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May 07

Preventing Free Radical Induced Disease

  1. Toxicity Facts and Figures

 

  • There are over 80,000 chemicals in use in the U.S.

 

  • Every person has at least 700 contaminants in their body at any given time.

 

  • Some toxins move in and out of the body in hours (arenic), while others can stay in the body for 50 years (DDT).

 

  • Toxins enter our bodies through food, air, water we drink and water we bath in.

 

  • Toxins can also be transferred from mother to baby during pregnancy and by touching our mouth or eyes.

 

  • Chemicals or toxins can attack and damage the DNA of our cells causing premature aging and disease.

 

  • Cellular DNA damage can also produce genetic damage that can be passed on to our children.

 

  • Examples of some direct cause and effect relationships between chemical toxins and disease include:

  1. Dioxin – impedes normal fetus development.
  2. PCB’s – Create behavior and cognitive problems.
  3. DDT’s – Impedes normal breast milk production.
  4. Mercury – Causes attention, memory and learning problems.
  5. Endocrine disrupters – Some chemicals mimic hormones causing the body to send incorrect messages.
  6. Lead – Impedes normal brain development.
  7. Carcinogenic chemicals – Cause cancer.
  8. All chemicals – Produce free radicals which attack cells causing almost every known disease.
    • Direct cause and effect relationships between specific toxins and specific quickly. Also, many toxins have a similar impact making specific attributes
    • almost impossible.
    •      diseases is difficult because some toxins move in and out of the body
  • Lab tests are the best way to establish relative cause and effect relationships and many have been done.

 

  • Blood, urine and hair testing can measure current toxic burdens.

 

  • As toxins have increased, so have various toxin-related illnesses. Some examples are as follows:

 

  1. Cancer – 54.4% increase 1987-2005.
  2. Breast cancer – 74.3% increases 1987-2005.
  3. Prostate cancer – 121.5% increase 1987-2005.
  4. Asthma – 600% increase (2% to 12%) in children 1978-1996
  5. Learning disabilities – estimated at 10%.
  6. Behavioral problems – 17-21% of children (2002).
  7. Infertility – 8% of couples.
  8. Birth defects – 5% of children (1995).
  9. Autism and ADHD – 400% increase from 1989-2000.
  • Environmentally caused disease cost U.S. and Canadian society about $1 trillion dollars each year.

 

  • Toxins come from:

 

– pesticides                            – mining                     – pharmaceuticals

– preservatives                      – industry                   – farming

– household chemicals       – the soil                     – smoking

– printing plans                     – toxins in                   – food cooking

materials                    process

 

  1. Diseases associated with toxicity or free radicals include:

 

– Headaches                         – Fertility problems               – Hormone dysfunction

– Fatigue                                – Kidney dysfunction           – Muscle weakness

– Cancer                                 – Fibromyalgia                       – Chronic fatigue

– Parkinson’s disease         – Memory loss                       – Panic attacks

– Alzheimer’s disease          – Abnormal pregnancy        – Learning disorders

– Tinnitus                               – Mood disorders                  – Dermatitis

– Diabetes                              – Heart disease                     – Arthritis        – EMR

 

III.  Free radicals are created by other sources also:

 

– Within cells as part of energy production.

– Due to stress and the production of cortisol.

– From charcoal grilled meats and animal products cooked at high temperatures.

– Fried foods, hydrogenated oil, polyunsaturated fatty acids.

– Alcohol and sugar also create unstable molecules.

– Cell phones, computers, TV’s, the sun (EMR).

 

 

 

  1. The potential danger of free radical damage:

 

– Americans only get 50% of the antioxidants they need to protect themselves

from damage.

 

  1. Each cell gets 10,000 free radical hits per day.
  2. The body has 50-100 trillion cells.
  3. The body gets 7 trillion free radical hits per second.
  4. Cells go through 5 stages of deterioration; (stressal, weakened, dysfunctional, mutated, diseased).
  5. This deterioration happens over many years due to high levels of free radicals and low levels of nutrients.
  6. The body needs 10,000-12,000 mg of antioxidants per day and only gets 5000-6000 mg.
  7. Measured as ORAC units, the body needs 3,000-5,000 units, but only gets about 1200 units.V. This nutritional gap is caused by many factors:
  1. The soil has been depleted via poor framing techniques.
  2. Produce is picked before it is ripe.
  3. Produce is processed which depletes nutrients.
  4. Long storage and transportation depletes nutrients.
  5. Cooking depletes nutrients.
  6. Lack of adequate chewing.
  7. Low enzyme levels.
  8. Low probiotic levels.
  9. Cell permeability is a factor.
  10. People eat low nutrient foods.
  • Nutritional values are down from 40-80% over the past 50 years.

