Can we as individuals continue to ignore the amount of toxic substances that we ingest in our food, drink from our polluted waters, and breathe from our polluted air? Can we continue to depend on our government agencies to protect us? The answer is a resounding NO!
In spite of the fact that it is difficult to provide a scientific study to prove the correlation between pollution and cancer, reason can prevail and we can exercise our good judgment in deciding how we are going to protect ourselves from a conceived threat. (Editor’s note: The World Health Organization claims that 80% of cancer is environmentally induced.)
The cancer rate is constantly rising and more deaths occur today per 100,000 than did 25 years ago. Diseases that were non-existent years ago are now pervading our society.
Although the official position on life expectancy is that it is improving, more younger people are now contracting cancer which used to be a disease primarily of older people. It is just possible that the life expectancy figure rise is not due to longer survival for the elderly but newer techniques that maintain life artificially and the lower death rate at birth. Statistics do not give a detailed picture.
The body has great capacity to tolerate abuses from toxic substances. A healthy immune system will provide constant detoxification. A healthy immune system seeks out all materials it considers foreign and processes them for elimination. But like every organ in the body the system can reach a point where the demand is greater than its capability. More waste is ingested than can be eliminated. Here too, the body is magnificent in its ability to sustain life so the excess of toxic material is stored, hopefully, to be eliminated at a future opportunity.
How do we protect ourselves until we can depend on our federal consumer protective agencies? Unless we want to wear a gas mask or remain indoors in a controlled environment, there is no way to avoid air pollution. The body can handle limited amounts of toxic accumulation but we must do our utmost to control what we can.
The food intake can be improved considerably if not perfectly. Raising some of your own food without chemical fertilizer or chemical weed and pest control can help tremendously. Even apartment dwellers can raise some vegetables in sunny areas of their home. Health food stores are a source of produce without chemicals. You can also locate farms that garden organically. In New York City, some organic producers sell at the green markets.
The one item which can be improved totally is your water. You can either buy distilled water, or distill your own. Reverse Osmosis is another method of purifying water and the equipment can be installed in the home. These systems remove nearly 100% of the impurities. It is the purest and safest water we can have at the present time. Tap water may be free of bacteria and, therefore, claimed to be pure but that does not take into account the many chemicals that contaminate the water in the reservoirs. Spring water is also loaded with contaminants that seep into the underground rivers (aquifers). Spring water is probably more contaminated than tap water because the underground rivers collect chemicals from chemically sprayed lawns, golf courses and farms. Chemicals discharged by factories also leach through the soil reaching the aquifers.
Toxic bioaccumulation is probably the cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) as the problem has responded to detoxification therapy. So too has detoxification relieved chemically-sensitive people. Health Med, a California-based group, is using the Hubbard method of detoxification. It is a very complex system and time consuming.
Other detoxification techniques can be found in two books on the FACT book list on page 15. One is Tissue Cleansing Through Bowel Management by Bernard Jensen, D.C., Ph.D. and the other is Raw Vegetable Juices by Norman W. Walker.