Whether you're tired all the time, plagued by "senior moments" and brain fog, or suffer from joint pain and inflammation, the cause could be the same. At least that's what three independent studies found.
But before I tell you about these studies, let me tell you about David Ewing Duncan. He's a reporter for National Geographic magazine. He had heard that chemicals could easily build up in your body tissues and blood. So he decided to investigate. He was his own guinea pig. He wrote: "I'm a writer engaged in a journey of chemical self-discovery. Last fall (I'm not sure when he wrote this article — the website doesn't have a date on it), I had myself tested for 320 chemicals I might have picked up from food, drink, the air I breathe, and the products that touch my skin - my own secret stash of compounds acquired by merely living. It includes older chemicals that I might have been exposed to decades ago, such as DDT and PCBs; pollutants like lead, mercury, and dioxins; newer pesticides and plastic ingredients; and the near-miraculous compounds that lurk just beneath the surface of modern life, making shampoos fragrant, pans nonstick, and fabrics water-resistant and fire-safe."
The test was thorough. National Geographic paid $15,000 for all the tests. Duncan's blood level of one particularly toxic PBDE, a flame retardant found primarily in U.S.-made products, was 10 times the average of most people in the U.S. And his blood level of another PBDE variant was high even for factory workers who make the chemical. In other words, his flame retardant levels were off the charts. Where did he come in contact with so many flame retardants? Duncan believes it was on airplanes, where everything is sprayed with the chemical to meet federal safety standards.
These chemicals can interfere with thyroid function, cause reproductive and neurological problems, and hamper neurological development.
So what's the likelihood these types of chemicals are in the average person (not just one who flies 200,000 miles annually)? In one study, scientists wanted to find the answer to that question. So they tested a group of families from the European Union for 107 different man-made toxins. They tested the blood and urine of each family member, from the youngest to the oldest. They found that every single person had contamination, some with as many as 63 different chemicals. But those over the age of 58 had the most toxins in their system. This makes sense, as toxins tend to accumulate over time. The chemicals included PCBs, organochlorine pesticides, brominated flame retardants, perfluorinated chemicals, and more.
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The 63 chemicals was actually a small number compared to another study done by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. This study found 148 different chemicals in 2,400 Americans. The most common toxin was a mixture of pesticides, where nine out of ten samples contained the chemicals. Another common, but not surprising, chemical they found was benzo(a)pryene, which is a toxin in automobile exhaust fumes. Over 25% of the samples had this toxin. Another CDC study found that 97% of Americans have high levels of oxybenzone - a toxin in sunscreens.
And a Mount Sinai School of Medicine study found a total of 167 different chemicals in the blood and urine samples of volunteers. There was an average of 91 toxins in each volunteer. The toxins included lead, dioxins, PCBs, phthalate DEHP, as well as compounds that have been banned for more than a quarter century. Of these 167 chemicals, 76 cause cancer in humans or animals, 94 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 79 cause birth defects or abnormal development.
Here's the bottom line — it's likely, if not for sure, that each of us has multiple chemicals in our body that don't need to be there. A healthy body can handle a certain number of chemicals. Unfortunately, we don't know what that number is. And we don't know when they begin to cause problems. We just know they do. And given enough time, they will cause problems for most of us.
So how can you get rid of them? Chelation therapy — a doctor-administered treatment - is one of the surest ways to get rid of chemicals and heavy metals. But it's expensive. So I prefer to use a simple supplement called PectaSol Detox Formula. It's one of the only supplements I know of that can get rid of pesticides and many other toxins in the body. It takes time to work, so give it several months to see results. But it can gently remove the chemicals that are causing many of the health challenges we face every day.
Your insider for better health,
Steve Kroening, ND.