Do you know how much contamination is in your food? 81 full-text scientific articles resulted in seven common public health risks related to safety of your health. Don't buy genetically modified foods; instead buy Non-GMO foods, organic foods, foods without food coloring.
1. READ ALL INGREDIENTS ON FOOD PACKAGING. RESEARCH ANY INGREDIENTS THAT YOU DON'T RECOGNIZE OR UNDERSTAND.
2. AVOID BPA, NITRATES, PERCHOLATE, PERFLUOROALKYL, ARTIFICIAL FOOD COLORS.
3. STORE FOOD IN GLASS CONTAINERS.
4. EAT ORGANIC AS MUCH AS YOU CAN.
5. BUY FRESH FRUITS VEGETABLES AND OTHER WHOLE FOODS; ALWAYS WASH THEM BEFORE EATING, EVEN WITH ORGANIC FOODS.
“Globally 8.9 million deaths happen due to air pollution exposure, resulting in 7.6% of the total yearly mortality and leading to 103.1 million healthy life years lost. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 4.2 million lose their lives every year due to ambient outdoor air pollution and 3.8 million from indoor air pollution, mainly due to exposure to smoke from cookstoves and fuels.” The diseases from air pollution include: lung cancer, asthma, cognitive deficits, pre-term birth, respiratory illnesses, and reproductive health.
“Pollution has been linked with increased mental illness in children and the likelihood of dementia in adults.” With CO2 at 930 parts per million . . . cognitive ability declines by 21%. Air pollution has been linked to worse memory, attention, and vocabulary, and to ADHD and autism spectrum disorders. Pollution has been shown to damage the development of neurons in the brain and proximity to a coal plant can deform your DNA.”
These statistics should scare everyone.
1. Get an air filter for your home. Put it in a room that you or you and your loved ones spend most of your time. Let it run 24/7, but be sure to clean it, per the instructions.
2. Make sure the HEPA filter in your car is maintained.
3. Keep the "Climate" icon on your car's dashboard in the "on" position.
4. Regularly check your area's pollution advisory daily.
5. If you are short of breath, seek a Board Certified Pulmonologist for testing.
In 2021 the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) found over thirty-one million state water drinking records with contaminants. We are paying water bills. EWG has a site by which you can check your state and city to find the contaminants in your tap water.
Perchlorates are yet another toxic contaminant in our drinking water supply, soil, and vegetation. Discovered in the 1950s, it has only recently been a contaminant of concern. “The primary toxicity issue is associated with disruption of iodide uptake in the thyroid gland due to its similarity in ionic radius to iodide. Widespread presence of perchlorate in drinking water aquifers and its toxicological properties make perchlorate an emerging chemical of concern." Perchlorate can lead to health problems in your thyroid. The adverse effect is hypothyroidism. Perchlorate also affects other tissues it is known to be present in the breast milk of nursing mothers, gastrointestinal tract, placenta, skin and mammary gland. On March 31, 2022, the EPA relied on the 2020 decision to not regulate perchlorate.
1. Please do not drink water from plastic containers.
2. Please do not buy a plastic water filter.
3. Try to save enough money buy an under the sink water filter for your kitchen and drink water only from your kitchen.
4. Check the contaminants in your city/town water.
Melamine is classified as a carcinogen and found in food, leaching from tableware, contaminated water, and food packaging. Additionally, “Animals are exposed to melamine-containing fertilizers and animal feed, and/or illegal addition. In 2007–2008, illegal addition in infant formula and pet feed resulted in urolithiasis (stone in the urinary system) and kidney failure incidents, and in extreme cases, death.” Cyanuric acid is found in plastics, disinfectants, chlorine in swimming pools and in animal feed.
There are many plastics in our air, water, food and clothing. This can results in negative kidney effects and cancer. “The detection of both melamine [plastic substance] and cyanuric acid [a pool balancing product to make chlorine last longer] in our pregnant population is concerning since kidney toxicities have been reported at varying exposure levels and there are potentials for developmental effects. Kidney effects, ranging from symptomatic or asymptomatic urolithiasis to acute renal failure and urinary tract obstruction, have been observed in children with chronic histories of melamine contaminated formula consumption.”
In our plastics world, it is almost next to impossible to avoid plastics. Things that will minimize your risk:
1. Do not drink water from plastic bottles-get a glass bottle for your car or other safe material from which to drink your water.
2. Read David Wallace-Wells book, The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming.
3. Store your food in glass containers - always.
4. Please do not use plastic bags from grocery stores. Carry your own cloth bag, get safe, cotton mesh bags for your fresh produce; don't use the plastic ones at your grocery store.
5. Write to the CEO of your major grocery store chain and demand cash reimbursement when you bring your own bags.
6. Write to your Federal Senators and Representatives about the toxic and negative health hazards of plastics. Demand they do something to stop corporate conglomerates from producing plastics.
Did you know that more than 50% of the homes in the U.S. have mold?
Some people will not react or show any signs of negative health effects from the mold. However, many people will react and become very sick, like I did. Toxic mold may not be visible. It can hide and multiply behind walls, tile, and other places not easily seen in your home. After three years of being extremely sick and after moving into a remodeled home, my husband and I found that there was very toxic black mold behind the tile in our bathroom. Typical medical lab tests will not determine if you have toxic mold in your home or your body. The only way we found out is testing via Mycometrics, a microbiology lab company that specializes in the identification of fungi (mold). Their website is: Mycometrics.com.
If you have migraine headaches, other physical and/or emotional complaints, you might want to have your home checked for fungi/mold. I was so sick from the hidden toxic mold in our home, I was bedridden for three years. Most primary care providers do not know about the negative health effects of toxic mold and will likely blame it on you, i.e. there's something wrong with you. That's what happened to me; that is until I found the International Society for Environmentally Acquired Illness. There is a list of providers who know how to treat toxic mold.
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