Pollution

Pollutants are all the dead things around us that should not get into your body because they interfere with its work.  As long as they do not penetrate your tissues, they won’t interfere, like plastic eyeglasses and clothing.  But if they are invasive, your body must fight to remove them.

Pollutants can invade your body via the air you breath, the foods and beverages you eat, and the products you apply on your skin. 

The biggest tragedy is not recognizing when a pollutant is harming you.  Two people can use the same face cream.  One develops a rash, the other does not.  The one who did not, assume the cream is not harmful to them, that they are like a bank vault, impregnable to that product.  A better assumption is that the face cream is somewhat toxic, as evidenced by the rash that can develop, and they escaped the rash only because they had a stronger immune system.  The immune system is like money, paid out of the bank vault, for every toxic invasion.  When the money is gone, the bank (your health) fails.

Solvent Pollution

Solvents are compounds that dissolve things.  Water is a useful, life giving solvent.  Most other solvents dissolve fats and are life threatening, because fats form the membrane wall around each of our cells, especially our nerve cells.   The solvent that does the most harm is benzene.   It goes to thymus, ruins our immune system, therefore diseases and conditions invade us.  

If propyl alchohol is the solvent, the intestinal fluke is invited to use another organ as a secondary host, this organ will become cancerous.  If benzene is the solvent, the intestinal fluke uses the thymus for its becomes as a secondary host, setting the stage for AIDS.  Wood alcohol invites pancreatic flukes to use the pancreas as a secondary host.  This leads to pancreatic dysfunction which we call diabetes.  If xylene (or toluene) are the solvents, we are going to see any of four flukes using the brain as a secondary host.  If methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) or methyl butyl ketone (MBK) are the solvents, the uterus become a secondary host and endometriosis a likely result.  

This is a new kind of parasitism, based on pollution.  

The presence of benzene is associated in 100% of HIV cases (over 100 cases) with reproduction of intestinal fluke stages in the thymus.

The presence of wood alcohol is associated in 100% of diabetes cases (over 50 cases)  with reproduction of pancreatic fluke stages in the pancreas.

The presence of xylene and toluene is associated in 100% of Alzheimer cases (over 10 cases) with the reproduction of intestinal fluke stages in the brain.

Most of our processed food contains solvents.  So try to avoid them as much as you can!. 

Fasciolopsis buskii (parasite) depends on a snail, called secondary host, for part of its life cycle, only the adult stage live in human.  But when your body has solvents in it, the other five stages of growing can develop in you and get stronger!

Polluted Products

  • Flavored food:  yogurt, jello, candies, throat lozenges, store-bought cookies, cakes.
  • Cooking oil and shortening (use only olive oil, butter and lard).
  • Bottled water:  distilled, spring, mineral, or name brand.  Bottled fruit juice.
  • Cold cereal: including granola and health brands.
  • Flavored pet food, for cats and dogs.
  • Chewing gum
  • Ice cream and frozen yogurt
  • Baking soda and cornstarch
  • Rice cakes : even the plain ones
  • Carbonated beverages
  • Store-bought fruit juices
  • Bottles water, distilled water or spring water
  • Decaffeinated coffee, herb tea blends
  • Pill and capsules
  • Herbal extracts and prescription drugs
  • Vitamins, minerals and supplements 
  • Toothpaste, mouthwash
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Vaseline products
  • Shaving supplies
  • Soaps, hand creams, skin creams, moisturizers
  • Personal lubricants
  • Cosmetics, shampoo, hair spray and mousse

Remember Propyl alcohol is also called propanol, isopropanol, isopropyl alcohol and rubbing alcohol.  You won’t drop dead from getting propyl alcohol, but your cancer will flare up with each small addition.

Commercial beverages are especially toxic due to traces of solvents left over from the manufacturing process.  There are solvents in decaffeinated beverages, herb tea blends (not single herb teas),  carbonated drinks, beverages with Nutrasweet, flavored coffee, diet and health mixes, and fruit juices, even when the label states “not from concentrate” or “fresh from the orchard”, or “100% pure”.  It is allowable to use solvents to clean machinery used in bottling.  It is also allowable to use solvents to make spice oleoresins, which are used as flavoring.

