Wake Up & Smell the Poison 2

By: Iman Ashour

We are guilty of many errors and faults,

but our worst crime is abandoning the

children, neglecting the foundation of

life. Many of the things we need can wait.

The child cannot. Right now is the time

his bones are being formed, his blood is

being made and his senses are being

developed. To him we cannot answer

"Tomorrow". His name is "today".

Gabriela Mistral,

1945 Nobel Prize Winner.

This is chemical rehab part 2,

In part one we recognized that as much as we have advanced in life as humans, we may have contributed to potentially non reversible effects and damage to our selves as well as generations that have yet to follow. Here are some distressing factual numbers and statements (from the chemical legacy by Catherine N. Dorey):

The USA continues to have one of the highest infant mortality rates and the highest rates of preterm and low birth-weight babies in the industrialized world (Altshuler et al., 2003a).

In addition, the risks of developing the disorders which result in infant death are all increased by exposure to chemicals.

Next are the incidences of asthma, allergies and autoimmune diseases which are increasing world wide, simply stop and think of how many people including yourself that you know of who suffer some type of allergy.

And while there is no doubt that genetic predisposition is an important factor for development of immune disease, environmental factors play an important role in their development as well. Studies show that certain chemicals cause changes in the immune system which affects the bodys ability to fight infections and cancer, to inducing allergy and autoimmune diseases.

Most know that cancer is the third most common cause of death among children between 1 -19 years (Anderson, 2001) and it has been estimated that 1 in 3 people will develop cancer during their lifetime. Almost all of us know someone or of someone whose life has been affected by cancer.

More over, there is an epidemic of developmental, learning and behavioral disabilities in children (Shettler et al.,2000). The number of children being treated for attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has increased dramatically in the last ten years (Houlihan et al., 2003; Shettler et al.,2000). The reported incidence of autism is also increasing (Houlihan et al., 2003). The causes are unknown but chemical exposures are considered to be a potential contributor (Wood ward, 2001).

Reproductive disorders, particularly in the male continue to be on the rise. Things like low sperm counts, testicular dysfunction and testicular cancer have all been linked to chemical exposure.

There have been hundreds upon hundreds of researches, articles, papers and news flashes urging people to understand why they or a loved one suffers from the above problems including many that I have not mentioned yet people seem to almost have a flat affect or are indifferent about such things. So I exposed my self or a loved one to some chemicals. There is not much I could do about it really?!

As my goal is to help people learn how to apply health and wellness, it baffles me the reaction or lack there of I get whenever I explain what it is people are truly buying and bringing into their homes from the grocery store. Is it brand loyalty? Or is it the fear of change?

Ultimately I would like to think that it is the fear of inflicting irreversable health hazards on our selves, our young and others that will lead to change.

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