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Everyday we’re bombarded with toxic chemicals. They’re in our clothes, our food, even our cookware.  It’s impossible to escape, but can anything be done?  Yes, according to Dr. Benjamin Ozanne.

On Monday, April 30, Ozanne Family Chiropractic, located at the Maximized Living Health Center at 4115 N Steele Blvd, Suite #3, held an ECO-Mob and spoke to a packed room about toxicity in our daily lives.

“Toxicity is a topic that many people know nothing about or don’t consider a problem,” Ozanne said. “As a chiropractor and a maximized living doctor I look to address the cause of health problems. Toxicity is one aspect of our environment that must be addressed in order for us to truly be healthy.  It was important to me to share a subject that is not well known and can have a major impact on the health of our society.”

During his presentation, Ozanne detailed the ways that we are exposed to toxic chemicals constantly, whether it be in the paint on our walls to the pans in our kitchen.  He cited a statistic that 86 percent of cancer is due to the environment.

Toxicity can have a major impact on the health of the human body. According to Ozanne, almost 35,000 of the chemicals used in the U.S. are classified by the EPA as being either definitely or potentially hazardous to human health. His presentation detailed the variety of chemicals and their affects along with their consumer product culprits.

He claimed that medications are the number one toxin that we are exposed to.  “Take anti-depressants,” he said to the crowd.  “The number one side effect is suicidal tendencies.  It’s making people do what it’s supposed to stop them from doing.”

Chemicals find their way into every room in the house.  According to Ozanne, beds a major carrier of toxins.  He stated that it may take up to 50 gallons of high grade petroleum to make a Temper-pedic mattress.  Alternatives to this include organic mattresses.  Mountain Air Beds, northwest Arkansas’ premiere organic bedding store, was on hand to promote the alternatives that they provide.

Carcinogens like formaldehyde, which is used in embalming, is found in a variety of products like clothes and toothpaste according to Ozanne. Other household dangers he listed included microwaves and cookware that contains Teflon, which is banned in many nations already. He suggested cast iron or stainless steel as a healthy alternative.  Fruit is a major carrier of pesticides with apples, celery, and strawberries being the worst.

Over all, the indoors is 5 to 10 times more toxic than the outdoors, he claimed. However, he noted a silver lining and said that up to 96 percent of all cancer-causing agents can be eliminated.  Websites like Healthy Child or Green Med Info can help provide consumers with information on which products are healthy and which are harmful.

Living the organic lifestyle can cost a lot of money, which can be a turn-off for many middle-class consumers.  Ozanne offered some advice for concerned citizens on a budget.

“Take it one step at a time,” he said. “When you make small changes over time, those changes will add up and make a great impact on your health. The first step towards minimizing toxicity is to make lateral movements. For example, instead of using canola oil to cook with, make a lateral move to using coconut or grape-seed oil. That move does not cost much more, but can make a big difference to the health of you body.”

Several vendors were on hand, such as Club Haus Fitness (which is LEED certified), Natural Building Massage, Kangen Water, and Mountain Air Beds.  Goodwill Massage provided free massages.  Over all, Ozanne was pleased with the ECO-Mob.

“There was a great response from the community and the event was well attended,” he said. “Many of the participants were thankful for the information and made several decisions to reduce the amount of toxins in their life. One couple told me that they were going home that night to throw away their Teflon cookware and replace it with cast iron instead!”

Ozanne became interested in toxicity after several family members became personally affected.  Ozanne Family Chiropractic has a mission to empower individuals and families to take control of their health through nutrition, exercise, life management, and chiropractic care. He specializes in “structural correction” in which the spine is put back into proper alignment through the combination of chiropractic adjustments and state of the art rehab. He is a part of the Maximized Living network of over 400 doctors across North America.

He is currently looking for more ways to partner with local businesses and healthcare practitioners in the Fayetteville area to provide healthcare instruction that will improve the health of the community and support the local economy.  For more information, visit: www.maximizedlivingfayetteville.com.