April 2007
Volume 1, Issue 4

Food Preparation May Play A Big Role In Chronic Disease

High-quality Food Helps Reduce Toxins In The Food Chain

Health Focus: Most Common Environmental Toxins

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Toxins In the News
Food Preparation May Play A Big Role In Chronic Disease
How your food is cooked may be as important to your health as the food itself. Researchers now know more about a new class of toxins that might soon become as important a risk factor for heart disease and metabolic disorders as trans fats. (View Full Article)
High-quality Food Helps Reduce Toxins In The Food Chain
Research led by Dartmouth scientists found that animals fed nutritious, high-quality food end up with much lower concentrations of toxic methylmercury in their tissues. The result suggests ways in which methylmercury--a neurotoxin that can accumulate to hazardous levels--can be slowed in its passage up the food chain to fish. (View Full Article)
Health Focus: Most Common Environmental Toxins

We are exposed to environmental toxins every day. Many times, the limited level of exposure is not harmful, but over time this exposure can damage our bodies. Below is a list of common environmental toxins, where they are found and their harmful effects.

Heavy Metals
Found in drinking water, fish, vaccines, pesticides, preserved wood, antiperspirant, building materials, dental amalgams, chlorine plants
Can cause cancer, neurological disorders, Alzheimer's disease, fatigue, nausea, abnormal heart rhythm, and damage to blood vessels
PCBs (Polychlorinated biphenyls)
Found in farm-raised salmon
Can cause cancer, impaired fetal brain development
Found in animal fats
Can cause cancer, reproductive disorders, chloracne, skin rashes, and skin discoloration
Found in bug sprays, commercially raised meats, and other foods
Can cause cancer, Parkinson's disease, miscarriage, nerve damage, and birth defects
Found in plastic wrap, plastic bottles, and other plastic food containers
Can cause endocrine system damage

VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds)
Found in drinking water, paint, deodorants, cosmetics, and dry cleaned clothing
Can cause cancer, eye irritation, headaches, and memory impairment

Found in flooring insulation, ceilings, water pipes, and heating ducts from the 1950s to 1970s
Can cause cancer, scarring of the lung tissue, mesothelioma

Found in household cleaners and drinking water
Can cause sore throat, coughing, eye irritation, rapid breathing, narrowing of the bronchi, wheezing, blue coloring of the skin, pain in the lung region, and lung collapse

Found in air, drinking water, and food
Can cause cancer, reproductive damage, birth defects, dizziness, fatigue and headaches

Although it is almost impossible to completely avoid these toxins, you can take a number of preventative measures to limit your exposure, including:

  • Avoiding processed foods
  • Buying and eating organic foods
  • Avoiding artificial air fresheners
  • Testing your tap water for toxins
  • Using only natural cleaning products
  • Switching over to natural brands of shampoo, toothpaste, and cosmetics
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