No one can argue successfully that we don’t have more toxins in our environment now than we had, as little as 50 years ago. The question is really about the impact of these toxins in our environment.
CBC aired a documentary titled, “Chasing the Cancer Answer,” where they stated:
• 14 million Kg of carcinogens are released into the atmosphere in Canada each year
• Childhood cancer is up 25% in the last 30 years
• Wendy Mesley’s blood was tested for some 60 heavy metals, pesticides and other toxic chemicals. Among the pollutants found in her blood were several known or suspected carcinogens, including: Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), Organochlorine pesticides, Cadmium and Nickel.
• Interviewed was Dr. Sam Epstein, Author of “Cancer-Gate,” who contends that drug companies and politicians have encouraged government financial support for a cancer cure rather then prevention through reduction in toxic chemicals.
A study on breast cancer by Breast Cancer Action in the United States tells us:
• The Breast Cancer rate has increased 54% over the past 26 years even though billions of dollars have been spent on breast cancer research.
• Compelling scientific evidence points to some of the 100,000 synthetic chemicals in use today as contributing to the development of breast cancer, either by altering hormone function or gene expression.
• Xenoestrogens (a hormone disrupting compound) known to increase the risk of breast cancer include ingredients in many household products, especially cleaning agents, solvents and pesticides.
The Environmental Defence Group has conducted studies of toxic chemicals in the bodies of Canadians across Canada. (Imagine what it is in America?)
• Sarah Winterton, a program director found her body was home to 16 respiratory toxins, 38 reproductive toxins, 19 chemicals that disrupt hormones and 27 carcinogens. They also found traces of heavy metals, such as lead, arsenic and uranium, and chemicals used in pesticides, flame retardants and stain repellents. (DDE and DDT, DMTP, HCB, PBDE 47 and 99, PCBs and PFOS) – This is just a taste of the poisons swishing through her blood.
• Studies of volunteers in Europe, the U.S. and Canada show the same results. The by-product of a modern life of industrial emissions, treated food and endless consumer products, microwave bags, fast food wrappers, nail polish, computer casings, laced with synthetic substances.
• Researchers suspect these toxic chemicals have links to a number of cancers, including breast, testicular and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, not to mention reproductive disorders and learning disabilities. But little is proven. Scientific consensus moves slowly and environmental health research is tricky. But the proof is self evident from the diseases and deaths caused from this pandora’s box of pollution!
• Absorbed by a woman, many chemicals can be passed on to her children through breast milk and through the placenta. We know this is true from less potent characteristics in or simple food.
A U.S. study of umbilical cord blood from 10 newborns found pesticides, chemicals used in consumer products, and by-products from gasoline, garbage and the burning of coal. The newborns averaged some 200 contaminants, many of them carcinogens, developmental toxins and neurotoxins.
• “It’s a big red flag,” says Jane Houlihan, vice president of research at the Environmental Working Group in Washington, which spearheaded the study. “Babies aren’t supposed to be born pre-polluted.”
• Researchers eager to know the health effects of this body burden look at illnesses that are on the upswing. The worldwide prevalence of asthma is rising by 50 per cent, on average, every decade. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, the age-standardized incidence of testicular cancer was up 54 per cent, breast cancer 19 per cent, thyroid cancer 221 per cent, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (a cancer of the lymphatic system) 83 per cent.)
• “We know our genetics haven’t changed,” says Houlihan. “With rapid changes in health, scientists suspect environmental exposures play a role.” That’s like saying, “The sun is hot!”
We can do our part to minimize our impact on the environment. We can avoid using laundry detergents with phosphates. We can avoid using herbicides and pesticides on our lawn and garden. We can avoid using household cleaning, bath products and beauty products with phthalates, trisodium nitrilotriacetitate, ethoxylated alcohols, silica etc. And we can arm our bodies to resist toxic chemicals by strengthening or cells defence systems with proper nutrition, proper rest and control of emotional stress.
It takes a concerted effort to avoid almost all the pollutants of our world, but your life is worth it… isn’t it?
Toxins in our bodies cause health problems linked to fatigue, lack of a general sense of well being and depression or mental confusion. Your liver plays a key role in detoxifying harmful substances that you may eat, drink, inhale or rub on your skin. However, the liver is no match for certain toxins, including some common medications. Toxic hepatitis is liver inflammation that occurs when your liver is damaged by toxic chemicals, drugs or certain poisonous mushrooms.
