Sickness is a slow descent from health
Every day, our bodies are bombarded with food additives, chemicals and
plethora of substances that degrade health.
No wonder eventually something breaks down, just like a car running on
dirty fluids and filters, and the wrong kind of oil and gasoline.
You may not realize how much the world throws at your body every day. Let’s
take a look:
Fred wakes up, having slept on a mattress manufactured with flame retardants
(polybrominated diphenyl ethers). Laboratory studies using animals have
linked the chemicals to behavior changes that bear an uncanny similarity to
attention-deficit and hyperactivity disorders common in children. New research has found
that flame retardants have an ability to mimic thyroid hormones; it is
thought that by acting hormonally, the chemicals wreak havoc in laboratory
animals, where exposures have been linked to hyperactivity, impaired learning
and decreased sperm counts.
He brushes his teeth with fluoride, never noticing that his tube of toothpaste
contains a warning from the FDA that he should not swallow the toothpaste
and to call a poison center if he does. Modern studies link fluoride to
arthritis, allergies, kidney and thyroid dysfunction, bone damage and
cancer even at the low levels dentists claim is optimal to reduce tooth
decay. As he brushes his teeth, his silver amalgam (mercury) fillings
released a little mercury vapor as they do every time he chews. He is
unaware that in 1991, the World Health Organization acknowledged that
the predominant source of human exposure to mercury comes from fillings.
His dentist hasn’t told him that study after study shows that mercury
negatively affects the heart – he could be setting himself up for a
- He showers in chlorinated water where he absorbs more chlorine through
his skin than if he were to drink eight glasses of tap water. According
to the U.S. Council of Environmental Quality, “Cancer risk among
people using chlorinated water is as much as 93% higher than among those
whose water does not contain chlorine.” Joseph M. Price, MD, warned
that “Chlorine is the greatest crippler and killer of modern times.
It is an insidious poison.”
He washes his hair, unaware that 93 percent of shampoos possibly contain
harmful impurities linked to cancer or other health problems, and that
76 percent of conditioners contain ingredients that are allergens. The
sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) found in
many shampoos and conditioners and may cause hair loss and scalp irritation.
- He puts on clothes that his wife washed with fabric softener that emits
a “springtime fresh” smell. Fabric softeners contain chemicals
like chloroform, benzyl acetate and pentane that are known to cause cancer
and/or damage to lungs, brain, and nerves. About 95% of the chemicals
used in fragrances are made from petroleum products.
For breakfast, Fred eats bacon and eggs. The bacon, like many processed
meats, contains sodium nitrite to add red color. It is known to cause
cancer. The eggs came from “factory chickens” which never
saw the light of day and were fed a grain and soy-based chicken feed laced
with hormones and antibiotics to prevent the growth of disease-causing
bacteria – which are now less sensitive to antibiotics as a result.
He washes it down with coffee laced with a powdered “creamer”
concoction of hydrogenated oils –
trans fats which cause heart disease, nutritional deficiencies, general deterioration
of cellular health, and much more.
Fred is proud of his new car. As he inserts the key, he breathes in that
new car smell. He doesn’t think that what he is really filling his
lungs with is a toxic brew of fumes from adhesives, sealers, carpeting,
lubricating compounds, and phthalates (plastic softeners) with chemical
names like ethyl benzene, xylene, formaldehyde and toluene.
Later at the office, Fred reaches for a diet soda and a health bar from
the vending machine. The soda contains
aspartame, a chemical additive which is the source of more FDA complaints than any
other food additive. In the body, it converts to formaldyhyde which has
been shown to cause cancer in animals and is listed by the EPA as a probable
human carcinogen. It is an excitotoxin which harms nerve cells, over-exciting
them to the point of cell death. The “health” bar contains
MSG hidden in safe-sounding ingredients like yeast extract.
On a scale of 1 to 10, Fred’s nutritional intake so far today is
at about a 2. He is unaware of the “Triage Theory” that says
natural selection favors short-term survival over the long-term, and that
our short-term survival is achieved by prioritizing the allocation of
scarce micronutrients. In other words, to stop us from falling over from
a lack of iron today, for example, iron is pulled from non-essential sources.
Thus illnesses like
cancer, and Alzheimer’s may be unintended consequences of mechanisms developed
during evolution to protect against episodic vitamin/mineral shortages.
He goes to the restroom where there is a chemical air freshener. It contains
benzene, a carcinogen that’s been linked to leukemia – and
xylene, a toxic petroleum byproduct that has been associated with headaches
and cognitive impairment. He washes his hands in antibacterial soap containing
triclosan which promotes the emergence of bacteria that are resistant
to antibiotics. TV ads have made him afraid of germs; he is unaware that
even the American Medical Association and the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention advise against non-clinical use of antibacterial
soaps, which may lead to bacteria resistance and don’t clean any
better than ordinary soap.
