Corporations Replace BPA with More DNA-Damaging Bisphenols

Corporations Replace BPA with More DNA-Damaging Bisphenols | bisphenol_toxicity | Environment General Health Toxins

p in the journal Chemosphere confirms that the hormone-disrupting chemical known as bisphenol A (BPA) is not the only bisphenol with DNA-damaging effects. In fact, the new cell study found that “…bisphenol AP, bisphenol M, or bisphenol P exerted genotoxic potentials that are greater than that of BPA.”

As consumer and regulatory pressure pushes manufacturers to eliminate BPA in favor of ostensibly safer alternatives, some are simply substituting less well known bisphenols into their products and disingenuously labeling them “BPA-free.”  Others are finding truly safer alternatives to bisphenols, but there is too little oversight to know for sure.

The US Food Supply Already Widely Contaminated With Bisphenols

This latest finding brings back to the forefront a concerning discovery made earlier this year that a wide range of bisphenols are already contaminating the US food supply.

The study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry analyzed the concentrations of hormone-disrupting chemicals known as bisphenols in foodstuff from the United States and their implications for human exposure, revealing widespread contamination.[i]

The researchers set out to determine the occurrence of bisphenols, other than BPA, in foodstuffs, due to the fact that information on the topic is scarce.  Their methodology was as follows:

[S]everal bisphenol analogues, including BPA, BPF, and BPS, were analyzed in foodstuffs (N = 267) collected from Albany, New York, USA, using high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS/MS). Foodstuffs were divided into nine categories of beverages, dairy products, fat and oils, fish and seafood, cereals, meat and meat products, fruits, vegetables, and “others.”

The study revealed bisphenol contamination of the US food supply is endemic:

Bisphenols were found in the majority (75%) of the food samples, and the total concentrations of bisphenols (ΣBPs: sum of eight bisphenols) were in the range of below the limit of quantification to 1130 ng/g fresh weight, with an overall mean value of 4.38 ng/g. The highest overall mean concentration of ΣBPs was found in the “others” category, which included condiments [emphasis added]

Within the category of vegetables, a sample of mustard (dressing) and ginger contained the highest concentrations of 1130 ng/g for bisphenol F (BPF) and 237 ng/g for bisphenol P(BPP). This dovetails with two other disturbing findings from last year: 1) human and synthetic hormones now widely contaminate fresh produce2) synthetic hormone activity now eclipses that of natural hormones within exposed populations.

The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry study also found that canned foods contained higher concentrations of individual and total bisphenols in comparison to foods sold in glass, paper, or plastic containers, likely due to the epoxy-resin can liners, which unless explicitly labeled to be ‘bisphenol free’ contain bisphenol

Even with the latest finding on the genotoxicity of bisphenols other than BPA, there still has been little to no adequate toxicological and safety research performed on these relatively novel xenobiotic chemicals, despite the fact that millions of consumers are already being exposed to them.

It was only last year that it became apparent that global manufacturers of consumer goods that formerly used BPA were switching to the equally toxic (and environmentally more persistent) bisphenol BPS. [see: Consumer Alert: BPA-Free Goods Still Contain Toxin Bisphenol.]

BPS is increasingly being used to displace BPA in global paper currency and thermal printer paper, and is now found in human urine samples at levels as high as BPA.  The new study discovered that the second most prevalent  bisphenol analogue found in foodstuffs was BPF, which accounted for 17% of the total BP concentrations versus 42% for BPA.

The study concluded that on the basis of measured concentrations and daily ingestion rates of foods, the daily dietary intake of bisphenols (calculated from the mean concentration) were estimated to be 243,142,177,63.6, and 58.6 ng/kg bw/day for toddlers, infants, children, teenagers, and adults, respectively.

In order to understand how high these levels are, one must compare the disturbing effects of so-called “low-dose” exposure levels in animals.  Two animal studies published in 2005 found that doses as low as 25 ng/kg bw/day resulted in “permanent changes to genital tract,” [ii] and “changes in breast tissue that predispose cells to hormones and carcinogens”[iii]  Based on the study findings, toddlers are being exposed to almost 10 times that amount (243 ng/kg bw/day) through their food alone. This does not even account for many other sources in their environment, including sippy cups, canned foods and formula, etc.

