We are often
times our own worst enemy. So many of the health problems we face are our own
doing, or undoing. Despite knowing the risk involved, we choose to abuse our
bodies, believing that the consequences will be minimal or not affect us. The
truth is studies done by The American Medical Association show that the leading
causes of non-genetic factors that contribute to death in the U.S. were all
closely linked to lifestyle and poor behavioral choices.
Sad to say I
could have made the list much longer- there are the obvious things like
smoking, drug use- that would include alcohol, excessive sun tanning, driving
while intoxicated and risky sexual behavior, but there is a long list of
substances that have been given a pass by the FDA that may seriously harm your
Poor air quality – Few
people understand how bad air fresheners are for their health, and fewer
seem to care. If you are using a plug-in air freshener in your home you
are breathing in toxic substances like methoxchlor, (a pesticide that
releases a nerve deadening agent), and potential carcinogens such as
acetaldehyde, toluene chlorbenzenes and others. Other substances worth
mentioning include fabric softeners, dryer sheets, scented hair sprays, deodorants
and other highly scented personal care items, sprinkle or spray on fabric
and carpet deodorizers.
quality water- there’s a huge argument raging in this country over the
quality of tap water verses bottled. True, all bottled waters are not created
equal, but there’s no getting around the fact that tap water contains
chlorine. Although in small amounts chlorine is particularly hard on the
body’s digestive enzymes reducing your ability to properly digest and
assimilate your food.
over use of patented medicines. For the record, I am not saying never, I
am saying over use. Tylenol in larger quantities over time has been shown
to cause liver and kidney damage. Tums and other stomach aids neutralize
the very acids that will properly digest the food you ate and relieve your
diets- whether it’s a liquid diet, low carb, no fat, the soup diet, you
may loose weight initially and feel better, but that will be short lived.
When the body begins to really crave what you’ve been starving it of,
and other artificial sweeteners. Aspartame is hard on liver function,
drives hunger, causes an imbalance in the amino acids and can cause joint
pain. Splenda and saccharin although chemically different are not better
polish- in a class of its own- containing chemicals like formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate.
Besides breathing the fumes into your lungs, nails are an extension of the
skin; the chemicals are absorbed into your body and can make you feel
sick. Long-term exposure can cause cancer and other serious illness.
there are over 800 substances that manufacturers use that are known to be
formaldehyde and phthalates to name just a few are the most harmful.
or pent up emotions- Anger may be bad for you, but holding it in without
an appropriate release is worse.
plastic in the microwave releases carcinogenic substances like Bisphenol A
para-dichlorobenzenes and naphthalene that convert to a vapor and when
inhaled destroy red blood cells and can cause cancer.
Yes, there are reasonable substitutes. They may cost a little
more but is anything including vanity worth your health? Till next time,