I just came across an article about Oxalates in our FOOD and how consuming green smoothies and green leafy veggies can be dangerous for your health and I wanted to deconstruct some myths around what high oxalates in our food can contribute to the development of kidney stones, autism, vulvodynia, gout, arthritis. So I did some light research. I welcome you to question and do the same… This what I found.
- “Eating foods high in oxalate is not the only way for oxalate to get high in cells and blood. Our bodies make oxalate on their own, especially when certain enzymes aren’t balanced in their activity because of genetic differences or because someone has deficiencies in enzyme cofactors like vitamin B6, magnesium or thiamine. Oxalate also can be generated in the body when someone is getting high doses of vitamin C or consuming high levels of fructose.”
- “It is nuts for anyone not already under medical advice to select this leafy green over that based on oxalic-acid content. Oh, and don’t eat several pounds of rhubarb leaves (which no one eats anyway) at one sitting.”
- “The body has antioxidant and other protections against oxalate which work when the body burden of oxalate is low and the antioxidant resources high. These systems may be overwhelmed by higher levels of oxalate in the body’s tissues, or when infection (frequent immunization?) overwhelms the body’s antioxidant systems. For this reason, as long as someone continues to consume a high oxalate diet when their gut is “leaky” or when they are sick, then, eventually, in time, the damage may begin to appear as some organs begin to be affected by a buildup of oxalate, or by the disruption of the mineral chemistry that oxalate may inflict.”
- “A probiotic formulation of a bacteria called oxalobacter formigenes is under development as a drug for patients with hyperoxaluria and related conditions, and it is currently in clinical trials, but may not be available until 2012 or 2013.”
SUMMARY: Consult a physician or holistic practitioner if you have any concerns with Oxylates and how it may be affecting your current health. Question everything…even your doc…and the things I am writing 🙂 you won’t know it unless you feel and see it for yourself!
Remember it’s all about BALANCE and being accountable for it by putting ourselves into a ‘Checks and Balance’ by:
1. Getting in some exercise
2. Drinking tons of good water and eating a well-balanced plant-based diet
3. Experiencing healthy relationships
4. Enjoying what we do for work
5. Finding some time in your busy schedule to just “be” and connect with your inner self.
VOCs are harmful chemicals emitted by lots of the products and materials we have in our homes. Most VOCs can’t be detected by smell. Many VOCs exacerbate or trigger asthma attacks.
Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals that are emitted as gases from solids or liquids and easily evaporated into the air at room temperature. Concentrations of these chemicals can be up to 100 times higher indoors than outdoors. Thousands of products, many that we use every day, or are exposed to every day, emit VOCs into the air while they are being used, and, to some degree, even when they are stored. These products include:
Paints & varnishes
Cooking oils, etc.
Copiers & printers
Upholstery & fabrics
Glues & adhesives
Hair care products
Furniture (pressed wood)
While all VOCs have the potential to be harmful, there are a few common VOCs that can be particularly dangerous, and are emitted from a number of products in our homes. These common VOCs are Formaldehyde, benzene, and phenol, and are classified as Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the European Union (EU) suggest that levels greater than 500 ng/L (nanograms per liter) of VOCs could pose a health hazard in homes. However, data from thousands of homes tested show the median value is 1,200 ng/L, more than twice the recommended level. Even slightly elevated levels of these airborne chemicals could produce health concerns for people, particularly young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and those who suffer from allergies and asthma.
- According to the American College of Allergies, 50% of all illness is aggravated or caused by polluted indoor air.
- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) themselves declare that indoor air is anywhere from 2 to 10 times more hazardous than outdoor air.
- The EPA also warns us that the indoor air quality is the United States’ number one environmental health problem.
- Today’s homes and buildings are built air-tight, and contain a long list of pollution sources. As a result, natural air-cleansing agents such as ozone and negative ions are kept out, while contaminants are kept in.
- A recent study found that the allergen level in super-insulated homes is 200% higher than it is in ordinary homes.
- According to Scientific America, a baby crawling on the floor inhales the equivalent of 4 cigarettes a day, as a result of the out-gassing of carpets, molds, mildews, fungi, dust mites, etc.
- Most people spend well over 90% of their time indoors. In which case, indoor air is going to impact our health far more than outdoor air.
The EPA informs us that 6 out of 10 homes and buildings are “sick”, meaning they are hazardous to your health to occupy as a result of airborne pollutants.
How to start: Use the following air purification systems and recommendations to clean and improve your indoor air quality in your home and office. These air purification systems will help eliminate mold, airborne toxins, chemicals, odors, bacteria, fungus, pollen and other contaminants.
What’s in Your Cosmetics and Personal Care Products?
Cosmetics might make people look more attractive, but the ingredients in many personal care products don’t add up to a very pretty picture, according to a new video, The Story of Cosmetics: The Ugly Truth of Toxins in, Toxins out. Produced by Annie Leonard (who also wrote The Story of Stuff), it’s an eye-opening look at the world of personal care products and cosmetics.
Leonard’s message: the cosmetics industry is unregulated. The Federal Drug Administration doesn’t test the safety of personal care products. It doesn’t even require that all of the ingredients be listed on the label. And that can make for cosmetics that can have some pretty nasty ingredients, she says.
The average women uses about 12 personal care products daily, the average man about 6 person care products, less than 20% of all the chemicals in personal products have been regulated and assessed by the industry’s safety panel. Would you fly in an airplane that inspects 20% of its planes?
The FDA has banned only 8 out of 12,000 listed chemicals? Cosmetic industry is making the rules and deciding whether or not to follow them.
Let’s change the system with commons sense laws that deal with precautionary principle.
This infographic is an absolute must-read and must-share! Did you know that cosmetics are NOT subject to FDA approval? Or that deodorant contains aluminium and red lipstick contains an insane amount of lead? Even baby shampoo contains scary chemicals.
(Thanks to Dr. Frank Lipman for the tip on this informative infographic from cosmetologyschool.org)
Please take a look and share with everyone you know. This is a serious issue which we all need to spread the word about!