A Soup No One Wants to Drink

HOW TO STOP THE BUCKET TIPPING OVER

Our toxic lives.

We live in a world where most everything we touch is ultra-processed; designed in a laboratory and manufactured on an industrial scale. A lot of our food is processed and full of synthetic ingredients, as are our clothes, our cosmetics and personal care products, our household cleaners, our garden sprays, our furnishings, our cooking implements, and even the water we drink.

It is no exaggeration to say that we exist in a synthetic chemical soup. But at least those chemicals are safe, right? Given how common they have become in our lives – more than 80,000 are legal for commerce – surely they have been rigorously tested and passed as fit for use?

You might expect that, but you would be wrong. Shockingly, only 10% of the chemicals we are exposed to in our daily lives have ever been evaluated for safety by independent bodies.1 Only now is research being conducted into their potential impact on humans and the findings are disturbing. Strong scientific evidence exists that exposure to these chemicals is contributing to cancer,2 reproductive abnormalities,3 early puberty,4 and a host of other endocrine, neurological, and metabolic problems.5

So what can be done? In the face of government inaction and the constant denials issued by the industrialists and corporations responsible for the manufacture of these chemicals (so familiar, in many ways, to the denials of the tobacco industry in the 1970s and 80s), how can we possibly protect ourselves from toxic overload?

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The toxic bucket.

Let’s deal with the bad news first. Unless we fancy spending our lives in a cave on the top of a high and distant mountain, we can’t avoid exposure to toxic substances. Quite simply, they’re part of the fabric of our lives, not only in our food and drink, but in the very air that we breathe.

For us, as citizens of the 21st century, synthetic toxins are inescapable. Thank goodness then, that the human body is a remarkably resilient vessel, able to adapt, adjust and eliminate many of the chemical nasties it ingests.

But there are limits. There’s only so much we can take on before we become sick.
Imagine, if you will, our body as a bucket, slowly filling with toxins. So long as we can contain them, and stop the bucket from tipping over, then we have a chance of staying healthy. It’s when the bucket fills up and the toxins begin to spill over the side, that we’ve got a problem. Once a critical point is reached, beyond the ability of our bodies to deal with, sickness is never far away.

We need then, to stop the bucket tipping over. We can’t avoid toxicity entirely, but we can limit our exposure, keeping the bucket upright and our wellbeing intact. To do so, we need to think carefully about every aspect of our lives, adopting a holistic approach to our health and taking a series of small steps which, when put together, can help prevent toxic overload.

 

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The Power of Detox and the Magic of Ritual.

To stop our toxic bucket from tipping over, we need to know what we can do to care for ourselves and our environment, not only detoxing where we can, but also nourishing our spiritual, physical, and emotional wellbeing.

As part of this, the power of ritual is important. Studies have shown that rituals have the capacity to deepen connections, as well as bring us fulfilment and light. They can be small, simple, seemingly insignificant acts we repeat every day, or more profound routines that we return to whenever we need help or nourishment. Whichever the case, rituals are an important component of our lives and something to be nurtured.

What follows is by no means an exhaustive list, but the suggested detox steps and rituals are easy to implement. They can help improve our levels of wellbeing.

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In the articles to follow, we look at a series of detox steps and rituals which are easy to implement, and which can help improve our levels of wellbeing. They cover 4 key areas of our lives:
– Our home
– Our diet
– Our beauty and personal care regime
– Our mind and emotions

1Gretchen Lee Salter, ‘Thousands of Chemicals on the Market But No Rules to Test for Safety’; http://www.psr.org/environment-and-health/environmental-health-policy-institute/responses/thousands-ofchemicals-
on-the-market.html?referrer=https://www.google.co.nz/
2Sierra Bright; ‘15 Every Day Things That Increase Your Cancer Risk’; http://www.naturallivingideas.com/15-every-day-things-that-increaseyour-cancer-risk/
3 Wayne Sinclair, M.D.’ Richard W. Pressinger; ‘Environmental Causes of Infertility’; (M.Ed.); Graduate Research Project, University of South Florida, Tampa; http://www.chem-tox.com/infertility/
4 ‘Rises in Early Puberty May Have Environmental Roots’; Scientific American; https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/rises-in-earlypuberty-may-have-environmental-roots/
5MD, Prof Patricia A Hunt, PhD, Prof Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, MD, John Peterson Myers, PhD, Joseph DiGangi, PhD, Prof R Thomas Zoeller, PhD, Dr Leonardo Trasande, MD; ‘Exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals in the USA: a population-based disease burden and cost analysis’; The Lancet; http://www.thelancet.com/journals/landia/article/PIIS2213-8587(16)30275-3/abstract