Toxins! It would not require much persuasion before you were willing to eliminate them from your life. After all, you do realize, that it is toxins that can affect your health and even lead to cancer and other diseases. Therefore, I would not be out of place to say that your favorite pastime does not include sniffing benzene, bisphenol or phthalates. So far so good. The challenge, however, is that chemicals and toxins are commonly prevalent in most homes, offices or even when you are out walking in your garden.

Many cans containing food also contain Bisphenol in the lining of the can. Similarly, many plastic products and flame retardant products, including clothes may contain the chemical. Dioxins are produced when paper and food are bleached and commonly end up in the food chain in the fatty tissue of animals. Atrazine is a commonly used herbicide, used in the production of corn. Phthalates are often found in flooring, shower curtains, synthetic leather, nail polish, paint. You may not like to hear this but even the shrink wrap that you use to preserve your food from germs, or so you thought, might contain Phthalates.

Perish the thought, if you are breathing a sigh of relief thinking that this is an easy list to avoid. Chemicals and toxins show up in your soap, toothpaste, shampoo, fruits, vegetables, preservatives, cooking utensils, perfumes, sprays, furniture, curtains, flooring, laptop, air conditioning or dehumidifier. I can go on endlessly without running out of objects that contain toxins. We are living in a frighteningly toxic world. Not surprisingly, our immune systems rebel and we get all sorts of diseases.

It would be foolish for me to suggest that you eliminate all toxins. However, it would be wise first to be aware and at the very least reduce the exposure that you and your family undergo. We did say we do not want to be sniffing benzene all day now, correct?


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.