How to detoxify from harmful substances
The top ten to watch out for
Like in the movie Arsenic and Old Lace, take enough of it and it will kill you. However, most of us won’t take enough of it in one exposure but will gradually have it build up in our systems from constant smaller levels of daily exposure.
Even in small amounts, arsenic can account for some pretty noxious symptoms, including bladder, lung, and skin cancer. It also is associated with hormone disruption in the pathways that aid sugar and carbohydrate absorption.
Symptoms that could arise from this disruption include growth retardation, high blood pressure, immunosuppression, insulin resistance, osteoporosis, and weight gain or loss.Arsenic is most commonly found in our drinking water, so water filtration is a must. Also, arsenic can be found in the treated wood that is used to build decks, playhouses, and outdoor furniture.
2. Bisphenoyl-A (BPA)
Most commonly associated with estrogen hormone disruption. The consequences of this can be severe and include breast and other cancers. It can also cause early puberty, fibroids and cysts, heart disease, obesity, and reproductive problems.
According to the US government, 93% of Americans have some level of BPA in their bodies. There are no known “safe” levels.
BPA is found in a lot of daily use materials such as the lining of food cans; plastics, including baby toys and cups, plastic cups and utensils, and water bottles; and thermal paper receipts. Water filtration is important here, as is “deplasticizing” your house: Buy glass food storage containers, glass drinking cups, etc.
Research indicates that low-level exposure to this chemical in the womb for men can result in reduced sperm count and quality. Dioxins have a tendency to accumulate in the body and can cause several types of cancers as well as disrupt the immune and reproductive systems.
Our entire food chain is contaminated with dioxin, so it’s pretty difficult to avoid it completely. However, cutting down on your meat and dairy consumption is a good starting point. Make sure that when you do consume meats and dairy they are organic and grass fed.
4. Glycol Ethers
European researchers suggest that exposure to this chemical may damage fertility and unborn children. Lower sperm counts, blood chemistry abnormalities, and shrunken testicles are all potential harmful effects as well. In children who have been exposed, allergies and asthma are the most common consequences of glycol ether exposure.
Glycol ethers are most commonly found in paints, household cleaning products, brake fluid, and cosmetics such as blushes, lipsticks, or foundations.
Probably one of the most well-known toxins, lead disrupts almost every cell in the body. The list of toxic symptoms is long and varied, with some of the most significant ones being permanent brain damage, decreased IQ, hearing loss, premature birth, kidney damage, high blood pressure, miscarriage, and nervous system problems.
Lead exposure also disrupts sex hormones and the hormonal system that deals with stress, making it harder to cope with stressful situations.
Lead is most commonly found in old paint, which needs to be carefully removed, and in our drinking water. A water filtration system for your home is a good idea. Studies have indicated that children who eat a balanced diet with lots of antioxidants are less likely to absorb lead.
Another well-known contaminant, mercury has been shown to alter specific hormones that help regulate women’s menstrual cycles and ovulation. Mercury also damages the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin, and it is a causative factor in diabetes. Pregnant woman are significantly at risk because mercury builds up in the fetal brain and can interfere with brain development.
The most common place where mercury exposure happens today is in seafood. It is very difficult to find seafood that hasn’t been contaminated with mercury. Your best bet is wild or sockeye salmon and small cold water fishes such as sardines.
7. Organophosphate Pesticides
This class of compounds affects fertility by altering testosterone communication and lowering testosterone levels. They also alter thyroid function, brain development, and behavior.
It makes sense that these are some of the affects, because these compounds were developed to disrupt the nervous systems of insects. When we ingest them they do much the same thing to us.
The simplest solution is to buy all of your fruits and vegetables locally from organic farmers.
8. Perfluorinated Chemicals (PFCS)
PFCS exposure has been linked to low birth weight, decreased sperm quality, high cholesterol, thyroid disease, and kidney disease, to name a but a few conditions.
These chemicals do not biodegrade in the environment, which means that once in the body, they don’t leave! Even though this class of chemicals was banned decades ago, they will still show up as a health concern for generations to come.
Avoid using non-stick frying pans and stain- and water-resistant clothing, carpets, and furniture. Detoxification may be one of the only ways to help get rid of this persistent and tenacious substance. (See “Sluggish? Detoxification May be the Answer” for more info.)
When ingested this chemical competes with iodine, which is important for healthy thyroid function. Altering thyroid function can be very disruptive to many processes in the body, including metabolism, hormone balance, and brain and organ development in children.
Perchlorate is found in our food and drinking water. Filtration is a very useful way to lessen our exposure through water, but it is almost impossible to eliminate exposure from our food.
Detoxification is one of the principal ways to remove this toxin from our systems. Since perchlorate disrupts iodine utilization, it is also important to make sure you supplement with iodine.
Along with several other harmful chemicals on our list, this one creates abundant hormone changes, none of them for the good. Lower sperm counts, less mobile sperm, birth defects, greater cell death in the testicles, diabetes, obesity, and thyroid dysfunction are just a few of the negative effects.
Avoiding plastic food containers, cups, children’s toys, straws, and plastic wrap are a good starting point for lowering your exposure to phthalates. You should also be cautious around skin care products, personal care products (toothpaste, for example), and fragrances, because these often have hidden phthalates in them.
There is no way to eliminate all toxic chemicals from our world and personal living environments, but it is important to get rid of as many sources of them as possible. The primary way to accomplish this is to make a detailed and conscious assessment of what your home, work, and auto environment is like.
When you are involved in eliminating as many sources of these toxic chemicals as you can, it is also wise to engage in a detoxification protocol to remove them from your body and give your body the chance to be as clean and high functioning as possible.
For more information about how to rid your life of these toxic chemicals as well as methods to detoxify your body from them, please contact me at 516-609-0890 or message my office here.
Yours in infinite wellness,
Dr. Garry D’Brant