There are currently over 80,000 chemicals used in North America. These chemicals and toxins accumulate in your body as a result of the food you eat, what you drink, the air you breathe, the products you use on our skin and in your home and garden.
Your environmental toxic load is affected by your exposure and your body’s ability to assimilate and excrete the toxins. Excretion is highly variable and determined by an individual’s genetics, nutritional status, antibiotic use, lifestyle and total toxic load. An environmental toxic burden is exhibited when the level of net retention exceeds physiological tolerance.
It has been stated that 90% of all chronic and serious illness could be prevented if we were able to eliminate 600 of the most dangerous environmental toxins. (World Health Organization)
Common Environmental Contaminants:
- PCBs (Polychlorinated Biphenyls), PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)
- Phthalates (DEHP, DINP, DIDP, DBP, DnOP, DnHP)Dioxin
- Brominated Fire Retartants (PBDEs)
- Parabens (Methyl, Propyl, Butyl, and Ethyl Paraben)
- Heavy Metals (most commonly , but not limited to Arsenic, Mercury, Cadmium, Aluminum and Lead)
Indicators of Toxic Burden:
It is possible that toxic chemicals and heavy metals are a concern for you if any of the following apply:
- Progressive immune problems (allergies, infections or autoimmunity) followed by neurological problems
- Symptoms that don’t seem to resolve; such as nausea, difficulty breathing, change in mental thinking or senses (hearing and smell) and ongoing joint and muscle pain and weakness.
- Adverse physical or mental reactions from exposure to ambient levels of chemicals (headaches, brain fog, fatigue, shortness of breath, asthma, muscle weakness, collapse)
- History of adverse reactions to medications
- Inability to handle caffeine: “Can’t drink after noon without insomnia”
- Inability to handle medications “I’m very sensitive to any medication I’ve taken”
- History of chemical exposure or obvious occupational, hobby related or residential exposures prior to illness.