Thursday, April 24, 2014

Boycott of Komen Foundation and American Cancer Society

It's time to boycott the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen Foundation for their ignorant and unjustifiable dismissal of the bra-cancer link.

Don’t Send Them Money, Send Them Your Bra! 
Does wearing constrictive bras for long periods of time daily contribute to breast cancer?
It does, according to at least 5 research studies and numerous healthcare providers, including oncologists and MD’s. Even some lingerie manufacturers have developed new bra designs hoping to minimize lymphatic constriction and thereby help prevent breast cancer, citing the bra-cancer theory for their patents. 
But it doesn’t, according to the American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen Foundation, fund raising giants of the cancer detection and treatment world, which consider the link absurd and unworthy of serious consideration, and unquestionably assume that research showing a link must have some other explanation besides bras. 
Shrugging off the bra-cancer link is killing hundreds of thousands of women and wasting billions of dollars in unnecessary detection and treatment, according to husband and wife medical anthropologists, Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer, co-authors of Dressed To Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras (Avery/Penguiin Putnam 1995; ISCD Press, 2005). 
Singer and Grismaijer are calling for a boycott of these organizations until they stop dismissing the bra-cancer link, and begin educating doctors and women about the cancer hazards of wearing tight bras. 
Their research on the bra wearing habits of US women with and without breast cancer showed that bra-free women have about the same incidence of breast cancer as men, and that the tighter and longer a bra is worn the higher the incidence rose, up to 100 times greater for 24/7 bra wearers.
When they first notified cancer organizations about their discovery, they were completely ignored or ridiculed. Now, 20 years later, the American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen Foundation still ridicule the information out of hand, and try to explain away the link as a ridiculous “myth”. 
Why are women not hearing about this from the ACS and Komen Foundation? Why are these organizations, so eager to fund raise for a cure, so opposed to preventing this disease by addressing the bra-cancer link? Could it be because lingerie companies donate to their charities? Could it be that preventing this disease by challenging the cultural norm of bra wearing is too taboo for these detection and treatment focused organizations? 
According to Singer and Grismaijer, whatever their reason, it is wrong for the bra-cancer link to be dismissed and ignored. Because of this unscientific stonewalling of this information, over the past 20 years 2,000,000 women in the US alone have gotten breast cancer who may have prevented it by simply loosening their bra and wearing it less time each day. 
Singer and Grismaijer suggest that whenever the ACS or Komen Foundation ask for a donation, send them your bra, instead! This will give them the message, and help you prevent breast cancer at the same time.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

How Toxic Are You?

Americans live in a polluted world and everyone in it is polluted too. Not a comforting thought is it? The average American has 90 different chemicals and toxic metals in his or her body, according to Environmental Working Group (EWG). And that was in 1992. In 2005, EWG tested for toxins in the umbilical cord blood from 10 newborn babies immediately after birth. They detected 287 chemicals of 413 tested (69 percent), with a range of between 154 and 231 for each child. Its not a question of whether we are polluted or not. We are. And so are our children.

Each one of us is unique, and even small amounts of toxins in combination with other toxins may cause substantial damage to those who are more susceptible. This grouping certainly includes fetuses, infants, and small children. Also included are the elderly, whose detoxification equipment is not working as well as it was when they were younger, and individuals who have genetic weaknesses that compromise their ability to detoxify environmental chemicals normally. But in fact, all of us are susceptible. Since we entered the Age of Better Living through Chemistry, we are simply exposed to many more varied chemicals than our ancestors were. And just like with taking more than one medication at a time, no one knows how all of these different chemicals interact when combined.

Fortunately, the average daily dose of various toxins is small, and they dont cause immediate sickness in most circumstances. Unfortunately, a day doesnt go by that we are not exposed on some level
and we dont feel it happening until we reach a tipping point. The body works hard to maintain a healthy balance as long as it possibly can until, at some point, it becomes overwhelmed by one more stressor. The stressor may be an office disagreement, another dose of glyphosate, Roundup® in a slice of sandwich bread (see my article in last months Natural Triad), or overexposure to electromagnetic frequencies coming from the cell phone, the microwave or poorly designed kitchen wiring, all at the same time. By the time someone begins to notice symptoms from exposure to any one of these types of toxins, the body has already experienced an extensive underlying imbalance due to toxicity.

