With chronic illness on the rise in the US, it is becoming exceedingly evident that the current model of health care is not working. Consider the following statistics:
Nearly 4 of 5 deaths in the US are the result of chronic illness. (WHO)
Nearly half of American adults had at least one chronic condition in 2005. (CDC)
The US spends more money on healthcare than any other country in the world, yet we ranked last among developed nations in a recent survey of health care system effectiveness. (Commonwealth, 2017)
We are becoming sicker and sicker as a society, and it’s happening at a younger and younger age. Problems that in my childhood were reserved for the elderly are now being seen in young adults—even children. What we have to understand is that diseases are no more sinister than they were decades ago. And we ourselves are no less capable of avoiding these diseases. The problem lies in the fact that our bodies are bombarded with toxins day in and day out, and all the while we deprive our bodies of proper nourishment, stimulation, and rest.
The average person in the US has more than 200 chemicals in their blood or urine. The body can handle limited exposure to toxins; but with increased exposures, the mechanisms become overwhelmed. The backup mechanism is to “stash” away the excess in the organ and fat tissues.The more you accumulate the more toxic you become, so the key is limiting regular exposures or…
“A poison kills you. A chemical like BPA reprograms your cells and ends up causing a disease in your grandchild that kills him.” –Dr. Frederick vom Saal
Many Plastic Bottles
Linings of Aluminum Cans
Linings of Tin Cans *HEAT*
Other Kitchen Plastics
Does not bind to normal estrogen regulatory proteins in the blood
Detectible in Breast Milk
What to look for:
Beware ALL Plastics
#7 Recycling Code
Beware of GREENWASHING–Products labeled BPA-free often contain substitutes like bisphenol-S or bisphenol-F, both of which were found to have just as much of a hormonal effect (or more!) than bisphenol-A.
Pour Over or French Press Coffee
Digital receipts / Wash Hands
Fresh Fruits and Veggies!
Tap Water (When chlorinated water, ie. tap water, is heated, the chlorine is rapidly converted to toxic gas form.)
Kills Normal Gut Flora
Airway Irritant (Asthma)
Disrupts Thyroid Function
Used as Chemical Weapon in WWI
Install Shower and Sink Filters
If you use tap water, let it sit for several hours before drinking or giving to pets
***Never mix bleach and ammonia!!!
Vaccinations (Hep A and B, Hib, DTaP, HPV, Flu)
Hot chocolate mixes
Pickles and relish
What to look for:
WHAT SOURCE CONTAINS THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF ALUMINUM?
Cheese. (I AM SO SORRY)
The dairy industry adds aluminum to cheese—it’s the number one source of aluminum in the diet. It’s added to give the cheese a softer texture.
Damage to the Central Nervous System
Lowered liver function
Lowered kidney function
Use Glass or Parchment
Don’t Cook with Aluminum Foil
Go Dairy Free
Avoid Processed Foods
Dust absorbs toxic chemicals even decades after they were used
Lead is toxic to almost every organ and affects children the worst. Developmental issues, stunted growth, deafness, behavioral problems, learning disabilities, and brain damage can all result from exposure to lead. If ingested during pregnancy, lead can cause premature birth. Lead exposure has even been linked to autism, prostate cancer, and reproductive problems for both men and women. It’s damaging to the cardiovascular system and kidneys, too.
Fluoridated = good for my teeth
I’ll be OK if I drink bottled water
I’m covered, I’ve got a Brita / fridge filter
Boiling water eliminates toxins
Bulk Distilled Water (Add Minerals!)
At Home Filter (Read Label!)
Natural Spring Water from a Tested Verified Source
Glass is Best!
Hydration is critical to Detoxification
We have around 30,000 thoughts a day
Negative thoughts trigger up to 1,500 chemical or physical responses
Alter the activity and/or release of over 30 hormones
Recent Study: Negative thoughts are correlated with:
“I just need…”
Bad Food Choices
“Nothing ever works out…”
Are health problems becoming your identity?
Replaying conversations in your head?
Creating future scenarios?
Face the dilemma–Make a call and be OK with your decision
Be Mindful–Observe negative thoughts as 3rd party
Redirect focus from past /future to now
Enjoy the moment–Look around, smell, listen
State what you are thankful for each day
“Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness” –James Thurber
Getting regular exercise and physical activity are important for lowering inflammation. If you are physically stagnant, you become stagnant internally. You need to move in order to circulate lymph fluid, boost cardiovascular circulation, increase respiration, and increase the expulsion of toxins.
Having a healthy posture, proper breathing mechanics, and a balanced muscular structure will reduce stress on the body and improve oxygenation of tissues. Take this into account when deciding on a workout structure to incorporate.