To Live and Be Happy
#4 It’s Time to Purge
There is an ever growing list of chemicals that we are being told to stay away from because they are in our foods, cleaning supplies, and personal care products: BPA, pesticides, herbicides, hormones, nitrates, sulfates, aluminum, MSG, etc… The question often gets raised “is this concern legitimate or is it all some conspiracy?” This goes along with other things I’ve heard like “I’ve never worried about those before and I’m fine.” Or “I grew up eating all that stuff and I turned out okay. Why can’t my kids have it?” The answer to these questions is that you probably aren’t okay. For starters 33% of all Americans are obese and another 33% are overweight but not yet obese. It is estimated that 1/3 of American children born after 2000 will develop type 2 diabetes unless dietary and lifestyle changes are made. 1 in every 4 deaths in America is due to heart disease a greatly preventable disease, and chronic illness affects 45% of the American population. From a statistical stand point the chances of you being “okay” are not that good.
Our health problems here in the US are very real. According to the WHO America’s health care system ranks #37 of the world’s countries behind such countries as Chile, Costa Rica, Morocco, France, United Kingdom, Belgium, and Spain. This is assessed in part by life expectancy, infant mortality rates, chronic illness, and death rates due to specific diseases. What this implies is that there is a need for change. Many of these other countries have more strict laws concerning genetic modification of foods, chemical additives, and allowed amount of pesticides.
In 2010 the President’s Cancer Panel released a 240 page report stating where they currently are in their understanding of cancer it’s causes and treatment. One of the major conclusions of this report is the following “The true burden of environmentally induced cancer has been grossly underestimated.” They released the following list of choices to make in order to avoid the chemicals that they are referencing.
10 Cancer Panel Recommendations
1. Drink filtered tap water
2. Store food and water in glass, stainless steel or BPA- and phthalate-free containers
3. Minimize children's and pregnant women's exposure to carcinogens and endocrine-disrupting chemicals
4. Choose fruits and vegetables grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers; wash all produce to remove residues
5. Choose free-range meat that has not been exposed to antibiotics or growth hormones
6. Minimize consumption of processed, charred or well-done meats
7. Turn off lights and electrical devices when they're not in use
8. Drive a fuel-efficient car; walk, bike or use public transportation
9. Check home radon levels
10. Reduce radiation exposure from cell phones and medical tests; avoid UV overexposure
What does this mean to us? It’s time to purge. Most of these can simple be avoided by not buying processed foods, buying organic fruits and vegetables, and buying hormone free meets. Many who make this transition feel better quickly but the true change that I have witnessed in numerous clients and in our own lives come from consistent avoidance over long periods of time. The cells in our body replicate and the old ones die off. With time you are a whole new you. Lasting change takes time.
American Diabetes Association63rd Scientific Sessions, New Orleans, June 13-17, 2003; K.M. Venkat Narayan, MD, chief of the diabetes epidemiology section, CDC; Judith Fradkin, MD, director of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolic diseases, NIDDK.
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