In some cases, toxic hepatitis develops within hours or days of exposure to a toxin. In other cases, it may take months of regular use before symptoms of toxic hepatitis appear. Often, the symptoms clear when your exposure to the toxin stops. But toxic hepatitis can permanently injure your liver, leading to irreversible scarring of liver tissue (cirrhosis) and in some cases to liver failure. Occasionally toxic elements are responsible for kidney or nervous system damage.
Although it may be difficult for consumers to determine which products are most harmful, there are a few ways to lessen your exposure to toxins by making a few easy lifestyle changes:
- Try to avoid plastic bottles. Instead of drinking out of plastic bottles, which can leech harmful toxins, Gary recommends investing in a stainless steel bottle. Or, use glass bottles, especially for baby formula.
- Don’t microwave plastics. Doing so can cause toxins to seep out of packaging and into food. Instead, take your food out of plastic wrappers and put a plate over it before microwaving it.
- Use fragrance-free cosmetics during pregnancy. It’s okay to use cosmetics during pregnancy if you can’t bring yourself to avoid them altogether, but avoid anything with a scent, as it is a carrier for a family of chemicals known as phthalates, which may be linked to developmental and reproductive health risks.
Toxins hinder enzymatic reactions:
Healthy enzyme function is important to our health and well-being because enzymes play a vital role in most of the body’s biochemical processes. Presence of toxic elements interferes with healthy enzymatic activity making cellular processes less efficient.
Toxins disturb cell membrane function:
Healthy cell membranes play a vital role in optimal cell function. Toxic elements interfere with healthy cell membrane processes including normal cell membrane transport.
Toxins disrupt nerve conductance:
Healthy nerve conductance is vital to a healthy nervous system function. Toxic elements disrupt normal nerve conductance causing neurological dysfunction including lack of psycho-emotional well-being. The effects of toxic elements on the nervous system are gradual and progressive.
Who is affected most by toxic element exposure?
Children and pregnant women are most susceptible.
The level of toxicity and adverse health effects of toxic elements vary among individuals. Fetuses and children are most susceptible, partly due to their high growth rates and low body mass. Chronic, low-grade exposure in children may lead to subtle or more severe physical and/or mental symptoms.
Although fetuses and children are most susceptible to toxic element exposure, adults can also be seriously affected. Cumulative effects of long-term, low-dose toxic element exposure can lead to many serious health problems in adults.
What symptoms are linked to toxic elements exposure?
ALUMINUM: Produces mental status changes, learning disabilities, speech disturbances, coarse tremors, and produces an abnormal EEG; Inhibits cell division during the “S Phase”; fosters bone disorders, including fractures; causes a microcytic hypoproliferative anemia; is a toxic agent in the etiology of Alzheimer’s disease; kills liver cells. Causes blood to clot at 3–4 ppm, causing strokes and heart attacks.
ARSENIC: Fatigue, headaches, skin rash, increased salivation, muscular weakness, loss of hair and nails, anemia, sensory disturbances, visual disturbances, loss of energy, shock, coma, convulsions, muscular paralyses, blindness, atrophy, kidney damage.
BARIUM: Convulsions, hallucinations, vomiting, cramps, purging, prostration, paralysis. “The Chloride” – Fatal dose 0.8 to 0.9 grams.
BORON: Boric Acid – Serious poisoning can result from the ingestion of 5 grams. Chronic use may result in eczema, localized edema, stomatitis, (Stomatitis is an inflammation of the mucous lining of any of the structures in the mouth, which may involve the cheeks, gums, tongue, lips, throat, and roof or floor of the mouth.), gray line on the gums.
CADMIUM: Loss of sense of smell, anemia, dried scaly skin, hair loss, hypertension, kidney problems, extreme restlessness and irritability, headache, chest pain, increased salivation, choking, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, tenesmus, (Tenesmus is a feeling of incomplete defecation. It is experienced as an inability or difficulty to empty the bowel at defecation.), throat dryness, cough, pneumonitis.
COPPER: Doctors at Loyola University Medical School in Chicago and the Carl Pheiffer Treatment Center have reported that violent males between the ages of 3 and 18 commonly have elevated copper and reduced zinc blood levels when compared to nonviolent males. Depression and schizophrenia also have links to high copper levels.
