Detox From Environmental Chemicals

Our modern world is full of potentially dangerous toxins that are concealed in everyday items from hair care products to household cleaners. Even the food that we eat, particularly if it is highly processed or genetically altered, has the potential to harm our bodies. For this reason, it is vital to actively flush and detoxify our bodies on a regular basis. Here are some ways to support your body's efforts to remove environmental chemicals and toxins.

Why Detoxing is Important

Many people, especially Americans, now eat a diet consisting of largely processed foods high in sugar and unhealthy fats. These substances not only encourage our obesity epidemic, they can also wreak havoc on our bodies, even throwing off our delicate hormonal balances. A detox will help your body repair itself by removing toxins, giving it a chance to rest and rebalance.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a recent study found that 212 chemicals are found in an average person's blood or urine. Of these harmful substances, 75 had never before been measured in the U.S. population. Some of the most prevalent chemicals found included:

    Environmental phenols: found in polycarbonate plastics and food packaging
    Perfluorinated chemicals: used in creating non-stick cookware
    Triclosan: often used in antibacterial soaps and toothpaste

How to Detoxify Your System

There are numerous detoxification products available on the market, but some involve using harsh laxatives. These products can be dangerous because they have the potential to cause dehydration or mineral imbalances. Here are some tips for an effective yet safe detox:

    Drink plenty of filtered water to help your cells eliminate waste products.
    Exercise regularly to help your body flush toxins through sweat.
    Switch to natural cleaning products for your home.
    Avoid alcohol, smoked meats, trans fats and salt during your detoxification period. Instead, eat a diet of organic and raw foods.
    Eat plenty of fiber to help move waste through your system. Good fiber choices are fruits and vegetables or whole grains.

Body Repair Shops And Environmental Regulations

Let's face it. Complying with national and local environmental regulations is now a facet of business that cannot be ignored. Apart from complying with the myriad business regulations that accompany any business, we now have environmental regulations to worry about.

One of the EPA's National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Paint Stripping and Miscellaneous Surface Coating Operations at Area Sources rules requires that all spray painting be done in a spray booth, with special spray guns and techniques to reduce overspray, and other measures to prevent the release of any solvent mist. According to the agency, this and other rules were drafted to protect workers from toxic materials. If your auto body repair shop is part of a large chain, then you are most likely in compliance, as these large companies make it a corporate policy to be compliant with government regulations. The challenge for the EPA and local environmental departments is how to help ensure that smaller, possibly family-owned auto body repair shops are compliant after informing them of existing rules.

These smaller auto body repair shops may be unwilling or unable to comply with environmental regulations. As it is, they are already being crowded by the large chains whose franchisees invest large sums in their business and market aggressively. These smaller shops may simply not have enough money to comply with what could possibly be a huge investment in equipment. Then there would be the old-timers who are ignorant of the effects of toxic materials to themselves and the environment. But any auto body repair shop, large or small, that does stripping and painting needs to be a part of the effort to clean up the environment.

If your auto body repair shop has not bothered with updating itself on the latest environmental regulations, it would be best to start now, rather than have an inspector come into your premises and write up several pages worth of infractions your shop may have. If you're serious about the business, you'll have to comply anyway so best to do it now rather than later.

Basically, you need to ensure that:

    Hazardous and flammable chemicals and substances are stored and used properly.
    Used oils from vehicles and equipment are collected and disposed of properly.
    Workers are briefed and informed about the hazards and risks to health that these materials represent.

The internet has dozens of resources that will help an auto body repair shop make a determination on which critical areas to address in terms of environmental regulations. Apart from being a necessity in today's business climate, customers will appreciate the fact that you concern yourself with how your business impacts the environment.

The Purpose Of The Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment

The Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, or Phase I ESA as it is often referred to, is the first step in determining whether a commercial property is at risk of being contaminated. It is a type of report that is typically used by sellers or buyers of the property to either determine if it, or the area surrounding it, need further investigation to determine the environmental liability risks. The potential buyer will often run a Phase I ESA to prevent the burden of cleanup on a contaminated property once it becomes their while the seller may use the inquiry to improve the marketability of the property.

Unlike the Phase II assessment which uses samples and analytical data to assess the contamination, the Phase I ESA is a report that relies on various types of information to determine if further investigation is required.

The information used for the assessment includes:

• Review of Various Records

• Inspection of the Site

• Interviews

Review of Various Records

Records include information about who owned the property previously and what they used it for. Some types of usage may raise red flags to the potential contamination. The same is true for the surrounding land. If it has documentation of contamination or the potential for contamination, it can impact the assessment. Aerial photographs are typically included in the review, including past photos which are compared to current ones to show the time-line for the development of the property of concern and those surrounding it. Also, agencies like the fire department, health departments and others are contacted for related information.

Inspection of the Site

The visual inspection of the site and any improvements that have been made to it play an important role in the overall assessment. Photos will be taken, the confines of any structures inspected and an observation will be made of property boundary measurements.


