Some people say, If I eat well, do moderate exercise, take a few vitamins, do not smoke and just drink occasionally I should be healthy, right?

Wrong! The red flags are flying in our faces, some even at half-mast, yet we do not pay attention.

Detox is becoming a hot topic. The world has changed. Toxic substances and chemical waste materials have become environmental hazards that cause damage to our health. Our bodies need to dispose of the waste material it collects or it can become a major problem. Our bodies also can naturally deal with many harmful substances that invade its system, unless the toxic buildup is so immense that it begins affecting our organs, cells and internal detox systems. One symptom of toxic overload is fatigue and being persistently tired.

Your chances of getting cancer are now one in three with the prediction that it will soon be one in two. Greenpeace reports, due to environmental toxic waste problems, that our bodies are burdened with some 200 different kinds of organochlorines, reactive compounds with carbon-chlorine bonds that include pesticides, dioxins, PCBs, solvents, acids and many more. The research suggests that the average American carries more than 60 parts per trillion of dioxin compounds in our tissues, enough to cause adverse health effects. And this is just the tip of the iceberg!

Let’s add the abundance of mercury in our fish, the heavy metals in our food and air, the high levels of arsenic in our water, cadmium in our food, chromium (a byproduct of steel) in our soil and of course radioactive strontium 90 (from nuclear fallout) already in our bones! According to Mike Weilbacher in Toxic Shock: The Environmental Cancer Connection, there are 1,500 new chemicals, plastics, solvents, cleaning agents and reformulated fuels that enter the marketplace annually while under-funded government watchdogs check the toxicity of only about 12 to 20 of them.

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Fiery U.S. Senate hearings last week addressed the horrendous amount of arsenic levels in our drinking water, which correlate to all endocrine cancers. Yet the EPA, under Director Christie Todd Whitman, continues to try and justify why this current administration reversed the existing laws on the books that would control the amount of allowable arsenic in our water!

Our chemical industry hides the truth from consumers, denies the facts that the link between health hazards and their chemical waste is high and then turns around and tries to sell us more chemicals to eradicate the cancers they have created. What a market!

We can’t live in a bubble. We can’t get away from the fast foods, toxic effects of diet soda, bathing in over-chlorinated tap water and just plain breathing. So, let’s take care and take charge.

First and foremost, continue to not be passive about our toxic environment. Write Senators DeWine and Voinovich reminding them that the levels of arsenic in our water will affect them as well as their families.

Second and most pro-active, detox daily. Do the simple things everyday; add one focus detox per week and one major detox per month.

Nutrients that keep us safe

Studies from many sources show that antioxidants reduce the risk of developing cancer. Antioxidants neutralize the detrimental affects of harmful chemicals called free radicals. Free radicals invade cells like rust affects metals. (Dr. Andrew Weil highly recommends an antioxidant program; click to for more info.)

The trilogy (take with meals):

  • 25,000 IU of beta carotene
  • 1,500 mg of vitamin C
  • 800 IU of vitamin E

Selenium (low levels are linked to breast cancers):

  • Take with a fruit snack mid-day
  • You can take 200 mg with vitamin E, but it may not absorb with vitamin C
  • If you have had cancer, you may want to take 300 mg

Minerals (take after dinner):

  • Zinc enhances the immune system
  • Copper is an antioxidant
  • Calcium and vitamin D, especially for women
  • Flaxseed is a must for cancer prevention. It’s effects are anti-tumor, anti-viral, and it’s a powerful antioxidant

Think green:

Studies show there are more than 3,000 plants with reported anticancer activity. Green is a powerful antioxidant, besides a gentle detox agent. Drink two to three cups of green things daily. Choices include:

  • Green tea daily fights tumor formation
  • One tablespoon of chlorophyll in eight ounces of water eliminates mucous
  • Juice green veggies; have a veggie cocktail
  • Take spirulina, chlorella or wheat grass drinks at least once per week Don’t be fooled:

    Green Kool-Aid or lime soda does not constitute a healthy green thing.

Simple as it may seem, purging the body of toxins will be the future of medicine. We haven’t been able to prevent the detrimental effects of toxins yet. So the best idea is to outsmart the process and change your internal environment.

May the longtime sun shine upon you.