Chemical Toxins

Chemical Toxins

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    A , Naturopathic Medicine, answered

    A few of the thousands of chemicals detectable in every living human are:

    • Toxic metals (lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic, others)
    • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (charbroiled meats)
    • Volatile organic compounds (solvents)
    • Tobacco smoke by-products (more than 500 potential chemicals)
    • Phthalates (plastics)
    • Acrylamides (French fries, bread)
    • Dioxins, furans, PBDEs (fire retardants), and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
    • Organochlorine by-products of water "purification"
    • Organophosphate pesticides
    • Organochlorine pesticides
    • Carbamate pesticides
    • Herbicides
    • Pest repellents and disinfectants
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    A , Plastic Surgery, answered
    Phthalates are chemicals that make plastic flexible and make perfume smell good. In hairspray, they keep your hair in place without cracking.

    But they're toxins and carcinogens. Some were banned in Europe because they cause hormonal problems. And they're in your body right now. Women who use hairspray with phthalates have more sons with genital mutations. They decrease testosterone and the decrease sperm counts.

    Phthalates are small molecules that penetrate your skin. They get right into your body and spend at least a week there. Many people are allergic to them. California banned them. And some are banned in toys.

    Certain plastic food wraps and PVC plastics with a number three recycling designation contain them. Throw these out and avoid phthalates.
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    Phthalates are chemicals found in plastic toys as well as in paints, glues, electronics and many other products we use every day. In general, children's exposure to phthalates is greater than that of adults. A recent study found that children can ingest phthalates not only from food but also by breathing and through the skin. Some studies have shown that children exposed to phthalates have an increased incidence of allergies and asthma. Also, a 2012 study suggested that high levels of phthalates may be connected to the current obesity epidemic in children. Fortunately, laws enacted by Congress and voluntary withdrawals have removed these chemicals from certain products and eliminated the risk to children. In addition to these effects, phthalates have been shown to be associated with ADHD, hormone imbalances and breast cancer.
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    "Fragrance" can be a catchall word for a personal-care product that may contain phthalates or other chemical preservatives. Check ingredient lists and look for botanically based fragrance.

    Avoid the Green Guide's "dirty dozen": "fragrance," antibacterials, formaldehyde, hydroquinone, mercury/lead, parabens, phenylenediamine, coal tar colors, diethanolamine, 1,4 dioxane, nanoparticles, and petroleum distillates.
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    A , Alternative & Complementary Medicine, answered
    There are dangers in the plastics that deliver our food. Producing that food also employs an array of pesticides, insecticides and herbicides to kill the insects and weeds that harm the crops. These obvious toxins run off from fields and enter the water table; we've all heard about their effects on our collective health. Sometimes we may think about it when we pass the little organic produce counter at the supermarket, where a small number of worried pregnant moms prefer to buy their food. You too may choose to buy there.

    We try to improve our standard of living, but with the new adhesives, carpets and building materials that outgas volatile organic compounds we create more toxin exposure for our unborn. We sand away the pre-1960 paint, and so release lead into our homes. We tear down old ceilings in schools and offices, and invisible threads of asbestos insulation float out to lodge in lungs and produce mesothelioma, a usually incurable cancer. We demand our dentist remove the amalgam from our teeth, and we're told we'll release a flood of mercury into our bodies. We attempt to eat more healthily by upping our fruits and vegetables, and in doing so are exposed to levels of pesticides strong enough to cause neurological disease if we are so predisposed. And if or when we finally succumb to the toxic burden and go to see our doctor, he or she prescribes us a medication that is likely to do nothing in support of our complaint but perhaps even add to our toxic burden.
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    A , Internal Medicine, answered
    Eliminate products made with hormone-disrupting, diabetes-triggering phthalates. The worst offender is dibutyl phthalate, also identified as "butyl ester" or "plasticizer." It's in cosmetics, nail polish, kids' toys, and more. If there isn't an ingredient label telling you it's phthalates-free, pass it by.
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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    Granite, a popular rock used to fabricate kitchen countertops, emits radon, a naturally occurring gas that has radioactive properties. Radon is the second most-common cause of lung cancer after smoking. Experts recommend you test your granite countertops and at your home's foundation level to see how much radon is being emitted. Testing only on the countertop could provide a false sense of security since radon gas tends to accumulate at floor level.
    This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com
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    A , Internal Medicine, answered
    I have observed that exposure to environmental toxins can promote a wide variety of ailments.

    My observation is confirmed in the New York University (NYU) Medical Center guide Staying Healthy in a Risky Environment, which lists a vast number of symptoms and conditions that can be impacted by environmental factors.

    Here are just some of the symptoms and conditions that can result from environmental toxins, from the NYU guide:
    • Headache
    • Coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath
    • Eye, ear, nose or throat irritation
    • Chills or fever
    • Dizziness or vertigo
    • Nausea
    • Hair loss
    • Skin rash
    • Infertility of women and men
    • Liver disease
    • Neurological dysfunction, such as loss of memory or concentration, or confusion
    • Weakness or fatigue
    • Depression
    • Cancer
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    A , Internal Medicine, answered

    As Burt Lancaster in "The Swimmer" journeyed through the backyards of his suburban neighbors, dipping into their well-chlorinated swimming pools, he trusted that the disinfectant would protect him from whatever menacing bacteria might have found their way into the water. What he didn't know was that the pools' chemical immune system demands careful tending. Mishandling those pool chemicals can make us humans pretty sick!

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 5,000 cases of illness and injuries to skin, eyes, and lungs caused by improper handling of swimming pool chemicals are reported in the U.S. annually. Many, many more go unreported. These incidents happen from accidental spills, improper storage, and mixing the wrong chemicals or chemicals that are incompatible.

     

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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers, or “PBDEs,” are flame-retardant chemicals that are used in a vast array of household items. PBDEs can be found in everything from carpet pads and foam pillows to computers and television sets. The three most commonly used PBDEs - penta, octa, and deca - can be found respectively in polyurethane foams, high impact plastics and electronic equipment.