Since the 1940’s, a staggering 85,000 new chemicals have been introduced with 33,000 of these in common use today. Despite all of the money poured into research, cancer rates continue to rise. The U.S. breast cancer rate for women in 1940 was 1:30, rising to 1:8 in the year 2000. A dramatic drop in the average age of puberty, a decline in human fertility, and a rise in immunological diseases can all be associated with environmental contaminants, such as heavy metals, microbes, and, most of all, man-made chemicals.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when trying to keep yourself and loved-ones healthy in today’s world. Prevention is still the best medicine, and it all starts with making better choices in our everyday lives. Here are some of the main areas to focus on for reducing exposure:
- Food – Buy organic, preferably locally grown. Studies have shown that organic produce is actually pack with more nutrients. If you eat simply, and avoid processed & packaged food, it doesn’t have to be expensive to eat organic.
- Water – Solid-carbon filtered is preferable to bottled in plastic.
- Containers – Avoid storing food and drinks in plastics.
- Cookware – Avoid aluminum and Teflon coated.
- Cleaning Agents – Use baking soda and vinegar to clean most surfaces.
- Personal Hygiene & Cosmetics – So-called “organic” cosmetics are not necessarily organic; many lipsticks contain lead; chemicals used in deodorants have been found in breast tumors; and phthalates used in many of these products cause birth defects in the male reproductive system. Until we have better regulation on these products, it’s best to use as little as possible.
- Air – Reduce air pollution by using the County chipper program and green waste program, instead of burning. Reduce the use of your car. Ride a bike or walk.
- Medications – Use as little as possible. Because of their potency, most medications are toxic. Choose healthier foods, exercise regularly, and get outdoors. See a licensed practitioner for less toxic alternatives.
Try to give gifts that will help reduce your loved-ones’ exposure to toxins. Gift ideas: stainless steel thermoses and water bottles, glass food storage containers, non-toxic cookware, solid-carbon water filters, bicycles and safety fear, good walking shoes, a basket of healthy snacks and medicinal teas.