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99% Of The Vitamin B12 On The Market Contains Cyanide

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Unknown to most consumers, cyanide is found in a wide range of vitamins and foods in a form known as cyanocobalamin.  Fortunately the cyanide has a very low potential to do harm because it is organically bound to cobalamin (vitamin b12) — that is, as long as everything is working correctly and that person hasn’t already been burdened with environmental chemical exposures from cyanide, and related xenobiotic compunds.

Cyanocobalamin is actually found in 99% of the vitamins on the market which contain B12, as it is relatively cheap (recovered from activated sewage sludge or produced through total chemical synthesis), and stable (non-perishable). Despite its wide usage, it is not an ideal form of vitamin b12, as the cyanide must be removed from the cobalamin before it can perform its biological indispensable roles within the body. While there is plenty of research on the potential value of cyanide-bound vitamin B12, it does have potential to do harm.

In fact, when a person is poisoned with cyanide, as sometimes happens following smoke inhalation, and they are rushed to the emergency room, what do they give them to remove the cyanide? Hydroxocobalamin — a natural form of vitamin b12 — which readily binds with the cyanide, becoming cyanocobalmin (which sequesters the cyanide and puts it into a form ideal for detoxification and elimination), which is then rapidly excreted from the body via the lungs and kidneys.

Those with a higher body burden or higher cyanide exposure, such as smokers, are less likely to be able to effectively detoxify the additional cyanide they consume through their diet or supplements, making the seemingly benign levels found in some vitamins and foods a real problem.

Indeed, this is not the first time the question of the potential toxicity of cyanocobalamin has been raised. As far back as 1992, a report was published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine arguing for its withdrawal from use in vitamin therapy. Another study published in 1997 in the journal Blood, found that cyanocobalamin “antagonizes vitamin B12 in vitro and causes cell death from methionine deficiency.”

Cyanide in non-vitamin form, of course, is extremely toxic and a poster child of sorts, among poisons. It only takes 6.44 mg per kilogram, or 1.61 mg to kill 50% of your average-sized (500 gram) rats through the oral route of exposure. The margin of safety (as defined by the LD50) for cyanocobalamin, on the other hand, is approximately 1,000 times higher.

An entirely different approach to maintaining adequate vitamin B12 levels is through supporting the microflora in the gut, as these beneficial bacteria are proficient in producing this indispensable vitamin. Lactobacillus reuteri, for instance, has been studied for its vitamin B12-producing properties.

Other dietary sources of biologically active B12 include white button mushrooms, spirulina and chlorella. The ideal supplemental form of supplemental vitamin B12 is methylcobalamin, which while more expensive, is capable of absorbing efficiently sublingually and is cell-ready as a methyl donor. It should also be noted that the drug category known as proton pump inhibitors (acid blockers for reflux) prevent vitamin B12 absorption and microwaving food deactivates this vitamin, as well.


Article Contributed by Sayer Ji, Founder of GreenMedInfo.com.

Sayer Ji is an author, researcher, lecturer, and advisory board member of the National Health Federation. He founded Greenmedinfo.com in 2008 in order to provide the world an open access, evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities. It is internationally recognized as the largest and most widely referenced health resource of its kind.

How Fluoride Damages Pineal Gland Health

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Fluoride was originally added to the water supply sometime around the end of World War II in an effort to improve overall dental health. Despite the well wishes, no one anticipated the physical health dangers. Now, more and more people are recognizing the effects, and one of those is how it damages the pineal gland.

Fluoride: A Neurotoxin That Damages Your Pineal Gland

If you’ve never heard of the pineal gland, know it’s got a pretty important job. Located in the center of the brain, it’s responsible for melatonin synthesis (which plays a role in maintaining normal rhythms and sleep cycles), and also helps convert signals between our nervous and endocrine systems. Something about melatonin: it’s thought to act as a neuro-protector that could play a role in the aging process and Alzheimer’s, so when it’s messed up by things like fluoride, you can guess what happens. [1] Unfortunately, the pineal gland can develop problems because it can also absorb a lot of fluoride—even more than our bones.

Our bones are exposed to toxic fluoride much more than we might think. The World Health Organization (WHO) suggests: ”Fluoride levels above 1.5 mg per liter cause pitting of tooth enamel and deposits in bones.” [2] And because so much of the water supply in the U.S. is still fluoridated, we’re exposed to levels in the 2 to 5 mg range. This doesn’t even account for the fluoride in dental products.

Back to the pineal gland… Fluoride can accumulate and calcify on the gland, blocking its effectiveness, and these deposits can get worse as we age. [3] A blocked pineal gland could lead to things like trouble sleeping or weight gain. One study even suggests toxic calcification could lead to early onset of puberty in girls. [4]

How to Detoxify the Pineal Gland

If you want to detox and decalcify your pineal gland from fluoride, there are some easy things you can do! First, stop drinking fluoridated water; this means you should probably steer clear of tap water, choosing alkaline or distilled water instead. Another thing you could do is try fluoride-free dental products. Iodine may be another helpful tool to use for detoxifying your pineal gland from excessive fluoride.

So, now that you know a little bit about how fluoride can damage pineal gland health, what will you do to avoid it?

References:

  1. Wu, Y. H. & Swaab, D. F. The human pineal gland and melatonin in aging and Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Pineal Research. 38 (3).
  2. Lennon, M. A. et al. Rolling Revision of the WHO Guidelines for Drinking-Water Quality. World Health Organization.
  3. Luke, J. Fluoride deposition in the aged human pineal gland. Caries Research. 35 (2).
  4. Luke, J. THE EFFECT OF FLUORIDE ON THE PHYSIOLOGY OF THE PINEAL GLAND. School of Biological Sciences, University of Surrey.

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

Is Rocket Fuel (Perchlorate) Destroying Organic Farming?

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Perchlorate is an environmental pollutant primarily associated with releases by defense contractors, military operations and aerospace programs, as it is a key ingredient in rocket fuel. It is now found contaminating conventional and organically grown food, alike.  

Perchlorate and the Post-Organic Era

Perchlorate is an environmental pollutant primarily associated with releases by defense contractors, military operations and aerospace programs, as it is a key ingredient in rocket fuel. It is now found in virtually all humans tested, and it is continually making its way up the food chain through ground and drinking water, into feed and edible plants, animals products, milk and breast milk – contaminating conventional and organically grown food, alike.

It is now distributed widely throughout North America, as depicted by the image below:

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The Colorado River is so thoroughly contaminated with perchlorate (1.5-8 micrograms per Liter) that 90% of the lettuce consumed during the winter months in the United States produced in the Lower Colorado River region contains this powerful endocrine disruptor.

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What does it do? Perchlorate has been used as a “medicine” in this country to “treat” hyperthyroidism since the 1950’s despite the fact some patients may develop aplastic anemia (bone marrow destruction) as a result. Perchlorate interferes with iodide uptake at the sodium-iodide symporter in the thyroid gland which unfortunately has a 30-fold higher affinity for perchlorate than iodide. Without adequate iodide hypothyroidism ensues. Could this pollutant have anything to do with the geometric expansion of hypothyroidism diagnoses in this country?

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6 studies on perchlorate/hypothyroidism link

If it were not for the perfect fit between pharmaceutical medicine, e.g. Synthroid (synthetic levothyroxine sodium) and pollution-caused hypothyroidism, this question might get some traction in the medical community and we could start solving the underlying problem: a medical system whose financial health depends on the continued expansion of disease within the population it serves.

Has Perchlorate Destroyed the Very Meaning of Organic?

In 2005 the Journal of Environmental Science and Technology published a study on perchlorate levels in North America. They found:

Conventionally and organically produced lettuce and other leafy vegetable samples were collected from production fields and farmers’ markets in the central and coastal valleys of California, New Mexico, Colorado, Michigan, Ohio, New York, Quebec, and New Jersey. Results show that 16% of the conventionally produced samples and 32% of the organically produced samples had quantifiable levels of perchlorate using ion chromatography. Estimated perchlorate exposure from organically produced leafy vegetables was approximately 2 times that of conventional produce…”

The time has come for those of us who buy organic food to transcend the inherently self-centered and anthropocentric limitations associated with these food quality concerns. We can no longer fool ourselves into thinking that we can save ourselves by eating organically without doing something about the planet dying under the weight of the conventional and dominant food production and distribution system. When we pollute the environment we pollute ourselves. The very flesh of the earth

and our flesh are woven from the same molecular fabric.

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The exact same problem with thinking that consuming organic protects you from planetary destruction has emerged with the increasingly destabilized/destabilizing nuclear energy paradigm. Radioisotope contamination of the environment is now a global problem, and low-energy internalized radioisotopes are several orders of magnitude more harmful to our health than previously assumed. The global distribution of uranium-238 through hydrological and meteorological cycles, for instance, does not discriminate between “organic” and “conventional” food – it bioaccumulates and damages those who consume it equally.

We are not saying that organic isn’t important, as we have no other way to protect ourselves from what is increasingly becoming a highly toxic food production system. However, in order to stay grounded in reality, we must realize its limitations and work on changing the underlying dysfunctional planet-harming systems that are cutting across the “organic” and “conventional” lines with equally destructive force.

Additional Relevant Research


Article Contributed by Sayer Ji, Founder of GreenMedInfo.com.

Sayer Ji is an author, researcher, lecturer, and advisory board member of the National Health Federation. He founded Greenmedinfo.com in 2008 in order to provide the world an open access, evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities. It is internationally recognized as the largest and most widely referenced health resource of its kind.

How Pollution Affects The Gut Microbiome

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Pollutants pervade almost every aspect of our environment. Air pollution is one of the biggest threats, and water pollution comes in at a very close second. Even the pollutants in our foods are contributing to a myriad of health concerns. Researchers believe external pollution may be implicated in cancer, obesity, and type 2 diabetes, among other of the most pressing health concerns of our time.[1] Research is showing that persistent organic pollutants, or POPs, could be altering the gut microbiome and reducing the ratio of good to bad bacteria in the intestines. This imbalance is one of the driving forces behind some diseases, and could partially explain the detrimental effects of pollution on our health.

POPs and Your Gut Health

Our gut microbiome is intricate and is home to trillions of bacteria. The majority of the bacteria, when the body is healthy, is deemed as the “good” bacteria. You replenish this good bacteria with probiotics and feed it with prebiotics, like inulin and dietary fiber. The good bacteria in your gut is responsible for not only fighting off the bad bacteria, but for supporting immune health, mood, and even weight. Without a healthy microbiome, health would disintegrate at a rapid rate,

Certain compounds in the environment bind to specific receptors in the body, including the aryl hydrocarbon receptor. This receptor is responsible for keeping the gut healthy. Animal models have shown that POPs decrease good bacterial strains and increase the bad ones, imparting effects such as impaired liver function, intestinal swelling, and altered fat and glucose metabolism. [2] This may explain why pollution is so powerful for influencing obesity and diabetes risk.

What You Can Do

One of the best tactics against POPs is to eat an organic, preferably raw, diet. This will reduce your exposure to pesticides and other chemical ingredients commonly added to conventional food. Even internal pollutants–the origins of negative thoughts and emotions–may be reducing gut health and increasing the risk for disease. This is why it’s so important to reduce your exposure to television shows, movies, and literature that promote negative thinking without necessarily putting your head in the sand. Getting enough sleep is essential for managing stress, and some research shows it could help support a healthy gut.

References:

  1. Lim SS, Vos T, Flaxman AD. A comparative risk assessment of burden of disease and injury attributable to 67 risk factors and risk fact clusters in 21 regions, 1990-2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. Lancet. 2012 Dec 15;380(9859):2224-60. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(12)61766-8.
  2. Carol Potera. POPs and Gut Microbiota: Dietary Exposure Alters Ratio of Bacterial Species. Environ Health Perspect; DOI; 10.1289/ehp.123-A187.

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

Easy Detox Tip: Eat Broccoli Sprouts

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Air pollution is an inescapable health threat of our time, and no matter the amount of healthy choices you make, you are still vulnerable to exposure. The health effects of air pollution are many, including allergies, asthma, heart disease, lung disease, and even nerve damage. Even exercising outdoors in urban environments can increase our intake of pollutants, since strenuous exercise increases oxygen demands. Fortunately, specific dietary strategies may protect our body and brain from the effects of air pollution.

