How to Lower Your Intake of Dioxin
Java junkies, did you know the type of filter you use in your coffee maker can have an effect on your health?Dioxin is a deadly chemical which can cause cancer, liver disease and damage to the immune system, which in turn increases an individual's susceptibility to infectious disease. Dioxin levels 100 times lower than those associated with cancer development can cause reproductive and developmental abnormalities such as low sperm counts in men and miscarriage in women.Dioxin isn't a commercial product, but rather a by-product of the manufacturing process. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 95 percent of dioxin emissions come from combustion sources, such as hospital and municipal garbage incinerators. Paper mills dump dioxin in our waterways, as it is a by-product of the chlorination process used to make paper a bright shade of white.Ninety percent of dioxin enters the human body through the food chain. Dioxin particles are released into our lakes and rivers, contaminating the fish we eat. They are released into our air, then settle into our soil, where they contaminate crops which we then eat, or which are fed to our livestock.Perhaps most frightening is the fact that it is virtually impossible to avoid exposure to this dangerous toxin. Nearly everyone living in the industrialized world has been exposed -- dioxin has even detected in the breast milk of nursing mothers. One EPA study found dioxin levels of 330 parts per million in the individuals tested, far above the "allowable" level of 1 part per million.How can you limit your exposure to deadly dioxin? Its not easy. To begin with, you can dramatically cut your exposure by limiting the amount of meat you eat. Dioxin is stored in the fat tissues of animals. When you consume a fat-laden hamburger or pork chop, you consume dioxin.Use unbleached coffee filters. Dioxin traces leach into you coffee every time you brew a fresh pot using a bleached white filter.Finally, buy unbleached paper products whenever possible. By using unbleached stationary, toilet tissue and paper toweling, you create a demand for the environmentally safer product and send a message to the polluters.