So what are environment toxins?An environmental toxin is any chemical that is hazardous and poisonous to humans and your environment. In some way, toxins affect everyone and they can be found in all human tissue, even breast milk and ambilical cord blood. Environmental toxins can be subdivided into different groups:
- EDC’s (Endocrine disrupting chemicals) – chemicals that can interfere with hormone action effecting your health by altering endocrine function. They have been linked to obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, reproductive health, healthy fetal development, osteoporosis, metabolic disorders, immune disorders, cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and learning difficulties. Sources are everywhere, including pesticides, cosmetics, personal care products and electronics.
- POP’s (Persistent Organic Pollutants) – are toxic chemicals that can be transported by wind and water to all parts of the world. They can have an adverse affect on human, wildlife and environmental health. Because they persist over long periods of time they can accumulate and get into our food chain where they can magnify millions of times. The most commonly known POP’s are DDT, PCBs and dioxins. They have been linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, abnormal liver function, obesity and some cancers.
- EMF’s (Electric and magnetic fields) – unable to be seen they are lines of force that are emitted by any wireless and electrical device including mobile phones, cordless phones, powerlines, lights and any Wi-Fi or wireless device. They can cause tiredness, behavioural and sleep problems, immune disorders, digestive issues, headaches, forgetfulness, chronic fatigue and leukaemia.
- Heavy Metals – including lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic. Exposure to these varies from air and water quality, the soil our food is grown in, cigarette smoke and mercury fillings. They can cause kidney problems, cancer, cardiovascular disease, behavioural problems and osteoporosis.
- Nuclear Radiation – exposure can come from waste, weapons, power, transport and mining. The full extent of the, Tsunami damage to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility in March 2011 is still unknown.