I often hear patients, friends and family asking the question, “But, why?” It is usually in the context of Uncle Joe was so healthy, was always so thin, he was active, but why did he have the stroke? My own brother, but why did he develop a brain tumor? The people that live in my moms neighborhood, but why has every home within 1/2 mile have family members that have been diagnosed or died from cancer in last 3 yrs? I often hear from my patients, but why me?
I have learned to fight tears and often cry with patients as they sort through their, but why’s. I don’t always know the correct answer or response as I am not their maker and I don’t know their destiny. I look more behind the science of the situation. The common link tends to be toxicity.
My common response is due to toxic body burden, exposures and the genomics within the body. A person can eat the healthiest food in the world, but if they have errors in their methylation cycle or glutathione pathway they are not going to be able detoxify and clear the toxins like others can. We have testing for this people and it is well worth every cent you will pay.
I’m saddened by the news today of hearing another horrible story of how these teachers in Malibu are experiencing horrible diagnoses. http://gma.yahoo.com/concerned-calif-teachers-fear-construction-may-brought-cancer-233257686–abc-news-topstories.html?vp=1 Yet, it is all too common. Most of the time we don’t even hear about this or people don’t put two and two together. Yes every one is completely different, but it is the overall toxic burden that tips us into a state of symptoms.
Common toxins we are exposed to include cosmetics and toiletries , new construction, new carpet/upholstery, dry cleaning, mattresses, clothing, contaminated food and water, poor air quality, mold, toys, cleaning supplies and the list continues. One might look at this list and become overwhelmed, but there are so many small steps to helping remove toxins from your environment. Simple ways of avoiding toxins is to not to heat plastic in the microwave, drink from glass, install HEPA filters in the home, and opt for vinegar as your cleaner. More expensive changes are to quickly remove your foam mattress from your house, install a reverse osmosis filter on your water and purchase an Austin or IQ Air filter for the home. There are many changes that one can make on any budget to make your home a little healthier. Becoming aware of toxicity in your world is key to prevention.