Living in the modern world, it is impossible to avoid the danger of toxins. You can only minimize them, however, you need to know what to beware of. Here, people are even showing exceptional ingenuity to divert attention from things that really matter, but are too convenient for them. Between a glass of beer and a smoke from a cigarette, they will dwell on “spraying from passenger planes.” While eating sausage, they’ll rant about those horrible mercury-filled vaccines. Sipping on Coke while eating fries, they’ll divulge about the dangers of GMOs. This is very convenient, but also extremely untrue. Toxins can be avoided, but you have to work hard at it, and you have to give up a few things you like. That’s why, by the way, the truth is so very unpopular.

First, heavy metals. No, it won’t be mercury. This metal – contrary to appearances – is not particularly dangerous for us. Yes, it is one of the most potent poisons, only that there is simply not enough of it to matter. The real danger is lead, and even in the case of autistic children it was lead that was elevated in the blood, not mercury.

What can one do here… probably only “don’t live next to a coal-fired power plant.” It is also very unhealthy to live near places where coal and, contrary to popular belief, wood are burned. In addition, you should be careful not to supply your body with heavy metals in everyday life. You should wash your hands before eating after playing the guitar, or, for example, touching coins all day while working at the cash register, don’t bite into fishing weights with your teeth, and be careful with gun ammo.

There are ways to remove heavy metals from the body, but first, quite troublesome, second, not without side effects. EDTA is a substance that admittedly takes the lead with it and makes you piss it out, but will also take away zinc, iron and anything else it encounters along the way. In principle, cysteine is the safest, but it too does not have a particularly strong effect.

The information spread by the sellers of “miracle preparations” that chelators carry heavy metals to the brain is a lie, the exact opposite happens. The information that EDTA works only intravenously is also a lie.

Fluoride. Yes, it is needed by teeth, but only when it touches their surface (for example, in toothpaste). Added to drinking water, it has almost zero effect, but a very large negative effect on the rest of our body. It is found in very large amounts in tea. It should be avoided, while when this is impossible you can increase your intake of boron, which removes it from the body. Ordinary 3% boric acid, available at any pharmacy, contains 5 mg of this element per milliliter. The supplementation recommendation for healthy people is 3 mg per day, or half a milliliter. Fluoride leaching requires doses many times higher, but long-term use can have unpleasant health consequences. True, boron salts are sometimes referred to as “poison,” but it is important to remember that they have toxicity identical to table salt. Eating tens of grams in a single serving can kill (that’s why you mustn’t keep it around children and why it’s referred to as a poison), small doses are completely harmless. You can take 20-40 mg a day for a month or two without any risk. Remember to use fluoride toothpaste while doing so, as boron can remove fluoride from your teeth.

Probably the worst thing, which is the hardest to avoid, are all kinds of pesticides and other complex chemicals, or even some preservatives and dyes. Admittedly, the concentration of a single substance of this type is generally harmless, say it increases the risk of cancer by 1/1000th of a percent, but here you have to remember the synergistic effect.

In one study, rats were divided into 3 groups. One was given mercury salts, at a dose that kills one in a hundred animals. And in fact, that’s how many died. The other – lead salts, again at just such a dose. Again, 1% of the rats died. The third group got both poisons at the same time. And here an unpleasant surprise – they died all, every single one of them. Synergy of toxins and diseases is a very dangerous phenomenon, it makes seemingly small threats grow into a powerful problem when they occur simultaneously. As in all things, there is a positive: in the above study, removing just one of these poisons was enough to save 99% of the animals in the third group. Similarly, removing just one toxin from our lives will significantly reduce the effect of the others.

Back to the topic: we have a number of substances, each of which increases the risk of cancer by 1/1000th of a percent. But if there are five hundred of them at the same time, which is how many there can be, we have a very big problem indeed. For example, high concentrations of pesticides in the diet and environment increased the risk of autoimmune diseases or nervous system disorders (Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s) by several times, and in a mother even increased the risk of autism in her child by several times in case of severe contamination.

Unfortunately, there is no golden way to completely protect against them. The main source of poisoning in the study, however, was not food per se, but proximity to sprays. These can and should be avoided. Switching to organic food does not seem to be the best strategy, since there are only slightly fewer pesticides in it, for that there are regularly more pathogenic bacteria in it. On top of that, you have to factor in the price and the hassle of buying it.

Many of these substances accumulate in living organisms, so there can be thousands of times more in meat or fish than in plants.

GMO foods are generally perfectly safe. In one fairly well-known study, rats that were given GMO corn literally swimming in a carcinogenic herbicide had an increased risk of cancer, but the herbicide was obviously to blame, not the modification itself as such. A rather funny situation, as on the one hand the pseudo-rationalists tried to prove that the study was rigged, because after all GMOs are safe (they were too stupid to notice that it was not the modification, but the carcinogenic herbicide that was being studied), while on the other hand the pseudo-ecologists screamed that GMOs cause cancer, because they were also too stupid to notice what was being studied.

Smoking is one of the biggest enemies of a long and healthy life. Fortunately, we finally have an alternative: e-cigarettes, which, as of today, have no demonstrated harmful properties, aside from exposure to inhaled hot air. From time to time, tobacco companies try to publicize studies where they seemingly came up with something, such as a rather high-profile publication in which people who “smoked” e-cigarettes had an increased risk of disease, but the researchers “forgot” to point out there that these are people who usually smoke regular cigarettes at the same time, necessarily as a group they must have worse health than people who do not smoke at all.

Alcohol is not healthy in any quantity. The sometimes-published studies about the worse health of absolute abstainers do not take into account the fact that such abstainers are generally either alcoholics who are trying to get out of the habit, or people who have been forbidden to drink by their doctors for health reasons.

All kinds of food additives “E….” as a rule, are fairly well studied and quite safe. They are usually naturally-occurring substances, and you may find that eating one apple provides more E296 than if you ate 70 packages of medicines with it in them.

It is very hard to avoid smog and air pollution, unfortunately, until the whole country is modernized, smog will not disappear. You can use air purifiers at home, you can walk around in smog masks, nothing else will do. Sometimes it is reported that NASA has conducted studies proving that plants clean the air of pollutants. This is a rather perfidious manipulation. Actually, such studies were conducted, but their course was somewhat different from the notions. In them, the air was filtered through the soil layer and the root system of plants, special pumps pumped it underground. Then, and only then, could the root system actually catch particles of pollution.