Lara Adler on Environmental Toxins and Chronic Disease

Lara Adler on Environmental Toxins and Chronic Disease 00:00 You know, for a lot of us this new landscape is not leading towards positive health outcomes. So I look at, you know, all of this sort of unchecked use of synthetic materials in a commerce as this like the largest human experiment, sort of often how it’s referred to. And the data’s coming in, finally, we’re starting to finally look at the data and it’s not good. It’s not good and we’re so entrenched in this model, right? We’re so entrenched in the convenience of the lives that we have that the idea of backing off, right? The idea of avoiding cell phone usage biggest because of EMF. You tell that to people and they freak out. What do I do without my cell phone? Ten years ago you’d probably didn’t have one and you did OK then. Right?

00:51 But we’re so entrenched in these behaviors or this belief system that I think that it’s shining a spotlight on the urgency of people taking their health into their own hands in a really proactive way and that’s all encompassing. When I say health, it’s not just diet and exercise. It’s not even just looking at environmental chemicals, it’s looking at stress. This is an incredibly complex system and I think that, you know, I come from the perspective that environmental toxins burden the system. You know, the sort of story that I tell to to communicate the urgency of the situation is that, you know, it’s like we’re rowing around in a little rowboat, merrily down the stream and we’re kind of looking at the trees and listening to the birds chirping.

01:45 And after a little while we noticed there’s a little hole in the bottom of the boat and some water starts coming in, but it’s a little hole, right? So a little hole never hurt anybody. And after awhile that water starts filling up and we have this bucket, so we start kind of chucking bucketfuls of water over the side of the boat and we’re starting to get a little nervous. And after awhile that boat is filling up with water and we’re now at the point where we’re frantically bailing it out. But our little buckets, not enough. This analogy is looking at our detoxification systems, right? Our bodies have this amazing ability to detoxify a lot of what we put into it or what gets into it, but this bailing out of the boat is exhausting, right? This constant addressing health issues as they’re coming up is exhausting.

02:33 At a certain point, the water fills the boat completely. You get exhausted, you get fatigued, you give up and your boat sinks and you drown. I.e. you become infertile, you get diabetes, you have leukemia or heart disease or cancer or an autoimmune condition. And when I look at it from the perspective of chemicals, it’s those chemicals are filling up our body, right, our boat, faster than we can dump them out. And so the onus is on us as individuals to be proactive to start plugging the hole, right?

03:04 So the more that we can start reducing our exposures in our homes, in the place where we spend the majority of our lives. That’s where we can have a huge impact on the body burden of chemicals that were being exposed to. And I think if people sort of shift and look at it from that perspective and not from this, “the world is polluted, what do you want me to do about it?” perspective. If we look at it from an individual, what can I do? Action standpoint. I think it becomes a lot more personal and we have to personalize these issues.