All these solvents and others in commercial beverage have been found

  • Acetone in carbonated drinks
  • Benzene in store-bought drinking water (including distilled), store-bought fruit juice (including health varieties).
  • Carbon  tetrachloride in store-bought drinking water
  • Decane in health foods and beverages
  • Hexanes in decafs
  • Hexanedione in flavored foods
  • Isophorone in flavoured foods
  • Metyl butyl ketone and Methyl ethyl ketone in flavored foods
  • Methylene chloride in fruit juice
  • Pentane in  decafs
  • Propyl alcohol in bottled water, commercial fruit juices, commercial beverages
  • Toluene and Xylene in carbonated drinks
  • Trichloroethane (TCE), TC Ethyllene in flavored foods
  • Wood alcohol (methanol) in carbonated drinks, diet drinks, herb tea blends, store-bought water, infant formula

Parabens

Parabens have been widely used in products to prevent bacteria growth since the 1950s. “About 85 percent of cosmetics have them,” says Arthur Rich, Ph.D., a cosmetic chemist in Chestnut Ridge, New York. “They’re inexpensive and effective.” New York City dermatologist Fran E. Cook-Bolden explains, “Parabens have a long history of safe use, and that’s why they’re commonplace. New preservatives have less of a proven track record.” In fact, typically, more than one form of the ingredient is used in a product. The most common are butylparaben, methylparaben, and propylparaben. Over the last few years, however, in response to customer concerns, many brands have started to manufacture (and label) paraben-free products, including lotions, lipsticks, shampoos, scrubs, and more.

So What’s the Problem?

In the 1990s, parabens were deemed xenoestrogens―agents that mimic estrogen in the body. “Estrogen disruption” has been linked to breast cancer and reproductive issues. And in 2004 British cancer researcher Philippa Darbre, Ph.D., found parabens present in malignant breast tumors. As a result, experts in many countries are recommending limits on paraben levels in cosmetic products. What’s more, watchdog organizations worry that if parabens can be stored in the body, over time they could have a cumulative effect and pose a health risk.

Metal Pollution

Biochemists know that a mineral in raw element form always inhibits the enzyme using that mineral.  Copper from the meat and vegetables you eat is essential.  Inorganic copper, like you would get from a copper bottomed kettle or copper plumbing, is carcinogenic. Unfortunately, the inorganic from of metals is what pervades our environment.  We eat bread baked in metal pans, and drink water from metal plumbing.  Another obvious metallic threat is tooth fillings.  Mercury amalgam fillings, despite the assurances of the American Dental Association, are not safe.  And sometimes the mercury is polluted with thallium, even more toxic than mercury! Gold and silver seem to have fewer harmful effects, but no one should have any pure metal in or on their body.  Other prevalent toxic metals include lead and cadmium from soldered and galvanized plumbing, nickel and chromium from dental ware and cosmetics, and aluminium from food and drink cans, and cooking pots.

 

Mycotoxins

Molds produce some of the most toxic substances known, called mycotoxins.  One small moldy fruit or vegetable can pollute a huge batch of juice, jam or other product.  Although molds are alive, and can be killed by zapping or rife machine, mycotoxins are not, and must be detoxified by your liver.  But because mycotoxins are so extremely poisonous, a tiny amount can incapacitate a part of the liver for days 

Aflatoxin is the most common mycotoxin.  It is produced by molds that grow on quite a variety of plants.  For that reason it is not advisable to drink commercial fruit juices.  Of the thousands of oranges that go into the batch of orange juice you drink, one is sure to be moldy, and that is all it takes to give your liver a setback.

A heavy dose of vitamin C helps the liver recover quickly.  It also helps get rid of aflatoxin before it is consumed, right in the food container.  So keep vitamin C powder handy to use it like salt on all your food.

Everything that’s animal or vegetable can get moldy.  While living things are alive, the mold attackers can be held at bay.  As soon as they are dead, molding begins.  First it molds; then bacterial action sets in.  This is what makes things biodegradable.

Every grain has its molds.  Every fruit has its molds, tea and coffee plants have their molds.  Molds are not very choosy.  They have their preference for certain plants and conditions.  But the same molds found not just in your cereal, bread and pasta but in nuts, maple syrup, orange juice, vinegar, wine, etc.  Where is it not? It is not in dairy products or fresh fruit and vegetables, provided you wash the outside.  It is not in meat, eggs, and fish.  It is not in water.

