In Part 2 of Toxins and Your Health, I am going to give you a brief overview of how a few common toxins can negatively affect your health. In Part 1 of the series I discuss where we find these toxins in our lives. If you haven’t read Part 1 I would recommend reading this information before continuing with this installment. In Part 3 – (yet to be written), I will address how you can avoid toxin exposure and briefly discuss detoxification.
Exposure to toxins can have many adverse affects on health. Often clients think that because they feel “fine” there is no reason to be concerned over exposure to toxins. Remember “symptoms are the last phase of dis-ease.” In my line of work I am always thinking of preventative care. Preventative care means:
- Addressing potential health risks
- Addressing those risks
- Removing as many potential risk from our lives as possible
- And performing steps 1 through 3 before we develop “symptoms”.
By the time symptoms develop we may find ourselves in big trouble with possible irreversible damage to our health and at the very least, we will find that we now have FAR more work to do to repair the damage than we would have if we “prevented” the damage in the beginning.
Since many of my clients want to lose weight, I am often faced with the problem of toxicity. This occurs because toxins like to hide, or survive, in “fat” cells. If toxins can be tucked away in our fat cells they are not as likely to attack our organs and cause serious illness.
Since toxins hide in fat cells, if a client is toxic, he or she may find it impossible to lose weight. This is the body’s safety mechanism- one that keeps the body healthy by protecting the organs from toxins by storing those toxins in a “safe” place – (fat) – but also causes the body to remain fat. Therefore a toxic person can exercise all day and eat very little food and still be fat. I help clients safely detox which then allows the client to lose the excess fat. More on this process will be discussed in Part 3 of this series.
Let’s start with a look at PCB’s (polychlorinated biphenyls) that while banned in the U.S. are still very present in our environment. PCB’s have been shown to cause cancer in animals, and may have an adverse affect on the immune system, reproductive system, nervous system and endocrine system.
Chemical pesticides are linked to numerous disorders and illness. They are known to cause birth defects, damage the central nervous system and even cause cancer.
Mold and fungal toxins are very common and may cause respiratory infections, reproductive illness, digestive tract problems and pathogenic infections. Take a look at this long list of health issues related to mold:
- Respiratory distress, coughing, sneezing, sinusitis
- Difficulty swallowing, choking, spitting up (vomiting) mucous
- Hypersensitivity pneumonitis
- Burning in the throat and lungs
- Asthmatic signs; wheezing, shortness in breath, coughing, burning in lungs, etc
- Diarrhea, nausea, piercing lower abdominal pains, vomiting
- Bladder, liver, spleen, or kidney problems
- Dark urine
- Balance problems
- Strange taste in mouth, coated tongue
- Food allergies/leaky gut syndrome/altered immunity
- Memory loss; short term memory; brain fog
- Vision problems
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Large boils on neck (Often a sign of anaphylaxis)
- Thyroid imbalances
- Slurred speech
- Anxiety/depression – confusion, short term memory problems, dementia, PTSD
- Ringing in ears, balance problems, dizziness
- Chronic fatigue
- Intermittent face flushing; almost always systemic (called the mylar flush)
- Numbness in face and limbs, intermittent twitching
- Night sweats and hot flashes (Especially around the head)
- Multiple chemical sensitivity
- Elevated blood pressure and triglycerides, heart palpitations
- Nose bleeds
- Bruising easily
- Rash or hives, bloody lesions all over the skin (Often systemic, see images; skin)
- Reproductive system; infertility, changes in menstrual cycles
- Sudden weight changes
- Hair loss
- Arthralgia (Pain in the joints without swelling)
- Heart attack
- Inadvertent facial movements or extremity jerking
- Anaphylaxis upon re-exposure to mycotoxin producing molds
- Death in rare cases
Phthalates and BPAs mimic hormones that can damage the endocrine system. They are also considered especially harmful to children.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are everywhere and exposure to VOC’s may include: eye irritation and watering along with visual disorders, nose and throat irritations, headaches and/or dizziness, asthma, allergic skin reactions, memory loss or impairment, and nausea or vomiting. Serious damage to the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system can occur as well as cancer.
Dioxins are linked to cancer, reproductive and development problems, infertility (including reduced sperm counts), endometriosis, immune system suppression, respiratory issues, diabetes, learning disabilities, skin disorders and more. Furthermore dioxins are considered to be the most toxic and carcinogenic compound ever tested – AND it is found in our food. See Part 1 of this series for more details.
Heavy metals can cause an abundance of health related problems such as: neurological disorders, Alzheimer‘s disease, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), fatigue, nausea and/or vomiting, abnormal heart rhythm, abnormal production of red and white blood cells, cancer and more.
Here are some of the health problems associated with mercury toxicity:
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Elevated cholesterol
- Abnormal blood pressure
- Repeated infections
- Depression – Emotional instability
- Loss of balance In-coordination
- Thyroid issues
- Adrenal fatigue
- Unexplained Anemia
- Loss of appetite
- Kidney disease
- Loss of memory
- Muscle weakness
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Inability to concentrate
Prolonged inhalation of chloroform (which is colorless, with a nonirritating odor and slightly sweet taste) can cause paralysis, cardiac and respiratory failure and even death.
Chlorine is association with the following health risks: headaches, sore throats, irritated eyes, wheezing and/or coughing, bluing of the skin, burning or irritation of the skin, collapsed lungs, pain in the lungs and accumulation of fluid in the lungs, rapid or difficulty breathing, and asthma.
This list of health problems associated with only a few of the toxins we are exposed to daily is very scary. However, my intent is to educate the masses so we can make better decisions and take control of our own health not to scare or overwhelm you.
In series 1 and 2 of Toxins and Your Health, I have armed you with information to know what is toxic and why it is dangerous and where to find those toxins. In the next series I will teach you how to avoid as many toxins as possible as well as discuss how you can safely detox your body.
I am only scratching the surface on this topic! You can read more about Toxins and Your Health in my new soon-to-be published book. If you would like more information about my book when it becomes available, please visit my website and send me a request through my contact page – all I need is an email address!
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