As we move deeper into the mess that is life in the 21st Century, pollution protection becomes a crucial consideration. That our planet survives the corporate plundering and poisoning of natural resources is amazing. Government and big business have cast a blind eye on the toxic messes our energy, agriculture, and technology have created and the global harm inflicted on innocent and largely uninformed world citizens. Where do toxins go when they are set loose? They end up in the soil, air, and water; in plants and animals; and to a measurable extent in our own vulnerable bodies. Persistent toxic exposure compromises the human structure, function, and well being. Read on to learn how you can protect your health and feel your best despite this onslaught.
Toxics are a Growing Health Hazard
When a human or animal is exposed to a heavy metal such as lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, aluminum, or barium, or to a symbiotic life form like a virus, yeast, parasite, or bacteria, it responds in predictable ways: (1) it up-regulates the immune system to destroy or neutralize the compound, (2) it up-regulates liver enzymes to burn up these threatening compounds, (3) it increases lymphatic fluid to dilute the compound and flush it from the body via increased urination, sweating, tears, and other discharges. If these measures are insufficient, the body stores the toxin in fat cells – around the waist and hips or in the lungs, nerves, liver, brain, and reproductive organs, altering their metabolic activity. Rachael Carson, in her ground-breaking 1962 exposé Silent Spring, warned that DDT was not only damaging to bugs but would harm the soil and all life forms. While DDT was eventually banned, thousands of more persistent synthetic chemicals continue to be poured on the soil to increase crop yields. The result is bigger, blemish-free produce with diminished nutritional value and risky levels of fat-soluble xenobiotics, so called because they are foreign to life. They act as hormone mimics that wreak havoc within our bodies.
Minerals are the Currency of Pollution Protection
When the human system is faced with toxic overload, antioxidants are rapidly depleted. This toxic stress reaction depresses our mood, leaves us feeling fatigued and run down, and leads to premature illness and injury. The mineral supply of the body is crucial in neutralizing toxic compounds as they fortify the immune system and support daily detox by inhibiting the absorption of elements by chelating (meaning to claw or bind) toxic elements and carcinogens. Zinc, selenium, magnesium, calcium, potassium, iodine, copper, iron, and manganese are all involved in the metabolic response needed to protect the brain, heart, and endocrine system from damage.
In the altered state of literal in-intoxication, it is common for people to crave sugar, caffeine, chocolate, drugs, and alcohol for quick energy pickups. This form of chemical coping may help a person make it through the day; however, the result is a deeper condition of exhaustion, dependency, and dis-ease. It is vital that mineral-rich seeds, nuts, fruits, vegetables, grains, herbs, and sea vegetables be the foundation of the diet to provide adequate minerals. For most, a quality multi-mineral or vitamin/mineral preparation is advised.
Toxic, Tired, Inflamed?
The toll exacted by a build-up of foreign chemicals is a progressively weaker body. In some instances, there is direct damage from substantial exposure. More common is the near-universal experience of daily, moderate doses of petrochemicals, heavy metals, and microbes (such as bacteria, fungus, virus, and parasites) that rob the body of mineral, vitamin, and amino acid reserves — reserves that now act as “homeland security” forces that protect us from environmental terrorists, rather than serving to nourish, repair, and build healthy cells, one’s peacetime economy. This daily struggle contributes to adrenal fatigue, imbalances in reproductive hormones, and malfunctioning of the pancreas, liver, spleen, and thyroid, accompanied by transient or chronic depression, anxiety, sleep disturbance, and diminished brain clarity. If this is your situation, you are a candidate for a Jump Start Cleanse, to allow your body to slough off the waste and bathe your cells in nourishing organic, fruits, vegetables, smoothies and mineral broths. Eating for HealthTM – Primary Pollution Protection
The antidote to pollution is optimal nutrition, not medication; meditation, not aggressive detoxification. It is best to build up our reserves of nutrients before embarking on a cleansing program. Practice a daily regimen of enhancing health and immunity, based on a fresh, organic Eating for HealthTM food plan, hydration via 1⁄2 cup of water per hour, and daily exercise. Avoid noxious air, water, food, cosmetics, perfume, and cleaning supplies as much as possible. Good quality oxygen is most available in areas of high vegetation or by the ocean. If you live in a city, plant a lush garden, and spend time there. Plants create oxygen for us to breathe raising our energy. Here is a list of pollution protection foods, herbs, and nutrients. Work with a skilled Nutrition Consultant or Naturopathic Physician if seeking to eliminate tissue toxins.
In summary, here are the key practices to put into place if you have been in a toxic, polluted environment.
1. Drink at least 64 oz. per day of purified water, herb tea, fresh, diluted fruit or vegetable juice or mineral broth.
2. Consider a supervised fast or modified fast (adding green protein powder) for 3 – 7 days.
3. Eat 1-2 cups of fresh fruits and vegetables at every meal. Can be raw or properly cooked.
4. Eat a quality protein at each meal to provide your hormones and immune system adequate amino acids
5. Eat quality unheated fats and oils at every meal, such as avocado, olives, coconut, nuts, and seeds to provide essential fatty acids
6. Support elimination through the skin, lungs, kidneys, and bowels with moderate exercise, saunas, and yoga.
7. Activate your spiritual practice of prayer, meditation, yoga, chanting, deep breathing and service to others.
8. Stay CALM (centered and living in the moment) to balance your nervous, digestive, endocrine and immune systems.
9. Connect with loved ones. Don’t isolate. Initiate hugs and healing touch.
10. Affirm and visualize your own and the earth’s cleansing, healing, and renewal.
11. Stay out of the toxic media, away from negative family and friends.
12. Have another cup of green, white, red or herbal tea.
Dr.Ed’s Blended Respiratory Remedy
Protects the mucous membranes, lungs, and nerves from toxic smoke and water contamination.
2 oz aloe gel or juice
2 Tbs flax, hemp or chia seeds (can be whole or ground seeds)
2 Tbs fresh basil, thyme or mint or 1 Tbs of the dried herbs
2 Tbs maple syrup, honey or 4 pitted dates
1 whole lemon
1-liter water, coconut water, herb or green tea
Drink 1 cup to 1 liter per day. Stores in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.