand about a subject that greatly impacts the health of each one of us.  To begin with, there are two main types of toxins:  endogenous and exogenous.  Endogenous toxins are those that are produced by the body due to biochemical processes.  Such toxins may build up in muscles or joints.  Exogenous toxins, the second type, come from an external source – such as air, water, or food – and are absorbed into the body.  Let’s focus on exogenous toxins.  toxin_article_april_poison.jpg

Sources of Exogenous Toxins

Each day the human body is exposed to more than 200 different synthesized (organic) chemicals and hornme diruptors.  Of course, this varies widely by region of the world, with Americans leading the pack in preservation.  In the1960s it was discovered that an American soldier’s body began to decompose three to five days after death; whereas an Asian soldier’s body began the process within 48 hours.  The reason?  The sudden increase in processed food items and consumer products, many made of plastics, that Americans unwittingly purchased.  Not surprisingly, today an American’s body takes up to two weeks to begin to decompose.  TV dinner, anyone?       

Hazardous chemicals found in food additives, cosmetics, and toiletries can negatively interfere with biochemical processes and the functioning of the endocrine system.  Some of the various chemicals are not as harmful, although they do adhere to cell membranes and have some impact biochemical processes.  Exogenous toxins can be organic or inorganic. 

The lengthy list of organic chemical exogenous toxins includes:

•    tar from cigarettes
•    second-hand cigarette smoke
•    transfats from fried food and baked goods
•    petroleum and petrochemical derivatives and plastics
•    organic pesticides and herbicides
•    artificial coloring
•    artificial stabilizers
•    preservatives
•    bacteria
•    parasites
•    viruses
•    MSG
•    antidepressants
•    antibiotics
•    PCBs (printed circuit boards)
•    biotoxins
•    organic heavy metals
•    chemical compounds used in shampoos, skin creams, aftershave, and other cosmetic products
•    formaldehyde
•    benzene
•    carcinogens (such as from burning food)
•    toxins in laundry detergents


[1] http://www.medicalinsider.com/toxicity2.html#endogenousandexogenous

Inorganic exogenous toxins include:
•    ammonia
•    solvents and fuel
•    preservatives – nitrites and nitrosamines
•    heavy metals – mercury, cadmium, arsenic, lead, aluminum
•    mercuric oxide and mercuric sulphate
Startling Facts About Toxins
1.    The United States produces more than 75,000 chemicals.
2.    More than 10,000 preservatives, emulsifiers, and chemical solvents are used in food processing.
3.    More than 3,000 chemicals are added to the food supply.
4.    About 1,000 new chemicals are introduced each year.
5.    Most Americans have between 400-800 chemicals stored in their bodies.
6.    The EPA estimates 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year may be due to radon exposures.

Eliminating & Avoiding Toxins - Safe, Easy and Effective

A key is understanding Active and Passive detox methods.

Toxins can be eliminated from the body by primary or secondary routes.  Primary routes include the skin, bowels, bladder, and lungs. Secondary routes include tears, phlegm, mucus, ear wax, and nasal discharge.  Your body detoxifies itself, to the best of its ability to fight so many assailants. 

Don’t Guess…TEST!!

Testing is an excellent way for you to actually SEE what is going on in your body, and to GUIDE your health care provider in advising you about your treatment plan. It also allows you to follow up after treatment to show that your plan is working effectively, hopefully optimally.

To start your Detoxification Plan, consider doing these two tests:

The Mercury test and the Elements Profile. These tests will let you know if concerns are present, and because the Thyroid is such a metabolically active gland…to see if these are affecting its function.

Mercury Toxicity Testing

Elements Profile - Arsenic, Bromine, Iodine, Selenium, and Creatinine…plus Thyroid gland testing.

You can avoid toxins in food by staying away from foods and drinks that have strong flavors, odors, or bright colors.  Avoid salami, bologna, and other deli meats that can be stored in the refrigerator for a long time (these contain sodium nitrate as a preservative).  Buy whole foods rather than processed foods.  Purchase hormone-free milk, eggs, and meat; buy local organic vegetables and fruits.  Use unprocessed sugar in lieu of artificial sweeteners, including NutraSweet, Equal, Splenda, and Sucralose.  Don’t eat microwave popcorn.

Improve your health, and the health of your family,jpin the movement to become ToxinClear.

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