Xenobiotics are implicated in all forms of disease and dysfunction in the body. Defined as substances which are foreign to the body, xenobiotics include any and all substances which are harmful to human health and are capable of disrupting natural biological processes, ultimately leading to disease and dysfunction.
We are exposed to xenobiotics every day. They are present in the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe. Some of the most common xenobiotics include pathogenic organisms, synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, heavy metals, food additives and chemicals, electromagnetic radiation, geopathic stress, etc.
The increase in synthetic chemicals, electromagnetic radiation, antibiotic resistant organisms and heavy metals in our environment has led to an overwhelm of the body’s ability to cope with daily detoxification of xenobiotics, leading to an increase in the number of illnesses and diseases present today.
Synthetic pesticides are widespread in the environment and are found in most major lakes, rivers and groundwater. They can be found in soils many decades after their use and are taken up by the crops that are grown on the contaminated soil, making their way into our food supply. Pesticide residues can be found in the fatty tissues of the fish, fowl and animal products that we eat, with concentrations increasing further up the food chain. These chemicals have the ability to penetrate cells, disrupting chemical processes required to maintain health and lead to a variety of imbalances.
Research on women golfers has shown a 20% link between pesticide exposure and breast cancer.
Electromagnetic radiation from cellular phones, computers, high voltage power lines and other sources of electrical radiation have been implemented in many illnesses including childhood leukaemia, brain and other forms of cancer, Lou Gehrig’s disease, depression, thyroid dysfunctions and more. Airline pilots, stewards and frequent fliers have been found to have a greater incidence of various types of cancer, due to cell mutations caused by elevated levels of ionized radiation present at high altitudes.