A glossary of dangerous substances that can harm your body and your mind.

Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, reduces levels of protective antioxidant Glutathione. According to Hinson and others in the Laboratory of Chemical Pharmacology, when taking smaller doses of acetaminophen, glutathione detoxifies the acetamenophen thus keeping you alive. But with higher doses of acetamenophen, there is not enough glutathione to protect you. According to Dr. Parris M. Kidd in her article entitled Glutathione: Systemic Protectant Against Oxidative and Free Radical Damage, depletion of Glutathione leads to cell death.

Acetone, found in cigarette smoke, car exhaust, household cleaners and industrial emissions.

Aflatoxin, found in moldy nuts.

Alcohol, a poison that brings down the central nervous system, depletes protective glutathione leads to liver disease.

Aluminum, found in anti-perspirants, cookware, antacids, cosmetics and some processed food.

Aromatic hydrocarbons, found in fuel and solvents.

Arsenic, found in cigarette smoke.

Asbestos, a carcinogen previously used as a building material. If the fine particles are accidentally inhaled, these stay in the lungs causing lung cancer.

Aspartame, an excitotoxin found in many processed foods, especially those marked ‘sugar free’. It has been linked with brain diseases such as alzeimer’s and parkinson’s disease.

Benzene, found in cigarette Smoke and household cleaners.

Benzopyrenes (fuel exhaust, barbecued foods).

Botulinum toxin, better known as ‘botox’, is perhaps the most acutely toxic substance on Earth.
The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatologists reported that in the very first year that Botox was approved by the FDA, Botox caused 28 deaths and 1,409 other adverse reactions.

Cadmium, found in batteries, insecticides and plastics.

Car exhaust, which contains carbon monoxide, benzene, and formaldehyde.

Chlorine, found in swimming pools and tap water. When showering or bathing in chlorinated water, the chlorine is absorbed by the skin.

Cigarette Smoke, which contains acetone, arsenic, benzene, hydrogen cyanide and many more harmful compounds.

Dioxin, a carcinogen.

Excitotoxins, common food additives that over-stimulate the brain.

Fluorine/Fluoride, a neurotoxin found in toothpaste and tap water. When showering in fluorinated water, the fluorine is absorbed by the skin. Fluoride is not needed to prevent cavities.

In the following video, Professor Paul Connett tells the disturbing history of water fluoridation.


Formaldehyde, a preservative, used in paints, toners, building materials such as plywood.

Hydrolyzed vegetable protein, an excitotoxin found in many processed foods.

Lead, found in paint, dust, soil, water, and old pipes.

Mercury, a heavy metal and a neurotoxin, often used in dental fillings, vaccines, pesticides, smoke from coal plants and trash incinerators. Sadly, this deadly toxin has entered the world’s fresh and salt water, and therefore there is some risk with eating the fish that swim in these waters.

Mono-Sodium Glutamate or MSG, an excitotoxin and a common flavour-enhancer added to many supermarket foods and frequently found in chinese food.

Nitrosamines, found in smoked and cured foods, and processed meat like hot dogs and bologna.

Perchloro-ethane, used in dry cleaning.

Perfluorinated Chemicals or PFC’s, found in non-stick cookware and non-stain carpets.

Pesticides and Herbicides, which directly contaminate those that eat non-organic fruits and vegetables, but also contaminates the air.

Saccharin, an excitotoxin found in many processed foods.

Volatile Organic Compounds or VOC’s, found in cleaning products, paints, strippers and adhesives.

Protect yourself and your family


  • Quit smoking and avoid second-hand smoke.
  • Avoid alcohol.


  • Consume organic vegetables and fruit whenever possible.
  • Avoid Aspartame, Splenda, Nutrasweet, and other artificial sweeteners. Use stevia instead.
  • Avoid all processed foods.
  • In restaurants, ask the staff to avoid MSG.
  • Prefer fresh, raw, steamed or boiled food over barbecued or charred food, and avoid smoked or cured meats.
  • Instead of antacids that contain aluminum, use baking soda instead or simply alkalize your body naturally by eating more vegetables, and consuming the right fruits.
  • Use milk of magnesia instead of anti-perspirant.
  • Prefer filtered tap water over bottled water, since the plastic bottle can leach dangerous toxins into your system.
  • Limit your fish consumption and avoid the fatty part, which accumulated mercury and other toxins
  • Ensure any vaccinations you or your children receive do not contain thimerosal, which contains mercury.
  • Avoid cosmetics containing aluminum, parabens or phthalates.


  • Install a good air purifier and a good water filter.
  • Change heating and A/C filters often.
  • Dust and vacuum your home regularly, and change the vacuum filter frequently.
  • If your tap water contains fluorine or chlorine, take shorter, cooler showers.
  • Avoid using the microwave.
  • Reduce your reliance on dry cleaners or find an organic one.
  • Wear latex or rubber gloves when cleaning with household chemicals.
  • Avoid artificial fragrances such as those in candles and air fresheners.
  • Do not use stain-proof carpets, as the VOC’s will be released into the air that you breathe.
  • Use VOC-free paint in your home.


  • Instead of using pesticides, try using diluted garlic or a mild soap solution.
  • Avoid insect repellents that contain DEET.