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YOUR CHEMICAL BODY BURDEN -
How To Reduce Your Risk
What You Don't Know Can Hurt You
Modern people have become living, breathing synthetic chemical experiments. For example,
did you know that undertakers have pointed out for many decades that the bodies of the deceased take much longer to
decompose than the natural rate they did prior to the use of preservatives in
For the first time in history, our bodies now contain an enormous mix of chemicals. This
is true all over the world due in part to jet streams and prevailing winds, and also first world countries dumping
their chemical waste either into the food supply or the soils of emerging nations.
How bad is it? One estimate suggests that Americans are daily threatened by over 100,000 (yes, one hundred
thousand!) different synthetic chemicals.
Further, an estimated 1,000 (yes, one thousand) new ones are introduced every year.
Of those, only a couple hundred have been tested for their effects on our health, and of those, fewer still have
been checked for their effects of pregnant women, developing infants and children.
This fact alone means that the health of the new generation may already be severely impacted.
Given that this is our condition, the worst thing we can do about it is to indulge ourselves in 'the ostrich trick'
- burying our heads in the sand because we feel threatened. In this instance, out of sight is definitely not out of
Luckily, we don'tt have to wait decades for the scientific community to prove that the unique mix of chemicals in
our bodies contributes to our cancer risk, for example. The following are ways we can reduce our toxic chemical
Here are some empowering, effective and constructive actions we can each take:
1. Make Healthy Food Choices
Eat organic foods whenever possible, and always avoid processed foods. You not only do your body
a favor by reducing the toxic load that enters it, you also are voting with your wallet and saying no to non-foods,
fake foods and adulterated foods. It is especially important to say no to artificial sweeteners, not giving them to
children and not consuming them if you are pregnant.
2. Load Up on Whole Food B Vitamins
Healthy DNA in every cell depends on whole food vitamin B. But pay attention to the kind you buy:
chemical companies are now buying up food companies and contaminating real food with fake vitamins. If you get a
niacin rush from it, it means fake B's are present. Throw it out, and try a different source (probably one in a can
rather than in the bulk food section).
Among other B vitamins, you will be getting Inositol, which supports the breakdown of fat cells that store the
toxins and Choline, which is a physiological detergent and liver detoxifier. Choline makes your bile absorb the
toxins so they can be eliminated.
And to repeat for emphasis: Do NOT use synthetic vitamin B, as it can damage peripheral nerve plates and actually
create heart arrhythmias and other nervous system disturbances.
Instead, read the label on the back of the Brewer's yeast jar. Under ingredients, it should list only Brewer's
yeast, or nutritional yeast. If it also lists any individual B vitamins, then they've added synthetic ones.
3. Bathe Your Cells in Generous Amounts of Anti-oxidants
If you are concerned because so many chemicals can damage DNA, remember that a primary line of
defense for DNA is antioxidants, especially vitamins A, C and E.
Carrots and fresh carrot juice are a rich source of natural, whole food vitamin A.
A great source of whole food vitamin C is the juice of half a lemon squeezed into filtered water. Don't buy or use
what government standards call vitamin C, which is only one part of the whole vitamin C complex nature made.
Instead, it is a laboratory concoction made by boiling sulfuric acid and corn syrup together.
Also drink positively charged, corn sweetener free juices such as real lemonade, cranberry, cran/raspberry,
pineapple or orange that are free of sugars and corn sweeteners (note: some corn sweeteners now appear on labels as
Whole food vitamin E, which is free of the negative effects being discovered by the synthetic isolates of vitamin
E, is found in wheat germ oil as well as fresh nuts and seeds. Do not take synthetic isolates of vitamin E - they
are toxic to your liver, and if only some are present, the ones you ingest will rob your body of the other parts to
make it 'whole', thus creating deficits of the other parts.
4. Keep Yourself "Well-Oiled"
Since chemicals and radiation deplete your body of essential fatty acids (EFA's, or vitamin F) resupply them.
In the space of about a month, you need roughly equal amounts of omega 3's., omega 6's and omega 9's. Most food
sources contain a mix of these oils, which can be found in flax, chia, walnut ,pumpkin and hemp seeds, dairy fats
An added benefit of providing plenty of these balanced fats is attaining and maintaining a normal weight. Avoid low
fat diets; every cell and function of your body requires fats to function and stay healthy, starting with your
brain, which is made of some 80% fat.
5. Keep Your Elimination Pathways Open
Drink copious amounts of pure water to keep your system flushed. If you're not used to it, take
the time to train yourself.
