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Love, Health & Happiness this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. It’s a beautiful holiday to celebrate and share with your family, children, partner, spouse and friends. We traditionally share our love on this holiday by purchasing gifts, flowers, chocolates, candy, or fancy dinners for our loved ones.
But have you thought about what you can do to celebrate Valentine’s Day for yourself?
Why do we purchase all these items and indulge in such unhealthy eating behavior?
Is this how we show someone we love them; let alone is this how we perceive feeling valued and loved by others?
Do you believe that if you put others first that they will love and therefore you will feel loved?
Do you believe it is selfish to love yourself first? I’d like to challenge you on a different approach in conveying your Love this Valentine’s Day. That is to practice the selfless, not selfish, act of self-love.A famous psychologist and social philosopher coined the idea that:“In order to truly love another person, a person needs first to love herself, in the way of respecting and knowing oneself.”In my book Listen to Your Body and Regain Your Health I share with you my Secrets including:

  • The four aspects of self-love
  • The Process of Transformation in Trust and Self-awareness
  • Self-care routines; like my ‘Mirror Work’ Exercise

The only way to Love others with all of your heart is by first loving yourself.

Take this Valentine’s day as an opportunity to not only love others, but love yourself too. Listen to what your heart is telling you.

Follow your heart, Listen to your body, Reenergize your mind and Exert positive energy into your spirit.

When you have accomplished these tasks of being a healthier, happier and self-loving you, you will then discover the power of sharing your love with others.

So, take this Valentine’s day to connect with your inner self.

I wish you all Love, Health & Happiness this Valentine’s Day.

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Oxidative Stress and How to Prevent It

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In my October newsletter, I talked about acid environment that causes our body to create a breeding ground for cancer and many other chronic diseases. This months newsletter concentrates on the topic of Oxidative stress and its link to chronic inflammation. Oxidative stress is essentially an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the ability of the body to counteract or “detoxify” harmful effects through neutralization by antioxidants.

Chronic inflammation is a pathological condition characterized by continued active inflammation response and tissue destruction. From recent articles, it appears that there is a general concept that chronic inflammation can be a major cause of several types of cancers, as well as increasing the aging process. Moreover, many studies suggest that chronic inflammation could have a serious role in a wide variety of age-related diseases including diabetes, cardiovascular and autoimmune diseases. The inflammatory process induces Oxidative stress and reduces cellular antioxidant capacity.

Recently, new findings of free radicals and Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) in biology is producing a medical revolution that promises a new age of health and disease management. It is ironic that oxygen, an element indispensable for life, under certain situations has deleterious effects on the human body. Most of the potentially harmful effects of oxygen are due to the formation and activity of a number of chemical compounds, known as ROS, which have a tendency to donate oxygen to other substances.

 

Free radicals and other ROS are derived either from normal essential metabolic processes in the human body such as Mitochondrial or cell malfunction,  inflammation, and exercise.  Varying external sources can be exposure to X-rays, ozone, cigarette smoking, environmental pollutants, drugs, and certain food types.

Reactive Oxygen Species play an important role in Carcinogenesis. ROS induces DNA damage, as the reaction of free radicals with DNA includes strand break base modification and DNA protein cross-links. Numerous investigators have proposed participation of free radicals in Carcinogenesis, mutation, and transformation; it is clear that their presence in a biosystem could lead to mutation, transformation, and ultimately cancer.

An antioxidant is a molecule stable enough to donate an electron to a rampaging free radical and neutralize it, thus reducing its capacity to damage. These antioxidants delay or inhibit cellular damage mainly through their free radical scavenging property.The antioxidants acting in a defense system work at different levels:

 

  • The first line of defense is the preventive antioxidants, which suppress the formation of free radicals.
  • The second line of defense is radical scavenging antioxidants that scavenge the activeradicals to suppress chain reactions.
  • The third line of defense is repair antioxidants that are present in the Cytosol and in the Mitochondria of mammalian cells. They recognize, degrade, and remove modified proteins and prevent the accumulation of oxidized proteins.

There is a beneficial balance between free radicals and antioxidants for proper physiological function. If free radicals overwhelm the body’s ability to regulate them, a condition known as Oxidative stress ensues. This Oxidative stress is associated with damage to a wide range of molecular species including lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids. Studies have indicated that Oxidative stress is now thought to make a significant contribution to all inflammatory diseases (arthritis, vasculitis, glomerulonephritis, lupus erythematous, adult respiratory diseases syndrome), ischemic diseases (heart diseases, stroke, intestinal ischema), hemochromatosis, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, emphysema, organ transplantation, gastric ulcers, hypertension and preeclampsia, neurological disorder (Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophy), alcoholism, smoking-related diseases, and many others.

