In order to have abundant energy, it is vital to clean up your external environment. External environmental stressors are like loads on a boat, which will eventually cause the boat to sink, leading to low energy and ill health.
A two-year study, involving five independent research laboratories in the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands, found up to 232 toxic chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of 10 babies from racial and ethnic minority groups. In the face of unprecedented human exposure to toxins today, more than ever, we need to know how to clean up our environment and detoxify if we want to optimize our health and lifespan.
“Between 80,000 to 100,000 new chemicals were introduced into commercial use since the 1940s. Only 3% to 5% of those substances were characterized for human toxicity. Now, in the meanwhile, while they did not examine the other 95%, they are introducing additional 2,000 new chemicals every year. So many chemicals, you and I, all of us are exposed to these chemicals on a daily basis.”
Table of the Most Common 21 Chemicals
Chemical/Heavy Metal Science paper-link Sources
Mercury (organic and inorganic) Link to chronic fatigue syndrome
Link to autoimmune thyroiditis, multiple sclerosis, Lupus and eczema
Immunity and brain
Health issues due to amalgam fillings
Autoimmune thyroiditis and amalgams
Amalgams and Fibromyalgia
Non-organic fruit, veg and grains – they are often treated with mercury based fungicide, some vaccines, some contact lens solutions, Amalgam fillings, Some cosmetics (e.g. mascara), In air from fuel combustion, incineration and industrial processes, Contaminated seafoods (highest in largest fish and some seafood) and rice, in the air from volcanic ash and burning of coal, thermometers and barometers, float valves, mercury switches, energy efficient light bulbs
Lead Breast Cancer
Paints, Cosmetics, Hair colorings with lead-based pigments, Old plumbing, Lead – petrol – traffic pollution, Lead-glazed pottery, Mining and smelting
Cadmium Breast Cancer
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Smoking, Passive smoke, Water, Fertilizer, Fungicides, Pesticides, Soil, air pollution, Refined grains, Shellfish, tuna, Liver, kidney, Wheat, Tomatoes and potatoes, Soft drinks, Rice, Coffee, Tea, Batteries
Arsenic Bladder cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer, liver cancer, kidney cancer
Smelting of copper, zinc, and lead. Manufacturing of chemicals and glasses. By-product of pesticides production Water supplies worldwide, leading to exposure of shellfish, cod, and haddock. Paints. Rat poisoning, Fungicides Wood preservatives, foods contaminated by natural phenomenon e.g. volcanic eruptions affect chlorella, algae, fish oils etc
Nickel Nickel allergy and chronic fatigue
Allergy and Fatigue"
Used in industry in steel, nickel-cadmium batteries, nickel plating, some heating fuel and ceramics. Automobile exhaust, Cigarette smoke, Manufacturing emissions, Airborne dust, Coins, Hairpins, buttons, Jewellery, Prosthetic joints, Heart valves, Nickel plating, Hydrogenated fats and oils, refined and processed foods, Baking powder, Cocoa powder, super phosphate fertilizers , Tobacco smoke. Cooking utensils (including stainless steel): pots pans and cutlery/ silverware, Tinned foods
Aluminium Reproductive disruption, bone toxicity, irritation and neurological (Alzheimer’s Link)
Acid rain leeches aluminium out of soil into drinking water, Aluminium cookware and foil, Earth’s crust, denser in certain geographical areas, Antacids, Anti-perspirants, Foods additives
Aflatoxins (mould) Link to liver cancer
Immune system impact
Agricultural products peanuts and corn
Benzene ring compounds Effects on neurobehaviour
Neural Tube Defects
Link to colour blindness
Petrol (gasoline), solvent in rubber and surface coating industries
Bisphenol A Thyroid hormone disruption
Link with heart disease
Insulin function disruption
Classified as carcinogenic by the International Agency for Research on cancer
Plastics, water bottles, food and beverage containers, cash register receipts (“Thermal receipt paper”)
Formaldehyde Allergic contact dermatitis
Antibodies and altered immunity
Preservative in cosmetics and personal care products, used in building materials (e.g. wood), automobile manufacture and particle boards
Isocyanate Work-exposure and respiratory problems
Antibodies and asthma
Link to Asthma
Foam, fibers, varnishes, paints elastomers in cars, building insulation and autobody repair, spray on protection for cement, wood, fibreglass, steel and aluminium
Parabens Male hormone disrupting
Effects on male reproductive system
Used in many personal care and beauty products and pharmaceutical drugs
Tetrabromobisphenol A Thyroid function disruption
Cell membrane disruption
Electronic circuit boards and flame retardants used to spray on furniture, inside cars, curtains, carpets etc
