Chemicals and heavy metals are all around you – in food, air, water, body care products, home and laundry cleaning products, etc.
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the average American comes into contact with over 2000 chemicals a day. The U.S. allows over 14,000 chemicals to be in our food supply. Newborn babies have been found with hundreds of chemicals in their blood.
Until big businesses put health concerns before profit, chemicals will abound. A popular phrase in the 1960’s was: “Better living through chemistry.” Fifty years later, we’re seeing the negative impacts on our health.
Excessive heavy metals and chemicals are harmful, especially in the amounts present today. Your body can tolerate some unnaturally occurring toxins, but not in the current excessive forms and amounts. Chemicals and heavy metals particularly affect the brain and hormonal glands, thus causing common physical and mental symptoms.
Sherry Rogers MD, author of Detoxify or Die, states that chemicals and heavy metals are also often a core cause of neuromuscular diseases such as Parkinson’s, Lou Gehrig’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and other afflictions involving tremors.
Excessive chemical exposure is especially problematic for those who work around chemicals. They are more likely to develop neuromuscular and other disorders. Linda, a forty-five- year-old who had worked around chemicals for 20 years, developed tremors of the hands and an autoimmune disorder. She said several coworkers in their mid-thirties also had tremors of the face and hands. Her symptoms cleared up nicely when we helped her body remove the over-accumulation of chemicals.
Excess chemicals need to be dealt with for ourselves, our children and our children’s children. Otherwise, more and more people will likely face major illness and mental imbalances. If traditional medical care is sought, the treatment will usually be more chemicals in the form of prescription drugs.
When making important decisions centuries ago, Native Americans considered the impact on seven generations ahead. Unfortunately, many of today’s decisions are based on profit while future health impacts are ignored.
Every day in my practice, I see heart-wrenching examples of people whose lives are impaired or ruined by excess chemicals. We have seen a number of teenagers who suffer with ten or more serious symptoms such as depression, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, insomnia, morbid fears, nightmares, etc.
Since chemicals are inescapable and harmful, you are wise to minimize your exposure and regularly remove them from your body.
Chemical categories and their most common sources include:
Body Care Products: non-natural brands of facial creams, artificial nails, lotions, oils, shampoo and conditioner, soap, powders, breath freshener, makeup, hair gels/ coloring, mouthwash, cologne, shaving cream, toothpaste, baby wipes and diapers
Home Cleaners: any commercial home cleaners that contain chemicals. Instead, use natural products containing baking soda, white vinegar, lemon, borax, castile soap, salt, and essential oils for fragrance.
Food Dyes: in processed and packages foods with food coloring added.
Food Preservatives: in packaged and processed foods and some salad bars
Formaldehyde: permanent press and other treated fabrics, cosmetics and toiletries, household cleaners, paper products, building materials, medications, paint and stripping agents, cigarettes, smoke from burning wood, etc.
Herbicides: non-organic foods and unfiltered water
Medications: prescription drugs
Acetate/Acetone: paint, varnish, nail polish and remover, paint thinners and removers, cosmetics, artificial flavors, adhesives
Hydrocarbons: exhaust from gas or diesel engines, and natural gas
Petrosolvents: paints, varnishes, glues, adhesives, aerosol sprays, ink, permanent markers, solvents such as benzene and carbon tetrachloride
Pesticides: chemical products used to control bugs and plants
Plastic: plastic wrap, plastic water bottles, food packaging
In addition to minimizing exposure to the sources above, what else can you do?
• Use naturally based body care products whenever possible. Avoid ones that contain chemical fragrances, colors, and preservatives.
• When you are around new furniture, building materials or car, thoroughly ventilate the area, especially in bedrooms.
• Filter water used for drinking and bathing to avoid common chemicals in tap water. Don’t flush harmful chemicals such as unused prescription drugs and paint down the toilet or sink.
• Eat real food from local organic sources to avoid dyes, food preservatives, and chemicals from containers. Avoid foods that have been treated with herbicides and pesticides. Don’t eat meat, eggs or dairy products that have been raised with growth hormones, antibiotics, and chemicals.
• Use naturally-based house cleaning and pesticide products.
• Read labels: it’s not a good sign if a food, body care, or housecleaning product contains lots of long chemical-sounding words that you can’t pronounce.
• Contact your legislators and urge their action to protect people, animals and the environment from chemical products and wastes.
• Use healthy elimination and detox measures described earlier in this chapter.
• Lose weight if needed since chemicals and heavy metals can store in fat.
• Use a detox program such as the Standard Process Purification Program two to four times a year to assist internal cleansing of the bowels, kidneys, lungs, blood, lymphatics and skin.
• Use a nutrition-based healing program to detect excess chemicals and determine what approach is best to remove them.
Hiding your head in the sand isn’t going to make this one go away. There are many advantages of 21st century living, but chemical toxicity must be addressed or more people, especially children will suffer.
Toxic or heavy metals – for example, mercury, aluminum, arsenic, plutonium and lead – can cause serious illness. Others, such as iron, copper, manganese and zinc, are needed in small amounts but cause damage at excessive levels.
