From pesticides to household cleaners, prescription medication and vaccines, the amount of chemicals we come into contact with on a daily basis is higher than we could probably imagine.
But should we be concerned?
1. Mercury Fillings
According to Delta Dental, many European countries have banned dental amalgam, which is a mixture of mercury, silver, tin and copper.
The biggest problem is the mercury. As much as 50% of fillings are made with mercury and this seeps into patients’ mouths over time as a result of brushing, eating, drinking, grinding your teeth or a number of other things.
In the U.S., 92% of adults have had cavities in their teeth, 75% of which have been treated via fillings. This means there are a whole lot of people out there walking around with a potent neurotoxin in their mouths.
Dental mercury is also the number one source of mercury in our water, opening us up to even more potential exposure.
2. Toxins in Vaccines
There are many additives in vaccines that make them extremely toxic and unsafe. According to the CDC, this includes the following:
- Mercury (thimerosal), especially in flu vaccines
- GMO yeast
- Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
- Antibiotics (neomycin, streptomycin)
- Human cells from aborted fetal tissue
- Cells from pig and horse blood
- Monkey kidney cells
- Calf serum protein
- Chicken embryo cells
- Egg Protein extracts
- Soy Protein extracts
- Ammonium Sulfate
Children are especially at risk due to the forced nature of vaccines in America, where children can be kicked out of school if they have not been vaccinated.
71.6% of all children between the ages of 19-35 months have received the 7-vaccine series according to the CDC.
3. Prescription Drugs
Prescription drug abuse is a major epidemic in the country. 52 million people over the age of 12 in the U.S. have used prescription meds non-medically in their lifetime.
And while a lot of damage is caused by the abuse of medications, even those who use them aren’t out of the clear.
Enough medications are prescribed each year to medicate every adult American every 4 hours for a month. Many of these medications cause a host of side effects that are major issues in and of themselves.
Ritalin for example, commonly prescribed to treat ADHD, causes side effects such as depression, insomnia, decreased appetite and dependency.
MSG is found in a variety of food and personal care products. It’s also frequently found in restaurant food and is the cause of the ‘Chinese Restaurant Syndrome’ that has people not only feeling full but running to the bathroom as well after eating out.
According to Mayo Clinic, effects of MSG consumption include headaches, flushing, sweating, facial tightness, chest pain and weakness.
According to the CDC, most U.S. youth do not eat nearly as much fruits and vegetables or whole grains as they should. Instead, the average American child eats more than the recommended daily intake of sodium and drinks an average of 22 ounces of soda per day.
The body doesn’t process these artificial foods very well and that leads to a whole host of negative things, many of which take away from success in academics and physical activity.
And of course, the youth aren’t just deciding on their own to eat unhealthily; adults don’t do much better, exceeding the recommended amount of fat and sodium on average.
6. Laundry Products
I hate walking down the laundry detergent aisle at any grocery store. At best, I’ll leave with a mild headache.
All the strong detergents used to make clothes smell ‘nice’ are terrible for your health and the health of your family. They seep into your system through your skin.
7. Personal Care Items
Products like toothpaste contain high amounts of harmful chemicals. In the case of toothpaste, that chemical is fluoride and it’s present in toothpaste at much higher levels than in drinking water.
Other personal care products such as moisturizer also contain large amounts of hazardous chemicals. And don’t forget about nail polish – that’s among the worst of all personal care products when it comes to toxins.
Nail polish contains a number of harmful chemicals, including formaldehyde, that seep into your skin and can cause lasting effects with even minimal use. That’s a pretty high price to pay for looking good.
8. Household Cleaning Products
Many cleaners that are used around the home are extremely harmful. And it’s not a secret either; they say they’re harmful, right on the bottle. (Except for baking soda. That stuff is awesome!)
And while most manufacturers warn you not to ingest or spray the cleaners onto your skin, harmful effects can occur as a result of simply being around them and inhaling the fumes.
There are a ton of chemicals like triclosan that are found in cleaners which can disrupt hormone function. Triclosan is also likely a carcinogen.
Pesticides are everywhere: on our food, in our crops, on our grass, etc. In 2007 alone, 977 million pounds of the stuff were used in agriculture.
But there’s another, slightly more surprising, way you could be exposing yourself and your family to pesticides – wearing shoes indoors.
In a nutshell, pesticides follow you around on your shoes and can get stuck in your carpet and on your hardwood floors.
Carbonated drink that contains phosphoric acid or high fructose corn syrup is not good for the body. Phosphoric acid destroys teeth, and high fructose corn syrup is a leading cause of obesity and diabetes according to Mayo Clinic.
And so it’s not much of a surprise that obesity and diabetes are so high in the country since the average American consumes 44.7 gallons of soda each year.