…Your Health and Cumulative Exposure
The harmful effects of preservatives, additives and other harmful chemicals and ingredients does build up in the body and the effects begin to compound and manifest noticeably. They may manifest as aches, pains, skin irritations, digestive issues, sinus problems and so on, and then progress to more serious long-term concerns.
Why we should be aware of what cumulative effects are, in terms of daily exposure to unhealthy ingredients and how we can easily begin to decrease our exposure to those substances today.
Our Bodies Are Built To Be Self Healing
The more frequent the exposure that people have to toxic ingredients in every day products; the greater the dangers of the toxic effects multiplying until, in time, chronic illness results. Our bodies are magnificent in that we are able to heal ourselves from injury and illness. The inability to do so does arise when the immune system, circulatory system, nervous system or organs are being overloaded from ongoing daily exposure to unhealthy ingredients in daily use products; and this in turn contributes to creating imbalance and biological stresses, which can then lead to illness.
Biologically we are complex organisms and there are other factors that can come into play as well, such as genetic pre-dispositions. Nevertheless, the toxic chemical ingredients which are in our daily use products do have harmful effects on health and this statement is supported by an ever increasing body of research. Unfortunately, governments are very slow and in many cases seemingly unwilling to take action to protect people and the environment in the face of this mounting evidence.
Therefore, it falls to each of us to take what measures, which are in our own power, to protect our families and ourselves by making new healthy choices about the products that we purchase.
The following list is by no means comprehensive. I offer it as information on some of the means by which chemical exposure is affecting our lives and the lives of those who share this planet with us.
Chemicals in Daily Use Products
Household cleaners, detergents, air fresheners, soaps, shampoos, lotions, anti-bacterial hand wipes, sprays and gels
Cosmetics, hair straighteners, perms, hair colouring
Over-the-counter medication. Examples: Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Aspirin), Ibuprofen–overuse of these can cause a multitude of serious adverse effects including liver and kidney damage
Prescription Medication – unfortunately the so called ‘side effects’ of many pharmaceutical drugs can cause numerous damaging effects
Medication of all kinds that is thrown out or flushed down the drain, thereby, contaminating soil and water and thereby being re-ingested by people for whom it was never intended!
Chemicals used in making furniture, home construction materials, paint, carpet; all of which off-gasses into homes, schools, new automobiles and work environments – examples – flame retardants, formaldehyde
Chemicals used in manufacture of clothing, children’s toys, and textiles
Rampant misuse of antibiotics, growth hormones, steroids and other drugs on industrialized farms and feedlots
Processed foods using preservatives, artificial flavours, colours, MSG (in all its names and guises) and a host of other chemical ‘food additives’
Pesticides, Herbicides, Insecticides on fruits, vegetables, lawns
Pesticide, Herbicide, Insecticide run-off into water and contaminating soil
Industrial pollution of air, water and soil
Bio-accumulation Leads To Cumulative Effects
Bio-accumulation refers to chemicals that accumulate in living organisms and which over time concentrate in body tissues including muscle, fat, bone, brain, (and other organs), fat deposits in blood and in fat-rich breast milk. Some chemical exposure can elicit an immediate reaction that can range from mild to severe. For example, some people may experience relatively mild respiratory symptoms when exposed to perfumes and hair sprays, while other people may suffer a full-blown asthma attack. When dozens of chemicals have accumulated over time in tissue, blood and bone then cumulative effects begin to come into play.
Cumulative Effects, Manifest As Illness
Research is mounting that links very serious and chronic diseases, disorders and conditions with the cumulative effects of chemical exposure. Diseases such as various cancers, arthritis, lupus, (and many other auto-immune disorders) diabetes, eczema, psoriasis, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, COPD, Parkinson’s, impaired fertility, birth defects, learning disabilities, autism, reproductive dysfunction, (such as low sperm counts) ADHD, liver disease, multiple sclerosis, and asthma.
Every New Choice Makes A Difference
I have heard people say that, ‘toxic chemicals are everywhere and you cannot avoid exposure no matter what you do’. While this statement is true, it does not mean that we should not take steps to decrease our daily exposure to these harmful ingredients and substances whenever and wherever possible. The important thing to remember is that the process of reducing exposure to unhealthy substances begins with one new choice. For example, when you choose to buy a shampoo that is free of harmful chemical ingredients, you have made one new choice. To quote Lao Tzu, ‘the journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step’.
Create A Simple Plan For Lifestyle Adjustments – You Can Do It
For those people who wish to decrease their exposure to unhealthy ingredients I salute you. I might also recommend making changes at a rate that feels comfortable. Some people jump into change with exuberant abandon and others prefer a slower rate of change. What we did was commit to going green, organic and chemical free with 75% of our food, personal care products and cleaning supplies for the first year and built it up from there. It worked perfectly for our budget and slowly added to our new life style choices. You will find the pace that works for you and your family.
Remember, some things are out of our control, like for example, the pollution that is produced by the industrial chemicals manufacturing industry. However…
We can express our autonomy by taking ownership over the things, which we can control. For example, the products that we choose to purchase.
“Express your autonomy by redirecting your purchasing power to benefit your health.”(Click to Tweet)
The information provided within this site is for informational purposes only; and is not intended as a substitute for advice from a physician or other healthcare professional