Earliest symptoms may be similar to allergies. Runny nose, sinusitis, and asthma are common. Gut symptoms and joint pain are also common. Later, a tremor, memory issues, depression, poor coordination, infertility, fibrocystic breast disease, and low testosterone (in young men) 
may develop. If you have a symptom, there is a toxin that can cause it. Some of us can re-equilibrate when we go on vacation. Others can do a cleanse and get better, but the sickest of the sick, once they have crossed that line, cannot get well without substantial helpusually from professionals. 

The Real Question
As stated above, the question is not whether we have toxins in us. We do. The real question is whether these toxins are sufficiently damaging our bodies to cause symptoms and disease. Over 90,000 new chemicals have been introduced since 1900. About 62,000 of these are small enough to penetrate our cells and get into our organelles (the cell machinery). With nanotechnology, even more toxins will be able to penetrate our cell machinery. Fewer than 5,000 have been tested for safety and none of them have been tested in combinations with others for safety. In the United States, corporations are considered innocent until proven guilty. In the European Union, they apply the Cautionary Principle: corporations must prove new compounds are safe before introduction to the marketplace.

Identifying Toxins

In this country, the CDC in the NHANES studies and the EPA in their human fat biopsy and other studies have both shown that nearly 100 percent of Americans contain numerous different toxins, including leftovers from DDT and other persistent organic pollutants (POPS). Other hormone disruptors include BPA and phthalates, which either magnify or block the effect of numerous hormones in our bodies; and flame retardants, solvents, and other toxins, which can cause cancer, brain damage, birth defects, and immune system dysfunction. And it's not just recognized environmental pollutants like glyphosate, solvents, PCBs and dioxin. Its preservatives like sulfites and nitrites, and additives like NutraSweet® and Splenda®. Its drugs, medications, high fructose corn syrup, and trans fats. Even foods, like gluten in wheat and casein in milk, can be toxic to some. All of these substances may have a detrimental effect on the body.

According to Dr. Sydney Baker, 5 percent of the energy the body makes on a daily basis goes to maintaining the immune system, 5 percent of the energy goes to maintaining the physical structure, 10 percent of the energy goes to the brain functioning optimally, and 80 percent (EIGHTY PERCENT) of the energy the body generates every single day goes to detoxification and elimination. This is not a trivial or part-time process. The body and all of its parts and pieces on every level are constantly detoxifying and eliminating substances to optimize their function and health.

So What Exactly Is Detoxification?

Detoxification is the process of taking fat-soluble toxins and metabolic wastes and transforming them into water-soluble compounds so that they can be eliminated from the body in the stool and urine. It is also a process whereby the body combines compounds with heavy metals to make them less reactive so that they can be eliminated from the body. The liver, kidneys, and gut are all working in concert in this process. Many think of the stool and urine as being the only routes of exit for toxins, but we also eliminate toxins in our sweat, breath, nails, and hair. What is not generally recognized is that approximately two-thirds of the surface area of the small bowel (2/3 of two tennis courts) transports toxins into the lumen of the gut where they are then moved out of the body in the stool. These completely bypass the liver. 

What's the Harm from Toxins?
Toxins damage bodies by increasing the need for nutrients. If one does not increase B vitamins and minerals, which function as co-factors for the detoxification processes, some bodily functions are shortchanged. The sheer amount of toxins we are exposed to on a daily basis also interferes with our ability to detoxify those same toxins by locking up and damaging our enzyme systems. This creates a backlog of toxins that need to be eliminated. This is especially true of the heavy metals. Furthermore, toxins damage the machinery inside the cells. Toxins damage DNA, endoplasmic reticulum (the factorieswhere the cell manufactures proteins), and mitochondria (the powerhouseswhere the cell makes energy).

Toxins damage the cell walls and receptors so that the cells have a difficult time receiving communication from the rest of the body. Thyroid receptors dont work. Serotonin receptors dont work. Toxins also trigger inflammation and oxidation, two processes that cause damage to the cells and tissues. They contribute to autoimmune disease, interfere with neurotransmitters, and as mentioned above they can either interfere with or supercharge certain hormones, including estrogen, testosterone, cortisol, insulin, leptin, and thyroid.