 

Physical Toxins

Fiberglass insulation is one of the most common type used in construction.  This is like breathing in broken glass particles.  They cut into the lungs in a thousand places and can’t be coughed up.

Asbestos is another tiny bit, sharp as glass, that moves through your body like a swordfish, impaling your cells until it, too, gets routed into cyst.  Asbestos is used in the dryer belt of the tumble dryer, as it gets hot releases a blast of asbestos particles.

Cancer patients with solid tomours have either fiberglass or asbestos in them.

 

Chemical Toxins

Chlorofluorcarbons (CFCs) or freon is the refrigerant in your air conditioner and refrigerator coils.

Arsenic is used in pesticide.

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), oily compounds that is used in commercial soap and detergents.

Formaldehyde is used to cure foam.  As a result, roam furniture, pillows and mattresses give off formaldehyde for about two years after manufacturing.

The Pesticides belong to a category of chemicals used worldwide as herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, rodenticides, molluscicides, nematicides, and plant growth regulators in order to control weeds, pests and dis-eases in crops as well as for health care of humans and animals. The positive aspect of application of pesticides renders enhanced crop/food productivity and drastic reduction of vector-borne diseases. However, their unregulated and indiscriminate applications have raised serious concerns about the entire environment in general and the health of humans, birds and animals in particular. Despite ban on application of some of the environmentally persistent and least biodegradable pesticides (like organochlorines) in many countries, their use is ever on rise. Pesticides cause serious health hazards to living systems because of their rapid fat solubility and bioaccumulation in non-target organisms. Even at low concentration, pesticides may exert several adverse effects, which could be monitored at biochemical, molecular or behavioral levels. The factors affecting water pollution with pesticides and their residues include drainage, rainfall, microbial activity, soil temperature, treatment surface, application rate as well as the solubility, mobility and half life of pesticides. 

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is used as a flavor enhancer.  It can cause burning, especially of the face and lips.  Sometimes swelling occurs too.  Is was found decades ago to be a brain toxin and was taken out of baby food.  But what about adult?   Especially those who already have a brain problem.  Nowadays, In many restaurants is used, especially Asian restaurants.  Many packaged food has got it as well.

Lanolin is a waxy substance that coats a sheep’s fur, keeping it moist and protecting its skin. After a sheep has been shorn, a waxy substance called sebum is left on the fur, which comes from the animal’s sebaceous glands – just like human skin produces oil – and is affected by hormone production. While lanolin contains sebum, according to “The Scouring Post” by Beth Smith, it can also contain sweat, dirt, dust, pollen, fecal matter and more. In addition, different sheep breeds create different consistencies of lanolin with different makeups. Lanolin must first be purified before it can be used in any products and that can be a challenge. This refining process varies greatly between different companies, the chemicals used and the degree of purity in the process. After refinement, lanolin is used in a number of skin care and beauty products for consumer and in hospitals for wound care, but it’s also one of the most common ingredients for nipple cream, which provides relief from cracked and sore nipples to breastfeeding moms.

While refining can be complicated and difficult, the real problem with lanolin is its toxic makeup. Sheep that are conventionally farmed in the U.S. for wool are typically not raised organic. According to the American Sheep Industry Association document, “Fast Facts about Sheep Ecology (PDF)”, sheep eat a range of foods and much of their feed is made of alfalfa, which is considered “grass” and does contain GMOs. They may also be given GMO supplements. GMOs that are doused with glyphosate are typically endocrine disruptors which can, in turn, affect the lanolin that sheep secrete.

Other foods sources hold potential problems as well. According to Susan Schoenian at “Shepherd’s Notebook“, dried distiller’s grains with solubles (DDGS), which are made from corn products distilled at ethanol factories, are becoming a popular source of food for sheep. However, this food source may have a negative impact on reproduction in sheep herds. The corn used in these ethanol factories can be GMO-based.