For additional research, including natural strategies to reduce the toxicity of bisphenols and encouraging their detoxification, read the article: Manufacturers Replace BPA with Still Highly Toxic BPS


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Congress Must Investigate Collusion Between Monsanto and the EPA

Congress Must Investigate Collusion Between Monsanto and the EPA | roundup-weedkiller | Agriculture & Farming General Health

“I have cancer, and I don’t want these serious issues in HED [EPA’s Health Effects Division] to go unaddressed before I go to my grave. I have done my duty.”

It’s been four years since Marion Copley, a 30-year EPA toxicologist, wrote those words to her then-colleague, Jess Rowland, accusing him of conniving with Monsanto to bury the agency’s own hard scientific evidence that it is “essentially certain” that glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller, causes cancer.

Copley has since died. But her letter suggesting that EPA officials colluded with Monsanto to hide the truth about Monsanto’s flagship weedkiller has been given new life.

Thanks to the persistence of hundreds of plaintiffs in lawsuits alleging that they (or their deceased family members) were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma after being exposed to Roundup, newly discovered internal emails and other documents paint an increasingly troubling and sinister picture of corruption.

In the coming weeks and months, reporters and lawyers will continue to sift through and analyze the mountain of new documents that include emails between Monsanto and EPA officials.

What we’ve seen so far may be just the tip of the iceberg. But after all the evidence has been analyzed and exposed, will the evidence of collusion be fatal to Monsanto? Or will we allow the collusion to continue to cause fatal illness?

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Water and Weight Loss

Water and Weight Loss | water | General Health Special Interests

Water Does a Body Good

Did you know over half of your body weight is made up of water? Water plays an enormous role in the human body function. Every enzymatic and chemical reaction in the body occurs with the help of water. Water transports hormones, nutrients, oxygen and antibodies. It regulates body temperature, helps maintain muscle tone, and protects tissues, organs and joints from shock and damage.

Water supports optimum gastrointestinal system function. Drinking adequate amounts of water facilitates the removal of toxins and waste from your body and reduces your risk of developing kidney stones. And, adequate water intake is extremely beneficial for weight loss.

The Relationship between Water and Weight Loss

Unlike quenching your thirst with a soft drink, alcohol, coffee, or milk, water is fat free, calorie free, and cholesterol free. It’s also a natural appetite suppressant. Drinking a large glass of water can temper ill-timed hunger pangs. Drinking a large glass of water before a meal can prompt you to feel full faster and eat less. Clinical studies even show that a low consumption of water allows fat to be deposited in the body rather than burned for energy.

When, How, and How Much to Drink?

Experts recommend you drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day. This actually only adds up to about two quarts of water, and this is the minimum. When losing weight, you should drink another eight ounces for every 25 pounds of excess weight you carry. Additionally, living in a hot climate or participating in intense exercise further ups the amount of water you need.

Spread your water consumption out evenly over the course of your day. Downing 64 ounces of water all at once will just lead you to the bathroom. Set aside several times throughout the day when you can drink a large glass of water, and sip in between for the rest of the day. If you feel thirsty, you’re already on the verge of dehydration. To avoid midnight bathroom runs, stop drinking water a few hours before you go to bed.

You can drink other fluids to help hydrate your body, but be careful of those that add extra calories, sugar, or additives to your diet. For natural, low-impact flavoring, add a slice of organic lemon or lime to your purified water.


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Long Term Cholesterol Drug Use Doubles Risk of Breast Cancer

Long Term Cholesterol Drug Use Doubles Risk of Breast Cancer | statin-pills | Big Pharma General Health Medical & Health Sleuth Journal

A study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention indicates that women who are long-term users of statin drugs have between 83-143% increased risk of breast cancer.[1]

The population-based case-control study utilized data from women in the Seattle-Puget Sound region, which included 916 invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) and 1,068 invasive lobular carcinoma (ILC) cases of 55-74 years of age diagnosed between 2000 and 2008, and a control of 902 women.

