I just posted my latest webinar, “Trading Harmful Chemicals with Drops of Essential (Oils) Hope.” Lately, I’ve been highlighting the dangers of our evolving body burden of toxins and the connection to essential oils and our microbiome.
In my blog, I stated some recent alarming statistics on the enormity of the problem by Dr. Pizzorno, author of The Toxic Solution. Here are some more highlights on this issue from various sources:
1. In a recent article from Holistic Primary Care, the author stated the following mechanisms of bodily harm from common chemicals:
A wide range of common chemicals can raise disease risk. Some provoke non-specific increases in oxidative stress; others poison specific enzyme systems. Lead, for example, interferes with enzymes involved in making hemoglobin. Still others, like benzene in gasoline, cause direct chromosomal damage. Some heavy metals disrupt cell membranes and cellular ion channels.
A host of compounds in plastics, pesticides and herbicides affect endocrine function, either by exerting direct hormonal effects or by blocking receptors.
Aside from specific occupational exposures, the majority of Americans get the lion’s share—about 50%– of their toxins in conventionally grown and processed foods. Another 15% comes from plastics in food packages, with 10% coming from cosmetics and personal care, 10% from household or yard chemicals, and another 10% in ordinary drinking water.
2. A 2011 article in Diabetes specifically reviewed the link between detrimental exposures and diabetes:
Recently, an expanding body of scientific evidence has begun to link exposure to synthetic chemicals with a wide variety of diseases, including reproductive tract disorders and neurobehavioral diseases. The present work discusses epidemiological links between chemical exposure and disorders of glucose homeostasis, experimental data demonstrating chemical-induced changes in insulin action, and challenges facing the field of metabolic disruption as well as approaches for addressing those challenges.
Sources of exposure can be found within the article.
3. Dr. Mercola further explained why decreasing our toxic burden can reduce risk for chronic illnesses:
- Research reveals the greater your toxin exposure, the higher your risk for cancer; counties with the highest environmental pollution average 39 more cancer cases for every 100,000 residents each year
- Lowering your toxic burden can help reduce your risk of cancer and other chronic illness; by addressing air quality, water quality, lawn and garden care, and flame retardant furnishings, you’ve covered significant ground
- Indoor air pollution is thought to be one of the greatest hazards. According to WHO, 92 percent of the world’s population breathes polluted air, and the EPA warns poor indoor air quality is a top public health risk .
4. Finally, a 2017 article in Cancer provided more support that links cancer rates to environmental context (as measured by the Environmental Quality Index (EQI):
We observed strong positive associations between the EQI and all-site cancer incidence rates, and associations differed by rural/urban status and environmental domain. Research focusing on single environmental exposures in cancer development may not address the broader environmental context in which cancers develop, and future research should address cumulative environmental exposures.
These are alarming facts, that you’ve heard about from me previously. I have another resource now with the aim of you feeling more empowered with solutions and not helpless. Please listen-in to my webinar to discover ways to protect your health and provide a safer home for your family. Get access 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.
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.)
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