Silent Pandemic of Environmental Pollutants 
Walter Sorochan

Posted November 14, 2011; Updated April 27, 2016,. Disclaimer  The information presented here is for informative and educational purposes only and is not intended as curative or prescriptive advice.

Update 2016: Drinking water pollution in Flint, Michigan has alerted Public Health officials that most public water systems are in dire need of repair. More stringent air quality standards are forcing fossil fuels to be replaced by safer green energy systems like solar panels.

Grandjean and Landrigan, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, concluded in 2006 that "industrial chemicals are responsible for what they call a silent pandemic that has caused impaired brain development in millions of children worldwide. It is silent because the subclinical effects of individual toxic chemicals are not apparent in available health statistics. Hence, doctors, public health and industry pay little attention to the link between chemicals and brain related disorders of children, teens and adults." Grandjean: silent pandemic

Scientists, in 2011, have found supporting evidence that the ubiquitous presence of chemicals known as persistent organic pollutants (POPs) could soon lead to half of all newborn babies being born with at least one birth defect. POPs include different pesticides, industrial chemicals, and compounds released from burning fossil fuels. A new study links these chemicals to neural tube defects, the first of its kind to examine the effects of such environmental factors on fetal development. POPs travel all over the world and contaminating the global food supply. In fact, POPs can travel to locations where they have never been used, including remote areas as far as Antarctica.   Gucciardi: pollutants cause birth defects

TheNew York Times reported that a new study of twins suggests that environmental factors, including conditions in the womb, may be at least as important as genes in causing autism. Mathematical modeling suggested that only 38 percent of the cases in the study could be attributed to genetic factors, whereas environmental factors appeared to be at work in 58 percent of the cases.

Chronic diseases and disabilities now affect more than 90 million men, women, and children, more than one-third of the USA population. In spite of the many advancements in medical practice, the best available data shows an increase in the incidence of asthma, autism,Allen: Mercury link autism Byrd: autism increase in California Mutter: Mercury & autism attention deficit [ ADD ], hyperactivity disorders [ ADHD ], birth defects Lewis & Worobey: heavy metals -health, childhood brain cancer, acute lymphocytic leukemia, cancers, endometriosis, Parkinson’s disease, and infertility (Trasande and Landrigan 2004, Jahnke et al. 2005). Cohen: Do no harm Environmental Working Group: body burden Up to half of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. Scientists cannot fully explain these increases, but early life exposure to environmental pollutants is a leading suspect. Environmental Working Group Lewis & Worobey: heavy metals -health

Sources: Yeargin-Allsopp et al. 2003, CDC 1995, Robison et al. 1995, Schecter 1999, Ananth et al. 2001, Branum and Schoendorf 2002, Swan et al. 1998, Paulozzi et al. 1997, Dunson et al. 2004, Trasande and Landrigan 2004, Jahnke et al. 2005

Scientists are discovering that the links between chemical exposures and disease are complex. While metals like lead and mercury directly target the developing brain and nervous system, other compounds may produce toxic effects indirectly by altering hormones levels which in turn increase vulnerability to other cancer causing chemicals; by lowering birth weight, which causes other systems to compensate and may increase the likelihood of diabetes or heart disease; or by damaging tissue in the brain or nervous system that only become a problem when that tissue is needed later in life.

An example relevant to the study of brain damage is the steady increase in testicular, breast, and prostate cancer, all of which are sensitive to slight alterations in hormone levels. Increases in these cancers could be driven in part by exposure to pollutants in cord blood that mimic human hormones, such as dioxins and furans.

The slow accumulation of heavy metals in human bodies has been implicated in numerous neurological diseases, including autism and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder Mutter: Mercury & autism, encephalopathy, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease Grant: Alzheimer  Lewis & Worobey: heavy metals -health. Furthermore, specific links have been made between lead and mercury accumulation and the development of learning disorders other than autism spectrum disorders. In addition, cardiovascular diseases, such as hypertension and cardiac rhythm disorders, have been linked to the accumulation of lead, renal disease has been linked to exposures to lead, arsenic, cadmium, and mercury, and reproductive problems including infertility have been linked to numerous heavy metal exposures. Flowers zeolite to remove toxins Mason: Chemical Toxins and Obesity

Heavy metals and Chemicals abound in every facet of our lives!

Hazardous chemicals are found in the tissues of nearly every person on earth and exposure to them has been linked to environmental pollution. Zeolite news: Toxins & you

The "body burden" of chemicals, as tested by the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention every two years, has found that the average American now [ 2010 ] has 116 synthetic compounds in his or her body. Smith: chemicals make Y sick

"It is common knowledge that 80% to 90% of most chronic health conditions are triggered by toxins. Toxins are carcinogens which cause damage to our DNA, and brain function, cause cells to divide faster than their normal rate, thus causing all kinds of cancer, as well as neurological disorders and so forth." Paull team: Toxins

Another example, farmers using [ Check section 'Halogen robbers' in Iodine ] bromide pesticides that remain as residues on foods, water purification plants using chlorine to purify drinking water, the dumping of mercury, arsenic, lead and radiation wastes from automobiles, industry, hospitals and nuclear power plants .... all dump pollutants into the soil, water and air.