An Uncommon Fighter Against Air Pollution

An estimated 7 million deaths occur worldwide due to air pollution. [1] Researchers are constantly looking at bioflavonoids and chemical constituents in natural foods that could possibly reduce air pollution effects. A recent study looking at the effects of air pollution found it may be mitigated by broccoli sprouts, an antioxidant-rich food that is also high in beneficial enzymes. [2] Broccoli sprouts are extremely high in glucoraphanin, which initiates the production of sulforaphane. This compound increases enzymes that facilitate the removal of pollutants.

The study, including 291 participants, consumed a beverage containing freeze-dried broccoli sprout powder, whereas the control group consumed sterilized water mixed with pineapple and lime juice. Individuals consuming the broccoli sprout beverage increased their excretion of benzene, a toxic carcinogen, by up to 61%. Benzene is commonly found in our environment due to toxic emissions from heavy industry. Researchers believe the sulforaphane may be exhibiting the main protective effects, increasing the ability of cells to adapt and survive in the presence in toxic chemicals.

Air Pollution Starts in Your Home

When many people think of air pollution, an image of dirty and smoky downtown cities typically comes to mind. Our homes, however, are probably a major source of pollutants. Furniture, for instance, releases toxic flame retardants that interfere with hormonal health and may increase cancer risk. Since you live and sleep in your home, you’re probably breathing in a variety of toxins from furniture, cleaners, and even the paint on your walls. There are many ways you can reduce indoor air pollution, like finding furniture without artificial flame retardants and using non-toxic cleaning agents.

What do you do to fight air pollution? Do you think you’ll start consuming more broccoli sprouts?

References:

  1. World Health Organization. 7 million premature deaths annually linked to air pollution. WHO News Release.
  2. P. A. Egner, J. G. Chen, A. T. Zarth, et al. Rapid and Sustainable Detoxication of Airborne Pollutants by Broccoli Sprout Beverage: Results of a Randomized Clinical Trial in China. Cancer Prevention Research, 2014; DOI: 10.1158/1940-6207.CAPR-14-0103.

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

Like Israel, U.S. Should Ban Fluoride Amid Health Concerns

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By: Jason Uttley |

Thyroid Dysfunction, Fibromyalgia & Neurotoxicity Top List of Adverse Effects.

Nearly half a century after Minnesota passed legislation requiring the addition of fluoride to municipal water supplies, fluoride is under fire due to health concerns.[i]  Evidence that the additive is not only a contributor to the epidemic of thyroid dysfunction, but also a likely neurotoxin linked to a range of conditions associated with cognitive impairment, has come as a shock, even to members of the scientific community who have reviewed the growing research.[ii] On Aug. 26, 2014, faced with such disturbing evidence, Israel’s Health Minister Yael German ordered an end to the practice of water fluoridation.[iii] While German has been criticized for her decisive action, the move comes as little surprise to the handful of experts in the U.S. who have been aware of the dangers associated with fluoride for years.

Reversing course on water fluoridation

Despite safety assurances from the American Dental Association (ADA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who have long advocated dumping fluoride into the water supply in the interest of dental health, new studies have made it hard to deny the evidence of long-term damage from fluoride ingestion.

Studies that showed lower IQ levels in children exposed to too much fluoride received little attention initially, even as additional research demonstrated a gradual build-up of fluoride in specific areas of the brain.[iv] [v] [vi] That changed when the Head of Neurotoxicology at the one of America’s most prestigious dental research facilities, the Harvard-affiliated Forsyth Institute, confirmed that cognitive impairment from fluoride appears very real indeed.[vii]

By the time investigative journalist Christopher Bryson brought the story of neurotoxicologist Dr. Phyllis Mullenix into the public eye, with his 2004 book The Fluoride Deception, U.S. scientists had already uncovered similar studies that pointed to the same disturbing conclusion.[viii] [ix] The EPA confirmed that even at the so-called “optimal” level of 1 part per million — a concentration widely accepted for water fluoridation programs in most states — the cumulative effect of fluoride on humans is deleterious, at times resulting in brain and kidney damage.[x]

As with the majority of Americans, most officials failed to take the issue seriously at first due to decades of promotion that had convinced nearly everyone that fluoride had been proven safe to swallow. Massive marketing campaigns by the ADA, CDC and others equated fluoride opposition to quackery and conspiracy theories, which in-turn were messages reinforced by a media whose health stories have long been generated by a handful of journalists overly reliant on talking points provided by public health officials.

Those charged with reviewing the emerging evidence were among the first to realize that both the scientific community and general public had been profoundly misled regarding the safety of fluoride.  As health officials slowly began to accept the evidence presented by their own scientists, they faced the daunting task of overcoming public perception, which their predecessors and colleagues had helped shape.

Ending fluoridation with no reason would inevitably trigger an avalanche of criticism not only from the dental community with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo, but from the media and public as well. On the other hand, completely revealing the full extent of scientific concerns might not only trigger widespread outrage, but a profound loss of trust in the institutions responsible.  Health officials on opposite sides of the Atlantic decided to address this catch-22 scenario in very different ways.

Israel’s Health Minister German decided, in the fall of 2014, to be relatively forthcoming about some of the growing concerns when she implemented the recommendation of scientists by fully halting fluoridation.  By contrast, U.S. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius decided, in the winter of 2011, on a much less transparent approach. 

What the U.S. announcement failed to mention

In January of 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made national headlines by issuing a joint recommendation to significantly lower the concentration of fluoride in water.[xi] For Minnesota and some cold weather states, which maintain even higher levels in water, that proposal would cut the fluoride concentration by more than 40 percent, from 1.2 to 0.7 parts per million.

News of the Jan. 7, 2011, public announcement to draw down fluoride levels in the U.S. water supply was delivered to many by way of journalist, Mike Stobbe, whose articles on the subject appeared in newspapers across the United States, including both major newspapers in Minnesota.[xii] [xiii] [xiv]  Reports made it clear the ADA supported the decision to reduce fluoride levels. However, just four days later, the ADA informed HHS Secretary Sebelius that they were “very disturbed” to find out that the Dept of Health and Human Services was also quietly proposing to eliminate the CDC’s Division of Oral Health.[xv]

This was disturbing to them because the ADA has a long history of promoting water fluoridation alongside the CDC by using the Division of Oral Health as a mouthpiece to deride critics and echo the virtues of fluoride.  In fact, it is the Division of Oral Health that is responsible for the CDC having gone so far as to extol water fluoridation as, “One of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.”[xvi]

In one motion, with nearly surgical precision, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Environmental Protection Agency had quietly proposed a move that would cut the cord linking fluoride promoters at the very moment they had launched their campaign to wind down water fluoridation. Surreptitiously they had convinced the ADA to publicly endorse their proposal to reduce fluoride levels, while simultaneously working to dismantle the part of the CDC that the ADA had used to convince the scientific community that fluoride was entirely safe.

Given that journalist Mike Stobbe is based in Atlanta and covers the CDC on behalf of the Associated Press, withholding news of the proposed elimination of the Division of Oral Health from one the few reporters charged with covering the very public announcement recommending the dramatic change to the water fluoridation program suggests a conscious effort by Secretary Sebelius and other officials to reduce Americans exposure to the proven neurotoxin while not casting a shadow over those responsible.

The decision to ax the CDC’s Division of Oral Health was not the only fluoride related news to surface following the Jan. 7 announcement. EPA officials also revealed around the same time that — after nine years of debate — they had suddenly been authorized to grant a petition to phase out sulfuryl fluoride insecticides.[xvii]

That piece of fluoride news also wasn’t disclosed to journalists covering the proposed change to the water fluoridation program.  Revealing the fact that concerns over the pesticide also related to fluoride would likely have triggered a barrage of questions and forced U.S. officials into a position to have to explain the full extent of scientific concerns.

Nevertheless, it’s important to understand that the decision to phase out that fluoride-based pesticide validated the concern of scientists who had for years stated that the dangers of fluoride exposure extend well beyond water.

The cumulative effect

Although best known for its topical application to teeth through toothpaste, most of the fluoride that’s ingested actually comes from other sources.  Based on sheer volume, the leading source of fluoride in the diet stems from fluoridated tap water and the vast array of beverages (and to a lesser degree food) made with tap water. Based on relative toxicity, however, the leading sources of fluoride and related organofluorine compounds are pesticides and prescription drugs.

The concentration of fluoride in tap water has remained unchanged in most communities in the U.S. since water fluoridation programs first began  (originating in the mid-1940’s and becoming widely popular due to propaganda campaigns in the 1950’s and 1960’s).  But fluoride, like lead, has long been known to accumulate in the human body.  Thus, fluoride levels not only rise over the course of one’s life, but also from generation to generation, as women unknowingly pass along higher and higher levels to their children.  To make matters worse, new sources contribute to the total volume of fluoride consumed, which in turn makes the leading source of exposure — tap water — increasingly important.

Despite the fact that the alarm raised by scientists actually has little to do with the issue of dental fluorosis — the pitting and staining of teeth from excess fluoride exposure — the rapid growth of such a noticeable and widely acknowledged adverse health effect clearly illustrates the growing problem of overexposure to fluoride and organofluorine compounds. A report released by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics on the prevalence of dental fluorosis showed that during a period when water fluoridation levels remained constant for much of the U.S., including all of Minnesota, the total number of cases of dental fluorosis doubled in children (age 12-15), to more than 40 percent, while moderate to severe cases tripled.[xviii]

The growth of such a noticeable and widely accepted adverse effect has profound implications. Prolonged fluoride ingestion is now linked to neurotoxicity. There’s also growing evidence linking it to thyroid dysfunction.[xix] Tens of millions of Americans suffer from thyroid related conditions.  Underactive thyroid disorders, which are associated with a slowdown in the body’s metabolism and loss of cellular energy, are at epidemic proportions, particularly among women.

The fact that Israel’s Health Minister acknowledged the risk fluoride poses to those with thyroid disease speaks volumes about just how seriously scientists now take this connection.

U.S. officials didn’t touch on scientific concerns over thyroid disease or neurotoxicity in their 2011 public announcement.  Instead Secretary Sebelius chose to cite a 2006 National Research Council report on fluoride toxicity as the primary motivation to dramatically cut fluoride levels in the water.  That report was significant because, as experts have pointed out, the National Research Council had been specifically directed by U.S. health officials to base their conclusions only on widely accepted adverse effects, like dental fluorosis and bone fractures, and not on all the other, far more insidious effects that scientists can now reasonably conclude are also occurring.[xx]

 Dr. Hardy Limeback, the former President of the Canadian Association of Dental Research and one of the key authors of the National Research Council’s 2006 report on fluoride, has since said that “Fluoridation could turn out to be one of the top 10 mistakes of the 21st century.”[xxi]  That statement, from a man who was once considered one of the top fluoride advocates and educators in Canada, isn’t based simply on fluoride’s known association to dental fluorosis and bone fractures.

Fibromyalgia: A theory of relativity

The issue of relative toxicity looms in the background of recent moves to stop water fluoridation. Fluoride and organofluorine based pesticides and prescription drugs may not contribute nearly the same volume of fluoride to the diet as tap water.  However, such sources may be playing an even larger role in the development of certain rapidly emerging conditions.

Advocacy groups, such as Parents of Fluoride Poisoned Children, have long warned that some fluoride-based prescription drugs expose people to same level of toxicity as they would get from years of consuming fluoridated water.[xxii] [xxiii] This toxicity often goes unchecked as it comes in the form of “side effects” that mirror the symptoms of chronic fluoride poisoning.

The popular fluoroquinolone antibiotics, which include Cipro and Levaquin, are among drugs linked by such groups to an extreme form of fluoride toxicity, known as organofluorine poisoning. A significant lag in the typical onset of symptoms makes organofluorines appear much less toxic than they really are.  Only over the course of many months is the severe poisoning revealed, as comparatively mild symptoms slowly progress to become highly debilitating.

