>I'm being facetious, of course. Actually, I'm disturbed about two stories that appeared on the very same page in my local newspaper last weekend. One said, "Study: Pesticides in most streams." The other, "FDA finds benzene in soft drinks." Both cautioned the public not to over-react. Authorities insist that neither is a big problem.
These are only two examples out of many that indicate how toxic our environment has become. Unfortunately, whatever's in our environment gets into the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the foods we eat. Toxins in our water supply contaminate fish and all agricultural crops. They get into our tissues where they can affect our immunity and lead to serious degenerative diseases. Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, cancers, multiple sclerosis – these are just a few illnesses that have been linked to chemical toxicity.
The story about pesticides in our streams said that the levels weren't high enough to affect humans and that our drinking water is safe. But what happens when you combine pesticides from various sources? Do they seriously mean that pesticides in our water won't hurt little children? Are there any toxins in their watered-down juices? What about in their tuna sandwiches?
Researchers found pesticides in more than 90% of fish tissues from streams near agricultural, urban, and mixed land-use areas.
Go fishing in the middle of nowhere and you may eat relatively safe fish. But if you fish in lakes and streams near where food is grown, you're in trouble. Experts have already warned us not to eat too much fish – the food we once thought was one of the safest forms of protein available.
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Benzene is a carcinogenic chemical. We find it in car exhaust, tobacco smoke, and vapors from a host of household products. Sixteen years ago, the FDA found it in some soft drinks. They didn't tell us about this. Now, some of these beverages have up to 20 parts per billion. The EPA says that drinking water should not have more than five parts per billion. While we're being told not to be concerned, George Paula, a food safety expert at the FDA, says, "You want to avoid it (benzene) in any degree you can."
We have a built-in detoxification system in our bodies. But we ask our bodies to do more than they're designed to do.
I predict we'll see even higher rates of cancer and other degenerative diseases in the future. While researchers are working furiously to win the war on cancer (we're not winning it yet), we're not just complicating their job. We're making it impossible.
What's the answer? Eat organic foods as much as possible. They're worth the extra price. Reduce your intake of processed foods to a minimum. Most importantly, detoxify your body regularly with products that work. Many detox diets and formulas don't.
Make sure that any detoxification method you use works on Phase l and Phase ll detoxification pathways. A partial detox can be more harmful than helpful. For more information on this subject, read my article, "Unless You Do It Right, Detoxification Can Cause More Problems Than It Solves" (May 2005 newsletter). This is available to all newsletter subscribers on my website. The user name and password are in your latest issue.
Your voice of reason in Women's Health,
Dr. Janet Zand
Heilprin, J. "Study: Pesticides in most streams," Press Democrat, March 4, 2006.
Goldstein, D. "FDA finds benzene in soft drinks," Press Democrat, March 4, 2006.