“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” -Isaac Asimov
Living In A Toxic World
In the last 40-50 years (my lifetime and most likely yours), we have seen an unprecedented explosion in the manufacture and wide-spread use of chemicals, plastics, and food additives that are toxic to the human body. The documentary “Our Chemical Lives” focuses on the myriad of chemicals in our air, food, water, and household products. Every year, research continues to uncover detrimental health consequences due to chemical toxicity.
84,000 chemicals are legal for commerce in the U.S. and the use of each is essentially unregulated. In 2011, chemical production generated more than $763 billion in revenue. For example, the six billion pounds of BPA (Bisphenol A) produced every year yields nearly $8 billion in profits for its manufacturers.
Common household chemicals, plastics, pesticides/herbicides, and industrial pollutants affect the neurological and endocrine systems of the human body. They are often referred to as “endocrine disruptors” and “neuro-toxins” because of their ability to alter the normal function of hormones – both metabolic and reproductive – and neurotransmitters. Endocrine glands regulate vital physiological processes such as blood sugar regulation, metabolism, reproduction, and growth and development.