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6 Pollutants That Threaten Our Health

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6 Pollutants That Threaten Our Health

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.

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9:03PM PDT on Sep 15, 2011

Very true stuff right there thank you. ESPECIALLy about the flouride!!! I only use flouride free toothpaste!!! Now get this stuff out of my water!

5:40AM PDT on Jun 8, 2011

Insightful information. Thank you

9:24PM PDT on Jun 7, 2011

I really don't know what we can do about a lot of these things except to try not to support the propagators of all this mess, and support the ones who are trying in their small way to do what's right.

10:11PM PDT on Jun 6, 2011

Anna - thanks for Don't Breathe the Air! Love it!

6:20PM PDT on Jun 6, 2011

"Don't drink the water and don't breathe the air!"
(from a song lyric by Tom Lehrer, written in 1965)

ARTIST: Tom Lehrer
TITLE: Pollution

If you visit American city
You will find it very pretty
Just two things of which you must beware
Don't drink the water and don't breathe the air

/ C G / - C / - F / C GC /

Pollution, pollution
They got smog and sewage and mud
Turn on your tap
And get hot and cold running crud

See the halibuts and the sturgeons
Being wiped out by detergeons
Fish gotta swim and birds gotta fly
But they don't last long if they try

Pollution, pollution
You can use the latest toothpaste
And then rinse your mouth
With industrial waste

Just go out for a breath of air
And you'll be ready for Medicare
The city streets are really quite a thrill
If the hoods don't get you, the monoxide will

Pollution, pollution
Wear a gas mask and a veil
Then you can breathe
Long as you don't inhale

Lots of things there that you can drink
But stay away from the kitchen sink
The breakfast garbage that you throw into the bay
They drink as lunch in San José

So go to the city
See the crazy people there
Like lambs to the slaughter
They're drinking the water
And breathing (cough) the air

9:52AM PDT on Jun 6, 2011

I've never trusted vaccines and wont have them. Unfortunately as a child I was always being given antibiotics by the doctor and it shot my immune system.

3:03PM PDT on Jun 4, 2011

I can't express enough that we need Strong Environmental Testing Departments in our Governments. It is a disgrace that Bayer turned around and sold their vaccine to Asian and European countries. Monsanto has a monopoly and needs to be shut down! Pesticides, antiobiotics,
GMO's, GE's wow...glad I am buying from organic local markets!

8:06AM PDT on Jun 4, 2011

Sad and frightening. There is no way we can help ourselves and our children. What a messed up world they will live in.

4:27PM PDT on Jun 3, 2011

It's all about the mighty dollar. A life means nothing anymore. It's all about greed!

5:47AM PDT on Jun 3, 2011

I am shocked about the vaccines too. Why aren't people in jail for doing that? It is a criminal act.

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