Back at the World’s Fair in 1939 when Dupont promised us “better living through chemistry” we had no idea how the onslaught of chemicals over the next few decades would actually end up killing some of us. In 1962, Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” was published. Carson was warning us of the negative effects of pesticides and the purposeful misinformation that was being spread by the chemical companies. On Thursday, May 6th, the President’s Cancer Panel issued a report on the cancer risks from chemicals and toxins in the environment. Without equivocation, they warned of the “grievous harm” of chemicals and other toxins citing a “growing body of evidence linking environmental exposures to cancer.” They urged President Obama “ to use the power of his office to remove the carcinogens and other toxins from our food, water and air that needlessly increase health care costs, cripple our nation’s productivity, and devastate American lives.”
There are some 80,000 chemicals now in use in this country. Only a few hundred have been tested for safety. The regulatory agencies, under-staffed and under-funded, have not been able to keep up with the proliferation of new chemicals. The President’s Cancer Panel called our regulatory approach “reactionary rather than precautionary.” The Panel’s report states, “Many known or suspected carcinogens are completely unregulated.”
Although it will take many years to turn this situation around, there are things you can do right now to counter the effects of and limit your exposure to toxic chemicals:
SUGGESTION #1: Choose organic produce whenever possible and available, especially if you have children at home. Pesticide residue is far higher in the urine of children who eat conventional food than in those who eat organics. This is especially important for pregnant women.
SUGGESTION #2: Drink lots of filtered water in containers made of glass or stainless steel rather than plastic. Water helps the cells, blood, and kidneys remove toxins from the body. Drink enough water to urinate every hour or so, if possible. BPA, a chemical found in many plastics, has already been banned in other countries. We’ve known about the concerns over BPA for many years, yet to date, the U.S. has done nothing to stop its production and use in common household items. While you’re at it, bring along reusable cloth bags when shopping and refuse plastic bags at stores. Tell the stores you frequent to change over to bags made from biodegradable resources. Do not use plastic garbage bags that are not biodegradable. All of that plastic ends up in landfills and the chemical residue subsequently ends up in the ground water – we’re choking our ecosystem with plastic.
SUGGESTION #3: Microwave food only in glass or ceramic vessels. Better yet, don’t use the microwave oven at all. It is thought in some circles that microwaving food reduces its nutritional value substantially. And one of the ways to counteract chemicals that already exist in our environment is to get as much nutrition as you possibly can to keep your immune system strong. Warm up leftovers in a conventional oven or on the stovetop in a double boiler. Since you already have that microwave, use it to sanitize your sponges and dish rags daily – 1 minute on high power.
SUGGESTION #4: Do not char meat on the grill or eat meat that is cooked well-done. High-heat cooking of meat causes carcinogens to form.
SUGGESTION #5: Get a massage; sit in a steam room or sauna; dry brush your skin with a long-handled, soft-bristled body brush daily; at the end of your shower, alternate between hot and cold water several times – all of these methods are used to promote lymphatic drainage which is one of the body’s most potent mechanisms for detoxification.
SUGGESTION # 6: Use the following herbs and foods whose properties are natural detoxifiers and/or anti-cancer substances: garlic, onion, dark leafy greens, beets, red bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, parsley, radishes, winter squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, yams, apricot, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, dates, figs, grapefruit, grapes, lemon, lime, mango, orange, papaya, peaches and nectarines, pineapple, plums, raspberries, strawberries, watermelon, alfalfa sprouts, beans, lentils, green peas, almonds, Brazil nuts, cashew nuts, olives, walnuts, basil, cilantro, cayenne pepper and paprika, cumin, dill, ginger, mint, mustard seed, nutmeg, oregano, black pepper, rosemary, saffron, tarragon, thyme, turmeric (curcumin), mushrooms (shitake, maitake, and reishi), seaweed, green tea.
SUGGESTION #7: Drastically reduce consumption of all processed, packaged foods, convenience foods, foods whose labels have more than 5 ingredients or ingredients you can’t pronounce, fast foods and cheap chain restaurant foods.
SUGGESTION #8: Use only organic virgin or cold pressed oils. Processed oils are extracted by high heat and/or chemical means making them unhealthy. Avoid all fried foods due to inferior quality oils/rancid oils. Avoid all trans fats and hydrogenated fats.
SUGGESTION #9: Use “natural” and environmentally sound cleaning products both to diminish your exposure to chemicals and to keep these chemicals from entering the environment.
SUGGESTION #10: Use “natural” cosmetics and personal care products. Your skin is a large organ of elimination. Avoid chemical laden skin care products, soaps, and shampoos.
SUGGESTION #11: Avoid dairy products, meat, poultry, and eggs from animals that have been exposed to hormone and antibiotic treatment. Buy products from animals that have been “pasture raised” and preferably organic, not “feed-lot” raised animals.
SUGGESTION #12: Get regular exercise and plenty of restful sleep. Consider nutritional supplementation, especially if you have any known deficiencies. A large percentage of our population is deficient in Vitamin D and in Omega 3 Fatty Acids.
Keep your immune system strong and the chances of developing cancer will be greatly diminished.
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