Toxins and Your Health and Beauty

8 things you can do to protect your health in the modern world.

Toxins and Your Health and Beauty, plus 8 things you can do to protect your health in the modern world.

Remember way back when? Before 1950? Well, how many of us were even alive in 1950? I was, and things were different then. There was no plastic to speak of. When you bought milk, it came in glass bottles that got sent back to the dairy, were washed and reused.

We did have paper grocery bags, but people also used cloth bags. This was a time when the whole modern chemical industry hardly existed. Nylon was a big deal. And as for food. It was animals or vegetable. With a few exceptions such as Corn Flakes.

Since then things have gotten a lot more convenient, but a lot of other issues came up.

We had nuclear energy and nuclear tests of bombs. We saw occasional meltdowns of nuclear reactors that produced electricity, but also release radiation, which humans had never experienced before. Plastics of all sorts….plastic bags, bottles, containers, cups…you name it started to proliferate. It amazes me. Think about it. How many days a week do you buy some drink in a plastic cup, use it once and throw it away? And what about all those Fritos, Cheetos, Potato Chips, all coming in plastic bags that are made from petroleum through a chemical process, used once and thrown away?

Now think about food. Back in the day, science had not discovered DNA. There was no such thing as Genetically Modified Food.

There were no pesticides. All food was naturally organic. Farms made fertilizer from animal poop and left over plant materials.

Yup, things have changed a lot, in some ways for the better, in other ways, maybe not so much.

Fact is, that the human body was not designed to be in contact with pesticides, plastics, radiation, and all sorts of chemicals that are put into our food. And the result is, increases in cancer and other neurological diseases, such as Parkinson’s Disease. The dramatic increase in fake fats, such as Crisco, which is found in a large percent of stuff you buy at a restaurant and in prebaked foods, such as cakes and cookies are wreaking havoc with our immune systems and hormones, and causing a shocking increase in obesity.

So the question is, what can we do realistically to protect ourselves? We can’t go off to a desert island and we can’t—at least immediately—demand a healthier environment. But we do have choices about our own behavior, which can make a difference for ourselves and our families.

Here is a list of things to do:

  1. With radiation levels rising due to nuclear accidents, we are at risk for absorbing those highly toxic elements, a good example being iodine. So recommendation #1, is to get a good vitamin and mineral supplement. This will help counteract the stresses from these toxins. Plus, in the case of iodine, if your body is getting enough, it will be less likely to absorb radioactive iodine. So choose a good vitamin/mineral supplement.
  2. Avoid plastic as much as possible. Fact is, the planet is choking on the stuff. Bring your own cup to Starbucks and demand that your coffee be put into your own, preferable glass container. Carry cloth bags or at least reused plastic bags, when you go shopping.
  3. Read labels, read labels, read labels! And if possible, avoid packaged food as much as possible. Why? Well just for economic reasons, every time some company does something to the animal or vegetable and processes it and puts it in a bag, often with all sorts of advertising and ‘pick bait’, you are paying for it. And what’s more, they all too often put all sorts of additives into what you are putting into your body. Ask yourself: Did Mother Nature use Artificial Colors in food? According, ‘The researchers found that hyperactive behavior by the 8- and 9-year-olds increased with both the mixtures containing artificial coloring additives.’ So read labels. If you see in the list of ingredients some strange sounding name like Red Dye E129, or some other strange sounding chemical, it is not food—don’t eat it! You are not a test tube for the big food companies, you are a child of Mother Earth. For a comprehensive list of food additives, go to
  4. When possible, eat organic foods. This is something we all know about, but may be hard to do, due to availability and cost. But try to do so.
  5. Prepare your own food from original ingredients. Sure, who has time to cook? Well, cooking, rather than watching TV, can be a really fun thing to do, can engage your whole family, and bottom line is that when you cook your own food from scratch, you have a lot more control about what goes into your body.
  6. Do NOT buy bottled water. Buy an in home water filter that you can attach to your kitchen sink. Fill glass or stainless steel bottles and keep them in the refrigerator and refill as needed. Bring your own bottled water from home. Saves huge amounts of throwaway plastic. Plus, did you ever notice that water out of a plastic bottle tastes sort of…funny? That’s because you are drinking plastic! Yuk! Stop poisoning your body and hormone system with water and other drinks in plastic bottles.
  7. While you are at it, stop buying any bottle drinks, like Coke, Pepsi, Gatorade, and the numerous other fake drinks. Drink juice, preferably without added sugar and avoid added sugar whenever possible. With diabetes rates skyrocketing, people are obviously wearing out their bodies’ ability to process the massive amounts of sugar in most diets.
  8. Stop eating fast foods. The book Fast Food Nation say that junk food has grown from $6 billion in 1970, to $110 billion in the year 2000. See here for details.


As the saying goes, “you are what you eat”. Everything that goes into your body has an effect positive or otherwise. The fast food, and agribusiness industry are counting on you buying their unhealthful products, so you can get sick, and then they tell you to go to a doctor who makes you pay for more weird medicines with side effects that just make things worse and worse.

Live a clean wholesome life, eat natural foods, drink real drinks, and avoid pharmaceuticals as much as possible. You’ll save money and maybe even save your life!

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