I recently watched a trailer for the film “Unacceptable Levels” when it comes to toxic chemicals. I am so glad that someone took the time to create it and to expose the chemical problem that we have in this country!
Toxic Chemicals Wreaking Havoc on Our Health
As someone with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, I personally know how toxic chemicals can wreak havoc on our health. Even though my symptoms have improved over the past year, I still have a hard time going into stores which carry toxic laundry detergent, dryer sheets, fabric softeners, air fresheners, etc. I definitely don’t walk down those aisles! Just being in close proximity causes me to have symptoms. I haven’t been able to walk down those aisles in years, nor would I want to after knowing what I know today about their cancer causing toxins. There have been many times that I’ve had to go home and wash my hair after being in a store. If I didn’t, the chemicals would just linger on me causing other symptoms to occur.
The Toxic Bucket Theory
You might think, as I once thought, that the chemicals we are exposed to are in such small amounts that they don’t affect us. It wasn’t until I encountered my own health problems that my eyes were opened. My doctor describes it as the bucket theory. Pretend that everyone has a bucket — and everyone has a different sized bucket — into which toxins go. As long as there is room in that bucket, toxic symptoms might not appear. As more toxins enter the body, that bucket keeps filling up until it eventually overflows. Once it overflows, symptoms appear and disease sets in. Normally, our bodies should be able to eliminate toxins — and reduce the amount of toxins in the bucket. However, today we are bombarded by so many chemicals on a consistent, daily basis that our bodies are on overload and the bucket keeps filling. Factor in the typical diet that Americans consume and it’s a recipe for disaster.
Hundreds of Chemicals in Our Body
Today, there are over 80,000 chemicals registered in the U.S. and used in our products. The majority of which have not been tested by the EPA. A typical person has over 200 chemicals in their body at any given time. Toxic chemicals can cause many different health problems, affecting all of our systems (immune, respiratory, endocrine, nervous, reproductive, cardiovascular) — including cell damage, hormone disruption, learning disabilities, and even cancer.
Due to the toxic burden we have today, it is important to reduce our toxic exposure. Here are some steps you can take to begin reducing your toxic burden:
It is so crucial and important that we eliminate toxins. Our health depends on it!
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