Whereas recent publicity on statin drugs has focused on their potential use for cancer prevention or as anti-cancer agents, this study found exactly the opposite with current users of statins for 10 years or longer having a 1.83-fold increased risk of invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) and a 1.97-fold increased risk of invasive lobular carcinoma (ILC) compared to never users of statins.

Additionally, among women diagnosed with hypercholesterolemia, a condition marked by high levels of lipids and lipoproteins in the blood, current users of statins for 10 years or longer had more than double the risk of both IDC [an average of 104% increased risk] and ILC [an average of 143% increased risk] compared to never users.

Of course, the discovery of a correlation between higher statin drug use and higher breast cancer risk does not necessarily imply causation. For instance, women who are on statins are obviously compliant with conventional blood lipid screening recommendations and therefore are more likely to be complaint with breast screening guidelines as well. Given that recent estimates show that breast screenings have resulted in over 1.3 million US women being misdiagnosed and overtreated for breast cancer in the past 30 years, simply being complaint with breast screening guidelines will result in significantly increased risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer regardless of whether the diagnosis is accurate or not. [2]

On the other hand, this study could indicate a more serious problem, namely, that cholesterol-lowering drugs and statin drugs in particular are carcinogenic. Statin drugs, in fact, have long been suspected to increase the risk of certain cancers, including prostate,[3] colorectal,[4] and kidney;[5] conversely, low cholesterol has been found to increase the risk of cancer at all sites, further implicating these cholesterol-lowering agents as possible carcinogens.[i][6]

At the least, this new study raises doubt as to whether the recent push to identify statin drugs as possible chemopreventive or chemotherapeutic agents can be validated by independent science, especially considering that this class of cholesterol-lowering medications have been linked to over 300 adverse health effects in the published literature.

This latest finding is all the more reason why natural dietary and nutritional interventions should be considered a first line defense against elevated blood lipids, and why the very question of whether cholesterol is a primary contributing factor in heart disease should be examined more carefully.

Learn more at our Health Guides: Statin Drugs and Heart Health.


[1] Jean A McDougall, Kathleen E Malone, Janet R Daling, Kara L Cushing-Haugen, Peggy L Porter, Christopher I Li. Long-term statin use and risk of ductal and lobular breast cancer among women 55-74 years of age. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2013 Jul 5. Epub 2013 Jul 5.

[2] GreenMedInfo.com, 30 Years of Breast Screening: 1.3 Million Wrongly Treated, Nov. 2012

[3] Chih-Ching Chang, Shu-Chen Ho, Hui-Fen Chiu, Chun-Yuh Yang. Statins increase the risk of prostate cancer: A population-based case-control study. Prostate. 2011 Dec ;71(16):1818-24. Epub 2011 Apr 7.

[4] Fatim Lakha, Evropi Theodoratou, Susan M Farrington, Albert Tenesa, Roseanne Cetnarskyj, Farhat Vn Din, Mary E Porteous, Malcolm G Dunlop, Harry Campbell. Statin use and association with colorectal cancer survival and risk: case control study with prescription data linkage. BMC Cancer. 2012 Oct 22 ;12(1):487. Epub 2012 Oct 22.

[5] Hui-Fen Chiu, Chien-Chun Kuo, Hsin-Wei Kuo, I-Ming Lee, Chien-Te Lee, Chun-Yuh Yang. Statin use and the risk of kidney cancer: a population-based case-control study. Expert Opin Drug Saf. 2012 Jul ;11(4):543-9. Epub 2012 Apr 16.

[6] GreenMedInfo.com, Low Cholesterol Cancer link (8 abstracts)

 

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Should You Use Weight Loss Supplements?

Should You Use Weight Loss Supplements? | pills-medicine-diet | General Health Special Interests

Most people want to lose weight to experience the benefits of having a healthy body and avoid the problems of not. The stresses of excessive weight include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and the spectrum of problems caused by toxins are experiences we’re better off to avoid. One of the cornerstones to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, and its benefits, is the understanding that having a healthy body isn’t a process with an end; it needs to be a way of life.

