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Caustic Chemicals Can Be Harmful to Your Health

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As the season of spring so slowly approaches I recognize that many people will be outside in their gardens cleaning up yards, mowing lawns, and fertilizing grass and shrubs.  This is a time we all need to be so careful as these herbicides and pesticides contain highly toxic ingredients that hold the potential to cause damage to our health.  Certainly spraying a broad leaf herbicide on weeds is easier than pulling them out, however, many of these products begin to accumulate in the body and this sets up an inflammatory response.

We are exposed to so many toxins in our environment, many out of our control.  Additives and artificial colors in foods, herbicides and pesticides on our vegetables and fruits, unpronounceable ingredients in our cleaning products and personal care products, dusts, molds, pollens, and exhaust fumes in the air, and unseen pollutants in our waters all hold the potential to create illness, allergy, and autoimmune disorders.  The daily onslaught makes it very difficult for the immune system to keep up the task of ridding the body of these toxic ingredients.

My caution to everyone is to reduce the amount of exposures you face each day as best you can.  Read labels carefully and internet search the ingredients that are unfamiliar to you.  I have done this for many products that I no longer use.

Consider purchasing natural cleaning products and natural personal care products.  Avoid products and foods with dyes it them.  According to Debra Dadd in her book, Home Safe Home, she reports that  “BHA, BHT, and artificial flavors have been linked to hyperactivity and behavioral disturbances in children.”

Another toxic ingredient hidden in so many foods is MSG, monosodium glutamate.  This product is a flavor enhancer and is in almost everything especially processed foods.  MSG is considered an “excitotoxin,” which means it excites nerves in the brain and when taken in excess can cause brain damage.  This is due to the brain neurotransmitters not being able to turn off from the overstimulation of continual ingestion of products like MSG.  Often manufacturers, knowing the rising awareness of consumers as to the dangers of MSG, have disguised this product under many other names, one specifically “hydrolyzed vegetable protein,” recognized by Russell L. Blaylock, MD in his book, Excitotoxins, The Taste That Kills, as containing three known excitotoxins as well as MSG.  This can further cause damage to one’s vision

There are many things each of us can do each day to reduce our exposures.  It all comes to the choices we make.  It may seem like natural products are more expensive, but considered against the high cost of health care, protecting ourselves first appears to be the most economical approach both for our health and our pocketbooks.

Krystle Shapiro, LMT is a licensed massage therapist, owns Touchstone Integrated Massage Therapies and Nutrition Plus!  She can be reached at 208/290-6760.

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