However, one of the biggest dangers of lanolin is that sheep are sprayed directly with pesticides to treat mites and pests. In addition, harvested fur is treated again with pesticides during refinement. Lanolin can legally contain up to 40 parts per million (ppm) of pesticides to be FDA-compliant. This is interesting to note because lanolin that is reserved for hospital use on open wounds is regulated to no more than 3 ppm of pesticides.

Petroleum (petrolatum, petroleum jely, mineral oil, liquid paraffin, paraffin oil)

Mineral oil is a clear odorless liquid that has been used routinely for many decades in a wide variety of cosmetics and personal care products.  The mineral oil used in cosmetics and personal care products (also called “white mineral oil”) is a highly purified material obtained from refining petroleum.  It is refined to meet specifications appropriate for its use in pharmaceuticals, foods and cosmetics and personal care products.

While the source of mineral oil (petroleum) often leads to criticism of its use, one must remember that the white mineral oil used in cosmetic products is extracted from the petroleum and highly purified, not unlike the extraction and purification of vegetable oils. The purification of mineral oil results in a liquid of sufficiently high quality that is safe for use in the U.S. as an over-the-counter (OTC) oral laxative and OTC skin protector.

Side effects

  • Petroleum products blocks the skin pores and thus our body becomes unable to eliminates the toxins through the skin pores.
  • Petroleum products is a chemical that has a adverse effect in our immune system and nervous system if we use that product regularly.
  • Medical research also claims that the prolonged use of Vaseline, Petroleum jelly, Petrolatum, Liquid paraffin or Paraffin oil can lead to neurological disorders, cancers in child and adult as well as autoimmune disorders.
  • As per the research of Environmental Working Group, petroleum base cosmetic safety  assessments revealed that it consist of an impurity called 1,4-dioxane which can be the prime cause of cancer.

Aqueous Cream – Moisturiser or Irritant?

Prescriber Update 33(1): 4
March 2012

Aqueous cream is the most widely prescribed emollient for the treatment of dry skin conditions and is often the first line of treatment for patients with eczema. However, recent studies suggest that the use of aqueous cream can damage the skin barrier when used as a leave-on emollient.

Aqueous cream BP first appeared in the British Pharmacopoeia in 1958 and the formulation has remained unchanged since then. One of its ingredients, sodium lauryl sulphate, is an emulsifier and known skin irritant. Although the product was originally intended to be a wash product, it is now generally prescribed and used as both a soap substitute and leave-on emollient.

Users of aqueous cream have reported high rates of skin irritation, prompting the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in the United Kingdom to remove it from their guideline on the management of eczema in 2007.

Eczema arises from a combination of genetic and environmental factors leading to the breakdown of the skin barrier. Soap and surfactants, such as sodium lauryl sulphate, have been identified as negative environmental factors and their use is not recommended in patients with eczema.

New research, published in the British Journal of Dermatology, shows that aqueous cream induces skin irritation. The study compared parameters of skin barrier function between skin treated with aqueous cream as a leave-on emollient and untreated skin. Treated areas showed a decrease in the size and maturity of keratinocytes, causing the skin’s protective structure to be compromised. Treated skin also showed increased transepidermal water loss, reflecting impaired barrier function.

In patients with a history of atopic dermatitis aqueous cream appeared to cause a greater amount of skin barrier damage and subjective irritation was common.

These papers highlight the importance of not using products containing sodium lauryl sulphate, such as aqueous cream, as leave-on emollients as they may act to exacerbate skin damage rather than support skin barrier function.

Toxic chemical in hair dye
Toxic chemicals in hair dye graphic

Conventional hair dye is made with harmful chemicals that are put directly on the scalp each time hair is dyed, either at home or in the salon. Salon workers are even more exposed to these chemicals – potentially to carcinogenic levels of harm – as they may perform multiple hair dying sessions in a day.

When you purchase hair dye at the store, the ingredients are required to be listed on the label. Whether you can make sense of those labels may be another story altogether, as ingredients listed can be complex and hard to decode. However, salon products do not even have to list ingredients, because of loose language in federal legislation. The FDA does not require “For Professional Use Only” products, which include some dyes sold directly to stylists, to list the ingredients on packaging. This means your stylist might not even know themselves what ingredients are in your salon hair color.

