It’s a Toxic World

The Price We Pay for Contemporary Living

Despite our best efforts to avoid it, contemporary society is toxic. From contaminants in the air to heavy metals in our food and water, we all ingest heavy metals and other toxins by simply going about life. In fact, a 2009 report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found detectable levels of 212 chemicals in the blood or urine of more than 2,400 tested*. In fact, experts estimate that more than 50,000 chemicals in use by industry, while only 300 of those are tested by the EPA**.

The presence of heavy metals and other contaminants in our bodies can lead to a slew of health problems affecting nearly every system in the body. Harvard researchers have also established the alarming effects of chemical exposure to the neurodevelopment of unborn children.

*https://www.cdc.gov/exposurereport/
**http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-great-chemical-unknown/
http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/1104170/

Toxicity by the Numbers

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212

chemicals in the blood of the average American

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80,000

chemicals in use by industry

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3,000,000

deaths each year attributed to environmental disease

Toxicity in the Body

We ingest heavy metals and other contaminants through everyday living from sources such as the air we breathe, the water we drink and the the food we eat. The graphic below shows seven heavy metals commonly found within the body, including the source through which they enter the body and the organ or system they affect.

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