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10. Conventional Meat and Dairy Products
Animals that are fed concentrated animal feed on conventional meat farms are also a danger to our health. This type of food contains antibiotics, growth hormones, and other types of industrial chemicals that get passed on to you through the animal’s meat or dairy product. Always buy organic dairy and look for meat that comes from free range, grass fed, organic animals that are typically raised on small family farms to avoid ingesting these chemicals directly.
11. High Mercury Fish
Although it appears that all fish in the world is now contaminated to some degree with mercury, there are some fish that are more contaminated than others. Some of the worst offenders are tilefish, swordfish, shark, king mackerel, and marlin. Farmed fish, while not higher in mercury, are loaded with antibiotics and other chemicals because, much like conventional beef, they are fed concentrated animal foods. Be very choosy when it comes to fish and make your selections very carefully.
12. Flame Retardants/ Stain Resistors
Many of the furnishings we buy including carpet, sofas, carpet padding, rugs, and mattresses have been treated with either flame retardants or stain resistant chemicals. Although both of these sound like a good idea, they are all endocrine disruptors. Even after you cannot smell that “new” smell, they are still putting out gasses that you will breathe in daily. Just some of the chemicals found in these products are formaldehyde, PFCs, antimony, boric acid, PBDE, and other types of brominated chemicals. Select natural, less flammable types of materials as you replace these items such as cork, leather, tile, wool, and cotton.
To sum it up, stick with whole foods and natural products as much as you possibly can. The fewer ingredients something contains, the better it probably is for you. Anything you plan to put on your body, in your body, or in your home make sure that you are familiar with its contents. If you can’t pronounce the name of an ingredient, chances are you don’t want it in your life.