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What Goes ON Your Body, Goes IN Your Body.

When we work with patients in an attempt to improve underlying function by way of ridding the body of toxins and potential triggers, healing and sealing the gut and balancing the immune system, we often focus on dietary and supplemental support.  Mainly we are making changes as to what goes IN the body.

However, we often overlook what could potentially be the major source of systemic irritation and continued suffering.  We often overlook things like our everyday toiletries and cosmetics.  These are items that we voluntarily apply to our skin and thus invite into our bodies, sometimes numerous times a day.  The simple fact is that what we put on our body is just as important as what we put in our body because what we put on our body goes into our body.

When you apply a product to your skin, whether it be deodorant to the arm pit, lotion on the hands, or makeup on the face, the ingredients of that product are absorbed through the skin and into the circulatory system.  It is here where they can now travel the bloodstream, gaining access to any and every organ of your body, including the brain.

This is why as you continue your journey to wellness enlightenment and longevity, reading the labels on ALL items, not just food becomes an essential practice.

If you decide to be proactive and take a gander at the fine print label you will often find ingredients that you either can’t pronounce or make you scratch your head.  I implore you dig a little deeper into each ingredient.  You may find independent studies (not funded by the company that stands to incur a financial gain off the success of the product) done on those particular ingredients that may lead to the use of words like “carcinogenic,” or “endocrine disruptor.”  These words are thrown around so often due to the extensive menu of modern ingredients that they often lose their significance or meaning altogether.

Let’s start with the first one; carcinogenic.  This means cancer causing.  Yes, the one and only devastating cancer.  The one that continues to claim an increasing number of lives each year despite the acknowledged fact (by the World Health Organization) that approximately half of these cases could be prevented if current medical knowledge were acted upon and lifestyle strategies were implemented.  These lifestyle strategies include the voluntary daily use and topical application AND THUS SYSTEMIC APPLICATION of products containing carcinogenic ingredients.

One of the reasons a word like carcinogenic loses it’s steam is due to the prevalence of cancer. We become so inundated with studies demonstrating a possible cancer link here or an increase in tumor growth there, to the point that a surrender to circumstance is summed up in the phrase: “everything causes cancer.”

Well this simply is not true. In actuality certain lifestyle modifications are shown to do quite the opposite and vice versa.  The above referenced phrase serves as the proverbial white flag and explanation that I’ll continue to do what I want despite the information suggesting that it may be detrimental to my health and length of life.

The term endocrine disruptor is used to refer to interference with the normal expression of hormones.  However, even when we use the term hormone disruptor, the extent of the widespread ramifications are usually not fully understood.  When most people hear the word hormone they mainly think of the sex hormones; testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, etc.  While disruption of hormones does indeed include these, it extends well beyond that.

One of the intricate mechanisms the internal body utilizes for communication and subsequent function is carried out by chemical messengers known as hormones.  These hormones range from the aforementioned reproductive hormones (which are vital regardless of age), the oh so popular thyroid hormones, the adrenal (stress) hormones, human growth hormone or HGH which helps us repair daily damage and has been touted as the anti-aging hormone, to Vitamin D which is actually considered a hormone due to all of the changes and processes it is involved in throughout the body.

The reason why this can be such a serious issue is due to the fact that our bodies operate as an interwoven matrix in which balance is key.  Any disruption of one aspect will have a direct effect on another.  Overworked adrenal glands having a dampening effect on the thyroid gland, for example.

For something to be labeled as a potential disruptor means the potential to throw off homeostasis or balance exists.  This can contribute to sleep disturbances, issues with blood sugar handling and fat storage, hypo or hyperthyroid symptoms, slow wound healing or prolonged muscle soreness, hot flashes, fertility issues; and the list goes on.  This is not a term to be taken lightly, especially if you have a poor diet or are a growing child.

In the case for carcinogenic or endocrine disrupting ingredients, often times the argument is made that the tests were done on animals so we don’t know how it will effect humans, or that the amount used in the product is so small that it’s harmless.  First off, an ingredient doubling the rate of tumor growth in any life form should be a red flag.  If there is any doubt as to safety and an option exists, especially when it comes to cancer, wouldn’t it be wise to exercise that option rather than turn a blind eye to research?  It’s all about stacking that deck here people.

