If you’ve been following my series on how the unregulated, ubiquitous, and persistent chemicals in our world are negatively impacting our nutritional status, health, environment, medical system, and economy, you have become more aware of the importance of decreasing your total toxic burden.
In a 2017 article from Holistic Primary Care, Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, founder of one of the nation’s top naturopathic schools, Bayster University, states, “We are doomed to huge burdens of disease if we don’t get our act together on this.” The article lists evidence for why this a valid plea, as compiled from his book, The Toxic Solution. These dreary associations include (parenthesis mine):
- 94% of Americans are exposed to enough polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons to double their lifetime risk of asthma.
- 60% of US women carry loads of PCB187 (Polychlorinated Biphenyls) sufficient to double their risk of breast cancer.
- 33% of Americans have lead levels high enough to double the risk of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
- 25% are exposed to enough aluminum to double Alzheimer’s risk.
- 25% carry enough PCBs to double the odds of rheumatoid arthritis.
- Women in the top quintile for phthalate exposure have a 9-fold increased risk of osteoporosis.
What is more concerning is that these statistics above are only in relation to the substances we are of aware of! With over 350,000 chemicals and mixtures of chemicals registered for production and use, many still remain unknown because they are classified as confidential (over 50,000) or vaguely described (up to 70,000). How can we study or assume they are safe if we do not know what they are?
For these reasons, I advocate for my naturopathic clients and readers to be savvy consumers. This means that they have a basic awareness of the risks-to-benefits ratio of the products they purchase in order to make wise choices. Providing this education has been the major objective of this whole series.
One of the easiest ways to ensure that what we are putting on, in, and around us is not harming our wellness goals is to only buy from manufacturers that are trustworthy and who pledge to use non-toxic ingredients. Another option is to find a love for “green DIY” recipes. For either, essential oils fit in perfectly! They not only enhance health, but also can be used to make safe and affordable personal care, cleaning, and consumer products.
Topics covered in this 25-minute webinar include:
- A review of the science and characteristics of essential oils
- Why purity and quality of essential oils matter
- How essential oils are manufactured
- My suggestions on how to get started with essential oils
- The state of our toxic world and resources for safe solutions
- Using essential oils and essential oils-infused products in your everyday life
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This material is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any illness. You should check with your doctor regarding implementing any new strategies into your wellness regime. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. (Affiliation link.)
According to experts and the World Health Organization (WHO), there is no approved standard of care treatment, cure, or preventative for COVID-19. Supportive measures and containment are in full force as a result. Please see the CDC website and your state’s website for more information and updates. They also state when to contact your physician related to symptoms and travel history, exposures. Please read my more detailed article on this subject here.
Disclaimer: This information is applicable ONLY for therapeutic quality essential oils. This information DOES NOT apply to essential oils that have not been tested for purity and standardized constituents. There is no quality control in the United States, and oils labeled as “100% pure” need only to contain 5% of the actual oil. The rest of the bottle can be filled with fillers and sometimes toxic ingredients that can irritate the skin. The studies are not based solely on a specific brand of an essential oil, unless stated. Please read the full study for more information.
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