The same toxic chemicals that are listed as hazardous waste, capable of causing cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders and allergic reaction are found in our everyday, commonly used cosmetic, personal care and household products.
Doctors specializing in environmental medicine and immunotoxicology are now linking our growing health problems to the increasing levels of synthetic chemicals in our modern environment.
Air pollution is by far the largest contributor to early death, according to the new research produced by The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health. This form of pollution is linked to 6.5 million fatalities globally in 2015. Dr. Philip J. Landrigan, co-leader of the commission, said the problem is chemicals. “There are thousands of chemicals out there and we know that people are exposed to them,” said Landrigan. “We just didn’t know enough about what chemicals are doing to people.” The data for this new report comes from “two very credible sources,” noted Landrigan: The World Health Organization and The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, which is based at Seattle’s University of Washington and is funded by the Gates Foundation. Data is collected by satellites and other monitoring technologies, which, due to increasing sophistication, provide more information today than in the past.
Commission Co-leader Richard Fuller said, “The thing that worries me most in all this is the neurological damage that many of these toxins have. Heavy metals, including lead, damage kids’ brains.” “My concern is if you release a toxin in China, it can end up in LA just as easily,” said Fuller.
In her book, Toxic Overload, Dr. Paula Baillie-Hamilton, M.D. an Oxford-educated medical doctor, lists ten categories of diseases that can be connected to chemical pollution: immune system diseases (including allergies and asthma), neurological disorders, digestive disorders, hormonal imbalances, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, multiple chemical sensitivity, obesity, musculoskeletal disorders, and childhood disorders.
Dr. Claudia Miller, M.D. says that “Chemical exposures can harm mental and physical health in a variety of ways. … Effects can be significant for adults, but even more so for children during critical windows of development—particularly brain development (TILT : How Exposures to Chemicals are Undermining Our Mental and Physical Health).
Dr. Doris Rapp, M.D. a pediatric allergist and environmental medical specialist, says in her book, 32 Tips That Could Save Your Life, “We have increasing numbers of illnesses, some that never existed before, including ADHD, ADD, arthritis, autism, bipolar illness, cancer, diabetes, thyroid disease, obesity, infertility, Alzheimer’s, neuromuscular diseases, etc. At times, all of these medical problems can be solely caused by exposures in our environment. … Chemicals provide some clear answers as to why a number of these illnesses are so rampant.”
Dr. Sherry A. Rogers, M.D. ABEM, ABFP, FACN, FACAAI describes in her book, Tired or Toxic? the mechanism, diagnosis and treatment of chemical sensitivity. She believes that chemical detoxification is key to healing disease.