The small group of rheumatologists who defined “fibromyalgia” for the medical community in the mid-1980’s, based on the symptom of greatest interest to their branch of medicine, had no idea what they were observing was a serious form of fluoride poisoning. Even as millions of women began to develop the vast array of symptoms following repeated exposure to such drugs, physicians were at a loss to explain the sudden emergence of the condition. Both the medical community and the pharmaceutical industry had been so badly deceived to think fluoride was safe that they have never been on the lookout for symptoms of chronic fluoride poisoning, much less to a form associated with a significant delayed reaction in the onset of symptoms.

In September of 2012, the New York Times revealed that the fluoroquinolone drug class was linked to the delayed onset of fibromyalgia-like symptoms.[xxiv]  For a drug overwhelmingly prescribed to women, the link of any drug class to such a debilitating condition should’ve garnered far more attention following this revelation. But to fluoride researchers, the news of a fluorinated drug linked to such symptoms should’ve come as no surprise.

Dr. George Waldbott, who was one of the first physicians to warn of the dangers of consuming fluoride, back when fluoridation first began, observed the very same symptoms in his patients. Of course, at that time, chronic fluoride poisoning was comparatively rare. Nevertheless, Waldbott tried unsuccessfully to bring attention to the fact that long-term fluoride poisoning was associated with a vast array of symptoms, including not only crippling musculoskeletal pain & stiffness, but also a debilitating form of cognitive impairment he described as, the “loss of mental acuity and ability to concentrate.”[xxv]

Neurotoxicologist Phyllis Mullenix — whose work on the damage fluoride does to the brain triggered alarm among U.S. scientists — is among the researchers who have noticed the glaring similarities between advanced forms of chronic fluoride poisoning and what has come to be termed “fibromyalgia.”  Despite public perception, many fibromyalgia groups report that the condition’s most paralyzing symptom isn’t the excruciating musculoskeletal pain & stiffness, but rather the severe cognitive impairment.  Memory and concentration problems can even progress to an extreme form of brain fog, known as “fibro fog”— a dementia-like condition.

More brain effects: Disrupting the thyroid and adrenals

As troubling as the connection to cognitive impairment is, what’s garnered even more interest by some scientists is the degree to which fluoride’s effect on the brain plays a major role in so many of its other devastating adverse effects.

Fluoride has long been suspected of interfering with thyroid function by replacing iodine, an essential component of the thyroid hormones.  That said, new evidence suggests that fluoride’s primary mode of interference — not only with the thyroid, but also the adrenals — relates to the damage fluoride does to the parts of the brain that regulate the body’s neuroendocrine system.

The thyroid and adrenal glands produce hormones that control an astonishing array of bodily functions, including cellular energy production and inflammatory response.  Signals sent and received by the brain regulate how much of these critical hormones to produce. Even relatively small disruptions in this cyclical pathway, known as the hypothalamus-pituitary axis, can have devastating consequences.

Too much or too little of the powerful hormones, or how the body uses the hormones, can trigger an onslaught of symptoms.  While this breakdown may involve the thyroid, the adrenals are now thought to be more universally affected.  As a result, clinical tests only reveal measurable thyroid impairment in some patients.

Well-known fibromyalgia researchers, including Dr. John Lowe and Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, have concluded that the tests for thyroid dysfunction are simply inaccurate.  To them, the empirical evidence points to the conclusion that fibromyalgia is essentially an extreme form of thyroid dysfunction.

Those with the distinct advantage of understanding how fluoride poisoning affects the brain, however, see things a bit differently.  From their point of view, all conditions related to long-term fluoride poisoning, including thyroid dysfunction and fibromyalgia, are associated with a common breakdown in the brain’s ability to properly regulate hormones.

The fact that fibromyalgia research has recently shifted its attention to this area is of no surprise to fluoride experts, like Phyllis Mullenix.

The stages of long-term fluoride poisoning

The fibromyalgia connection is particularly important because from the vantage of severe  long-term fluoride poisoning it becomes easier to understand why it’s linked to many other conditions.

Take for instance one of the most misunderstood conditions in all of modern medicine — chronic fatigue syndrome — a condition now referred to by many as myalgic encephalomyelitis, or ME, which means “muscle pain with inflammation of the central nervous system.”  Since fibromyalgia also means “muscle pain” and is also known to involve central nervous system inflammation, the connection to ME might seem obvious, even to those who may not be aware of the astonishing degree of overlap across the entire array of symptoms, including cognitive impairment.

Naturally, without knowing that both conditions represent widely varying stages of organofluorine poisoning likely caused by highly toxic fluorinated prescription drugs, it’s been difficult to understand the connection between the two conditions.  So dramatically do the symptoms ramp up in the most advanced forms of poisoning that in many ways the vast differences in the quantity and severity of symptoms make ME/CFS & fibromyalgia almost appear unrelated.

Nevertheless, in Minnesota, one of the nation’s first patient advocacy organizations for ME/CFS joined forces with a fibromyalgia support group in 2003 to form the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia Association of Minnesota.  Unfortunately, this short-lived partnership ultimately destroyed both organizations, as member support began to erode following this alliance.

While some clearly understood that there was an important connection between the conditions, with no knowledge of the common cause, mismanagement of the nonprofit proved fatal in the face of dwindling support.  ME/CFS patients had difficulty identifying with the more excruciating symptoms, while fibromyalgia sufferers wanted to distance themselves from ME not only because the symptoms tend to be far less crippling, but also because of the stigma associated with its original, seemingly harmless sounding name.

Ironically, while few took the illness seriously because of its label, perhaps the most stunning aspect of the CFS connection is that “chronic fatigue” is far and away the best known of all the early symptoms of fluoride poisoning.

Even in the early days of the fluoridation debate, fluoride was suspected of dramatically slowing cellular energy production.  This is why the critics of fluoridation, like Dr. Waldbott, listed “chronic fatigue not relieved by sleep or rest” as one of the first symptoms of chronic fluoride poisoning.[xxvi]  It is no coincidence that when Stanley Kubrick made a mockery of the issue in 1964, with Dr. Strangelove, the movie’s lead character pointed to “a profound sense of fatigue” as the reason for sparking his concerns about fluoridation.

But as experts know only too well, chronic fatigue really only scratches the surface in terms of fluoride’s adverse effects.  Disrupting cellular energy production by impairing the area of the brain that controls the thyroid and adrenal glands causes a cascade of ensuing symptoms.  The more severe the poisoning, the more advanced the symptoms become.

For physicians, the label “stress and anxiety disorder” is often used for a myriad of early symptoms (i.e. cold hands & feet, headaches, dry mouth, weight gain, etc.), unless clinical tests reveal thyroid impairment.  As the quantity and severity of symptoms progress most of those affected tend to be treated like hypochondriacs.  With each new symptom comes a new diagnosis.  Urinary frequency is commonly labeled “incontinence” or “polyuria”; gastrointestinal disturbances, “irritable bowel syndrome”; numbness, “peripheral neuropathy”; joint pain, “osteoarthritis”; and so on.

Noticeable memory and concentration problems, as well as isolated muscle pain are also familiar initial symptoms.  However, because muscle and brain cells are among the most densely packed cells in the body with energy producing mitochondria, such cells tend to be most profoundly affected when the fluoride poisoning becomes relatively severe. Debilitating cognitive impairment often precedes the excruciating widespread muscle pain that is a hallmark of the more advanced stages of long-term fluoride poisoning.

By the time patients advance to the “fibromyalgia” diagnosis, where a breakdown in energy production approaches its punishing zenith, the complete list of symptoms is often brutally long, incredibly agonizing and extremely difficult to cope with.

The gender factor

Although fluoride is an equal opportunity toxin, which can affect both men and women, most related conditions disproportionately affect women.  Despite claims that there are many factors for this, it is very possible that the simplest explanation is correct: the most toxic fluorinated prescription drugs, which have primarily been directed at women, are largely responsible.

If the New York Times is right and the widely popular fluoroquinolone antibiotics are linked to fibromyalgia, and fluoride experts are right and fibromyalgia represents an extreme form of fluoride poisoning, then the drug class is likely linked to all fluoride related conditions.

Thyroid dysfunction, ME/CFS, fibromyalgia and every one of the conditions that now appear to correspond to the various symptoms or stages of fluoride poisoning, are all disorders that predominantly affect women.  Statistics vary, but in general roughly four out of five of those battling such conditions are women.

While the fluoroquinolones are not the only type of fluorinated drug linked to fibromyalgia, they appear to deserve special attention for several reasons: (1) they gained widespread use in the early 1980’s, just as ME/CFS and fibromyalgia emerged out of nowhere (2) they’re overwhelmingly prescribed to women for common ailments, like urinary tract infections, (3) fluoride and organofluorines are cumulative in nature, so repeated exposure to highly toxic drugs matter greatly, (4) the medical community has an exceedingly poor track record when it comes to issues of women’s health.

Due to the delayed onset of symptoms associated with organofluorine poisoning, those who are diagnosed with related conditions often report that doctors treat them as hypochondriacs, as they slowly develop one symptom after the next.  This slow progression of symptoms has also undoubtedly played a major role in how the medical community defined the conditions in the mid-to-late 1980’s.

In 1988, the CDC made a mockery of the women who had developed the early, and yet serious form of fluoride poisoning, when it endorsed the “chronic fatigue syndrome” label. So poorly was the condition defined — in spite of a name that corresponds to the most well-known symptom of early fluoride poisoning — that not even the CDC itself took the condition seriously at first.

In fact, so little did the CDC think of the condition that, in the late 1990’s, they were caught diverting millions of dollars in research funds intended to get to the bottom of the rapidly emerging condition to other programs and then, ultimately, lying to Congress about it. [xxvii] [xxviii]  The CDC then led the medical community on a long and futile effort to find a virus responsible for the condition. Time and again announcements of breakthroughs in identifying the virus turned out to be misguided, wrong, or even manufactured. [xxix] [xxx] [xxxi]

 The fact that the CDC did all of this while their Division of Oral Health was aggressively promoting the actual cause – fluoride – on behalf of the ADA represents a degree of incompetence that is almost unfathomable, even for a federal agency.

Not to be outdone, the leading rheumatologists who defined “fibromyalgia” in the mid-1980’s decided to not only ignore the early symptoms of the condition, and therefore treat the ME/CFS connection as if it were unrelated, but the connection to the vast array of other symptoms — including the devastating cognitive impairment — by labeling the emerging condition based solely on one symptom of interest to their particular branch of medicine.

In 1990, they compounded this astonishing oversimplification by recommending that the criteria to be used by the medical community to diagnose the illness would also center on that same, lone symptom.  To make matters worse, Dr. Fredrick Wolfe, one of the nation’s preeminent rheumatologists who played a major role defining the new condition, later suggested (under tremendous pressure to explain where it came from) that its rapid growth could only be explained if it were entirely psychosomatic.

Although Wolfe’s explanation was largely dismissed by other prominent fibromyalgia researchers, it is a notion that many physicians actually still believe, in part because of how poorly the condition was defined. Despite the label, the diagnostic criteria and even the corresponding marketing of pharmaceuticals that, not coincidentally, all center around that same symptom, those who develop “fibromyalgia” don’t strictly complain of severe widespread muscle pain as one would expect if the condition were some sort of social or marketing generated phenomenon.  For the vast majority of sufferers who are properly diagnosed, the list of common symptoms is not only long and harsh, but also unrelenting and highly progressive.

Incredibly, the controversial end point of fibromyalgia —the conspicuous symptom of spinal and cranial calcification, which affects those with the very worst conditions — is also an end point of chronic fluoride poisoning.[xxxii] [xxxiii] In fact, if there is one symptom of long-term fluoride poisoning that is the most well-known beyond the very early symptom of chronic fatigue, it is almost certainly spinal stenosis.  That particular symptom was highlighted as far back as 1937, in one of the most comprehensive fluoride toxicity books ever written, Fluorine Intoxication.  And yet, by the time the deluge of cases of chronic fluoride poisoning surfaced in the early-to-mid 1980’s, that connection had long since been forgotten by all but a handful of experts.

The gender bias that has contributed to women being treated like hypochondriacs by physicians has been compounded by a lack of understanding of the relative toxicity of certain fluoride based pharmaceuticals as well as a complete disregard for the symptoms and stages of chronic fluoride & organofluorine poisoning. For an illness whose sudden rise predated the (mid-1990’s) popularization of the internet and affects women at a rate approaching 9-to-1, the notion that millions of members of  “the weaker sex” are still being accused of concocting the debilitating symptoms of fibromyalgia speaks volumes for just how much issues of women’s health have been misguided and marginalized.

