HOW TO HARNESS THE 80 - 20 RULE IN REDUCING YOUR TOXIC BURDEN
There’s no doubt about it: living on Earth today exposes you to all kinds of evolutionarily novel chemicals never before seen. Both the quantity in tons produced and the quantity in terms of sheer variety is colossal.
Unfortunately, it’s down to you and me to take radical responsibility of our health and understand the sources of these exposures and how to reduce them. If you’ve been dealing with chronic health issues for any length of time, you likely have some stored in your body as well. When we become chronically inflamed, due to biofilms and chronic infections, our detoxification becomes compromised.
In fact, candida and other pathogens can actually use toxins like microplastics as scaffolding when creating their biofilms, clever litter buggers.
With potentially thousands of chemicals forming part of our environment, how do we go about testing for these? And do we even need to?
We want to avoid the twin traps of only focusing on the generalities of detox, by drinking lots of green smoothies (which is not a good idea, perhaps for another post) and lots of “detox” supporting supplements or zooming in too closely, and focusing only on the microscopic, forgetting about powerful levers we have available to us for getting rid of nasties, that don’t require a lab test.
When we think about our environmental toxin exposure IN GENERAL, we want to think about an evolutionary timeline. And the simplest way to reduce our exposure is to avoid using newly approved chemicals and focus on older materials.
We we think about our INDIVIDUAL exposure then we want to focus the time horizon on our lifetime and also our current environment. These two lenses will help us figure out what we might be carrying around and help us make healthy changes to our environment.
We want to combine the best of the general and the specific.