On a daily basis we are exposed to environmental toxins in the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe. Even the homes we live in can be a source for toxins. Heavy metals are in drinking water, hair dyes newsprint, and rinses, pesticides, fertilizers, cosmetics, lead-based paint and ceramics. Mercury toxicity, from fish consumption and exposure to fungicides, vaccinations, and silver dental fillings, is associated with nervous system dysfunction, miscarriages and premature births.
For example, homes built before 1978 may have lead based paint in them. Lead leaches from the paint as it deteriorates and becomes part of household dust. Low levels of lead in children result in retarded physical and mental development, behavior problems, learning disorders, and reduced attention span. Lead can cause abnormal fetal development in pregnant women.
Hormone-mimicking chemicals called xenoestrogens are capable of inducing cancer in hormone-sensitive tissues like the breast, testicle, or prostate gland. Xenoestrogens, such as phthalates, are ubiquitous and are found in our food supply, drinking water, cosmetics and personal care products, pesticides, herbicides, plastics, and pharmaceuticals. The constant exposure to the estrogen-mimicking chemicals is creating havoc in our bodies by interfering with hormone balance. This is part of the reason we are experience exponential rates of cancer, mental disorders, obesity, and pronounced symptoms related to hormone fluctuation, such as PMS and menopause.
Toxins accumulate over time causing normal metabolic processes to become dysfunctional. Over the past 30 years asthma, attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD), autism, childhood brain cancer and acute lymphocytic leukemia have all increased. Many adult diseases, including diabetes, mental disorders, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease can be linked to early toxin exposure that occurs even when the baby is developing in the womb..
We know that toxins can cross the placental and blood-brain barrier, passing to your baby in the womb. Toxins from the mother are also passed to infants during breastfeeding. Therefore, it is imperative for women who are thinking of becoming pregnant to detoxify their bodies and avoid environmental toxins as much as possible.
It is important to remember that although studies have shown that specific chemicals are known to cause cancer, endocrine disruption, nervous system dysfunction, mood disorders and miscarriage, it is unknown what the combination of the chemicals we are exposed to is doing to our bodies and to our unborn children
At the Women’s Health and Healing Center, your environmental toxin exposure will be evaluated. If needed, detoxification and/or chelation therapy can help reduce your toxic burden so your body can function at its highest level of health.