Toxins

Toxins have properties that can damage internal structures of the body. What effects do they have on tissues? How do they get into the body? Do they travel around the body, or do they tend to stay in particular organs or spaces? What are the symptoms associated with toxin activity? There have been several news reports where toxins may explain the medical syndrome. Even more interesting, since trauma to the body is linked to emotions, so can be the damage done by toxins. Furthermore, allergies are related to both toxins and emotional experience.

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Removing Toxic Fracking Chemicals from the Body

Comment on “Sick From Fracking? Doctors, Patients Seek Answers” on Morning Edition,  May 15, 2012, where I discuss the symptoms patients might feel from the chemicals used or extracted during fracking and why, what these chemicals damage, and how to get rid of them, using mind-body medicine techniques. “Fracking” refers to the practice of hydraulic fracturing of the rock holding natural gas using lots of water and chemicals.

Summary

NPR reporter Rob Stein describes how fumes, of unknown but suspected origin, periodically blast through a clinic, causing everyone there, including clinical workers, to show symptoms like throat burning, passing out, vomiting, metal taste on the tongue. The symptoms disappear in a short time as the fumes disappear. Others living near gas well drilling show the same and other symptoms: rash, wheezing, aches and pains from any place in the body, etc. Doctors do not know how to treat the patients, because they do not know if any symptom is serious. The EPA is monitoring air chemistry and wind direction. Raina Rippel of the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project is trying to find answers to questions by testing tap water, connecting doctors and patients with toxicologists, occupational health doctors, environmental scientists and other experts. Her group is also educating health practitioners about the tests to use and what to advise. Others (some doctors and the natural gas industry) say don’t make a mountain out of a molehill. Until there are good studies done, there is not a lot a physician can advise.

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Obesity and Pesticides

All sorts of reasons for the “obesity epidemic” have been surfacing. Some have blamed the television for promoting “couch potatoes,” others the increasing number of families who eat only fast food, which tends to be high in fat and salt, others blame a lack of exercise, starting in school-aged children who do not have any kind of daily exercise plan or who lost gym classes in the efforts by schools to increase grades or scores on tests. Still others look to a much bigger picture and suspect that the U.S. government is actually fueling the obesity epidemic by its own policies.

Comment on “Is U.S. Farm Policy Feeding The Obesity Epidemic?” on All Things Considered 10 Aug 2011. A look at one possible cause of the obesity epidemic in this country. Farm subsidies were examined to see if they promoted unhealthy eating. A reasoned understanding of what these subsidies do suggests that they do not promote unhealthy eating. This report suggested that the processing and marketing of foods may have a bigger effect, although no study confirms this. A very different take on the problem suggests that the U.S. farm policy supports obesity-promoting farm practices by encouraging the use of pesticides in genetically modified food crops, and not encouraging organic farming practices.  There is scientific evidence showing that pesticides can be strongly linked to, if not cause, diabetes and obesity. It is time to take a closer look at these reasons and consider other reasons that have not gotten much attention.

Updated: 25 July 2016

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Cholesterol and Heart Disease

Functions of cholesterol. Hedgehog is a gene important for embryos. By Spevvy at Wikimedia.

Sometimes we need to think outside of the box” when it comes to finding answers to many of our health questions. The case of cholesterol, heart disease, and the medications used to combat it illustrates this principle very strongly.

Comment onStudy: Boosting Good Cholesterol With Niacin Did Not Cut Heart Risks” on All Things Considered 27 May 2011.  It appears there are multiple causes for cardiovascular disorders.  There is strong theoretical work that suggests cholesterol is a response by normal cells to an assault on cell membranes. So people who continue to claim that high cholesterol is a cause for cardiovascular disease are misinforming the public, and putting research on the wrong track. We need to use our understanding of basic chemistry to study what may be the cause of disease. By recognizing multiple causes of high LDL (low density lipids, a type of cholesterol), we can treat it in multiple ways, like diet, exercise, taking niacin and calcium supplements, and getting rid of toxins.

Updated: 2 Sept 2014

Summary

A study of Niaspan showed that it did raise “good cholesterol” (HDL, High Density Lipids), but it did not lower the rate of heart attacks. Patients on Niaspan were more likely to have a stroke than those on placebo.  NIH halted a big study of this drug early as a result.  NPR reporter Scott Hensley tells us that even though earlier observational studies (not experimental) show that high levels of HDL in people have been associated with “a lower risk of heart attack,” this does not mean that HDL helps to get rid of a cause of a heart attack. Based upon the assumption of causation, the HDL hypothesis states that raising HDL cholesterol should lower the risk of heart disease (it is hard to avoid thinking that “risk” does not mean “cause” in this hypothesis). More than 3400 patients were studied and all were also taking cholesterol-lowering drugs to control LDL (Low Density Lipids).  However, the FDA wants more studies, and does not recommend that patients stop taking niacin. Continue reading

Treating Sleep Disordered Breathing in Kids by Tonsillectomy

Collapse of Pharynx during sleep can cause apnea, by Habib M'henni & User:DMY on Wikimedia
Collapse of Pharynx during sleep can cause apnea, by Habib M’henni & User:DMY on Wikimedia

A tonsillectomy is now being used to treat sleep apnea and snoring in kids. They did away with that operation to treat infection. Will they discover it is not wise even for obstructed breathing during sleep?

