Modern living means that we are exposed to hundreds of different chemicals every day. From medications to pesticides on foods, and from plastics to environmental pollution, it’s impossible to completely eliminate these things from our lives. But our growing exposure has been linked to the accelerating rates of chronic illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, chemical sensitivity, and neurological disorders.
The Toxin Profile screens for the presence of 172 different toxic chemicals.
The profile also measures Tiglylglycine, a marker that indicates whether there is damage to the mitochondria – the part of our cells that is responsible for producing energy. This is often raised when there has been long term, chronic exposure to toxins.
The key pollutants that are measured include:
- Phthalates – Plasticizing chemicals added to plastics to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability, and longevity. They are commonly found in foods microwaved in plastic, personal care products, insecticides, lacquers, varnishes, and cleaning chemicals. Phthalates have been implicated in reproductive damage and lowered immunity.
- Vinyl Chloride – an intermediate in the synthesis of several commercial chemicals, including polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Exposure to vinyl chloride may cause damage to the central nervous system, nausea, headaches, dizziness, liver problems and degenerative bone changes
- Benzene – an organic solvent that is mutagenic and carcinogenic. Benzene is found in cigarette smoke and industrial pollution.
- Pyrethrins- widely used as insecticides. Exposure during pregnancy is linked to autism.
- Xylenes – solvents found in common products such as paints, lacquers, pesticides, cleaning fluids, fuel, exhaust fumes, perfumes and insect repellents. High exposures to xylene create an increase in oxidative stress.
- Styrene – used in the manufacturing of plastics, in building materials, and is found in car exhaust fumes. Polystyrene and its copolymers are widely used as food-packaging materials. The ability of styrene monomer to leach from polystyrene packaging to food has been reported. Occupational exposure due to inhalation of large amounts of styrene adversely impacts the central nervous system, causes concentration problems, muscle weakness, tiredness and nausea, and irritates the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, and throat.
- Organophosphates – commonly used in pesticide formulations. Exposure during pregnancy or childhood has been linked to autism spectrum disorder.
- MTBE and ETBE – gasoline additives used to improve octane ratings. Exposure to these compounds is most likely due to groundwater contamination, and inhalation or skin exposure to gasoline MTBE has been demonstrated to cause liver, kidney, and central nervous system damage.
- 2, 4-Dicholorophenoxyacetic – a very common herbicide that was a part of Agent Orange, used by the United States during the Vietnam War. It is most commonly used in agriculture on genetically modified foods, and as a weed killer for lawns. It is a known hormone disruptor.
- Diphenyl Phosphate – used in plastics, electronic equipment, nail polish, and resins. Studies have linked diphenyl phosphate to hormonal dysfunction.
- Acrylamide – used in many industrial processes such as plastics, food packaging, cosmetics, nail polish, dyes, and treatment of drinking water. Food and cigarette smoke are also two major sources of exposure. Acrylamide is found also found in starchy foods that are cooked at high temperatures such as crisps and chips. High levels of acrylamide can elevate the risk of cancer.
- Perchlorate – is used in the production of rocket fuel, missiles, fireworks, flares, explosives, fertilizers, and bleach. Studies show that food and water is commonly contaminated wih perchlorate Perchlorate can disrupt the thyroid’s ability to produce hormones.
- 1,3 Butadiene – a chemical made during the processing of petroleum. Most of this chemical is used in the production of synthetic rubber. It is a known carcinogen and has been linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Propylene Oxide – a chemical used in the production of plastics, textiles and building materials. It is also used in the preparation of lubricants as a food additive, a herbicide, a microbicide, an insecticide, a fungicide, and a miticide. Propylene oxide is a probable human carcinogen.
- 1-Bromopropane – an organic solvent used for metal cleaning, foam gluing, and dry cleaning. Studies have shown that 1-bromopropane is toxic to brain cells and reproductive function
- Ethylene Oxide – is used in agrochemicals, detergents, pharmaceuticals, and personal care products. Ethylene oxide is also used as a sterilising agent on rubber, plastics, and electronics. Chronic exposure to ethylene oxide has been determined to be mutagenic to humans.
- Acrylonitrile – is used in the production of acrylic fibres, resins, and rubber. It is also found in cigarette smoke. Exposure to acrylonitrile can lead to headaches, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, and chest pains. It is considered a carcinogen.
The Toxin Profile is recommended for people with the following conditions
- Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s
- Mood or neurological disorders
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Autism, Apraxia, Attention deficit (ADD) or Attention deficit with hyperactivity (ADHD)
- Autoimmune disorders
- Chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Occupational Exposures
If high levels of toxic exposure to any of the pollutants are indicated a protocol can be put in place to help your body eliminate the specific toxins, restore mitochondrial function and to prevent future exposures.