Synergy of Toxins

We have all heard of how the phyto nutrients in plants are synergistic but have you ever thought of whether the toxins you accumulate are synergistic?

We keep reading about all the toxins in our environment:

  • In the air we breathe
  • In water we drink
  • In the food we eat
  • In the hygienic products we use
  • In the makeup we use
  • In the household cleaning products we use
  • In the synthetic medication that we take
  • It is acclaimed that we now have over 90,000 man made toxins and over 65% of them are found in our homes!!!

They get into our bodies through our lungs; through our skin; through our mouths.

They are everywhere and our bodies are overloaded.

But it is even worse than we thought (but there is a solution).  The toxins work together and exaggerate the impact of one another.  The synergistic effect is now thought to be worse than the accumulative effect we thought they had before.

An article that was posted by the “The collaborative on Health and the Environment” was entitled “Synergistic Effects of Toxic Metals (Mercury, Lead, Aluminum) are Extreme”

Bernard Windham, MD and started off the article with “Mercury and lead are extremely neurotoxic (toxic to the brain) and cytotoxic (toxic to the cell), but their combined synergistic effect is much worse.  A dose of mercury sufficient to kill 1% of tested rats, when combined with a dose of lead sufficient to kill less than 1% of rats, resulted in killing 100% of rats tested.”

Schubert J, Riley EJ, Tyler SA. Combined effects in toxicology. A rapid systematic testing procedure: cadmium, mercury, and lead. Toxicol Environ Health 1978;4(5/6):763-776.

Research reflects that combinations like these are all around us.  For instance, when we combine mercury thimerosal (found in vaccines and neurotoxic) with aluminum (also found in vaccinations) we have a huge impact causing issues like autism and ADHD.

www.home.earthlink.net/~berniew1/indexk.html

But this is not limited to metal toxicities, like arsenic, aluminum, mercury, lead…but other types of toxicities that operate in a similar way are the PCBs, POPs, etc.

In addition, the label on food, hygienic or cleaning products may list compounds that sound good or that are found naturally in foods and plants, but when put together end up being carcinogenic.  We have to learn to be aware and take responsibility for our health.  Programs like the FDA have no interest in our health.  We have seen evidence over and over again that they walk hand in hand with pharmaceutical companies and other massive corporations that have a legal responsibility to make money.  They have no obligation to our health.

The following are some simple tips to watch food with regards to toxins in foods:

1. Processed meats & Nitrates: like bacon, hot dogs, and sausage. Sodium nitrates are used to keep their appetizing red hue.  Nitrates can also cause the formation of nitrosamines in your system, which can lead to cancer.  Cook a roast or a ham and slice it for meats.

2. Fish & mercury:  found in farmed fish like salmon.  Overexposure can cause memory problems, fatigue, and other health issues, and besides, most wild fish stocks are threatened these days. (An alternative is branzini)

3. Canned food & BPAs. The lining in cans usually have bisphenol – A which has been linked to diabetes and heart disease.

4. Non organic meat and dairy products:  may contain trace amounts of harmful contaminants like polybrominated diphenyl ethers, polychlorinated biphenyl and dioxins. Although many of these toxins have been banned, they are still present in the soil. Utilizing small amounts of organic meat is far better on your health and the environment.

5. Diet soda & other diet foods and artificial sweeteners.  While aspartame is certainly the most well recognized – all artificial sweeteners are toxic to the brain.  These neurotoxic chemicals are additive,  and can lead to nerve cell damage, dizziness, and headaches.

6. Farmed fish:  Studies show that farm-raised fish contain more polychlorinated biphenyl and over ten times the amount of dioxin.

7. Chicken. The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy discovered traces of arsenic in non-organic chickens.  http://www.organicconsumers.org/foodsafety/arsenic060405.cfm Prolonged exposure to this dangerous chemical can lead to cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Another study also found anti-biotic resistant bacteria in conventional chicken. http://www.organicconsumers.org/foodsafety/poultryfeces121102.cfm

8. Avoid rBGH (not inCanada).  Most countries around the world avoid the use of rBGH as it is considered very toxic and linked with breast cancer.   While almond milk is a good substitute – avoid soy as most of it is now GMO which is also hard on the health.

9. Avoid manufactured snacks. The more man is involved in the processing of food – the more harmful it is.  The hydrogenated oils used to extend shelf life of products like crackers and cookies are also associated with diabetes and heart disease. Snack foods also usually contain salt (sodium-chloride not sea or mineral salt), hi fructose corn syrup and other unhealthy ingredients. .

10. Artificially-colored foods:  includes: candy, maraschino cherries, puddings, ice cream, gelatin, etc.  Mice and rats exposed to blue 1 and 2, red 3 and yellow 6 suffered from brain, adrenal gland, thyroid, and kidney tumors. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/06/24/12-food-additives-to-avoid.aspx

11. Always buy organic produce. This one’s a no-brainer, but the list wouldn’t be complete without it. Lingering pesticides can lead to nervous and reproductive system damage, not to mention cancer.

12. Use stainless steel or cast iron cookware to prepare your meals. The Teflon used to create nonstick surfaces can release noxious gases when exposed to high temperatures, which puts you at risk for heart disease.

13. Never microwave food in plastic bowls, containers, or dishes. Exposure to heat causes the bisphenol-A found in plastics to break down and potentially contaminate your food. Also, make sure to hand wash them.

Do you research; take care of your body; and find yourself a good health practitioner.

For more information, contact: Dr Holly at holly@choicesunlimited.ca

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