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Oxalates in our FOOD? SHEER TOXICITY or NOT? Kidney stones, autism, vulvodynia, gout, arthritis…

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.

  1. “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.”
  2. “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.”
  3. “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.”
  4. “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.”

http://oxalicacidinfo.com/
http://www.lowoxalate.info/
http://www.ohf.org/docs/Oxalate2008.pdf

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.  

VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) Facts on Indoor Air Quality

VOCs
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
Moth balls
Solvents
Building materials
Pesticides
Gasoline
Fuel oil
Cooking oils, etc.
Cleaning supplies
Carpeting
Wallpaper
Vinyl flooring
Dry-cleaning
Candles
Growing mold
Copiers & printers
Upholstery & fabrics
Glues & adhesives
Permanent markers
Craft materials
Cosmetics
Hair care products
Air fresheners
Disinfectants
Furniture (pressed wood)
Vehicle exhaust
Tobacco smoke

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?

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.

What You Need to Know About Cosmetics & Chemicals (Infographic)

By MindBodyGreen

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!


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Avoid the Most Common Endocrine Disruptor Chemicals

INFORMATION IS POWER… Live healthy. Live well. Live long.

An endocrine disruptor is a synthetic compound that mimics a natural hormone when it is absorbed by the body. It can have the effect of altering normal hormone levels, triggering excessive action, or completely blocking a natural response. In addition any other bodily function controlled by hormones can also be affected.

Synthetic endocrine disruptors are now being found in living tissue at dramatically higher concentrations than natural hormones. A CDC report from July 2005 found that the bodies of Americans of all ages contain an average of 148 synthetic chemicals.
Our bodies have an active detoxification system in place in the form of our blood, lymph, liver, kidneys, intestines, lungs, and skin. However there is an abundance of manmade chemicals — experts estimate that 40 million pounds of hormonally active chemicals are produced in this country annual, with 2000 new varieties introduced to market each year. Even the healthiest person may have trouble filtering this exposure to these chemical.

Due to the long-term effect of endocrine disruptors, studies are beginning to show the possible connections between pesticides and frog deformities, fish sex reversals, and bird infertilities is well-documented. How this plays out with mammals seems to be highly individualized, relative to variables such as age at exposure, genetics, level and length of exposure, gender, and detox capability. Some humans seem to be better at dealing with these substances, but we suspect that the increase in chemical and medical sensitivities, childhood cancers, infertility rates, learning disabilities, autism and mood disorders may relate in some way to the sea of endocrine disruptors in which we all swim.

AVOID:

  • Bisphenol–A: A synthetic substance widely used to make polycarbonated plastics found in food and drink containers, the lining of tin cans, toys, baby bottles, dental sealants, flame retardants, and plastic wraps. This chemical easily leaches out into food and water.
  • Phthalates: Synthetic substances added to plastics to make them softer, more flexible and resilient. They also extend staying power. They are found in IV tubing, vinyl flooring, glues, inks, pesticides, detergents, plastic bags, food packaging, children’s toys, shower curtains, soaps, shampoos, perfumes, hair spray and nail polish.
  • Parabens: Compounds used as preservatives in thousands of cosmetic, food and pharmaceutical products.
  • PBDE’s (polybrominated diphenyl ethers): Found in flame retardants used on furniture, curtains, mattresses, carpets, television and computer castings. Categorized as a persistent organic pollutant (POP), this substance is stored in animal fats and thus found in dairy products, meat, fish, and human breast milk, and has been banned in several countries. It has also been detected in house dust.
  • PCB’s (polychlorinated biphenyls): Another group of highly toxic synthetic chemical compounds found on the list of POP’s, once used widely as insulation fluid in electrical transformers, lubricating oil in pipelines, and components of plastics and mixed with adhesives, paper, inks, paints and dyes. Since 1976 PCB’s have been banned in new products, but they are highly stable compounds that degrade very slowly, and these chemicals still persist.
  • Dioxin: Dioxin is a general name applied to a group of hundreds of chemicals that are highly persistent in the environment. The most toxic compound is 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin, or TCDD. Dioxin is formed as an unintentional by-product of many industrial processes involving chlorine such as waste incineration, chemical and pesticide manufacturing, and pulp and paper bleaching. Small molecules are diffused into the atmosphere, then land on soil, where they are eaten by soil microbes. From there they pass up the food chain into meat, fish, and dairy products and breast milk. We absorb 90% of the dioxin in our bodies through food sources, though you won’t find it listed on any label. Levels have been decreasing since the 1990’s with environmental measures, but it is still probably the most prevalent toxic chemical in our environment.
  • Pesticides and herbicides: In particular, atrazine, simazine, and heptachlor and other organophosphates and organochlorines have been found to be toxic to the nervous system and to show damaging reproductive (e.g., decreasing sperm motility) and developmental effects.
  • Heavy metals: Cadmium and arsenic are two heavy metals in widespread use whose endocrine disrupting mechanisms of action have been described. Mercury and lead are also implicated, and more studies are underway on heavy metals.


