According to a recent article in Forbes Magazine, sickness in the workplace costs American businesses $226 billion dollars a year. Every company in America is affected by absenteeism.In my upcoming articles I am going to talk about illness and disease in America and how to avoid them, as well as toxicity awareness and their impact on your health, efficiency and productivity. I am also going to teach you how to avoid these things.Since about 70% of the American people are taking drugs for a myriad of illnesses, I think this is a good subject to address here. Obviously, it will take more than one article to cover everything that I want to talk about so I will be looking forward to writing for the Enterprise in the future on the subject of your health and how you can increase efficiency, productivity and reducing sick days.I have had the privilege to speak at many corporate events and to educate hundreds of thousands of people all over the world, using health, wellness and smart nutrition as perhaps the greatest motivator of all. Good health = Increased Productivity.Think about it, how many companies have sent their employees all over the world to listen and learn from personal development speakers, authors, coaches, trainers and motivators in an effort to increase productivity only to discover that productivity did not increase?The fact is, if you are tired and don’t feel good at work, how on earth can you put into practice what you learned at these events.Think about this, how many of these personal development speakers, authors, coaches, trainers and motivators have ever brought up the subject of health and its impact on one’s efficiency, productivity and performance.The truth is, if you don’t feel good about how you look and feel or you are just plain beat, no amount of coaching, training and motivation is going to increase productivity.This year close to a million people in North America will die from cardiovascular disease and almost 700,000 from Cancer. For the first time in history more women will die in America from cardiovascular disease than men. This year there will be almost 1,000,000 heart attacks, 250,000 will never make it to the hospital and another 250,000 will die within six months.For the first time in history more women will die from cardiovascular disease than men. Here’s something to think about, 23,000,000 people will die from diabetes this year with over 100,000 people losing hands and/or feet and 25,000 people declared legally blind as a result of this awful disease.About 60,000,000 people in America are considered mentally ill; these are people taking Prozac, Lithium, Zanex, Zoloft, Paxil, Wellbutrin, Effexer and many other similar drugs. It is estimated that about 55,000,000 Americans are losing their memories and have difficulty focusing, concentrating and staying on task.There are over 4 billion prescriptions written every year in America – that’s about 1200 pills for every man, woman and child.Today, approximately 1 in 9 women will lose a breast to breast cancer. According to a CNN interview with Dr. Jacques Carter, there are “millions” of men with an enlarged prostate (BPH) and “millions” more have it and don’t know – 200,000 men who will die from it this year. Cancer has arguably become the biggest killer of children.Depending on what study you look at, the fact is that 1 of every 3 pregnancies now result in a lost pregnancy and 2 of every 10 babies born in North America are born with some form of physical or mental handicap.Why is America so sick and fatigued? Lets look at this from a different perspective. America is perhaps the most polluted, the most obese and the most diseased nation on the face of the earth.There are many profound, contributing factors at work here. Many health professionals as well as myself are looking at the 85,000 chemicals used in society today – approximately 6,000 are used in cosmetics, skin and hair care and thousands more in foods and packaging.Pharmaceutical drugs kill over 100,000 people and hospitalize 1,500,000 people every year.It’s amazing to me that most people, even doctors have no idea that the chemicals used in society today, are for the most part, unregulated – 83% have never been tested for human health effects. It is these chemicals that may be the major contributing factor associated with illness, disease and yes, lost productivity in the workplace.Did you know that the average woman eats about 2-3 pounds of lipstick in her lifetime, completely oblivious to the fact that lipstick contains many potential, carcinogenic chemicals?Did you know that the water you drink and bathe in at home or in hotels can be harmful to your health – there are about 700 chemicals and toxins in culinary water, other than chlorine?Did you know, when you heat chlorine and water you generate steam and you breathe this steam especially when you bathe or shower. Have you ever thought about what’s in that steam? Would it surprise you to know that chloroform is present and according to the EPA “Chlorine has been shown to be carcinogenic.” That’s why after you take a bath or a shower you want to relax and sleep.Get on the Internet and look up the chlorine/chloroform connection, you will be shocked!According to CBS News, 200,000,000 people are overweight in America and 65,000,000 are considered obese. Every year 2,000,000 more people become obese and the incidence of obesity in children is doubling every 6 years.People have no idea that the chemicals and toxins that are circulating inside them are perhaps the major contributing factor associated with being overweight, obesity and disease. Chemicals and toxins residually accumulate over time from the foods you eat, what you drink, what you breathe and what you put on your skin, hair and nails. These chemicals may also bring about Depression, ADD, ADHD, Fibromyalgia, Candida, Chronic Fatigue, as well as the loss of memory, focus and lost efficiency in the work place.The more chemicals that are inside you the fatter you may become and the foggier the brain and that’s a fact!Now here’s something very profound! Your body naturally manufactures fat to enrobe, incarcerate and sequester harmful chemicals and toxins. Your fat may actually protect you from them.People have no idea that these same chemicals and toxins may contribute to chronic edema or water retention. The more chemicals and toxins inside you, the more water your body naturally produces to help dilute those chemicals and toxins to protect you from them.America is indeed a sick and overweight society but there is something we can all do to help resolve this problem and that is to eat and drink cleansing nutrients that will help your body to cleanse itself.Your body has 70,000 miles of blood vessels and over 80,000 miles of lymphatic vessels. It also has thousands of filters and 100 trillion cells. That’ a lot of pipes and filters!You do a great job of cleansing yourselves from the outside in but a miserable job of cleansing yourself from the inside out. If you want to live a long and healthy life, if you want maximum productivity from your efforts in the workplace, the focus must be placed on cleansing your body from the inside out – providing the cleansing nutrients to help your body to cleanse itself.Quit abusing your bodies – lets keep it clean and healthy. Lets help our bodies eradicate these harmful chemicals and toxins. Lets get healthy and stay healthy! Your health is your most precious asset, without it you have nothing. If you are healthy and you feel healthy, you could easily double your efforts and productivity and sick days will be a thing of the past.