Fibromyalgia, Pesticides and Immune System Dysfunction

Many pesticides and chemicals are so widespread that we are unaware of them. But they have worked their way into our bodies faster than they can be eliminated, and are causing allergies, chronic fatigue, immune system dysfunction and deficiencies, and energy depletion, in record numbers.

Many chemicals interact with human DNA, so long-term exposure may result in metabolic and genetic alteration that affects cell growth, and behavior.

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines a pesticide as “any substance or mixture of substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling, or mitigating any pest”. This includes substances that kill weeds (herbicides), insects (insecticides), fungus (fungicides), rodents (rodenticides), and others. In addition, pesticides can be found in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink. Pesticides can be a chemical or they may be biologically based. Many pesticides are poisonous to humans and other mammals. In the words of the EPA, “Pesticides are not ‘safe’. They are produced specifically because they are toxic to something.”
The first family of pesticides was so toxic and non-biodegradable that most have been banned. They were replaced by about a hundred types that are on the market today. The dramatic increase of pesticide use has come at a price. Apart from the host of medical problems and birth defects caused by DDT, which was banned in the United States in 1972 because it caused reproductive damage to many birds, we now know that pesticide use can be linked to a wide range of public health and environmental concerns. Potentially more troubling is the vast amount that we still do not know about pesticides and their impact on people – especially children – and our environment.
Pesticide exposure is associated with depression, memory decline, destabilization of moods and aggressive outbursts. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Cancer Institute’s research both implicates environmental chemicals in at least 60 to 80% of all cancers, be it cancer-causing chemicals or excessive free radicals as a result of smoking. This realization is paramount for change because it means that most cancers could be prevented by minimizing or eliminating our exposure to chemical carcinogens.

It’s a well established fact that the human immune system is under stress from our modern-day, high-tech, chemical lifestyles. Fibromyalgia is one of the health effects that result from a weakened immune system, but others include: increased frequency and duration of colds and flu, allergies, asthma, autoimmune disorders such as arthritis, lupus, and diabetes, and chronic fatigue syndrome. It is important to identify and remove all sources of toxic substances from our environment with a potential for suppressing immune function. Many of today’s disease conditions are caused just as much by an excess of anti-nutrients as by a deficiency of nutrients and fibromyalgia is one of them.

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