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What if you could see the toxicity in your environment?

COSMETICS
Did you know 80% of cosmetics contain paragons and phthalates, chemicals proven to increase the risk of cancer?
Baby power… BISHENOLS, PHTHALATES, PFAS,

KITCHEN
Most metal cooking pots, pans and bakeware…PAHS, DIOXINS, PCBS, PFOA, PFAS

CLEANING
Cleaning products…DECA, BDE, PBDES, PHENOL, CHLORINE, AMMONIA, FORMALDEHYDE, TRICLOCARBANS, BISPHENOLS, PHTHALATES, PHENOL, CHLORINE

FOOD
Fruits and vegetables…HERBICIDES, PESTICIDES
Meats…DIOXINS, PCBS
Frozen Pizzas… BUYLATED HYDROXYANISOLE (BHA), BUTYLATED HYDROXYTOLUENE (BHT)
Sugar sodas and most soda water…PHOSPHORIC ACID BISPHENOL A (BPA)

HOME
Kid Toys…LEAD
Most blankets, plastics, foams, fabrics…BDE, FLAME RETARDANTS PBDE

ARE YOU TOXIC?
One of the biggest threats to out health is our own environment. Some toxins are easy to spot however most are invisible and undetectable to the average person.

We have poisoned our water, poisoned our air. We are poisoning our foods and we are doing that to allow industry to advance but in the process, we are in production hundreds and hundred of pollutants into our bodies. In particular we are worried about pesticides, herbicides on the fruits and vegetables that we eat. On the animal side concerned about growth hormones, steroids, antibiotics being injected in the food supply. Prescription drugs are now showing up in the water supply. They are showing up as arsenic, heavy metals, etc.

We have sterilized our top soil, the pesticides not only kill the living organisms that kill the farmers produce by eats the top soil and kills all the micro-organisms and bacteria that convert and inorganic rock mineral into an organic form for it to be absorbed and taken up by the plant.

For us to assume that we have a plethora of of food that we are not under nourished is really wrong because our food unfortunately is under-nourished. Our nutritionally bankrupt food and water combine with toxicity is wreaking havoc on our mental and physical health.

When are health is compromised we lack the energy and emotional stability to perform the daily functions of life. It is more difficult to stay fit and we experience premature aging to having astronomical medical bill, which can put a strain on our finances and ultimately the relationships that we cherish the most.

These factors can make us more susceptible to disease depriving us from the kind of life we deserve. The biggest problem with toxicity that exists is body inflammation. Toxins are stored in fat cells, which then can cause inflammation, which is the leading cause of heart disease, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, asthma and many other degenerative diseases. The “love handles” and “stomach pouch” around your waist could actually be toxic waste storage areas. Inflammation is strongly related to the foods and water we consume which are connected to high pH acid levels.

