The study of health for me is very important because I am passionate about leading individuals to better overall health. I enjoy writing articles on relevant up to date health information. To be honest with everyone, writing this article was disturbing to me because of how serious the problems we have in association with toxins. This article will hopefully bring about a new awareness in regards to environmental toxins and cases of cancer.
There was a study done by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine In New York, in collaboration with the Environmental Working Group and Commonwealth, researchers at two major laboratories found an average of ninety-one industrial compounds, pollutants, and other chemicals in the blood and urine of nine volunteers. Many of these toxins that were found have been named as cancer causing agents by the National Toxicology Program or the Environmental Protection Agency:
-PCBs. Polychlorinated biphenyls are a group of chemical compounds developed in the 1930s for making paint, ink, dye, hydraulic fluids, electrical transformers, to name a few uses. PCBs continue to be found in the fatty tissues of land animals and fish. Many farm-raised salmon have been raised on pellets of ground up fish that have absorbed PCBs from the environment.
-DIOXINS. These are organic compounds that contain carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen and can be created naturally (from volcanoes and forest fires) or through the manufacturing of PVC products (plastic piping) or industrial chlorinated cleaners. This toxin tends to accumulate in animals with high fat content such as fish and shellfish.
-FURANS. These chemicals are related to dioxins and PCBs, and are linked to problems with the endocrine (hormonal) system.
-METALS. Metallic particles of mercury, lead, arsenic, aluminum, and cadmium accumulate in the soft tissues of the body, which causes lowered IQs, developmental delays, and behavioral disorders. Arsenic can be found in tap water, and mercury is found in canned tuna.
-ASBESTOS. This substance was used as an insulation material found in schools, and office buildings. This cancer causing contaminant can be released when these buildings harboring this substance are torn down.
-PHTHALATES. These chemicals soften plastics and lengthen the shelf life of cosmetics, hair spray, mousses, and fragrances. Phthalates cause harm to the developing testes of males and damage the lungs, liver and kidneys.
-ORGANOCHLORINE INSECTICIDES. These are pesticides such as DDT and CHLORDANE. DDT was used to kill mosquitoes after World War II, but it also caused thinning of the eggshells belonging to bald eagles, peregrine falcons, and brown pelicans, resulting in deformed or broken eggs.
The nine volunteers that were selected in the Mount Sinai study did not work with chemicals on the job or live downwind from polluting smokestacks when they were scanned for 210 toxic substances. There were 167 chemicals that were found in their blood and urine, of that number 76 chemicals cause cancer in humans and animals, 94 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 79 cause birth defects or abnormal development in children. We need to be aware of the damaging effects these toxins are having on our overall health. In the resource box below there’s a link to a website that brings to light more knowledge of health related concerns.
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