What is Environmental Toxcity?


What is Environmental Toxicity?

We live in a world full of toxins and potential toxic exposures. Toxins are in our air, water, food supply, homes, businesses, and possessions. When these toxins enter our bodies and can not be detoxified and eliminated, significant symptoms may develop. In fact, some toxic exposures can even mimic the symptoms of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome. Other exposures can cause severe illness, disability or death.

Toxins include pesticides, heavy metals, plastics, hydrocarbons, and other chemicals. Some can seem harmless to most of us because of their common use in our society. These include chemicals like chlorine, fluoride and bromine. Some are known carcinogens, but seemingly unavoidable as they are common in the food chain. Others are used in the workplace and if appropriate protective measures are not taken, entrance into the body of toxic chemicals is unavoidable.

One topic of immense interest for us at the International Center for Health and Wellness is that of Biotoxins. These are biological organisms that produce toxins that bind to the nervous system and affect many aspects of our body's function. Examples include mold exposure from wet damaged buildings, Lyme Disease from tick bites, Ciguatera from contaminated fish, Pfiesteria from water borne algae, red tide illness, and brown recluse spider bites. Biotoxins are difficult to detect and treat. Exposure may have occurred in the distant past and not be remembered. Unless detoxification is instituted, serious symptoms may persist indefinitely and resemble Chronic Fatigue. For more information on Biotoxins, go to http://www.survivngmold.com