Unfortunately, the body has become a dumping ground
for many toxic chemicals. We as a society are eating a
diet full of acrylamide, sodium nitrate, phytic acid,
and hydrogenated oils. Some of our bodies have chemicals
that should never have been in there, such as rocket fuel,
mercury, lead - among the many others.
We know very little about what this body burden does to
us. In fact, in a recent CBC news article, it has been
found that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
standards for lead in the blood of children, which is
10 micrograms per deciliter [mcg/dl], still results in
a five-point drop in IQ
(intelligence quotient) .
Richard Canfield, a senior researcher in Cornell University's
Division of Nutritional Sciences and senior author of
the study, said that the safe amount for lead levels in
the blood of children are closer to 5 mcg/dl. A total
of 194 children were tracked from six months to six years,
after which the children had their IQs tested. The group
measured the concentrations of lead in the children's
bloodstreams at six months, 12 months, 24 months and three,
four, five and six years of age.
What they found may not be a surprise. Their conclusion:
the higher the lead concentration in the bloodstream,
the lower the children's IQs. Considering the high volume
of toys recalled lately for lead contamination, this does
not bode well for young, developing minds. Over 600,000
products including children's jewelry, pacifiers and paint
brushes that violate the allowable lead limits were recently
recalled in the U.S..
The Canadian Government is taking a leading role in finding
out the body burden of its citizens. It is launching a
$3.9-million study to track the environmental chemicals
to which pregnant women and their babies are exposed.
They will be looking for such things as phthalates, fire
retardants and bisphenol A. Breast milk will also be tested
for nutrients and chemicals. Some researchers will be
looking at the impact heavy
, such as lead and mercury
can have during pregnancy.
The Sainte-Justine Hospital in Montreal will co-ordinate
the research, which will take place over a five-year period.
The results will be released in 2012. The study is funded
by Health Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research,
and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. This may
not end the onslaught of the chemical burden for some
consumers, but it will give many people definitive proof
about what is in their bodies and how it is affecting
the next generation.
What can you do about your body burden?
You can do something right now if you believe your blood
stream has become a toxic waste dump. The answer is to
A detox period is one where you first eliminate all the
nutritional bad guys, which then helps facilitate your
body to renew itself and remove the build-up inside. Some
things like fat-soluble toxins
or heavy metal are not always easy to be rid of in your
body. A natural chelating agent, like chlorella and cilantro,
are great ways to help rid your body of heavy metals.
One of the best ways to detox is to fast. Fasting comes
in many forms; most popular is by eating only vegetables
and fruit and they can be raw or juiced. Fasting is not
The intent of fasting is to give your digestive system
a break, while the rest of your body heals itself. The
best way to start a colon cleanse is by eating only fresh
fruits and vegetables (juiced or whole). Just a note -
if you choose to detox by juicing, you'll need to add
fiber to your diet.
You will be helping your body rid itself of the chemical
burden by fasting, and those with lower caloric intake
do live longer lives. A short fast, a few times a year
will only help you live a longer, more vibrant life. If
you choose to fast, or to remove some of the many chemicals
that have invaded our lives, you will be helping your
body. And if someone asks you about your body burden of
chemicals, you can honestly answer, "Toxins?! In my body?