Secondly, while there may be small or even trace amounts of certain substances within a product, many times these are products that are applied and reapplied to the skin on a daily basis.  As we’ve covered, this provides open access to your body via absorption through the skin and into the bloodstream.  Chemicals and toxins can then continue to circulate, often times in more toxic forms due to other metabolic interactions that take place within the body.  These toxins can then bioaccumulate in the body, mostly in fat (brain is ~70% fat by the way).

So you see even using small amounts can accumulate if the application is a daily ritual.  Add to this the potential impediment to breaking down and excreting these chemicals if there is sluggish liver function, which can be caused by toxic overload.  This is a real “chicken or egg” situation and is why using safer products and providing the liver with the support it needs with an annual detox/cleanse are two essentials for wellness.

In closing, let me just reiterate what I’ve said before.  There is no full proof way to achieve a guarantee for disease avoidance or even premature death.  However, there does exist ways to potentially facilitate that process in one direction or the other.

When it comes to the often overlooked ingredients in our skin care products and their similarly underestimated far reaching effects, it would serve as another strong step in the direction of clean living, wellness, and longevity to avoid these chemicals; even if the potential exists.  Why increase your potential for cancer or hormone disruption if you don’t have to?

Need help getting started?  Don’t know where to find alternative products?  Let us know and we’d be happy to share with you the products we utilize for our own family.

A Proper Diet (Part 2): Healthy Preparation

By now I hope that you’ve at least begun the journey towards better health through your diet, no matter how small the change may be.  Remember, changes are more likely sustained when they are the results of many small changes practiced daily.  But enough philosophizing…

Once you’ve modified the menu, the next step involves what you do to that food before it reaches your mouth.  This is crucial and worth stepping your knowledge up for.   If you’re going to practice the discipline at the store, you may as well not waste your good intentions by destroying or contaminating that cauliflower during the preparation.

GO RAW

You can ensure you get the most out of the majority of your fruits and vegetables by consuming them raw.  I’m talking about simply washing and eating.  Various sources recommend as high as 90% of your diet being raw, and fruits and veggies are the most obvious and convenient choices.

The other food to make sure you’re consuming raw, are nuts.  Like certain vegetables, the switch from the cooked variety can be flat out disappointing to your taste buds at first.  But trust me on this, it is an acquired taste and eventually you’ll come to enjoy the raw, unsalted nut in both taste and peace of mind that it provides.

The potential issue with cooking is that when you heat food, various chemical reactions and changes take place.  Depending on the item and your method and intensity of heating, beneficial proteins denature or breakdown, and you can actually attenuate or outright eliminate those vitamins and minerals you were admirably looking for in the first place.

METHOD OF HEATING

I do realize however that most of us will continue to cook our food.  (And it’s usually considerably over the recommended 10-20%.)  The next thing to consider is how you’re going to heat it up.

When it comes to cookware, two of the least offensive include titanium and cast iron.  Notice I say “least offensive” and not best.  There is nothing “best” about these choices.  When you cook with these or any pans, it has the potential to leach the metals contained in the pans into your food.  This leads to enzymatic alteration of the food and deposition of that metal in your system.

If you do use any of these pots or pans, you can hedge your bets by turning down the heat.  I know it may take longer to cook, but harmful metals and chemicals are less likely to leach at lower heats.  Also, if you are fortunate enough to have a variety of pots and pans, mix it up to prevent overexposure to one particular metal.

Cookware you should absolutely not be using anymore is of the non-stick, Teflon variety.  Seriously, if you still have these, do yourself a favor and throw it out.  These contain the harmful chemical PFOA which has now been linked with cancer, high cholesterol, thyroid disease and reduced fertility.  So much so that manufacturers are actually mandated to eliminate all PFOA from cooking products by the year 2015.

(My guess is they couldn’t stop production or sales immediately because of the massive blow it would’ve dealt to the manufacturers’ wallet.  In the meantime the public still unknowingly serves up some PFOA infused eggs.  Delicious.)

