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More Pain for Pain Killers

The heart risks associated with taking over the counter pain killers for daily aches and pains is becoming a major debate. Some of the popular pills out there are Celebrex, Diclofenac, Motrin, Advil, Aleve, and Aspirin. The search for a good pain killer has always been frustrating. Opioids like Vicodin work great—except they’re addictive.  Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is powerful—but it can wreck your liver. Even aspirin with all of its known heart benefits, can lead to internal bleeding. Now there’s more painful news for people suffering from conditions like severe arthritis: researchers have confirmed heart risks for those taking large doses of two popular non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS).

A University of Oxford study reports that the NSAIDs diclofenac and ibuprofen have heart risks similar to those NSAIDS that have already been banned. The study made clear that the danger increases significantly if a patient already has heart problems. The Oxford study found that for every 1,000 patients taking high-dose prescription declofenac or ibuprofen there are three additional heart attacks, four heart-failure events and one death. That difference might seem small, but it becomes significant in proportion to a person’s existing underlying heart-attack risk without the drugs.


The Greatest Cell Phone Lie Exposed

Everyone knows cell phones are safe. If they weren’t, you’d already know about it. That is perhaps the greatest disconnect of our age. The book titled Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Has Done to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family by Devra Davis Ph.D., M.P.H. is an explosive expose of how cell phone radiation damages the human body’s cells. Cell phones are not safe.

The most popular gadget ever has been shown to damage DNA, break down the brain’s defenses, and reduce sperm count, while increasing memory loss, the risk of cancer, and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, and possibly even autism. The growing brains of children make them especially vulnerable. And around half of the more than four billion cell phone users are under age 20. This book presents the recent and long suppressed  research demonstrating the national emergency we now face.

Did you know that most cell phones come with a notice that says, “do not hold closer than one inch from your body.”?

Did you know that insurance companies refuse to provide coverage to cell phone companies and operators in case of claims of health damage from long-term operation of their devices?

All brains of mammals come protected  by our bony skulls. There is another form of defense of the brain as well, called the blood-brain barrier. Like many parts of the body, this barrier develops as we mature and does not exist at birth. Scientists noticed that injecting blue dye into the blood turned the body and tissue of the entire animal blue, but the brain remained pink-grey. This so called barrier is understood to protect the brain from taking in the wrong things, like agents that can dissolve the protective fatty sheaths called myelin that surround our nerves.

Research shows that radio frequency radiation breaks down the blood brain barrier.  When the blood-brain barrier is breached, then anything circulating into our bodies at the time, alcohol, drugs, toxic chemicals, cigarette smoke, diesel exhaust, will more readily enter the brain from the blood. One can only imagine the negative affects this can have on the health of our brains and increase our chances of acquiring a chronic disease of the brain. Please take a look at the video on our website.

Dissecting Toxic Links to Sleep

Sleep is a required need to sustain life., and quality sleep is critical to vital and abundant health. One of the most overlooked relationships in acquiring quality sleep is the role that the mattress plays. Most people, including health care professionals, have little understanding of what qualifies as a good sleeping surface; and more concerning, knowledge of the materials that are used in making those surfaces.  The evolution of the modern mattress has moved in the direction that is both less supportive of our physical structural needs and toward the use of more synthetic materials that on a physiological level can unknowingly expose the sleeper to potentially harmful toxicities.

The cotton batting for cushioning that was widely used up until the 1950s, has been replaced with polyurethane, which is less expensive than cotton. Polyurethane foam is made from petroleum-based products which are known to emit volatile organic compounds, and exposure to such has been linked to respiratory irritation and other health problems.  Over the past 30 years, the cotton used in mattress production, as well as some of the springs, has been completely replaced by the synthetic foams.

