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October 14, 2011
We Are Being Attacked Daily By Chemicals: What Can We Do About It?

We have all become toxic from continuing daily attacks. Each year in the U.S., approximately 12 trillion kilograms of chemicals are produced or imported, with little research on or accountability for how they affect our health and well-being.

Did you know that many areas of the world, including Canada, are still being exposed to radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan? And we are exposed to excessive radiation from various other sources, without government oversight or public notice. The public needs to begin asking our elected officials some serious questions about why this is happening and why the public isn’t being informed. The makers of cellphones, airport security screening devices, microwave appliances, and much more need to be accountable for the safety of their products.

Even cleaning our clothes can be a source of toxins: Fabric softeners, dryer sheets, and laundry detergents contain hazardous chemicals, including two known to be carcinogenic--acetaldehyde and benzene. And the real kicker? Manufacturers are not required to disclose the ingredients in laundry products, which also can contain fragrances with unknown ingredients. The chemicals in these products affect not only personal health but also public and environmental health; they enter the atmosphere and are flushed down the drain, finding their way into rivers and lakes.

Legacy pollution is a term used to describe chemicals that remain in the environment long after they were produced. For example, lead and arsenic were outlawed in paint and gasoline in the 80s, but they still contaminate our urban soil, affecting children and animals.

Chemical exposure early in life may alter the development of breast tissue and increase the risk of breast cancer and lactation problems later in life. Scientists know these risks and urge federal officials to test industrial chemicals and pesticides to identify the ones that may disrupt breast development. Why isn’t the government acting on this, especially since breast cancer is the leading form of cancer in women?

One solution, on a local level, would be to plant a vegetable garden. Urban farming has become a hugely popular alternative to the heavily contaminated commercial food crops; backyard gardening is exploding. Some municipalities embrace urban agriculture, whereas others ban it, regarding it as a threat to the food industry. The nerve of the public trying to grow healthful food! How could they be so inconsiderate towards the protected interests of the big chemical companies?

Many government officials, backed by food-industry lobbyists, want to protect the interests of industrial agriculture, where crops are sprayed with numerous chemicals. This contamination of our food can cause high blood pressure and damage the brain, nervous system, kidneys, thyroid, and blood.

Awareness and questioning are necessary, and the public needs disclosure about the chemicals used in agriculture and other industries in order to defend themselves.

Our first defence is in our food. Support local organic farmers and eat locally grown, fresh foods--locals supporting locals. Preserve fresh food for winter use. One of the best ways to maintain vitamin potency is by dehydration, the second best is freezing. Reading labels is critical; if the label doesn’t fully disclose ingredients, they may be hiding something. When in doubt, choose an alternative. More and more people are buying organic food and earth-friendly household products.

Daily vitamins/ supplements are necessary protectors; they can be specifically targeted to areas of concern. The liver, thyroid, adrenals, and thymus can be stimulated with supplements such as Thyroid Support, P5P Complex, Colloidal Silver, Bioflavonoids, Ester-C, B-complex, amino acids, and herbal and homeopathic remedies.

Chemical pollutants will not go away anytime soon as long as we continue to financially support the polluters. We vote every time we make a purchase. We all have voices and choices, and we need to use them both every day. Knowing the issues and making informed decisions is our responsibility. If we insist, with our purchasing power, on safe, nutritious food, using safe, proven chemicals, the industry will respond. The power for change has always been in the hands of the public; what you do with your vote will shape the future.

By Dr. Eldon Dahl



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