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Environmental Illness

You may have heard about different ways our environment is polluted, but you may be surprised to find out about some of the specific poisons in our environments that can hinder us from overcoming symptoms and conditions and slow down our healing process. This article will show you how to protect yourself against these destructive forces. Know that there is much you can do to heal, no matter how many of these you are exposed to.

Environmental Issues Inside the Home

Allergies, monthly headaches during your menstrual cycle, asthma, eczema, anxiety, fatigue, hair loss, brain fog, confusion, weakness, aches and pains, and a host of other health issues can all be exacerbated by environmental issues.

With all of the triggers I’ll discuss, please don’t worry if you are in a circumstance where you cannot avoid or eliminate the trigger. Know that you can make the best choices you’re able to protect yourself in other ways, such as through food choices or with supplements.

Carpet Chemicals

Brand new carpet contains solvents, fungicides, and other toxic chemicals, which can trigger seasonal-affective-disorder-like symptoms and other conditions and symptoms connected with any active or inactive viruses you have. For example, if you have Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and you’re exposed to the chemicals found in new carpets, a host of symptoms and conditions may arise, such as fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Lyme disease, aches and pains, brain fog, migraines, Hashimoto’s, psoriasis or asthma.

Conventional carpet cleaners typically use a large number of different solvent chemicals mixed into a single, toxic brew. People don’t realize that the freshly cleaned carpets they’re walking on barefoot or letting their children play on have been saturated in a harmful solution. The solvents and chemicals found inside freshly cleaned carpets can trigger viruses in people’s bodies, such as EBV.

Another problem is that older carpets especially tend to begin breaking down and can harbor mold.

Paint

Be cautious and mindful of painting projects inside the home. Fresh paint can have a negative impact on your health, and it takes time for paint fumes to dissipate. Viral and bacterial conditions are more easily triggered when someone is living in a freshly painted space.For example, streptococcus could be triggered, which could result in a health-related difficulties including SIBO, sinus congestion, UTIs, styes, and acne. If possible, use low-VOC paint.

Mold

Mold can be present in a variety of places. Different types of black mold that may appear inside the walls, underneath the kitchen sink, or other places around the home can trigger serious health symptoms and conditions. Black mold can be a major trigger for neurological viruses that create Lyme disease symptoms, a variety of multiple sclerosis, or a host of other health-related issues. Learn more on my radio show Healing From Mold Exposure.

Water

From brushing your teeth to washing your hands to soaking in the tub after a busy day, you’re constantly encountering varying qualities of water. Many people know to avoid drinking tap water whenever possible. If you cannot afford a high-quality water filter, even a semi-decent filtration system can offer some benefits.

When you run a bath or step into the shower, you’re often bathing in chlorine and fluoride. These substances are not ideal for your health or healing. I worked with one client who developed chronic fatigue because of constant exposure to chlorine while showering, on top of an Epstein-Barr virus. After addressing the chlorine, the fatigue reduced by 75%.

Consider installing a filter in your shower or a reverse osmosis water system throughout your home.

Air

Every state in the U.S. has areas that are specifically designated for agricultural use. In many of these areas, workers lay down hundreds of billions of pounds of plastic throughout rows of produce. These often white (but sometimes black) colored row covers are vastly different than the row covers you may use in your backyard garden to provide protection and pest control.

These toxic plastic row covers blanket thousands of acres of crops throughout the U.S. and in other countries, and they’re sprayed multiple times a week with rodenticides, herbicides, pesticides, insecticides, and fungicides. The barrels these chemicals come from display a unique variety of hazard label, which is a large skull and bones, and the mixture that’s eventually sprayed on the crops is concocted in a massive containment unit. The people who cover these plastics with those toxic chemicals have to wear hazmat suits to protect themselves.

Once the conventional crops are ready to be harvested, the plastics are gathered and burned. During this process, dangerous furans take to the air. Burning plastic by itself can be toxic, but this becomes an even greater issue because of the high levels of pesticides, fungicides, rodenticides, and herbicides covering these plastics. This hidden practice is wreaking havoc on people’s lives, but it’s slipping under the radar of experts and environmentalists.

