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A Few Sources of Toxins

Food and drink.

 For many people, their intake of food and drink is a substantial source of toxins for the body.  Sources of toxins include food additives, food packaging and chemicals used during the growing of food.   

Pesticides and Insecticides
Over 400 pesticides are permitted for use in the EU.  Many of the foods we eat still contain residues of the chemicals used to grow them.  28.6% of foods tested in 1999 by the had detectable pesticide residues, as did 48% of the fruits and vegetables tested.  3% of all fruits and vegetables exceeded the maximum residue limit in 1999.  Individual food samples tested contained up to seven different pesticides.  These have been shown to have a synergistic effect on each other, making the mix of pesticides more toxic than the residue level would indicate.  Pesticide residue effects on the body include the presence of pesticide residues in the breast milk, reduced sperm count, gastrointestinal complaints and neurological complaints.  Parkinson’s disease, a relatively common degenerative neurological complaint has been affecting more and more younger people in recent years.  Michael J Fox is probably the best-known example.  Several studies have shown links between pesticide exposure and Parkinson’s disease, particularly with organophosphate and organochlorine residues.  Clinicians are seeing an increasing number of patients under 50 years old.  Some Parkinson’s patients have been shown to have leaky gut syndrome and faulty liver detox pathways, making them much more vulnerable to the effects of toxins. The effect of pesticides on fertility can be best shown by the difference in sperm count noted between the normal population and organic farmers.  The organic farmers had significantly better sperm counts.  Many pesticides have been shown to have disturbing effects on hormone levels in humans and animals, low level exposure to these toxins, which the body finds very hard to remove, is linked to fertility issues and birth defects. 

Foods found to have the highest pesticide residue levels within the EU are: peaches, strawberries, lemons, grapes, potatoes, mangos, lettuce and mushrooms.  
What you can do: v    
  • Buy organic foods where possible v    
  • Wash fresh fruit and vegetables in a mixture of water and vinegar to remove more chemical residues.  

The global obesity epidemic has happened relatively quickly, more quickly than declining physical activity levels and over consumption of food would allow for.  So we need to look elsewhere for a culprit.  A major suspect is the vast array of synthetic chemicals that have been released into the environment in the last 60 years or so.  We know that many toxins such as pesticides and heavy metals have the ability to disrupt normal hormone levels in the body.  A good example is a class of flame retardant chemicals (polybrominated diphenyl ethers – PBDE’s)  known to build up in fat cells.  Experiments have shown that these chemicals alter insulin levels and disrupt the normal metabolism of fat cells.  Pesticide residues and antibiotic residues in foods also have the ability to make us gain weight as they disrupt the body’s ability to convert fat back to energy.  On a slightly more macabre note, the presence of flame retardant chemicals in out bodies has lead to crematorium ovens needing to be set at a higher temperature than they used to be in order to ensure complete cremation.   Chemicals very similar to pesticides have been used in the recent past as growth promoters in food animals.  This means they were used to make animals put on more weight than they would normally carry.  Organophosphate pesticides and many other toxins such as heavy metals, plastics, solvents, flame-retardants and a vast array of other synthetic chemicals disrupt the normal weight control mechanisms of the body.  Low doses of organophosphates can do this as they disrupt the chemical pathways the body uses to convert stored fat back into fuel for the body.  While many of the more harmful pesticides are no longer used, they are still in the environment and can slowly accumulate in our body tissues, particularly body fat.   Losing weight will increase the level of toxins in the bloodstream as they are liberated from body fat as it is used up.  Not only can this have adverse health effects on a person, if the weight loss is due to breast feeding it will increase the level of toxin exposure to the baby at a time when their brains and bodies are very vulnerable to such exposure. 

Action - Avoid furnishings and furniture with PBDE’s  

Packaging

 European legislation states that no more than 60mg of packaging material can leach into a food.  The Official Food Control Authority in Zurich, Switzerland found this limit was breached in 84 out of 86 samples tested.  Oily foods in jars that have a PVC lining on their lids are particularly vulnerable to this problem.  Imported food jars from Asia generally use phalates as a plasticizer, and substantial quantities of this end up in food.   ·      
  • Avoid cooking in plastic in the microwave, use glass or ceramic dishes. 
  • Never allow plastic wrapping to come into contact with food in the microwave. ·       Fatty food is more likely to absorb toxins from plastic, particularly when heated.
  •  Avoid jars containing oily food such as olives preserved in oil when they are from outside of the EU.  Even those from inside the EU, treat with caution. ·      
  • If it says PET on the packaging – avoid it, it can migrate into food (polyethylene terephalate). ·     
  •  If you drink bottled water, get the ones in the glass bottles. ·     
  •  Some plastic lining on the inside of food cans can leach chemicals into food – try to limit your intake of canned foods, and never store food in cans in the fridge. ·      
  • Avoid foods with MSG (E621) and aspartame, an artificial sweetener.  Both act as excitotoxins and can damage or kill brain cells (neurons)   .
 
