Why test for toxic substances in our body and our environment?
by Toxno and Toxtest founder - Hartmut Günther
Evidence is mounting and scientists are beginning to acknowledge concern that we know very little about the overall accumulative and synergist effect on human health of low level exposure to toxic chemicals.
It is necessary to test so that we can know. Knowing provides impetus for change. At this timely snapshot point in our humanity (2015) "revaluate, rethink, regroup, question, look deeper and "mad as hell" are tools that may be useful. Please, make no mistake, a tsunami of toxic man made substances is currently pouring and accumulating into our world, our local environment and as a result - our bodies.
Patients teach health practitioners. This as definitely been my experience. Several years ago a client presented with a young
child who had antimony levels off the scale (from a Hair Mineral Analysis test and confirmed with subsequent urine and blood
tests). The child had many serious health issues. We spoke for some time to conclude that the exposure route was the carpet that
the family had been walking on (with shoes on) for many years and that the children live, eat and play on .
The father had been
working at an Antimony mine for quite some time. Long term exposure to Antimony causes serious health complications. The mother,
the father and myself had no idea this transference to the child was possible.
Recently a patient presented who was an amateur shooting competitor. She often frequented the local shooting range to practice.
Routinely we checked her lead levels via a Hair mineral Analysis. Lead is used in bullets. She was 10 times above the baseline for
lead and her antimony, zinc and copper were also high. Interestingly the literature on contamination at shooting ranges showed
that lead, antimony, zinc and copper are the primary contaminants, mostly a result of their inclusion in bullet composition.
Subsequent blood and urine tests also showed elevated levels of lead.
Screening for toxic chemicals is particularly important for children and expectant mothers. Current research shows that mothers
breast milk is increasingly contaminated with toxic chemicals. Children are very sensitive to even the smallest amount of toxin.
Symptoms entail that resemble ADHD, autism, allergy, hyperactivity and even physical deformities.
Testing soil and water is paramount as it highlights routes of exposure to toxic chemicals that all of us are susceptible to. In April 2015, after more than a decade of denial,
it was finally revealed that Glyphosate (active ingredient in Roundup) is carcinogenic to humans.
(REF: Carcinogenicity of tetrachlorvinphos, parathion, malathion, diazinon, and glyphosate, IARC Classification, www.thelancet.com/oncology )
Young people are just learning about the world they live in. Just recently I spoke with a young man who had worked at a lead mine for 6 months. Currently he was weighing out Arsenic in a lab at the local university without much protection. Even as a science graduate he had no idea.