A Human Experiment?

2 (2) - CopyHere’s an idea for an experiment. Let’s take 200 different medications, grind up the tablets and empty all the capsule contents into a container, mix it up, and then swallow a capsule full of this mixture every day to see what happens. Why not? It’s just a very low dose of 200 different medications. Better yet, maybe we should try this as an experiment on our children. Even more interesting would be to have expectant mothers take this concoction every day during pregnancy to see what might happen to their unborn babies.

No ethics committee in any research facility would ever approve such an experiment because of the obvious risk of serious harm, but if given the option, would you volunteer to participate? Of course not. But unbeknownst to you, something like an experiment has been going on for more than 30 years  — but it’s not being conducted by the drug industry. The average person, including newborn babies, contains up to 200 different environmental pollutants, like particulates from air pollution, plastics, fire retardants, stain repellents, pesticides, heavy metals, various substances from cosmetics, and industrial chemicals, etc.

Is this a human experiment?

Calling the chemical contamination of humans an experiment is just a metaphor. Nevertheless, scientific data has been, and still is being collected, and it’s telling us that the increasing prevalence of most chronic, non-infectious diseases is strongly linked to our exposures to pollution and the accumulation of chemicals in our bodies. The data is also quite clear that the more pollutant exposures you have, and the more you accumulate them in your body, the higher the odds that you will develop one or more of these conditions – high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, allergies, asthma, and neurodegenerative disorders, just to name a few. And there can be harmful, lifelong effects on unborn babies and children, such as neurodevelopmental disorders, like autism.

Ethics committees or boards are responsible for the protection of the rights, safety and well being of human subjects involved in research. If the continued pollution of humans was really an approved experiment, any ethics committee would insist that the study be discontinued immediately.

No informed consent

Who gave the permission to fill us up with chemicals without our knowledge? Note that less than 50% of the chemicals produced in high volume and introduced into our environment have been tested for toxicity, and less than 20% have been tested for developmental toxicity. Few people are even aware of how contaminated they are with a plethora of chemicals not tested for safety, and no one was ever given a choice.

Not all of us have developed chronic diseases, at least not yet. The accumulation of harm is inside our cells, slow and insidious, and the onset of chronic disease is subtle and gradual. We are all unknowingly, potentially damaged subjects in this experiment. Meanwhile, we continue to propagate the research with our lifestyle, funding the damage with our healthcare system.

There are many ways to reduce chemical exposures and  promote cell repair. You can always choose to opt out of the ‘experiment’. 

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