Many things can improve or diminish an individual’s health and well-being such as nutrition, exercise, sleep and stress. Living a healthy lifestyle that includes good nutrition, regular exercise, quality sleep, and stress management can help prevent the development of chronic disease. Another major factor that contributes to chronic disease is already in your food, air, and water: environmental toxins. In an article in The New York Times, Nicholas Kristof reveals the consequences linked to the environment toxins we’re exposed to on a daily basis.
Scientists have identified more than 200 industrial chemicals — from pesticides, flame retardants, jet fuel — as well as neurotoxins like lead in the blood or breast milk of Americans, indeed, in people all over our planet.
These have been linked to cancer, genital deformities, lower sperm count, obesity and diminished I.Q. Medical organizations from the President’s Cancer Panel to the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics have demanded tougher regulations or warned people to avoid them, and the cancer panel has warned that “to a disturbing extent, babies are born ‘pre-polluted.’”
They have all been drowned out by chemical industry lobbyists…
“Lead, mercury, PCBs, flame retardants and pesticides cause prenatal brain damage to tens of thousands of children in this country every year,” he noted.
Yet one measure of our broken political system is that chemical companies, by spending vast sums on lobbying — $100,000 per member of Congress last year — block serious oversight. Almost none of the chemicals in products we use daily have been tested for safety.
3 WAYS YOU CAN PROTECT AGAINST ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS
1. Eat real, organic food.I call it the real food diet or a modified paleo diet. Basically you need to eat real food! So here it is… Meat, vegetables and fruit. Learn more about my Real Food Diet.
2. Reduce the toxins in your home.Find ways to remove toxins from your home with The Environmental Working Group’s “Healthy Home” checklist.
3. Filter your water. Filtering your water will help reduce your exposure to chemicals such as chlorine and lead. Avoid bottled water, it may be contaminated with plastic additives.
Every one of us is living with environmental toxins in our bodies and, for many of us, these toxins are what is causing us to be ill and to seek medical care. It’s not too late. A naturopathic approach and early treatment of chronic disease begins with determining the underlying cause of the illness and treating the person as a whole, not just the illness.