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Body Burden

Over the past few years, the CDC tested groups of people for environmental chemicals -- chemical compounds or elements present in air, water, food, soil, dust or consumer products.

Using a list of 116 chemical agents, researchers found that all participants carried some amount of each one. The CDC, however, is quick to point out that "the presence of a chemical in blood or urine does not necessarily indicate that the chemical will cause disease."

The May issue of Organic Style magazine features an article on environmental toxins and the body.

Organic Style's editor Jeanie Pyun tells The Early Show co-anchor Rene Syler," Studies have shown that there's a link between all the chemicals we carry around in our body, that's called 'body burden.' That's a term that scientists use. And many different kinds of diseases and health problems, from autism to asthma, to heart disease and various cancers, infertility, even obesity."

She shares the following tips on how to keep our lives chemical-free.

  • Eat Low on the Food Chain - Pyun says, "Look for leaner meats and lower fat fishes when you're eating, because fat is a real chemical magnet."
  • Eat Organic Produce – It has fewer pesticides, Pyun notes.
  • Use a Water Filter
  • Air Out Dry-Cleaning - She says, "You don't want those chemicals in your skin because chemicals can enter your body through the air you breathe, the water you drink, the food you eat as well as everything you touch." Visit Earth Friendly Dry Cleaners to look up solvent-free cleaners near you.
  • Don't Microwave in Plastic Containers - She explains, "The heat will leach the chemicals and plastic into your food."
  • Avoid Stain Repellent Products
  • Avoid Pesticides and Chemically-laced Household Cleaners

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