detoxification functional medicineA global taskforce of consisting of 174 scientists from leading research centers among 28 countries studied the link between commonly encountered chemicals and the development of cancer. This study chose 85 chemicals not considered carcinogenic and discovered that 50 of them promoted key cancer-related mechanisms at exposures commonly found in the environment.

There has been many concerns about the cumulative effects of everyday chemicals. Cancer Biologist Dr Yasaei stated, “This research backs up the idea that chemicals not considered harmful by themselves are combining and accumulating in our bodies to trigger cancer and might lie behind the global cancer epidemic we are witnessing.”

In light of this evidence, researchers are advising an increased emphasis on research into the cumulative effect of these environmental chemicals. The current research estimates chemicals could be responsible for as many as one in five cancers. Since the human population routinely exposed to thousands of chemicals, the effects need to be better understood to reduce the incidence of cancer globally.

The truth is, we all live in an ever-increasing toxic environment. More than 80,000 chemicals are introduced into the world each year and our indoor environment is likely more toxic than our outdoor environment.

Even though there has been a rising incidence of many cancers, very too little research has been conducted examining these environmental agents and their potential impact.

We are exposed to pesticides, herbicides, chemical solvents, xenobiotics, and industrial chemicals of all kinds that we get exposed through the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe. These toxins accumulate in our body and contribute to the total toxic load that can cause a variety of health problems. Unfortunately, this exposure to chemicals are unavoidable in the environment.

What can we do? Support our detoxification pathways. There is significant evidence on the importance of diet and nutritional supplementation in maintaining detoxification pathways. This may consist of eating organic food, drinking clean, pure water, and supplementing with nutrients like N-acetyl-cysteine and calcium d-glucurate or participating in a formal detoxification program.

There are many benefits to detoxification such as increased energy, deeper sleep, reduced joint pain, improved weight loss, better focus and memory, improved sex drive, and improved digestion.

Source: W. H. Goodson, L. Lowe, et al. Assessing the carcinogenic potential of low-dose exposures to chemical mixtures in the environment: the challenge ahead. Carcinogenesis, 2015; 36 (Suppl 1): S254 DOI:10.1093/carcin/bgv039

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