If we analyze arsenic pollution geographically, the U.S. is the number one most polluted place in the entire world. This is because arsenic-containing pesticides have been used in the farming industry for decades. Rice is not the main exposure source in the US. In the US around three-quarters of arsenic exposure comes from animal products directly and mostly from the chicken that is considered to be a “healthier” meat source. In second place is beef, then pork, hot dogs, eggs, milk.
In India alone, around half a million people die each year due to air pollution while in the United States, around 41,000 people are estimated to die early because of air pollution. However, air pollution resulting in death is only a one part of the overall problem that air pollution is causing.
Farmed fish have up to ten times the levels of pollutants than wild fish. Fish waste and also uneaten feed drop to the bottom beneath these farms and start to decompose. Also, the excrement of the animals themselves is used as fish feed. In order to cope with these conditions farmed fish are vaccinated as minnows. After vaccination fish is always on antibiotics and pesticides.
Most of the pollution is washed away from the land and will end up in the ocean eventually. If the pollutant is persistent it will remain in the ocean. The concentration in the ocean water will be low but the plankton and algae will filter the water and then the bioaccumulation in the food chain will begin.
Children and especially pregnant women are vulnerable to pesticide exposure. If we analyze real-world exposure levels in real-life scenarios, what would the result be?
Most of the pesticides and especially heavy metals and other toxic waste pollutants we get, we get from meat. More than 80 percent of pesticide exposure in the standard American diet comes from animal products, not from fruits or vegetables.
Pesticides are neurotoxins for insects but not for humans. Exposure to these substances in the human population directly causes cancer and other tumors, leukemia, lymphoma, birth defects, infertility, and other reproductive problems, stillbirth, spontaneous abortion, sterility and infertility, brain and nervous system damage, damage to the liver, kidneys, lungs, and other body organs.
If we are living in a city where we are sure that the water source is pure this still does not mean that the water is “pure”. If we cannot escape chemicals in our food, we can try to eliminate them from the water we drink. By 2025, 1.8 billion people are projected to be living in regions with absolute water scarcity.
Sulforaphane is the most potent natural phase 2 enzyme-inducer know to science. It is also demonstrated that sulforaphane is a dose-related inhibitor of carcinogen-induced mammary tumorigenesis.
Man-made sources of EMF radiation such as power grids, mobile phones, computers, Wi-Fi routers, TVs, microwave ovens, radar, and radio transmitters provide continuous low-level radiation. The situation can only get worse.
There are only two vitamins that are not produced by plants. One is vitamin D that we produce ourselves during sunlight exposure and the other would-be vitamin B12. If you are a vegan it is only these two vitamins that you will have to supplement. Vitamin D deficiency is correlated with an increase in mortality rate and on top of that it is correlated with diseases that affect the quality of life.
Vitamin D is not a vitamin. It is a prohormone, a steroid with a hormone-like activity that regulates about 3% of the human genome from calcium metabolism, muscular function, immune system regulation, and many functions that are essential for life.
We all want to have muscle mass as much as possible and fast metabolism as much as possible so that we can eat and don’t gain weight. The question is how normal is this and what is the price of constant eating with no restriction even if we don’t gain executive weight? Evolutionary biology will again tell us what is healthy.
Somehow we all believe that one glass of wine is not all that bad and can actually be good and health-promoting because of all of the antioxidants from the grapes. People are not aware that alcohol does other things than “just” killing our brain cells or stressing our liver. It is a genotoxic, cancerous, pro-inflammatory mutagen.
In the US acrylamide is classified as a Group 2A carcinogen and as an extremely hazardous substance. In 2002 it was discovered in extremely high concentrations in potato chips and French fries. The concentrations were so high that these two types of food would be banned for children in any normal circumstances.
The paradox of the “Plant Paradox” is that people who eat lectins (beans and whole grains) have less cancer.
There is no known animal in nature except modern humans that grills meat. When we heat amino acids (building blocks of protein) in the presence of creatine and monosaccharide sugars, they have a reaction and amino acids lose their molecular form. Our body does not recognize them as different, and this causes mutations to DNA.