A Consistent Plan Has Cumulative Benefits

Adopting extreme methods for the short term to “get back on track” will not be met with success. Crash diets are similar to the 30-minute dental hygiene exercise of brushing, flossing, and rinsing that some people will perform before going to the dentist to make up for months of skimping out. The reality is that a cram job doesn’t add up the same way that cumulative benefits do. If you want to lose weight, you need to make a healthy diet and regular exercise part of your life.

How many times have you heard someone say, “Well, if I just lost 10 pounds I’d be exactly where I want to be and the goal would be achieved.” Losing ten pounds may be a worthwhile goal, but achieving it doesn’t mean the journey is over. If you weigh 170 pounds, and temporarily adopt the habits of a 160 pound person long enough to become one… only to return to the habits of a 170 pound person, you’ll turn right back into a 170 pound person again. That’s exactly why a majority of people who lose a significant amount of weight, fail to permanently keep it off. Temporary change produces temporary results; permanent change produces permanent results.

Quality Matters

Many people supplement their diet and exercise efforts with weight loss supplements. The motivation and intentions aren’t necessarily evil or wrong. If your body operates in a less than optimal capacity, such as may be the case when a sluggish thyroid or imbalanced blood sugar levels are present, supplementation to support the shortcomings of those ailments may be beneficial when safe, high quality, effective supplements are used. A weight loss supplement which lacks any one of those three traits should immediately be excluded from your consideration.

Miracle Drugs or Money Wasters?

Many weight loss pills, powders, and potions are available from pharmacies, natural health food stores, and online. But, how many actually do anything? How many contain ingredients worth mentioning? How many are the result of a budget where 90% of the dollars are spent on marketing, and 10% are spent on product formulation? Usually, a glance at the accompanying advertisement and its supporting documents will tell you if the weight loss product is what it claims, or just a waste of money.

5 Considerations Before Choosing a Weight Loss Supplement

There is no shortage of weight loss products on the market. Most have very interesting sounding names, probably have a very nice label, might have a photo of a weight lifter or athletic person but, despite the eye candy, lack any real sort of efficacy or benefit. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a “weight loss” product commercial that talked about everything except how it worked! Before spending your money, make sure you understand the product you’re buying.

  1. What are its active ingredients?
  2. Is there any supportive research to substantiate the efficacy of those ingredients?
  3. Is the formula tried and tested, or is it today’s latest fad?
  4. How safe is this? Are there dangerous side effects?
  5. Is the product of interest because of packaging, or because of its efficacy and quality?

You need to examine the contents of any weight loss product you use. Don’t let beautiful labels and attractive marketing cloud your assessment of the actual ingredients and quality of what you’re ingesting. Buying a cheap supplement isn’t the place to save money, you may just be buying yourself a capsule of toxins. It’s very easy for a “company” to make a bulk purchase of cheap, low quality extracts and powders produced in completely inorganic and unacceptable conditions, encapsulate a junk formulation, and put it in a bottle with a picture of a fitness model on the label.

Know Your Source

Make sure any company you entrust your health to has a track record of taking that responsibility seriously. Are they using quality ingredients? Where did they source them from? What production method did their facility use? And, is it organic? Is the product presented in a way that addresses its real potential or is it a lot of fluff?

Global Healing Center has been producing nutritional supplements of the highest quality possible for over ten years and has thousands of satisfied customers. A weight loss formula like Slimirex® used in combination with appropriate dietary adjustments and a complementary exercise routine are measures that support the development of a healthy body. Slimirex is the only weight management product on the market to use the Spagyrex® processed blend of powerful herbs to support normal weight management. The ultra-pure herbs work synergistically to burn fat, suppress appetite, charge your metabolism, and reduce cravings for sweets.

Progress is addictive, be sure to record your results!


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7 Foods to Help You Lose Weight

7 Foods to Help You Lose Weight | overweight | General Health Special Interests

Dieting can be a struggle. There is a misconception that in order to lose weight, it’s necessary to stop eating. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is necessary to cut out junk food, refined sugars, and other pitfalls; but these must be replaced with raw and organic fruits, vegetables, and nuts. In your quest to lose fat, don’t cut out nutrition. Although the caloric bottom line does matter, the quality and composition of the calories you eat is also a factor. A few pieces of fruit may have the same number of calories as a candy bar but one provides substance, the other does not.