The Health Concern

To achieve a permanent color, many hair dyes work using a system of ammonia (or ethanolamines in the case of some ammonia-free products), hydrogen peroxide, and p-phenylenediamine. The ammonia pulls apart layers of the hair’s proteins, so that the dye can access the hair shaft. Next, hydrogen peroxide bleaches the hair and helps p-phenylenediamine, one of the primary coloring agents, to become trapped in the hair.

These common dye chemicals are associated with negative health effects. Ammonia is a respiratory and asthma irritant, a potential endocrine disruptor, and is persistent in the environment, meaning it sticks around. P-phenylenediamine is associated with birth defectsskin irritationliver and blood toxicity, and allergic reaction. It is restricted for use in the European Union.

P-phenylenediamine is one of many coal-tar colors, which are derived from petroleum. Coal-tar dyes have been associated with a number of health effects like eye injury and allergic reactions. Coal tars themselves have been associated with multiple forms of cancer, and some coal-tar dyes have been found to cause cancer in animals. Despite these problems, unlike most color additives, coal-tar dyes do not need approval from the FDA.

Many dyes can also contain toluene,well-established neurotoxinlinked to birth defectspregnancy loss, and allergic reaction. They can also contain resorcinol, a chemical linked to endocrine disruption, meaning it impacts our body’s normal hormonal functioning and signaling. Lead acetate, another common ingredient, is linked to neurotoxicity. Conventional dyes can contain many other harmful chemicals like DMDM hydantoin, methylisothiazolinone, and fragrance.

One study of over 25,000 women found that the use of hair dye was associated with increased breast cancer incidence.

Because of issues in salon product ingredient transparency, it’s often difficult to know what you might be exposed to. Without this information, it is impossible to know how those mystery ingredients might impact health.

Electromagnetic Contamination

What happens when you are exposed to electromagnetic fields?

Exposure to electromagnetic fields is not a new phenomenon. However, during the 20th century, environmental exposure to man-made electromagnetic fields has been steadily increasing as growing electricity demand, ever-advancing technologies and changes in social behaviour have created more and more artificial sources. Everyone is exposed to a complex mix of weak electric and magnetic fields, both at home and at work, from the generation and transmission of electricity, domestic appliances and industrial equipment, to telecommunications and broadcasting.

Tiny electrical currents exist in the human body due to the chemical reactions that occur as part of the normal bodily functions, even in the absence of external electric fields. For example, nerves relay signals by transmitting electric impulses. Most biochemical reactions from digestion to brain activities go along with the rearrangement of charged particles. Even the heart is electrically active – an activity that your doctor can trace with the help of an electrocardiogram.

It is not disputed that electromagnetic fields above certain levels can trigger biological effects. Experiments with healthy volunteers indicate that short-term exposure at the levels present in the environment or in the home do not cause any apparent detrimental effects. Exposures to higher levels that might be harmful are restricted by national and international guidelines. The current debate is centred on whether long-term low level exposure can evoke biological responses and influence people’s well being.

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Widespread concerns for health

A look at the news headlines of recent years allows some insight into the various areas of public concern. Over the course of the past decade, numerous electromagnetic field sources have become the focus of health concerns, including power lines, microwave ovens, computer and TV screens, security devices, radars and most recently mobile phones and their base stations.

Effects on general health

Some members of the public have attributed a diffuse collection of symptoms to low levels of exposure to electromagnetic fields at home. Reported symptoms include headaches, anxiety, suicide and depression, nausea, fatigue and loss of libido. To date, scientific evidence does not support a link between these symptoms and exposure to electromagnetic fields. At least some of these health problems may be caused by noise or other factors in the environment, or by anxiety related to the presence of new technologies.  We are not completely sure! but EMF’s exposure plays a role!

electric fields

Genetically Modified Foods

Genetically modified foods or GM foods, also known as genetically engineered foods, bioengineered foods, genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are foods produced from organisms that have had changes introduced into their DNA using the methods of genetic engineering. Genetic engineering techniques allow for the introduction of new traits as well as greater control over traits than previous methods such as selective breeding and mutation breeding.

Commercial sale of genetically modified foods began in 1994, when Calgene first marketed its unsuccessful Flavr Savr delayed-ripening tomato. Most food modifications have primarily focused on cash crops in high demand by farmers such as soybeancorncanola, and cottonGenetically modified crops have been engineered for resistance to pathogens and herbicides and for better nutrient profiles. 