Since I first received my gift at age four, my source has told me that this destructive practice is one of the reasons for the currently high rate of cancers. This is unknown to medical science and research. For more on cancer, read Liver Rescue and Thyroid Healing.

Many people are suffering from viruses such as EBV that are creating severe fatigue and a multitude of other symptoms and conditions that you can learn about in Thyroid Healing. These symptoms can be triggered by this pollution as well.

Additionally, allergy and asthma sufferers are greatly impacted by this practice. Oftentimes spring allergies people suffer from are largely due to the increase in the burning of plastics on agricultural lands. Pollen may cause some irritation, but what could be triggering most of someone’s allergies is exposure to toxic, odor-free plumes. Because these crops are burned at different times in different areas, people can experience symptoms and conditions related to this destruction year-round.

The west coast has been especially impacted by this tragic practice, and when the winds blow, a terribly toxic soot that was created in the agricultural areas spreads throughout the west. Across the country, places have been affected by this free-flowing air pollution. This is especially true for states with warmer climates. Environmental groups are unaware of the immense harm this particular air pollution is causing and have no clue that this practice is one of the biggest reasons for air pollution-related illnesses in the world today.

Sadly, this is not even a necessary practice. Replacing these conventional techniques with organic farming practices could have many positive consequences for our health.

There are also many chemicals falling out of the sky on a regular basis. Exhaust and jet fuel are one type. There’s also radiation fallout from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster and the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It may be surprising to learn that only a small fraction of the radiation from World War II has fallen to the ground level of earth thus far.

Communities

If you live in a gated community, retirement complex, condo, or other communal space, you are likely exposed to rampant pesticide use. The hundreds of pounds of pesticides used on lawns, bushes, and other greenery in these community spaces affect people who live in these places. These chemicals are also carried by the wind so they have adverse effects on people outside the community.

Golf Courses, Parks, and Lawns

Lethal fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides cover most golf courses, and most people who play on these courses will suffer some negative health consequences because of it. Not only are your feet, ankles, and legs exposed to tremendous amounts of pesticides and herbicides, but you’re breathing in these toxins as well.

Parks and sports fields are also heavily sprayed with chemicals. It’s unfortunate that places that bring joy to so many families can be highly toxic.

For your health, reconsider spraying your lawn with an herbicide or treating the inside or outside of your home with insecticide.

New Cars, Furniture, and Clothes

Toxic solvents create that new car smell and can linger in a vehicle and cause problems for up to six months. If you have allergies or chemical sensitivities and you get a new car, know that you may suffer with these symptoms more during the first few months after your purchase.

If you buy a new piece of furniture, it’s likely laced with fungicides and nanotechnology. It may also have a smell, which is due to the high-level of solvents typically found in new fabrics. Even if the furniture doesn’t smell, solvents are still usually present. Due to the toxic nature of the solvents, simply sitting on a new piece of furniture could slow down someone’s healing.

Whenever you purchase new clothes, blankets, towels, quilts, or other bedding, wash them before you wear them. Many of these new pieces have been saturated with formaldehyde, fungicide, and other toxic chemicals. Avoid traditional dry cleaners as well, as the toxic chemicals used at these places can hinder healing.

Detergents and Hair Care Products

When doing laundry, it’s important to use a natural detergent. Conventional detergents usually contain petrol oil, which may slow healing efforts.

Be mindful of the products you use, including creams, gels, sprays, and hair products. One past client returned to my office because her headaches had come back after a three-month respite. Spirit told me the client was using a different, more toxic brand of hairspray. My client confirmed this was the case.

Perfumes and Colognes

Perfumes and colognes should be avoided whenever possible. Chemical compounds used in perfumes and colognes have the same chemical compound construction as particular pesticides and herbicides.

Perfumes and colognes are so toxic that simply breathing in the cologne or perfume of another colleague at work on a daily basis can set your healing back slightly.

If you’re hesitant to give up your perfume or cologne, switch to some high-quality essential oils. Essential oils can give you a wonderful fragrance without exposing you to toxins.

Air Fresheners

Plug-in air fresheners, like perfumes and colognes, possess the same chemical compound construction as certain pesticides and herbicides. Remove and toss any plug-in air fresheners or sprays. Air fresheners are so harmful that moving into a place where air fresheners were once used can actually slow down someone’s healing for a period of time.