Independent of fat storage, your body has systems and processes running all the time- your immune, neurological, cardiovascular, and endocrine system all require nutrients! When a weight loss product or plan says to include a sensible diet, you can use this list of foods as a reference and replacement for processed foods and refined sugars!

1. Organic Citrus Fruits

Oranges, lemons, grapefruit, tangerines, and limes are citrus fruits that promote weight loss by their high concentrations of vitamin C. Research conducted at the University of Arizona suggests person with vitamin C deficiencies oxidize less fat [1]. Vitamin C not only helps to burn fat, but also reduce the levels of harmful cholesterol in the blood. Boost your vitamin C intake adding one or two citrus fruits to your diet every day.

2. Whole Grains

Whole grains are high in fiber and have a low glycemic index, meaning they slowly raise blood sugars, which does not result in a spike in fat storage. Low GI foods help curb appetite prolong the feeling of being full. Weight loss promoting whole grain foods include whole wheat bread, whole grain cereals, and brown rice.

3. Organic Non-GMO Soybeans

Lecithin, found in soybeans, is a chemical that prevents fat from forming on your cells and breaks down fat before it can accumulate in your body. Frozen soybeans are available but fresh is better and can be found at most health food stores or your local market, try adding soybeans as a healthy snack!

4. Organic Apples & Berries

Apples and many berries contain large amounts of pectin in their cell walls. Pectin is a soluble fiber that provides bulk and digests slowly, helping you to feel full. Pectin encourages weight loss in that it helps to limit the amount of fat cells can absorb. Pectin also has a water binding property that allows it to absorb watery substances and penetrate cells. These watery substances then bombard the cells and cause them to release fat deposits.

5. Organic Garlic

Garlic oil helps to protect cells fatty deposit accumulation. Additionally, garlic is a potent antibiotic that supports the immune system.

6. Organic Black Beans

Black beans are low in fat and packed with fiber, a whopping 15 grams of fiber per cup. Fiber fills you up and takes longer to digest so you feel full for longer, making you less apt to snack.

7. Spicy Foods

Many spicy foods, such as peppers, contain a chemical called capsaicin. Capsaicin has been shown to increase your body’s ability to burn fat and curb your appetite [2].

Quality Matters

Organically grown or locally grown fruit and vegetables grown without pesticide sprays or GMOs are found in many grocery stores. You have to look for them but they are available. Meat from organic raised livestock is also a good choice. The benefit to your health is worth the modest extra cost.

Or, to save both time and money, you can grow your own produce in a backyard garden. This depends on your space availability but even growing your own herbs requires very little space or effort and is a good start. Gardening has the added benefit of being therapeutic.

There are many foods that promote weight loss by filling you up so you feel satisfied, regulating your blood sugar levels, and stimulating your metabolism to help you burn fat. Boost your intake of these foods and you’ll have a better chance of losing the weight you need to lose. Along with a healthy weight loss plan that includes diet and exercise, some people find an added edge by adding a weight loss supplement like Slimirex® to their routine.

References:

  1. Johnston CS, Corte C, Swan PD. Marginal vitamin C status is associated with reduced fat oxidation during submaximal exercise in young adults. Nutr Metab (Lond). 2006 Aug 31;3:35.
  2. Lejeune MP, Kovacs EM, Westerterp-Plantenga MS. Effect of capsaicin on substrate oxidation and weight maintenance after modest body-weight loss in human subjects. Br J Nutr. 2003 Sep;90(3):651-59.


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Ibuprofen Can Stop Your Heart (31% Increase In Cardiac Arrest Risk)

Ibuprofen Can Stop Your Heart (31% Increase In Cardiac Arrest Risk) | ibuprofen_cardiac_arrest_greenmedinfo | General Health Sleuth Journal

A new study reveals that a commonly consumed painkiller, wrongly considered “harmless” by millions, is probably causing thousands of deaths from cardiac arrest each year.

