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Are You Toxic?: The Ultimate Self-Test
Posted by Hotze Vitamins on 7/21/2014 to Detox

Do you ever wonder how your environment could be contributing to your toxic load? Below is the Environmental Factors Questionnaire that will help you better understand which areas of your life could be causing you to be toxic. 

How to take the quiz: 

Make sure you have a piece of paper and a pen and you take your time on this questionnaire. It's important that you answer each and every question carefully so that your overall score is as accurate as possible.

For each question asked, you will need to apply a score. 

0 = never (no) 
1 = occasionally (yes) 
2 = frequently 

Some exposures are more damaging so additional points are needed. If you answer 1 or 2 to any question that has a "+" following it, be sure to add the extra points to your score.

Alright, let's get started!

Do you use conventional chemical cleaners (furniture polish; disinfecting sprays; scrubs; or glass, surface, or metal cleaners) in any of these rooms? 
  • living room ___ 
  • bedroom ___ 
  • kitchen ___ 
  • bathroom ___ 
Do you use conventional detergents, bleaches, or softeners for laundry? ___ 
Do you use conventional soap for dishwashing? ___ 
Do you use nonorganic room deodorizers like aerosols or plug-ins? ___ 
Is your shower curtain liner made of vinyl or plastic? ___ 
Do you use a conventional dry cleaner and remove the clothing from the plastic wrap less than 12 hours before wearing it? ___ 
Ideal section score = less than 2 ___

Do you use chemical weed killers or herbicides on your lawn or landscape? ___ 
Do you use chemical fertilizers? ___ 
Have you treated your home or yard chemically for insect infestation? ___ 
Does your outdoor area feature older treated wood in decking, play structures, or landscaping materials? ___ 
Ideal section score = less than 2 ___ 

Does your work involve exposure to inhaled or skin-contact chemical agents (dentist, dry cleaner, shoe repairman, welder, industrial worker, etc.)? ___  
Ideal section score = less than 2 ___ 

Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs) 
Do you use an electric blanket? ___ 
Do you use a mobile phone next to your ear more than 15 minutes a day? ___ 
Do you keep your mobile phone in a pocket or clipped to your body? ___ 
Is there a powered electric device within 2 feet of your bed? ___ 
Do you live within 50 feet of a mobile phone tower or high power line? ___ 
Ideal section score = less than 2 ___ 

Air Quality 
Have you renovated your home using any of the following? 
  • conventional paints ___ 
  • plasterboard ___ 
  • polyurethane (+1) ___ 
  • sanding ___ 
  • glues for carpet or flooring (+1) ___ 
Are there outdoor-air-quality alerts where you live? ___ 
Are you often exposed to automotive exhaust? ___ 
Do you spend more than 2 hours a day in a car? ___ 
Do you tend to travel by air? ___ 
Do you own new furniture -- purchased less than 2 years ago? ___ 
Does your home contain cabinets made of pressed wood composites? ___ 
Is there paint in your house that's cracking and more than 20 years old? ___ 
Is there heavy accumulation of dust on furniture or drapes? ___ 
Do you have wall-to-wall carpet? ___ 
Do you have a damp or musty basement? ___ 
Is there visible mold in your home? ___ 
Does anyone in your household smoke? (+2) ___ 
Ideal section score = less than 8 ___ 

Does your home have old pipes? ___ 
Do you drink from untested well water? ___ 
Do you live in a building with a roof tank? ___ 
Do you have heavy water discoloration in the morning? ___ 
Ideal section score = less than 1 ___ 

Ingested Therapies & Over-the-Counter Medicines 
Do you use antibiotics more than twice a year? ___ 
Do you use nicotine patches, gum, or spray more than twice a week? ___ 
Do you use acetaminophen (aka Tylenol) more than 4 days a week? ___ 
Do you use NSAIDs (such as aspirin or ibuprofen) more than 4 days a week? ___ 
Do you use antihistamines (like diphenhydramine) daily? ___ 
Do you use decongestants daily? ___ 
Do you use stomach acid‑suppressing medications daily? (+1) ___ 
Do you use nutritional or herbal supplements that are produced with no ostensible quality assurance? ___ 
Do you drink grapefruit juice (6 ounces) with your prescription medication? ___ 
Do you have silver mercury fillings in your teeth? ___ 
Ideal section score = less than 4 ___ 

Daily Prescription Medications 
Do you use inhaled steroids? Or oral steroids? (+1) ___ 
Do you take anti-convulsing or antipsychotic medication? ___ 
Do you use tranquilizers, sleeping pills, or antidepressants? ___ 
Are you on hormone therapy? ___ 
Are you undergoing chemotherapy? (+1) ___ 
Are you in radiation therapy? (+1) ___ 
Are you on a biologic agent (e.g., TNF blocker)? ___ 
Are you on other medications? (+1 for each additional beyond 2) ___ 
Ideal section score = limit as much as possible 

