Most Americans have not heard of “toxic body burden” or “internal body cleansing” but it’s a hot topic among environmentalists and public health experts who warn that the industrial chemicals we come in contact with every day are accumulating in our bodies and endangering our health in ways we have yet to understand.

What are these chemicals and how do they enter our bodies?

Since the 1940s, approximately 87,000 new chemicals have been produced in the United States alone. Only about three percent of synthetic chemicals have been tested for their cancer-causing properties, and even fewer have been tested for hormone disrupting properties.

These man-made chemicals are the building blocks or byproducts of pesticides, fuels, detergents, plastics, and many household objects. They can be found anywhere from cheese to plastic wrap to children’s toys and teething rings. Some common examples are Dioxins, Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and DDT. Even though DDT was banned for use in this country in 1972 it is still manufactured domestically and sold abroad. These chemicals do not observe international boundaries and travel freely through the air and water. For example, DDT sprayed in Peru to control mosquito populations can end up in the breast milk of an Aleutian mother five years later.

Environmental toxins enter our body through the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe and may remain in our bodies for decades or even a lifetime. Whether you live in remote Alaska or Calcutta, India, your body is harboring between a dozen and five hundred chemicals in measurable quantities. On every continent and in every body of water, hormone-disrupting chemicals are found in the air, soil, plants, and in the bodies of animals, including humans.

“We are the guinea pigs in a dangerous and unnatural experiment in the United States, and I think it’s unconscionable,” said Dr. Leo Trasande, assistant director of the Center for Children’s Health and the Environment at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Trasande says that industrial toxins could be leading to more childhood disease and disorders.

Dr. Trasande goes on to say “We are in an epidemic of environmentally mediated disease today. Rates of asthma, childhood cancers, birth defects and developmental disorders have exponentially increased, and it can’t be explained by changes in the human genome. So what has changed? All the chemicals we’re being exposed to.”

Internal body cleansing could be the best health insurance around and you should never underestimate the importance of keeping your body as free of environmental toxins as possible. Your journey to a clean body starts here.