I worry about toxins in the environment getting into my body.

Question:

I worry about toxins in the environment getting into my body.  I always wash fruits and vegetables well, I eat organic foods, drink distilled water, etc.  I have some kidney problems that came up out of nowhere.  Kidney disease does not run in my family.  Is it possible that this is related to exposure to some toxin in the environment?

Answer:

There are many toxins in our environment.   The EPA estimated that in the year 2000, greater than 4 billion pounds of pesticides were dropped on our forests and grasslands.  These obviously make their way into the food and water supply.  Therefore we are constantly bombarded by toxicity.  It is important to always buy organic fruits and vegetables, as well as meats and wash everything thoroughly.  Some toxicity can also be obtained through products that we normally use; household cleaners, deodorant containing aluminum, nonstick cookware, etc.   Unfortunately, there are many sources of toxicity creeping into our environment.  If someone develops kidney problems, it could be from a multitude of different causes, toxicity being one of them.  The most important thing to do if you note any kidney problems, is to see your physician as soon as possible to help determine the etiology and what damage may have been done. Posted by Dr. Allison Pontius