Modified comment on “Say Aaa! Then Zzz: Tonsillectomy Helps Kids Sleep” on Morning Edition, 14 March 2011,  where I discuNational Public Radioss how doctors need to consider environmental causes other than germs, like toxins, as a cause of sore throats. Toxins can damage tissue, attracting predatory microbes. They can also interfere with nerve transmission, preventing proper muscle contraction, gland secretion, and control of fluid flow in the subcutaneous tissues of the nose and throats.

Updated 16 Aug 2011

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Treating the Criminally Mental Illness Cases

Goya's "Madhouse" (1812-1819), PD at Wikimedia
Goya’s “Madhouse” (1812-1819), PD at Wikimedia

How we think mental illness is caused greatly affects how we treat it. Those severely mentally disordered people who have committed crimes are being treated in mental hospitals without proper supervision. The safety of health professionals is at risk.

Comment National Public Radioon “Changes Sought After Death at Calif. Mental Hospital” on Morning Edition on 19 April 2011.  See also the report on Morning Edition on 24 May 2011, “California Ordered To Reduce Prison Population“, and on All Things Considered 23 May 2011, “High Court Rules Calif Must Cut Prison Population“, where I discuss how combining severely mentally ill criminals in mental hospitals without proper safety precautions creates an extremely dangerous work environment for professional hospital workers. I take issue with the use of the term “genetic” to describe a cause of mental illness, since there is always an environmental interaction with genes.

Updated 25 May 2011

Summary:

The death of a patient who had to be subdued by hospital staff for attacking another patient has led to more debate about what to do about the mental hospitals in California who have swelled with patients referred to them from the criminal justice system. This death happens just after the state has been asked to do something about the increasing violence because of a previous recent death of a staff member. The state’s response? California’s OSHA levied fines because the hospital had violated state labor law.  The answer so far has been to lift the hiring freeze at the hospital. Continue reading

Using MRT: Removing Toxins and Emotional Trauma

Toxic Trauma and Emotions are Linked in the Brain

In this post I discuss using Muscle Reflex Testing (MRT, or Applied Kinesiology), and visualization techniques to remove toxins and the links exposure to them may have with emotional trauma.  I speak from personal experience, having used MRT to learn that the presence of toxic substances caused my physical symptoms, that certain emotionally traumatic events were linked to them, how they came to be linked, and why my own emotions were so readily ignited with unconscious memory of those traumas. I discuss a personal example in my post “Finding Toxins and Repairing Tissue”. Continue reading

Eating Wild Greens

Herb Garden, from Gabriele Delhey, Wikimedia
Herb Garden, from Gabriele Delhey, Wikimedia

Yes, you can eat wild weeds for a healthy lifestyle, but C A R E F U L L Y! Most weeds have at least minimal medicinal qualities, but do not expect major effects on your health unless you eat the poisonous ones.

Foraging TNational Public Radiohe Weeds For Wild, Healthy Greens” was broadcast on NPR’s Morning Edition for 18 April 2011, but is a great Introduction for a discussion on medicinal herbs. Shouldn’t we avoid collecting herbs near polluted roads and highways? Most of the herbs we would collect for food also have medicinal qualities.

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On Finding Cholesterol in Egyptian Mummies

Egyptian Mummy, Third Century, from Louvre Museum, by Zubro Copyright © 2002, at Wikimedia (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mummy_Louvre.jpg)

Does cholesterol in arteries come from what we eat? How does cholesterol relate to environmental stress? To toxins?

These comments are on a report, “Egyptian Mummies Diagnosed With Clogged Arteries” on NPR’s All Things Considered for 9 April 2011, where I dispute the assumption made by the scientists interviewed here that cholesterol in arteries comes from diet. There is a lot of evidence that it does not and that all cholesterol is produced by the liver in response to environmental stress (coming from the internal environment). I suggest that blood vessel cells make more cholesterol to protect them from the toxins.

Updated: June 20, 2011

Summary:

Dr. Greg Thomas and a team of scientists thought that if they observed, with a CT scanner, a population of people from an earlier historical period when most were active, ate a variety of fresh foods, and mostly low in fat, and did not consume tobacco, that they would show healthy arteries.  The scientists chose Egyptian mummies because they were bodies with soft parts that were readily available for examination because they came from a privileged population who were unlikely ever to have suffered from starvation.  They were surprised to find evidence of atherosclerosis, and some very severe cases of high cholesterol. Continue reading