FLOURINE: The metabolism of the child’s brain, is impaired by sodium fluoride (NaF). Damage to skin growth, hair growth, a tendency towards bronchitis, etc., are part of it. Cancer and leukemia incidence rates increase by 15%. Lack of energy, pale appearance with no pigment and dry, stringy hair… Thin, silky and occasionally sparse hair; little browning of the skin, in the Sun; and premature loss of the baby teeth. Bronchial infections, middle-ear infections, hyperkinesis in children (constant, spontaneous bodily unrest), deficient capacity for concentration and continuous mental activity, and lack of mental receptivity. In addition, eczemas, neurodermititis and obesity (very important!) have been observed in connection with fluoride administration.
LEAD: Children: delayed mental development, hyperactivity, delayed learning, behavioral problems. Children and adults: fatigue, anemia, metallic taste, loss of appetite, weight loss and headaches, insomnia, nervousness.
MANGANESE: Emotional disturbances, sleepiness, weakness, spastic gait, paralysis, languor (feeling faint).
MERCURY: Reduced sensory abilities (taste, touch, vision and hearing), metallic taste with increased salivation, fatigue, anorexia, irritability and excitability, psychoses, mania, anemia, numbness, tremors, incoordination, cardiovascular disease, hypertension with renal dysfunction.
SELENIUM: Nervousness, depression, convulsions, vomiting, cough, dyspnea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, somnolence, fall in blood pressure, respiratory failure & death, marked pallor, garlic odor of breath, sweat and urine; red staining of fingers, teeth and hair; marked debility, epistaxis, G.I. disturbances, dermatitis, irritation of nose & throat. Hydrogen selenide can cause pneumonitis and damage to liver, kidney and spleen. (arthritis; eruptions and yellowish tinting of the skin.)
SILVER: Convulsions, coma, blood dyscrasias, dermatitis, argyria may occur following prolonged use. Heart (especially aortitis or aneurysm), liver or renal disease, gastroenteritis, paralysis, nephritis.
What organs are affected by toxic elements?
BRAIN: lead, mercury, aluminum
LUNGS: arsenic, cadmium, nickel,
LIVER: nickel, arsenic
KIDNEYS: mercury, cadmium, arsenic
BONE: cadmium, lead
NERVES: cadmium, lead, mercury
How are toxic elements detected?
Toxic elements accumulate in hair over time providing long-term record of environmental exposures. Hair analysis for toxic elements involves collection of a small sample of hair (one teaspoon) from the back of the neck. The sample is processed and analyzed using ionized mass spectroscopy technique. Hair element analysis is a valuable and inexpensive screen for toxic element accumulation. It is not considered a stand-alone diagnostic test and is used in conjunction with patient symptoms and other tests. Provocative urine testing is usually used as a follow-up check to confirm hair analysis findings.
Urine Challenge Analysis:
Urine element analysis involves urine collection following oral or intravenous administration of a chelating agent that mobilizes elements from tissue deposits. The test results are most reliable when a pre and post challenge urine samples are analyzed. When performed in this way, the test provides an excellent method to diagnose or confirm toxic element burden and to monitor detoxification therapy.
Blood elemental analysis provides information only about ongoing or relatively recent environmental exposures. Unlike hair analysis or urine challenge test, the results of blood elemental analysis do not reflect tissue deposits of toxic elements.
Vega Autonomic Reflex Test Assessment:
This electro-diagnostic type of assessment evaluates toxic elements on a qualitative basis by revealing the degree of somatic (bodily) stress associated with presence of toxic element load. Provocative urine testing is used as a follow-up check to confirm Vega test findings and to quantify toxic element burden.
What treatment options exist?
Treatment for heavy toxic element toxicity involves administration of chelating agents. Chelating agents are man-made substances (e.g. DMPS, EDTA and DMSA) that bind toxic elements and allow for their effective elimination through urine. Healthy kidney function is a prerequisite for the use of chelation therapy. Here are the best ingredients for a gradual and thorough way to detoxify. Using natural plant-based substances (e.g. garlic, chorella, cilantro, alpha lipoic acid) can also be used to treat toxic element toxicity. It appears that such natural substances are able to uniquely eliminate toxic elements from within the cell space and promote elimination of other toxins such as chlorine, pesticides and various other chemicals or pharmaceutical drugs. Natural treatments are often used in combination with chelating agents, as the last stage of treatment.
