Volume 2, Issue 34
August 20, 2009

Eating organic food isn't enough
to stay healthy

Did you know you can eat organic food, drink purified water, and take other precautions to avoid chemicals — and still have a chemically induced illness? That's because you can't actually avoid chemicals. At least that's the message from a new study by the Environmental Working Group. This nonprofit organization recently looked at just how many chemicals are in our bodies. And the results were not encouraging. Fortunately, there's plenty you can do about it.

The researchers sampled the blood and urine of five women over a two-year period. And these were not your regular women. These were women who described themselves as "environmental activists." Each one of them was very much aware of how easy it is to be exposed to the various chemicals that are increasingly showing up in our environment. But despite everything they were doing to limit their exposure, they were still severely contaminated.

The women lived in four different cities from around the country: Green Bay, WI.; New Orleans, LA; Corpus Christi, TX; and Oakland, CA. But that did not alter the fact that chemicals had made it into their bodies.

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The researchers analyzed the blood and urine of the five women for 75 different chemicals. What they discovered was remarkable. Every woman tested positive for 60% or more of the chemicals evaluated. And then it gets worse.

Each woman had at least one chemical that was higher than 81% of Americans previously tested. And according to Anila Jacob, MD, MPH, a senior scientist with the organization, these chemicals are not harmless.

"They can be potent at very low levels of exposure; we know that from animal studies," she says.

Furthermore, "In each of these women, we found at least one controversial chemical," says Sonya Lunder, MPH, a senior analyst and a co-author of the report. To be termed controversial, a chemical must be one whose safety is in question.

She goes on, "In every one of the women, we found fire retardants, Teflon chemicals, fragrances, bisphenol A or BPA, and perchlorate." Where are we getting all this stuff?

Flame retardants are found in foam furniture, televisions, and computers. Teflon you already know about; it's in the nonstick coatings on cookware. But what you may not know is that it's also in food packaging. BPA is a plastics chemical that apparently leaches out of the plastics that foods, soaps, and cosmetics come in.

Perchlorate is a rocket fuel ingredient. And just as with so many other chemicals, it has found its way into the water system. You say you're not concerned because you purify all your water. Well, think again. That same water irrigates the farms that produce the vegetables you eat, and to make many of the canned and bottled products you drink.

You cannot get away from chemicals no matter how hard you try. This study proves that. But here's the good news, you can eliminate them. In next week's Real Cures alert, I'll show you how to do just that. Don't miss it.

Finding your Real Cures,

Frank Shallenberger, MD

REF: "Study by Environmental Group Shows Toxic Chemicals End Up in Blood Samples," WebMD, Kathleen Doheny Published May 4, 2009.


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