There is almost universal agreement among scientists and physicians that the environmental toxins and chemicals to which we are increasingly exposed are interfering with the immune system’s ability to distinguish self from non-self.
– Douglas Kerr, M.D., Ph.D., neurologist and neuroscientist at the Johns Hopkins Hospital from the forward to The Autoimmune Epidemic by Donna Jackson-Nakazawa
Toxins are the main reason autoimmune disorders are becoming epidemic. Environmental chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, farmed fish fed GMO corn, soy, and wheat, plastic everywhere, and even arsenic in rice and chicken. Babies born today have an average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants in their umbilical cord blood.1A Benchmark Investigation of Industrial Chemicals, Pollutants and Pesticides in Umbilical Cord Blood, Environmental Working Group, July 14, 2005, http://www.ewg.org/research/body-burden-pollution-newbornsTalk about an unfair start!
According to health educator, Chris Kresser, “Toxic burden is determined by two factors: the levels of toxic chemicals and microorganisms that we’re exposed to, and the function of our innate detoxification system. If our exposure to toxins is high and our detoxification system is compromised—due to genetic predisposition, environmental factors, or both—then our toxic burden will be high.”
Nearly half of us have mutations in our detoxification systems; and more than 4 billion pounds of toxic chemicals are released into the US environment each year, including 72 million pounds of recognized carcinogens. Only a small percentage of these chemicals are tested for safety.2The Great Chemical Unknown: A Graphical View of Limited Lab Testing, Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-great-chemical-unknown/ We must protect ourselves proactively from the onslaught. And we’re not just talking about toxins “out there.” We also mean toxins “in here” like toxic gut bacteria, mycotoxins, and negative thoughts and emotions.
Good news: according to Toxin expert, Joseph Pizzorno, ND, founder of Bastyr University of naturopathic medicine, and author of the book, The Toxin Solution, we can reduce 85% of our “non-persistent” body burden in four days just by switching to an organic diet.
Here are ten things you can do to lighten your toxic load:
What will you do today to lighten your toxic load?
Take good care!
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