Turn of the tide

With one of America’s closest allies recently ending water fluoridation due to health concerns, the time has come for federal officials in the U.S. to immediately halt the practice of adding the fluoride to the American diet.  Unlike Health Minster German who courageously acted to protect the citizens of Israel, Secretary Sebelius and her successor, Secretary Sylvia Burwell, have moved far too slow responding to concerns raised by the scientific community.

For a proven neurotoxin linked to thyroid and other endocrine maladies, the implications of such significant excess fluoride exposure among younger and younger age groups are staggering.  Tens of millions of Americans suffer from thyroid dysfunction.[xxxiv]  Millions more suffer from fibromyalgia, a condition whose symptoms are identical to an extreme form of chronic fluoride poisoning.  To deny those patients and their doctors the knowledge that fluoride not only causes such conditions, but almost universally worsens symptoms regardless of how the condition originated is of profound importance.

When Minster Yael German announced the end to the practice of water fluoridation in Israel, she specifically cited the health implications for those suffering from thyroid dysfunction, pregnant women and the elderly.[xxxv] Scientists in the United States who have been working to bring the adverse effects of fluoride to light admit that those are only a few of the most obvious at-risk groups. Those who have been working to uncover the full measure of fluoride’s harmful effects now understand that the link to thyroid dysfunction and cognitive impairment is only the beginning.

America has a long road ahead.  As it stands, consuming fluoride from fluoridated water is largely unavoidable, especially since most water filters don’t remove it.  For those with related conditions who will see a vast improvement in their symptoms when daily dietary fluoride consumption begins to fall, the end to water fluoridation cannot come soon enough.  But while ending water fluoridation is an important step, stopping drug fluorination and revealing all of the damage that fluoride has done to human health is even more important. Thanks to the bravery of scientists and others who are sharing the evidence of harm, that day is slowly approaching.

Stages of Fluoride Poisoning – Color

[i] 144.145. “Municipalities; fluoridation of water supplies.”  Minnesota Office of the Revisor of Statutes. 19 May. 1967.

Retrieved from revisor.mn.gov:  https://www.revisor.mn.gov/laws/?doctype=Chapter&year=1967&type=0&id=603

[ii] Hirzy, W. “EPA Unions Call for Nationwide Moratorium on Fluoridation; Congressional Investigation on Adverse Effects.” NATIONAL TREASURY EMPLOYEES UNION, EPA NATIONAL HQs.

Retrieved from nteu280.org: http://nteu280.org/Issues/Fluoride/Press%20Release.%20Fluoride.htm

[iii] Main, D. “Israel Has Officially Banned Fluoridation of Its Drinking Water.” Newsweek 29 Aug. 2014.

Retrieved from newsweek.com: http://www.newsweek.com/israel-has-officially-banned-fluoridation-its-drinking-water-267411

[iv] Zhao, L.B., Liang, G.H., Zhang, D.N., and Wu, X.R. “Effect of high fluoride water supply on children’s intelligence.” Fluoride  1996.  29 pp.190-192.

[v] Li, X.S., Zhi, J.L. and Gao, R.O. “Effect of fluoride exposure on intelligence in children.” Fluoride 1995. 28.

[vi] Luke, J.A. “Effect of fluoride exposure on the physiology of the pineal gland.” Caries Research  1994.  28 pp.204

[vii] Mullenix, P.J., Denbesten P.K., Schunior, A., Kernan W.J. “Neutoxicity of Sodius Fluoride in Rats.”  Neurotoxicology and Teratology 1995. Vol 17, No. 2. pp 169-177

[viii] Bryson, Christopher. The Fluoride Deception.  New York City: Seven Stories Press. 1st ed.  2006.

[ix] Guan, Z.Z., Wang, Y.N., Xiao, K.Q., Dai, D.Y., Chen, Y.H., Liu, J.L., Sindelar, P., Dallner, G. “Influence of chronic fluorosis on membrane lipids in rat brain.” Neurotoxicology and Teratology 1998.  20 pp.537-542   

[x] Hirzy, W. “Why EPA Headquarters Union of Scientists Opposes Fluoridation.” NATIONAL TREASURY EMPLOYEES UNION, EPA NATIONAL HQs. Retrieved from nteu280.org: http://nteu280.org/Issues/Fluoride/NTEU280-Fluoride.htm

[xi] “HHS and EPA announce new scientific assessments and actions on fluoride.” HHS News Release 7 Jan. 2011.

Retrieved from hhs.gov: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2011pres/01/20110107a.html

[xii] Stobbe, M. “U.S. Plans to tweak a success story: Fluoride.” Star Tribune Newspaper 7, Jan. 2011:  A1. Print.

[xiii] Stobbe, M.  “US says fluoride causing splotchy teeth; maybe other ills.” Star Tribune  7, Jan. 2011.  StarTribune.com 

[xiv] Stobbe, M.  “Too much fluoride causing splotchy teeth.” Pioneer Press 7, Jan. 2011. TwinCities.com

[xv] Gist, R., O’Loughlin, K.   American Dental Association Advocacy. 11 Jan. 2011.

Retrieved from ada.org: http://www.ada.org/sections/advocacy/pdfs/ada_letter_to_cdc_on_elimination_of_doh_11jan11.pdf

[xvi] “Community Water Fluoridation.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Digital.

Retrieved from cdc.gov:  http://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/index.htm

[xvii] EWG Public Affairs, Feldman, J., Connett, E., (2011, Jan 10). EPA to Bar Fluoride-Based Pesticide. EWG News Release.

Retrieved from ewg.org: http://www.ewg.org/release/epa-bar-fluoride-based-pesticide

[xviii] Beltra’n-Aguilar E.D., Barker, L., Dye, B. “Prevalence and Severity of Dental Fluorosis in the United States, 1999-2004” NCHS Data Brief., No. 53.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Nov. 2010.

Retrieved from cdc.gov: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db53.pdf

[xix] Peckham, S., Lowery, D., Spencer S. “Are fluoride levels in drinking water associated with hypothyroidism prevalence in England?  A large observational study of GP practice data and fluoride levels in drinking water.” Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health  24 Feb. 2015.  Retrieved from jech.bmj.com:

http://jech.bmj.com/content/early/2015/02/09/jech-2014-204971

[xx] Carton, R. “Review of the 2006 United States National Research Council Report: Fluoride in Drinking Water.” Fluoride Journal  July-Sept, 2006. pp. 163-172.  Retrieved from fluorideresearch.org: http://www.fluorideresearch.org/393/files/FJ2006_v39_n3_p163-172.pdf

[xxi] Gower, T. “The danger in your water.” Prevention  Aug. 2006  pp.164-171, 196, 198-201.

[xxii] Razak, Dzulkifli A. “Poison Control: Fluorides, the deadly toxin within.” New Sunday Times.  2 Sept., 2001.  Retrieved from National Poison Centre: Universiti Sains Malaysia:

http://www.prn.usm.my/bulletin_articles_by_author.php?Id=258

[xxiii] Schuld, A. “About the use of fluorinated pharmaceuticals.” Parents of Fluoride Poisoned Children.

Retrieved from poison fluoride.com: http://poisonfluoride.com/pfpc/html/reading_room_.html

[xxiv] Brody, J. “Popular Antibiotics May Carry Serious Side Effects.” New York Times, 10 Sept. 2012.

[xxv] Waldbott, George L., Burgstahler, Albert W., McKinney, H. Lewis, Ochsner, Alton.  Fluoridation: The Great Dilemma. 1st ed. Coronado Press, 1978. Print.

[xxvi] Waldbott, p. 393.

[xxvii] Strauss, Valerie.  “Audit Shows CDC Misled Congress About Funds.” Washington Post 28 May. 1999.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/daily/may99/cdc0528.htm

[xxviii] Tuller, David. “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the CDC A Long, Tangled Tale.”  23 Nov. 2011.

Retrieved from virology.ws: http://www.virology.ws/2011/11/23/chronic-fatigue-syndrome-and-the-cdc-a-long-tangled-tale/

[xxix] Vastag, Brian. “Study linking virus to chronic fatigue syndrome retracted amid controversy.” Washington Post  22 Dec. 2011.

Retrieved from Washingtonpost.com: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/study-linking-virus-to-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-retracted-amid-controversy/2011/12/22/gIQADvc6BP_story.html

[xxx] Sifferlin, Alexandra. “Viruses Not to Blame for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.” Time  18 Sept. 2012.

Retrieved from Time.com: http://healthland.time.com/2012/09/18/viruses-not-to-blame-for-chronic-fatigue-syndrome/

[xxxi] Johnson, Hillary. “Chasing the Shadow Virus: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and XMRV.” Discover Magazine.  7 March. 2013.

Retrieved from discovermagazine.com: http://discovermagazine.com/2013/march/17-shadow-virus

[xxxii] See National Fibromyalgia Research Association website for links to studies on spinal stenosis and chiari 1 malformations.

Retrieved from nfra.net: http://nfra.net/SpinSten.htm, and http://nfra.net/ChiarMal.htm

[xxxiii] Roholm, Kaj. Fluorine Intoxication. 1st ed. H.K. Lewis & Co. Ltd, London. Nyt Nordisk Forlag, Copenhagen. 1937. pp. 141-144. Print.

[xxxiv] American Thyroid Association, “About Hypothyroidism” Thyroid.Org 2014.

Retrieved from thyroid.org: http://www.thyroid.org/media-main/about-hypothyroidism/

[xxxv] Press report in Hebrew. 30, April. 2013.

Retrieved from ynet.co.il: http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-4374000,00.html Translation of what the Health Minister said about her decision: “My decision to stop fluoridation was because Israel fluoridated all the water for residential use. In fact, less than 2% of the water is used for drinking. Fluoridating the washing-machine water, dish-washer water, baths, toilets and gardening are actions without logic. Physicians told me that fluoridation can harm pregnant women, people who suffer from thyroid problems and the elderly. I was exposed to studies from the world that raise the suspicion that too much fluoride can harm teeth and bones. In the current state we receive fluoride from several sources: drinking water, toothpaste, cooking water, vegetables, and it is impossible to know what’s the dose we absorb. The WHO published a study, which shows that there is no difference between cavity levels in countries that fluoridate and do not fluoridate. Because of this, with all considerations and interests combined, I think that continuing massive fluoridation of 100% of the water was not right and many also think that it harms the basic rights and the freedom of choice.”

END NOTES:

[1] 144.145. “Municipalities; fluoridation of water supplies.”  Minnesota Office of the Revisor of Statutes. 19 May. 1967.

Retrieved from revisor.mn.gov:  https://www.revisor.mn.gov/laws/?doctype=Chapter&year=1967&type=0&id=603

[1] Hirzy, W. “EPA Unions Call for Nationwide Moratorium on Fluoridation; Congressional Investigation on Adverse Effects.” NATIONAL TREASURY EMPLOYEES UNION, EPA NATIONAL HQs.

Retrieved from nteu280.org: http://nteu280.org/Issues/Fluoride/Press%20Release.%20Fluoride.htm

[1] Main, D. “Israel Has Officially Banned Fluoridation of Its Drinking Water.” Newsweek 29 Aug. 2014.

Retrieved from newsweek.com: http://www.newsweek.com/israel-has-officially-banned-fluoridation-its-drinking-water-267411

[1] Zhao, L.B., Liang, G.H., Zhang, D.N., and Wu, X.R. “Effect of high fluoride water supply on children’s intelligence.” Fluoride  1996.  29 pp.190-192.

[1] Li, X.S., Zhi, J.L. and Gao, R.O. “Effect of fluoride exposure on intelligence in children.” Fluoride 1995. 28.

[1] Luke, J.A. “Effect of fluoride exposure on the physiology of the pineal gland.” Caries Research  1994.  28 pp.204

[1] Mullenix, P.J., Denbesten P.K., Schunior, A., Kernan W.J. “Neutoxicity of Sodius Fluoride in Rats.”  Neurotoxicology and Teratology 1995. Vol 17, No. 2. pp 169-177

[1] Bryson, Christopher. The Fluoride Deception.  New York City: Seven Stories Press. 1st ed.  2006.