Tetrachloroethylene Congenital abnormalities
Common drinking water contaminant, used is dry cleaning, and used in metal degreasing
Trimellitic Phthalic Anhydrides (phthalates) Asthma and allergic conditions
Infertility, obesity and allergies
Plastic softeners, personal care products
Sodium Lauryl sulphate Irritation of the skin
Many home personal care products and cosmetics
Nitrosamines Oesophageal and gastric cancer
Classified as probably carcinogenic to humans by the International Agency for Research on cancer
Cosmetics, rubber products, pesticides. Nitrite preserved meat, cheese and fish, beer, smoked fish, vegetables and meat, tobacco smoke
Organophosphates Classified as a possible human carcinogen by the US Environmental protection agency
ADHD and behavioural problems
Reduced birth weight and gestational age
Insecticides widely used in agriculture, residential landscaping, public recreation areas, and in public health pest control programs such as mosquito eradication
p-phenylenediamine non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, multiple myeloma, acute leukemia, and bladder cancer
Throat irritation (pharynx and larynx), bronchial asthma, and sensitization dermatitis
Hair dye used in rubber, black clothing, various inks, hair dye, dyed fur, dyed leather, and certain photographic products
Azo dyes/precursors Azo dyes can break down into aromatic amines which have been linked to:
dyes and pigments for textiles, paints, hair dye
Polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs) and polychlorinated byphenyls (PCBs) PBBs are classified as possibly carcinogenic to humans
PCBs are classified as human carcinogens
Flame retardants added to laptops, electric circuit boards, sprayed on textiles and upholstery
5 Areas to Clean-Up
1/ Minimize toxin exposure in food
- Eat an unprocessed and unrefined organic diet.
- Avoid storing food in plastic containers; they contain toxic bisphenol A or phthalates.
Advice on Specific Food Groups
- Choose organic grains. Pesticides, herbicides and other toxins can be found in high concentrations in many non-organic grains. 95% of all corn and corn products in the USA is genetically modified (GM)
- Choose whole, unprocessed grains, as they contain more nutrients than highly processed ones. Processed flours are also often bleached.
- Emphasize whole grains over breads; they are less refined and contain more nutrients.
- Sprouting grains dramatically increases their nutrient value and makes them easier to digest. Soaking grains overnight also increases nutrient absorption and digestibility.
- Consider not eating red meat more than once per week, and always eat game or organic red meat, as non-organic versions can contain antibiotics and hormone residues.
- If you eat red meat, a good source of quality meat from game includes wild duck, wild boar, pheasant, elk, and venison.
- Choose meats from grass-fed, rather than grain-fed animals, as they are lower in saturated fats and higher in beneficial polyunsaturated fats.
- Avoid charring or burning the meat during cooking, as this produces carcinogens.
- Minimize processed, cured, and smoked red meats, as these have been linked to cancer
- Always buy organic or free range poultry.
- Commercially reared poultry tends to contain antibiotics, tranquilizers, and hormones.
- Poultry is best purchased as whole birds rather than in parts, as this involves less processing.
Fish and Seafood
- Choose wild fish, where possible, as commercially grown fish tend to contain antibiotics, hormones, pesticides, dioxins, PCBs, and TBTs.
- Avoid large fish, such as shark, tuna, and swordfish, as these are high in mercury pollution. Snapper, crayfish, caviar, crab, halibut, grouper, mahi, rockfish, and lobster can also contain mercury toxicity.
- Avoid deep fried fish, as they are more processed and high in bad trans fats.
- It is possible to find BPA-free tinned goods now. Tinned tuna is best avoided, as it tends to have high levels of pollutants. However, tinned wild Alaskan salmon, mackerel, herring, and sardines (avoid those in low quality oils – tomato sauce/brine is better) may be less polluted.
- Generally, eat smoked fish only occasionally, as they contain higher levels of carcinogenic particles.
Vegetable and greens
- Buy fresh, organic vegetables and avoid long storage, as their nutritional value will diminish over time. Non-organic vegetables have often been sprayed with many pesticides and herbicides, and intensive farming can also deplete their nutrient levels.
- Fruits and vegetables highest in pesticides, which are ONLY recommended to eat if organic are: broccoli, asparagus, green beans, lettuce, spinach, cucumber, celery, peppers (hot and bell), squash, tomatoes, and vegetable juices
- Eat a portion of your vegetables raw, as cooking denatures many beneficial enzymes and reduces their nutrient value. Wash all vegetables before eating.
