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Environmental Toxins Tag

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Do You Need A Detox?  Assessing Your Toxic Load

We are all living in an exceedingly toxic world. Every day we are exposed to literally hundreds of chemicals, many of which have the potential to affect our health negatively. Toxic chemical exposures have been linked to various chronic health conditions, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, infertility, mood disorders, chronic fatigue, autoimmune disease, memory impairment, and cancer. While avoidance is always the best, escaping exposure is nearly impossible. This constant exposure is resulting in an ever-increasing body burden or toxic load of chemicals.  Some toxins, such as smoking and plastics, are rather obvious, but others are lurking in our food, water, and skin care products.   The Centers for Disease Control began monitoring human exposure to chemicals in 1976. Unfortunately, no one knows how many chemicals are in use today. ...

Environmental Toxins

[caption id="attachment_4826" align="alignleft" width="300"] Harlee Palmer, PA-C - Functional Medicine[/caption] In recent decades more than 100,000 chemicals have been introduced in common everyday products. Among these chemicals are endocrine disrupters that can have a significant impact on health. They can trigger autoimmune reactions such as allergies, eczema and modulate the immune response. Chemicals we breathe, eat and put on our bodies can affect the endocrine system and the gut which in turn can impact autoimmune disease as well as brain function. While genetics plays a role in the development of autoimmune disease, our lifestyle and environment can impact how these genes are expressed. It may seem overwhelming to think about how to protect ourselves from the constant assault of pesticides, pollution, and chemicals but there are definitely things we...