[1] Guan, Z.Z., Wang, Y.N., Xiao, K.Q., Dai, D.Y., Chen, Y.H., Liu, J.L., Sindelar, P., Dallner, G. “Influence of chronic fluorosis on membrane lipids in rat brain.” Neurotoxicology and Teratology 1998.  20 pp.537-542   

[1] Hirzy, W. “Why EPA Headquarters Union of Scientists Opposes Fluoridation.” NATIONAL TREASURY EMPLOYEES UNION, EPA NATIONAL HQs. Retrieved from nteu280.org: http://nteu280.org/Issues/Fluoride/NTEU280-Fluoride.htm

[1] “HHS and EPA announce new scientific assessments and actions on fluoride.” HHS News Release 7 Jan. 2011.

Retrieved from hhs.gov: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2011pres/01/20110107a.html

[1] Stobbe, M. “U.S. Plans to tweak a success story: Fluoride.” Star Tribune Newspaper 7, Jan. 2011:  A1. Print.

[1] Stobbe, M.  “US says fluoride causing splotchy teeth; maybe other ills.” Star Tribune  7, Jan. 2011.  StarTribune.com 

[1] Stobbe, M.  “Too much fluoride causing splotchy teeth.” Pioneer Press 7, Jan. 2011. TwinCities.com

[1] Gist, R., O’Loughlin, K.   American Dental Association Advocacy. 11 Jan. 2011.

Retrieved from ada.org: http://www.ada.org/sections/advocacy/pdfs/ada_letter_to_cdc_on_elimination_of_doh_11jan11.pdf

[1] “Community Water Fluoridation.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Digital.

Retrieved from cdc.gov:  http://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/index.htm

[1] EWG Public Affairs, Feldman, J., Connett, E., (2011, Jan 10). EPA to Bar Fluoride-Based Pesticide. EWG News Release.

Retrieved from ewg.org: http://www.ewg.org/release/epa-bar-fluoride-based-pesticide

[1] Beltra’n-Aguilar E.D., Barker, L., Dye, B. “Prevalence and Severity of Dental Fluorosis in the United States, 1999-2004” NCHS Data Brief., No. 53.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Nov. 2010.

Retrieved from cdc.gov: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db53.pdf

[1] Peckham, S., Lowery, D., Spencer S. “Are fluoride levels in drinking water associated with hypothyroidism prevalence in England?  A large observational study of GP practice data and fluoride levels in drinking water.” Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health  24 Feb. 2015.  Retrieved from jech.bmj.com:

http://jech.bmj.com/content/early/2015/02/09/jech-2014-204971

[1] Carton, R. “Review of the 2006 United States National Research Council Report: Fluoride in Drinking Water.” Fluoride Journal  July-Sept, 2006. pp. 163-172.  Retrieved from fluorideresearch.org: http://www.fluorideresearch.org/393/files/FJ2006_v39_n3_p163-172.pdf

[1] Gower, T. “The danger in your water.” Prevention  Aug. 2006  pp.164-171, 196, 198-201.

[1] Razak, Dzulkifli A. “Poison Control: Fluorides, the deadly toxin within.” New Sunday Times.  2 Sept., 2001.  Retrieved from National Poison Centre: Universiti Sains Malaysia:

http://www.prn.usm.my/bulletin_articles_by_author.php?Id=258

[1] Schuld, A. “About the use of fluorinated pharmaceuticals.” Parents of Fluoride Poisoned Children.

Retrieved from poison fluoride.com: http://poisonfluoride.com/pfpc/html/reading_room_.html

[1] Brody, J. “Popular Antibiotics May Carry Serious Side Effects.” New York Times, 10 Sept. 2012.

[1] Waldbott, George L., Burgstahler, Albert W., McKinney, H. Lewis, Ochsner, Alton.  Fluoridation: The Great Dilemma. 1st ed. Coronado Press, 1978. Print.

[1] Waldbott, p. 393.

[1] Strauss, Valerie.  “Audit Shows CDC Misled Congress About Funds.” Washington Post 28 May. 1999.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/daily/may99/cdc0528.htm

[1] Tuller, David. “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the CDC A Long, Tangled Tale.”  23 Nov. 2011.

Retrieved from virology.ws: http://www.virology.ws/2011/11/23/chronic-fatigue-syndrome-and-the-cdc-a-long-tangled-tale/

[1] Vastag, Brian. “Study linking virus to chronic fatigue syndrome retracted amid controversy.” Washington Post  22 Dec. 2011.

Retrieved from Washingtonpost.com: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/study-linking-virus-to-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-retracted-amid-controversy/2011/12/22/gIQADvc6BP_story.html

[1] Sifferlin, Alexandra. “Viruses Not to Blame for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.” Time  18 Sept. 2012.

Retrieved from Time.com: http://healthland.time.com/2012/09/18/viruses-not-to-blame-for-chronic-fatigue-syndrome/

[1] Johnson, Hillary. “Chasing the Shadow Virus: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and XMRV.” Discover Magazine.  7 March. 2013.

Retrieved from discovermagazine.com: http://discovermagazine.com/2013/march/17-shadow-virus

[1] See National Fibromyalgia Research Association website for links to studies on spinal stenosis and chiari 1 malformations.

Retrieved from nfra.net: http://nfra.net/SpinSten.htm, and http://nfra.net/ChiarMal.htm

[1] Roholm, Kaj. Fluorine Intoxication. 1st ed. H.K. Lewis & Co. Ltd, London. Nyt Nordisk Forlag, Copenhagen. 1937. pp. 141-144. Print.

[1] American Thyroid Association, “About Hypothyroidism” Thyroid.Org 2014.

Retrieved from thyroid.org: http://www.thyroid.org/media-main/about-hypothyroidism/

[1] Press report in Hebrew. 30, April. 2013.

Retrieved from ynet.co.il: http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-4374000,00.html Translation of what the Health Minister said about her decision: “My decision to stop fluoridation was because Israel fluoridated all the water for residential use. In fact, less than 2% of the water is used for drinking. Fluoridating the washing-machine water, dish-washer water, baths, toilets and gardening are actions without logic. Physicians told me that fluoridation can harm pregnant women, people who suffer from thyroid problems and the elderly. I was exposed to studies from the world that raise the suspicion that too much fluoride can harm teeth and bones. In the current state we receive fluoride from several sources: drinking water, toothpaste, cooking water, vegetables, and it is impossible to know what’s the dose we absorb. The WHO published a study, which shows that there is no difference between cavity levels in countries that fluoridate and do not fluoridate. Because of this, with all considerations and interests combined, I think that continuing massive fluoridation of 100% of the water was not right and many also think that it harms the basic rights and the freedom of choice.”

Things You Can Do To Support Thyroid Health

Thyroid-Symptoms

The thyroid is responsible for secreting hormones and keeping your energy levels right where they should be; basically, it acts as the “leader” of the endocrine system. So, it goes without saying, if you keep your thyroid healthy, your body will thank you. But, remember the thyroid is vulnerable to environmental toxins like BPA and pesticides, among other nasties.

4 Tips for Supporting Your Thyroid

While there are some endocrine disruptors in our environment that you absolutely can’t avoid 100% of the time, there are a few measures that you can take to stack the deck in your favor. Here are just a few of the simple steps you can take to protect your thyroid health.

1. Drink Fluoride-Free Water

Fluoride was once prescribed as a remedy for an overactive thyroid. [1] It only takes a low dose (2 to 5 mg per day over a few months) to lower function, and that’s about as much fluoride already in the water supply we drink. Drinking fluoride-free water could lower your chances of developing an underactive thyroid by as much as 30 percent. [2]

2. Avoid Endocrine Disrupters

Phthalates are some pretty nasty toxins used to make plastic flexible, but they’re also used in some personal care products. As endocrine disruptors, phthalates can sabotage thyroid function. But pollution from phthalates can also be an issue, according to a recent study from China. Researchers in the study found two common phthalates in drinking water. [3] While avoiding endocrine disruptors is key, studies suggest adding turmeric to your diet could help the thyroid by soothing the irritation caused by them. [4] A liquid extract could provide an especially strong punch.

3. Go Gluten Free

Gluten contains a protein called gliadin. Since this protein isn’t found in our bodies, the immune system can attack it. Now, when someone has a gluten intolerance or worse thyroid issues can develop because, to the body, gliadin looks a lot like a necessary enzyme called transglutaminase. [5] Used to form chemical bonds, this enzyme is already found in high concentrations in the thyroid, so the immune system’s antibodies can actually attack the gland. [6] Eating a gluten-free diet could be a huge step in helping thyroid health.

4. Get Enough Iodine

Iodine helps the thyroid produce its two main hormones that are critical to the body’s metabolic functions. Since the body can’t produce iodine on its own, making sure you get enough is crucial. Because your only options are trace amounts in foods and a supplement, I recommend Detoxadine, an excellent nascent iodine option that will help support a healthy thyroid.

Lifestyle is Key

Good thyroid health isn’t the result of just one thing; it’s a combination of good lifestyle choices and nutrition, and the 4 tips above should help you on the way to a healthy thyroid. Exercise and sleep are two excellent free methods that will help regulate thyroid health. Be sure to consume a healthy diet, mostly raw, to ensure intake of all vitamins and minerals essential for thyroid function.

What do you do to keep your thyroid healthy? Tell us about it in the comments.

References:

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  2. Peckham, S. et al. Are fluoride levels in drinking water associated with hypothyroidism prevalence in England? A large observational study of GP practice data and fluoride levels in drinking water. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.
  3. Li, N. et al. Dibutyl Phthalate Contributes to the Thyroid Receptor Antagonistic Activity in Drinking Water Processes. Environmental Science & Technology. 44 (17).
  4. Jurenka, J. S. Anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin, a major constituent of Curcuma longa: a review of preclinical and clinical research. Alternative Medicine Review. 14 (2).
  5. Griffin M. et al. Transglutaminases: nature’s biological glues. The Biochemical Journal. 368 (Pt 2).
  6. Naiyer, A.J. et al. Tissue transglutaminase antibodies in individuals with celiac disease bind to thyroid follicles and extracellular matrix and may contribute to thyroid dysfunction. Thyroid. 18 (11).

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

Is Your Sunscreen Giving You Cancer? (VIDEO)

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There seems to be some discrepancy on whether or not sunscreens are safe. On one hand, it protects our skin from burning and later developing skin cancers, yet on the other hand, most sunscreens are chemical-laden and can cause cancer later in life.

So, which is the right choice?

Not All Sunscreens Are Created Equal

First of all, the sun does not cause cancer; UVA rays and sun damage do. It is suggested that we get 20-30 minutes of unfiltered sunshine preferably in the early morning when UV rays are not yet at their most potent. This naturally creates vitamin D in our body and helps with our heart, fight cancer and boost our immune system.

It is important to note that the FDA has not established rigorous safety standards for sunscreen ingredients. In fact, in the United States, sunscreens haven’t been regulated since 1978. According to the Environmental Working Group’s “Sunscreen Guide for 2015” eighty percent of sunscreens on the market were found unsafe, ineffective or both. That said, there are those who are concerned about skin damage and looking for the right sunscreen for them.

To gain a greater perspective, it is important to understand what type of products you are dealing with. Before I get into the different type of sunscreen products out there, I wanted to remind everyone that SPF factor only tells you how effective a sunscreen is against UVB rays which cause sunburn. There is no way to measure UVA rays. Learn about the difference between UVAs and UVBs here. That said, natural ingredients like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide can help protect against the damaging rays (more on that later). Keep that in mind when reading about the two main categories of sunscreens:

Chemical sunscreens are products that contain synthetic ingredients such as oxybenzone and octinoxate, which are absorbed into the skin to filter and absorb UV rays. This category of sunscreens are very effective in protecting deeper layers of skin. That said, it can also lead to skin irritation and other adverse reactions. Plus, the ingredients can generate cell-damaging free radicals when exposed to the sun. It is always important to look at the ingredients in your sunscreen. For instance, scientists recommend not using sunscreens containing oxybenzone on children because it disrupts hormones. As well, aerosolized sunscreens may seem convenient, but they may pose serious inhalation risks and do not completely cover the skin. Try and refrain from purchasing sunscreens with the following ingredients, as these have been shown to cause severe skin reactions, allergic reactions, hormone disruption, damage DNA and cause cancer:

  1. Oxybenzone
  2. Methoxycinnamate
  3. PABA
  4. Octinoxate
  5. Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate)
  6. Homosalate
  7. Octocrylene
  8. Paraben Preservatives

Read about which sunscreens are in the Hall of Shame due to the additives and chemicals added.

