Currently, there are than 84,000 ingredients used in cosmetics. More than 12,000 of them are industrial chemicals used as cosmetic ingredients. Some of them are reproductive toxins, known carcinogens, and endocrine disruptors. Cosmetic companies do not have a legal requirement to list all of the ingredients on the label. Since 1938 FDA banned 8 out of those 12000.
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.
Although top predatory fish is a significant source of exposure, from all known food sources rice absorbs the highest concentration among all commonly eaten foods. It contains between 10 to 20 times of arsenic concentration than other cereal crops.
On average pregnant woman is polluted with around 35 different chemicals including both banned and contemporary contaminants. Chemical cocktail levels of many of these chemicals were comparable to the levels that can have fetal adverse effects.
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.
An abundance of nutrients in coastal areas created by runoff filled with synthetic fertilizers from farmland leads to excessive algal blooms. Algae blooms are dangerous. Microalgae create and excrete some of the most potent neurotoxins known to man.
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.
One industrial toxin that will be present in seawater that is not present in freshwater that plankton and algae will absorb, and then start the biomagnification process in the food chain is one of the most neurotoxic substances known to mankind. Mercury.
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.
There is much misinformation about the detoxifying properties of water and distilled water in particular. Water purification is a big business. What science has to say about it?
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.
There are programs of dieting that are designed to help reduce inflammation and overall body toxicity that are backed by science. They are all based on a natural whole food plant-based diet with a low level of environmental toxin exposure.
Do we think caffeine is something good for our brain or bad or neutral?
What does the actual caffeine do?
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.
The paradox of the “Plant Paradox” is that people who eat lectins (beans and whole grains) have less cancer.
Even dead non-probiotic bacteria do count as toxins. One of the leading causes of hundreds of studies that display enlarged inflammation from animal foods, but not from most plant foods is a consequence of a toxic load of dead bacteria endotoxins in animal products.
Living organism is like filter. It will pick up and filter everything that exists in the environment good or bad. The situation would not be serious even if the environment is polluted, but there is one process called bio-magnification. If we understand the food chain, the accumulation of toxins gets hundreds of times worse as we move up the chain.