Children who ate organic fruit and vegetables had fewer pesticides in their urine in authors’ experiments.

How to rid the body of common toxins


A new book offers advice on how to avoid the worst of some 80,000 synthetic chemicals we are routinely exposed to and, when we do absorb them, how best to flush them out of our systems. The book is called Toxin Toxout and is written by two Toronto environmentalists who used themselves and friends as guinea pigs for their popular experiments.

Toxin Toxout talks about synthetic chemicals and how people can remove them from their bodies and homes.

Hormone disrupters linked with cancer

They focused on the most dangerous chemicals, most of them hormone disrupters or substances that have been linked with certain cancers. Parabens and phthalates are found in many personal care products. They looked at pesticides, heavy metals and pollutants that are in the air.

“It does turn out that many of the pollutants of greatest concern in the world today don’t come from big polluting factories, though that does remain a problem,” says co-author Rick Smith. “A lot of the chemicals that are increasingly linked to breast cancer, to prostate cancer are in the consumer products that we use every day and we absorb these chemicals in our bodies and there are health consequences as a result.”

Experiments showed chemicals discharged from the body

Nine children volunteered to help with the research by eating regular foods for a period of time, and then eating only organic foods. The levels of pesticides in their urine went down by two-thirds, says Smith. Some adults switched to “green” hair care and cosmetic products and their discharge of parabens and phthalates dropped by over 80 times, he adds.

Avoid coming into contact with toxic chemicals in the first place by buying “green” products, advises the book. Secondly, it advises flushing the toxins out of the body by exercising and sweating, which apparently discharges more of certain chemicals than does urinating.

Detox remedies “just don’t have that great an impact”

And don’t bother with commercial detox methods, says Smith. “A lot of these alleged, quick fix detox remedies just don’t have that great an impact,” he says. “They’re probably not harmful, but they’re likely not the most effective thing in the world.”

“Don’t get freaked out,” Smith adds. It is difficult for people to realize that they are exposed to a lot of chemicals that are not adequately tested he says, but there is good news. Large corporations like Procter and Gamble, Johnson and Johnson and Walmart are talking about reducing or eliminating some of these synthetic chemicals in their products.

“Consumer action does matter, progress is happening,” says Smith.

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One comment on “How to rid the body of common toxins
  1. John Arato says:

    I stopped buying red colored peppers at one of my local stores,because they emitted a strong smell of naphthalene.Unbelievable,isn’t it?This substance has a very typical odor,is used against moth usually and is definitely carcinogenic,containing benzene rings in the chemical structure.Interestingly,only the red colored peppers emitted this odor.The yellow,the orange and the green colored did not.Has anyone had any experience like this?By the way,this happened multiple times and each time I tried buying the relatively well priced red colored peppers,I ended up throwing them in the garbage for their odor(appeared even stronger after washing in warm water and soap,which I do to all groceries if possible).