For as many toxins as we are exposed to, they are pretty small players in the world of the body, where MASSIVE amounts of toxins are being generated by normal metabolism.

I'll say this again. As far as direct effects go (free radicals, DNA damage), the body's own toxins have a far greater effect than almost anything from the outside.

Where toxins become a problem is often when they interfere with the body's own repair mechanisms that it uses to deal with its own metabolic aftermath.

I liked this quotation in Underexposed: What if Radiation is Actually Good for You? :

"It is the repair and removal process (or lack of it) that kills us. Like other toxins, high-level radiation degrades those processes, but low-level actually stimulates them."--Theodore Rockwell

Wow. Huge statement there. "Like other toxins" - suggesting that a major mode of
toxins' negative effects is in degrading our own repair processes.

And then notice that low-level toxin exposures improve and tone this repair and removal process.

So people could be thought of as requiring low level doses of toxins - or doses appropriate to their state of health and their level of exposure to other toxins - to maintain their repair and removal functions in good form.

Mold toxins are particularly bad in that they interfere with protein synthesis and Nrf2, among other things. Many of the negative effects seen from them (like carcinogenesis and organ problems) are from interfering with the systems the body normally uses to protect itself.

John Apel
1/9/2015 20:46:46

I read in Billings book that our body takes a mycotoxin and makes it a worse toxin before it's completely neutralized, so sometimes we are stuck with the worse toxin that our body makes from a lesser toxin.


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