A great deal of damage has been done to our environment in the name of progress, most notably the spread of toxins into the air water and soil. Here are some shocking examples of the enormous amount of chemicals that humans are exposed to:
- approximately 200 toxic or carcinogenic chemicals can be found in the average baby on the day of birth
- approximately 80,000 man-made chemicals are released into the environment though fewer than 5,000 of them have been tested to determine their toxic effects on humans
- in December 2003 the WWF tested 47 members of the European parliament and other officials and found that on average, they each carried 41 synthetic chemicals in their blood, including, in many cases the banned pesticide DDT - a suspected cause of breast cancer
However, a toxin-free life is impossible to achieve because our exposure to chemicals and carcinogens cannot be completely
avoided. Even certain natural substances can be harmful such as heavy metals, like cadmium and lead, which are capable of causing acute poisoning and even death.Natural isn’t always good for you and NOT all man-made chemicals are inherently dangerous or harmful. We need man-made chemicals to survive
Toxicologist Dr Emily Monosson argues in her book Evolution in a Toxic World, that our world has always been toxic. Yet, we thrived and evolved as a species.T his is because our innate antioxidant protection mechanisms and detoxification systems are remarkable and continue to evolve day after day to keep us alive!
The truth is that we are exposed to toxins on a daily basis. However, there are things that we can do to support and enhance our body’s natural detoxification systems and help reduce any potential adverse effects. Paying attention to OUR DIET and doing a cleanse when needed to further detoxify any harmful substances already in the body will support and enhance our body’s detoxification efforts.
Embracing the idea and practices behind detoxification isn’t away easy because traditional medicine doesn’t usually focus on the presence and influence of toxins. Sadly, some doctors and many pharmaceutical companies are sceptical of the idea that toxic substances are causing a lot of the illnesses that are becoming more prevalent every year.