Toxins in Our Foods

Most people assume that if a food is in the market, that it must be good for us, that we are well protected by the FDA. Not to diminish your sense of comfort, but those statements can’t be further from the truth. I would hate to work for the FDA. The amount of new products that pass through must be incredibly overwhelming. It cannot possibly keep up with the load; much less research everything that presents itself to them.

Research is such an interesting topic anyway. When it comes to food there are two questions: First, does the food actually nourish us, and second, will it harm us in any way? The definition of a poison is any substance that causes illness, injury or kills a living organism; something destructive; a substance that inhibits another substance or a reaction.

That definition fits many of our foods today. How distressing that is! One of the problems with research is that in order for research to be done, there has to be a monetary benefit at the end. If it is true that the average research costs $10 million, who is going to lay down that kind of cash to prove something that will not benefit them financially? To prove that something is beneficial has great rewards in sales. To prove something is harmful doesn’t benefit any company sales. For example, if you could find something beneficial to drinking coffee, such as the new ruse about antioxidants in coffee, more people would buy it. Advertisers say you need to drink 5 cups of coffee a day to get the antioxidant benefits (even though the benefits are extremely minute) – that results in tremendous profits as millions of people increase their coffee consumption. However, if you were to research and prove the many harmful effects of coffee on the body, nobody benefits financially. Yet doctors all over the world see the clinical proof of benefit by the abstinence of coffee. The same is true of margarine, artificial sweeteners, the accumulative effect of dyes, preservatives, pesticides, herbicides, etc.

Why is this important? Toxins burden our body. They make the body and brain feel sluggish; you feel tired, sick, depressed, fat and otherwise just plain yucky. Disease and illness become the lot of life.  Yet the simple act of doing a regular detoxification could leave you feeling energized, motivated, and well. People who do regular detoxification report sleeping better, weight loss, more energy, better digestion, less inflammatory pain, stronger immune system, etc.

Detoxification is something everyone should do regularly, even if every stitch of food you eat is grown or raised organically by yourself. This is because you still breathe the polluted air and drink chemicalized water. If you want to feel well, you must eat foods that are not laden with toxins, and detoxify.

Dr. Holly Carling

Dr. Holly Carling

Dr. Holly Carling is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Licensed Acupuncturist, Doctor of Naturopathy, Clinical Nutritionist and Master Herbologist with nearly four decades of experience. Dr. Carling is a “Health Detective,” she looks beyond your symptom picture and investigates WHY you are experiencing your symptoms in the first place. Dr. Carling considers herself a “professional student” – she has attended more than 600 post-secondary education courses related to health and healing. Dr. Carling gives lectures here in the U.S. and internationally and has been noted as the “Doctor’s Doctor”. When other healthcare practitioners hit a roadblock when treating their patients nutritionally, Dr. Carling is who they call. Dr. Carling is currently accepting new patients and offers natural health care services and whole food nutritional supplements in her Coeur d’ Alene clinic.

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