Harmful Effects of the Agent

Genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) are a broad group of plants, animals, and bacteria that are engineered for a wide variety of applications ranging from agricultural production to scientific research. The types of potential hazards posed by GMO’s vary according to the type of organism being modified and its intended application. Most of the concern surrounding GMO’s relates to their potential for negative effects on the environment and human health. Because GMO’s that could directly effect human health are primarily products that can enter the human food supply, this website focuses on genetically modified food. To date, the only types of products that have been approved for human consumption in the U.S. are genetically modified plants (FDA website). All genetically modified foods that have been approved are considered by the government to be as safe as their traditional counterparts and are generally unregulated (FDA website). However, there are several types of potential health effects that could result from the insertion of a novel gene into an organism. Health effects of primary concern to safety assessors are production of new allergens, increased toxicity, decreased nutrition, and antibiotic resistance (Bernstein et al., 2003).

Food Allergy
Food Allergy affects approximately 5% of children and 2% of adults in the U.S. and is a significant public health threat (Bakshi, 2003). Allergic reactions in humans occur when a normally harmless protein enters the body and stimulates an immune response (Bernstein et al., 2003). If the novel protein in a GM food comes from a source that is know to cause allergies in humans or a source that has never been consumed as human food, the concern that the protein could elicit an immune response in humans increases. Although no allergic reactions to GM food by consumers have been confirmed, in vitro evidence suggesting that some GM products could cause an allergic reaction has motivated biotechnology companies to discontinue their development (Bakshi, 2003).

Increased Toxicity
Most plants produce substances that are toxic to humans. Most of the plants that humans consume produce toxins at levels low enough that they do not produce any adverse health effects. There is concern that inserting an exotic gene into a plant could cause it to produce toxins at higher levels that could be dangerous to humans. This could happen through the process of inserting the gene into the plant. If other genes in the plant become damaged during the insertion process it could cause the plant to alter its production of toxins. Alternatively, the new gene could interfere with a metabolic pathway causing a stressed plant to produce more toxins in response. Although these effects have not been observed in GM plants, they have been observed through conventional breeding methods creating a safety concern for GM plants. For example, potatoes conventionally bred for increased diseased resistance have produced higher levels of glycoalkaloids (GEO-PIE website). 

Decreased Nutritional Value
A genetically modified plant could theoretically have lower nutritional quality than its traditional counterpart by making nutrients unavailable or indigestible to humans. For example, phytate is a compound common in seeds and grains that binds with minerals and makes them unavailable to humans. An inserted gene could cause a plant to produce higher levels of phytate decreasing the mineral nutritional value of the plant (GEO-PIE). Another example comes from a study showing that a strain of genetically modified soybean produced lower levels of phytoestrogen compounds, believed to protect against heart disease and cancer, than traditional soybeans (Bakshi, 2003). 

Antibiotic resistance 
In recent years health professionals have become alarmed by the increasing number of bacterial strains that are showing resistance to antibiotics. Bacteria develop resistance to antibiotics by creating antibiotic resistance genes through natural mutation. Biotechnologists use antibiotic resistance genes as selectable markers when inserting new genes into plants. In the early stages of the process scientists do not know if the target plant will incorporate the new gene into its genome. By attaching the desired gene to an antibiotic resistance gene the new GM plant can be tested by growing it in a solution containing the corresponding antibiotic. If the plant survives scientists know that it has taken up the antibiotic resistance gene along with the desired gene. There is concern that bacteria living in the guts of humans and animals could pick up an antibiotic resistance gene from a GM plant before the DNA becomes completely digested (GEO-PIE website). 

It is not clear what sort of risk the possibility of conferring antibiotic resistance to bacteria presents. No one has ever observed bacteria incorporating new DNA from the digestive system under controlled laboratory conditions. The two types of antibiotic resistance genes used by biotechnologists are ones that already exist in bacteria in nature so the process would not introduce new antibiotic resistance to bacteria. Nevertheless it is a concern and the FDA is encouraging biotechnologists to phase out the practice of using antibiotic resistance genes (GEO-PIE website).