Health Risks of Pesticides, Chemicals and Toxins
Testing for Toxins in Your Body
If you eat, drink, breathe, or expose your skin to anything, you are introducing toxins into your body. The toxins you ingest and inhale relate mostly to diet, lifestyle and air quality. A study done on non-exposed people (people not known to have been exposed to a particular toxin through their work, etc) showed an average of 91 toxins in their bodies, at least 50 of which were carcinogenic. Others cause birth defects and are toxic to the nervous system, endocrine (hormone) system and immune system.
Is your body full of harmful toxins?
The Phthalates & Parabens Profile can help identify everyday exposures to toxins from the use of items such as personal care products and plastic food containers. The Organophosphates Profile measures six dialkyl phosphates from a simple urine sample and indicates exposure to organophosphate pesticides. These toxins may be an underlying cause of health issues including neurodevelopment and immune system disorders, ADD/ADHD, impaired memory, mood disorders, and increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. The Bisphenol A Profile determines exposure to bisphenol A (BPA), triclosan, and 4-nonylphenol, which are considered endocrine (hormone) disruptors and are found in many of the products we use every day. Exposure to endocrine disruptors may play a role in obesity, adult onset diabetes, hormonal and neurological development disorders, and thyroid disruption.
Another profile available includes chlorinated pesticides that can cause a range of illnesses from allergies and asthma to cardiovascular disease and cancer. The PCBs Profile measures eight common PCBs that are shown to cause health problems with neurobehavioral and immune system development. Such problems may include psychomotor and behavioral problems, allergies, obesity, fatigue, and even some cancers. PCBs are stored in fatty tissues and accumulate over a patient’s lifetime. Volatile solvents may cause symptoms ranging from blood disorders to muscular weakness and atrophy. These toxins may also be the underlying cause of many illnesses such as diabetes, fibromyalgia, brain fog and mood disorders, to name a few. The Volatile Solvents Profile measures exposure to common volatile solvents in our working and living environments.