While it may sound rather harsh to label each and every one of us a living toxic waste dump, the reality of the body burden of toxins we each bear does support that description. We absorb so many synthetic chemicals during an average lifetime that, according to some reports, when we die our bodies decompose more slowly today than if we had died just three decades ago.

Five major public surveys testing blood and urine for chemical contamination have been conducted among thousands of volunteers, with results indicating that every resident of industrialized countries now carries within his or her body an average of seven hundred synthetic chemicals absorbed from our food, water, and air. The actual number of chemicals constituting our body burden is probably much higher, because some toxins are embedded deep in organs and tissues. A toxicologist’s ability to detect chemical toxins depend on knowing what to look for, and every time they devise a new test, they tend to find evidence for the presence of more toxic invaders.

In 2001, scientists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta surveyed 2, 400 people and searched for 148 specific toxic compounds in the blood and urine. Every single test subject’s body contained dozens of these toxins. Children were found to be carrying bigger doses of the chemicals than adults, especially a class of chemicals called pyrethroids—found in most household pesticides—and phthalates, a group of chemicals distributed widely in plastics and cosmetics, primarily nail polish.

Environment ministers from thirteen European Union countries had their blood tested at an international health conference in 2004 and were horrified to discover that everyone one of them had been contaminated by synthetic chemicals from pizza packaging, pesticides, plastics, fragrances, and industrial solvents. At least twenty-two chemicals banned in Europe during the 1970s still turned up in the blood samples of these government officials.

In response to these studies, the American Chemistry Council, representing the U.S. chemical manufacturing industry, issued a press release stating “the mere detection of a chemical does not necessarily indicate a risk to health.” This attitude characterizes one of the myths that we as a culture tell ourselves. When we don’t like the evidence of what is happening to us, we redefine what is normal. So now it is considered normal and not a cause for concern that we carry around inside of us hundreds of potentially toxins synthetic chemicals that have never been inside of human beings before the twentieth century. – Excerpt from Book: ‘The Hundred-Year Lie’ – How to Protect Yourself from the Chemicals That Are Destroying Your Health’ by Randall Fitzgerald – pages 20 and 21.