The second major thing to be cognizant of no matter how you are cooking is the color changes of your food.  More specifically, you want to try to avoid that scrumptious browning reaction from taking place.

This reaction signifies the formation of acrylamides (carcinogen), and AGEs (advanced glycation end products).  AGEs also form in the body whenever carbohydrates react with internal proteins.  As mentioned in previous posts, our body does come equipped with a mechanism to break these down, but not when presented in a large volume.

AGEs can attach to and react with any tissue that contains a receptor for them, known as a RAGE.  RAGEs are known to be present in smooth muscle cells (heart and intestines), endothelial cells (blood vessels), cells of the immune system, lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas, etc.  These chemical complexes damage proteins, enzymes, DNA, and hormonal receptor sites and contribute to normal aging and the diseases we attribute to it like Alzheimer’s, CVD, peripheral neuropathies, deafness, etc.  This link demonstrates the power each one of us possesses to prevent or at least lessen the severity of ample conditions.

My wife and I are always on an evolving quest to discover the safest way to heat foods like chicken, brussel sprouts and sweet potatoes.  We currently utilize cookware glass (such as Pyrex) to bake chicken and a ceramic steamer for the sprouts or sweet potatoes.  (Yes, these two veggies need to be heated.  I tried them raw.  It wasn’t pretty.)

Steaming vegetables has long been a healthy recommendation, but the problem with simply following the steaming advice is that most steamers are plastic.  As mentioned in our discussion on water, when plastic is heated, the chemicals contained in the plastic leach into the food or water.  Simply stated, you should never cook with plastic.

Last thing to remember is that sometimes there is no better substitute than some common sense.  Hopefully you realize the potential power the food you put in your body has.  Hopefully you’ll respect this and make some good choices.  But ultimately you’re going to eat what you’d like.  Enjoy your life.  If need be, indulge in cheat meals every so often.  Just don’t go tricking yourself into thinking that deep fried broccoli and those honey roasted nuts are in any way, shape or form healthy.

Flu Shot???

With all of the information out there, the possibilities for the first “real” post were endless. However, I decided to go with something that has been in the headlines quite frequently these days and is always the subject of constant controversy and debate. It is something that pertains to each and every one of us as we all have the desire to remain healthy and feel good. The topic I am referring to is the infamous flu shot and whether or not to take part in the injecting of the masses.

First let’s look at your choices. In this country, for the moment, you still have the right to refuse the vaccine. Although if you’ve clicked on any of the recent headlines that pop-up on your computer screen, you’ve seen that people are beginning to lose their jobs due to refusing vaccination. Your other two choices are to receive an injection (the Flu Shot) of an inactivated or “killed” influenza virus or utilize a nasal spray which contains a live, but weakened influenza virus, sprayed directly into your nostrils. The concept behind the vaccine is that the virus contains these things called ‘antigens.’ When antigens are detected, a properly functioning immune system will respond by creating anti-bodies to combat the foreign invader. The idea is that if you happen to come across that identical viral strand, you should be protected due to the fact that you were previously armed with specific antibodies by the vaccine. You usually do not contract the flu virus from the vaccination, because it is supposed to be deactivated by nutritious substances like formaldehyde, therefore creating an immune response, but not an outright infection.

Unfortunately the flu virus is one that is constantly mutating and the viruses used in the vaccinations are predictions based upon data compiled by the World Health Organization and Center for Disease Control. It is at best, a guess based on trending viruses and past successes. Even further, the CDC makes no denial that you can still actually still contract the flu. This isn’t just due to being infected with a strand that it isn’t included in the vaccine, but actually still contract the flu from the identical strand featured in the vaccine. Even further, The Lancet (a general medical journal) recently published a study noting actual prevention of influenza in 1.5 for every 100 people vaccinated. That is a 1.5% chance that the vaccine will actually work in its “intended” manner. In comparison, the same study illuminated that with the concoction of toxic chemicals used in the vaccines, the likelihood of serious neurological side effects occurring is 7.5%. By these numbers, that would make you 500 times more likely to be harmed than helped by the vaccine.

