What Causes High Toxin Levels?
The top, most common environmental toxins are:
- Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS): Used in products like Teflon and Scotch Guard, PFASs are resistant to breakdown and are found in our soil and groundwater. For decades, chemical companies covered up PFAS’ health risks, which include cancer and other diseases. Today, virtually all Americans, including newborn infants, have PFAS compounds in their blood, and upwards of 110 million people in the U.S. are drinking PFAS-tainted tap water (1).
- Heavy metals: Mercury, cadmium, lead, and other harmful heavy metals are found in our soil, water, and food. It’s estimated that lead exposure alone cost U.S. children 78 million IQ points over a 15-year period (2).
- Pesticides, Herbicides, Fungicides: Chemicals like glyphosate, and other organophosphates have made their way into our food and our bodies. One study evaluating 8 countries, including the U.S., detected pesticide metabolites in every sample of urine tested (3).
- Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs): PCBs are a mixture of very toxic chemicals no longer produced in the U.S. but which we’ve likely all been exposed to. Studies have linked high PCB exposure with increased cancer risk and have demonstrated early childhood exposure to PCBs with ADHD (4).