You are a toxic. Your spouse is toxic. Your boyfriend is toxic. Your parents and kids are toxic. Everyone you know is toxic.

            Harsh?
            Not necessarily. Evidence is overwhelming that we all carry a toxic load in our beautiful bodies. Research done sampling people around the country found that each and every person had more than 200 separate pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, carcinogens, plastic break-down products and much more stored in their tissues.
          Worse yet was a study that showed a similar toxic load in fetal cord blood. Yes, babies get a significant volume of potentially damaging toxins from their mothers during pregnancy.
          This is a product of the modern age. 
          I was recently at the annual conference of the Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine (AARM). The first day was a sobering series of lectures by an expert in toxins and detoxification, Joseph Pizzorno, ND. Despite his white/gray hair and gentle disposition, Dr. Pizzorno is a powerhouse. He flew in from Hong Kong on no sleep and spoke for many hours.
          He made a compelling case that the most important cause for many chronic illnesses like diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, cancers and others is toxins. 
           So the question isn’t whether you’re toxic, but which toxins are present in what combinations and amounts relative to your lifestyle and genetic capacity for detoxification.
           This all sounds dire, but it doesn’t have to be. We have the knowledge and the ability to clear toxins and prevent illness. Our bodies can do most of the work if given half a chance.
           Some of the most important toxins and sources include mercury from silver amalgam fillings, lead from paint, the pesticide DDT on fruits and vegetables imported from Mexico, phthalates and bisphenol A (BpA) from plastics, mold and biotoxin from water damaged buildings and mucho others.
           Ones that may not be as obvious include dust in the house where toddlers crawl around, plastic shower curtains that release breakdown products from hot water and the majority of health and beauty products.
           Others that are surprising include pesticides used by marijuana growers, mercury in aryuvedic herbs from India and lead in black tea from China. Rice can have arsenic. Fluoride probably lowers IQ. It’s a jungle out there.
           Toxicology is a complex subject. In my seven years of traditional training, I’m not sure I had even an hour of discussion on the topic.  
           A good resource of information is the Environmental Working Group at ewg.org. Their website has incredible amounts of well presented information on sources of toxicity and what you can do to protect yourself and your family.