food safety

Do I need to detox?

 begin_of_the_skype_highlightingd_of_the_skype_highlighThe most comprehensive study to date looked at a much smaller number of persons (9) for the presence of 210 different chemicals.

Remarkable, in total, all subjects carried the following chemicals:

76 chemicals linked to cancer in humans or animals, 94 chemicals that are toxic to the brain/nervous system, 86 chemicals that interfere with the hormone system, 79 chemicals associated with birth defects, 77 chemicals toxic to the reproductive system, 77 chemicals toxic to the immune system

 

The burden of chemicals that we all appear to be carrying:

Heavy metals (lead, cadmium, arsenic, mercury from foods, coal electric plants, dust, smoke)

Dioxins (from waste incineration, paper bleaching)

Volatile compounds (styrene, xylene, dichlorobenzene, ethyl phenol, formaldehyde from plastics, dry cleaning, food containers)

Chlorinated compounds (DDE/T, PCB;s, Chlordane from pesticides, fish, water supply)

Pesticides (organophosphates from non-organic foods, household pest killers)

Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (burning fuel, grilled/blackened meats)

 

How do these chemicals affect our health? 

  1. Immune system
    1. Decreased in function
    2. Manifests in allergies, asthma, eczema, chronic infections, autoimmunity, cancers
  2. Nervous system
    1. Toxic encephalopathy – aka “brain fog” and forgetfulness
    2. Neuropathies, axonopathies, myelinopathies – M.S. symptoms
    3. Coordination changes, numbness, tingling, pain
  3. Endocrine system
    1. Metabolism of hormones affected, menstrual disorders, fibroids, breast cancer
    2. Sleep disturbance, low energy or mood, changes in weight, appetite
    3. Changes in bowels, sexual interest, hair growth, texture

Detoxification pathways are affected

Heavy Metals and other chemicals deplete our body of glutathione, one of our most important detoxification factors.  When we cannot detox properly on a daily basis, we begin to have toxicity symptoms.

Detoxification is needed for most all patients that come in my office.

For some helpful tips, go to my Articles page and look under the heading TOXICITY.

Here are some plants that help clean the air!   My favorite water filtration system.  List of foods never to eat unless organic.

For more a personal evaluation, call 480-607-0299 for a free 15 minute consult, I’d love to talk to you!

Food additives and preservatives

Did you ever really look at the labels of some of the foods you eat?  Have you ever wondered WHY all that stuff is in there?  I often find myself looking at labels, then I put the box or bag back on the shelf!  We are meant to eat live foods, foods that are close to life, not those that have been rolled, pressed, shaped, put in plastic, added chemicals from drums, put in boxes, shipped across the world… well you get the picture!

I am a big fan of eating local, shopping at farmers markets when possible, and buying foods that are not pre-packaged.  These markets carry mostly organic fresh picked delicious fruits, vegetables and meats.

Some of the most toxic food additives and preservatives include sucralose, aspartame, saccharin, pesticides, BHT, sodium nitrates, MSG, brominated vegetable oil, dyes and partially hydrogenated oils (trans fat).  Many of these toxins, especially pesticides, build up in the system and are stored in the body in the fat tissue.  They way heavy on our immune system and can cause chronic disease.  The best way to get them out is to sweat using a far-infrared sauna.

For details on which are the most important foods to avoid due to pesticides, you can go to www.ewg.org and download the shoppers guide to carry with you.  I like this blog about the dangers of the additives and preservatives that are put in our foods.  Once you make the switch to whole foods, your health will surely benefit.  After beginning this new way of eating, you may be interested in further detoxification of your body.

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