Air Pollution

The main health concerns around traffic pollution are carbon monoxide, ozone and particulate matter (metal ions and organic residues).  The particulate matter is mainly produced by diesel engines and is known to have a wide range of health effects, including: v   
  • Increased rates of asthma – causing inflammation in the lungs. v    
  • Raised blood pressure and cardiovascular inflammation, with an increased tendency to blood clots, and genetic changes toward a hypertensive state (high blood pressure). v    
  • An increased risk of giving birth to a baby of very low birth weight, under 1.5 kg, when the mother is exposed to high levels of air pollution. v   
  •  Babies born small for gestational age/ having cardiac abnormalities/ premature birth are all linked to high levels of air pollution, particularly carbon monoxide and particulate matter.  v    
  • Increased risk of death from coronary heart disease. v    
  • Increased risk of stroke. v    
  • Exposure to Sulphur dioxide in air pollution increases lung cancer risk.  
 What you can do; v   
  • Avoid exposure to traffic at busy times of day. v    
  • Live and walk away from busy roads. v    
  • When you know you will be in areas of high traffic pollution, take some micronised chlorella to bind and excrete toxins. 
  • Antioxidants also help deal with the effect of toxins in the body: 
  • Vitamins A, C and E, zinc, berries and fresh fruit and vegetables are all good sources. v    
  • Avoid high traffic areas when pregnant. v    
  • Take curcuma, a great natural anti-inflammatory.  

Air pollution in the home

Amazingly air quality can be worse in the home than on a busy road.  The normal home can be full of toxin sources. Part of the reason for high pollution readings in the home is the high level of insulation we have to keep us warm.  Double and even triple glazing, air conditioning, insulation and central heating make the home a cosy place to be but they also dramatically reduce the airflow through the home.  Toxins released into the air stay around for far longer than they would in the outside environment, increasing our exposure to them.   New furniture, carpets and freshly painted walls, as well as the celebrated new car smell, have very recognisable, and even liked odours.  As a general rule, if you can smell it, you are breathing it in.  Molecules called volatile organic compounds, as well as other chemicals are being released into the air of your home from new carpets and furniture (often as fire retardants), paints, PVC floor coverings (phalates), MDF or chipboard / particle board furniture (formaldehyde), electronic equipment, polishes, air fresheners,  etc. These are all toxic.   Add to this mixture cleaning products, beauty products, various DIY products, dry cleaning, cooking in non-stick pans, cigarette smoke and garden chemicals, it is a pretty heady brew.  High temperature and humidity can increase the amount of toxic chemical release. 
What you can do: v    
  • Use natural cleaning products – either ecological ones or use vinegar, bicarbonate of soda, lemon and alcohol. 
  • Look on line for Green cleaning advice. v    
  • Ventilate your house. v    
  • Avoid particle board furniture, it is full of formaldehyde . v   
  •  Use low VOC paint when decorating. v    
  • Vacume regularly to avoid dust build up.  Dust can be rich in flame retardants and also in toxins from tobacco smoke in a house where people smoke. v    
  • Always air out dry cleaned clothes for 24 hours to get rid of the solvent residues. v    
  • Avoid chemical airfresheners – they are full of turpenes Air fresheners tested contained 9-14% turpenes.    Turpenes are not toxic themselves but react with ozone to produce toxins in the home.  One of the chemicals created was formaldehyde – classed as a grade 1 carcinogen by the international agency for cancer research. v    
  • Avoid aerosol products.  If you can smell it, you are breathing it in.  Aerosol spray products contain propane, butane and isobutene, all of which can cause symptoms varying from asphyxia to disorientation, dizziness, headache and other central nervous system symptoms.  