Pollution of air, food and water has increased the amount of certain metals that pose health risks for humans and animals. Other heavy metals are purposely added to products. Example include aluminum in antiperspirant deodorants, or mercury in vaccinations, dental fillings and processed foods. These are present in small amounts that over time can accumulate and contribute to disease.
Certain individuals are more sensitive to these metals and are like a canary in a coal mine—a first line alert of coming danger to others.
Many doctors and health scientists point to the serious health problems these days and consider heavy metal toxicity to be a core cause. For example, consider the large Alzheimer’s treatment centers in existence these days. When I was young, I was around many older people in our family, neighborhood and church. None of them had dementia, senility, Alzheimer’s or whatever label is used to describe the alarming incidence of memory loss and mental confusion.
In my holistic health care centers, we have treated a number of people in their thirties and forties who report significant problems with memory and concentration.
Why are so many children suffering with mental symptoms such as hyperactivity, depression, anxiety and behavior problems? Same question with adults who have facial or hand tremors before middle age. What is going on? Many experts are pointing to the increase in toxic metals and urging people to face this problem now.
Toxic metals and their common sources include:
Aluminum: cookware, packaged foods, antacids, antiperspirants, baking soda, aluminum cans, kitchen utensils, paints, dental composites, toothpaste
Antimony: flame-retardant clothing and furniture, medicines, pigments
Arsenic: poisons, pigments, dyes, wood preservative, insecticide, wine, well water, coal burning, shellfish, treated lumber
Barium: diagnostic tests, drinking water, bleaches, dyes, fireworks, ceramics
Beryllium: exposure at nuclear and aerospace industries, refining and melting of beryllium-containing alloys, manufacturing of electronic devices
Bromine: agriculture chemicals, flame-retardants, contaminated drinking water and food sources, spas, swimming pools
Cadmium: fertilizers, cigarettes, water from galvanized pipes, shellfish, industrial fumes, paint, air pollution, auto exhaust
Calcium: poor quality sources of calcium, excess dairy products
Chromium: cheap chromium-coated stainless-steel kitchen utensils corroded by acidic foods, dyes, pigments, air pollution, dental crowns
Copper: poor quality mineral supplements, copper plumbing, cook ware, dental materials, pesticides, jewelry, IUDs, birth control pills
Fluorine: fluoride containing toothpaste and mouthwash, fluoridated water
Gold/Silver: cheap jewelry, dental fillings, injections for arthritis
Iodine: excess supplements and iodized salt, topical iodine solution
Iron: paints, dyes, poor quality mineral supplements, enriched wheat flour, pollution, occupational exposure, tobacco
Lead: paint, car exhaust, occupational exposure, plumbing, canned food, hair dye
Magnesium: poor quality mineral supplements, antacids, laxatives
Manganese: well water, ceramics, dyes, medicines, job exposure
Mercury: processed foods, dental fillings, seafood, vaccinations, water
Nickel: auto exhaust, cigarettes, dental crowns, occupational exposure
Radioactive Metals: contaminated food, air and water; nuclear plants
Tin: canned foods, paints, pesticides, contaminated water, job exposure
Titanium: paints, medications, orthopedic/dental implants, job exposure
Zinc: poor quality mineral supplements, exposure to smelters, metal cans
What action steps can you take so toxic metals don’t hurt you and your loved ones?
1. Prevention of further heavy metals listed above.
2. Removal of toxic metals already in the body.
Prevention involves avoiding further exposure to the above sources as much as possible. Suggestions for doing this include:
• Avoid processed foods, especially those containing high fructose corn syrup, as much as possible since they can contain small amounts of mercury as a preservative
• Use deodorants with natural ingredients, not aluminum
• Don’t use canned foods to prevent intake of lead, aluminum, tin and other metals
• Avoid medical drugs as much as possible since they may contain heavy metals; this is especially critical for vaccinations that can contain mercury in the form of thimerosal
• Use a mercury-free dentist for your dental fillings
• Filter drinking water with a dual carbon filter, and bathing water with a whole house filter
• Avoid over-the-counter medications, for example, antacids that contain toxic metals
• Use skin care products that only contain natural ingredients
You get the idea: look at the list of common sources and eliminate them as much as possible. Be sure to tell your family and friends about the dangers of heavy metals so they can avoid them, too.
Finally, be sure to contact your legislators and urge their action to protect people, animals and the environment from toxic metals.
For treatment, use the same healing programs as with chemicals.
Thank you for sharing this article with others who can use it. I hope that this article – and taking the action steps discussed – help you feel more happy, healthy, peaceful, clear, reassured, and energetic. You deserve to feel that way and the world needs your greatest gifts.
Life and love are forever. Shall we live accordingly?
Mark Pitstick, MA, DC is an author, master’s clinical psychologist, holistic chiropractic physician, frequent media guest, and workshop facilitator. He is director of The Soul Phone Foundation, founder of Greater Reality Living Community Groups, and board member of Helping Parents Heal. Dr. Pitstick can help you know and show – no matter what is going on around you – that your earthly experience is a totally safe, meaningful, and magnificent adventure amidst forever. Visit SoulProof.com for free articles, newsletters, and radio interviews with top consciousness experts.
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