Physical sunscreens contains naturally derived minerals that cover the surface of skin to physically block or reflect broad spectrum of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. Keep in mind that many of these type of sunblocks can be thick and messy to apply, and can leave a white sheen and residue on the skin that can clog pores.

Since the population has become more aware of the dangerous chemicals found in certain sunscreens, many companies are coming out with natural products that are chemical free and have naturally derived ingredients to protect the skin. As well, they have found a way to get rid of the thick and messy application too. Two of the most common ingredients to look for in natural sunscreens are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Some of the most popular natural sunscreens to choose from are:

  1. Kiss My Face SPF 30
  2. OZ Naturals Sunscreen, SPF 30
  3. Aubrey Organics SPF 30 Children’s Unscented Sensitive Skin
  4. Alba Botanica Very Emollient, Sport Sunscreen, SPF 45
  5. Badger Sport Sunscreen Cream – SPF 35

As well, adding certain foods to your diet can help you develop an inner sunscreen to further protect your skin from the sun. Read about these six foods here.

The following video goes into detail on how dangerous chemical-laden sunscreens are to our body, and what we can do to naturally protect ourselves.

To conclude, we need to be more proactive in understanding the products we put on our bodies. If the FDA is going to allow cancer causing ingredients, we need to be better at familiarizing ourselves with the ingredients and their long-term effects. Choosing a more natural route for protecting your skin can lessen your chances of being subjected to hormone disrupting and cancer causing sunscreens.


Tess Pennington is the editor for ReadyNutrition.com. After joining the Dallas chapter of the American Red Cross in 1999, Tess worked as an Armed Forces Emergency Services Center specialist and is well versed in emergency and disaster management and response. Tess is the author of The Prepper’s Cookbook: 300 Recipes to Turn Your Emergency Food into Nutritious, Delicious, Life-Saving Meals. When a catastrophic collapse cripples society, grocery store shelves will empty within days. But by following Tess’s tips for stocking, organizing, and maintaining a proper emergency food supply, your family will have plenty to eat for weeks, months, or even years.

3 Reasons To Avoid Food Additives

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Food additives are added to food during processing, typically to enhance color or freshness. While some of them are natural, many aren’t and all those unnatural additives have nasty side effects. Think about the artificial sweeteners hiding in diet soft drinks, or the emulsifiers (used to keep food from separating) in the salad dressing sitting in your refrigerator. Just these alone destroy gut health. [1] [2] [3] That’s just the tip of the iceberg and most aren’t even tested for safety at all. [4]

The Dirty, Ugly Truth About Food Additives

Food additives aren’t inert ingredients; they’re active and can present a real health risk. If you know the reasons why food additives are dangerous, it may help you steer clear of certain foods that may contribute to longterm health concerns. So while there are more reasons than we could count as to why you should avoid food additives altogether, here are three of the most pressing.

1. Food Additives Damage Your Heart

A recent study suggests eating lots of phosphate-rich foods like soda, processed cheese, baking powder, and many processed foods increases production of the FGF23 hormone, which can put a strain on the heart. [5] Research from the American Heart Association also suggests men should cut processed red meat out of their diets because of an increased risk of heart failure. [6]

2. Food Additives Disrupts Hormone Balance

Like I mentioned above, the FDA doesn’t really regulate what’s in our food. That said, a recent study found propyl paraben, an endocrine disruptor, in many American snack foods. [8]

3. Food Additives Make for Unruly Kids

Recent research out of Australia even suggests some additives—even the ones in those “healthy” snacks—can lead to mood swings and irritability in kids. For instance, cultured dextrose (also known as calcium propionate)—one such additive in healthy breads and wraps—can cause “irritability, fatigue or insomnia.” [9] There’s even some evidence suggesting that hydrolyzed vegetable protein—a “natural” substitute for MSG–can even cause problems. [10] The best thing to do is to make sure you’re reading those labels and keeping snacks as simple as possible; or, better yet, make your own from scratch with organic ingredients.

Things to Keep in Mind

There is some recent talk by US organizations suggesting the FDA’s food additive process violets law. [11] But we shouldn’t be surprised when we’re discussing the food industry’s slow action against dangerous ingredients. Trans fat, for instance, was just banned after years of research found that its indescribably harmful. If you purchase processed foods of any type, try to find ones that are additive free or at least made with natural preservatives. Or, forgetting the packaged options altogether and snacking on raw fruits and vegetables can help reduce your exposure. [12]

What do you do to avoid additives? Leave a comment and share your tips.

References:

  1. Suez, J. et al. Artificial sweeteners induce glucose intolerance by altering the gut microbiota. Nature. 514 (7521).
  2. Shell, E. R. Artificial Sweeteners May Change Our Gut Bacteria in Dangerous Ways. Scientific American. 312 (4).
  3. Chassaing, B. et al. Dietary emulsifiers impact the mouse gut microbiota promoting colitis and metabolic syndrome. Nature. 519.
  4. Quinn, E. & Young, C. Why the FDA doesn’t really know what’s in your food. Center for Public Integrity.
  5. Andrukhova, O. et al. FGF23 Regulates Renal Sodium Handling and Blood Pressure. EMBO Molecular Medicine. 6.
  6. Kaluza, J. et al. Processed and Unprocessed Red Meat Consumption and Risk of Heart Failure: A Prospective Study of Men. Circulation: Heart Failure. 7.
  7. Sciammaco, S. Analysis Finds Hormone Disruptor Used In Cosmetics In Nearly 50 Different Foods. Environmental Working Group.
  8. Smith, K. W. et al. Urinary Paraben Concentrations and Ovarian Aging among Women from a Fertility Center. Environmental Health Perspectives. 121.
  9. Food Intolerance Network. 280-283 Propionic acid and its salts: the bread preservative. Food Intolerance Network.
  10. Dengate, H. Complaint to AAAC. Food Intolerance Network.
  11. Center for Science in the Public Interest. FDA Food Ingredient Approval Process Violates Law, Says CSPI. Center for Science in the Public Interest.
  12. Curl, C. L. et al. Estimating Pesticide Exposure from Dietary Intake and Organic Food Choices: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). Environmental Health Perspectives.

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

Beyond Apathy: Zen, Max And Sinead Discuss Water Fluoridation (VIDEO)

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[Filmed during my recent trip to the UK to speak at the AV6 Conference. Please help support these wonderful people resisting water fluoridation in Bedford. And thank you Anna Bragga for making this film and all your hard work and dedication. Learn more about Anna’s work HERE. – Zen]

This film has been produced for Fluoride Free Bedford, a small group dedicated to keeping fluoride out of the town’s water supply.

Local people have been suffering from the damaging effects of water fluoridation since 1970 when the process began. Fluoridation was halted in 2009 without public knowledge while the treatment works underwent an upgrade. Thanks to the efforts of the group, Bedford remains fluoride free. But the future hangs in the balance as the council executive awaits recommendations from the Health Scrutiny Committee who, so far, have shown little interest or concern about fluoride.

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Find out more about the 13-year fight to get fluoride out of Bedford once and for all. WATCH Toxic Tap Water: Bedford’s Battle Against Water Fluoridation … THE MOVIE on YouTube: http://bit.ly/1OUudsR or go to www.fluoridefreebedford.org.


By Zen Gardner at zengardner.com

5 Benefits Of Colon Cleansing

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With additives in our food, pesticides on our crops, and pollution all around us, many might say we live in a toxic age. Sometimes all that toxic buildup can take its toll on the colon, which encumbers digestion and overall health. When your colon is backed up with toxic material, your entire body becomes sluggish and unable to perform its day-to-day tasks. Luckily, your body does a pretty good job detoxifying itself on a regular basis; however, some toxins remain in the body and require some help to facilitate removal.

5 Benefits of Colon Cleansing

Helping your body detoxify itself isn’t too difficult when you stop and think about it. Eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of exercise are two powerful components. But sometimes we need a bit more when it comes to toxins, many of which can easily store themselves in the colon. So, if you think you need a colon cleanse, or you just want to look into the idea, don’t put it off. Here are 5 great benefits of colon cleansing you should know.

1. Improves Digestion and Prevents Constipation

Constipation can make for poor digestion, and vice versa. When digestion is impaired and constipation ensues, waste products can linger in your body. This whole process can lead to the inability to absorb many of the nutrients you’re taking in, leading to a lack of energy and and hampered immune function. Detoxing your colon allows those undigested waste products to be pushed through your system and also puts some ease in your bowel regularity. Since lingering waste can breed bacteria, this purge clears the way for good nutrient absorption, thereby supporting good health.

2. Increases Energy and Concentration

Purging toxins from your colon allows energy from the intestines to place focus elsewhere, meaning your energy levels could improve. Nutrition is very important to mental health, and the weak vitamin absorption before your colon cleanse may lead to loss of concentration. In addition to you having more energy, absorption of crucial vitamins responsible for mental clarity is improved, meaning your concentration may also be supported.

3. Jumpstarts Weight Loss

Low-fiber choices are often the result of a poor diet. These foods are terrible for digestion, and typically hinder the body’s ability to register the feeling of fullness. [1] It’s very challenging to relieve yourself of low-fiber foods compared with high-fiber options, and these foods will often linger much longer in the gut. When you cleanse the colon, this matter is flushed from the system, and, in some, may lead to significant weight loss that stays off. But if you’re looking to lose weight, one study suggests that simply increasing fiber intake can also help you shed unwanted pounds. [2]

4. Supports Overall Colon Health

All the toxins you take into your body will eventually end up being processed, making it to the colon. By not cleansing your colon (and liver), these poisons can linger in the body, causing untold damage. By ridding the body of the waste, you support the many functions of your colon, including digestion and proliferation of beneficial gut flora.

5. Encourages Whole Body Detox

As previously mentioned, your body is extremely intelligent in that it is constantly detoxifying itself every day. But sometimes, in combination with environmental factors and poor lifestyle habits, it’s hard to catch up, and your body may begin showing signs of colon toxic overload. An oxygen-based cleanser may be helpful for encouraging colon–as well as whole body–detoxification by releasing oxygen in the system. Oxygen is very important for facilitating removal of toxins, as is drinking plenty of clean, fresh water.

Something to Keep in Mind

If you find yourself feeling sluggish, a colon cleanse might be just the thing you need. Be sure to research extensively before doing a colon cleanse, and always talk to your doctor to find the best solution for you. While most cleanses can be performed by virtually anyone, you need to listen to your body and do what’s right for you, keeping your past or current health history in mind, prior to making a lifestyle change.

Have you ever tried a colon cleanse or thought about doing one? Tell us about it in the comments below.

References:

  1. Klosterbuer, A. et al. Benefits of dietary fiber in clinical nutrition. Nutrition in Clinical Practice. 26 (5).
  2. Slavin, J. L. Dietary fiber and body weight. Nutrition. 21 (3).

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

The Importance Of A Kidney Cleansing Diet

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The importance of a kidney cleansing diet cannot be overemphasized. Flushing out your kidneys keeps them functioning at their best. Healthy kidneys are essential to a variety of body functions. Your kidneys help detoxify Your blood by removing toxic compounds and passing them out through the urine. If blood cleansing becomes impeded, toxins can remain and circulate throughout the body to cause harm.

The Function of the Kidneys

Healthy kidneys help manage body fluid stability by regulating the balance of sodium and water. The kidneys also manage the balance between alkalinity and acidity, and they regulate the hormones and enzymes responsible for controlling blood pressure. In addition, as mentioned previously, your kidneys help filter out toxins that build up in response to diet and the environment.

The imbalance of body water caused by toxic kidneys has been linked to negative emotional states, such as stress, paranoia, uncontrolled muscle shaking, general feelings of insecurity and fear, and even panics attacks. Kidney cleansing helps promote the optimal function of the kidneys. When in optimal health, your kidneys can purify your blood up to 60 times per day.

