Man has made tremendous changes in his environment and life-style over the years. These advancements have resulted in a modern and luxurious remote-controlled way of living.
Today, we can create any kind of environment we like. We can genetically modify the plants to give us better and quick yields. Efforts are being made to develop life in the laboratory. Some people consider this progress as achievement of knowledge and science, whereas, a few other consider it a disobedience to God because it has led man to drift away from nature.
Whatever one’s personal view may be, we cannot deny the fact that extensive use of chemicals has created many environmental and health problems for us. In fact, our bodies are not designed to tackle so many toxins and chemicals that are found in today’s air, water and food.
The chemical overload in the environment is causing a serious chemical imbalance in our bodies, which is visible in the form of new diseases coming up that we had never heard of before. In the present modern environment, our bodies are constantly under stress.
Stress is defined as the body’s response to environmental demands or pressures. It is generally a condition under which a few or many cells of the body are damaged or broken down.
The reasons of stress are many. So, to understand them better they have been divided into two categories:
- External (environmental) reasons
- Internal reasons
Why do we lose our health? What causes certain organs and systems to change, to move away from normal, healthy function?
These question concern us all. Susceptibility to disease and illness is the result of :
- Inherited weakness
- Environmental exposure
- Lack of nutrition
- Lifestyle stresses
These obstacles create changes in the cells of the body and affect our struggle to attain and maintain good health.
A certain wisdom is built into every life form, which makes it highly sensible and organized. Each life form is a resilient ecosystem reflecting a large cosmic intelligence.
Humans, as they have evolved, have adapted to their environment over the past thousands of years. Until modern times, the stresses of everyday life were fairly constant and predictable. These consisted of:
- Bacteria-based diseases
During the last few decades, everything about our environment has changed drastically. Now we must cope with new sources of toxins. Since the industrial revolution, thousands of chemical compounds, never seen before, have been introduced into the environment.
We are constantly exposed to multiple toxins found in our food, water, air and medicines. Each one poses many serious health risks, and little is known about how they interact and the ways in which two or more toxins, acting together, impact our health. Let’s see how these toxins reach our body.
We have abnormal bacterial flora in our guts from antibiotics, lead in our bones from the years when leaded gasoline fueled our cars and machines, and drugs in our blood stream that throw liver metabolism out of balance.
The agricultural method have changed drastically over the years. Chemical fertilizers, no doubt, increase the production of crops, but we must see the other side also i.e. the effect they have on the soil.
The soil is a rich source of minerals, and the vegetables, fruits, grains, and other crops grown in the mineral rich soil are a good source of dietary minerals for our body. Mineral contents of the soil have been diminished by the chemical reaction of these fertilizers. So, one can easily understand that the modern food, grown in mineral-less soil, is comparatively much deficient in nutrition as compared to what the earlier generations were getting a few decades back.
Magnesium, which is an important mineral for our body, is the most affected. Nitrates in modern fertilizers have a killing effect on the magnesium content of the soil. A lack of magnesium in our diet interferes with absorption of many nutrients in the body, for example, calcium cannot be effectively utilized by the body in the absence of magnesium. Therefore, what appears to be a calcium deficiency could actually be a lack of magnesium.
Pesticides and their effect on our health is another environmental issue that needs immediate attention. For all pesticides to be effective in killing the pests they are intended to control, they must to be highly poisonous for them. Because pesticides are highly toxic, they are potentially dangerous to humans, animals, other organisms and the environment.
Farm workers have special risks associated with inhalation and skin contact during preparation and application of pesticides to crops. However, for the majority of the population, these chemicals reach their bodies through ingestion of food that is contaminated by pesticides.
Food additives are yet another source of food contamination. These food additives include:
- Artificial sweeteners
- Acidity regulators
Mostly these additives are laboratory made chemicals that are not suitable for ingestion and their regular use increases the risk of many degenerative diseases. Usually these additives are added to food for commercial reasons. This is done to:
- Enhance visual appearance of the food
- Increase its shelf Life
- Provide tangy artificial flavour
The more contaminated food we ingest the more burden we put on our detoxification system. Ultimately, the accumulated toxins in our tissues and organs cause various health complications.
Water that we drink a major cause of the problems of the digestive tract. Industrial and agricultural chemical wastes are contaminating our drinking water.
Degradation of water quality by pesticide runoff has two principal human health impacts:
- The first is the consumption of fish that are contaminated by pesticides. This could be a particular problem for subsistence fish economies that lie downstream of major agricultural areas.
- The second is the direct consumption of pesticide and detergent contaminated water.
It is s common misconception among people that drinking filtered, clean water is not good for them, because they feel that they might have to face health problems afterwards if they have to drink unfiltered water, like in travelling and staying out.
