Toxic is a word I seem to be hearing a lot more lately. It’s original meaning applied solely to substances or chemicals that were dangerous to people. But it has now been widely applied, in the figurative sense, to include such things as relationships and workplaces. When you think about it this way, there are many types of “toxins” when it comes to individual beliefs or behaviors including hatred, envy, bigotry, racism, and sexism, just to name a few. I could be wrong, but I don’t image that a single dose of a particular person or a job could outright kill you, but maybe the stress of such encounters could, over time. Of course, there are those jobs that can expose a person directly to toxic substances, and those could definitely kill you and kill you instantly.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has numerous definitions of what constitutes a toxic or highly toxic substance. OSHA relies on the LD50 for it’s classifications. This stands for the Lethal Dose or amount of a solid or liquid material that it takes to kill 50% of the test animals it’s used on. This same measurement, frighteningly enough, is used when testing medications. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be a test subject, voluntarily or involuntarily, taking a 50-50, live or die gamble on handling or ingesting some chemical at work, or a medication my doctor prescribes, especially if the lethal doses they are talking about are only in milligrams or parts per million.
I wonder if there is an LD50 for doses of people or personalities 🙂
Now I usually don’t endorse programs or products and the like, but I have to say that I’ve enjoyed a couple of series this past week. I watched the docuseries on Netflix called “Rotten,” which addresses multiple issues with modern agricultural industry practices including international market coercion, blind-eye regulation or unregulation, monocrop culture, use of toxic chemicals and crime. I’ve also been watching the docuseries “Broken Brain” that is examining the effects of multiple environmental insults on the body, the diseases that manifest, and a functional approach to cure.
The common theme is these programs, and more and more literature I see as well, is that humans are starting to reap what they’ve sown. We have violently exploited and poisoned the planet, and vast arrays of illnesses are starting to increase exponentially as a result. The outdated algorithmic medical model of name it and pick a drug to treat symptoms is failing because it is simply not getting to the cause of these illnesses. And because the causes can be multiple toxin exposures over time, it may not be easy to put your finger on the exact source and where to target treatment. So, when I see people talking about eliminating the negative or toxic influences in their lives, and by that they usually mean toxic relationships, we might want to add to that list detoxing our planet and our bodies.
As you may have noticed, I have a number of categories of postings on my blog. Soon, I’ll be adding a new one – “Environmental,” where I hope we can explore some of the issues where we can all truly make a healthy difference in the way live, breath, work and relate . . . it starts by shinning a light on them.
Postscript: I kicked off this section by reblogging a piece from Nipslip titled: “Having an Eco-Conscience. Does it Matter and Is It Even Possible.”
* Photo Credit: I found this photo on the Internet in the public domain and was unable to locate a source to give an attribution, but this one is not mine.
Another update: There is a free web-presentation series coming up on Heavy Metals beginning January 29th through February 5th, 2018. You can register to watch these presentations at the “Heavy Metal Summit: Detox Demystified.”
Update – January 30, 2018. I have to give Netflix credit again for launching another docuseries “Dirty Money,” which is exposing corporate fraud. The first episode exposed Volkswagen’s deception on how their diesel cars, advertised and sold as “clean” were, in fact, some of the worse polluters adding to the toxins we breathe.
Update – February 3, 2018: You might want to reconsider what foods you are eating, especially cereals and snack foods that are composed largely of major mono-cropped grains.
“A FDA-registered food safety laboratory tested iconic American food for residues of the weed killer glyphosate (aka Monsanto’s Roundup) and found ALARMING amounts.”
Check out the article: “Monsanto is Scrambling to Bury This Breaking Story.”
Update – August 19, 2018: I’m back to endorse another docuseries put together by Netflix. It is called “Afflicted” and it follows the lives of seven people struggling with environmental or mysterious illnesses. This includes Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, also called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Electro-Magnetic Sensitivity; Toxic Mold Syndrome; and Lyme Disease. All of which can be tied to our ever increasing poisoning of the planet.
These disease processes can be devastating for the sufferers and their families. And for most, the mainstream medical community has abandoned those afflicted. When they figure out a way to make a profit, I’m sure they will rise to the occasion.
The hyperlink above will take you to the trailer if you’re interested. Kudos to Netflix for taking on this subject matter.