Toxic Exposure Even Before We Are Born
In a report entitled “Body Burden: The Pollution In Newborns” published in 2005, the Environmental Working Group found “an average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants in umbilical cord blood from 10 babies born in August and September of 2004 in U.S. hospitals”.
In fact the tests revealed a total of 287 chemicals in the group. Of these, the Working Group reported that 180 cause cancer in humans or animals, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests.
So, as humans, we are exposed to toxins even before we are born.
A build-up of toxins in the body can compromise physical and mental health.
Toxic Overload and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS)
Some health and wellness professionals, usually holistic health practitioners, suggest that individuals who claim to experience physiological signs and symptoms as a result of exposure to certain chemical substances or MCS are in fact suffering from what is known as a toxic overload, or the maximum amount of toxins that a body can possibly endure.
The fact that these opinions are generally asserted by alternative wellness professionals, such as naturopaths or licensed osteopaths, may mean that the services they offer are not covered by health insurance.
But even if your physician is unwilling to formally diagnose this, you may still want to to consider taking some precautions reduce exposure to chemicals where it is possible to achieve this.
Even if you are skeptical that there is such a thing as a “maximum burden of chemical toxins” on the body, nobody can deny that they and their families are exposed to a huge number of unpleasant and toxic substances on a daily basis in various aspects of our lives.
It therefore makes sense to try to minimize our levels of exposure to these contaminants, which can include:
- skincare products that contain a blend of unrecognizable and strange sounding ingredients, including strong synthetic fragrance;
- the off-gassing petrochemicals and formaldehyde of new carpeting and furnishings made from artificial materials or treated wood;
- new plastic from the computers that we work with each day;
- poor air quality in our homes and also in our offices;
- air pollution from congested highways;
- water pollution resulting from toxic dumping;
- pesticide use in our homes and communities;
It is very clear that the modern-day world in which we live, breathe, and raise our children, is filled with toxins.
Many of these contaminants have been proven to cause cancer and have dire effects on our long-term health and wellness.
Yet, they still manage to meet acceptable standards as far as the federal agencies are concerned, and continue to find their way into the products we buy every day.
Even the food we eat contains preservatives, colorings and flavor enhancers which can adversely affect our bodily functions.
An excellent place to start relieving the body of the daily assault from chemical toxins that we have to battle with, is in the home.
This is the environment that, to some degree, we are able to control and the easiest to rid or at least minimize offending substances.
Even if you aren’t able to throw away every contaminated object you own or replace most toxic things with environmentally friendly alternatives, you can find some relief by tackling a few major areas of your daily life and living space.
Learn more about how to reduce the amount of environmental toxins in your home here.