 

How to Reduce Oxidative Stress in the body?

 

  •  Reduce emotional, physical and environmental stress. Chronic stress exhausts the adrenal glands and leads to adrenal dysfunction.  Try some stress-reducing techniques: relaxation breathing, meditation, tapping, yoga. Avoid harmful ingredients in food, household, and personal care product
  •  Reduce exposure to internal and external toxins and regularly detoxify the whole body. Toxins stimulate production of free radicals through detoxification pathways. Try daily and seasonal detoxification to reduce toxic overload.
  • Balance your blood sugar level. High sugar stimulates insulin surges that subsequently increase Cortisol production.
  • Keep your Gastro-intestinal microflora healthy (gut microbiom). Friendly bacteria in the gut fights pathological organisms, helps to digest food, manufactures many vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients.
  • Eat whole, organic, nutrient-rich and antioxidant containing food. Research has demonstrated that nutrition plays a crucial role in the prevention of chronic diseases. eating functional food is the best way to reach our nutritional goal and fight oxidation.

Examples of functional food:

  •  Whole foods represent the simplest example of functional food. Broccoli, carrots, and tomatoes are considered functional foods because of their high contents of physiologically active components (Sulforaphen, B-carotene, and Lycopene, respectively). Green vegetables and spices like mustard and turmeric, used extensively in Indian cuisine, are also beneficial.
  • Nutraceutical is a food or part of food that provides medical and/or health benefits, including the prevention and treatment of disease. Nutraceuticals may range from isolated nutrients, dietary supplements, and diets to genetically engineered “designer” food and herbal  products. A Nutraceutical is any nontoxic food extract supplement that has scientifically proven health benefits for both the treatment and prevention of disease. Examples of  Nutraceuticals: Rasveratrol, Co-enzyme Q10, and fish oil.

 

Consuming of whole food is ideal for maintaining proper antioxidant levels. Nine to twelve servings of rainbow-colored vegetables and fruits is optimal to meet a necessary nutritional goal. Veggie and fruit smoothies are easy and fast ways to achieve the recommended intake.  Whole fruits can be consumed for in between meal snacks.  For vegans, vegetarians and for those who do not eat meat on a regular basis or do not get enough servings of fruits and vegetables good quality food supplements (nutraceuticals) can play an important role in meeting their Micronutritional goals.

 

Even though eating nutrient-dense whole food is a number one priority, I personally add vitamin D, salmon oil, probiotic and Protandim to my daily regiment with additional vitamin C during flu season. It helps me to fight any inflammation and infection during cold months, prevent any chronic diseases and delay aging.

Do you consume enough fruits and vegetables to meet your nutritional goal?

If not, learn about my favorite Nutrraceutical here.

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October is Pink

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is marked in countries across the world, and helps to increase attention and support for awareness, early diagnosis, and treatment as well as palliative care for women facing this disease.

Even though, I have been a long time supporter of non-profit organizations: Susan G. Komen (in the past) and Living Beyond Breast Cancer (currently) by fundraising money for breast cancer research, I want to talk today about cancer as a whole. Subject of cancer is very dear to my heart because I lost my mom to Fallopian tube cancer in 2007. Since then I have been researching and reading about cancer diagnosis, prevention and treatment.

Today, I would like to share some information that I found valuable and interesting but might be different from general western medical view. But before, I do that look at this cancer statistic.

According to World Health Organization:

  • 2 million people die each year from cancer, an estimated 13% of all deaths worldwide
  • 70% the increase in new cases of cancer expected over the next 2 decades
  • >100 cancer types exist, each requiring unique diagnosis and treatment
  • Among men, the 5 most common sites of cancer diagnosed in 2012 were lung, prostate, colorectum, stomach, and liver cancer.
  • Among women the 5 most common sites diagnosed were breast, colorectum, lung, cervix, and stomach cancer.
  • More than 60% of world’s total new annual cases occur in Africa, Asia and Central and South America. These regions account for 70% of the world’s cancer deaths.

Based on multiple research of cancer causes, only 25% is linked to genetics (inherited) and other 75% linked to environmental and lifestyle risk factors that can lead to gene expression .

The study of biological mechanisms that will switch genes on and off without changing DNA (gene expression) is Epigenetic. You can learn more about Epigenetics here.