Most mattresses sold today contain some polyurethane foam and many contain specialty foams such as latex or memory foam, which consistently break down and release chemicals. The most common toxic materials used in making a mattress include: petrochemicals, polyurethane, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), formaldehyde, antimony trioxide, phthalates and boric acid. These chemicals are used for the foam fillers, material adhesives, as well as for water resistance. Most are used to make the mattress flame retardant, per federal law, causing mattress toxicity to increase. All these chemicals give off fumes called off-gassing and will continue to give off fumes even after the off-gassing smell is no longer detectable.


A Surprising Reason for Stubborn Weight Gain

Over the last two to three decades, the prevalence of adults who have a body mass index greater than normal has risen dramatically in wealthy industrialized countries, and also in poorer underdeveloped nations. In the United States, more than 60 percent of adults either have a body mass index greater than normal or are overweight.

While many factors may contribute to being overweight, one of the most surprising factors to emerge is the exposure to environmental toxins and pollutants. For a number of years, researchers have proposed that there is an association between endocrine disrupting chemicals and weight management issues. Then a paper published in 2002 demonstrated that the epidemic of weight gain coincided with the marked increase of industrialized chemicals in the environment over the past 40 years. The author of the paper further pointed out that alterations in food intake and/or decrease in physical activity could not solely explain the current trend of being overweight. She referred to studies where chemicals were linked to weight gain, and proposed that these toxic compounds were interfering with weight homeostasis by altering weight-controlling hormones, altering sensitivity to neurotransmitters, or altering activity to the sympathetic nervous system.

There is a steadily accumulating amount of evidence to link environmental toxins to being overweight. For example, consuming farm raised salmon, being frequently exposed to phthalates, parabens, PCB’s, BPA, also DDT and other chlorinated toxins which seem to interfere with lipid metabolism and fat cell production causing weight gain. One of the targets of endocrine disrupting chemicals is thought to be adipocytes (fat cells).

Based on the role that environmental chemicals play in weight management issues, a two-step approach to dieting is needed. The first step is to develop an effective weight management regimen. The second step is to minimize exposure to any toxins stored in the body while undergoing this weight management program. One of the important things to keep in mind in regards to any weight management program is that losing weight can mobilize the toxins that are stored in fat tissue. Ironically, when toxins are stored in fat tissue they are being kept away from critical organs in the body and this can provide the body with some protection against the toxins.

Remember, if you are planning on dropping some serious pounds, to consult with your family wellness doctor about things you can do and nutritionals that you might be able to take to allow the body to deal with these toxins as the body is releasing them from the fat cells. No matter how one chooses to lose weight, engaging in a detoxification regimen at the same time is essential.

Plants Purify Indoor Air

Indoor air quality is a major cause of illness for Americans. Tightly sealed buildings conserve energy but concentrate contaminants from paint, carpets, and other building materials, causing a new malady known as sick building syndrome.  Lets look at carpeting. Carpeting contains dyes, stain-guard, moth-proofing, dust mites, heavy metals, pesticides, molds, toxic chemicals and volatile organic compounds from other sources that collect in the carpeting and evaporate into the air that we breathe. These chemicals can off-gas for weeks after installation, in some cases for years.

Some of these chemicals include: Formaldehyde, toluene, xylene, styrene, methacrylate, ethylbenzene, and hexamethylene triamine are just  few of the chemicals given off by vacuuming, and shampooing can sometimes worsen conditions. The  rate of new chemicals being introduced into the environment far exceeds the evolutionary process allowing humans and wildlife to successfully adapt. Toxic, allergenic, and carcinogenic materials used in construction and furniture also pose major health risks.

Plants have long been admired for their beauty and psychological uplift, but their proven capacity to purify indoor air makes them an essential addition to any indoor environment. Fifty household plants have been found to remove a variety of toxic gases from sealed test chambers. Formaldehyde, being the most commonly found toxin in indoor air, was used as the standard for rating the plants. Ten of the most efficient toxin-eating plants are the Boston fern, gerbera daisy, dwarf date palm, bamboo palm, rubber plant, English ivy, weeping fig, peace lily, areca palm and schefflera. Plants are the lungs of the Earth: they produce the oxygen that makes life possible, add precious moisture, and filter toxins. Purchase some plants for your house today for a cleaner environment in your home.


