Chlorinated pesticides have been used worldwide in agriculture since World War II. Of the chlorinated pesticides, a chemical called DDT is probably the best known.
These chemicals have also been used as insecticides against mosquitoes, termites, and fire ants.
Chlorinated pesticides have been identified in over 93% of all persons studied, as you can see with in the table, below:
Most chlorinated pesticides have been banned for use in the US and Europe since the 1980s; however they are still in use in other parts of the world and as a result, these pesticides can still end up in your food supply in imported products.
Pesticide exposure occurs when you eat food contaminated with pesticide residue. Pesticides are also present in drinking water because the chemicals leech through soil into reservoirs.
These horrible chemicals can also be passed to infants in utero and through breastfeeding. The main routes of exposure are:
- Consuming contaminated fruits, vegetables, grains, meat, dairy, and fish.
- Drinking contaminated water.
- Inhaling chemical vapour or contaminated dust, soil, and house-dust.
- Direct skin contact, which can cause necrosis of skin and gums, itching, swelling and blistering.
- Bioaccumulation from mother.
The primary toxic effect of this family of pesticides is in nerves and muscles. They are absorbed via your gut or lungs and interfere with nerve impulse transmissions.
This can usually result in chronic neurological problems including mood disorders and difficulties with learning and memory.
Chlorinated pesticides have also been implicated in fatigue, obesity, diabetes, certain cancers, immune problems, allergies, heart disease, and a host of other challenges.
It is possible to test chlorinated pesticide levels in your blood. As with the PCB and solvents profile, a full blood draw is required for this test, which requires a clinic visit.
The result shown below is from a client who was experiencing fatigue and lethargy. You can clearly see elevated levels of DDE, which is a residual metabolite of DDT.
My client was astonished when I presented research detailing the symptoms and risks associated with chronic DDE exposure and toxicity:
- Prenatal exposure to DDE, HCB, and dieldrin increases the risk of otitis media, and higher levels led to the otitis becoming recurrent.
- Prenatal DDE exposure increases the rate of asthma in children.
- DDE increases the rate of mast cell degranulation and increases risk of allergy and asthma.
- Elevated serum DDE results in cell-mediated immune deficiency and may increase the incidence of herpes zoster.
- DDE (and other chlorinated pesticides) are found in higher levels of the Substantia nigra in persons with Parkinsonism. It also disrupts the transport of dopamine in the brain.
- DDE is associated with chronic fatigue syndrome.
- DDE is associated with higher rates of type II diabetes.
- DDE levels are associated with a 71% increased risk of developing testicular germ cell tumors.
- Persons with above-median levels of DDE (and other chlorinated compounds) may have increased risk?of developing pancreatic cancer and will lead to tremendously shorter survival times in persons with pancreatic cancer.
- DDE levels (below medial levels) were associated with a greatly elevated risk factor (3.2) for liver cancer.
- DDE levels almost doubled the risk (OR 1.9) for endometrial cancer.
- DDE and other environmental endocrine disruptors have also been associated with increased rates of precocious puberty.
- DDE showed a clear correlation with both preterm births and small-for-gestational-age babies.
- DDE was the most frequently found chlorinated compound in a study of infertile females and their male partners.
- DDE levels are also associated with multiple abnormalities in semen indices and sperm amount, motility, and quality.
- DDE can also lead to early menopause.
- DDE levels are associated with greater risk of ?endometriosis and reduced functioning of their natural killer cells.
- DDE can lead to altered levels of thyroid hormones.
The main source of chlorinated pesticides is contaminated food. Other sources of exposure are dust? or dirt in homes and buildings contaminated with DDE.
“The most recent Total Diet Survey assessment of DDE in food reveals that DDE is clearly one of the most commonly present toxins in foods.”
Contamination could occur in older dwellings where DDT was used several years ago, or in newer housing projects that were built on or around previously contaminated soil brought into the house in the air or on shoes.
Carpets can be very large chlorinated pesticide reservoirs. When DDT is produced, it consists of a combination of both DDT and DDE.
The rate of DDT breakdown in the environment is approximately 40-60 years. In other words, it takes 6 decades for DDT to be degraded in soil.
This is why even when DDT and DDE contamination remain despite their manufacture having been discontinued. Despite DDT being banned for use in the US in 1972.
The key to reducing the body burden of these pesticides is the same as with endocrine disruptors, solvents and PCBs. Minimizing exposure and optimizing your body’s ability to detoxify is the only effective therapeutic combination.
Hompes Method Testing Toolkit
Chlorinated Pesticide Tests
It is possible to test chlorinated pesticide levels using a blood test. Several pesticides are analysed in the blood sample to give an indication of total body burden. Please click here to learn more about the test and view sample reports.
Safe and Effective Detoxification
The Hompes Method can guide you through a safe and gentle detoxification programme, which I call the “Hompes Method 1,2,3’s of Detoxification“.
The first step in detoxifying your body is to avoid putting toxins in! All too often, this step is overlooked. If you try to detoxify your body while you’re still loading up on toxins, you’re wasting your time – it’s like trying to empty a basin of water while the taps are still on.
Toxin minimization involves:
- Eating clean food
- Drinking clean water
- Breathing air that’s as clean as possible
- Putting less toxins on your skin
- Optimising digestive function (see step two!)
It’s essential to optimize your digestive function. Why? Well, a digestive system full of bad bugs is a toxic digestive system – it leaks toxins into your body, overloading your liver’s ability to remove toxins.
A further problem is that a damaged digestive system can’t absorb nutrients effectively, and nutrients such as amino acids, vitamins and minerals are needed for proper detoxification!
Once nutrition, environment and digestion have been optimized, a carefully planned detoxification programme can be implemented using specific supplements and cleanses.