Environmental Toxins: Are They Real?

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I grew up in a small town in Idaho, surrounded by farms and wide open spaces.  When I got older I worked in the fields moving pipe, driving truck, and managing other equipment.  The crop dusting planes used to fly right over my house, spraying the fields just behind our neighborhood.  Don’t tell anyone, but one bored summer day I shot a bottle rocket at one, and it actually hit the cockpit then exploded!

Over the years two of my cousins, my brother, and others developed strange cancers.  Who knows for sure, but more and more we seem to read and hear about the links between toxins in our environment, and disease and poor health.  There is no question that in an agricultural area like that, and drinking well water to boot, that there was definitely exposure to chemicals that the body does not know what to do with.

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The thing is, toxic chemicals are much more prevalent now (no matter where you live) than 30 years ago.  Did you know that the very outdated safe water drinking act from 1974, only regulates 91 out of 80,000 registered chemicals?  This kind of thing happens all the time, as the FDA is totally underfunded and understaffed. The nations water treatment infrastructure dates from the 60’s and 70’s, and was never designed to remove pharmaceuticals, narcotics, synthetic estrogens, pesticides and other chemicals.

I am in the middle of an in depth environmental toxins course right now, with a focus on education and empowerment.  People seem to fall into one of three camps when it comes to toxins:

1) Screw it!  Everything gives me cancer and makes me feel like crap so why even try?  I’m not going to do anything about it…

Ecological threat. The little boy in a respirator.

2)  OMG I need to wear a surgeons mask, shower 5x a day, not go outside because the sun will kill me, eat nothing but the plants grown in my sterile bubble in the basement harvested under a full moon by virgins…

3) I actually have A LOT of control over what I expose myself to, therefore will empower myself to do so, and stack the cards in my favor big time.  As it says on my website, “Good health is a choice”.

My coursework, taught by toxins expert Lara Adler gets right to “the meat” when it comes to protecting ourselves.  Much of the professional development I’m required to attend as a teacher on the other hand is overwhelming to the point its difficult to extrapolate anything useful from it.  Or its totally irrelevant to what I do. That’s why I’m a fan of “the meat”.  Just give me something I can do right now!

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One of the main things I focus on with my clients is to help them understand that health is a process.  You cant do everything the first day.  One by one I coach them to implement small changes into their lives.  After a few months, they realize they are doing all kinds of things that have allowed them to feel much better, and get closer to optimum health.  This is easy when you add something new, only after you’ve mastered the previous change.

 

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Bart Thurman, FDN-P, INHC

Break-Free, Own Your Health

 

 

 

 

 

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Pinto or Porsche? Optimize Your Engine

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I should know as I’ve driven both cars…and felt like both cars.

The above picture was taken in Las Vegas last year just before doing a few laps in a Porsche 911 GT3.  Several years before I was super stressed out with school, a bad relationship, eating too much crap, depressed, not exercising enough and I was carrying around nearly 20 extra pounds. I even developed a weird medical condition my doctor could do nothing for. You get the picture, I ran like a Ford Pinto….lame.

Many people stay on the path I was on for their entire lives until they reach the breaking point. Then they go to their doctor and are given a pill, cream or liquid drug to manage their symptoms.  Things naturally get worse not better over time so a more powerful pill, cream or liquid is prescribed.  Again because this is not addressing the root cause the downhill slide continues and chronic disease of one form or another develops.  They feel and look like the random, lonely, unhappy Pinto below.  The worst part is they ACCEPT this and see it as normal.

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Part of the reason I ran terrible was because my body wasn’t detoxifying optimally.  Not only was I treating myself poorly but I was also being exposed to the many chemicals, toxins and other pollutants in our environment.  Talk about a double whammy.  Everyday this happens through the air we breath, water we drink, food we eat and the environment we live and work in. It’s just a part of our modern world.  In the past 20 years alone we have been exposed to hundreds of new, loosely regulated chemicals that are being linked to numerous health issues.

The Porsche I drove was fast, high performing, cornered on a dime and basically ran flawlessly. She was obviously well taken care of (oil changed, fed high-octane fuel, tuned for ultimate performance and shown a lot of love). Just like her we need our oil changed, we need the right fuel and we need to show ourselves enough love.  One way to do this is making sure we have more toxins and other junk coming out of our bodies then going in.  Optimizing and tuning up our detoxification pathways is vitally important in order to feel, look and run like a Porsche 911 GT3.

Here are some quick tips on how to do just that:

  • Get between 7-8 hours sleep MOST of the time, this has to be a priority
  • Invest in a high quality air filter for your bedroom and water filter for your home (stay hydrated)
  • Clean up your personal care products and avoid phthalates, parabens, fragrances, and sulfates.  I just wrote a newsletter on this topic, sign up here for more info.
  • Avoid the dirty dozen and eat a nutrient dense, real food diet
  • Move towards glass and steel kitchen ware instead of plastic and teflon
  • Sweat heavily 2-3 times a week through exercise and sauna use (sweating helps to excrete toxins)

These are just a few things you can start doing to perform better, live stronger and tune up your Porsche.

Starting in mid-June I will be offering a beginner detox 8 week group workshop.  We will personally be meeting as a group (for those who are local) multiple times and/or over a conference call format on the phone for those out of the immediate area.  We will be learning among other things how to stimulate and support our bodies natural detoxification systems, the best foods for detox, how to make it sustainable (as in for life), the role career, relationships and spiritual practice plays in this process and many other important ‘non-food’ ways to detox. You can expect to lose weight, gain more energy, improve your brain function and sleep better for starters. I am just starting to put the program together so more info to follow soon!

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Bart Thurman

Break-Free, Own Your Healh