Imagine a having your brain removed…(lobotomy)…A saw cutting through your skull, followed by a surgical knife cutting into the portion responsible for helping you cope with all the meaness in the world. (You know, things like excessive income tax which makes you work four months out of every year just to pay Uncle Sam. Or inflation that ensures a lifetime of economic slavery for you and your children. Or, the millions of helpless infants who are forced to receive vaccines and subsequently suffer from autism.
Without the ability to cope, all kinds of craziness from the nastiness in the world….depression, suicide, and murder would become a reality…And this is exactly what an “SSRI” (antidepressant) can potentially do at the molecular level – remove that portion of your brain that helps you cope…Maybe that’s what happened to 81 year old Jordan Stone.
Thirteen days after taking Prozac, on April 28, 2003, Jordan’s wife of 56 years, Kathy, found his lifeless body hanging from a beam in a back room of their shop. Not depressed at the time of his appointment, Jordan was given a free sample of Prozac for “chest pains!” Apparently, a pretty drug rep convinced Jordan’s doctor that Prozac could be used for these types of “off-label” purposes. This is totally illegal, by FDA standards. But those standards are never enforced by the consumer watch dog. Regardless of what they are prescribed for, a “chemical lobotomy” is a real and present danger to antidepressant users.
Antidepressant’s strive to increase the levels of a “coping” molecule known as serotonin in the brain. It helps us find happiness when it’s covered in an avalanche of negative. Antidepressant’s attempt to boost serotonin by “selectively” stopping the “re-uptake” of it among brain cells. This is where the whole SSRI acronym came from – “selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor.” It’s a clever name that seems to “blind” medical doctors into prescribing submission, but it’s a really stupid idea.
Not much is selective in the body. While trying to block the re-uptake of serotonin, antidepressant’s can also prevent its release. The areas of the brain responsible for release and re-uptake are so incredibly similar (after all, they work on the same molecule) that an antidepressant isn’t smart enough to understand which one it’s supposed to work on. So it does what any drug would do, it blocks both. The end result is no coping molecules in the brain. Depression, fear or anger can set in. This was observed in the early studies performed on antidepressant’s, but test subjects were allowed to drop out or mask the pain that comes with a chemical lobotomy using pain killers and/or muscle relaxants. This served as an easy way for Big Pharmaceuticals to hide the detrimental effects of antidepressant’s – FDA approval followed, and so has the ripple effect of suicide.
Truth doesn’t stay hidden forever. FDA is proposing a “black box” warning to outline the risk of suicide among all antidepressant’s such as Lexapro, Paxil, Prozac and Zoloft. If it was a nutritional supplement, they’d throw the manufacturers in prison…But not for the big drug companies, they just get a “black box” warning on their products…
Antidepressant’s block another coping molecule in the brain, “dopamine.” It’s the molecule that lets you FEEL happiness. Dopamine yields the feelings of love, accomplishment and victory. It’s also the molecule that keeps you protected from Parkinson’s disease.
Aside from being a zombie, the Harvard School of Public Health recently warned that due to lack of dopamine, people taking antidepressants are nearly twice as likely to suffer from Parkinson’s compared to those not taking them.
By removing serotonin and dopamine from the brain, users can’t FIND or FEEL happiness. (A lobotomy – minus the saw and surgical knife.) Instead, they become buried in the avalanche of negative…And if you can’t find or feel happiness in life, what’s the point? What’s going to keep a person in this position from suicide or lashing out at someone else?
The ESSENTIAL amino acid L-tryptophan (not 5-HTP) is a much safer alternative than antidepressant’s. (Your body requires it, but can’t make it) It can be purchased at Go Here– and it won’t accidentally remove your coping skills and throw you into suicide or rage.
Supplements that aid in a chemical process known as “methylation” help coping too: Folic acid, trimethylglycine and methylsulfonyl methane. They need to be used properly to work properly.
We all would like to lose weight and get in shape with a minimal effort. That’s how the fitness informercial makes billions per year, promising miraculous results without breaking a sweat.
If you are not fooled by their claims then you know you have to work at getting in shape and losing unwanted pounds. So where do you go for a challenging workout? If you are into walking and running, during the temperate seasons you can get your cardio exercise in the great outdoors.
