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Sunday, February 21, 2010

We are all Toxic!

A bold statement, yes, but recent studies suggest it's true

For any toxic substance the body is dealing with, it uses essential nutrients to detoxify the offending substance. It is imperative that these nutrients be replaced as they are used so the body can continue to fully and successfully detoxify. Some nutrients and botanicals have been shown to improve liver and bowel function, while others are helpful in removing toxic matter from the body.

Try the supplement program we use at featuring Mediclear in conjunction with Dr. Walter Crinnion, ND, chair of environmental medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic
The following are suggested changes for a more healthful personal environment. Not everyone will have the incentive to make all of these changes – however, each change a person does make will make a difference.

Avoid scented products ("fragrance" as an ingredient) – including perfumes, colognes, aftershaves, personal care products, air fresheners, potpourri, etc. Be careful about "unscented" products – these products can use a "masking fragrance" to cover up the original fragrance – and can be doubly toxic.

Avoid fabric softeners, dryer sheets, bleach, and scented detergents. These products are toxic – and are also harmful to the environment.

Avoid pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, and fertilizers. Pesticides are neuro-toxins (they affect the central nervous system), and they don't know the difference between the bugs and you! For fleas, roaches, ants, etc., use diatomaceous earth, boric acid, or nematodes, which can be obtained from health food stores and pet supply stores with directions for proper application.

Use only non-toxic cleaning products and personal care products.

Drink and bathe in filtered water. Taking a shower in chlorinated water causes chlorine to go right into your bloodstream. You can purchase shower filters that easily attach to the shower nozzle from water supply stores. The best water filters are either the reverse osmosis type or a water distillation system. Avoid swimming in chlorinated swimming pools.

Eat organic food (food grown without pesticides or fertilizers) as often as possible. Wash vegetable and fruits – even organic produce – unless you're going to peel them. Avoid processed foods, foods with colors and dyes, and preservatives. Never consume any product containing "NutraSweet" (aspartame).

Wear only natural fiber clothing (100-percent cotton, linen, wool, silk, bamboo, or soy). Make sure the clothes are not "permanent press" or "wrinkle resistant" – these fabrics have been treated with formaldehyde that does not wash out.

Use only 100-percent cotton, linen, wool, silk, or bamboo bed linens and blankets. Avoid "no iron" or "wrinkle resistant." A good brand is "Simply Cotton," marketed by Martex, and The Company Store has both bamboo sheets and organic cotton jersey sheets.

As much as possible, avoid plastics (store food in glass jars), plastic wrap, particle board, plywood, glues, inks, paints (look for brands that say no or low VOCs), foam rubber, vinyl, carpet, synthetic rugs, varnishes, and solvents.

Open your windows as often as possible. Even in the most polluted cities, the outdoor air has been found to be less toxic than the indoor air.

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