- Avoid storing vegetables in plastic wrapping—remove packaging after you have purchased them. Plastics can leech harmful substances into the vegetables.
- Avoid canned, preserved, salted, canned 100% fruit juices, sweetened or otherwise processed vegetables, as they have lower nutrient value and often contain many additives.
- Ideally, cook vegetables lightly; steaming them is best. You can juice these vegetables if you do not want to cook them, but have difficulty digesting them.
- Always use fresh, organic fruit as much as possible. Pesticides and herbicides are often used in cultivating non-organic fruit. Wash all fruit before eating.
- Unless organic, do not eat strawberries, bananas, cantaloupe, apples, cherries, grapefruit, grapes, melon, peaches, raspberries, blueberries, kiwis, papaya, and tangerines
- Avoid fruit juices, as these are high in sugar and do not have the beneficial fiber of a whole fruit. Limit dried fruit, as they are high in sugar.
- Note that fruit juices bought in cartons or bottles have been flash-heated to kill bacteria for preservation purposes, therefore, are less nutritious than those made fresh with a juicer. This also applies to vegetable juices.
Nuts and Seeds
- Choose fresh nuts and seeds. Avoid roasted, salted or otherwise processed nuts and seeds, as the processing can alter the structure of the beneficial fats contained in them.
- To increase absorption, you can soak nuts overnight in water and grind them. This will get rid of enzyme inhibitors that can interfere with absorption. Sprouted seeds have the highest nutrition content.
- Avoid peanuts, as they contain a substance called aflatoxin — a toxic mould.
- Store nuts and seeds in airtight containers and refrigerate to ensure freshness.
- Choose free-range organic eggs and poach or soft boil them, rather than fry, as high heat alters the protein structure of the egg.
- Non-organic free range eggs contain less nutrients, have higher levels of toxins and hormones in them, and do not taste as good.
Fats and Oils
- Choose cold-pressed organic oils.
- The processing of many non-organic oils damages the structure of the fats, making them harmful to health e.g avoid canola oil altogether.
- For cooking, use butter, ghee, palm oil, olive oil, or coconut oil. Do not use any other vegetable oils for cooking, as heating changes their chemical structure and creates free radicals. Limit fried foods, as these also contain free radicals.
- Avoid all trans fats and hydrogenated fats, such as in margarines, many commercial biscuits, and in deep fried foods, as these contain free radicals, which are harmful to health.
- Always buy organic dairy. Most toxins are fat-loving and will dissolve and accumulate in fat. As most dairy products contain relatively high amounts of fat, ensuring they are highest possible quality is very important.
- Limit pasteurized milk, as it lacks many beneficial enzymes. Unpasteurized dairy can be bought from your local farmer’s market.
- Avoid margarines and other butter substitutes, as they often contain harmful hydrogenated or trans fats.
Herbs, Spices, Seasonings and Sweeteners
- Avoid commercial table salt. Commercially processed salts tend to have many added chemicals. Instead, use natural sea salt, such as Malden’s.
- Avoid sugar in all forms. Most forms of sugar are devoid of any nutrients.
- Use honey, molasses, and carob sparingly for sweetness.
- Avoid artificial sweeteners, such as NutraSweet, Splenda, Saccharin, and aspartame. Xylitol is a more natural low Glycemic load alternative sweetener.
- Be aware that most dressings and condiments (such as ketchup, Thousand Island dressing, etc.) are high in sugar and additives and should be limited. Always read labels.
- Note most dried herbs are irradiated. Go for organic dried herbs where possible — or even better, use organic fresh herbs, rather than dried.
- Avoid carbonated soft drinks, as they are high in sugar and often very acidic, and they often contain toxic artificial sweeteners such as aspartame.
- Avoid caffeinated drinks (colas, tea, coffee and cocoa). Caffeine is dehydrating, causes blood sugar imbalances, and often contain toxins. Drink water or herbal teas instead.
- Limit your alcohol intake – it is acidifying, imbalances blood sugar, and is toxic to the liver.
- Avoid caffeine. Caffeine causes your body to release sugar from storage into your bloodstream, causing a rapid rise in blood sugar levels. Decaffeinated coffee is also best avoided, as it still contains other stimulants, which cause the body to raise blood sugar again.
- Avoid beverages contained in plastic bottles. The plastic leeches toxic hormone disruptor, bisphenol A, into the liquid. Use glass water bottles where possible.
- Choose dried beans and pulses in preference to canned ones. They don’t have added salt and sugar, and they are cheaper.
- Buy organic legumes and non-genetically modified (in the USA most soy is now GM).
- Sprouting legumes increases their nutrient content and makes them easier to digest.