But to get a total workout that is not limited to moderate weather, you will need to either join a gym or equip your home with fitness equipment. The major advantage of a home gym is convenience. And it is convenience that can result in a more focused exercise regimen. Home gyms are growing in popularity. In 2000 over $6.7 billion was spent on home fitness equipment.
Granted health clubs have the advantage of working out with other like-minded individuals. And if you are the type of person that needs inspiration from others, the health club provides that environment. Of course, for singles it is a great place to meet the opposite sex.
The disadvantages are time wasted driving to the health club, waiting in line to use equipment and costly membership fees. I personally like to work out first thing in the morning. My time is limited due to my work schedule. The extra time required to drive to a health club would deter regular workouts. Exercise for me is not a social activity. I want to burn as many calories and strengthen as many muscles in as little time as possible. In my case exercising at home is more practical.
Designing a Home Gym
If you decide that working out at home makes the most sense, the first consideration will be the location. You may choose the basement. But if it is dark and damp, this is not an inspiring environment. Another consideration is an extra bedroom or part of a family room or den. You want an inviting location that is well ventilated and provides sufficient light. For those that like to keep up with the latest news or the soaps, a room with a television would be appropriate.
If lack of space is a consideration, there is fitness equipment like folding treadmill or compact home gyms that minimize required space.
Selecting the Proper Equipment
In determining what fitness equipment to purchase, you need to define your goals and consider the type of exercise machines that can help you reach those goals. Numerous homes are littered with unused exercise equipment that substitutes for clothes hangers. Too often people buy informercials equipment that is that latest fad. They discover that the exercise bores them, and that the equipment is poorly built and does not deliver on the promises.
Another common mistake is buying cheap equipment that provides an unsatisfactory workout and frequently requires repair. This is particularly true when purchasing a treadmill. A cheap treadmill is unstable, noisy and can be a shock to your joints.
There are tips on buying various types of fitness equipment:
For walkers and runners a treadmill is a logical choice. And the good news is the recent models are built for endurance and a pleasurable cardio experience. A Treadmill is the most efficient equipment to burn calories and lose weight, that is why they are the most popular.
You’ll want a treadmill with a motor that is continuous duty with a rating of at least 2.0 HP. Continuous duty motors give you constant maximum power. Non continuous motors are unable to run smoothly for an extended period of time.
Select a treadmill that accommodates your stride with an adequate length and width. The deck should be at least 18″ x 53″. If you are a runner and tall, you may want to consider a “stretch” model. The deck should have a reasonable amount of cushion for minimal impact on your feet, ankles and knees. Several manufacturers offer extra thick cushioned treadmills as an option.
For variety you’ll want a treadmill with incline control and computerized programming. Incline control simulates an uphill climb, while the electronics can be programmed to create a diversity of running or walking experiences.
Multi-station home gyms provide health club quality strength training in the comfort of your home. Depending on the model you can get over 50 exercises. A home gym offers a complete strength building workout for the entire body. And as the name implies, multi-station home gyms allow for more then one person to workout at once.
Look for equipment that has a natural resistance feel. The quality of the cables and pulleys will make the difference and will guarantee longevity. That smooth feel is usually lacking on so-called home gyms that rely on bands or bows rather then actual weight racks. In addition, you want a gym that has ergonomic features. The shape and location of pad, pop pin and pivot point should feel natural.
Elliptical trainers offer a no-impact workout that exercises numerous muscle groups. This is achieved through the dual cross-trainer arms combined with the foot pedals. Elliptical trainers provide the following advantages:
Time Efficiency – The dual action of arms and legs optimizes energy expenditure. Requires less time to achieve more results.
- Weight Bearing Exercise – Builds bone density and burns calories more efficiently. Inhibits the onset of osteoporosis.
- No Impact – Safe for joints. Ideal workout for people with back, knee, hips and joint problems.
- Low Maintenance – Less impact means less wear and tear.
- Small Footprint – Does not take up valuable floor space.
As with treadmills, elliptical trainers vary from K-mart specials to health club quality. It is important to find a motorized machine that has a natural stride and is built to last.
This is a just a short list of potential home fitness equipment. It can be supplemented with staionary bikes, free weight, steppers, aerobic videos, rowing machine and countless other products.
Determine your goals (lose weight, build strength, etc.), then narrow your search to the appropriate equipment. The selection needs to be based on what will work for you, not what will be the best for hanging laundry.