According to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death among adults over 40 in the United States and other countries, with about 326,200 people experiencing an out-of-hospital SCA each year in the US alone; nine of 10 victims of SCA will die.1

Suprisingly, however, the causes of SCA are still widely considered unknown. Instead, the medical profession opts for pointing the finger at vague risk factors, such as family history, previous heart problems, or elevated LDL cholesterol (a long debunked surrogate marker for heart disease].

But what if something so obvious and preventable as the consumption of NSAID drugs could be contributing to this health epidemic?

Ibuprofen Can Stop Your Heart (31% Increase In Cardiac Arrest Risk) | Causes-of-Death-2012 | General Health Sleuth Journal

New Study Reveals Heart-Stopping Side Effects of NSAIDs

In a concerning press release issued by the European Society of Cardiology entitled, “‘HARMLESS’ PAINKILLERS ASSOCIATED WITH INCREASED RISK OF CARDIAC ARREST,”2 researchers warn that painkillers considered harmless by the general public are associated with a significantly increased risk of cardiac arrest.

The report was based on a study entitled, “Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug Use Is Associated With Increased Risk of Out-Of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest: A Nationwide Case-Time-Control Study,” published in the March issue of European Heart Journal – Cardiovascular Pharmacology.

Professor Gunnar H. Gisalson, one of the lead researchers explained in interview:

“Allowing these drugs to be purchased without a prescription, and without any advice or restrictions, sends a message to the public that they must be safe.”

“Previous studies have shown that NSAIDs are related to increased cardiovascular risk which is a concern because they are widely used.”

The study looked at a total of 28,947 patients who experienced an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in Denmark over the course of a decade. Heart attack differs from cardiac arrest in that the former involves damage to the heart when the blood supply stops (usually through obstruction of circulation), whereas the latter involves damage from the heart itself stopping. 3,376 of these were treated with an non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs) up to 30 days before the event. The most common NSAIDs used were ibuprofen (51%) and diclofenac (22%).

The study results revealed that NSAID use was associated with a 31% increased risk of cardiac arrest. Ibuprofen and diclofenac increased the risk by 31% and 50%, respectively. Naproxen, celecoxib and rofecoxib were not associated with increased cardiac arrest.

Gunnar remarked on these findings:

“The findings are a stark reminder that NSAIDs are not harmless. Diclofenac and ibuprofen, both commonly used drugs, were associated with significantly increased risk of cardiac arrest. NSAIDs should be used with caution and for a valid indication. They should probably be avoided in patients with cardiovascular disease or many cardiovascular risk factors.”

This is not the first time that ibuprofen’s profound cardiotoxicity has come to light. We reported on the subject five years ago in an article entitled, Ibuprofen Kills Thousands Each Year, So What Is The Alternative?

We strongly agree with Gunnar’s closing interview remarks when he says:

“The current message being sent to the public about NSAIDs is wrong. If you can buy these drugs in a convenience store then you probably think ‘they must be safe for me’. Our study adds to the evidence about the adverse cardiovascular effects of NSAIDs and confirms that they should be taken seriously, and used only after consulting a healthcare professional.”

Keep in mind that other common pain-killers, such as aspirin and acetaminophen (Tylenol), also have devastating side effects that are commonly underreported or minimized. You can read our previous writings on the topic:

Natural Alternatives That Don’t Have Killer Side Effects Exist

Given the clear evidence that pharmaceutical pain-killers have profound, even life-threatening side effects, natural alternatives should be researched and implemented. At GreenMedInfo.com we have a number of database sections that should help move the paradigm forward.

 

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Symptoms of Liver Toxicity

Symptoms of Liver Toxicity | fatigue | General Health Special Interests Toxins

Symptoms of liver toxicity are not always easy to pinpoint. Many conditions associated with an overloaded liver are problems that can arise from a number of causes. Although some conditions, such as fatigue or irritability are often just part of life, and not necessarily the result of liver deficiencies, ignoring pervasive health conditions is never advised. Instead, we should view health problems as weeds to be removed. Often times, ailments resulting from imbalances and toxicity within the body spring up in multiple ways and appeasing deficiencies can help to alleviate them at the source.