Interviews are made with any person who may have information that will be valuable to the report, including but not limited to previous owners, tenants or managers. They may extend to people involved with surrounding businesses.

The Final Report

A number of details will make up the final report including:

• All of the documentation required to support the findings, opinions and conclusions resulting from the assessment

• Details of the services performed to the degree that a second party can reconstruct the work that has been performed

• The findings which lists any known or suspected environmental conditions

• The environmental professional's opinions of the impact that has been founded on the property

• Any significant gaps in the data that may have interfered with the examiner's ability to properly assess the property

• Conclusions based on all the findings of the assessment

The Phase I ESA is a simple process overall that can save the time and money of the purchaser of commercial property that they prefer not to invest in a newly acquired property. Although the results may be used in a number of ways, requesting a Phase I ESA prior to the purchase will prevent them from having the liability to clean up the property before it can be used for a new business.

Bidet Sprayer Vs Toilet Paper

Choosing whether to be environmentally conscious and aware often conjures up a variety of feelings. Some people get involved if it's no trouble, some if it helps them personally.

Do people actually know what role they want to play in their community, their country, and ultimately the world? The trouble is most people have not given it much thought. Do they really know what they are passionate about? They probably go back and forth between being inspired, i-can-do-anything mentality and a state of complete and utter despair because they have little idea how and why they need to act.

What are some of the benefits of a bidet sprayer?

First and foremost, people upgrade to a bidet prayer for personal reasons. Hygiene and comfort are usually the first great benefits people realise. Next comes the huge extra benefit of the cost savings to be had over toilet paper, and lastly probably comes the environmental benefits.

There are so many more benefits with this new bathroom device, than purely environmental concerns, but of course for some people caring for the environment is first and foremost.

Toilet habits rarely make for the best conversation piece, but how we dispose of our waste is a huge environmental issue. And one we all need to consider in relation to our own impact, especially as population growth continues to increase so rapidly in many parts of the world. We can't continue to believe and think disposing of our waste is someone else's duty.

Most people flush and forget and have little care for what our sewage wastewater treatment works have to cope with. Take London as a perfect example. Huge population growth, ever aging sewers, and basically a ticking time bomb of hygiene problems. We hear our water companies pleading with us not to flush wet-wipes down our sewers, but their cries for help often fall on deaf ears.

Toilet paper use is also a constant issue among environmentalists as there seems to be a great deal of resistance to toilet paper made of recycled material. Some people use toilet paper products that are whole or in part made from recycled products. But the fact is that the majority of people don't use recycled material toilet paper. Reports say more than 98 per cent of toilet paper in the U.S. comes from virgin forests.

Why not stop using toilet paper altogether - or at least the vast majority of it?

Enter a hygiene alternative:

Admittedly, I refrained from using the bidet sprayer even though it was present in my bathroom for months before I first tried it. It wasn't until a really bad case of tummy problems did I give it a try. I'd had an unusually spicy meal, and within a short space of time I was on the can. And then again. And again. And again. I remember that session lasting to the inauspicious number of thirteen before I keeled over and passed out.

I had never tried to use this 'strange mini-shower' that was beside my toilet, mainly due to not knowing what it was really for. But after my mammoth toilet session, and my under carriage in severe pain, a friend was bemused why I was using toilet paper every time, tearing my skin off in the process.

So the next toilet visit I decided to give it a try. My friend had given me a few directions, "spread your cheeks on the seat, lean to the left, shoot from the back, aim and fire, gently at first".

The "gently at first" part I seemed to have forgotten and got the shock of my life, as I fired a bullet train jet stream of water at my already tender area. Water splashed everywhere. But it's not that difficult to realise I should have squeezed the trigger, "gently at first".

Within a few tries I had the trigger squeezing down to a tee. And the whole process was an absolute epiphany of cleanliness and comfort within no time.

Eureka!! Ka Ka..

From that week forward I knew I was never going to be using great wads of toilet paper ever again, not by choice anyway.

What is this hygiene device then - you've got me interested?

This device, designed by Japanese physicians, is a smaller version of a standard shower, consisting of a steel or plastic handle with a nozzle for shooting the water, and a hose feeding the water supply. There is a trigger for creating the jet of water, and usually an isolating valve at the wall to turn the water off after each use. Although, in lower pressure areas the isolating valve doesn't need to be turned off after every use.

How do you dry yourself?

This is an often asked question. The answer is personal preference. Some people shake, some flick the water off, some people dry with a few pieces of toilet paper. While, others place a flannel next to the toilet for drying purposes, much like a miniature bath towel, just for 'that' area.

What are the environmental benefits?

When using toilet paper for drying purposes only with this device, you probably use about 90% less toilet paper than when using only toilet paper.

So how many trees are wasted on toilet paper? The equivalent of almost 27,000 trees are flushed down our toilets every day, according to Claude Martin of WWF (Worldwide Fund for Nature). Imagine the world benefits if everyone switched to using this device.

Some toilet paper users (who have never used a bidet-sprayer) say "but what about the extra water use"?

