The Book

We are all aware of our environmental dangers. Many of them are sadly connected to a lifestyle we like and so we tend to avoid talking about them in the hope that we won't be affected. Without practical alternatives we prefer to shut out the consequences, much like the ostrich that puts his head in the sand. And so environmental problems continue and increase, while most of us watch the statistics with fearful curiosity.

The rain forests are not alone when it comes to being affected. Extinction is not reserved for animals. The reality is that the greatest threat to mankind is the environment we ourselves have created.

This problem will not just disappear by avoiding taking it in. But still, you don't have to feel powerless, there are many practical steps that you can take that will protect and affect your life. By learning how to create an environmental refuge at home we can for instance drastically reduce the number of environmental toxins that many of us use daily, unknowingly and unnecessarily. Discovering which toxins can be found in our home environment makes it possible to rethink and act, taking control over our lives again. We can teach our children safe and tested standards forĀ home use and hygiene in the 21st century. In time producers will start producing what we consumers ask for, but first we need to become acquainted with the best alternatives, and this is what is all about.

Environmental refuge

Environmental toxins and their affect on human health is ”news”. Eight to twelve hours free from environmental toxins actually makes a big difference to your life and health. With common sense and a little knowledge it is possible to lead a relatively healthy life despite previous exposure to environmental toxins. Detoxification techniques make it possible, even for people with serious environmental illnesses, to regain health. It is also possible to live a long and healthy life despite toxins. In other words we don't have to associate environmental illness or toxins with living in a bunker in the woods all by ourselves.

Chemical society

60 years ago there were very few industrially produced chemicals in use. Now there are over 30,000 chemical substances on the market within the EU. But very few of there chemicals have been tested in order to find out their effect on health or the environment. The only prerequisite is that they do not causeĀ  death. In fact tests have only been carried out on 5,000 of these chemicals and little is known about the rest. Despite the heavy increase in chemical production, it is only now that the combined effects on man are being noticed. Some environmental toxins are never broken down. They are deposited in the soil, plants and animals. Some are carcinogenic or have a negative effect on reproduction and the hormone system. Some are the hidden cause of allergies. Effects from their use, dumping or emission may be delayed for a long time.

The twelve most dangerous chemicals are known as the dirty dozen. These are DDT, Aldrin, Dieldrin, Endrin, Chlordane, Heptachlor, Hexachlorobenzene, Mirex, Toxafen, Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB), Dioxins and Furans. Believe it or not they are still used in many parts of the world.

Individual tolerance

The number, or amount, of foreign substances that we tolerate safely, is governed by three things:

  • Our environment - the amount of toxins we are exposed to daily
  • Our body - its ability to break down and excrete harmful substances
  • Our genes - our genetic ability to get rid of pollution without harm.

The body contains and eliminates many different types of human and foreign toxins as a part of its normal daily function. We don't really notice this unless we get ill and find that there are no signs of disease. Environmental overload leads to many symptoms that may be similar to other illnesses, but they can seldom be cured by conventional pharmaceuticals.

The car is taken care of. It is filled with gas (petrol), oil and water. It gets inspected and serviced. Rust is removed and spare parts replaced.

When it comes to our bodies we keep pressing them to their utmost without giving much thought or care. The body may even send us signals that are often misinterpreted. Symptoms of tiredness, pain or burnout are not often recognized as signs of something more serious: signs of environmental pollution.

It is only when we become environmentally ill that the crisis leads to action. What's really needed now is support for the overloaded cleansing system in order for health to be restored.

We all have individual bases for health and so some are affected more than others by environmental toxins. The differences depend on your detoxification or cleansing ability, your genes and your exposure to environmental toxins. But the fact is that all of us can affect how we react to and handle the environment.

Insidious overload

A lot is done to protect endangered species and rain forests, but we shouldn't forget that the same dangers are looming for Homo sapiens - us.

How great are the risks for mankind? We don't live at the North Pole where high concentrations of PCB, dioxins, DDT and other chemicals lurk in the water and ice. Most of us have not been exposed to accidents with dangerous chemicals. We don't eat a diet composed solely of fish nor does our water come from contaminated sources. But despite this we are daily exposed to electromagnetic radiation, toxic metals and hundreds of harmful chemicals. The levels may be low, but they pose a different picture when combined. The number of people who no longer feel well is rising. People with environmental sensitivity are similar to the silent canaries in the mines and are a warning to us all.

Future generations

We want our children to have the best possibilities in life. This is usually measured by issues like home, security and ownership. It isn't until we loose our health or freedom that we realize how little ownership really means. Ask the parents of the child who suffers from allergy, or the person with environmental sensitivity who has had to retire because of intolerance and ill health. They have a hard time closing their eyes to the reality of environmental sensitivity.

We have a whole life in front of us and our way of living it will affect the future, both for us and others. By protecting our health, environment and future we can create a better world for coming generations. Knowledge about how to protect you can't be found in a history book, but we can learn from the animals and people who suffer in our environment today. They have already discovered how to protect themselves and improve the basis of their health and life.

They are the "yellow canaries" of our times.