Understand What Causes Toxicity

Your concern should increase if you find yourself regularly experiencing multiple adverse conditions at once, especially when that becomes “the norm.” If “the norm” for you is constant misery and dis-ease, it may be an indication that your body and liver are overloaded with function-impeding toxins. In such instances, the best course of action is to take inventory of your lifestyle to remove the sources of toxins and complement that lifestyle change with a liver cleanse using all-natural, organic methods.

Symptoms of Liver Toxicity

One of the most common symptoms of liver toxicity is chronic fatigue. Many people with overburdened livers will wake up in the morning feeling lethargic and drained, as if they have had no sleep at all. When you’re feeling weighed down before you even start your day, it takes a great deal of effort to get momentum up. It comes without surprise that persons experiencing this are often finished by mid day, a slow down often accompanied by stiffness and aches.

Chronic fatigue can stem from a number of origins and immediately assuming liver dysfunction and overreacting inappropriately should be avoided. However, it is a condition that requires attention and investigation may determine impairment of liver function to be a contributing factor. If it begins to be accompanied by emotional instability, then there is a greater cause for concern. The liver’s performance can directly impact emotional constitution. A toxic liver can be the catalyst for various forms of depression, which is really a form of anger turned inward. General moodiness, feelings of despair, and occasional outbursts of anger can all be caused by a burdened liver.

There are chemicals in the brain that cause a variety of emotional disturbances when they’re out of balance and moodiness may or may not be an actual symptom of liver toxicity. However, many people do not realize that the liver’s operation, or operational deficiencies, play significant role in emotional health. The annoyances of a bad day are one thing, chronic and wide mood swings accompanied with physical energy are another.

Symptoms of liver toxicity can also manifest as problems with the digestive system. Swelling and bloating after a meal, along with the seeming inability to lose weight regardless of diet or exercise, are possible indicators of liver dysfunction. These conditions can be further exacerbated by frequent alcohol consumption, a heavy meat diet, eating foods with refined sugars, and processed foods high in carbohydrates.

A Toxic Liver Needs Detoxification

If you’re constantly feeling drained or overloaded with negative emotions, you may be suffering from a form of liver dysfunction and could benefit by a simple cleansing.

As I said before, general, non-specific problems like chronic fatigue, moodiness, and digestive upset should not immediately be assumed to be the result of liver dysfunction. They may or may not be. Often times, for most people, determining what is causing them to feel less than their best is the difficult first step in turning things around. Body burden is an interesting subject because it affects different people differently. If you’re experiencing what you consider to be ill-health on a “regular” basis, something is amiss; the reality is an overload of toxins is often to blame. If you feel liver toxicity is to blame, it’s recommended you engage in an all-natural liver cleanse.

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Employees Who Decline Genetic Testing Could Face Penalties Under Proposed Bill

Employees Who Decline Genetic Testing Could Face Penalties Under Proposed Bill | dna | General Health Medical & Health Sleuth Journal Special Interests US News

By: Against Crony Capitalism |

Better hope your genes are all in order.

“I’m sorry Bill but we can’t promote you as your DNA test shows that you have a genetic tendency toward cancer. We as a firm just can’t take that risk. Also we need to talk about your retirement plans.”

(From The Washington Post)

Employers could impose hefty penalties on employees who decline to participate in genetic testing as part of workplace wellness programs if a bill approved by a U.S. House committee this week becomes law.

In general, employers don’t have that power under existing federal laws, which protect genetic privacy and nondiscrimination. But a bill passed Wednesday by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce would allow employers to get around those obstacles if the information is collected as part of a workplace wellness program.

Such programs — which offer workers a variety of carrots and sticks to monitor and improve their health, such as lowering cholesterol — have become increasingly popular with companies. Some offer discounts on health insurance to employees who complete health-risk assessments. Others might charge people more for smoking. Under the Affordable Care Act, employers are allowed to discount health insurance premiums by up to 30 percent — and in some cases 50 percent — for employees who voluntarily participate in a wellness program where they’re required to meet certain health targets.