When you consider you need water to shower it is not really an argument. Also, around 37 gallons of water goes into making a single roll of toilet paper. Then when you take into account the huge number of trees cut down every year, the time, fuel, energy, chemicals and manpower needed to produce toilet paper, the sprayer is by far the greener option.

In fact, it's a fantastic alternative. And remember a roll lasts most households about 3 days. Imagine how many squirts you can get for 37 gallons. No comparison!! It's a no brainer!

Is water really a better alternative to toilet paper?

Yes, I know a silly question, but one often asked in hygiene blogs. Why would anyone ask such a question? It kind of beggars belief, but I guess just ignorance of the whole process of what the bidet sprayer really is.

Yes, this device uses WATER to clean your private parts, and is exactly the same as the regular shower you use to wash your whole body every morning.

So if you don't mind skid stains in your underpants, and the sandpaper type experience on your tender bits then feel free to continue using toilet paper, this product might not be for you.

But if comfort, hygiene and keeping your partner IS important to you, then give a bidet sprayer a try. Your washing powder bill will decrease. Your overall shopping bill will decrease. You'll feel cleaner, and more energized.

Ultimately, people have to find out for themselves what they are passionate about. One thing that is certain is no one surely likes to waste money. No one likes to walk around in pain. Does anyone benefit from poor hygiene?

The bidet sprayer saves money, is great for the environment, it is more subtle on the body and increases personal hygiene daily. The winner all round, wouldn't you say?

Relationship Between Health and Environment

We are living in a world of contrasts. Scientific and technological progress has brought advanced health care system; many diseases today that were fatal in the past, if not eradicated, are brought under control. As a contrast, people living in developed countries are suffering from cardiovascular diseases and cancer associated with inappropriate diet and stressful life.

Industrial revolution brought social and technological development, but also introduced pollution on large-scale. With modern industry things have just got worse. When the extent of industry was limited, contamination area was reduced to immediate vicinity affecting health and safety of those workers directly involved in production. In a modern global society we live in today this problem has become, well, "global". The toxic that is most common in our environment is lead; it is used in vaccines, pesticides, antiperspirants, building materials, gas and even found in drinking water. If we think about global population growth and its growing needs and industry relying on components that are toxic, we can assume that industrial development has a devastating impact on environment and public health.

In the past, diseases were attributed to meteorological events such as changes in the seasons, storms and eclipses. Some societies linked disease to corrupt or polluted air from corpses, swamps and other sources. In prehistoric times people believed that evil spirits or God caused people to become ill. By the 16th and 17th centuries connection between health and environment had become commonly recognized. Fresh air and elimination of bad smells were considered important, and a healthy environment was thought to produce healthy food and drink. Earth was respected as a living, breathing body that needed to be nurtured and protected.

The industrial revolution drastically changed the relationship between economic activity and environment. By 19th century, industrial pollution had been identified as a serious problem. This was mostly due to energy requirements of iron industry and led to local and ultimately, more widespread pollution. Although it was considered a serious problem, it was not given high priority. Social problems, infectious diseases and unsafe water supplies were the main health concerns at that time.

Until the late 19th century, the causes of fever, pestilence and plague were still unknown. Odors and emanations were still considered responsible, just as in ancient Greece. Gradually, other theories were introduced, like "germ theory", which enabled Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch to prove the existence of bacteria and how they caused diseases. By the end of 19th century, the transmission of diseases via insects was also identified. This meant that new ways could be found to fight disease and resolve health problems.

In the late 19th century, there occurred a growing awareness of the importance of environment. During the 1860's both USA and Great Britain passed laws aimed at protecting the environment. Early environmental movements tended to be led by professionals such as foresters, who were interested in preservation and management of land and resources. In 1892, the Sierra Club, USA's oldest and largest environmental organization was founded with John Muir as president. Their first campaign was an effort to defeat a proposed reduction in the boundaries of Yosemite National Park under slogan that: "Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike" (John Muir 1912).

During the 20th century, a growth in demand increased the volume of hazardous materials and further increased pollution. This trend caused a massive public revolt in many parts of the world. In 1962, Rachel Carson published her book "The Silent Spring", where she detailed some of the dangers that pesticides could have for the environment and human health, and raised public awareness of alternative ways of perceiving human health in relation to environment. During 60's and 70's there was a major expansion of environmental organizations such as Greenpeace lobbying for clean water, air and preserving of wilderness.

However, global warming was not adequately discussed. It appears that there was not enough political will to address global warming issues. Authors Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus in their book "The Death of Environmentalism" (2004) debate about environmental movements not being efficient enough to motivate a national debate; e.g. using low emission vehicles or energy-efficient light-bulbs is neither inspiring nor comprehensive enough and are unlikely to be successful. They think that the answer to the problem is selling the solution rather than focusing on the problem itself. The solution may be support for an economy based on new energies, not fossil fuels. It would reduce dependence on oil, air pollution and bring more jobs. Investment in this strategy would allow a better use of accessible resources than what the conventional environmentalists suggest.