Our environment is everything that surrounds us, from the air, to people, our home and nature. The environment has a huge impact on us in so many ways. It affects anything from our cells to our thinking.
A cell is only as healthy as the environment it is in. As humans are made up of trillions of cells, we are only as healthy as our environment. The environment has changed dramatically over the last century. An example, back in 1989 the grand total of chemical pollutants released into the environment was 2,588,048,550 kg. That was back in 1989, imagine what it is today! (Ref: The 1989 Toxics Release Inventory National Report, US EPA, 1991) That doesn’t include Electromagnetic Radiation from mobile phone towers, power lines or WIFI modems. These readings can be found in the book The Invisible Rainbow by Arthur Firstenberg.
Wake up, clean up, show up, grow up.
Although we cannot change things like the quality of the air we breathe, overnight… there are things we certainly can do to help support the environment that we live in. These small steps have a positive effect on our health over time. First, focus on your home environment, by adding a few house plants. You need six plants per person to filter and clean the air in your home, removing excess air pollution. Swap your household cleaners to something simple and more natural to help reduce toxins. Vinegar or bicarb soda works a treat! Surround yourself with crystals to protect your family from dangerous EMF exposure. Crystals capture these harmful waves and stop them from entering into your field. Limit your screen time! By reducing the hours behind your tv, phone or computer, you give your body the chance to decompress, build its resources back up and reset. By focusing on ourselves first, we build up the capacity to hold space for others. We can then go into nature and clean up the environment, stand up for what we believe in and support alternative solutions.
Pesticides sprayed on our foods to control bugs, worms and other potential crop destroyers have either estrogenic or neurogenic affects. Estrogenic compounds are known and recognised endocrine disrupters and neurogenic compounds affect the nervous system. The main goal is either making the bugs loose their coordination so they either can’t remember what they’re doing or become easy targets for predators or making them infertile by boosting estrogen levels so they can’t reproduce and die out relatively quickly. Sound familiar?
Did you know…
- We allow over 10,000 food and chemical additives into our food supply.
- The Average Australian eats 8-9kg of additives each year.
- In addition to colourings, preservatives, flavourings, emulsifiers, humectants and antimicrobials, we consume on average 70-80 kg of sugar and 5 kg of table salt each year.
Food grown in line with organic and biodynamic farming principles ensures toxic-free food and maximum nutrition. (Ref: Do you Know What Your Patients Eat? Cheraskin, E,. 1976)
Avoid Heavy Metals
Lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, nickel and aluminium can collect inside cells and disrupt their ability to carry out their function. Worse, it can cause the cell to act abnormally, increasing the risk of serious diseases. Metals are commonly hidden and forgotten in teeth fillings, mixing with saliva and getting into the bloodstream and drawn to the highest density of nerve fibres ie gut, nervous system and brain. The safe level of heavy metals in the body is zero. Heavy metal detoxing is a very worthwhile investment.
Municipal tap water systems (tap water) are repositories for millions of tons of chemicals, waste products, fertilisers, fungicides and herbicides from water run-off. These toxins find their way into our food supply. Chlorine is added to kill off contamination, but chlorine and it’s by-products are not suitable for human consumption. Our skin and lungs readily absorb chlorine and its carcinogenic metabolites. Most of this consumption is from showering and bathing. If it’s on your skin, you’re drinking it. When soaking it fluid medium, you’ll absorb approximately 60% of the chemical substances. Adding a quality water filter to your homes drinking supply is a great way to reduce toxins coming in. To make it specific to you, get your water tested by a local company and then get a filter that filters out those specific toxins in your area.
Indoor Air Pollution
Air pollution kills more people every year than motor vehicle accidents. The typical Western home has chemical contamination levels seventy times greater than levels found outside. A new car on average, has known to leach 60,000 toxic chemicals in the first year while a new house can leach 80,000 - 130,000 chemicals in the first year. Air purifiers and plants are excellent detoxifiers and great for respiratory disorders. Research from India, shows 6 plants for person will produce enough oxygen to help pump toxins out of our bodies.
Complications from Toxicity
While there are a myriad of potential complications and seemingly unrelated diseases directly or indirectly connected to toxicity, they are rarely recognised as potential causes of ill-health and disease. One of the main reasons is it can take years for the body's detoxification capacity to start waving the white flag. Firstly, we (like all mammals) store toxins in our fat cells and burning toxic fat is very hard on the liver and the liver requires nutrition to do it’s job. A stressed and toxic body produces cortisol and that must be detoxed by the liver.
When we add antibiotics to that (for infections “randomly” appearing), we kill all the bacteria, good and bad. The unhealthful bacteria in the gut release toxic by-products that are absorbed, stimulating a further stress response, blocking elimination and auto-intoxicating the body. Detoxing is an essential step for ridding toxins.
The body has five primary detox pathways: breathing, sweating, defecation, urination and through our skin. Keeping these pathways clear will aid help the body do what it does. The body wants to heal. The body is detoxing everything we eat, drink, apply (and technically think), 24/7 and on the constant search for balance.
What do you need in your environment in order to be healthy?