And how long until the government gets its hands on this information too? Just think eugenics through the back door.

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How to Flush the Liver

How to Flush the Liver | herbal-peppermint-tea | General Health Special Interests

To understand liver cleansing, it’s necessary to understand the function of the liver is to process toxins. If a liver running at 60% efficiency is leaving 40% of toxins unprocessed to accumulate in and float around, what effect do you think that has on your body? The liver is one of the body’s most vital organs; a functioning liver is necessary to live, and a well functioning liver is necessary to live well. Although the liver is a toxin processor and robust in its abilities, it isn’t impervious to toxicity itself. Certain things, such as too much alcohol or a diet heavy in processed nutrient-deficient foods, can damage it, vastly reduce its efficacy, and contribute to a myriad of factors that promote health problems. Unfortunately, due to the availability and mainstream infiltration of a toxic-laden lifestyle, too few people realize that what many consider “normal” is actually a lifestyle that burdens the liver, and really the body as a whole, with toxins that slow down it down. A healthy lifestyle is the key to keeping your body, and especially your liver, in top shape. And, occasionally flushing the liver to alleviate toxin buildup can be beneficial.

Many people aren’t quite sure where to start with a liver flush so lets remove the mystery out of liver cleansing once and for all. Detoxifying it of excess toxins is not as hard as it may seem. Actually, liver cleansing involves nothing more than a simple change in diet and a few natural and organic supplements.

To Detoxify Your Liver, Stop Giving It Toxins

I cannot stress this enough, if your diet includes processed foods and refined sugars, you need to change your diet and remove those unhealthy items. Those foods contain chemicals that can quickly overload the liver with so many toxins it’s almost like you’re waging chemical warfare upon your body’s innards. I remember a few years ago I saw an experiment in which french fries from well known fast food chains were left uncovered, outside to degrade on their own. Weeks, and even months, later their appearance hadn’t changed much. What does that say about what’s required of your body to process and break down that stuff? Your body and a car have at least one thing in common, pouring sugar in the gas tank will make them run miserably. Simply eliminating toxic foods from your diet will give your liver immediate relief and benefit. Replace toxic foods with fresh, organic fruits and vegetables to further the process of gainful turnaround.

Herbs Can Stimulate Liver Detoxification

There are a variety of herbs that can support liver detoxification efforts as well. Organic chicory root, organic dandelion root, organic peppermint leaf, and organic turmeric are just a few examples. These, and other herbal remedies, have been used by herbalists and indigenous cultures for centuries as therapies to assist in the removal of accumulated toxins from the liver and stimulate the production of bile, a vital component to digestion and health.

Herbal remedies don’t directly detoxify the liver. Metaphorically, chicory root is not like “draino for your liver.” Instead, what herbs and nutrients do is stimulate the body’s natural liver functions that make it cleanse itself. Most people forget that when the body is given everything it needs, it’s very capable of taking care of itself. When nutrient deficiencies occur, that’s when body process deficiencies occur. Ceasing to intake toxic pollutants in the form of processed foods, refined sugars, and alcohol over-indulgence is the first step to liver cleansing, kicking your body’s natural cleansing abilities into gear is the second.

Organic Food, Organic Supplements

Many of these herbs are readily available in health food stores at affordable prices. Others, however, are not so easy to obtain in natural, organic form, and can be expensive if you attempt to purchase each one individually. Remember, I highly recommend you only and always invest in pure, high quality herbs and extractions. If a supplement company isn’t willing to disclose the conditions in which its product was grown and processed, there’s a chance they’re trying to hide it. Sure, you might be able to buy discount peppermint extract. But, if the plant wasn’t grown naturally and organically, do you think it’s going to provide many of its natural benefits? Don’t take a step forward by altering your diet to include healthy foods and then two steps back by neutralizing their benefit with cheap, low quality supplements.

The guessing and legwork have been removed with Livatrex®, an all-natural supplement manufactured from proven herbal ingredients of the absolute highest quality possible. If you want to experience the benefits of a detoxified liver, take inventory of your diet and make the changes you know you need to make; and consider adding Livatrex to your efforts to maximize your liver detoxification.

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