Eight large glasses a day is excellent.
Next, exercise. Among its numerous benefits is the fact that it makes you sweat, and that flushes your system. Make
it a point to sweat regularly and thoroughly. If you can't exercise for some reason, sit in a sauna.
Third, consume plenty of organic fiber. Fruits, vegetables and grains are an excellent source of fiber.
There are also numerous fiber products on the market. Many people find psyllium seed to be too harsh, and prefer
more gentle fibers such as those made from apple or grapefruit pectin. Fiber acts like a broom to sweep away toxins
as they are released into your colon.
Adding probiotics (healthy bugs) is another way to support chemical detoxification. That's because probiotics help
make sure your colon has the right bacteria to help digest what comes through.
6. Provide Plenty of Sulfur
Sulfur is essential for detoxification. Here's why:
Your liver has two metabolic pathways it uses to detoxify anything your body needs to eliminate, and both those
pathways use sulfur.
A good food source of sulfur is garlic. It protects against damage from free radicals that damage body tissues,
helps maintain normal cholesterol and triglyceride levels and a healthy flow of blood through the circulatory
7. Use Herbs That Support Detoxification
A great variety of herbs exist that support detoxification in various ways.
In choosing an herb, first make certain that it is organic. Many herbs (such as some imported from China) have been
found to be contaminated with metals, and many from this country have been sprayed. If you use these, you will be
spending your money to add an additional source of contamination.
Then, choose the right herb for the job. For that, you may require the services of a holistic health professional
who has access to whole organic, therapeutic strength herbs and knows how to evaluate whether you need to detox
from pesticides, food additives or what.
Some herbs, Chlorella, for example, can help detoxify your body of environmental pollutants from food, air and
water because its cell wall attracts and binds with hydrocarbon pesticides and insecticides such as DDT, PCB and
Kepone. This enables the body to carry them out - to eliminate them.
Organic Spanish Black Radish is a good colon detoxifying herb that is also good for reducing liver congestion,
diarrhea, virus load and constipation. It's high in sulfluothane, which grabs cancer cells.
Still other herbs are immune system boosters, blood cleansers, liver function supporters, bile production
enhancers, promoters of cellular health, and so on. They have names like Echinacea, Turmeric, Andrographus, Ginger
and Dandelion Root.
8. Homeopathic Remedies
These are far ranging in their ability to help the body release toxins. Many are formulated specific to the
For example, remedies exist for cellular release of tobacco, dust, hydrocarbons, molds, radiation (such as U.V.,
microwaves, radon, cobalt, x-rays, TV's video display terminals and geopathic disturbances), sulfur dioxide,
sulphurous acid (the principle ingredient in acid rain), heavy metals, residual toxins from infections (bacterial,
viral, yeast, parasite, or nematode), food additives (food colorings, flavorings, preservatives, sweeteners,
acidulents, bleaches, emulsifiers, humectants and thickeners, hormones, leavenings and solvents such as acetone and
hexane), insecticides, phenolics and dental materials (alloys containing chromium, copper, nickel, silver, tin,
zinc, mercury, cements, resents, chlorine and fluoride.
One word of caution: many homeopathics are prepared in a base of lactose, so if you're lactose intolerant, be sure
to check before taking any.
9. Know When to Get Competent Help
If you are currently having symptoms of toxicity, it may be time to seek the services of a
competent health professional. You can get yourself into a lot of trouble by trying to detoxify yourself by
Cloudy thinking, inability to make good choices, lassitude, lack of motivation and inability to follow through are
all symptoms of toxicity. When you're already in that state and then stimulate your body to release even more
toxins, you can become profoundly ill, especially when releasing very damaging substances such as heavy metals and
A competent professional can assess your particular state of toxicity, monitor how quickly or slowly you need to
detoxify and from what, choose the right products, whether herbs, homeopathics or whole food concentrates,
determine your food intolerances and help you avoid further toxicity.
Nobody knows for sure whether a higher chemical body burden means a higher risk of cancer, but most health
professionals would warrant that the dramatic rise in cancer rates and the dramatic rise in chemical toxicity are
related. By systematically detoxifying, you'll definitely think better, function better, have more energy and feel
better. And, you may lower your risk of a variety of health problems, not just cancer. And that's worth a
Pamela Levin is an R.N. and a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst who has
worked in a wide variety of hospital settings before starting her private practice in 1970. She has 500+
post-graduate hours in clincial nutrition, herbology and applied kinesiology.
Pamela Levin, R.N.
January 16, 2012
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