Environmental Chemicals: Their Sources, Harmful Effects & Detox Remedies
Environmental Chemicals: Their Sources and Harmful Effects
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CHEMICALS: Their Sources and Harmful Effects on the Fetus & Everyone Else
CHEMICALS are unavoidable. They are present in the air, water, food, soil, dust, and consumer products. Currently more than 300 environmental chemicals or their metabolites are measured in human samples (urine, blood, serum, stool, breast milk, and meconium). Of the 70,000 chemicals being used commercially in the country, the EPA considers 65,000 of them to be hazardous to your health.
Acetaldehyde causes DNA and chromosome damage; increases incidence of developmental delay (anomalies of closure of the cranial and caudal regions of the neural tube); significantly smaller fetus. Sources: metabolism of alcohol, wood stoves, smog, diesel exhaust. (It's in our air, you cannot escape. Use the Thermal Life Sauna and avoid air fresheners, scented candles, plastic bottles, cologne, and perfume)
Atrazine delays puberty, inflames prostate and causes breast and prostate cancer; drinking water with atrazine in it causes reproductive difficulties. Sources: herbicide for control of weeds, run off from herbicide is used on row crops and contaminates water; widely used on the majority of corn crops in the US. (Buy organic produce, particularly corn, and use the Thermal Life Sauna. The Ionizer Plus' filter removes this.)
Benzenes cause DNA damage. Benzene is distributed throughout the body with lipid-rich and well perfused tissues containing the highest levels. Benzene crosses the placenta and causes depression of the CNS, decreases hematological cell counts, decreases fetal weight, increases fetal resorption and causes skeletal variants. The average half life in humans is 28 hours. Sources: gasoline, plastics, polypropylene food containers. (Avoid plastics, use glass.)
BPA (Bisphenol A) has negative effects on behavior, the brain, and prostate in infants and children; it is during the second trimester that fetuses are exposed to high levels of BPA; BPA is an endocrine disruptor and is higher in women than in men; it can trick the body into thinking it is estrogen and causes cancers, reproductive problems, early puberty, neurological damage, and behavioral problems (especially in young males); BPA causes low testosterone and hormonal imbalances; universal fetal exposure. Sources: used in plastics, leaches into food and beverage from polycarbonate plastic containers, can lining, baby bottles, receipts and plastic water piping force constant overload of BPA. It is stored in fat cells and the body has a difficult time removing it. (Avoid canned goods or food in plastic containers (including bottled water), drink water from the Ionizer Plus and be sure products are labeled as "BPA free.")
Carbon Hexachlorobenzene causes reproductive and developmental toxicity; impairs neurological development, increases risk of cleft palate, renal agenesis and skeletal abnormalities; changes in organ weight, disruptions in setroidogenesis; causes increased risk of undescended testes and impaired development of locomotor skills. Carbon Hexachlorobenze spreads through blood to many tissues, especially fat where it remains for years; moves from blood of pregnant mothers, across the placenta to the unborn child. Sources: air, water, soil, food (fish and animal products), cleaners, fungicide. (Absorption is mainly from water and diet; excretion is through feces and urine. The Thermal Life Sauna will enhance the excretion via urine, feces, and perspiration. Women have higher contents of this chemical due to higher body fat percentage.)
Chloroform affects fetal development of organs and reproductive systems; decreases fetal body weight; causes fetal resorptions and malformations. For the mother, chloroform decreases conception rates and ability to maintain pregnancy. For the father, chloroform increases the percentage of abnormal sperm. Sources: solvents, incinerators, groundwater; forms when chlorine is added to water. (Avoid drinking tap water and wash your produce with safe water. Use the Ionizer Plus to remove chloroform from your water.)
DDT and DDE damage the nervous system, reduce reproductive success and harm the reproductive system; harmful effects on a child's neurodevelopment. The highest concentrations of DDT and DDE are found in the body's fat cells. Sources: air, soil and plants; contaminated fish (tuna is the worst) and shellfish, crops are grown in contaminated soil, infants are exposed through breast milk; (Limit intake of meat, fish, and poultry. Keep a dust-free environment because dust binds to toxins. Use the Thermal Life Sauna to mobilize DDT and DDE from fat cells.)