Besides genetic expression that can lead to abnormal changes in just one cell, cancer needs a special environment to develop and grow:

  1. Cancer loves sugar. Glucose is an energy sources not only for function of normal cells but also for cancer cells. In fact, sugar, glucose molecule to be exact, is used for targeting cancer cells in the body during diagnostic studies with contrast, such as CAT, PAT or MRI scans.

So, the more sugar (glucose) accessible for cancer cells the stronger they will be. And you have a choice to starve to death or flourish cancer cells.

  1. 2. A recent research study concludes that cancer requires acidic habitat to grow and metastasize. What does it mean? What is acid – alkaline environment and its effect on our cell? The following explanation is extracted from my forthcoming book “Listen to Your Body and Regain Your Health”.

When we talk about acid-base balance, we are referring to the pH of a substance. The acidity or the alkalinity of a solution is determined by the number of hydrogen ions (H +) it contains. The pH range on a scale from 1 to 14, with one is being highly acidic and fourteen is being extremely alkaline. Any natural solution, such as water, will have pH value of 7.0.

Many bodily fluids have different pH value: saliva- 6.3-6.8, gastric juices-0.9, bile- 5.4-6.9, pancreatic juices-8, and urine-6. This is due to their specific biochemical content and metabolic function. Our blood pH is slightly alkaline and must be maintained in the range 7.35-7.45. Any deviation from this minimal range will trigger body’s pH balancing mechanisms. There are three major physiological control systems exist within the body to control blood pH.

The first mechanism involves a buffer system. All bodily fluids such as blood, lymph, intracellular and extracellular fluids are supplied with acid-base buffers which combine with any acid or alkaline substance and prevent excessive change in the hydrogen ion concentration.

Another mechanism the body uses to maintain normal pH is within the respiratory system. When the hydrogen ion concentration (H +) changes measurably, the respiratory system is immediately stimulated to alter the rate of pulmonary ventilation and the quantity of carbon dioxide (CO2) within the system. High levels of CO2 increase acidity within the blood. When people eat too much acidifying food they have sour test in their breath. This is the way lungs try to get read of H ions to balance pH.

The last of the three major physiological control systems of the body to maintain normal pH involves the kidneys. When the (H +) (hydrogen concentration) deviates from a normal value, the kidneys excrete either an acid or alkaline urine. You can test it by smelling urine after drinking coffee or soda.

After understanding our body pH balance mechanism, we can implement the same principals to the food that cause acid-base disturbance and serves as a major contributor to many chronic diseases.

When we talk about acid- or alkaline-forming foods, we are referring to the condition of the food after ingestion. There are many food substances which are acidic in their natural form, like lemon for example, that become alkaline when broken down within the body. All foods contain a combination of both acid-forming and alkaline-forming elements within them. The particular influence a food will have on pH will be determined simply by which elements are dominant, the acid elements or the alkaline elements. These elements, when broken down, will either release (H+) ions, thus creating an acidic medium, or they will accept (H+) ions, creating an alkaline medium. This is how it happens:

  • Food (organic matter) is taken into the body and broken down into simple compounds (monosaccharides, amino acids, lipids and others).
  • After metabolism (brake down) of these compounds, mineral elements (residue) are formed that determine the H+ concentration and thus acidity or alkalinity of the body.
  • The acid-forming residues are sulphur, phosphorus and chlorine, while the alkaline formers are sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium and iron.

Besides food as a major contributor to disruption of body’s pH equilibrium, there are many other factors that play important roles in pH imbalance

  • Environmental pollution
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Artificial substances in water and food
  • Chemicals in household and self-care products
  • Medications
  • Implants and medical devices

Our body is very smart and efficient with all physiological mechanisms that keep pH in balance. When we constantly bombarded our body with acid-forming food, even perfectly working mechanism that is overused will break at some point. The continuous process of buffering acidic environment will compromise many organs and tissues in the body.

  • Kidneys will become overwhelmed and will eventually fail.
  • Constant acidic condition in the lungs with time can cause asthmatic condition or other lung disease.
  • Acidic blood will make Red Blood Cells sticky and will lead to formation of blood clots that can cause vascular diseases, heart attack and stroke.
  • Chronic activation of carbonate buffer mechanism to overcome body acidosis will release too much salt. It can cause crystals and stones formation in different organs, such as gallbladder, kidneys, joints, as well as calcifications in tissues such as breast, thyroid, prostate, uterus and so on.
  • Acidic condition is a breeding ground for growing infection and chronic inflammation. As a result of continuous body acidity – degenerative diseases and cancer.
  • “If acidic condition is removed, cancer can be ceased or reversed”.

How can we help our body to maintain perfect acid-base balance?

