I’ve just returned from Chicago, which wrapped up my last presentation of my seminar “Whole Detox: How To Thrive In a Toxic World Through Diet And Lifestyle,” which I co-taught with Dr. Deanna Minich, a PhD scientist, teacher and author of the book Whole Detox. I learned a TON – not only from Dr. Minich but from the seminar attendees as well. It was a great opportunity for information sharing. Hopefully, they learned something from me, too. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Toxins = any obstacle to health.
  • Sources: Air pollution, contaminated water, plastic, smoking, alcohol, poor food choices, stress, microbiome, electromagnetic fields, medications, personal care products, dental amalgams, pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, food packing.
  • Organized by categories: Heavy metals, Bisphenols, Polychlorinated biphenyls, Phthalates, Parabens, Volatile organic compounds, Mycotoxins, Persistent organic pollutants.
  • According to the Environmental Protection Agency over 700 toxins have been found in human adipose (fat) tissue. Dioxin was found in 100% of the tissues sampled despite the fact that Dioxin has been banned in the USA since1972!
  • Over 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants were found when researchers tested the umbilical cord of born babies.
  • It is estimated that there are over 80,000 chemicals in our environment and 2,300 new ones every year. And that only includes the ones we know
  • The technology to test the bioaccumulation effect of these toxins does not exist, however one well known animal study demonstrated this: Scientists took the LD 1 of lead (the dose of lead that would kill 1% or 1 out of 100 mice) and the LD 1 of mercury and exposed a group of mice to both doses at the same time.  They all died.
  • The 3 systems most affected by toxins include the endocrine, neurological and the immune
  • Obesity has been linked to diverse pesticides, dioxins and Bisphenol A (found in many plastics), cardiovascular disease has been linked to heavy metals, diabetes has been liked to polychlorinated biphenyls.
  • Researchers have found arsenic, lead, mercury and cadmium in breast milk.
  • It is estimated that the average women comes into contact with approximately 200 chemicals from the time she wakes up in the morning to the time she leaves her house.

Okay, I’ll stop.  I think you’ll get my point which is this.  Although there are many whom assume that all toxicants are metabolized and excreted effectively from our bodies and there is nothing to do to enhance the detoxification process, I disagree.  I side with the researchers in this review article Sears ME, Genuis SJ.  Environmental determinants of chronic disease and medical approaches: recognition, avoidance, supportive therapy, and detoxification.  J Env Pub Health. 2012;2012:356798  who state, “The contention that the body has an inherent ability to eliminate quickly all adverse chemical compounds is inaccurate, as many toxicants with long half-lives accrue in tissues or blood, thus maintaining long-term potential to inflict damage. …With a wide range of distinct chemical compounds, each with a unique chemical structure and a potentially distinct way of interfacing with human biochemistry, there is no single mechanism or pathway for the body to eliminate the whole spectrum of 21st century chemical toxicants.”

No, we don’t have to live in a bubble to avoid every toxin out there, but we do have to make a conscious effort to reduce our exposure and enhance our natural detoxification processes for the sake of our best health.  Because “In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Not sure where to start?  Come join us for our FREE no obligation information night on our up-coming GROUP DETOX program.  Live clean in 2017!  April 6th @ 6:30pm Taylors Falls Baptist Church 661 West Street, Taylors Falls, MN.