The fact is that our body is constantly under pressure, fighting and detoxifying the impurities of the water we drink. If we drink clear, filtered water our body’s cleaning system gets some rest and time to strengthen itself, so our body is better prepared to protect itself when some contaminated water gets into our body.
Air pollution can effect our health in many ways with both short-term and long-term effects. Different groups of individuals are affected by air pollution in different ways:
- Some individuals are much more sensitive to pollutants than others.
- Young children and elderly people often suffer more from the effects of air pollution.
- People with health problems such as asthma, heart and lung diseases may also suffer more when the air is polluted.
The extent to which an individual is harmed by air pollution usually depends on the total exposure to the damaging chemicals i.e. the duration of exposure and the concentration of the chemicals in air.
The average person takes about 20 breaths per minute. Which works out to almost 30,000 breaths per day. Clearly this is an activity in which we spend considerable time, if not effort. Each one of those breaths contains dust, bacteria germs, fumes, pollen and many other harmful substances.
Air pollution includes all contaminants found in the atmosphere. These dangerous substances can be either in the form of gases or particles. Air pollution can be found both outdoors and indoors. Pollutants can be trapped inside buildings, causing indoor pollution that lasts for a long time.
Try to make your home pollution free. Ensure proper ventilation for at least some part of the day. Regularly clean the bed sheets, pillow covers, blankets, curtains, carpets, mats and furniture, as these are the favorite residing places of the dust mites.
Dust mites are tiny bugs that live everywhere in your home without your knowledge. A dust mite measures about 1/100th of an inch in length, which means it is barely visible until you go hunting for it with a magnifying glass. Dust mites survive on pet and human dander. Their waste is a major cause of allergies and asthma. Symptoms of such allergy include sneezing, runny and itchy nose and nasal congestion. For someone suffering from asthma, dust mites can cause an increase in the need of asthma medicine. Such symptoms are more severe at night, when using a bed infested with dust mites. Therefore, cutting down the number of dust mites in the home is an important step to prevent aggravation of allergy and asthma.
Dust mites love warm, humid areas filled with dust. Bed pillows, mattress, carpets and furniture are some of their favorite places to live and multiply. Cleaning these places with an organic disinfectant can make a real difference in the number of dust mites in your home.
Toxins and damage the cells of the body are invisible and insidious. They create problems for all body systems at the cellular level. This happens slowly, day by day, year after year and so, is difficult to detect until the actual onset of disease.
The blood is very sensitive to toxins, and it is the first of the body’s fundamental building blocks to be affected by them. Once poisoned, the blood transports toxins to cells throughout the body. Blood can carry either the materials essential for health and healing or the elements that lead to disease and decay.
Antibiotic has a serous impact on our health, and their use is increasing at an alarming speed. They put a serious stress on our body by destroying the intestinal bacteria, which is an important part of our digestion system. When the digestion is disturbed, so little nutrition can be absorbed by the body that a condition of malnutrition occurs even when taking an otherwise adequate diet.
The intestinal tract has many forms of bacteria that keep the bowel healthy. It is important to note that particular bacteria are beneficial while they reside in a specific area of the body but they become dangerous if shifted to some other part of the body. Antibiotic can destroy the bowel’s natural flora, the bacterial population that helps the intestinal tract in functioning efficiently.
Effects of Toxicity
Disease from toxicity is caused by the presence of biochemical that poison the blood and spread via the circulatory system. As a result, cells and tissues are literally swimming in a contaminated environment. Our body has an efficient detoxification system that cleans the blood and removes toxins from the body.
It is important to distinguish three main areas that increase detoxification pressure on the body:
- Heavy metal exposure.
- Pesticide and organic solvent residues stored in human fat tissue.
- Altered intestinal ecology.
Each of these areas of detoxification has its own medical literature base, and generally these areas are not thought of as related. The cells in our body do not know that medical science considers these different areas of toxicology as separate. Our cells are bathed in an environment that mixes all three classes of toxins, which are potentially capable of causing disease in our body.
Research has shown that our body’s ability to detoxify our internal environment is directly related to our susceptibility to disease. If our detoxification mechanisms are weak.
Both prevention and treatment depend on body’s capacity to detoxify. Detoxification protects the nervous, cardiovascular and immune system.
Detoxification enzyme system in our cells allows us to survive as we come into contact with thousands of toxic substance every day. They provide us with the natural ability to transform poisons into nontoxic elements that the body can reuse or eliminate.
This is a type of biological alchemy, a mysterious and wonderful process that takes place on a daily basis – in our sleep and while we work. We are not even aware of the miracle that is going on in every cell of our body.
It is only when required nutrition is not provided to the cells that their defense system becomes weak and they are not able to carry on the detoxification process. So, the toxins accumulate and pose serious health problems.