Many people think that they have little to fear from toxins unless they spent years on a job being exposed to specific chemicals or radiation. However, even four thousand years ago, Egyptian physicians were using enemas to help patients detoxify. In more recent times, the famous Greek physicians Hippocrates and Galen both gave patients cleansing herbs to help ensure body balancing and health in what we now know as the body's seven systems of detoxification:
Granted, these ancient techniques were geared more to the self toxicity that occurs from incomplete digestion, but they, too, experienced environmental toxicity. And today, many holistic health practitioners consider most chronic disease states to have as root cause an auto-toxic body which then leads to a myriad of apparently disconnected diagnoses.
Today we not only must continue to be aware of all the internal toxins, but also we must be aware of all the external toxins which began in earnest with the Industrial Revolution. In truth, today dangerous chemicals are found everywhere in our homes from baby bottles to plastic wrap and storage containers, from non-stick cookware to stain-resistant upholstery fabrics, from flooring to paint to cleaning and personal care products including shampoos, deodorants and makeup. Women can absorb up to 5# of chemical toxins per year from their so-called beauty products alone! Toxic additives such as chlorine and fluoride are even deliberately placed into our water and mercury is deliberately placed in our mouths (silver fillings) and in our vaccines (under the name of the preservative thimerosol). Even our medications are toxic whether over-the-counter or prescribed. As L.F. Kebler M.D. asked, "Why would a patient swallow a poison because he is ill, or take that which would make a well man sick?"
Certainly our lives may appear "easier." We can now flip a switch so we can read or watch TV into the wee hours of the morning or to store and prepare an almost ludicrous amount of food. We can stay in telephone connection with all and sundry even if we are halfway across the world. We have an unlimited amount of knowledge at our fingertips via the internet. We simply pop a pill if we have a headache.
Yes, we have technologically come a long way, baby, but at what cost to the health and well-being of our bodies and of our environment? I believe that the massive crisis facing us is not so much the global "warming" (which certainly does exist, but how much is also due to natural cycling?) but global toxicity which will render the earth uninhabitable long before the warming takes full effect.
Let's take a brief look at the current environmental toxic load.
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