Highly toxic people exhibit the following:
·Chronic fatigue
·Heart disease
·Memory loss
·Premature aging of skin
·Skin disorders
·Arthritis
·Hormone imbalances
·Anxiety
·Headaches
·Emotional disorders
·Cancers
·Autoimmune disease
·Constipation and digestive tract issues

As toxins build up in your body the liver and digestive tract cannot process and eliminate them effectively because they are already not working at maximum levels. At this point you develop a condition called “toxic overload”. Some initial symptoms of toxic overload include lack of energy, depression, cravings for sugar, environmental allergies, food sensitivities, and excessive mucus production. Other signs of a toxic body are: foggy thinking, mood changes, constipation, sallow and saggy skin, respiratory concerns, joint aches, acne, eczema, psoriasis, and easily contracting colds, flu, and infections.

There are 80,000 toxins in our air, food and water and it doesn’t matter if you are lean or not, you are going to absorb these in your body. A recent study from the CDC 2009 revealed the presence of 219 toxic chemicals in people of all ages. The CDC also reported that we are spending aver $75 billion a year on weigh-related deceases. We are putting all kinds of garbage in our bodies and being exposed to environmental, and emotional toxins and our bodies are then accumulating fat to protect us.

If you think obesity is only a problem in adults. Think again. Obesity is a huge and growing problem in children. We are producing obese children. That’s horrible. For the first time our children aren’t going to live as long as their parents. Hundreds of thousands of deaths per year are linked to obesity. The 2010 CDC reports that the top three leading causes of death in America is Heart disease, Cancer, Respiratory Disease.

In addition to an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise many scientists now believe that “toxic overload” is contributing to weight gain, obesity, accelerating aging and cancer. Even fit and lean athletes with out weight problems still need to be aware about what toxins (environmental, food and water) are doing to their long-term health.

All of these things are adding up and suddenly there’s a health problem so what can we do about it. There is not one product that can single handedly remedy all of our problems so it’s imperative that we get serious improving and supporting our health with nutritional cleansing, replenishing and combating pre-mature aging. Our bodies are fabulous and amazing they have a liver to detoxify and kidneys to clear stuff out and excrete it, but they are over-loaded. Unless you are living in a bubble you need to be doing something. The body has a great capacity to heal itself if you give it what it needs and allow the time for it to happen.

Each of us are exposed to impurities everyday and for this reason it is crucial for us to cleanse ourselves to ensure good health. No matter what your weight is your can be healthier. For people who are healthy, athletes, it’s amazing what the impact is their body composition get’s better their workouts are easier. Their stamina is greater, their recuperation is faster.

We change the oil in our cars and trucks so they don’t break down, and change the filters in our heating and air conditioners to keep them running properly. We brush our teeth to prevent decay. We seem to understand the concept of prevention and protecting our investments yet we ignore our most important asset, our body and over look the food and water we consume.

Over 70% of our body is water and 25% is solid mass. We tend to look over the fact that we are obsessed with food and dieting when we should seriously take a look at the water we are not drinking enough of or drinking water that is not good or optimal for us or for the environment.

50-75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. It is the root cause of many diseases, that aging is a function of cellular water loss. Drinking the proper amount (at least half and ounce per pound) and maximum quality of water, water that is hexagonal, alkaline, and high in antioxidants allows for maximum detoxification and removal of wastes to occur. Detoxifying gives us a break and provides our bodies with ability to help our organs to clear out the junk. The removal of toxic build-up and impurities it’s just the first step. It is also essential to replenish the body with the necessary minerals (sodium, potassium, magnesium, enzymes, electrolytes, amino acids, fatty acids that are needed on a cellular level. If we clear out the junk and put in good nutrition then we get a healthy cell and a healthy body.

Please help share this information with your friends and family to learn more about this problem and introduce you to more conscious ways of living your best, eating and drinking the best for your body.  


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