Posted September 10, 2011. Disclaimer The information presented here is for informative and educational purposes only and is not intended as curative or prescriptive advice.
Most of us understand pollution that we can see, smell or hear; like smog, flies in garbage, bright light or irritating loud music. But very few of us are aware of the silent and unseen toxins like radiation, chemical gasses and viruses that contaminate our bodies. Sullivan: causes feeling bad
The most toxic forms of pollution to man are caused by industry and government laws ... by man. Politicians have good intentions but pass laws that pollute the soil, water and air.
Update 2016: The most recent water pollution is that of toxic levels of lead found in Flint, Michigan, public water drinking, in 2015. Majority of public drinking water is contaminated by chlorination and this has been ignored by the government.
Many industrial uses of chemicals, while well intended and economical, cause silent incubating health problems in humans. Classic example of this are the misuse of bromides as a pesticide in agriculture and industry, the use of chlorine to purify water and the use of fluorine in water to prevent dental caries. Iodine: halogen robbers While perhaps doing good on the one hand, on the other hand these three halogens create nutritional-health crises by interfering with much needed iodine absorption. So much so, that the majority of people in North America are critically deficient in iodine. Such deficiency is not recognized as such by the medical establishment and politicians. Besides regulating the thyroid gland, iodine is essential for the proper functioning of every gland and cell in the human body. Many of our health crises like obesity, diabetes, and auto-immune disorders are directly attributable to lack of adequate amounts of iodine in the body. Iodine: halogen robbers In summary, toxic halogens are directly orchestrated by industry and misinformed politicians. Halogens accumulate in our bodies and need to be removed from our bodies!
The above examples of how the misuse of the three halogens contribute toxins into the human environment are dangerous forms of pollution. Other forms of pollution, that contribute poisonous toxins that make us sick, are listed in the Wikipedia list below: Wiki: pollution
The above list is a very simplistic and laundered one. It does not include the many undetectable toxins from cleaning compounds found underneath the kitchen sink. There are more hazardous chemicals in homes than outside!
One of the most profuse toxins in our environment is Mercury. Nearly all fish and shellfish contain traces of mercury. US Prot Agency: Murcury in fish Mercury is being dumped into the soil, water and air at alarming rates from burning of coal in power plants, from coal mines, nuclear power plants and other industries.
Most of the mercury that winds up in the atmosphere is released by people, through coal combustion, incinerators, industrial boilers and gold mining operations. This anthropogenic mercury represents 70% of the mercury added to the global atmosphere in the past 100 years. Coal combustion is the single highest contributor in the US, responsible for almost 50% of atmospheric mercury emissions. Mercury from coal
Scientists have found the first proof that dangerous levels of mercury in fish come directly from coal-fired power stations and factories. They say it takes only three years for particles of the toxic metal to float through the atmosphere after being expelled as a by-product of burning coal, fall into the oceans and contaminate marine life. Power stations poison fish
"Elemental mercury when released by a dental amalgam is inhaled and (80
percent of it) absorbed by the lungs and retained in the body. Vaccine makers
add thimerosal (which is half ethyl mercury) to vaccines to prevent bacterial
contamination. This injected organic form of mercury is readily taken up by
brain and heart muscle cells. Fish harbor another organic form of mercury –
methyl mercury, which is obtained from plankton that synthesize it from
inorganic mercury extracted from the sea."
Miller: Mercury causes diseases
Mercury works its way into our bodies and accumulates. The EPA recently announced that 1 in 6 women of childbearing age in the US have blood mercury levels that could be harmful to a fetus. Mercury devastates the central nervous system by affecting brain development and the function of the nervous system. Mercury is a poison to humans and other animals. Discussing levels of mercury in fish and advocating that fish with mercury are safe to eat do not really solve the problem; it is a diversion as mercury build up over time!
The problem is that our bodies cannot remove the mercury fast enough in order to protect us. This was not mentioned by the Wikipedia quote about pollution, nor by US Protection Agency.
Environmental toxins of all kinds inside our bodies disrupt the normal functions of the immune system and metabolic processes. Although the usual response from industry and agriculture is to soft sell the public with cleanup and remediation options, they ignore stopping the use of chemicals poisonous to humans or mentioning to use chelation to get rid of toxins in the body. We need better legislation and more caring politicians. But our immediate need is for safe ways to detoxify the toxins that have already accumulated inside our bodies. One possible option for removing toxins in our bodies is to consider using zeolite.
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