of us who specialize in Environmental Medicine define Optimal
Health as “a state of optimal physical, neuro/cognitive, psychological,
and social well being. It is achieved and sustained by an
active, ongoing expenditure of metabolic energy to insure
a homo-dynamic stability of interactive biologic function
despite the chemically changing disruption from all environmental
and internal disorders.”
Although I personally
am not so concerned about the ongoing controversy over global
warming, I am concerned about the increasing, real, and more
imminent danger of chemical contamination of the planet with
herbicides, pesticides, and chemical fertilizers.
I can understand both
sides of the global warming debate. On the one hand
, the planet may be getting warmer because of a cyclical
change in planetary weather. Over the millennia the polar
caps have melted and re-frozen more than once, and we may
be experiencing such a cyclical melt. This melt may take millions
or billions of years to cycle, so we are really standing still
in time millennium.
There are many reputable
scientists who do not believe a planetary warming is occurring
and they have their body of evidence to substantiate their
On the other
hand , there are other equally as reputable scientists
who believe that global warming is the result of human-related
contamination of the environment with what they call greenhouse
gases which are destroying the ozone layer which acts as an
insulation from excessive heat from the sun. These scientists
have accumulated a body of evidence which they claim substantiates
Another aspect of this
debate is to consider the tremendous amount of greenhouse
gases spewed forth with one volcanic eruption – an amount
which can be so large as to minimize anything that man can
Although, as mentioned
earlier, I am more concerned at this time about the ongoing
contamination of the planet with chemical herbicides, pesticides,
and fertilizers, I do recognize and am concerned about the
so called “greenhouse gases because these contaminants are
created by man and nature has not evolved to rid them from
At this point, let
me concentrate on planet contamination by chemical herbicides,
pesticides, and fertilizers.
HERBICIDES, PESTICIDES, AND FERTILIZERS
The main reason why
I consider chemical herbicide, pesticide, and fertilizer contamination
so dangerous is because we are exposed to them every single
day of our life.
Most individuals eat
three times each day and snack in between. The above mentioned
chemicals get into of food chain because manyh are absorbed
by plants (grains, fruits and vegetables) which both we and
other animals consume.
As it is with us humans,
the animals we eat must eat contaminated grains, fruits, and
vegetable matter. The biologic systems of all animal life
are unable to rid their bodies of these chemicals. If they
do their ability to detoxify is minimal, again because these
chemicals are man made and the animal has not evolved to create
the enzymes necessary to destroy these chemicals. As a result,
the chemicals accumulate within the body.
Since we must eat either
a vegetarian fare of grains, fruits, and vegetables or a meat
diet of fish and animals, we consume contaminated food. Similarly,
our human biologic system accumulates these potentially dangerous
chemicals. It is little wonder why we see more allergic and
chemically challenged babies, children, and adults.
It does appear that
the nervous system is more susceptible to the damaging effects
of chemical poisons. We should thiunk about why we see so
many nervous system-related diseases: autism, ADHD, schizophrenia,
nerve palsies and paralysis, etc.
Using a protocol we
have developed which is based on a strict elimination diet
and some supplements, we can see almost immediate (3-6 weeks)
response in children with autism ADHD, and Tourette's Syndrome.
Although we cannot
hope to get rid of the influence of chemicals in food, we
can make a dent in such a way to return sick individuals closer
to that state of Optimal Health mentioned earlier .
nicola michael c. Tauraso,