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Industrial toxins build up in animal fat; this may account for the relationship between animal fat consumption and disease. Feeding meat and bone meal to farm animals may also result in the biomagnification of industrial pollutants. An effective way to detoxify the body of industrial toxins, then, may be by choosing a plant-based diet (see also here). Xenoestrogens (industrial chemicals with estrogenic effects) have been associated with early onset puberty in girls and lowered sperm counts in males. And thought to be due to phthalates in chicken, chicken consumption during pregnancy has been linked to the feminization of male genitalia.

Fish, fish oil, and eggs have been identified as the top three sources of certain industrial toxins in the diet (see also here). Factory farmed fish have been found to have the highest levels of DDT, PCBs, and dioxins (compared to wild caught fish). Tuna has been found to be especially high in mercury (see here, here). But all types of fish have been found to be contaminated with industrial toxins and, thus, microalgae based DHA is a better option for long chain omega-3s (see also here).

Other items to avoid: french fries due to acrylamide, foods containing high fructose corn syrup due to mercury contamination, certain types of plastics due to BPA, scented household products, Ayurvedic medicine (see here, here, here, here), creatine supplements, and protein powder supplements.

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Watch videos about industrial toxins

  • The Effect of Canned Tuna on Future Wages
    The Effect of Canned Tuna on Future Wages
    The mercury contamination in tuna and other fish may adversely impact future earnings by impairing brain function and leading to a loss of intelligence (IQ).
  • Fish Oil in Troubled Waters
    Fish Oil in Troubled Waters
    Major fish oil manufacturers and drug stores are being sued for failing to disclose the PCB pollutants in fish oil supplements.
  • Food Sources of PCB Chemical Pollutants
    Food Sources of PCB Chemical Pollutants
    The top three sources of industrial toxins in the diet are fish oil, fish, and eggs.
  • Chicken Consumption and the Feminization of Male Genitalia
    Chicken Consumption and the Feminization of Male Genitalia
    Eating chicken during pregnancy may affect the size and development of one's son's penis due to phthalate contamination of the meat.
  • Industrial Pollutants in Vegans
    Industrial Pollutants in Vegans
    Why vegans appear "significantly less polluted" than omnivores, but not as toxin-free as expected.
  • The Problem with Organic Salmon
    The Problem with Organic Salmon
    Much of our fish supply is so polluted that algae-derived sources of long chain omega-3 fatty acids may be safest option.
  • Cannibalistic Feed Biomagnification
    Cannibalistic Feed Biomagnification
    Feeding meat and bone meal to farm animals may increase the levels of industrial pollutants in animal products.
  • Xenoestrogens & Early Puberty
    Xenoestrogens & Early Puberty
    Until the twentieth century, the average age of puberty for girls was 16 or 17 years old.
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