Neurotoxins are everywhere. What exactly is a neurotoxin? Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a neurotoxin as “a poisonous substance that acts on the nervous system and disrupts the normal function of nerve cells”. The 7 neurotoxins listed below are only a few of the many chemicals we all encounter on a daily basis that can be detrimental to the health of our brain and nervous system. They should be avoided as much as possible.
1. Glyphosate, aka Roundup (herbicide)
– Herbicide found in most agricultural crops like corn and soybeans, genetically engineered crops and grains
– Found to change brain chemistry, cause anxiety, diarrhea, dizziness, headaches, and breathing difficulties
– Induce depression-like symptoms 
2. Aspartame (artificial sweetener)
– Artificial sweetener used in many low calorie, diet, and “sugar free” products including sodas, sweets, yogurt, etc.
– Causes injury to delicate neurons in your brain; also can cause seizures, depression, vision problems, ADD, and birth defects
– Induces dementia symptoms and memory loss 
3. Chlorpyrifos (pesticide)
– Pesticide commonly used on cotton, corn, almonds, and many fruit trees including apples and orange trees
– Cause dysfunction in nerve signals as well as headaches, nausea, dizziness, muscle twitching, loss of coordination, and breathing difficulties
– Children are particularly vulnerable
– Linked to neurodevelopmental delays, and in some cases tremors 
4. Aluminum (vaccinations)
– Found in most vaccinations, used to cause a stronger immune reaction to the vaccine
– Children are more susceptible to injury
– Experimental research has linked it with an increased risk of autoimmunity, long-term brain inflammation, and associated neurological complications that may be serious and last for the child’s lifetime [8, 9]
5. Fluoride (water, oral hygiene products)
– Found in toothpaste, mouthwashes, and nearly all bottled beverages, including water
– Can cause arthritic symptoms and thyroid issues
– High doses of fluoride has been shown to be a neurotoxin that can affect normal development in children 
– Has an additive effect so that the more products we use containing it, the more exposure you’re getting
6. Synthetic Fragrances (self-care products)
– Found in thousands of products, including lotions, perfumes, body wash, laundry soap, candles, etc.
– Increases allergen and neurotoxic cascades 
– Possible relationship between maternal exposure and the development of autism 
7. Triclosan (cleaning products)
– Recently banned anti-bacterial product that has commonly been used in anything anti-bacterial – soaps, hand sanitizers, face wash, toothpaste ect.
– Contributes to antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria
– Linked to thyroid issues, immune disruption, neurotoxicity, and cancer 
These 7 neurotoxins can all damage and interfere with the function of your nervous system. It is a great idea to decrease exposure to these chemicals any time you can.
Buy organic produce when it is available. Eliminate sodas and artificially sweetened products from your diet. If you choose to vaccinate your children, think about altering the schedule to decrease the aluminum exposure in a single setting. Replace toxic household cleaners and self-hygiene products with non-gmo, organic products. Use a water filter and drink more water during the day to help flush out any toxins you encounter.
Avoiding toxins is not always possible. Chiropractic Lifestyle Care strengthens your body’s ability to process these toxins by strengthening your nervous system—the master controller of your body. Make an appointment today to improve the function of your nervous system and reduce the detrimental effects of exposure to these toxic chemicals.
Article Contributed by Michelle Coats, BS
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