What are you doing for Detoxification in the New Year?

The word “detoxification” stirs up alls sorts of reactions. It’s considered to be everything from a “myth” or “mass delusion” to a spiritual or vital therapy. Medically, detoxification is viewed as only a withdrawal method for people with drug or alcohol dependency. But detoxification is a healing strategy for the rest of us—particularly if we suffer with chronic pain, fatigue, allergies, intolerances, immune disorders, musculoskeletal problems, digestive distress, cancer, or any other disorder.

Our bodies naturally go through regular cycles of detoxification. The primary systems involved  are: lymphatic, liver, digestive tract, urinary, respiratory, and skin. They work together to neutralize and eliminate wastes and potentially harmful substances that come from both outside and inside. Sadly, each one of us now carries a toxic soup—our individual body burden—due to the ubiquitous presence of noxious chemical substances. Studies now show that 100% of adults have synthetic and industrial chemicals, like dioxins and PCBs, stored in their bodies. There are also heavy metals (such as lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic), pesticides, pollutants, TCDD, drugs, chemicals from plastics, sodium fluoride, food additives, and too many others to list. The body stores what it can’t get rid of and eventually has symptoms. Our food, water, and air are contaminated, disrupting Nature’s fabric and our connection to its healing properties.

Studies show that diet and environment cause up to 95% of cancers and most other modern degenerative diseases. Once environmental toxins are locked in human bodies, no one can guess what diseases they might trigger in each person. Detoxification methods include diets, colon cleansing, liver flushes, massage and saunas’, exercise and sleep. We detox the body for specific heavy metals in our office with the use of homeopathic remedies, lasers, nutritionals, and foot baths. A general detox is good but if you can detox specific metals it is even better. Call us to find out more about how we can help you clean your body in the new year.

Why is There a Rise in Precocious Puberty?

There are many theories surrounding the increases in early puberty in young girls and boys, but while the causes are unclear, the rise in numbers is certainty. Precocious puberty, defined as the onset of signs of puberty before age 7 or 8 in girls and 9 in boys, can be physically and emotionally difficult. Puberty occurs during adolescence and usually begins happening at age 10 for girls and 12 for boys.

A 2010 study showed that girls had high rates of breast stage 2 development at ages 7 and 8. (The Tanner stages is a scale of physical development based on 5 stages. Stage 1 is pre-pubertal, stage 2 is onset, and stage 5 is adult.) A top theory among experts is that girls who have a high-fat diet and are not active or are obese are more likely to mature early. That could be the primary driver because estrogen, which triggers puberty, is stored in fat tissue. It helps explain why early puberty is more common in females than in males.

It is believed that environmental exposure to chemicals, such as pesticides and endocrine-disrupting chemicals like bisphenol A (BPA), found in plastics, also may play a role in early puberty. BPA is used primarily in the production of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. These plastics are used in some food and drink containers; the resins are used as lacquers to coat metal products such as food cans, bottle tops, and water supply pipes.

Another aspect in early puberty is growth hormones (GH) in the food supply. Hormones allow for greater yields of lean muscle meat and higher milk production, thereby feeding more people at less cost. GH is a protein hormone produced in the pituitary gland of animals, including humans, and is essential for normal growth, development and health. Recombinant bovine growth hormone or rBGH, which is used to increase milk output, is a genetically engineered growth hormone. It is banned from use in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and all EU countries, yet the Food and Drug administration approved rBGH for sale in the U.S.

These concerns and many others have contributed to the rise in consumption of organic foods, including hormone-free meat and milk, as well as pesticide-free vegetables. Another trend is people taking the time to cook at home while avoiding processed foods. This problem is not going to go away soon. Please protect your kids as much as you can from these harmful toxins.

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