- To help avoid trouble digesting beans, it is best to tenderize them. This means, after initially cooking them for 10 minutes at a high temperature, pour out the water and replace with new water. This takes out much of the indigestible fibre. Carry on cooking, but add some raw ginger or 3 inches of kombu seaweed. This also reduces the problems of indigestible fibre.
- Note potatoes are considered legumes; these are recommended to be eaten in moderate amounts, as they are low in antioxidants and other nutrients; eating organic is also recommended where possible
2/ Minimize Exposure in Water
- Ensure you are drinking proper filtered water (“Britta” filters aren’t enough), especially ensuring you are fluoride, chlorine, and bromine-free, as well as filtering out other common water contaminants, including arsenic, lead, and hormone disrupting chemical
- It is best to have a permanent water filter under your main kitchen sink or a full house filter rather than buying bottled water which is full of bisphenol A. Good sources in the UK are www.freshwaterfilter.co.uk and in the USA www.purewaterfreedom.com. Bath and shower filters are also available.
3/ Minimize exposure in air
- VOCs are toxic gases at room temperature, “off-gassing” from paints, computers, and electrical wiring. Ensure your house is will-aired or purchase a filter device, such as air purifiers – see www.healthy-house.co.ukin the UK and www.allergybuyersclub.com in the USA, for example products.
- Never use home fragrance sprays or air fresheners (they are full of volatile organic compounds –VOCs including formaldehyde, camphor, ethanol, phenol, benzyl alcohol, and petroleum-based artificial fragrances). Switch to natural sources like essential oils.
- Other air freshening tips: For wardrobes, you could use lavender, and cedar bark freshens and deters moths. For rooms, consider plants, such as spider plants, which absorb pollution. For tobacco smoke, burn candles or diffuse essential oils.
- Control dust by regularly using a damp cloth on furniture, as it will hold down dust better than a dry one. For curtains, try vacuuming with a small nozzle.
4/ Minimize exposure in personal hygiene products, cosmetics, and creams
The Environmental Working Group (www.ewg.org) in the US has a comprehensive database to check the safety of home products. As a summary:
- Pick fluoride-free toothpaste.
• Pick aluminium-free deodorant.
• Pick sodium-lauryl sulphate-free soaps and shampoos.
• Pick perfume, hair spray, soaps, and shampoo without phthalates.
• Use natural sunblock, containing zinc oxide or titanium oxide only – avoid ones with benzophenone-3, octinotate, 3-benzylidene camphor, 3(4-methyl-benzylidene camphor,2-ethylhexyl 4-methoxy cinnamate, homosalate, 2-ethylhexyl 4-dimethylaminbenzoate, 4-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) oxybenzone, or palmitate.
• Pick creams free of parabens (also known as ethyl paraben, methyl paraben, butyl paraben, propyl paraben, benzyl paraben) and as natural as possible.
• Choose cosmetics that are free of parabens and other toxins (e.g. most mascara contains mercury); good alternatives are www.lilylolo.co.ukand www.lilylolo.us
• Avoid hair dyes containing p-phenylenediamine (PPD), phthalates, and ammonia
5/ Minimize exposure in the home and from home cleaning products
Think how this applies to your office if you spend time in one as well:
• Check that no mold/damp is building up in your house.
• Use natural laundry detergents and softeners (e.g. Ecover or Seventh Generation), as many standard ones contain VOCs; for stains, either use lemon juice and sunlight or rub with soda crystals and wash.
• If you are nickel sensitive, avoid all nickel and stainless steel pots, pans, cutlery (silverware), and nickel or stainless steel elements in kettles.
• Don’t store food or water in plastic containers or cellophane (due to BPA).
• Avoid using aluminium foil in cooking and wrapping food.
• Where possible, avoid foam in furniture containing polybrominated diphenyl ethers. This is a flame retardant also sprayed on curtains, rugs, drapes, beds, car seats, pajamas, TV, and computer monitors. Clean soft furnishing regularly. For mattresses and sofas, sprinkle with bicarbonate of soda, leave, and vacuum. Take cushions outside to air and beat out dust. Clean pillows as above and wash twice per year (check label). Shake rugs outside and beat regularly. Sprinkle carpets with bicarbonate of soda, leave, and vacuum (also helps odour).
• Avoid using strong pesticides and herbicides in your garden. (There are no safe pesticides!)
• Switch to toxin-free, natural, home-cleaning products, like Ecover and Seventh Generation. For walls and paintwork use an ecological cream cleaner and soft cloth. Fee below for more natural non-toxic substances for cleaning:
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