 

  • The average American does not eat the 7-9 helpings of fruits and vegetables each day (only 9% do).

 

  • Fifty years ago, only 10% of the population was chronically ill. Today that figure Is 40% – a 400% increase.

 

  • There are many foods with a negative nutrient impact on the body including the following:

 

– High fructose corn syrup              – Bacon and processed luncheon meat

– Margarine                                        – Donuts, pies and cakes

– Soda pop                                         – Hydrogenated fat

– Diet pop                                           – Processed sugar

– White flour pastries                       – Hard liquor

 

  • There are many foods that have a high nutrient value:

 

– Berries                     – Olive oil                   – Kelp

– Wheatgrass                        – Green tea                – Garlic

– Salmon                    – Broccoli                   – Onions

– Spiralina                  – Asparagus              – Cabbage

– Sardines                  – Cauliflower             – Apples

– Peppers                   – Spinach                   – Cinnamon

– Beets                        – Curry                        – Tomatoes

– Beans                      – Lentils                      – Whole oats and rice

 

  • These foods are also good for detoxification.

 

  1. The following are supplements that are good for detoxification:

 

– L-glutathione                                  – Zinc and copper

– Calcium D-glucarate                     – Milk thistle

– CoQ10                                             – Whey protein

– Vitamin B                                        – Betaine

– Vitamin E                                        – Polyphenols

– Vitamin C                                        – Selenium

– Vitamin A (beta carotene)                        – Glycine

– SOD                                                 – Bioflavonoids

– NAC                                                 – Molybdenum

– Turmeric                                          – Digestive enzymes

– Alpha lypoic acid                           – Green drinks

– Spirulina                                         – Blue green algae

– MSM                                                 – Red clover

– Green tea extract                           – Dandelion

– Quercitine                                       – Resveratrol

– Vitamin D                                        – Lycopene

– Inositol

 

VIII.  Other detoxification strategies include:

 

– Stress reduction via meditation, yoga and other techniques.

– Getting enough restful sleep.

– Not overeating (metabolic free radical production).

– Exercise with sweating.

– Saunas.

– Massage.

– Reduced use of cell phones, computers, television etc.

– Use sun screens for protection from sun rays.

– Limit alcohol and sugar intake.

– Drink purified water (8-10 glasses per day).

– Avoid prescription drugs unless absolutely necessary.

– Eat organic food as much as possible.

– Use natural, chemical-free household products.

– Avoid coffee, black tea and chocolate.

– Avoid meat and dairy products.

– Avoid fried foods.

– Avoid artificial foods, sweeteners, colors, etc.

– Avoid fast food, junk food and processed foods.

 

VIII.  Tests that can help:

 

– Blood tests for toxins, antioxidants, minerals, etc.

– pH test to determine acid-alkaline balance.

– Hair analysis for heavy metals and other toxins.

– Live blood cell analysis for yeast levels, uric acid etc.

– EDS – Electro Dermal Screening.

 

  1. Making your detox plan:

 

– Taking a detox symptoms test (Holdord or Metagenics).

– Taking a nutrition analysis test (Health at Work).

– What are my 5 main toxic exposures?  (Environmental)

– What are some other free radical producers for me?

– Can I avoid any of the above exposures?

– What foods can I eliminate?

– What foods can I decrease?

– What foods should I add?

– What supplements should I add?

– What other detoxification or free radical reduction strategies can I adopt?

– What tests can I agree to get?

– What are my 3 main goals for wanting to detoxify?

 

  1. Books you might want to read:

 

  • 7-day Detox Miracle by Bennett and Barrie
  • The pH Miracle by Robert Young
  • Review Your Life by Brenda Watson
  • Detoxification and Healing by Sidney Baker