What Are the Symptoms of Toxicity?
Many of the common symptoms patients complain of can be caused by toxinsthe inability to lose weight, chronic pain, fatigue, memory loss, brain fog, chronically low temperatures, feeling too emotional, unusual responses to medications or supplements, allergic symptoms and asthma, bowel problems, joint pain, and poor sleep, among many others. If not recognized and treated, illnesses like infertility, neurodegenerative disorders, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease and otherscan all be caused by various toxins in our environment.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Notes from My Presentation at the Natural Triad Show

Last Saturday at the Natural Triad Health, Wellness and Green Living Show, I presented a free seminar on detoxification. The following is a compilation of my PowerPoint notes from the presentation:

Reality Check

  • We are full of chemicals
  • The world is full of chemicals
  • Our babies grow in a chemical soup the first 9 months of their lives
  • More chemicals are coming (air, water, food, personal care products)
  • The government and most corporations have not tested these chemicals for safety

10 Americans


In 2005, EWG tested for toxins in the umbilical cord blood from 10 newborn babies immediately after birth. They detected 287 chemicals of 413 tested (69 percent), with a range of between 154 and 231 for each child. Grownups compartmentalize toxins. Babies have leaky gut and blood brain barrier.

Chemicals in Commerce Act

  • Contact your representative: "As your constituent and a supporter of the Environmental Working Group, I urge you to strongly oppose the Chemicals in Commerce Act."
  • Reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is long overdue. But, the Chemicals in Commerce Act (CICA) is actually worse than the current law.
  • As currently drafted, CICA would allow thousands of chemicals to be treated as safe with little or no review. The bill would also fail to protect children from chemical exposures, limit EPA's ability to use sound science and block states from protecting their own residents from dangerous chemicals.
  • Now is the time for real reform that ensures chemicals are safe before they're used in commerce.

Arguments Used by the Industry

  • "It's such a small amount."
  • "People will starve if we don't plant GMO foods."
  • "GMO/GE crops are substantially equivalent to conventional crops."
  • "Cell phones are safe."
  • "Chemtrail conspiracy people are crazy."
  • "Vaccines are safe."

Where do we get exposed to these chemicals?

  • Breathing
  • Eating
  • Bathing/showering
  • Drinking water
  • Getting dressed
  • Using personal care products
  • Living in our homes
  • Spending time at work
  • Cycling, running, driving on roads

Symptoms and Illness from Environmental Toxins

  • Fatigue, sleep disorders, brain fog or poor memory
  • Obesity, inability to lose weight
  • Sensitivity to odors
  • Any chronic illness or infection that doesn't get well with good treatment
  • Neurological, hormonal, allergic or autoimmune disease
  • Chronic pain
  • Cancer
  • Former smoker, dental amalgams
  • Silicone or titanium implants

How do these chemicals hurt us?

  • Generate free radicals and trigger oxidative stress and inflammation
  • Damage DNA
  • Alter our epigenetic expression of our DNA
  • Damage mitochondria
  • Block detoxification
  • Block or hijack enzyme systems
  • Mimic or block hormones 
  • Case allergic reactions
  • Deplete nutrients
  • Damage gut microbiome

Mobilization, Detoxification and Elimination

  • Ongoing, 80% of the body's energy
  • Mobilizing toxins out of the cells into the matrix > lymph > blood stream > liver > gut or kidneys > eliminate it through hair, nails, sweat and breath
  • Enterohepatic recirculation
  • Mobilizing toxins out of the fat cells with fat reduction diets, exercise or sauna into the matrix > lymph > blood stream > sweat

Coal Ash

  • Third-largest coal ash spill in U.S. history
  • Two months ago, a storm water pipe ruptured and as much as 39,000 tons of toxic coal ash was released into the Dan River in North Carolina
  • When previous coal ash accidents have occurred, water samples have found elevated levels of of arsenic, lead, chromium and mercury, which can cause cancer, neurological damage (or both) in humans
  • Duke Energy owns 100 million tons of coal ash in a total of 2,800 acres

For the first source of new toxins, look UP!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Detox NOW and Forever

Defense of Environmental Medicine

GMOs & Disease Incidences

Organic IS Better

Dangers of Glyphosate

Geoengineering/Chemtrails/Climate Control

Other Great Resources

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Interview: Why Is Detoxing So Important?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Detox with the Doc!

Come see me at the Natural Triad Health, Wellness and Green Living Show at the Greensboro Coliseum on Saturday, April 5.

I'll be giving a talk on detoxification at 12:00 pm. Come and learn why we need detoxification and how you can detox. At the show, stop by the Natural Vitality Center booth to receive a coupon and to register to win 10 sessions in an Far Infrared Sauna.