Environmental Toxins
Excerpt from Soak Your Nuts: Cleansing with Karyn by Karyn Calabrese

Of course, we all know that our planet has become increasingly polluted. Our systematic destruction of the rainforest and earth’s other natural defenses has certainly been well documented. In this increasingly toxic world, we are exposed to damaging chemicals day and night, and often we don’t even know it.

For example, we jog on city streets, never considering that the air we’re pulling into our lungs might counteract the benefits of exercise and even threaten our heart health. Then we quench our thirst with chemically treated water without giving a second thought to what it might be doing to our cells, our organs, or our bodies’ miraculous physical systems.More chemicals are making their way into the environment and into our bodies than ever before. According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, about 300 billion pounds of synthetic chemicals were produced, used, and disposed of in the United States in the early 1990s alone. Seventy years ago, that figure was closer to ten million pounds. All told, roughly eighty-four thousand chemicals are registered for commercial use in the United States.

So where are these chemicals right now? They are being pumped into our neighbor’s lawns, where they pollute the aquifer as runoff. They are in the clothes we bring home from the dry cleaners. They are incorporated into our shampoos, face creams, and other personal care items. They are in our household cleaners. They are even in our prescription drugs. And most worrisome, they are being absorbed through our skin and making their way through our digestive tracts.

Take a look around you right now. Think about your own surroundings and situation. Are you exposed to environmental pollutants like smog or secondhand smoke? Do you ingest alcohol, artificial sweeteners, caffeine, or food coloring? Are you aware that the foods you eat probably contain genetically modified organisms or growth hormones? Could these dangerous substances be setting you up for degenerative illness, obesity, premature aging, or worse? Are they the reason you’re feeling so worn, so tired, so bloated, or just so lousy?

I know that thinking about toxins that assault us in the course of normal, modern life is sobering and even frightening, but fear is not what I want to instill. Rather, I want you to become aware and recognize that there is a solution to the problem. This solution is inherent in the natural instincts we are born with, even though we may have long forgotten.