Friday, May 18, 2018

What do we know about heavy metal toxicity?

Dimitri Mendeleev is often cited as being the 'father' of the periodic table.Do you remember the days in science class when you studied the elements? Back then you probably weren’t worried about the presence of heavy metals and metalloids in your body.

There was a time when mercury was considered a cure, well, until it killed you. Aluminum was used to make cooking utensils and is still used in some deodorants, yet it is considered to have a link to Alzheimer’s disease. Lead was used for everything from crystal glass, ammunition and in car batteries, and if you were lagging behind, you may have been told to get the lead out. And cadmium was the component used in making rods for nuclear reactors.

As for arsenic, there is abundance in the Earth's crust and in the atmosphere: a part of it is coming from such places as volcanoes, the rest is man-made. Arsenic-based pesticides are found in some foods – since it is naturally occurring in water and soil – and this is how this metalloid has become pervasive in our diets and our bodies. A new study from Dartmouth University concludes that foods containing arsenic could be the main way you’re exposed to this harmful metalloid. For instance, in regular sprout eaters (with a diet including Brussel sprouts, kale, broccoli and cauliflower) the level of arsenic was 10.4% higher than in people who never ate sprouts or ate them less than once a month. These foods are seen as healthy selections, but even the organically sourced ones cannot assure, that they are free from arsenic, which can be also found in dark-meat fish (tuna, mackerel, salmon, sardines, bluefish or swordfish) and rice – a staple in many cultures. Those eating half a cup per day had consistently high arsenic levels. Also chicken and poultry are regularly given food containing arsenic-based drugs, and even beer and wine has a higher level of arsenic (men who had 2.5 beers per day had 30% higher arsenic levels than non-consumers), mainly originating from the water.

Did you ever think back then that metals and metalloids would find their way into the human body to cause deadly diseases? Heavy metals are more abundant than ever imagined; they are used in agriculture, medical industry, cosmetics and within the chemical industry. The isolated elements were one thing but the bioaccumulations of toxins from environmental pollution are now in our water, air and soil and with that a part of our everyday life.

Research scientists believe that heavy metals are systemic and affecting us all: both the young and the not so young. They cause havoc with our health, ranging from leaky gut syndrome, neurologic disorders (such as mental illness to chronic fatigue), cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, blood disorders, developmental abnormalities and cancer.Heavy metals are found in our drinking water and in the soil – causing a globalchallenge in our food supply.

I recall seeing massive protests of our youth in the US over gun control.Don’t get me wrong, I agree with their cause, but if they only knew that environmental pollution is a different kind of weapon. We should be arm in arm in the streets,with affecting babies linking to autism.Meanwhile the FDAis collecting data instead of controlling the amount of heavy metals used in agriculture.

Now that we have the information, we really can do better.[1]Especially since there is mounting evidence suggesting that chelation therapy can help remove toxic heavy metals from the body.For added convenience to interveinal administered EDTA chelation, there is the oral form from Life Choice calledCLAW – OCHMB 180V’s.


Here you can find more information about how to safely remove the metals:
Diabetes and Coronary Health: A Breakthrough for Chelation Therapy (Part 1)
The Validity of EDTA Chelation Therapy (Part 1)

Read more about heavy metal toxicity:

Having Mental Issues? Top Symptoms You Have Heavy Metal Toxicity
Are Heavy Metals Playing Havoc With Your Fertility?
The Ugly Truth About Heavy Metal Poisoning and Cancer and What You Can Do About It
Heavy Metals, Cardiovascular Disease, and the Unexpected Benefits of Edetate Disodium Chelation Therapy

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Natural Health: How We Got Here, Where We’re Going


 

Natural Health: How We Got Here, Where We’re Going
 

     
In the 1980’s, the natural health industry was still an anomaly. The best-selling loaf of bread was Wonder Bread (though the “wonder” was more wondering how those ingredients could make bread). Lean Cuisine dinners and Sugar Free Jell-O were considered healthy options.

In the 1800’s, the idea of using chemicals in farming was proposed by Justus von Liebig, who noticed that certain chemical imbalances in soil affected soil fertility and lowered crop yields. However, farmers did not embrace “book farming,” and it fell out of favour until 1939. That year, Paul Müller discovered dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, or DDT, which was the most effective insecticide known to date. DDT was heavily used in World War II to control typhus; after the war, its use spread to farms and around the house, along with other war-manufactured products.

Following the chemical influence over food was supplementation of food. Food had become deficient in nutrition.  In the 1970’s, mainstream supplements like Centrum came out. Owned by Pfizer, Centrum has a huge advantage in the medical field, as they have the same access to doctors as Pfizer does. Ironically, though, despite this professional access, Centrum’s ingredient list contains more non-active ingredients than vitamins and minerals. Still, this trend of large corporations owning natural products has continued to dominate, and in 2013, the natural industry was worth over $109 billion. The features distinguishing truly natural products from “natural products” in name only have become more blurred, though. As of 2017, the US was considering the prospect of defining what is natural. Their definition consisted of 3 core ideas: origin, ingredients, and processing. The origin of the raw materials would encompass organic and non-GMO aspects. Ingredients would be free of artificial colours and flavours, preservatives, additives, pesticides, and hormones. Under the final aspect, processing, the level of processing would be minimal.

In Canada, Health Canada has set a standard of requirements for an item to be advertised as “natural.” The item should be in its original form, with no additives; the only thing that could be removed would be water. There should be no significant processing. Even if a products claims to contain “natural ingredients,” every ingredient must meet the “natural” requirement. However, it should be noted that “natural” does not mean free of pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, or GMO’s. Plants and animals raised by conventional means will still contain those things, but can call themselves “natural” because they have not been altered. To truly be in the clear from those things, one would need to buy something that is certified organic.

Even natural flavours can be tricky. Though they can contain elements from natural sources, they can also contain many other things, too. A single flavour can contain up to 100 ingredients, including synthetic solvents, preservatives, and emulsifiers that allow ingredients to mix while maintaining the same flavour. One positive change that is forthcoming is the new requirement for manufacturers to list each individual colour used in their products by name—not simply “colour” or “natural colour,” as is the case now.
With natural food standards constantly changing with the times, it is difficult to keep up with what is truly natural and what is just parading as natural. The best way to ensure you do not have to stay on top of ever-changing regulations is to trust companies that have made their processes and intentions clear from the start. Life Choice is one of those companies.

In partnership with Optimyz magazine, we have just released a new behind-the-scenes look at our company in the June/July issue: where we started, what we’ve done since, and where we are going. There is also a brief product guide to help you and your customers determine which products might be right for them. We would encourage you to view the booklet here and use it as a guide not only to Life Choice, but also to the industry as a whole. We have seen what the industry standard was in the beginning, and it is apparent that the standards have devolved into something else entirely. We are proud to be one of the few still standing for the highest quality natural medicine.