As chiropractors we stress the adverse effects of stressful thoughts, traumas and toxins on the function of the nervous system and subsequent health of the whole body. It seems like everyone can understand the physical traumas and the direct relationship they have with the spine, musculo-skeletal and nervous system but people frequently underestimate the damage that stressful thoughts and toxins have on the ability of the body to heal and grow in relationship to chiropractic.

I want to focus this article on toxins. Toxins affect the all aspects of our health. They affect our cellular structure and our ability, or not, to heal. And the more toxins we have in our body, the harder our body has to work to function optimally. Not only do toxins have obvious physiological effects, they have psychological effects. And the more one understand the body and mind, one realizes they cannot be separated, or treated separately.

A good step in healing from the inside out is to identify and reduce toxins in your environment.  Where do you come into contact with toxins? Some you may be aware of and others may be harder to pinpoint and surprising to you. The easiest ones to identify may be the hardest to avoid, the air we breath, for example. Not always easy to change depending on where you live and your ability and willingness to move. But you can do things like filter your air as well as possible, spend as much time as possible in the woods, choose a lifestyle that lessens the toxic load on our environment. Other sources of toxins include the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the makeup, lotions and potions we use on our skin and hair, the cleaning products you use in your home or at your office, the medications you take or inject. This is where we can make the biggest changes.

But do we really need to make these changes? Are we really that toxic? Well I believe we are. In 2004 EWG did a groundbreaking study on toxins in newborns. “In a study spearheaded by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) in collaboration with Commonweal, researchers at two major laboratories found an average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants in umbilical cord blood from 10 babies born in August and September of 2004 in U.S. hospitals”. 200 chemicals and pollutants! We are born with these foreign chemicals already in our blood.

So what can we do? We can reduce our chemical load as much as possible. We can use and buy organic and especially stick to the dirty dozen/clean 15 recommendations. We can use beauty products without chemicals. EWCs Skindeep is a good resource for checking on your products. We can use natural (old fashioned) cleaning products like vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice and aromatherapy instead of harsh chemicals with neurotoxins and carcinogens. And don’t forget about the adverse effects of overuse of medications and the effects of additives in vaccinations. Additives can include antibiotics, formaldehyde, aluminum, thimerosal, preservatives, foreign proteins, sugars and amino acids.  If needed, we should be aware of the effects, notice (and report) any adverse effects and safely detoxify the body to lessen the ill effects of medical procedures.

We can make a huge difference in our toxic load and our toxin exposure by making some simple changes in our habits and lifestyle. Sometimes it feels overwhelming in our toxic world but we can make a difference in our health by making those changes and if enough people do it, changes will start to occur on a larger scale.

If you have any questions or would like more ideas on how to clean up your world and the world of your children, please feel free to ask us at your next visit. We are here to help you live a better, healthier, happier life!


There is a difference between living and living well!

Cheryl Schmitt, D.C., CACCP