Are you worried about the amount of metal and the number of chemicals that we come into contact with on a daily, indeed hourly, basis? Not all of them (at a rough estimate there are over 150,000 chemicals in constant circulation) are bad. Indeed, many are crucial to our daily lives. But many are bad, indeed toxic – and there are many more that we do not really know enough about to understand whether or not they are toxic.
If you are worried – or at least curious – the Townsend Letter has recently carried two articles which you might want to read.
Inspired by one chapter in Rachel Carson’s seminal 1962 Silent Spring, Joanna Malaczynski has written Silent Winter: Our Chemical World and Chronic Illness. In it she describes how toxic chemicals in consumer products and throughout our environment wreak havoc in our bodies and lead to the epidemic of chronic illness which now affects nearly 45% of the adult US population.
In their article Mercury: the Quintissential Anti-Nutrient Sara Russell and Kristin Homme suggest that the chronic effects of cumulative, low-dose mercury exposure are under-recognized by both mainstream and alternative health authorities and that mercury toxicity should be suspected in anyone experiencing multiple and on going health problems.
In these she includes neurological disorders, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, adrenal and thyroid problems, autoimmunity, digestive disorders, allergies, chemical sensitivities, mental illness, sleep disorders, and chronic infections such as Lyme and Candida.