6 Pollutants That Threaten Our Health

6 Pollutants That Threaten Our Health

by Delia Quigley

If you’re looking to understand the epidemic of chronic illness in our world,  you don’t have to look much further than the environment around you. To combat  the problem you will need to be a part of the solution and though your Care2  membership is a good starting point, there is more you can do. Educate yourself,  pass the information on to family and friends and take action where you can. It  is not my intention to be a fear monger, but to remind you that as your life  revolves around family and work there are actions at play in the world that  threaten the peace of your existence. It is an interesting thing about industry,  if they cannot get rid of  their toxic waste then the unsuspecting public will  just have to eat it,  drink it or inject it into our bodies.

1. Organophosphate Pesticides: according to the Natural  Resources Defense Council pesticides have been found to disrupt the human  endocrine system, cause cancer and neurological disorders.  They also cite  a recent study  linking 3 toxic and commonly used chemicals: herbicides, insecticides and  fungicides, as possible causes of Parkinson’s disease.

2. Genetically Modified Foods: all the fuss to genetically  alter our food is to create plants that are tolerant to Monsanto’s brand of  herbicide. In this way high doses of the weed killer, Round-up can be used,  while the GM trait acts as a pesticide. According to the Organic Consumers organization rats fed GM potatoes had  smaller, partially atrophied livers and GM soy caused reproductive problems and  infant mortality in test mice. Although no human clinical trials of GM foods  have been conducted, one experiment verified that genetic material inserted in  GM soy transfers into the DNA of the consumer’s intestinal bacteria and  continues to produce GM proteins.

3. Environmental Radiation: because we cannot see it with  our eyes does not mean that radiation isn’t present in our lives. Sources can include fallout from nuclear bomb tests,  radiation from nuclear reactors, mines, mills and fuel fabrication plants,  nuclear medicine, consumer products, military and industrial applications and  nuclear waste management.

4. Drug-resistant Bacteria: antibiotics have saved many  lives since its discovery in 1927. However, antibiotic resistance has become the  world’s most serious health concern due to bacteria becoming stronger and less  responsive to treatment. Microbes in the human body become resistant to the  drug, much like weeds become resistant to excessive pesticide use. You can’t  fool Mother Nature after all. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), “Every time a person takes  antibiotics, sensitive bacteria are killed, but resistant germs may be left to  grow and multiply. Repeated and improper uses of antibiotics are primary causes  of the increase of drug-resistant bacteria.”

5. Contaminated Vaccines: in 2006 the pharmaceutical company  Bayer found that the vaccine it had distributed in the United States was  contaminated with the HIV virus. Rather than destroy the batch Bayer pulled it  from the US market and instead sold it to Asian and European countries. Vaccines  continue to raise questions as to whether they are helping or just making our  health worse. Everything from the high numbers of autistic children to the  epidemic of autoimmune disease, Gulf War syndrome and ADHD are being blamed on  vaccinations and Thimerosal, the mercury used to preserve the vaccine. According  to the National Vaccine Information Center, mercury is a potent  neurotoxin that can harm the brain, spinal cord, kidneys and liver and can  affect a child’s brain in pregnancy, infancy and childhood.

6. Fluoride poisoning: found in products all around your  home such as toothpaste, vitamins, dietary supplements, cleaning agents,  insecticides, and drinking water. According to Dr. Paul Connett, the CDC should  ban fluoride because it not only destroys young teeth, but damages the brain as  well. In truth it is not an essential mineral, but a toxic waste byproduct foisted on the public by the phosphate  mining industry. Rather than release fluorosilicic acid into the environment,  causing widespread poisoning and contamination, it was sold to municipalities  and added to the water supply. Makes sense.