Carcinogens and Toxins

toxins and carcinogensA carcinogen is any substance, radionuclide, or radiation that is an agent directly involved in causing cancer. This may be due to the ability to damage the genome or to the disruption of cellular metabolic processes.

A toxin (from Ancient Greek: τοξικόν toxikon) is a poisonous substance produced within living cells or organisms; synthetic toxicants created by artificial processes are thus excluded. The term was first used by organic chemist Ludwig Brieger (1849–1919).

Toxicity is said to be ‘at a safe level’ in many of the products of our culture but nobody looks at the total of toxins that we ingest as part of our daily life. Individually experts label them as safe, but nobody really knows the cumulative effects they have. Taken as a whole they weaken our immune systems and make our bodies work harder to stay healthy.

The Environmental Protection Agency has determined that 100% of human adipose tissue samples are laced with chlorinated solvents and heavy metals. That’s everyone, not just some of us.

The E.P.A. found styrene, dichiorobenzene (mothballs, household cleaners and deodorizers), xylene, benzene (found in paints and gasoline) and DDT which has been banned since 1972.

The five most toxic trace metals found in our bodies are lead, mercury, aluminium, cadmium and beryllium. These metals are suspected in at least 50% of all deaths in the US and many of the disabling diseases.

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