Last week at the World Fertility Congress in Shanghai, China environmental toxins and the terrible effect on reproduction featured as one of the plenary topics. The audience, including 4,000 reproductive experts all over the world, was alarmed to see the level of damage that the environment had on humans and reproduction. As the chairman of the session, a major recommendation was public education on environmental toxins. In the words of Rudyard Kipling, there is no sin greater than ignorance. I have, therefore, chosen to highlight some of the not so obvious cases with examples.
Mrs FM, a 40-year-old professional, walked into a modern Mayr wellness centre at the Mart-life Detox Clinic five months ago, needing to be revitalised and rejuvenated. Although she had no known medical conditions, she complained of stress, easy fatigability and chronic constipation associated with easy satiety and bloating. She was checked into our facility and on initial consultation with the doctor, her bioenergetics test revealed various allergies with affectations of her skin, eyes and sinuses.
All of her immune organs – spleen, thymus, and lymphatics – were also stressed and her adrenal gland showed weakness too. Her stomach, small intestine and colon showed varying degrees of stress and weakness, hence, the cause of her problems were known, as well as the parts of her body, which our therapies had to concentrate on.
Surprising to her, her environmental sensitivities scan showed a heavy metals burden with antimony being in the most severe spectrum, while others like lead and tin were also in the stress column. She claimed to have lived and worked in a clean and serene environment all her life and never in an industrial zone. She couldn’t understand how she could have been exposed to heavy metals like antimony. Heavy metals are a part of the environment, just like we humans, animals and plants. They are present in the air we breathe, in the water we drink and the food we eat, as far as such foods are cultivated from the soil and the animals we feed on are tended with such foods –unfortunately, this applies to all foods.
One doesn’t necessarily have to live in an industrialised environment to be exposed to heavy metals, although doing so definitely increases the person’s risk of developing the hazards of exposure. According to the Indian Journal of Occupational and Environmental medicine, toxicity from heavy metals is dependent on exposure, duration, route (breathing, eating, drinking or skin contact), other chemical exposures, age, sex nutritional status, family traits, lifestyle and state of health. Heavy metals are deposited in the environment and mined in areas where they are highly concentrated.
This does not exclude their deposition in other parts of the environment. They maybe in the water-bed into which your bore-hole is drilled, in the soil from which our foods are cultivated and may just be carried in the air we breathe, from a nearby deposit of high concentration. Repeated exposure to these sources puts one at risk of consequent health hazards. Another common way to get exposed is through the use of everyday commercial products like glass, rubber, plastics, non-stick pots, flame retarding fabrics and materials, lead storage batteries, solder, pipe metals, alloys and paint. Mrs FM was astonished when we informed her that antimony could be absorbed from the skin, for those of us who drive without shoes, in car brake linings. Heavy metals like antimony, lead and tin are used one way or another during the manufacturing of these products.
Also, mining these heavy metals and processing their ores produces other toxic substances that are released from smelters into the air as particles which can be inhaled. Some of it reaches the soil during rainfall where it attaches strongly to other heavy metals particles like aluminium, iron, manganese and produces even more toxic substances and easily entering plants and grazing animals.
Long-term exposure to heavy metals causes svarious allergy reactions and irritation of the eyes, skin, lungs (potentiating pneumoconiosis and possible lung cancer), altered electrical activities heart leading to cardiac arrhythmias, headaches, dizziness, weight loss, stomach pain, diarrhoea, constipation, vomiting, colic, stomach ulcers, mouth ulcers, distaste for food, loss of appetite, liver (causing jaundice) and kidney malfunction, changes in blood parameters .
Combinations of heavy metals in the body biologically alter cellular defence mechanisms, causing impaired immune function and carcinogenesis. These have also been known to affect reproductive function causing infertility and other reproductive disorders as well as chromosome damage leading to babies born with birth defects and abnormalities. Mrs F.M. could relate with many of these symptoms. Thankfully, the bioenergetics test helped in detecting the cause of all her discomfort before there was irreversible damage.
These are symptoms that would have been treated with medication without the root cause being explored. At the detox clinic, she underwent the whole process of ridding her body systems of all heavy metals with our therapies, processes and expertise; including several foot detox sessions, abdominal treatments, hydrotherapy baths, saline oxygenator and review of her food sensitivities with the Mayr nutritionist to alleviate her abdominal symptoms.
A couple of days with us saw Mrs F.M. feeling revitalised, rejuvenated, energised and all symptoms abated. Eight weeks afterwards, she discovered surprisingly that she had an unplanned pregnancy with twins that she adduced to the cleansing process. We are a part of our environment and our environment a part of us. Many of the things hazardous to us in the environment we cannot change but we can ensure we are barely harmed by exposure to the health hazards posed to us by the environment.