Avoid 5 Common Toxins

Toxins are all around us and it may take years to see their effect. Cancers, birth defects, autoimmune diseases and even damage to organs may eventually result. Depending on the study, somewhere between 75 and 95 percent of cancers are caused by lifestyle and environmental factors. We can avoid many toxins by making wise purchases and eating whole foods. Teaching your children how to enjoy whole foods is vital for longevity and health.

ethan.jpg1. PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls)–Risks: Cancer and impaired fetal brain development.

Sources: Farm-raised salmon and other farm-raised fish. Most farm-raised salmon, which accounts for most of the supply in the United States have seven times the levels of PCB’s as wild salmon. Farm-raised fish are administered antibiotics at higher levels than livestock.

2. Pesticides–According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 60 percent of herbicides, 90 percent of fungicides and 30 percent of insecticides are known to be carcinogenic.

Ethan is concerned about the toxins in our food supply. 

Pesticide residues have been detected in 50 percent to 95 percent of U.S. foods. Risks: Cancer, Parkinson’s disease, miscarriage, nerve damage, birth defects, blocking the absorption of food nutrients.

Sources: Food (fruits, vegetables and commercially raised meats and dairy products), and bug sprays.

3. Mold and other Fungal Toxins–One in three people have had an allergic reaction to mold. Mycotoxins (fungal toxins) can cause a range of health problems with exposure to only a small amount. Risks: Cancer, heart disease, asthma, multiple sclerosis, and diabetes.

Sources: Contaminated buildings, food like peanuts, wheat, corn and alcoholic beverages

4. Phthalates–These chemicals are used to lengthen the life of fragrances and soften plastics. Risks: Endocrine system damage (phthalates chemically mimic hormones and are particularly dangerous to children).

Sources: Plastic wrap, plastic bottles, plastic food storage containers. All of these can leach phthalates into our food.

5. Dioxins–Chemical compounds formed as a result of combustion processes such as commercial or municipal waste incineration and from burning fuels (like wood, coal or oil). Risks: Cancer, reproductive and developmental disorders, chloracne (a severe skin disease with acne-like lesions), skin rashes, skin discoloration, excessive body hair, and mild liver damage.

Sources: Animal fats: Over 95 percent of exposure comes from eating commercial animal fats, look for grass-fed, naturally raised, and organic animal foods instead.

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4 thoughts on “Avoid 5 Common Toxins

  1. jackie herrera says:

    What about bottled water, I pack my husbands lunch and my daughters lunch with bottled water, is there any suggestions to get good fresh water without buying plastic, because our tap is terrible.
    You can purchase BPA-free water bottles at most health food stores. Also, key in “BPA-free water bottles” for an internet search. You’ll find dozens of BPA-free bottles for sale.
    Nonna Joann

  2. Rhonda Bolich-Lampo says:

    Many food and supplement manufacturers just take the word of the supplier that their ingredients are free of pesticides, PCB’s, dioxins, etc. They NEVER test for these ingredients themselves. So to be sure I use Shaklee products. Guaranteed free of these chemical ingredients. How do I know? Because Shaklee tests ALL raw materials to guarantee they are free of the chemicals. And they have the tests to prove it.

  3. Shannon Nevin says:

    Phthalates Is a big concern for me —- how are we supposed to store our food? I know I shouldn’t be microwaving anything with plastic, but storing food, packing the kids’ lunches with plastic baggies… it’s so hard to keep anything fresh without using plastic! 🙁

    It depends how committed you are to avoiding plastic. A couple of years ago, I threw out all my kitchen plastic-ware. I clean glass bottles which held mayonnaise, pickles, etc. and reuse them. Walmart sells glass containers with screw-on lids for only a few dollars each. I find these very useful. As far as school lunches are concerned: Before plastic baggies moms used wax paper. I stopped using the microwave at the same time I switched to glass containers. If you were to make only one change, I’d suggest that you NEVER heat anything in the microwave in plastic.
    Blessings, Nonna Joann 🙂

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