In his book, Food Forensics, Mike Adams (aka the “Health Ranger”) reveals some terrible toxins that lurk in the food we eat. Mike has dedicated himself to performing laboratory evaluation of the foods we eat and reports the results.
Lead and other heavy metals are often in the food we eat, even when it is organic. The key to avoiding toxins like lead is to look at the country of origin. China and India have shown to have a higher contamination of heavy metals, such as lead. Whereas the United States, Canada, and Europe is very clean. Mike grows much of his own and I buy most of my vegetables and meat from local farmers.
Lead tends to be stored in our bones in place calcium. It does this when proper calcium intake is not sufficient. It is critical to get calcium from plants as our bodies are not able to absorb the mineral calcium that is provided by most supplements. As we age and our bones break down (osteopenia), lead that had accumulated in our bones over our lives can release lead, damaging our kidneys.
Bisphenol A (BPA)
BPA is a chemical in our plasticware. It is an endocrine disruptor. which means it will affect your hormones. It can cause cancer in women and feminization in men. This disruption can be quite devastating to your body. You should avoid plasticware whenever you can, and you should never heat food in a plastic container.
I had an addiction to Diet Coke. Over the years, people kept telling me I needed to stop. It wasn't easy, but I managed to kick that habit.
The artificial sweetener, aspartame is poison. It distorts our natural taste preferences, causing us to eat more. It also causes us to choose unhealthy foods and beverages. But you can re-adjust your taste threshold with some effort.
The good news: our bodies can clean themselves if we work to avoid the toxins and eat things that can help us defend against those we can't. Avoid the extreme detox supplements. They can be quite dangerous. Consider every meal an opportunity to detox. You are constantly in the process of rebuilding your blood and body. If you give your body good food, you will be building yourself with better, cleaner materials.