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Humanity is committing suicide through pollution: 12.6 MILLION avoidable deaths each year, WHO claims


(NaturalNews) The World Health Organization (WHO) is turning heads after releasing statistics on the number of deaths caused by pollution. In theory, all these deaths are preventable, completely avoidable if there were greater efforts to clean up home and work environments. Widespread use of lab-validated air and water purification systems could mitigate many of the deadly risks associated with today's industrial pollutants. Greater public awareness of these environmental contaminants could bring about holistic solutions that redefine people's quality of life. While great strides have been made to abandon use of carcinogens like asbestos and leaded gasoline for vehicles, there remains a long list of questionable chemicals and substances that disrupt the human digestive, nervous and endocrine systems.

About 50 million people die each year, worldwide. Over a fourth of those deaths (12.6 million) are linked to harmful chemicals, substances and pollutants. These are environmental causes that many people grow up into with no control over and with no awareness of. These pollution-induced deaths now account for 26 percent of the fatalities plaguing children five and under. It's a dark situation, one that continues to be swept under the rug.

Short list of chemicals and heavy metals that disrupt the endocrine system

It is unknown whether all of these endocrine-disrupting chemicals and heavy metals were factored into WHO's assessment on pollution and preventable deaths, but in one way or another, these contaminants silently wreak havoc on people's health, interfering with natural hormone-regulated body functions. Lurking in soil, water and air, these contaminants can cumulatively take a toll on one's health.

Endocrine disruption leads to problems such as:

  • Disruption of normal estrogen, androgen and progesterone levels
  • Dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation)
  • PMS
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Thyroid problems
  • Insulin resistance
  • Weight gain
  • Premature breast development
  • Less masculine behavior in boys, inhibition
  • Abnormal sexual development of fetuses
  • Sudden cardiovascular events
  • Mood swings
  • Behavioral issues
  • Endometriosis
  • Infertility
These problems are not genetic curses. These problems are environmental, and should be signs to the individual that their body systems are not working properly, and that changes need to be made to increase nutrient utilization or mitigate exposure to harmful chemicals and heavy metals.

Some of the most destructive endocrine disrupters (which may also affect proper digestion, nervous system activity and bone mineral density) include:
  • Glyphosate herbicide: used on most genetically modified foods, this primary ingredient in Roundup not only kills weeds, but also causes dysbiosis of the gut.
  • Mercury: released into air, water and soil, primarily through coal-fired power generation, medical waste incinerators, municipal waste combustion and cement manufacture. It is found in contaminated seafood, dental amalgams and vaccinations containing thimerosol.
  • Lead: leeches into the water supply because of solder on old copper pipes. Other sources of exposure include old paint, aviation fuel, radiators, batteries and wild game containing lead bullet fragments.
  • Aluminum: found in cans, cookware, antacids, antiperspirants, cosmetics and baking powder used to make white bread dough.
  • Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs): still an active contaminant in the environment, a known carcinogen and thyroid disruptor.
  • BPA: found in plastic bottles, plastic storage containers, the inside of canned food liners and dental sealants.
  • Arsenic: mine smelting releases arsenic, and it is found in wood preservatives, herbicides for telephone poles and railroads, chemotherapy agents, algaecides, and is a desiccant in cotton harvesting.
  • Organophosphates: insecticides and herbicides sprayed on non-organic vegetable crops, including celery, bell peppers, peaches, strawberries, grapes, spinach, lettuce, cucumbers, blueberries and potatoes.
  • Phthalates: plasticizers used to make plastic flexible; found in perfumes, hair spray, deodorant, artificial fragrances, shampoo, air fresheners, laundry detergent, nail polish, insect repellent, carpeting, vinyl flooring and plastic toys.
  • Polysorbate-80: surfactant and emulsifier used in vaccines, pharmaceuticals.
  • Non-natural fluorides: (hexafluorosilicic acid and sodium silicofluoride) intentionally added to water supply to medicate the public without individual consent, also present in psychotic pharmaceutical drugs.
  • Synthetic estrogen and progesterone pills: Ethinyl estradiol, Levonorgestrel (birth control pills).
  • Common sunscreen chemicals: oxybenzone, octinoxate, homosalate, octisalate, octocrylene and avobenzone are all harmful.
  • Deet: chemical bug deterrent found in most commercial bug repellents
  • Teflon: non-stick cookware that leeches into food
  • Flame retardants: polyurethane foam is in many furniture items ranging from mattresses to infant nursing pillows, and leeches into the air.
  • Toluene: solvent used in paints, glue, rubber, printing ink, paint thinner, silicon sealants.
  • Dioxins: toxic byproducts from waste incineration, pesticide manufacture, smelting; often found in dairy products, meat.
  • Parabens: preservatives found in commercial body care products.
  • Artificial perfume fragrances and air "fresheners"
In these industrial times, over 80,000 unstudied chemicals are in use, and they are disrupting the harmony of natural body systems and entire ecosystems. As WHO's body of research outlines, many common diseases, including cancer, strokes, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, can all be traced back to environmental contaminants persisting in the food, air and water.

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