Cleaning up your diet is a great place to start, but even if you’ve quit eating junk food and drinking sodas and started cooking real food at home you still might not be feeling as fabulous as you’d like. That may be because there are still toxins lurking in your life. Find these toxins and clean them out and your clean-eating diet will work much better.
Dr. Louisa Williams, author of Radical Medicine: Cutting-Edge Natural Therapies That Treat the Root Causes of Disease, gave an all-day lecture at the Wise Traditions 2013 Convention in Atlanta. (I blogged about the convention here, here and here.) Dr. Williams listed seven areas where our modern lives have created obstacles to real health.
1. Chemicals in our soil and water. Pesticides, insecticides and herbicides linger in soil and seep into our groundwater, oceans and rivers; and they stick around a long time. Even though PCBs were banned in 1976, but almost 40 years later they are still found all over the world. Now Round-up, the most popular weed killer in the U.S., can be measured in farm soil 30 years after the last spraying.
2. Mercury amalgam fillings. These “silver” fillings can be found in the mouth of nearly ever baby-boomer. They were cheap, easy and fast to put in. After years of study they are finally being phased out for mercury-free alternatives.
3. Increased mandatory injection of vaccines. In 1950 the number of vaccinations given was seven per child spaced out over several years. As of 2013 American children are given up to 69 per child from birth through college. Most of these come in multiples given within the first few years of the child’s life. Enough research has accumulated that shows the current vaccine schedule should be re-evaluated, vaccines account for the most adverse drug reactions. Giving multiple drugs at one time raises even greater risk.
4. EMF stress. Electromagnetic Fields can be natural or man-made. It is the man-made fields that are so prevalent and strong they can disrupt our sleep and even our cell growth. Sources include power lines, electrical transformers, machines, appliances, broadcasting technologies and mobile devices.
5. GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms). Nearly all of the soy, corn, canola and cottonseed grown is genetically modified. As the list of GMO foods grows so does the list of adverse side-effects. I’ve written several articles about concerns over GMOs. You can find them here, here, and here.
6. Prescription Drug Advertising. In 1997 the United States became the first of only two countries in the whole world to allow direct-to-consumer advertising, as well as celebrity endorsement, of drugs only available by a doctor’s prescription. It is perfectly legal for pharmaceutical companies to hire talented marketing firms to manipulate the general public into desiring prescription drugs.
7. Widespread Use of Antibiotics. Handing out antibiotics like clowns tossing candy in a parade is only part of the problem that has caused the World Health Organization to say that antibiotic resistance is now a bigger crisis than Aids threatening to turn back the clock on modern medicine. An even bigger cause of these superbugs is the flagrant administration of antibiotics in animal feed. Instead of improving the inhumane, crowded, disgusting living conditions of beef, pork and chicken the industrial agricultural system pours on larger and larger doses of antibiotics trying to keep the animals healthy long enough to make it to slaughter.
Until we can clean up these seven major areas of toxicity in our own lives we aren’t going to be able to achieve the best health for ourselves and our families.
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