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Our bodies have become virtual dumping grounds for the hundreds of thousands of toxic compounds that invade our air, water, and even the soil in which our food grows. Today more than 77,000 chemicals are in active production in North America, and more than 3,000 chemicals are in our food supply.

The EPA estimates that our bodies cannot metabolize over 20,000 of these chemicals. So what happens to them? These toxic substances are stored in fat cells throughout our bodies where they continue to accumulate. In fact, studies indicate that most of us have between 400 and 800 chemical residues stored in the fat cells of our bodies.

Toxic metals are those minerals that have no known function in the human body and which are harmful. This is not an absolute definition, as any mineral may become toxic, and some toxic metals may have functions we have not yet discovered.

Toxic metals are ingested, inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Once absorbed, toxic metals find their way into the bloodstream. As soon as this occurs, the body attempts to get rid of them through the normal elimination channels—the kidneys, the bile, and the skin. The body also attempts to minimize toxic metal damage by sequestering or storing them away in fatty tissues, hair and other non-essential tissues.

Damage from toxic metals may occur due to their physical properties, their chemical properties or even electromagnetic interference. They often interfere with the absorption and metabolism of essential minerals and they displace vital minerals in enzyme binding sites. This can inhibit or completely disable the affected enzymes.

Together, these chemicals and heavy metals create a situation of chronic toxic overload. As these toxins build up, they can cause enzyme dysfunction and nutritional deficiencies, create hormonal imbalances and reproductive disorders, damage brain chemistry, and can even lead to cancer and other debilitating chronic illnesses like ALS, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's.

Are You Toxic?

Do you have any of the following signs and symptoms?

Fibromyalgia Chemical Sensitivities
Chronic Fatigue Skin Rashes & Psoriasis
Chronic Headaches Allergies
Migraine Headaches Tremors
Brain Fog/Poor Concentration Frequent Colds or Flu
Anxiety Joint Pain
Cold Hands & Feet Mood Swings
Night Sweats Cellulite
Depression Acne
Dark Circles under the Eyes Burning Skin
Candida Poor Dexterity
Metallic Taste in the Mouth Memory Loss
Digestive Problems Muscle & Joint Pain
Inability to Gain/Lose Weight General Malaise
Insomnia Feeling Sick All Over

Refer to the following for information on various detoxification programs:

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