How to survive the chemical onslaught on our bodies

By Dr. Mercola
The chemical industry is only 100 years old, but in this short time they’ve created substances that may now be threatening human survival.
A handful of these chemicals are detailed in the film The Disappearing Male, which gives an educational glimpse into exactly why environmental chemicals, and particularly the gender-bending kind, are so detrimental.
It’s becoming quite clear that chemicals in the environment are prompting significant changes to animals, especially males, and that extends to human‘animals’ as well.

Infertility Rates are Rising as Sperm Counts Drop

One couple in the film described the waiting room at their infertility clinic as similar to an emergency room – packed with lines extending down the hall. Infertility is more common than many think these days. An estimated 1 in 6 American couples struggle with getting pregnant each year1 and there’s compelling evidence that hormone-disrupting environmental chemicals are partly to blame.

  1. As much as possible, buy and eat organic produce and organic free-range foods to reduce your exposure to pesticides and fertilizers.
  2. Rather than eating conventional or farm-raised fish, which are often heavily contaminated with PCBs and mercury, supplement with a high-quality purified krill oil, or eat fish that is wild-caught and lab tested for purity.
  3. Eat mostly raw, fresh foods, steering clear of processed, prepackaged foods of all kinds. This way you automatically avoid artificial food additives, including dangerous artificial sweeteners, food coloring and MSG.
  4. Store your food and beverages in glass rather than plastic, and avoid using plastic wrap and canned foods (which are often lined with BPA-containing liners).
  5. Have your tap water tested and, if contaminants are found, install an appropriate water filter on all your faucets (even those in your shower or bath).
  6. Only use natural cleaning products in your home.
  7. Switch over to natural brands of toiletries such as shampoo, toothpaste, antiperspirants and cosmetics. The Environmental Working Group has a great database7 to help you find personal care products that are free of phthalates and other potentially dangerous chemicals. I also offer one of the highest quality organic skin care lines, shampoo and conditioner, and body butter that are completely natural and safe.
  8. Avoid using artificial air fresheners, dryer sheets, fabric softeners or other synthetic fragrances.
  9. Replace your non-stick pots and pans with ceramic or glass cookware.
  10. When redoing your home, look for “green,” toxin-free alternatives in lieu of regular paint and vinyl floor coverings.
  11. Replace your vinyl shower curtain with one made of fabric, or install a glass shower door. Most all flexible plastics, like shower curtains, contain dangerous plasticizers like phthalates.
  12. Limit your use of drugs (prescription and over-the-counter) as much as possible. Drugs are chemicals too, and they will leave residues and accumulate in your body over time.
  13. Avoid spraying pesticides around your home or insect repellants that contain DEET on your body. There are safe, effective and natural alternatives out there.

TAP – I gave up shampoo and deoderants entirely and just use water and soap.  I no longer buy conventional toothpaste, but use either salt or a fluoride/detergent free paste.  We bought titanium/steel pots to cook and boil water in.  I never visit GPs (not for seven years) or buy pharmaceutical products except in extremis like an aggressive skin infection. Our household water is filtered down to 1 micron, drinking and cooking water down to half micron.  I’m always happy to see healthy insects around the place.  We use mesh netting and fly swats in the tropics.  We never use sunscreens in all climates even when sailing.  I buy raw milk from a farm nearby, and scout around for wild food like mushrooms at this time of year, blackberries this week too.  I planted fruit trees two years ago and have fruit from June to November.  I am working on getting rid of fragrances in detergents and ‘fabric conditioners’.

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One Response to “How to survive the chemical onslaught on our bodies”

  1. NPP says:

    Tap. Raw milk ditto. I live close to one of the few raw milk suppliers in the UK. Liquorice stick toothbrush. Stopped using shampoo maybe 5-6 years ago. Avoided doctors and dentist for may be 10 years – I had a discussion with my self, with my cells: we no longer invite unease!

    Great stuff on the Syrian business. I have been busy, but clocking in every now and then and noting excellent articles, comments… thumbs up Tap. It all helps. It is particularly encouraging to see the likes of Graham Hancock voicing support for peaceful intentions, his recent newsletter:

    “I am pleased to see that the macho posturing and muscle-flexing of Hague and Cameron in Britain has been somewhat reigned in after their embarrassingly belated realisation that the British people do not AT ALL support the lunatic idea of missile strikes and bombing raids on Syria. Further details here:
    See also here:
    There are those amongst our politicians who imagine that it will make them look “like men” if they “act tough”. The truth, however, is that the only act of real political courage in the face of massive pressure from the US and Israel will be to take a principled decision NOT to send the bombers and missiles to Syria. Bombs and missiles do not make peace and the death of a fellow human being is a death whatever weapon it is caused by, or whoever fires that weapon. All the more so in the Syria crisis which is so ringed around with ideology, lies and special pleading from all sides that it is impossible to know what the truth is about anything. The safest bet, since they lie about everything else is to assume that our politicians are lying to us about Syria as well.

    I am as disgusted with President Obama as I am with our little men here in Britain. This is a President who won the Nobel Peace Prize for goodness sake!! If he had possessed any moral integrity when it was awarded to him so early in his Presidency, before he had done anything, he would have refused it and said something like “let’s wait and see how I do”. Well, we’ve seen how he has done. Another moral coward. Another liar. If he sends the bombers and missiles to Syria he should be stripped of that prize. I understand as of today he is claiming to be still “undecided” about “retaliatory action” against Syria
    Let us hope that public opinion will sway him also and this mad plan will be called off.

    There are grave problems and grave issues at stake in Syria. We need to help the people of the region solve those problems. Bombing them and hitting them with missiles is not the way to solve anything. Love is what is needed here, not more hate.

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