Health effects of
One possible translation of "xenobiotics" is "foreign to
life". In other words, any substance that has no useful function in the metabolism
of a living organism is xenobiotic to it. Such substance can't do you no good but, boy, can it make
a havoc of your health! The bad news is that xenobiotics are everywhere: in the
air you're inhaling, the water you drink, the food you eat - in the cloths you
wear, things you hold and touch - even implanted into your body!
And the more of
them gets inside you, the more xenobiotic - or foreign to life - you become
Xenobiotics can be natural substances
occurring in plants, other animals, or the environment. They
also can be man-made. The sad part is that most of xenobiotic contamination is
produced by man: it is us doing it to ourselves.
Natural food toxins
Is there such thing as
natural food toxins?
You bet. Not all natural, whole foods are equally good, and some can
be plain unhealthy. How can naturally occurring food substances be
harmful to the body? Well, we live in imperfect world, and our food
is part of it: some food substances are just capable of disrupting
our metabolic cycle.
There is an
untold number of natural chemical compounds in our foods, and not all of them
are friendly to us. The offending substances are either biologically active amines - like
histamine and serotonin - or natural plant toxins,
such are glycoalkaloids in nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, peppers,
eggplant, tobacco, some spices), cyanogenic glucosides (bitter
almond, cassava root, sorghum root, lima bean, fruit seed, etc.) , or pyrrolizidine alkaloids in
some herbs and herbal teas.
These natural food toxins are adversely affecting health of millions, most of
them unaware of what is causing - or contributing to - their health problem.
Symptoms caused by natural food toxins include food sensitivities and allergies, neurologic,
cardiovascular or respiratory disturbances, arthritis, and liver
While natural food toxins are definitely a health concern, toxic chemicals of industrial and
agricultural origin are simply overwhelming. What else to say but: beware!
pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, chemical fertilizers,
fluoride - to list only some of the
major ones - are everywhere.
There are tens of thousands of tons of
biphenyls) in the upper 200m of the North Atlantic, after three
decades (1947-1977, when they were banned) of dumping them into the
Hudson River. After another three decades, the EPA finally made the
GE responsible for cleaning the worst spots of the contaminated
river sediments, which should take place in 2009-2016. The ocean, of
course, remains contaminated. And that is just the tip of the
phthalates), common in PVC materials, plastic food packaging and cosmetics, are
another endocrine (hormone) and cellular disruptor. These chemical
substances are either inherently toxic to our bodies, or become toxic due to
their excessive accumulation. They accumulate in our tissues, damage our enzymes,
mimic our hormones and deplete the body of nutrients it needs for detoxication,
making it ever more vulnerable.
Chemical toxins are capable of disrupting body
chemistry in many ways. Possible consequence is any imaginable symptom or
The final nail to the coffin of our health,
suffering from all kinds of diseases due to toxic chemical
exposures, as well as poor dietary and lifestyle choices, are conventional medical treatments which not only ignore
the cause of your illness, but add more toxins to your body, in the form of
The politics of toxic world
Ample scientific evidence proves that we are being
poisoned, slowly but surely, by all these toxins permanently deposited in
our bodies. Epidemic
increase in the incidence of degenerative diseases, for which our toxic
exposures are among the main causative factors, was "officially" ignored
for a while, then partly acknowledged, but treated mainly as a "drug
The danger of toxic substances in our
was played down by assigning to them often convenient - to the
industry and government - "safe limits". That
didn't make us safe. Not only that these "safe limits" are very
loosely enforced. They are inherently arbitrary, which is why they keep shrinking as
every next toxin proves to be more, or much more damaging than what it was thought to be.
one ever bothered to access the
combined effect of
different chemical toxins
present in our bodies.
No wonder that the avalanche of degenerative diseases is not
slowing down. No wonder there is so many "clinically healthy" people suffering
from serious, sometimes debilitating symptoms. Or those others, who were "lucky" enough to get a disease label
(diagnosis), but with the "cause unknown" tag attached. How do we cure
illnesses we don't know cause of? We don't...
While very few people doubt that we are exposed to many
toxins, the majority is still unwilling to accept that the effect can be so
bad, as to cause widespread diseases. After all, there is the government,
with institutions specifically monitoring health effects of chemicals in our
air, water and food. Why would they allow such an epidemic?
The answer is:
(a) economic and political prosperity, and (b) the
money power. Frankly,
adequately protecting people's health would require production and marketing constraints
significantly slow down economic and political growth.
governments have concluded long ago that strong economy and resulting
political power are
worth some sacrifice in the area of public health.
Financial power and political influence of large industrial
conglomerates will make sure that this view doesn't change. But it got out of control:
protecting "common" interest is adversely affecting health of so many
individuals, and to such a serious extent, that it cannot be justified anymore. As more
and more irrefutable evidence of poisoning surfaces,
governments in developed countries - European more than the U.S. - are getting
However, it is occurring at such a
scale, that any significant changes will require both enormous energy and
years, if not decades of continuous efforts.
Taking care of yourself
In the meantime, you need to be able to take care of your health, and health of those you care for the
best you can.
What the toxins piled up in your
body do to your
health amounts to destruction: by interfering with vital body processes,
they are causing slow but steady degeneration, which
ultimately manifests as a disease. They also rob your body of precious
nutrients used up for
detoxification, thus contribute
to nutritional deficiencies, and to health problems resulting from them.
Significant reduction in toxic exposure, as well as in the level of toxins
already accumulated in your body, may require significant changes in your lifestyle. Brief
body detox episodes should help a bit, but nothing can replace giving to the body what it needs
to detoxify, combined with minimizing your toxic exposure
And that includes detoxifying: (1) your
body, (2) your
food, (4) your
air and (5) your
water. Not to
forget, you may need to detoxify your
mind from toxic
emotions. Yes, it is a
handful but, just as with anything else, the more you invest, the greater
return. Obviously, for detoxification to be efficient you need to
the toxins, where they come from, If you suffer from a disease, it is only
more urgent. Freeing yourself from toxic plaque will give to
your body a big boost in its fight against any developing, hidden or full-blown
and how to
help your body get rid of them.