Our Fragile Ecosystem: Be Very Aware, It Affects Every One of Us 

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With the current wildfires raging in BC, those residents are on our minds this week. Still, if we are honest, when natural disasters strike someone else, while we feel empathy and offer help, it is easy to feel relief that we are not affected. However, we all share one ecosystem, so the things affecting one area actually affect all areas eventually. If you drop some ink in a pool, it will disperse to every area.

Another example of this is the Fukushima power plant. In March 2011, Japan experienced a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, which shifted the seafloor and Japan itself, and also set off a tsunami. The Fukushima nuclear plant held up against the earthquake, but could not withstand the tsunami. In the months and years after, while workers have tried to contain the damage, their efforts are limited. In February, workers discovered that radiation levels inside a damaged reactor are still extremely high–530 sieverts an hour, in fact. To give perspective, “a single dose of one sievert is enough to cause radiation sickness and nausea; 5 sieverts would kill half those exposed to it within a month, and a single dose of 10 sieverts would prove fatal within weeks.” Due to complications such as these, it is currently estimated that it will take four decades for the Fukushima nuclear plant to be decommissioned.

The assault on health is not limited to horrific incidences like these. These disasters only add to the bioaccumulation that already happens every day. Bioaccumulation is when pollutants enter the food chain faster than they leave it. A related process, biomagnification, occurs when toxins increase in concentration as they move up the food chain. For humans, this means each exposure to pesticides and related toxins can add up within our bodies, and when we eat meat from animals that have consumed pesticide-sprayed foods, we take in those chemicals, as well. This also affects animals, as seen in the chart below:

An example of bioaccumulation in British Columbia is the effect of PCBs on the Orca. PCBs are chemicals that were used for many industrial and electrical applications in the mid-20th century. PCBs were banned in 1977 because of their environmental impact. PCBs bioaccumulate and. have a long half-life. (they break down very slowly). PCBs will affect the. reproductive cycles of orcas. until at least See page 95. The bioaccumulation of PCBs begins with the absorption of the chemicals by microscopic plants and algae. (c) McGraw Hill Ryerson 2007.

There are 2 main things we can do to minimize the damage of the environment on our health: 1-eat organic, non-GMO food. 2-take high quality supplements. To boost immunity and detox abilities, we recommend Thyroid Support Homeopathic, Thymus Gland, and SAMe Liquid.

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