Personal Care 
How often do you use conventional (not specifically organic nor free of synthetic preservatives, fragrances, or sudsing agents) versions of the following beauty and personal care products? 
  • Soap (perfumed) ___ 
  • Antibacterial soap ___ 
  • Perfume ___ 
  • Moisturizers ___ 
  • Shampoo ___ 
  • Hair dye ___ 
  • Sunblock ___ 
  • Nail polish ___ 
  • Deodorant/antiperspirant ___ 
  • Conditioner ___ 
  • Hairspray ___ 
  • Foundation ___ 
  • Eye and cheek color ___ 
  • Lipstick ___ 
Ideal section score = less than 4 ___ 

Food Quality and Quantity 
Do you eat a lot (3 or 4 days a week) of fried food? (+1) ___ 
Do you eat a lot (3 or 4 days a week) of red meat? ___ 
Do you eat a lot (3 or 4 days a week) of cheese or other full-fat dairy? ___ 
Do you eat tuna, swordfish, or other large predatory fish? ___ 
Do you eat a lot of sugar or refined carbohydrates? (+1) ___ 
Do you charbroil your meat? (+1) ___ 
Do you usually subject your vegetables to long cooking times? ___ 
Do you eat foods that contain high-fructose corn syrup (i.e. sodas/ salad dressings)? (+1) ___ 
Do you eat foods (such as drinks or processed foods) that contain preservatives or colorants? ___ 
Do you eat less than 50 grams of protein a day? ___ 
Do you eat less than 25 grams of fiber a day? ___ 
Do you eat less than eight servings of fruits and vegetables a day? (+1) ___ 
Ideal section score = less than 4 ___ 

Do you drink less than 8 cups of water a day? ___ 
Do you drink more than 4 cups of coffee a day? ___ 
Do you use artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, saccharin, or sucralose? ___ 
Do you drink sugary soda daily? (+2) ___ 
Do you drink more than two alcoholic drinks a day? ___ 
Do you drink alcohol more than 5 days a week? ___ 
Ideal section score = less than 2 ___ 

Grocery Shopping 
Do you usually buy conventional rather than organic produce? (+1) ___ 
Do you buy meat, eggs, or milk not labeled antibiotic or rBGH free? ___ 
Do you buy fish that may contain mercury/heavy metals? (+1) ___ 
Do you accept and handle paper shopping receipts? (+1) ___ 
Ideal section score = less than 3 ___ 

Do you use Teflon-coated nonstick pans? __ 
Do you store food in plastic containers? ___ 
Do you reheat food in plastic containers? (+1) ___ 
Do you use plastic wrap? ___ 
Do you use canned foods? ___ 
Do you microwave popcorn in prepared bags? (+1) ___ 
Ideal section score = less than 4 ___ 

Exercise & Rest 
Do you sleep less than 7 hours a day? ___ 
Do you wake more than twice a night? ___ 
Do you have a job that requires you to sit more than 4 hours a day? ___ 
Do you exercise less than 3 hours a week? ___ 
Do you exercise more than 2 hours a day? ___ 
Do you fail to take one rest day a week away from exercise? ___  
Ideal section score = less than 2 ___ 

Do you experience continuous daily stress? (+1) ___ 
Do you have episodic, high-intensity stress? (+1) ___ 
Do you suffer from chronic anxiety? (+1) ___ 
Are you depressed, or do you have a feeling of hopelessness? (+1) ___ 
Are you a caregiver for someone who is chronically ill? (+1) ___ 
Do you smoke? (+2) ___ 
Ideal section score = less than 4 ___


What your score means:

0 to 50: Supportive Surroundings 
If you totaled 50 points or less, you're living a pretty clean lifestyle but you're not quite in the clear. Everything you do to nudge that number toward zero will benefit your health long term. Remember: it's all about moderation. If you scored higher in one section, try to make changes there. If you are unable to, make changes in another section to help bring down your overall score. Also, look carefully at your results to see if the questionnaire has revealed one or more areas of your life that need your serious attention. 

50+: Toxins All around You 
If you scored over 50, consider this a wake-up call. You need to make changes to your lifestyle and your environment, because they are putting your health at risk. If you haven't already, you may soon start to feel the onset of symptoms related to toxicity, such as aches and pains, headaches, brain fog and fatigue, to name a few.

If you're worried about your toxic load, now is the time to start detoxing your body with natural supplements. Here are Dr. Hotze's top supplements for detoxification. If you still have questions, call one of our consultants at 800-450-4067 to map out a detox regimen that works for you.

Cherryl B. Date 8/3/2014
I am so toxic. I need to call the morg and put myself on a lay a way plan.
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