Join biochemist, Rik J. Deitsch, and physician, Dr. Stewart Lonky, MD, as they explore the health problems associated with environmental toxins and offer solutions that will help you reduce your toxic burden and live a healthier, longer life.
Most of us everyday are exposed to and absorb harmful environmental toxins that shouldn't be there in the first place. Yet we continue to pay the debt! What does this mean to your health? How do we protect ourselves and our families?
The title alone sounds intriguing, doesn’t it? Maybe a murder mystery, or perhaps a book of international intrigue with villains and assassins who have hidden their real identities as they do their dirty work. Or, you might be expecting a science fiction extravaganza, complete with invisible creatures who swoop down on their victims and wreak havoc on the unsuspecting. Well, in a very real sense, this book is all of this and more, except for one thing. What we present in this book is not fiction.
So begins the exposé that educates readers about the very real dangers that surround us every day in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the foods we eat. These environmental toxins can build up in our bodies, causing disease and even death. Rik Deitsch and Dr. Stewart Lonky identify the problems and offer solutions that will help you reduce your toxic burden and live a healthier, longer life.
There are an estimated 7 Million illnesses and 1000 deaths each year in the United States from waterborne microbes. Chlorinated chemicals in drinking water from pesticides, herbicides and refrigerants have been linked to increased risk of breast cancer. Cyanobacterial toxins in municipal water have been linked to illness and disease worldwide. Sewage treatment plant workers are at much higher risk of respiratory illness, skin rashes, headaches and body aches.
There are now 1460 metric tons of airborne toxins that travel on the jet stream around the world. Because of this there is no place on the planet that can be considered a pristine environment. Facilities in the United States released 4.7 Billion pounds of toxins into the air in 2005– 72 Million pounds are known carcinogens.In 2005 the city of Chicago experienced 68 days when the air quality was too unhealthy for children, elderly and the ill. Coal-fired power plants spew sulfates, nitrates and mercury into the air. These compounds have been linked to more than 20,000 premature deaths each year.
Environmental toxins work their way into the food chain. As of late 2005, 47 states have advisories to limit intake of freshwater fish due to mercury contamination. In 2005, the FDA reported finding chlorinated pesticides, like DDE (dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene – a breakdown product of DDT), in 63% of foods surveyed. Pesticides and Herbicides in food have been linked to many cancers.