Environmental Toxins: Understanding Birth Defects, Autism and More

Environmental toxins are considered to be anything surrounding us within or outside of our homes that is toxic to our bodies.

Earlier this year, we published this blog on common neurotoxins that lurk in your environment, urging our clients to get educated about these dangers.

Common NeurotoxinsIn last month’s issue of The Atlantic, Dr. James Hamblin referred once more to this research on neurotoxins. The article features a helpful infographic on 12 identified toxins that are common in our environment:

These common environmental toxins are linked to birth defects and autism in infants, lowered IQ score and dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease in older adults.

Protect yourself and your family as much as possible with these tips from Dr. Mercola’s article on the link between environmental toxins and autism:

  1. As much as possible, buy and eat organic produce and free-range, organic foods to reduce your exposure to agricultural chemicals. Eat mostly raw, fresh foods, steering clear of processed, prepackaged foods of all kinds. This way, you automatically avoid artificial food additives, including dangerous artificial sweeteners, food coloring, and MSG.
  2. Rather than eating conventional or farm-raised fish, which are often heavily contaminated with PCBs and mercury, supplement with a high-quality purified krill oil, or eat fish that is wild-caught and lab tested for purity.
  3. Store your food and beverages in glass rather than plastic, and avoid using plastic wrap and canned foods (which are often lined with BPA-containing liners).
  4. Have your tap water tested and, if contaminants are found, install an appropriate water filter on all your faucets (even those in your shower or bath).
  5. Only use natural cleaning products in your home.
  6. Switch over to natural brands of toiletries such as shampoo, toothpaste, antiperspirants, and cosmetics. The Environmental Working Group has a great database21 to help you find personal care products that are free of phthalates and other potentially dangerous chemicals. I also offer one of the highest quality organic skin care lines, shampoo and conditioner, and body butter that are completely natural and safe.
  7. Avoid using artificial air fresheners, dryer sheets, fabric softeners, or other synthetic fragrances.
  8. Replace your non-stick pots and pans with ceramic or glass cookware.
  9. When redoing your home, look for “green,” toxin-free alternatives in lieu of regular paint and vinyl floor coverings.
  10. Replace your vinyl shower curtain with one made of fabric, or install a glass shower door. Most all flexible plastics, like shower curtains, contain dangerous plasticizers like phthalates.
  11. Limit your use of drugs (prescription and over-the-counter) as much as possible. Drugs are chemicals too, and they will leave residues and accumulate in your body over time.
  12. Avoid spraying pesticides around your home or insect repellents that contain DEET on your body. There are safe, effective, and natural alternatives out there.

We are concerned for the health of you and our nation and hope you will take measures to avoid these toxins and periodically cleanse your system of the toxins that have built up over time!

We recommend detoxing your body with Extended Health Heart Detox and Extended Health Liver Support Formula. Prevent exposure to fluoride and other toxins found in your water supply with a quality water purification system. Check out CuZn systems in our store.