Saturday, March 01 2014
In my health screening practice I see many clients with ‘allergies’ and ‘sensitivities’ which one assumes are related to foods, animals or pollens. In a large majority of cases there are other external stressors which affect the human immune system and are often found in the home. I have listed four of the most common below:
Mold and other Fungal Toxins: One in three people have had an allergic reaction to mold. Mycotoxins (fungal toxins) can cause a range of health problems with exposure to only a small amount. Exposure has been linked to many respiratory, sinus and skin issues and sources generally come from contaminated buildings, foods like nuts, wheat, and corn. Ensure your home is mold free; soak nuts and seeds; wash fruit well and avoid GM wheat and corn.
Pesticides: According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 60% of herbicides, 90% of fungicides and 30% of insecticides are known to be carcinogenic. Pesticide residues have been detected in 50-95% of foods. This is one of the reasons to buy organic foods or alternatively ensure you wash and scrub your fruit and vegetables well. Also take care with drinking water and ensure you filter tap water.
Plastics / PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) / Bisphonol A: Although banned in the UK for decades, it is still present in your environment. Farm raised fish are often heavily contaminated with PCBs so eat wild caught fish. Store your food and beverages in glass rather than plastic, and avoid using plastic wrap and canned foods (which are often lined with BPA-containing liners). Certainly do not heat foods or microwave using plastic. Aim to buy BPA free water bottles and storage if you cannot find glass.
Volatile Organic Compounds: VOCs are a major air pollutant. According to the EPA, VOCs tend to be even higher (two to five times) in indoor air than outdoor air, likely because they are present in so many household products such as drinking water, deodorants, air fresheners and cosmetics. Dangers of exposure include respiratory tract irritation, headaches, dizziness, visual disorders, and memory impairment.
What's your Toxicity profile like? Book a Health MOT to confirm. It's like a health questionnaire for your body that will not lie!! Call Gail on 01249 818758