Don’t You Know That You’re Toxic?

Reading Valerie Kuletz’s essay on nuclear waste I began theory making about the toxicity that makes up all environments. The most toxic elements like plutonium have the powerful ability, as Kuletz explained, to alter our genetic structure and cellular behavior. While the atomic bomb making plutonium elements aren’t as freely floating around us, still especially in metropolitan areas like New York City, humans have successfully polluted our ecosystems with toxins making the little cancer-seeds flow through the food at our grocery stores all the way to our beautiful landscapes in the United States that are decorated with 62 commercial nuclear plants (EIA). My hypothesis, however, pertains to the fact that like such toxins, the affective qualities humans have on each other can be equally as poisonous.

In her article in Forbes, Amy Anderson described the affects of toxic environments in the workplace:

“I believe the most important thing is to recognize when working in a toxic environment is that it is NOT a reflection of who you truly are.  Often times in a toxic workplace there is an abundance of tearing others down, passive aggressive leadership, destructive gossip, conniving politics, and abundant negativity.  When you are surrounded by this daily it can really start to affect your own self-worth.”

Sometimes it goes unnoticed but in toxic environments or relationships it is possible to mentally debilitate the ones around you. Unfortunately we are not like the unfeeling machines that become fancy extensions of ourselves. We can be seriously mentally drained by our environments at times to the point of suicidal tendencies and self-destructive urges. Just bringing up the topic of the waste that is killing us at this very moment is enough to bring down a few serotonin levels.

The life-coach, human-brain optimizer, Margie Warrell, encourages those suffering from a toxic environment to take a different stance with the toxin. It is crucial to understand where these poisonous elements are coming from and how to get them out of your system. Warrell explains that we should know when to set boundaries and tell whoever it is that they need to take care of themselves because their toxicity levels will surely increase your own.

In conclusion, I propose that we, as a living species struggling from self-destructive tendencies, try to be nicer to each other and recycle reusable materials.


(EIA) – U.S. Energy Information Administration


~ by Jordan Cook on October 20, 2014.

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