DDT (dichlorodiphenyltchloroethane) is an odorless, colorless and tasteless insecticide that was banned in the U.S. almost 40 years ago. In fact, it was ultimately banned worldwide by the Stockholm Convention due to its known ability to cause cancer in humans and in wildlife. Forty years is a long time but the aftermath of DDT still wreaks havoc on our health today.
The CDC recently conducted tests to see if they could identify trace levels of DDT in study participants. The results were alarming. Ninety nine percent of the people tested were positive for DDT at higher than “trace levels”. DDT obviously leaves behind a long-lasting legacy of harm in humans.
The EPA reports that it can take more than 15 years to break down DDT in “our environment” but how long does it take to break down in the human body? That’s the bigger question. Toxins like DDT cross the placental barrier to an alarming extent which means that all of those “trace level” toxins pass from one generation to the next. To infinity and beyond? Not if I can help it!
There is a lot of science on DDT and its impact on human health. Here is a short list of confirmed health problems:
- Cancer: Girls exposed to DDT are 5 times more likely to develop breast cancer in middle age, according to the President’s Cancer Panel. DDT has also been associated with liver and pancreatic cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies DDT as “possible carcinogenic to humans.”
- Reproductive Effects: DDT is linked to male infertility, impaired semen quality, miscarriages, early menopause, birth defects, and low birth weight.
- Endocrine Disruption: DDT’s impact on estrogen has been known for some time. Studies suggest that DDT can interfere with a mother’s ability to lactate, elevated risk of testicular cancer, and premature puberty.
- Neurological effects: R DDT is linked with changes in thyroid hormone levels during pregnancy which in turn affects fetal brain development. Documented effects include reduced motor skills and a decrease in verbal, memory and perceptual performance skills among preschool children. People exposed to higher levels of DDT experience serious neurotoxic effects such as tremors and seizures.
What can we do about toxins that are wreaking havoc on our health from one generation to the next? First and foremost, you MUST be aware of what you’re eating, what you’re drinking and what you’re breathing. Focus on one without the other is worthless. If you’re eating only organic foods and you wash it all down with toxic water, your efforts are thwarted. If you only eat organic foods and you wash it down with the healthiest water you can get your hands on BUT you’re breathing toxic fumes and chemicals on a regular basis, your efforts are thwarted.
It (toxic exposure) needs to stop and it starts with you and me. Stop adding to the problem by adding to your exposure. The body can do miraculous things and it has the ability to cleanse itself and mend itself IF you give it what it needs and protect it from further harm.
Be socially responsible. Leave a GOOD legacy of health behind for generations to come. Your great great great great great grandchildren will thank you for it!
CHANGE YOUR WATER…CHANGE YOUR LIFE!