Dioxins cause reproductive problems and genetic damage, changes in hormone system, harms fetal development, decreases ability to reproduce, nerve transmission damage and cancer. Dioxins induce changes in cardiac gene expression. Sources: formed in electrical fires and wood smoke; contaminant in pesticides and herbicides; found worldwide in air, water, and food supply; over 90% of human exposure is through food, mainly meat, dairy products, fish, and shellfish. (Avoid intake of fatty fish and bottom feeders, limit intake of dairy products and avoid smog and poor air quality.)
Ethanol harms the reproductive system and causes fetal damage, developmental delay, neurological damage. Ethanol causes distinctive facial features, growth problems, learning disabilities and behavioral problems. Sources: glue, alcoholic beverages, cologne spirit. (Limit intake of alcohol, do not use perfumes or colognes.)
Formaldehyde crosses the placenta and enters fetal tissues; it is higher in fetal organs than in maternal tissues; causes cancer. Sources: solvents, printing, fabrics, mattresses, tobacco smoke, wood smoke, foam insulation, particle board, press wood products, car and diesel exhaust, smog, groundwater, durable press drapes, other textiles, foam insulation, glues, paper towels, shampoo, deodorant, toothpastes, lipstick and nail polish, panel products and building materials. (Avoid smoking and second hand smoke, be smart about cosmetics and everyday health products; remove formaldehyde products within the home; stay away from plywood and fiberboards — which is why the Thermal Life Sauna is constructed out of 100% pure poplar wood.)
Glycol Ethers cause red blood cell damage, liver damage and poison the reproductive organs; damages fertility and the unborn child; increases allergies and asthma in children. The fetus experiences hypospadias, decrease of weight, skeletal malformation, brain malformation, cardio-vascular malformation. Sources: solvents for resins, lacquers, varnishes, gum, perfume, dyes, inks, as a constituent of paints and pastes, cleaning compounds, liquid soaps, cosmetics, hydraulic fluids, glue, sealants, caulking compounds, printed circuit boards, antifreeze. (Avoid all aluminum and plastic lined products; use natural soaps and cosmetics.)
Hydrazine causes serious effects on reproductive organs; results in harmful effects to the ovaries, endometrium, and uterus in the female and negative effects on the testes in the male. Hydrazine harms skeletal development and soft tissue abnormalities. Sources: food additives, photographic supplies, herbicides, pesticides, textiles, drugs, plastics. (Use the Thermal Life Sauna and avoid all plastics. This chemical is everywhere.)
Organophosphate Pesticides effect brain development, behavior and fertility; interfere with the way testosterone communicates with cells, and lowers testosterone and thyroid hormone levels. Sources: pesticides that target nervous systems of insects; food and water from pesticide run off. (Buy organic produce, wash produce with water from the Ionizer Plus.)
Nitrosamines cause DNA damage, cancers, and cell death. Sources: consumer rubbers (tires, baby nipples, pacifiers), soaps, cosmetics, tobacco smoke, food and food containers, packaging, marijuana smoke, pesticides, herbicides, industrial uses. (Nitrosamines are present everywhere; use the Thermal Life Sauna and avoid preserved meats, dairy and cheeses; don't buy canned soups and cured fishes; look for products that are labeled 'no added nitrites or nitrates; eat more vegetables and produce because you can offset nitrosamines with an antioxidant diet rich in C, D, E.)
PBBs (polybrominated biphenyls) disrupt the endocrine system and cause neuro-developmental toxicity; harms brain function and causes changes in thyroid hormone levels. If you breathe air that contains PBBs or eat food or drink water that is contaminated with PBBs, they will enter the body through lungs and stomach and pass into the bloodstream. They are then stored in body fat, tend to concentrate in breast milk and are passed to the unborn baby through the placenta. Sources: flame retardants in rugs, plastics and clothing; furniture, upholstery, electrical equipment, electronic devices, textiles, and the majority of household products; present in meat, dairy, and soil. (Avoid PBBs by using glass instead of plastic, buying clothing, bedding, and furniture made from natural materials; limit intake of meat and dairy.)
PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers) interfere with thyroid hormone signaling during pregnancy, which is critical to fetal brain development and lead to lower IQ. Children can be exposed before birth via the placenta and after birth from breast milk. Sources: PBDEs are flame-retardant chemicals used in textiles, foams, plastics, wire insulation and automobiles; they are not chemically bound, making them more likely to leach out of products. PBDEs are in the air, water, soil, plants, and animals; main source of exposure is through foods with high fat content (Avoid fatty fish and furniture made with synthetics, be careful when removing old carpet, keep a dust free environment, and use a vacuum fitted with a HEPA filter.)
PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) damage DNA, cause developmental and cognitive retardation, cause hormone dysregulation, and harms spatial learning, short-term memory, and reaction time. Sources: leakage from transformers; paints, plasticizers, pesticide extenders, flame retardants, adhesives, coolants, inks, hydraulic fluids; fish and animal fat; groundwater. (Avoid eating fish and game, avoid skin contact and high fat animal products, replace old appliances, reduce dust and dirt in the home, stop breathing — just kidding, use the Thermal Life Sauna and reduce your toxic burden.)
Perchlorate affects the thyroid gland's ability to make essential hormones, which is critical for brain development. For fetuses, infants and children, disruptions in thyroid hormone levels cause lowered IQ, mental retardation, loss of hearing and speech, and motor skill deficits. Nine out of 10 samples of umbilical cord blood in the EWG study were contaminated with perchlorate. Sources: component in rocket fuel that contaminates water, dairy, plants, and produce; leaked from military bases and defense and aerospace plants in at least 22 states. EWG analysis of FDA data shows three quarters of 285 commonly consumed foods and beverages are contaminated with perchlorate. Every day, the average two year old is exposed to more than half of the EPA 'safe' dose. And 28 states have contaminated tap water. (Use water from the Ionizer Plus, avoid food and dairy near contaminated sites, don't smoke or chew tobacco.)
PFCs (Perfluorinated Chemicals) decrease sperm quality, lower birth weight, increase thyroid and kidney disease, and affect sex hormone levels. Sources: used to make non-stick cookware; 99% of Americans have these chemicals in their bodies. Even though PFCs were banned after decades of use, it will show up in people's bodies for countless generations to come. (Avoid non-stick pans and stain-resistant coatings on clothing, furniture, and carpets)
Phthalates cause hormonal changes, lower sperm count, and less mobile sperm; harms male reproductive system, and causes 'decreased dysgenesis syndrome'; causes retained nipples, undescended testes, reduced anogenital distance, decreased testes weight, and epididymal agenesis; causes small to absent sex accessory glands as adults; increases chance of thyroid irregularities and developmental abnormalities such as cleft palate and skeletal malformations; increases fetal death. Sources: plastic food containers, children's toys, plastic wrap, personal care products, products that list "fragrance", vinyl blood transfusion bags, insect repellants, cosmetics, rubbing alcohol, liquid soap, detergents, inks, lacquers, pesticide carriers, indoor air, rubbers, pacifiers. (READ your labels, avoid anything listing a fragrance, buy phthalate free toys, use glass whenever you can and the Thermal Life Sauna to remove phthalates from the body's #1 site of storage, fat cells.)
Styrene causes genetic mutations and chromosome aberrations; decreases in manual dexterity, concentration and reaction times. Sources: photocopiers, copy paper, laser printers, production of plastics and resins, rubbers, packaging materials, insulation, fiberglass, plastic pipes, automobile parts, shoes, drinking cups, and additional food-use items and carpet backing. (Use glass when able, avoid heating plastics. Use the Thermal Life Sauna to mobilize Styrene from fat cells.)
Tributyltin disrupts the endocrine system and accumulates in fat cells of animals and humans. Exposure to this chemical can accelerate the growth of fat cells in newborns. Sources: a stabilizer in the manufacturing of plastic products, a biocide and preservative for wood, textiles, paper, leather, and electrical equipment. Tributyltin has been found in household dust, making our exposure to it more widespread than initially thought. (Avoid fatty animal products, use glass products, and use the Thermal Life Sauna to mobilize it from fat cells, because this chemical is unavoidable.)
Tricolosan negatively impacts thyroid function and endocrine system; causes developmental and reproductive toxicity; increases overall chronic toxicity and carcinogenicity. Sources: antimicrobial active ingredient contained in a variety of products where it acts to slow or stop the growth of bacteria, fungi, and mildew (Avoid anything titled 'antibacterial'. Check the labels of hand sanitizer, soaps, toothpaste to be sure triclosan isn't listed.)
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