Almost Every neurological disease and condition has increased over the past 50 years, including suicide, which is at its highest level in recorded history. The incidents of mental health problems are skyrocketing around the world, with deaths coming from prescription drugs, alcohol, and other such environmental toxins.
Neurological disorder or conditions that are caused by exposure to toxins include:
- IQ Loss (especially in children)
- Bipolar disorder
- Cognitive Decline
- Mood Disorder
And chronic diseases like:
Mental health is affecting us all. Either we have struggled ourselves, or we know a loved one who has. Our current health model is the only model of medicine that is not evidence-based or data-driven. Instead, it is solely based on symptoms. The good news is that evidence based, data driven approaches are becoming more accessible. We at Modern Holistic Health believe that now is as good a time as any to adopt a new model based on evidence.
Underlying causes of brain chemistry imbalances and neurological disorders include
- Leaky Gut
- IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
- Unhealthy Diet
- Improper Sleep
- Emotional and Physical trauma
- Lack of Physical Activity
In Addition to these underlying causes, another common cause is environmental toxins. This article discusses the worst kind of toxins and the source at which you are probably getting exposed to them.
Restaurants, especially fast-food restaurants, typically use GMO and non organic sources of foods that are laden with chemicals. There is ample evidence to suggest a connection between fast food and brain chemistry imbalances. Some examples of foods that can cause stress to the neurological system include:
- Highly processed food
- Packaged and Canned Food
- Non organic Food
- Foods high in Glycemic Index (Bread, Chips, Pretzels, Ice Cream Cone)
- Low Fiber Food
- Food contained in plastic containers.
Even food you might presume to be healthy can be toxic. Fish, for example, is known to be rich in nutrients, but some fish like Tuna, although delicious, are known to contain heavy metal. Farmed fish is another source of toxic chemicals, as these fish are fed genetically modified food which contains toxins. It is a good idea to educate ourselves about where our food is coming from and to practice caution before consumption.
Alcohol and Substance Abuse
Alcohol is a known toxin that can cause brain chemistry imbalance. Alcohol and addictive drugs like cocaine usually target your brain’s reward system. Alcohol floods your brain with a chemical called dopamine. This triggers an intense feeling of pleasure, which pushes people to chase that high.
We should all be thankful for anesthesia, as it helps us to withstand the physical stressors of surgery. However, Anesthesia is also known to damage and deteriorate the brain tissue, causing mental health problems.
Thankfully, there are treatments like detoxification and nutritional therapy that can be taken after surgery, which can help with healing effects on the brain.
An amalgam is a liquid mercury, and metal alloy mixture that is used in dentistry to fill cavities caused by tooth decay. Studies have shown that Amalgam fillings can deposit mercury into the brain. As we know mercury to be a well-known neuro toxin, it can then lead to various neurological disorders and diseases.
Arsenic is a very harmful chemical that usually occurs in minerals in combination with metals and sulfur. Many Arsenic chemicals can be found in water. If you are near a well or are a frequent user of the municipal water system, you might consider having your water tested for harmful chemicals, metals, and arsenic. Arsenic can also be found in chicken and rice. Arsenic can cause many diseases like Cancer, Diabetes, and Gout.
This colorless, odorless crystalline chemical compound can be found anywhere and is commontly found in water, meat, and fish. DDT is an ingredient used in pesticides and has been connected to dementia, diabetes, ADHD, and other diseases.
Lead can be found in paint, but also in our water. It is extremely important to check your municipal water system for levels of toxins that can ultimately cause irreversible damage to the brain and body. Make sure you only consume purified water to stay on the safer side.
A lot of Mercury has already ended up in the air of the United States. Human activities like the burning of coal, oil, and wood have led to the release of mercury in the air. The airborne mercury can ultimately be inhaled by the residents of the affected area, or it can fall to the ground in the form of raindrops or dust.
Mercury isn’t the only toxin that can be found in our air. In Fact, according to the EPA statistics, a household can be filled with even more toxins than the environment. All of this exposure really demands the body go through constant detoxification therapy.
Now that we have looked at some obvious and not so obvious sources of Toxins, Here is a list of Sources of Toxins that you may not even be aware of:
- Laundry Detergent
- Perfumes and Deodorants.
- Household Cleaners.
- Upholstery, and Carpets
- Hand Sanitizers like Purell
- Commercial and Household Hand Soaps.
- Personal Body Products like Nail Polish, Hair Dye
- Makeup Products like Foundation and Lip products.
- Chemicals stored in garage and basements.
How You Can Avoid Toxins Exposures
As the EPA statistics show, most of the harmful toxins can be found in our household. There are many stored chemicals that can be found in our garage and basements. The toxins emitted from these chemicals and car fumes can pollute the air inside the house.
It is important to take a look at what you are storing in your basement and empty your house of harmful chemicals and toxins. It is a good idea to keep air purifiers in the house.
Avoid consuming processed and canned products and when possible substitute them with more organic foods. Your cosmetic products and furniture upholstery are also sources for toxins, containing toxic chemicals like phthalates. Phthalates can also be found in building material, pharmaceuticals, nutritional supplements, shampoos, cleaning material, and even children toys. It is important to become aware of the common products you use and pay attention to the chemicals found in your daily products so that you can make a smart choice regarding the products you use and the food you consume.
Choose your food organically; choose them from the outer edge of the store. Use essential oils for cleaning. Be aware of the fragrance you use, as they are a hub for harmful toxins to fester and thrive, substitute chemical perfumes with essential oils instead.
Toxins are connected to every known disease known to humanity in some form or other. Awareness can go a long way in motivating people to make a lifestyle choice that positively affects them, as well as the people around them.