Why We All Need to Detox

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This famous photo by George Silk for Life Magazine in 1948 featured model Kay Heffernon posing in a cloud of DDT with a hotdog, a soda and a plastic straw. The publicity stunt was shot at Jones Beach State Park, New York. It was meant to convince the American public that DDT spraying was safe. It wasn’t. DDT is a known carcinogen. A recent trans-generational study showed DDT exposure increased the risk of breast cancer four-fold. DDT has also been linked to Alzheimer’s dementia. Though DDT is now banned in the United States, its half-life in aquatic environments is 150 years, so a lot of the DDT that was sprayed all over everywhere in the United States, including public beaches, parklands and suburban neighborhoods, is still around. Some of it is inside us.  

Since 1948, many new pesticides, herbicides and fungicides have been released into the environment, along with thousands of petrochemicals. Heavy metals like mercury are released into the environment from mining and burning coal, and from dental mercury amalgam fillings. Chemical additives and preservatives have been added to the food chain and to personal care products. Some estimates are as high as 10 million tons of toxins released into the environment every year. That’s more than 21 billion pounds of chemicals dispersed by wind and rain or dumped or washed downstream into waterways and onto farm soils. Every year, year after year.

Sadly, the problem doesn’t stop there. Our legacy of uranium mining, plutonium manufacturing, nuclear weapons testing, nuclear waste dispersion and catastrophic nuclear power plant accidents have been normalized to the point that the news media hardly mentions them. But they are real. And synergistic effects of all these toxins are becoming starkly clear. One study in Ireland, by scientists worried about radioactive contamination from the Plutonium Reprocessing Facility at Sellafield across the Irish Sea, found a correlation to vascular dementia when radioactive Cesium 137, a common by-product of nuclear tech with a half-life of 30 years, is combined with the common agricultural herbicide paraquat, known to cause Parkinson’s disease.

What protects us from all these toxins? Our liver, kidneys, colon and bladder, the humble organs of detoxification and elimination that filter toxins in our blood, metabolize them, and excrete them from the body. And how do we often treat these humble servants? These core parts of our self? Our core Self.

Well, rather than nurture them and take care of them, Americans tend to overuse pharmaceutical drugs that can damage these organs. These drugs include over-the-counter pain relievers, prescription narcotic pain killers, steroids, anti-anxiety and anti-depression drugs, sleeping pills and antibiotics. Americans also overuse alcohol, and many mix alcohol with pharmaceutical drugs—a combination guaranteed to toxify liver and kidneys and cause chronic constipation. Finally, Americans don’t drink enough water. We tend to drink everything but water. And to top it off, Americans tend to overeat sugary, processed, packaged, and nutrient-depleted foods that are hard to digest, and often allergenic and inflammatory because they’ve been doused in pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. 

This is why we detox. And it’s why we all need to detox. More today than ever before. Because we’ve all to some extent been Kay Heffernon, the model who posed for that DDT marketing campaign back in 1948. We’ve all pretended that these environmental toxins were safer than they ever were. We’ve practiced deliberate ignorance. Usually because somebody said they were safe when they weren’t. And we believed them. We thought it was safe, when it wasn’t. This is why the detox we need isn’t just physical. It’s also emotional and mental. But then, you can’t really separate them, can you?

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Camilla GriggersComment