Dr. Alan Inglis
Are your children or grandchildren getting enough vitamins,
minerals and industrial chemicals on a daily basis?
the adequate intake of vitamins and minerals may be questionable,
the ingestion of industrial chemicals is not. Children being born
into the world today are faced with more chemicals than we ever were
as children. It's what I've been saying for years: We're all party
to a lifelong chemical experiment, and most folks are oblivious to
the fact that they're unwittingly taking part.
Especially the youngest members of our society. Tiny bodies contain
alarming levels of unnatural chemicals, such as phthalates, PBDE's
and bisphenol A.
recent news story highlighted the grim reality that we're stewing
in—especially children. One family participated in a study to
measure the level of industrial chemicals in their bodies. One of
the children, who was under the age of two, was found to have levels
of the flame retardant PBDE that were almost seven times that of the
child's parents. (PBDE's are considered a neurological toxin in lab
downright scary. If in less than twenty-four months, a child manages
to rack up more chemicals in his body than his parents have had a
couple of decades to do, we need to sit up and pay attention.
Children have entered a world of untested chemicals that we're only
beginning to see the effects from—making them lab rats, in a sense.
I believe we're only seeing the tip of the iceberg in terms of the
titanic-proportioned mass poisoning that is going on all around
us. It's insidious because it's mostly invisible, coming from goods
and products that we take for granted and use every single day.
Consider the number of plastics that we use, many of them containing
phthalates and bisphenol A. These chemicals are coming under
scrutiny for their infliction of system damage they've been linked
phthalates, which are used in all sorts of products you can find
around your home, from water bottles to toiletries, have been shown
to cause reproductive problems. Earlier this year, phthalates were
linked to increased abdominal obesity and insulin resistance for
adult males. The higher their levels of phthalates, the greater
their prevalence of belly fat and insulin resistance.
According to this same study, it's estimated that over 75 percent of
us in the U.S. have a measurable level of several phthalates in our
class of chemicals has been out for half a century—and we're only
now starting to link some of its after-effects. To add insult to
injury—they're still in use. At least, the European Union and
California are on the vanguard of banning this chemical from use in
bisphenol A, another widely used chemical, it has been shown to be
present in the bodies of 95 percent of the U.S. population. It's
also linked to causing problems in the reproductive systems of
fetuses and infants.
ongoing issue has been the ability to actually test for chemical
levels in the body. The capacity to test individuals for their level
of toxicity, or "body burden" as it's known has only been available
for the past decade. And, it's a process still being honed for
accuracy. Also, these tests are just not fine-tuned enough to see
tell tale signs of the beginnings of disease processes.
doctors are suggesting that the rising prevalence of childhood
diseases are the result of those very after-effects that no one
anticipated. The chemical industry unleashes their products and goes
on its merry way, and we-the- consumers are left dealing with the
aftermath. Our children, grandchildren and ourselves are plagued
with illnesses and allergies that perplex the medical profession.
challenging to pinpoint the genesis of our ever-increasing health
woes, fertility issues, and the number of younger and younger folks
being seen with diseases. There are many industries that can share
the blame, but I'd say that all of this unnatural tinkering we
constantly do has long-lasting repercussions—and the proof is
in the pudding. Unfortunately, that pudding is being fed to the most
defenseless people of all.
don't know about you, but I don't want to play host to some
unnatural chemical in my body that Nature never intended. Nor do I
want to play "wait and see" with chemicals that haven't been tested
for their capability of damaging my system. And I think as a
society, we all agree that we don't want this for our children.
we often have to do to get any attention from Big Business, we need
to vote with our feet. That means avoiding the purchase of any
clothing for your kids or grandkids that is flame retardant—since
there's a much greater chance they'll fall victims to the chemicals
than to a fire.
get back to glass. Stainless steel works, too. You probably used a
glass baby bottle as a child, as did your parents before you. Pick
some up—they're still available. Skip plastic cups and the like.
This includes the higher-quality polycarbonate bottles that until
recently were thought to be safe and are still promoted to be so by
some. Your great-grandmother didn't use plastics and she did just
fine serving lemonade—minus the unwelcome industrial chemicals.
Dr. Alan Inglis