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By Andrew H. Jardine,
Associate Editor and Featured Columnist


September 10, 2008



Toxins, meaning substances that at high enough levels are
poisonous to our bodies, exist in many every day foods and
products.

Take your breakfast meal for example.  If you eat a simple
breakfast of cereal with milk and fruit, you are likely to be
exposed to more than 25 toxins.  If yu eta a breakfast of bacon
or sausage and eggs, you are likley to be exposed to more than
157 toxins.  Or, take somthing aven simpler, a breakfast of
coffee and a pastry. No toxins, right? Wrong. Even that simple
breakfast can epxose you to more than 50 toxins.  How can that
be?


Before we get to the answer, let's complicate the question a bit
more. Let's start your day earlier, before breakfast. Say you get
out of bed, take your shower, wash your hair, put on
deodorant, maybe a splash of perfume or cologne.  By the time
you finish toweling off, you have been exposed to 45 toxins.

In fact, if we follow you through a normal day in the US or
Europe, and have you do nothing more "industrial" than simply
eat 3 meals and get to work and back, you are likely to have
been exposed to over 450 toxins.

Now, the big question --how can this be? How in the world can
it be that we have become so loaded in our daily lives with
toxins.

Researchers have examined the amount the toxins an average
person carries in their bodies --the so-called "body burden of
chemical" or as I like to say "toxic load".  Their results are
surprising.

"We are contaminated daily by unregulated chemicals of
unknown toxicity", said Dr. Conrad G. Maulfair in his
Presentation Abstract at the Third International Conference on
Chemical Contamination and Human Detoxification" at Hunter
College, New York in 2005.


Toxins include new strains of genes which have learned to
colonize bacteria which live in uncooked and ground up meat
such as the Shiga gene found in E. Coli.  Other toxins are found
in dairy including polychlorinated bipehyls (PCBs), man made
compounds used since the 1930's in a variety of items including
electrical equipment and polyvinyl chloride (PVCs) found in
toys, food packaging (plastic bottles and plastic coverings) and
medical products.  PVCs are harmless until they are burned in
waste incinerators, at which time they release "dioxins".  
Dioxins are extremely long-lasting.  They remain in the soil and
air for generations.  Dioxins have been banned in Sweden,
Denmark and Germany for this reason.

The body burden of chemicals you carry around affects  a range
of diseases.  The incidence of a range of cancers, and in
particular breast and lung cancer, has been linked to exposure
to toxins. Toxic load and body burden of chemicals has also
been linked to climbing rates of autism, dementia, irritable
bowel syndrome, food allergies and Alzheimer's.  Auto-immune
diseases such as Diabetes Type I also have been linked to
toxicity in the immediate environment.


Worldwide cancer rates have been tracked for 30 years by the
International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon France
and more recently by the World Health Organization.  The most
recent Global Cancer Study was completed in 2002 and
published in 2005 by the American Cancer Society , among
others.

Here are the results, which we have arranged in a table showing
the countries with the highest incidences of cancer first:

























Let's take a look at the results. The higher rates of cancer are
found in the US North America and Europe, which includes
Eastern European countries and China.  The lowest incidences
are found in Africa, Japan and Oceana. Comparing the highest
to lowest cancer incidence rates is striking. A person living in
the US has 14 times larger risk of getting cancer than a person
living in one of the islands of the Pacific.  A person living in the
S has a 3 times greater risk of getting cancer than a person
living in Japan.

As the report's lead scientist, Dr. Max Parkin, notes, your
address matters. "Most of the international variation is due to
exposure to known or suspected risk factors related to lifestyle
or environment".  



Sources:

"Global Cancer Statistics, 2002", published American Cancer
Society 2005; Research conducted Unit of Descriptive
Epidemiology, International Agency for Research on Cancer,
Lyon, France, Dr. Max Perkins, M.D., Chief, Dr Paola Pisa,
Scientist.

"Report" Toxic Chemicals From Every Day Products Found In
Average Americans", compiled by a consortium of public interest
NGO's led by the Commonweal Organization.















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Country or Region
Prevalence
Mortality
Incidence (new
cases
)
US and North
America
19.9 to 21.1
8.4 to 9.4
13.2 to 14.4
Europe
29.6
25.3
26.0
China
12.7
23.9
20.3
India
7.4
8.6
7.8
Latin
America/Caribbean
6.9
7.1
7.7
Africa
4.1
7.5
8.0
Japan
6.3
4.9
4.6
Oceana (island
states of the Pacific
such as Micronesia,
Melanesia and
Polynesia)
1.3
0.8
1.0