- He returns to his office which emits formaldehyde from particle board cabinets
and insulation in between the walls. Formaldehyde is associated with respiratory
inflammation, watery eyes, burning mucus membranes, cough, skin rash,
and even cancer. This is the chemical made infamous by the trailers provided
by the gederal government for those whose homes had been destroyed in
New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
- In the afternoon, Fred has a dentist appointment for a root canal. Dr.
George Meinig, author of Root Canal Cover-Up, could tell Fred how “Root-canal-filled
teeth always remain infected no matter how good they might look or how
good they might feel.” When bacteria get into the tooth’s
bony socket, the bacteria also get into the blood supply of the jaw, allowing
the bacteria to metastasize and travel to another gland, organ and tissue
and cause a new infection.”
Every day his body works at detoxifying these kinds of things. It uses
glutathione, folic acid, methyl groups, sulfate groups, liver enzymes
and all the cellular machinery whose functions are to detoxify. The detoxifying
agents are actually nutrients that we take in with food – if we
are eating a nutrient dense diet. However, the Standard American Diet
of pizza, fast food hamburgers, French fries and soda is not nutrient
dense. Eventually the body runs low of detoxifying agents. At this point,
the body continues to try to detoxify but when it doesn’t have the
complete “medicine chest” with which to do that, dangerous
free radicals are created. Free radicals damage cell walls and eventually
the cell DNA. Now the stage is set for chronic disease and cancer.
If the detoxification systems are compromised, it is virtually impossible
to restore normal
metabolic function unless we first remove the toxins. At the Arizona Center
for Advanced Medicine, we can test the body’s detoxification systems
to determine how well they are functioning.
When President Richard Nixon launched his “war on cancer” some
40 years ago, a large body of scientific literature already existed that
linked chemicals in the environment to cancer. There were also hypotheses,
but little else, linking retroviruses to cancer. One would have expected
that most of the $30 billion spent on the “war” would have
looked at proving the chemical connection. Instead the entire amount went
to the retrovirus theorists. They failed to prove that retroviruses cause
cancer, and the “war” is today widely deemed a failure. Chemicals
saturate our environment. It is predicted that 1 in every 2 men will
now contract cancer in their lifetime, as will 1 in 3 women.
Most of the
chronic illness we see today is due to our environment and our food.
Our diets have changed tremendously in the past 100 years. Why don’t
most physicians warn people of unhealthy eating? They aren’t food-oriented.
Why have diabetes and obesity become rampant on their watch? Medical school
gave them perhaps a scant 8 hours of nutrition study. The curriculum is
shaped largely by the pharmaceutical industry. Med schools essentially
train doctors to prescribe drugs to suppress symptoms. In many instances,
looking for the root cause and using creative, new modalities to prompt
healing are “outside the standard of care.”
Is it any wonder that so many people wander from one doctor’s office
to another trying to find out what’s wrong and how to fix it?
There are many sources of health messages, including government agencies,
professional health-related organizations, the food industry, and special
interest consumer groups. Each of these has its own agenda, its own reasons
for motivating you to believe a certain way and buy a certain product
or ask your doctor for a certain test. The various disease-related and
health-related organizations have funding sources to whom they are beholden
which color their messages. The communications media disperse the barrage
of messages to the public. The media have said eggs are good, eggs are
bad; vegetable oils are good, vegetable oils are bad; soy is good, soy
is bad… and it is no wonder the media’s coverage of so many
competing agendas has increased public confusion about diet and health.
People will look to their 90-year-old grandparent who ate lots of “cholesterol
inducing” red meat and butter and marvel at how fit that person
is for 90. What they do not realize is that older person spent the first
several decades of his or her life before WWII – before processedfoods and pervasive
wireless networks, and before the couch potato lifestyle that so many of us have adopted.
They were outside in the sun getting good-sized doses of
vitamin D. Their red meat and dairy were largely without hormones and steroids and
the dietary hazards of today’s modern feedlot. This was an era before
drugs were touted as the answer to every problem.
Fifteen million Americans take statin drugs to lower
cholesterol for example. However, statins may inhibit your liver’s ability to
make COQ10 and a deficiency of that may lead to heart troubles. Statin
drugs are toxic to the liver. As levels of COQ10 fall, blood pressure
cardiovascular disease sets in.
And we are giving drugs to children more than ever before. American children
take anti-psychotic medicines, for example, at about six times the rate
of children in the United Kingdom. Infants are born with an average
of over 200 toxic chemicals in their blood. So children come into the
world with a significant
body burden of toxicity.
Surely a precious newborn is innocent of such problems, yes? Unfortunately,
no. Infants are born with an average of over 200 toxic chemicals in their blood.
According to a 1999 National Academy of Sciences report, half of all pregnancies
in the nation now end in the loss of the baby or a child with a birth
defect or chronic health problem that manifests by age three.
It’s no wonder.
BBC’s “Ghost in Your Genes” Video And it’s not just what is happening to our bodies today. It’s
what is happening to our genes that are passed down to our children and
grandchildren for centuries to come. Look at how the science of inheritance
is being turned on its head.
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