How the Environment Is Affecting Our Health

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It is difficult to imagine that there are still people who do not see the connection between what we are doing to our surroundings and how the environment is affecting our health. Our body was intended to live in a natural habitat and it has just been in last century or so that our world has become so contaminated.

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While sickness is not new, the rate at which it is growing is staggering. Even with the all out war on cancer is still on the rise and most cases are likely linked to known carcinogens in our environment. Carcinogens like artificial hormones, pesticides, chemical cleaners, etc. have become abundant in recent decades.

According to the Cancer Prevention Coalition:

  • The rate of cancer incidence has gone up 60% between the years 195o and 1998!
  • Cancers of the brain, up 80-90%!
  • Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, up 100%!!
  • Childhood cancers, up 40-50%!!
  • In American 1 out of 2 men will develop cancer in their lifetime and 1 out of 3 women will also develop cancer at some point.
  • Of the nearly 1.5 million Americans who will develop cancer, over 40% of those will not survive.
  • These numbers are expected to double by 2050.

Cancer is always scary to think about, but there are ways in which the environment has had such a negative affect on our health.

  • During the period between 1980 and 1994, asthma increased by 75%. 150% in children!!
  • Since the 1980s, type 1 diabetes has doubled. Between the 70s and the 90s, type 2 has also doubled.
  • We see cases of autism exploding all around us and that is because, just between 2002 and 2006 autism has increased and a frightening rate of 56%!
  • Of 413 chemicals tested for, 287 of them were found in the umbilical cord blood of newborns.

.There is a reason to feel an urgency about what we see here. Science has begun to really take notice and there are many studies indicating in fact that our toxic environment is indeed having a negative affect on our health and that of our children.

Birth defects have been linked to air pollution, pesticides, household cleaners, dry cleaning and antibiotics. Think about this, how often do we see that little sign anymore that says, “This product is a known carcinogen”, yet we just use it anyways, because it is what we were told to do, or it is just easier.

Male and female infertility is linked to many of the same chemicals found in air pollution, pesticides, household cleaning products, even in our personal care products, like our soaps, shampoos, conditioners, toothpaste and yes ladies, your makeup.

Artificial infant formulas are linked to SIDS, and later in life Parkinson’s, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and heart disease.

There has been a correlation seen between childhood leukemia and electrical wiring, dyes, auto emmisions, insecticides and nitrates which are often found in processed meats.

Breast cancer has been linked to antiperspirants, synthetic hormones found in foods and in plastic water bottles, pharmaceuticals and various other environmental toxins.

Pesticides, processed foods, and air pollution have been found to be a potential catalyst for depression.

Our water has been linked to respiratory, skin and gastrointestinal disorders. And air pollution has been linked to heart failure, and respiratory issues.

Factory farmed animals live under horrible conditions. They live in squalid and bleak surroundings where soil erosion and the destruction of the soil itself is the outcome. Contamination of ground water can not be avoided. These animals stress levels are through the roof causing them to be sick and in need of antibiotics. The quality of meat coming from these animals will have less nutritional value and will be full of the antibiotics that were given to these animals so that they would appear healthy.

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There is not doubt what is happening must be changed. What can you do in your lifetime? Start small, but start. Clean up the way you eat, they way you feed your family. Do what you can to remove toxins from your life, from your environment. It will change your health and that of your family. In the long run, every little step we take will improve the health of the planet. You don’t have to be a part of those who are ruining the earth. You do have a choice in some of this.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

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