Invisible Issues

I’ve worked with tens of thousands of clients throughout my life. By listening to Spirit during countless readings, I’ve learned that there are many things we’re up against in our lives. Some are visible and many are invisible.

For example, I had one client whose health was improving but then declined again for several days after they painted a room.

Another client returned after his healing started to stagnate. It turned out he had switched to eating only conventionally-grown produce to save some money. I suggested he try to eat organic at least 50% of the time, and his health began to improve.

One client had been doing amazing for two years but started to go backward after having their carpets cleaned. This particular client ended up replacing their carpets with hardwood floors soon after. I realize this isn’t always possible, but for this client, it was feasible and worth the investment.

Resilience and Adaptation

Remember that even though we’re being bombarded with environmental toxins wherever we live and wherever we go, our bodies are incredibly resilient. Even if you lower the level of heavy metals in your body by a small margin, or slightly decrease your viral load, it’s likely your body will noticeably reward you for your efforts. (Learn more about how viral load is relevant and responsible for many chronic health issues in Thyroid Healing). Your body has a God-given, miraculous ability to adapt once it’s given the right foods, supplements, and care.

When it comes to battling environmental toxins, some of which can be seen (like black mold), and some of which go unseen (like the dangerous furans that come from burning highly toxic plastic), it’s important to be gentle with yourself and patient with your healing journey. Hold onto the fact that your body is not letting you down and is doing everything it can to fight against these factors.

Protecting Yourself

Here are a few simple tips to help protect yourself and your loved ones:

Organic

Choose organic produce when possible. If you eat animal products, stick to antibiotic-free, grass-fed meats and free-range chicken.

Healing Foods

These foods can help protect you from environmental toxins. Read more about their physical, emotional, and spiritual healing properties in Life-Changing Foods.

  • Bring wild blueberries into your diet to help protect yourself against environmental toxins, including pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. Wild blueberries are forced to fight all types of environmental elements as they grow, and they’re the most adaptogenic food you can consume.
  • Eat other antioxidant-rich foods, including other types of berries such as cranberries, strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries. Raspberries act as a protective shield against paint fumes.
  • Melons, apples, peaches, plums, nectarines, cherries, kiwis, oranges, pomelos, zucchinis and grapefruits are other powerhouse fruits to bring into your diet.
  • Incorporate vegetables, including artichokes, squashes, broccoli, and cauliflower.
  • Eat asparagus, which is a powerful shoot that can help cleanse the kidneys, which are a pair of organs that are important for helping remove poisons from the body.
  • Include beneficial leafy greens, such as maché, spinach, swiss chard, red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce, and romaine.
  • Consume romaine daily to help protect against radiation.
  • Add a little kale to your diet each day to help prevent carpet chemicals from causing too much harm.
  • Drink the Medical Medium Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie daily. It contains ingredients that detoxify heavy metals, including barley grass juice powder, spirulina, Atlantic dulse, cilantro and wild blueberries.
  • Stay hydrated—it’s an important piece of healing. Drink cucumber juice when you can and include a daily lemon water to receive an extra punch of life-giving vitamin C and minerals. These hydrating drinks can protect you from harmful elements.
  • Drink celery juice, a secret weapon when it comes to battling environmentally triggered health problems. Drinking celery juice daily for an extended period of time can do wonders for your body and overall health. Learn more in Celery Juice.
  • Healing Supplements
  • Vitamin C is a powerful weapon against toxins and using it daily can help along your healing process.
  • Chaga mushroom and cordyceps are two mushrooms that may support suffering from environmentally triggered illness.

Moving Forward

If your healing has stalled, grown stagnant, or seems to be moving in reverse, consider environmental toxins that may be having an impact. Hold onto the truth that your body is fighting for you and loves you unconditionally. I’ve seen thousands of people up against a variety of environmental toxins fully recover and live vibrant, healthy lives. Hopefully understanding all the variables that play a role in health and healing can allow you to give yourself and your body grace and compassion along your journey.

This item posted: 11-Apr-2017

 

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