No matter how hard we try, it is virtually impossible to avoid exposure to the toxicity in our world. We are bombarded on a daily – and nightly – basis by external and internal pollutants which sabotage our best efforts at leading a long and healthy life. Amid the onslaught of toxins we continuously encounter in modern day living, the very things we consume or apply to make us well and beautiful can betray our bodies and compromise our quality of life. The solution is simple…what we can’t avoid, we must detoxify and eliminate.
Counting cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and other environmental sources, there is estimated to be an astounding 80,000 potential chemical combinations around us constantly. These pernicious particles are capable of robbing our bodies of its ability to provide us the long and rewarding lives we were born to enjoy. To completely escape the harmful and potentially fatal impact of these life-robbing pathogens would require us to live in bubbles…not very practical or possible.If trying to maintain wellness in a 21st century world is so challenging with our intense focus on image and convenience at the expense of our internal environment, how can we possibly hope to keep our life-giving water supply safe from the torrent of toxins all around us?
Wastewater from homes is treated at sewage plants, but removing every trace of drugs is next to impossible. What’s more, sewage pipes break, septic tanks overflow and in some parts of the country “straight-piping” – which sends untreated sewage flowing directly into surface water – is still practiced. One way or another, drugs find their way right back to our homes and into us.
Pharmaceutical toxins and pollutants are worrisome for reasons beyond their mere numbers because they are inherently designed to react with human tissue. If not, they would be useless. In the 1990’s, pharmaceutical estrogens (principally from birth control pills) began showing up in water sources causing male fish to develop androgynous sex organs. Scarily, it did not take much estrogen to affect the fish: just 5-6 nanograms (billionths of a gram) per liter of lake water.
That woke regulators up fast, and numerous groups including the EPA and the World Health Organization began looking closely at just how thick a pharmaceutical soup our drinking water had become. Even a partial list of the drugs found is alarming: antidepressants, anticonvulsants, tranquilizers, antibacterial agents, antipsychotics, ACE inhibitors, nitroglycerin, steroids, ibuprofen and caffeine.
Since World War II, production of industrial chemicals has risen rapidly and the US generates/imports some 42 billion lbs. of them per day, leaving Americans awash in a sea of synthetics. These aren’t the sort of chemicals pouring out of huge plants. Rather, they are the molecules that make good on the old “better living through chemistry” promise appearing in items like unbreakable baby bottles, bottled water and big-screen TVs.
These chemicals have a habit of finding their way out of everyday products and into the environment – and ultimately into living organisms. A recent bio-monitoring survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found traces of 212 environmental chemicals in Americans – including toxic metals like arsenic and cadmium, pesticides, flame retardants and even perchlorate, an ingredient utilized in rocket fuel for its explosive properties. Did you know the average newborn baby can have as many as 200 different pollutants, pesticides and industrial chemicals in their blood?
As scientists become better at detecting the myriad of chemicals in our bodies, they are discovering that even tiny quantities can have a potentially serious impact on our health – and our children’s future. Chemicals like BPA and phtlalates – key ingredients in modern plastics – may disrupt the delicate endocrine system, leading to developmental problems. The number of modern ills associated with (daily) exposure to industrial chemicals has been rising unchecked for a generation, some to epidemic proportions: obesity, diabetes, autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and many others.
If scientists were slow to arrive at these conclusions, our politicians and public agencies have been tragically slower. For example, the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) has generally been a failure. The burden of proving chemicals dangerous falls almost entirely on the government, while industry confidentiality privileges built into the TSCA deny citizens and federal regulators critical information about how substances are made, much less their life-threatening consequences.
In the years since the TSCA became law, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been able to issue restrictions on only a handful of chemicals and has lacked the power to ban even a dangerous carcinogen like asbestos. It is obvious the current oversight system doesn’t work. The failure of decision makers – and all of us - to address this modern day pandemic means we are not only facilitating an ongoing assault on the health and safety of future generations, but on every man, women and child on the planet today.
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