Environmental Toxins

We are surrounded by environmental toxins. So what is the big deal and why are we concerned? They are cancer-causing chemicals and endocrine disruptors that may cause distress or disease to our bodies. Patricia and Angela will discuss simple ways to reduce your everyday exposure. 

Patricia Clark Angels MacRitchiePatricia Clarke Dip. Nat. Nut.and
Angela MacRitchie Dip. Nat. Nut.

Chemicals in the air that we breathePatricia and Angela want to share some startling statistics that will show you why we are as passionate about minimising or cutting out as many environmental toxins as possible.

In 2005 the Environmental Working Group (EWG) - a non profit environmental research organisation in the USA - found 287 toxins in the blood samples of newborn babies, of which 180 are known to cause cancer in humans or animals. 217 are toxic to your brain and nervous system and 208 were found to cause birth defects or abnormal development in animals.

In the UK, there was a systematic review of the Halifax project in Nova Scotia. It found 85 chemicals that have the potential to affect different stages in the development of cancer. They could possibly make changes to cells which would create particular characteristics of cancer.

We are surrounded by a chemical cocktail that is human-made, as well as natural, that disrupts our sensitive biological systems. Chemicals can be found in everything we eat, everything we drink and even the air that we breathe. The body will try to deposit these compounds into tissues to minimise their potential damage but problems emerge from high amounts and if there has been cumulative long-term or excessive exposure. Occasionally using a plastic cup will not harm you!

We cannot completely eliminate our exposure and have to find a way to deal with these toxic chemicals around us. So Patricia and Angela have put together a few simple ways to reduce everyday exposure. Make a few changes, make them slowly or make one at a time in a manageable way to decrease your risk.

PRODUCTS AND PACKAGING:

FOODS:

WATER:

COOKWARE:

HOME

CLEANING PRODUCTS

PERSONAL PRODUCTS

PESTICIDE AWARENESS

The shopping list for our Equitox detox plan, uses the concept, developed by the EWG, of the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen . This gives you an idea of what foods are a must-buy organic and what foods are less contaminated with pesticide residues. The EWG analyses the Department of Agriculture data about pesticide residue every year, and ranks the foods based on how much or little pesticide residue is found on them.

Here is their list of the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 list when doing your weekly shop.

Choose 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day from EWG's Clean 15 rather than the Dirty Dozen. If you do this, you can lower the amount of pesticide you consume daily by 92 percent, according to EWG calculations.

The Dirty Dozen.

This is the EWG’s dirty dozen list, which  is the produce with the highest load of pesticide residues.

The Clean 15

This is the EWG’s list of produce least likely to contain pesticide residue. Relatively few pesticides were detected on these foods:

Wash the produce thoroughly.

Angela and Patricia hope you have found this article helpful in making “cleaner” choices on what you use in all areas of your life. 

Angela MacRitchie and Patricia Clark

 

More information

Read more tips and articles to help and inspire you to keep to the Equitox plan here.

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