Teas That Cleanse the Kidneys

There are many teas that you can brew yourself that will help cleanse your kidneys.

Dandelion root removes excess water from the body by stimulating urine production. Dandelion root tea can be made by boiling 1 to 2 tsp. of organic roasted dandelion root in 8 ounces of pure water.

Ginger root and turmeric tea can be made by boiling a few dashes of turmeric powder with peeled ginger root. If consumed after lunch and dinner, the tea not only flushes toxins from the kidneys but also helps with digestion.

Cleansing with Fruits and Vegetables

You can also find many organic fruits that will help your body with kidney cleansing. Organic grapes can be eaten raw to provide nutrients and antioxidants that support detoxification. Grapes help flush uric acid and other waste products from the kidneys.

Organic cranberries provide us with quinine, a compound that is sent to the liver. Hippuric acid, which is converted from quinine, helps remove urea and uric acid from the kidneys and urinary tract. It also helps discourage bacteria from attaching to urinary tract walls. Cranberry juice is a great kidney supporter.

Organic apples are one of the best natural foods you can eat, and they also support natural cleansing. Beet juice is another great addition to help you cleanse your entire body. Check out this beets liver cleansing juice recipe.

There are also several organic cleansing vegetables that are readily available in almost every grocery store.

Garlic is a natural diuretic that helps stimulate urine production and flush out the kidneys. Cucumbers also work as a natural diuretic and can help dissolve kidney and bladder stones. Sprouts help flush out the kidneys because they contain so much water.

Onions have been reputed to help people pass kidney stones. The onions are boiled, then liquefied in a blender along with the water they were cooked in. Kidney beans, soybeans, and peas contain a vital amino acid called arginine that helps cleanse the kidneys of ammonia.

A General Rule of Thumb

Eating pure, whole, and raw foods will provide the necessary support for your kidneys as well as every other detoxifying organ in your body. Most raw leafy greens, low-sugar fruits (think berries), and nuts and seeds can support your health in numerous ways, not just for cleansing. Also, it is imperative that you drink enough pure, filtered water every day in order to provide an easier route for toxins to evacuate your kidneys. You can use distilled water for this purpose; simply add 1 tbsp. of raw apple cider vinegar to an 8-ounce glass to give it an extra boost.

What are your experiences with cleansing? Are there any foods listed here that you can’t eat? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments!


Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

Why Is Diet Soda Addictive?

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An addiction to diet soda may seem silly to most people, many of whom have been tricked into thinking that calorie-free soda is the healthier choice compared to traditional carbonated beverages. Since it’s calorie free and sugar free, most people who are dieting will choose diet soda as a beverage of choice at meals and snacks. Due to its highly-addictive nature, diet soda is often consumed in excess, often replacing pure water.

The most common brands of diet soda include these ingredients:

  • Carbonated water
  • Caramel color
  • Aspartame
  • Phosphoric acid
  • Potassium citrate
  • Natural flavors
  • Citric acid
  • Caffeine

This is a toxic cocktail of chemicals that are known to cause changes in brain chemistry, cellular communication, and basic metabolism. Aspartame is one of the biggest health culprits in diet soda, not to mention a host of other processed foods. It is probably the key ingredient associated with addiction.


7 Minute Video of Dr. Group Explaining

Why Diet Soda is Addicting and What You Can Do About It.

Why is Diet Soda Addictive?

Aspartame, the chemical sweetener used to replace high fructose corn syrup in diet soda, activates the reward centers in your brain. [1] The trouble is, because aspartame doesn’t provide any calories (energy), the body misses out and makes it crave more. It’s your body’s way of basically “reaching out” for fuel when it’s missed the calories from the first hit of diet soda consumption. Diet soda is trying to trick the body, but the body rebels and makes you want more and more to satisfy those reward centers in the brain and provide energy for cells.

Brain chemistry is also tampered with when aspartame is ingested. Aspartame is comprised of two amino acids and a methyl ester, and these compounds can affect the dopamine system in the brain linked to positive reinforcement. [2] Alcohol and drugs can cause similar effects, but at different levels of severity. The caffeine in diet soda–not to mention in regular soda, coffee, and energy drinks–is considered a drug, and an addictive one at that. Caffeine is a psychostimulant, and, when combined with aspartame’s dopamine effects, increases addictive behavior. [3]

Withdrawal Symptoms

One of the classic ways to prove whether or not you’re addicted to diet soda is to abstain from the product for one to seven days and see if you experience withdrawal symptoms. First and foremost, caffeine deprivation after a prolonged period of consumption will bring about headaches, irritability, and mood disturbances. Psychological issues may also result as a side effect of eliminating aspartame, as the sweetener can impair the transport of tryptophan which helps produce serotonin. [4]

How to Fight Diet Soda Addiction

The only way to be free from diet soda is to make a deliberate choice not to buy it the next time you go to the grocery store. Don’t order it at restaurants, and pass if a friend offers it to you at your next social engagement. Going cold turkey is the only way for most people; however, extreme cases may need appropriate psychological counseling and behavioral therapy to fight addiction. If you can’t go cold turkey, just start reducing one can or glass of diet soda per day, replacing it with pure water.

You can try replacing diet soda with coffee or tea, but you will still have the caffeine issue. While these beverages are certainly healthy (without sweetener), you may wish to try herbal tea initially. Rooibos tea is a fantastic antioxidant-rich herbal tea that is also free from caffeine. I also advise looking at your food labels and abstain from purchasing anything that has aspartame anywhere in the ingredients list.

Have you experienced a diet soda addiction? We’d love to hear how you combated it! Please contribute your thoughts, opinions, or questions in the comments!

References:

  1. Oyama Y, Sakai H, Arata T, et al. Cytotoxic effects of methanol, formaldehyde, and formate on dissociated rat thymocytes: a possibility of aspartame toxicity. Cell Biol Toxicol. 2002;18(1):43:50.
  2. Marc-Antoine Crocq, MD. Alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, and mental disorders. Dialogues Clin Neurosci. 2003 Jun;5(2): 175-185.
  3. Marcello Solinas, Sergi Ferre, Zhi-Bing You, et al. Caffeine Induces Dopamine and Glutamate Release in the Shell of the Nucleus Accumbens. The Journal of Neuroscience, August 1, 2002, 22(15):6321-6324.
  4. P Humphries, E Pretorius and H Naude. Direct and indirect cellular effects of aspartame on the brain. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. (2008) 62, 451-462; doi: 10.1038/sj.ejcn.1602866.

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

Truvia’s Sweet Scam: Highly Processed, GMO, And Contains Hardly Any Stevia (VIDEO)

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If you’re one of the people who was excited when the “natural” sweetener that was allegedly made from the stevia plant became more commonly available, I’m afraid I have some bad news for you.

All of that hype about the “new” zero-calorie Truvia? All the talk about how natural it is? That’s just not true.

Incidentally, while the FDA has approved this bastardization of stevia, the actual leaf, where the active chemicals are found, is banned from sale as a food additive or sweetener and may only be sold as an “herbal supplement.”

The Big Food/Big Agri Connection

There’s a direct connection to Big Agri – Cargill, a privately held, multi-billion dollar corporation, was the driving force behind getting FDA approval of the sweetener, despite evidence that it might not actually be safe in its processed form. Cargill is also a major player in the meat industry (with all of its unspeakable feedlot horrors) and has been subject to numerous food safety recalls over the past few years due to contaminated meat. Cargill, that bastion of food safety, was the driving force behind the FDA’s decision to switch the status of stevia from a “supplement” to a food that is “generally recognized as safe”.

Cargill wasn’t alone, however. Big Food joined forces, since diet soda sales have plummeted over the past 10 years. According to the Wall Street Journal, the sale of low-calorie soft drinks has declined by billions per year over the past decade, as consumers became aware of the potential risks of neurotoxic artificial sweeteners.

So, to combat those health concerns, Coca Cola produced Truvia and Pepsi produced PureVia. Now, I don’t know about you, but I can’t consume anything produced by either of those companies (both Coke and Pepsi lobbied fiercely against the labeling of GMOs) and delude myself into believing the product is healthy.

Decades ago, diet sodas were touted as a healthy way to have a refreshing beverage without expanding your waistline. Unfortunately, the zero-calorie beverages were anything but healthy, and many people have suffered ill effects from the consumption of those drinks. Even corporate-funded Fox News was forced to admit that diet sodas were detrimental to human health.

Enter Truvia, the cure for all of those diet soda ills. Because, it’s natural!

Truvia is the second best-selling sugar substitute in the United States, most likely because the deceptive marketing is targeted at those who want to make healthier, less artificial choices. Remember how last week we discussed that Big Food isn’t making very much money? This is just the next volley of propaganda in which Big Food attempts to deceive the public into believing their processed food-like substances are actually food. Sales of Truvia in 2014 exceeded $400 million.

But…Truvia is not actually “natural”

Not so fast. While it’s true that the powdered stevia you get in the little packets is in part derived from a plant grown in Paraguay, it isn’t just the plant you’re getting. If it was just a powdered up plant, Coca Cola and Cargill wouldn’t be able to hold the patents to make it, right?

Traditionally, a leaf from the stevia plant was dropped into a hot beverage to steep and lend its sweetness. But the current product that’s being touted for its “natural sweetness” is a far cry from a leaf from the garden. (Despite how Cargill glosses over the heavy processing on the Truvia website.) In fact, Cargill had to settle a civil lawsuit a few years back because of their claims that the product was natural. The lawsuit forced them to put millions of dollars aside to settle future claims and they were required to put an asterisk on their tagline “Nature’s calorie-free sweetener.”

Nor is it actually mostly stevia…it’s mostly derived from GMO corn

Truvia is actually made mostly of erythritol, a sugar alcohol derived from genetically modified corn. Only 5% of the compound is actually derived from the stevia plant.

Despite the fact that erythritol is made from corn, and most corn is GMO, the Truvia website provides the strangest dance of denial I’ve witnessed in quite some time. They seem to feel that since it’s just derived from corn, then processed like crazy, that the origin of the corn has no bearing on the end product.  Here’s what the website says, which sure sounds to me like GMO corn is used:

Does Truvía® natural sweetener contain GMO? Is it genetically modified? [Link]

No. Truvía® natural sweetener is not GMO, and does not contain any genetically modified ingredients. There are no known varieties of genetically modified stevia available anywhere in the world. The carrier for the intensely sweet stevia leaf extract is called erythritol. The erythritol used in Truvía® natural sweetener is produced by a yeast organism that is found in nature. The yeast ferments or digests dextrose and other nutrients. In other words, dextrose is the food for the yeast – much like corn may be food for a cow that produces meat or milk. The dextrose used as the feedstock for the yeast is a simple sugar that is derived from the starch component of U.S.-grown corn. Although genetically enhanced corn and non-transgenic corn are grown in the U.S. today, erythritol is not derived from corn and dextrose feedstock (just as milk is not derived from cattle feed); it is derived from the yeast organism. Erythritol is not genetically modified, and does not contain any genetically modified proteins.

Do you use GMO corn to produce the erythritol used in Truvía® natural sweetener? [Link]

The erythritol used in Truvía® natural sweetener is produced by a yeast organism that is found in nature. The yeast “ferments” or “digests” dextrose and other nutrients. Dextrose is the food for the yeast – much like corn may be food for a cow that produces meat or milk. The dextrose is derived from the starch component of U.S.-grown corn. Both GM corn and non-GM corn are grown in the U.S. today. Cargill does not segregate the corn used to manufacture the dextrose used in the erythritol process.

Why is Truvía® natural sweetener non-GMO if you use GMO corn? [Link]

Erythritol is not made from corn or dextrose (just as milk is not made from cattle feed); erythritol is made from a yeast organism that eats the dextrose for food. Erythritol itself is not derived from a genetically modified source, and does not contain any genetically modified proteins.

Pardon me, but I sincerely doubt that Truvia is manufactured from the mere 12% of corn in the United States that is not GMO.

Here’s how Truvia is made

Truvia contains 3 ingredients: Erythritol, Rebiana, and natural flavors.

Erythritol

We talked about erythritol and it’s genetically modified origins above. This ingredient makes up 95-99% of the “natural sweetener.” Straight from the Cargill website, here’s how erythritol is made:

Erythritol is the first polyol to be manufactured on a commercial scale by a fermentation process. The starting material is a simple sugar-rich substrate which is fermented by a yeast like fungus to yield erythritol.

