Thursday, December 13, 2007

You Can't Avoid All Environmental Toxins

As long as you breathe, eat and drink, you can't entirely escape environmental toxins or their repercussions.

Research on the risks associated with these toxins is ongoing, but many scientists believe that existing evidence suggests that toxic buildup in our bodies contributes to the development of Parkinson's disease and may increase risk for some types of cancer and other serious conditions.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study that tested 10,000 men and women for the presence of 116 chemicals found that most Americans carried some combination of these toxins in in their blood.
Household sources of toxins that are under investigation...
Cleaning products. Most people use a wide variety of cleaning products, many of which contain toxic chemicals. Chlorine bleach is potentially carcinogenic and can damage the respiratory system. Among its by-products are chlorinated hydrocarbons, chloroform and trihalo-methanes, all of which act like weak estrogens and cause breast cells to divide more rapidly. These by-products have been shown to cause breast tumors in animals.
What to do: Replace all store brands with Melaleuca cleansers that are free of chlorine and dangerous chemicals. Or use natural cleaning alternatives -- baking soda to scrub sinks, tubs and toilets... white distilled vinegar in a pump-spray bottle to clean mirrors and windows.
Source : Mitchell Gaynor, MD (Weill Medical College of Cornell University)

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