Are You Toxic? Take the Quiz and Find Out

Toxicity is one of the biggest challenges to being healthy. We live in a polluted world and no longer have the luxury of considering personal health as separate from environmental health.

Undeniably, people and nature are connected. Everyone needs clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and nutritious food to eat. On a weighted scale
of burdens, toxicity is a ton of bricks. It has the potential to
undermine the balance of every system in the body.

Answer these questions to determine your level of toxicity:

1. Are you sensitive to chemicals, car fumes, odors, perfumes, or fragrances?

2. Are you becoming increasingly sensitive to caffeine, alcohol, or medications?

3. Do you have bad reactions to monosodium glutamate (MSG); foods containing sulfites, such as wine and dried fruit; salad bar food; beverages that contain caffeine; or diet sodas?

4. Do you suffer from fibromayalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, cancer, or an autoimmune disease?

5. Do you have acne, eczema, hives, or unexplained itching?

6. Do you suffer from fatigue, lethargy, joint pains, muscle aches, or weakness?

7. Are you subject to irritability, mood swings, anxiety, depression, poor concentration, a “spacey” feeling, or restlessness?

8. Do you get headaches, a stuffy nose, frequent sinus infections, or allergies?

9. Do you suffer from nausea, bad breath, foul-smelling stools, a bloated feeling, or intolerance to fatty or starchy foods?

10. Do you keep getting sick?

11. Do you drink more than two alcoholic beverages a day?

12. Do you ever use over-the-counter, prescription, or recreational drugs on a regular basis?

Whether or not you answered yes to any of the above questions, I would suggest that you try to reduce your exposure to toxins. If you answered yes to three or more of the questions, the recommendations in this chapter (of the book referenced, above) are very important for you because you may be displaying signs of toxicity. You definitely need to decrease your burdens.

Adapted from Total Renewal: 7 Key Steps to Resilience, Vitality & Long-Term Health, by Frank Lipman, M.D. (Jeremy Tarcher, Putnam, 2003). Copyright (c) 2003 by Frank Lipman. Reprinted by permission of the author.
Adapted from Total Renewal: 7 Key Steps to Resilience, Vitality & Long-Term Health, by Frank Lipman, M.D. (Jeremy Tarcher, Putnam, 2003).


K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Alessia C.
Alessia C.7 years ago

yes its true, evryone must participate to clean our planet

Mari Basque
Mari 's7 years ago

Toxic :0

Melissah Chadwick
Melissah C7 years ago


Trish K.
Trish K7 years ago

I am very Toxic.

Stacyann Noble
Stacyann Noble10 years ago

I got formeldhyde posioning from a home being built, I have had well over 45 face & brian surgerys, I am home intervenous medictions,
Where did I get sick from, My Own home, Formeldhyde is in everything, Carpet glue, insulaion, nail polish and even our clothes, '
There is a simple test that can be done that you can get at the EPA a kit.For $75.00 that will test for any air born chemicals in your home,Anyone having problems or not please invest in that kit it could savr your life or your childrens life, many blessings StacyAnn

Lythande T.
Lythande T10 years ago

Oddly, I got all 'no's, and I don't do anything particularly healthy or organic... A few months ago I changed my eating habits to lose weight, started eating mostly Lean Cuisine and drinking diet soda and flavored water, but that's really it. Ah well, suppose I'm lucky ^^

Catherine Hollingsworth

I live with a diagnosis of multiple chemical sensitivity, also known as environmental illness. Unfortunately, it's not only the toxic things you put into your body that count's the toxic things your body absorbs through your skin, too. One of the worse things for me, is diesel fuel in my neighborhood. but, wood smoke, car exhaust and the neighbor's dyrer sheets being vented under my windows is more insideous and adds to my personal toxic "load". Learn to be vigilent and pro-active for your right to clean and chemical-free air.

Tami Neundorf
Tami Neundorf10 years ago

Being diagnosed with cancer a few years ago was a wake up call to change my lifestyle. I started using certified organic skin, hair & body products (check out and eating organic wherever possible, even switching from non-fat milk to full cream organic milk. I joined a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), compared to the US, a relatively new concept here in Oz. My grocery bill has decreased tremendously as I was only going shopping to buy fresh fruit & veggies and somehow all those little extras would find there way into the shopping basket! I managed to get 1 yes on the quiz, unfortunately I'm allergic to polyester so break out in a itch on the odd occasion I wear non cotton clothing or put toxic chemical ridden products on my skin. For an Aussie perspective of bad diets have a look at - I purchased the book and cookbook and have since been changing my habits like making my own flour, butter, cooking oil to name a few and feel much better for it.

Kim Jorgensen
Kim Jorgensen10 years ago

About 1 year ago, I chose a raw vegan lifestyle. Everybody said I was crazy, brave or that I must have been a very disiplined person. I'm not that disiplined. After I started drinking green smoothies (one a day to start out with) I was no longer in the mood for soda or alcohol. I am also a college student and have a lot of distractions in my face daily. what I call junk food (grains/pastas, refined products) crept back into my life and I started gaining weight. On raw I went from 270 to 237 in three mos w/out exercising. Then eating junk I went back up to 258 in no time at all, however I have managed to keep my weight the same (I'm 250 now) or lose a little. I'm back to eating mostly raw, but still "fudge" a little (just a saying). Check out my page at I post recipes and some articles along with my progress occationally. You may think eating healthy costs a lot, but being sick still costs more. Soon, I hope to write my own article on that subject. Hope you get to visit my gather site. If you have BBC America, Check out 'How Clean is Your House' and they have a lot of great inexpensive cleaning tips, not to mention the reality of what really creaps around our house, EEK! Oh, forgot to mention, had asthma and psorisis since age 8 and it went away after maybe 1 1/2 weeks. Try looking up 'raw vegan' in the search engine and look at some of the tips they give, also subscribe to the free newsletters. Lots of great support and tips.