The product is then crystallized to 99.5 percent purity from the filtered and concentrated fermentation broth.

erythritol

Rebiana

Rebiana (chemical name rebaudioside A)  makes up less than 1% of the little packet. Rebiana (also called Reb-A) is a substance that is derived from the stevia leaf, but is not actually stevia. Although Truvia’s website says that Rebiana is retrieved from the stevia leaf by soaking it in water, the patent held by Coca Cola divulges that it actually takes 40 steps (!!!) to extract the desired molecule, steps that include the use of yummy stuff like acetone, methanol, ethanol, acetonitrile, and isopropanol.

Natural Flavoring

If you’ve been paying attention, you know that the term “natural flavoring” is so broad as to be without definition. Even MSG can be considered “natural” according to some, since it originates,far far back in the process, from yeast. Other types of natural additives are repugnant, so they hide the real origins behind that much-abused word, natural. (Read Natural Additives: Bugs, Hair, and Anal Secretions, Oh My for the full story on that meaningless ingredient listing.)So, really, this third ingredient could be anything.

A Dishonorable Mention Goes to Stevia in the Raw

Another deceptive product on the stevia bandwagon is Stevia in the Raw. It’s also not really stevia -it’s primary ingredients are dextrose and maltodextrin, both derived from corn, and both likely to be genetically modified. As well, maltodextrin often contains MSG, which doesn’t have to be disclosed in the ingredients list.

Incidentally, stevia may reduce fertility

While we’re on this subject, stevia alone may not be great for reproductive health. Women in South America use the herb to decrease the likelihood of conception. Check out this video on the topic.

The Conclusion? Truvia is NOT Stevia

Here’s the long and the short of it: if you have a sweet tooth, you simply have to understand that sweet things have calories. Whether you decide to consume things that are sweet is entirely up to you, but a non-harmful, no-calorie sweetener is simply the stuff of fairy tales. Little packets of sweet substances without calories are, without exception, highly processed and often very harmful.

If you want to sweeten a beverage with stevia, your very best bet is to make like the folks in Paraguay and steep a leaf of it in your beverage.(You can get organic stevia leaves HERE, or you can grow it yourself.) The second best option is a pure extract like this one.

Truvia, for all its gushing propaganda, contains less than 5% of anything even derived from the stevia plant, much less actual stevia.


Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor who lives in a small village in the Pacific Northwestern area of the United States. She is the author of The Pantry Primer: How to Build a One Year Food Supply in Three Months. On her website, The Organic Prepper, Daisy writes about healthy prepping, homesteading adventures, and the pursuit of liberty and food freedom. Daisy is a co-founder of the website Nutritional Anarchy, which focuses on resistance through food self-sufficiency. Daisy’s articles are widely republished throughout alternative media. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter, and you can email her at [email protected]

The Hidden Toxins In Your Clothing

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Popular clothing stores, like H&M, Levi’s, and Gap, are beginning to turn their attention toward producing healthier and more environmentally-friendly clothing. [1] Increased consumer awareness around the dangers of synthetic dyes, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and phthalates in conventional clothing is fueling a drastic revolution in the fashion industry. Keeping in line with current trends, clothing retailers are finally attempting to appeal to health-conscious buyers as well as appease international health organizations.

How Toxins Invade Your Closet

During the production of clothes, toxic chemicals are used in almost every step. Synthetic fabrics are dyed with man-made chemical dying agents, fabrics are applied with toxins that make them immune to biodegradation, and many clothes contain buttons and accessories that contain known endocrine disruptors. Phthalates, for example, are sometimes found in buttons, and just a few of these worn on a person could, over time, contribute to hormonal imbalance. Common synthetic fabrics like nylon and acrylic are extremely toxic to the body and the environment. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that inhalation of acrylonitrile, the main chemical compound used to produce acrylic fibers, shows carcinogenic potential via inhalation. [2]

Formaldehyde is essentially “baked” into fabric to make it resistant to wrinkling, which is bad news because research shows that this chemical is a human carcinogen. While it’s nice to save time and not have to iron your slacks, at what cost is this convenience factor to our future health? Nonylphenols are another class of endocrine disruptors used in some dying applications, and we’re now detecting levels of this chemical in our water. It is painstakingly clear that, for the future of our health and our planet, we must advocate for a change in the way our clothing is produced. Otherwise, we will be faced with a silent environmental and health crisis, one that may take decades to overcome.

Ways You Can Produce Change

Just as with any health movement, one of the most substantial ways to assist change is to “vote with your pocketbook.” In other words, support companies that produce organic, natural clothing as much as possible. Look for clothes made from bamboo, organic cotton, or flax, and always choose clothes produced using natural dyes. Write to your favorite clothing manufacturers to inquire what they are doing to reduce their reliance on chemicals in their clothing production. Fortunately, choosing clothes made with natural fibers is becoming easier, and the more we support these companies, the faster we will see a change in the clothing industry.

References:

  1. Elizabeth Grossman. Cotton, Cashmere, Chemicals…What Really Goes Into Making Our Clothes? Ensia.
  2. EPA. Acrylonitrile. Environmental Protection Agency.

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

Three Artificial Sweeteners You Should Look Out For

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Artificial sweeteners are everywhere, and if you’re like me, you avoid them at all costs. Things like aspartame, sucralose, and saccharin can be found in a variety of processed diet foods; however, even some foods you wouldn’t expect contain these chemicals. Whether you’re knowingly poisoning yourself with these toxins or not, you must know that their presence in your diet, regardless of the amount, have no purpose for your body. Not eliminating them is sometimes the only obstacle many people have toward achieving an ideal state of health.

The Dangers of Artificial Sweeteners

Avoiding artificial sweeteners should already be a no-brainer for you, especially if you are a consistent reader of this blog. Here are the top three sweeteners you should look out for:

1. Why Saccharin Is Not Your Friend

Saccharin was the first artificial sweetener and is still a popular sugar substitute used by many people across the world. Fortunately, it’s not as popular in diet foods as it used to be. You will typically find saccharin in pink packets of artificial sweetener, like Sweet‘N Low. Saccharin can encourage potential allergic reactions in some people, including headaches, breathing difficulties, skin eruptions, and diarrhea. [1] There are also studies indicating saccharin in cancer development; although, these studies are dated and do not appear in any relevant, modern literature.

2. The Ever-Popular Sucralose

Sucralose, or commonly known by its trade name “Splenda,” is another commonly-used artificial sweetener. This sweetener, along with aspartame, is often used in diet sodas and other weight loss and diabetic-friendly foods. While it is true that Sucralose starts off with natural sugar as the starting material, it is chlorinated and goes through a very unnatural process during production. Supposedly, Sucralose is not digested and travels through the GI tract unchanged; however, a recent analysis shows the exact opposite. [2] There is some research also showing that Sucralose affects glucose control in diabetics and prediabetics, something that nonnutritive sweeteners are designed to avoid. [3] Considering that Sucralose was discovered while testing for a new insecticide (at least that’s what’s been widely reported), why would we want to ingest this at any amount?

3. How Aspartame Destroys Brain Cells

Aspartate and glutamate are found in aspartame and behave as neurotransmitters in the brain. Having an excess of these neurotransmitters kills certain neurons by allowing the inundation of calcium. This influx provokes excessive amounts of free radicals which kill the cells. [4] The sweetener also contains methanol, which is subsequently metabolized into formaldehyde. There’s a host of other issues with aspartame, and I firmly believe this to be one of the worst artificial sweeteners on the market.

Alternative Natural Sweeteners

I always suggest that everyone, including healthy individuals, remove added sugars from their diet, including added sweeteners. While you can use stevia and other caloric natural sweeteners in moderation, to eliminate our addiction to sweet tastes and promote balance in our diet we must reduce them on all levels. Here are some of the natural sweeteners you should use, but only in moderation:

  • Coconut Nectar
  • Lo Han Extract
  • Stevia
  • Organic Raw Honey
  • Organic Blackstrap Molasses
  • Sugar Alcohols (xylitol, glycerol, sorbitol, maltitol, mannitol, and erythritol)

What sweeteners do you use? Have you had any personal health experiences with artificial sweeteners? Please share with us in the comments!

References:

  1. Medicine Net. Saccharin: What are the cons? Medicine Net.
  2. Schiffman SS, Rother KI. Sucralose, a synthetic organochlorine sweetener: overview of biological issues. J Toxicol Environ Health B Crit Rev. 2013;16(7):399-451. doi: 10.1080/10937404.2013.842523.
  3. Pepino MY, Tiemann CD, Patterson BW, Wice BM, Klein S. Sucralose affects glycemic and hormonal responses to an oral glucose load. Diabetes Care. 2013 Sep;36(9):2530-5. doi: 10.2337/dc12-2221.
  4. Iyyaswamy A, Rathinasamy S. Effect of chronic exposure to aspartame on oxidative stress in the brain of albino rats. J Biosci. 2012 Sep;37(4):679-88.

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

Roundup Herbicide Linked To Parkinson’s-Related Brain Damage

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Alarming new research published in the journal Neurotoxicology and Teratology supports the emerging connection between glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, and neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and Parkinsonian disorders.

Published this month (April, 2012), the new study entitled “Glyphosate induced cell death through apoptotic and authophagic mechanisms,” investigated the potential brain-damaging effects of herbicides, which the authors stated “have been recognized as the main environmental factor associated with neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease.”1

They found that glyphosate inhibited the viability of differentiated test cells (PC12, adrenal medula derived), in both dose-and-time dependent manners. The researchers also found that “glyphosate induced cell death via authophagy pathways in addition to activating apoptotic pathways.”

Roundup herbicide is now a ubiquitous contaminant in our air, rain, groundwater, and food, making complete avoidance near impossible. A growing body of experimental evidence now indicates that it in addition to its neurotoxicity it also has the following.

Modes of Toxicity

  • Carcinogen
  • Endocrine Disruptor
  • Genotoxic
  • Biocide
  • Cytotoxic
  • Bioaccumulator
  • Hepatotoxic
  • Teratrogenic
  • Clastogenic
  • Oxidant
  • Aquacidal
  • Mutagenic
  • Aromatase Disruptor
  • Glutathione Down-regulator
  • Malondialdehyde Up-regulator
  • Necrotic
  • Nephrotoxic

Once marketed as “safe as table salt” by Monsanto, the original patent holder and manufacturer of this glyphosate-based herbicide, evidence now indicates it is toxic to human DNA at concentrations diluted 450-fold lower than used in agricultural applications.

This study only adds to human case reports of glyphosate-poisoning  and/or occupational exposure where neurological damage was a direct consequence.  A 2011 case study published in the journal Parkinsonism Related Disorders, entitled “Parkinsonism after chronic occupational exposure to glyphosate,” reported the following incident:

Here we report a patient with parkinsonism following chronic occupational exposure to glyphosate. A previously healthy 44- year-old woman presented with rigidity, slowness and resting tremor in all four limbs with no impairment of short-term memory, after sustaining long term chemical exposure to glyphosate for 3 years as a worker in a chemical factory. The chemical plant produced a range of herbicides including: glyphosate, gibberellins, and dimethyl hydrogen phosphite; however, the patient worked exclusively in the glyphosate production division. She only wore basic protection such as gloves or a face mask for 50 h each week in the plant where glyphosate vapor was generated. She frequently felt weak. Two months before she came to our clinic, she had expe- rienced severe dizziness and blurred vision.

Another case study published in 2003 reported a case of parkinsonism subsequent to glyphosate exposure.

These case studies are also backed up by animal research. In the roundworm model of glyphosate exposure the chemical results in neurodegeneration directly associated with damage to the dopamine and GABA producing neurons. In the rat model, glyphosate exposure results in oxidative brain damage, particularly the substantia nigra, where the highest concentration of dopamine-producing cells reside, and which is the primary locus of neurological damage in Parkinson’s disease.

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Citation

1 Neurotoxicol Teratol. 2012 Apr 4. Epub 2012 Apr 4. PMID: 22504123


Article Contributed by Sayer Ji, Founder of GreenMedInfo.com.

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