Elecromagnetic radiation

The volume of electromagnetic pollution we are exposed to has risen exponentially in the last three decades.  Cell phones and WiFi are a particular problem as the information carrying signal they emit is a coherent signal, and has a great ability to interfere with the cells of the body.  Cells have many receptors (message receiving proteins on cell walls) that respond to the same frequency as cell phones use.  It is the information-carrying wave that is recognised by cell membranes .  Cell phone signals can stimulate these receptors, causing some functions of the cell to be up or down regulated.  The signals can disrupt the tiny connections between cells and damage their ability to communicate with each other.   Another mechanism comes into play.  The cellular ‘locking up’ that takes place traps more heavy metals and free radicals into the cells, making them unable to get out.  The normal channels in the cell membrane do not open enough to allow mercury and other metals to exit.  Free radicals can cause havoc with the normal structure and functioning of the cell, and heavy metals too cause stress, death or altered function within the cell.  Mitochondria, the energy powerhouses of the cell, get damaged, DNA is not repaired properly, and the molecular stress suffered by the cells causes them to produce altered daughter cells when they divide to replace themselves with new cells.  It is a nasty situation.  Heavy metal toxicity can increase electrical conductance in the brain, making the effect of cell phone radiation worse.  EMR can also cause the metals trapped in the cells to heat up, causing intracellular heating and adding further to cell damage.  Cell phone and wireless radiation also cause the blood brain barrier to become more leaky, increasing the toxin load on the brain still further.   Cell phone signals also affect the way red blood cells interact with each other, making the cells 10 times more attractive to each other.  The researcher who discovered this thought it likely that the effect on blood vessels would be to make them contract and reduce blood flow to whichever area they supplied.  There is also an increased risk of the growth of unwanted precipitates in various tissues and organs, such as the eye.  The effect on red blood cells may well affect other cells and could be the mechanism of damage by cell phone radiation.  

Recent research has shown a link between neuropsychiatric complaints and proximity to mobile phone masts. People living near mobile phone base stationshave a higher rate of:  
·       Headaches ·       Memory changes ·       Dizziness ·       Depressive symptoms ·       Sleep disturbances

Other health conditions where a link to cell phone information carrying radio waves has been found are Alzheimer’s, Autism and Parkinson’s disease.   Professor Khurana, an expert on the biological effects of cell phones, found after reviewing over 100 studies, ·       That using a cell phone or cordless phone can heat the side of the head that is next to the phone, pulse it non thermally and potentially interact with the natural electric currents of the brain. ·       Bluetooth and other unshielded headsets can turn your head into a large antennae and increase your exposure. ·       The health issues from cell phones are due to long term exposure, with added exposures from TV, radio, base stations for cordless phones, power lines and wifi units.   The cellular damage that EMR can cause dramatically affects communication within and between cells, particularly in the presence of heavy metals.  Exposure to cell phone radiation in the womb and as a young child, when there is little protection for the child, can cause neuronal degeneration.  Add to this a large toxic load from the mother’s body during gestation, and inherited poor methylation (toxin clearing ability) and a child is very susceptible to Autism.  

A recent study on treatment resistant autistic children found that 2-3 sessions of 4 hours per week in an EMR free room dramatically increased excretion of toxic metals, and reduced autistic symptoms.  One child, diagnosed as autistic at age 3, had had many years of chelation therapy, nutritional intervention and antiviral treatment.  At the age of 9 he could only say yes or no, had many urine accidents, very high anxiety levels, strong histamine reactions to foods, turning very red, giddy, uncontrollable and with stray arm movements.  He was treated with two 40 session cycles of EMR free time, and started to clear large amounts of metals.  The severity of symptoms started to reduce at session 35, and continued to reduce through the second cycle, along side continued excretion of metals.  His levels of stress hormones lowered to a more normal level and began to speak.  He said ‘the noise was gone from his head’.   Dr Dietrich Klinghardt quotes the research of Dr Robert Becker, who found that a bacterial culture exposed to abnormal electric fields believes it is under attack and pumps out greater quantities of toxic chemicals to defend itself against the immune system.  Dr Klinghardt believes this mechanism of damage underlies 50% of chronic infections.  Chronic infections lead to fibromyalgia, Lymes, Chronic fatigue, pain syndromes and many more. Heavy metal toxicity makes the effect of Wifi and cell phone EMR worse.  
What you can do: v    
  • Turn your cell phone off at night.  It is best if you have your cell phone on aeroplane mode when you are not using it, but if this is not possible, keep it away from your body, not in your pockets. v    
  • If you have wireless internet, turn it off at night and when not in use. v    
  • Spend some time each week in an area free of wifi networks. v    
  • Do a heavy metal detox.  




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