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 it is us who have suffered from this ailment, 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.
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
Apart from the above causes, the major cause that we are going to focus in this article is Toxins.
So let’s discuss the worst kind of toxins and the source at which you are probably getting exposed to them.
Restaurants, especially fast-food restaurants, are known to produce processed food laden with chemicals. There is ample evidence to suggest a connection between fast food and brain chemistry imbalances. Some examples of harmful foods, aka fake foods, would be:
- Highly processed food
- Packaged and Canned Food
- Inorganic Food
- Foods high in Glycemic Index (Bread, Chips, Pretzels, Ice Cream Cone)
- Low Fiber Food
- Food contained in plastic containers; are all packing with them a lot of harmful chemicals.
Even food, you presume to be healthy can be toxic. E.g., Fish is known to be rich in nutrients, but some fish like Tuna, although delicious, are known to contain heavy metal. Also, one should also refrain from consuming farm fish, as these fish are fed genetically modified food which contains toxins. We should always educate ourselves about where our food is coming from, 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 relieve us from the stress of surgery. However, Anesthesia is also known to damage and deteriorate the brain tissue, causing many mental health problems.
Thankfully, there are treatments like detoxification and nutritional therapy that can be taken after surgery, which can have surprising healing effects on the brain.
This is further evidence that the brain tissue can heal itself if we eliminate the toxins from our body.
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 neurotoxin, it can then lead to various neurological disorders and diseases.
Other Harmful Toxins and Their Sources
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, then you should be careful with the arsenic levels found in them.
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. DDT 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. Make sure you only consume purified water to stay on the safer side.
Environment Toxins Found in Air
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 Puerile
- 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 statistic suggested, most of the harmful toxins can be found in our household. There is a lot of stored chemical 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 household.
Avoid consuming processed and canned products substituting it with more organic, wholesome food. Your cosmetic products and upholstery is a good source for toxins like phthalates to reside. Phthalates can also be found in building material, pharmaceuticals, nutritional supplements, shampoos, cleaning material, and even children toys. It is advisable to be cautious with the products you are using. You have to be aware of the chemicals found in your daily products, and 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. Toxins need to undergo more studies so we can understand their impact better and educate our communities at large to effectively eliminate them from our lives. 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.