Most Americans look to our government and “science” to determine the safety of the chemicals that we use day in and day out. What many Americans don’t realize is the number of chemicals, the number of artificially-created (not naturally-occurring) substances that we come into contact with on a daily basis and how these substances are tested for safety.
What you don’t know should concern you.
“More than 80,000 chemicals are put into American household products, food, and food packaging each year, essentially without safety testing, generating more than $763 billion in profits for the chemical industry.
More than 10,000 chemical additives with questionable safety, as most have never been tested in humans, are allowed in food and food packaging alone.”
Keep in mind that this incredible number of chemicals does not include the chemicals that you come into contact with in your personal care products, cleaning products, and everyday life, such as fire-retardant treatments or dyes for clothing and upholstery for furniture and vehicles. The number is staggering.
Many people would simply shrug this off and say that our government tests these chemicals to be sure that hey are safe for us. The issue with this comment is that these people are both right and wrong.
These people are correct that many of these chemicals are tested for safety. The problem lies in how they are tested. Dr. Mercola has this to say about the testing:
“What little safety testing is done is typically done on chemicals in isolation. Mounting research reveals this is a major mistake, as when many chemicals are used together, their toxicity can increase exponentially.”
What this means is that scientists and, therefore, government officials don’t know how these chemicals react with each other in the complex environment of the human body because the testing does not take into consideration the inter-relatedness of the body’s systems.
A recent article in The Guardian notes,
“The finding supports the idea that chemicals may be capable of acting in concert with one another to cause cancer, even though low-level exposures to these chemicals individually might not be carcinogenic.
Lead researcher William Goodson III, from San Francisco’s California Pacific Medical Center, said his results show one-at-a-time testing is out of date and must be modernised.
‘Every day we are exposed to an environmental “chemical soup”, so we need testing that evaluates the effects of our ongoing exposure to these chemical mixtures,’ he said.”
To put this in layman’s terms, scientists, corporations, and governments do not know the effect of these chemicals working together. Therefore, we may be better off looking to live as natural a lifestyle as possible minimizing our exposure to chemicals as much as possible.