Avoid Toxins, Including Medication

From the March 2004 edition of Dr. Fuhrman’s Healthy Times, here is Dr. Fuhrman’s fourth secret to longevity:

Our environment has become very polluted. Between contamination of our food and water supplies and the use of chemical cleaners and insecticides in our homes and weed killers on our front lawns, most of us simply cannot avoid being exposed to a little poison here and a little poison there.

Drugs of all kinds are part of our toxic problem. The first thing we were taught in the pharmacology course in medical school was that all drugs are toxic. Whether prescribed by a physician, or by the drug pusher on the street corner, prescription medication is not health food. It is best to live in a manner to avoid the need for medicinal substances.

Antibiotics are some of the most frequently used and most toxic of all drugs. More studies are documenting the relationship between antibiotic use and occurrence of cancer in later life. Most recently, a study illustrated a doubling of breast cancer in women who used antibiotics frequently in their life. This is especially frightening when you consider that 95 percent of all antibiotics used are prescribed inappropriately. For most medical visits, physicians cause more harm than good and prescribe dangerous drugs, instead of teaching patients how to build and maintain high-level health.

Take steps today to reduce the amount of toxic chemicals that enter your body. If possible, plant your own organic garden; support organic agriculture and purchase organic food; politically support a clean environment; and do not put chemical weed killers and insecticides on your property. Use nontoxic cleaners, and try to manage insects and pests without contaminating your home. Eat low on the food chain (plant-based diet) and avoid animal fats, which are known to contain the highest levels of dangerous chemical pollutants.

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Ellen Gaver - February 20, 2007 7:41 PM

Thanks for a great article. I agree wholeheartedly and try to educate daily about these issues. Keep up the great work!

Lynne Eldridge M.D. - March 1, 2007 6:54 PM

Thank you for your enlightening and empowering comments. So often I hear pessimistic remarks about chemicals in our environment that leave us feeling helpless, like sitting ducks awaiting massacre by carcinogens. I have researched the points you present as author of "Avoiding Cancer One Day at a Time" (Beavers Pond Press, December 2006), and really enjoyed your summary.

Weed killers are scary. They raise the risk of lymphomas in dogs threefold, but alternatives are easy. Kill the weeds with hot water, pull them, lay down rocks, or simply accept them. A water filter can provide security especially for those with well water. Organically grown food can lower our exposure to pesticides.

An excellent Website helped me clean my garage and closets. The Household Products Database has categories including auto products, home cleaning products, pesticides, arts and crafts etc. where individuals can evaluate products in their home for carcinogenicity (the ability to cause cancer) as well as other problems. This is available at http://www.householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/products.htm.

Avoiding unneccessary medications is very important. The CDC just released information that drug interactions are the second leading cause of accidental death after motor vehicle accidents.

Thank you again for your concise and informative summary.

Lynne Eldridge M.D.
Author, "Avoiding Cancer One Day at a Time"
www. avoidcancernow.com

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