Another issue with the influenza vaccine and other vaccines is that there are no long term studies done on them. A recent Natural News article presented an interesting perspective: “Vaccines are considered “effective” if they merely prevent the flu. But what if they also cause a 50% increase in Alzheimer’s two decades later? Is that still a “success?” If you’re a drug manufacturer it is, because you can make money on the vaccine and then later on the Alzheimer’s pills, too. That’s probably why neither the CDC nor the FDA ever conducts long-term testing of influenza vaccines.”

If you’re already convinced that you need/want the flu vaccination, you should know exactly what else you are putting into your body. Despite many tireless searches on the CDC website to uncover the exact ingredients contained in the latest flu shots, they only make mention of a few common characters that appear in vaccines.

Aluminum

Why? Per the CDC, it is “To promote an earlier, more potent response.”

The Hazard they do not tell you about is it: Amplifies the toxicity of Mercury. Has been linked to Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Anti-biotics

Why? Per the CDC: “To prevent the growth of germs/bacteria during the production and storage of the vaccine.”

Hazard: Anti-biotics do not discriminate. They destroy all bacteria, good and bad within your body. It is essential to cohabitate with a healthy population of intestinal bacteria also known as flora (pro-biotics). These bacteria line your gut and allow for proper digestion, absorption of nutrients and protection against entrance of foreign invaders. While the anti-body-antigen combination described above is crucial in the make-up of you immune system, it only compromises about 30% of your immune system. The other 70% is made up of your flora. So by taking a vaccine or any anti-biotic for that matter you are automatically wiping out 70% of your immune system.

Formaldehyde

Why? “To kill viruses and bacteria that may contaminate the vaccine during production.” – CDC

Hazard: This is the same well known carcinogen (cancer causer) that is used to embalm corpses. It has been linked to blindness, brain damage, seizures, liver damage, gastrointestinal issues, reproductive deformations, respiratory distress and cancer. Recent studies have shown that on occasion formaldehyde actually fails to deactivate the virus in the vaccine, leading to an actual injection and infection with a live virus. Opps.

Monosodium glutamate (MSG)

Why? “To stabilize the vaccine” – CDC

Hazard: This substance is well known to be toxic to your nervous system; the nervous system that includes your brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves; the same nervous system that governs pretty much every function in your body. We are talking about voluntarily poisoning it and opening the door for a multitude of disorders and brain damage.

Thimerosal (mercury containing preservative)

Why? “Used on vials that contain more than one dose to prevent contamination or bacterial growth”
– CDC

Hazard: In as far back as 2003 the government published a report acknowledging a direct link between vaccines containing thimerosal and neurodevelopmental disorders in children, mainly autism. There is no safe limit of mercury exposure due to the fact that mercury accumulates in your body when you are exposed to it. Small doses add up to accumulated, toxic amounts.
While many vaccines claim to be “preservative” free, the flu vaccine is not one of them. The use of mercury is needed to continue to produce the mass quantities of the vaccine at a favorable price as well as prevent contamination in vaccine doses that contain more than one strand. This year’s flu vaccine is tri-valent, meaning it contains 3 different strands.

As with all posts, the intention here is to provide information to be used at your discretion. Once provided with the information and knowledge, you can become empowered to make an educated choice based upon your own personal belief systems and the information presented before you. Can the flu shot prevent the flu in some people? Maybe. Does everyone that is exposed to the accompanying ingredients demonstrate immediate symptoms? No. Do these ingredients increase the likelihood of serious, life altering conditions in the future? More and more research points to yes. So it comes down to a probable cost vs. a statistically unlikely benefit analysis. If you do choose to forego the flu vaccine, it is all about maintaining a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition, supplementation, sleep, exercise, hydration and chiropractic care in order to optimize the functionality of your immune system. More on how to do that to come in the future…

Good luck out there….

References:

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099%2811%2970295-X/abstract
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/additives.htm
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/flushot.htm
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/additives.htm
http://www.naturalnews.com/038420_flu_shots_toxins_chemical_preservatives.html
http://www.naturalnews.com/036748_thimerosal_vaccines_neurological_disorders.html