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Toxic scare mongering mutes hidden truth.

It would seem that present-day Americans are living in constant danger of toxic overload. We routinely hear stories about how our exposure to mercury, PCBs, pesticides, plastics, and other common toxins is behind everything from autism to cancer. Movies such as "Erin Brockovich" stoke fear and outrage, and there is no shortage of products that claim to "detoxify" our bodies. Yet, what often gets lost is the fact that we actually are living in the least toxic time in human history and that there is no evidence that the average American has suffered any ill health effects from the amount of toxins we are exposed to routinely.

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"When we talk about toxins, what we often forget is that the dose is key. Very few Americans are exposed to high enough levels to cause health problems," reveals physician William Meller, an evolutionary medicine specialist and author of Evolution Rx: A Practical Guide to Harnessing Our Innate Capacity for Health and Healing. His book discusses:

The myth of mercury poisoning from fish. A review of fish consumption in the medical journal Lancet reveals that there have been no--zero--cases of human mercury poisoning from eating fish ever reported in the U.S. or Great Britain.

Does the plastic in water bottles cause cancer? If this were true, "we would have seen tens of thousands of cancer cases already. There's also no credible evidence that tap water, food preservatives, deodorant, aluminum, processed foods, aspartame (Equal), or saccharin (Sweet'N Low) cause cancer."

Life in the Stone Age was dirty. Foods were not refined and the succulent fruits and vegetables we know today were full of naturally occurring pesticides, herbicides, neurotoxins, and endocrine disrupters, all made by the plants to protect themselves from being eaten. Every bite was accompanied by a garnish of grit that contained heavy metals and plenty of germs.

Our "evolutionary hazmat crew." Human beings have developed this to protect themselves daily from toxic exposure. "Our kidneys and livers can eliminate much higher does of toxins than the average American is exposed to daily."

Who really is in danger? Farmers, chemical workers, and waste management employees can be exposed to high doses of pesticides and other potentially harmful substances.

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Date:Aug 1, 2009
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