Toxins in Food And Environment More Common And Deadly Than You Think

By Dr. Ben Lerner and Dave Schwartz

Toxins in plastics and other products can make us sick. Below we’ll discuss where these toxins can be found and how you can avoid them.

Environmental Endocrine Disruptors (EED) Plastics and one of the main components of plastics called “phthalates” are ingested in such high quantities the government actually has a record of average daily intake!  Not a pleasant fact considering the body is unable to naturally detoxify them.  As a result these plastics damage hormone receptors, alter brain chemistry, and can lead to learning disorders, ADHD, and can cause cancer

Plastics and phthalates, pesticides (Dioxins, HCb, PCBs, DDT, etc.), and million dollar words like polystyrene, and non-biodegradable cleaners are widely used and impossible to avoid in our everyday lives.  They’re in our air, our water, our food, our clothes, our fabrics, you name it.  These widely diverse chemicals, that man has never before been exposed to, mimic your body’s hormones and disrupt your glandular functions.   As a result, they have a debilitating effect on hormone systems, they radically advance aging, create mental and emotional disorders, and trigger cancer and other disease processes.

Of course, manufacturers will tell you that in small amounts these chemicals do no harm.  While this may or may not be true, the colossal problem is that since humans are incapable of completely detoxifying these substances that we’re inhaling, ingesting, and absorbing every day they accumulate in our tissues.  As every man, woman, and child slowly stockpiles the toxins in the system, the bioaccumulation is far from harmless.

The food in your local grocery store may look innocent and safe, but studies are showing that that is far from the truth.  It’s easy to assume that everything has been tested and found safe for human consumption just by looking at the brightly colored packaging and by the reassurance of the marketing.  However, studies are showing that it is toxic, dangerous and damaging.

In 2004, the Environmental Science & Technology, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Chemical Society, which is the world’s largest scientific society, found flame retardant chemicals in all food tested that contained animal fat.  Fish had the highest level, followed by meats, and then dairy products.  In animal studies, the flame retardant chemicals have been associated with cancer, endocrine disruption and impaired brain development.[1. Gorss, J. Medical News Today. 2 Sept 2004.]

Flame retardants are the not the only chemicals to be found in common grocery store items. Bisphenol A (BPA) was found in the linings of most food packaging and cans. Studies have shown that BPA, which is a synthetic sex hormone, is “linked to neurological, endocrine and reproductive health effects, breast cancer and other serious health problems.[2. Chang, A. Scary Chemicals Found in Food. 9 Nov 2009.]

Mercury was found in high fructose corn syrup, which is most commonly found in soda, candy and many boxed foods that are sweet. Mercury has been shown to cause learning disabilities, memory loss, and nerve degeneration.[3. Washington Post. 28 Jan 2009.]

These are only a few of the many chemicals that are found in your grocery cart.  Many supermarkets and food stores are in the business of making money and are not so concerned about what they put on their shelves.   Fancy marketing, deceptive deals, and hard to read labeling are a few challenges that face us shoppers.