Yes! In a typical adult, 100 or more! This is not a good condition for a healthy body.
A study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that 99.5% of 5000 people had DDE (a breakdown product of DDT) in their blood, even though DDT was banned over 30 years ago.
Blood samples from 14 Ministers of European countries were analyzed for 103 man-made chemicals from 7 different chemical families. The findings stunned the ministers. As the director of the campaign, Karl Wagner, stated, “I was shocked because in my blood were at least 43 artificial chemicals; I had no idea these chemicals were in my body or how they got there, and nobody can tell me what effect these chemicals have.” The testing disclosed that 100 percent of the ministers’ blood samples were contaminated with PCBs, pesticides, brominated flame retardants, and perfluorinated chemicals; 79 percent were contaminated with phthalates.
A study by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine tested for chemicals in the blood and urine of nine volunteers who did not work with chemicals on the job and did not live near an industrial facility. They found 167 chemicals in the bodies of volunteers, of which chemicals 76 cause cancer, 94 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 79 cause birth defects or abnormal development. The predominant toxic chemicals were the familiar phthalates, organochlorine pesticides, PCBs, and dioxins and furans. Several toxic chemicals are also found in the breast milk of nursing mothers.
A scary picture! Before the widespread use of synthetic chemicals after World War II, these toxic chemicals were not present in people. Human bodies have not developed effective countermeasures for these recent foreign invaders. Nevertheless, your body will be able to eliminate most of these toxic invaders IF no more are entering your body. The message is simple, learn how to identify the source of these toxic substances and avoid contact with them.
In the next blog article the author will discuss one of the largest sources of environmental toxic substances: pesticides from agriculture.