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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