Modern medicine has come a long way in extending lives in comparison to our ancient forefathers, yet today some form of cancer or heart disease strikes an average of 1 in 3 people who now live in the 1st world.
If we were to compare daily life today to that of a person living a couple thousand years ago, we might find a few differences.
Rushing to work did not exist as most people lived on farms, the stress people experienced in spite of the occasional tribal war was probably having a hard time harvesting crops due to heavy storms, stubborn donkeys, or natural disasters.
Today we still have natural disasters, and the tribal wars continue on a much larger scale and which now cost billions of dollars, but the environment we live in is obviously very different.
Today we have food grown with pesticides and artificial fertilizers, and livestock injected with various antibiotics or hormones to fatten them.
Toxic wastes are constantly being dumped into the oceans, which wind up in the fish we eat.
Almost every food product on supermarket shelves has some form of chemical preservative and even the air we breathe and water we drink is questionable depending on how close we live to the nearest garbage dump or factory.
Billions of tons of oil is extracted from the earth and then pumped back into the atmosphere through burning which winds up in our lungs, depletes the protective ozone layer, and as a result exposes life on the planet, to more dangerous ultraviolet rays from the sun.
Our bodies are also hit with car fumes, cigarette smoke, alcohol or recreational drugs, pollution in all its forms, poisons, allergens, exposure to various hair and household sprays, pesticides, rancid fats and oils, chemicals and preservatives found in foods and soft drinks, chemicals in artificial colorants and sweeteners, chlorinated water, toxins from food cooked in aluminum or Teflon pots, chemicals used in medications or drugs, various hits of radiation from sources such as chemotherapy, X-rays, milder forms in TV screens, and over exposure to the ultraviolet light from the sun. In fact there are over 500 known human carcinogens (or substances known to cause cancer,) which many people are in contact with or eat daily, such as deep fried foods, and even the simple procedure of smelling household paint.
This scary list can go on and on as our daily intake or exposure to some form of poison definitely can all add up, or it can be quite small depending on the location and lifestyle of each individual. For example a person living out in the country would not be faced with the same amount of daily toxin or carcinogen exposure as someone living in a city.
Now this might all sound a bit like extremist ecological mumbo, but that’s not what I’m getting at. The point here is that our bodies have to detoxify all of these substances somehow and this is definitely not something people even a hundred years ago had to deal with.
In spite of these and the many other daily physical beatings our bodies take in this 21st century, it constantly repairs itself and continues to live to the ripe old age of about 70. Our bodies could probably easily live to about 130 if it werent pumped full of yes minute poisons...
So anyone who says "a bit of toxins are OK" maybe should evaluate where they live!