Our bodies absorb many pollutants over time. We react to the build up of these as poisons, with symptoms of sickness, disability and chronic diseases.

Natural detox system:

Our bodies do have an immune system that has the ability to get rid of toxins. The human physiological system has many mechanisms in place for excreting these contaminants; as through sweating, storing in hair and nails, defecation and urination. However, the ability to excrete and eliminate these environmental toxins varies with the bio-individuality of each person and the amount of chemicals accumulated over time. Flowers zeolite to remove toxins

In today's world, we are overwhelmed with invisible toxins and pollutants. environmental pollution All these pollutants accumulate in our bodies over time faster than our natural detox system can get rid of them. The travesty is that public health scientists and medical doctors are paying little if any attention to the silent environmental pollution pandemic; nor to the build up of toxins in our bodies.


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Flowers James L., Stewart A Lonky and Erik J Deitsch, "Research: Clinical evidence supporting the use of an activated clinoptilolite suspension as an agent to increase urinary excretion of toxic heavy metals," Nutrition and Dietary Supplements, November 10, 2009. Flowers zeolite to remove toxins

Flowers James L, et la., "Research: Clinical evidence supporting the use of an activated clinoptilolite suspension as an agent to increase urinary excretion of toxic heavy metals," Journal: Nutrition and Dietary Supplements, November 2009. Flowers: chelation heavy metals

James L Flowers is a consultant to the company that manufactures activated clinoptilolite. Erik J Deitcsh is employed by the company that manufactures Natural Cellular Defense Stewart A Lonkey has no conflicting interests. This work was supported by a corporate grant from Wellness Industries, LLC.

Spanish translation of study: Flowers:Spanish

Abstract: "This study demonstrates that the daily use of an activated clinoptilolite suspension represents a potentially safe and effective way to remove toxic heavy metals from the body through increased urinary excretion without removing clinically detrimental amounts of vital electrolytes."

"a three-year heavy metal detoxification study was concluded in a Russian metal foundry, using over three separate trials with over 350 people participating. Statistical analyses of all trials have shown that there was one compound that consisted of three natural substances that was successful in chelating all the metals tested using a double blind, placebo controlled pre-post provocation trial. Both urine and faeces samples were used for the metal testing, determined by using both Inductively Coupled Plasma – Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) and Atomic Fluorescence Spectroscopy5. Both internal and external laboratories were used for the testing both in Russia as well as the USA."

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Grandjean Philippe and Philip J. Landrigan, "A Silent Pandemic: Industrial Chemicals Are Impairing the Brain Development of Children Worldwide," The Lancet, November 8, 2006 - Vol. 368. Grandjean: silent pandemic To view supplementary documentation on industrial chemicals and risks of toxic effects on brain development, :clickclick here

Gucciardi Anthony, " Persistent organic pollutants could lead to birth defects in hald of all newborns," Activisst Post, October 22, 2011.  Gucciardi: pollutants cause birth defects

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Paull Team,"Toxins," IsAGenix, Paull team: Toxins "It is common knowledge that 80% to 90% of most chronic health conditions are triggered by toxins. Toxins are carcinogens which cause damage to our DNA, and brain function, cause cells to divide faster than their normal rate, thus causing all kinds of cancer, as well as neurological disorders and so forth."

Results RVA Research, Results RNA Research: Mercury removal

"Mercury sorption with zeolite was found to be rapid, reversible, first order reaction. Laboratory tests on mercury removal from the effluent from copper smelter and refinery showed the potential applicability of this method in the treatment that was confirmed by the full-scale tests. Mercury was removed below the level regulated by environmental pollution directives in streams of treated effluents that is 0.2 mg/kg.">"The"The mechanism of adsorption by zeolites was found to be ion-exchange. In the three dimensional structure there are large channels containing negatively charged sites resulting from Al3 þ replacement of Si4þ in the O4 tetrahedral–linked by sharing oxygen atoms in rings and cages-cavities occupied by cations which are weakly held in the structure to compensate the charge imbal­ance"

Smith Christina, "CHEMICAL EXPOSURE CAN MAKE YOU SICK," SOZO Nutritional health Consulting, May 10, 2010.  Smith: chemicals make Y sick

Terry Luke, "The Link Between Obesity, Cancer, and Toxicity: Detoxifying the Body (Part 2)," Natural News, March 10, 2008. Terry: Part I. Obesity & toxins   Terry: Part II.obesity & toxins

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Zeolite News, "What are toxins doing to us? How toxic are you?" Zeolite news: Toxins & you