  1. Remove causes of acidity in the body by eliminating processed food and environmental toxins
  2. Alkalize your body by eating wholesome food and drinking plenty of water
  3. Detoxify your body 2-4 times a year by fasting, juicing or supplementation

The list of all acidic and alkaline food is very long. Below I provide just basic information on most popular food in each category:

Highly Acidic

Mildly Acidic

Mildly Alkaline

Highly Alkaline

Fruits

Canned Fruits Blueberries Banana Avocado
Sweet Cherry Cantaloupe Kiwi
Mango Lemon
Orange Lime

 Vegetables

Canned Vegetables Basil Alfalfa
Cooked Vegetables Bell Papers Broccoli
Frozen Vegetables Cauliflower Cucumber
Pickled Vegetables Zucchini Kale

Root Vegetables

Carrot Ginger
Potato Jicama
Sweet Potato Radish

Legumes

Black Bean Chickpeas Lentils Green Beans
Kidney Bean Mung Beans Sprouted Beans

 Nuts and Seeds

Peanuts Cashews Almonds
Pistachios Hazelnuts Flax Seeds
Pecans Macadamia Nuts Pumpkin Seeds
Chestnuts Walnuts Sunflower Seeds

Grains

Bulgur Barley Amaranth
Corn Brown Rice Buckwheat
Wheat Spelt Quinoa
White Rice Oat Wild Rice

 Oils

Canola Avocado
Corn Coconut
Sunflower Olive

Dairy

All Cheeses Buttermilk
Butter Raw Milk Goat Milk
Eggs
All Yogurts

Meat and Fish

Beef Chicken
Lamb Fish
Pork Seafood
Canned Fish

 Beverages

Coffee Fruit Juice Almond Milk
Alcohol Rice Milk

Fresh Squeezed

Fruit Juice

Soda Soy Milk Herbal Tea Water

 Sweets

Artificial Sweeteners Agave Nectar Blackstrap Molasses
Chocolate Honey Stevia
Corn Syrup Maple Syrup
Raw Sugar
White Sugar

Since we are constantly supplying acids and alkalines to our bodies through the various foods we eat, it is very important that we consider the balance between these two extremes. The ideal formula for body’s slight alkalinity is 80% of alkalizing food and 20% of acidifying food consumption. Ideally, if you maintain this ratio in every meal you can prevent many chronic diseases, cancers and prevent premature aging. Your body will appreciate it.

After knowing the list of acid and alkaline-forming food you can easily combine them together.
If you would still need help with optimal food combination, you can connect with me by e-mail.

In the following months we will look at the oxidative stress as one of the leading causes of cancer as well as many other degenerative diseases and aging.

I would be very happy to hear If you would like to discuss any other topics on cancer or different issues. Please, do not hesitate to let me know by e-mail.

I’m here to serve you.

I hope you found this article enlightening and useful. And if you know of anyone that might find this information helpful – or maybe just needs a bit of inspiration – please share!

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Endocrine Disruptors. How to eliminate them?

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The past half-century has witnessed the large-scale production, use, and disposal of man-made chemicals into our environment. Most of the synthetic chemicals produced in the U.S. lack adequate testing to determine their long-term health effects in humans. But numerous studies show that human exposure to pesticides, solvents, herbicides, insecticides, certain plastics, and manufacturing byproducts in our environment can cause adverse health effects. Since these products interfere with our internal hormonal balance, we call them hormone-disrupting compounds.

Endocrine disruptors or xeno-hormones are a category of chemicals that alter the normal function of hormones. Normally, our endocrine system releases hormones that signal different tissues telling them what to do. When chemicals from the outside get into our bodies, they have the ability to mimic our natural hormones; blocking or binding hormone receptors. This is particularly detrimental to hormone sensitive organs like the uterus and the breast, the immune and neurological systems, as well as human development.
Here are some endocrine disrupters linked to adverse health effects:

Dioxins are byproducts of industrial incineration and combustion. Also produced by the manufacturing of chlorine-containing pesticides, wood preservatives, and paper, dioxins persist in the environment for years and accumulate in the fat of farm animals that eat contaminated feed or water. Recent research has shown that exposure to low levels of dioxin in the womb and early in life can both permanently affect sperm quality and lower the sperm count in men during their prime reproductive years. But that’s not all! Dioxins are very long-lived, build up both in the body and in the food chain, are powerful carcinogens and can also affect the immune and reproductive systems.
How to avoid it? That’s pretty difficult, since the ongoing industrial release of dioxin has meant that the American food supply is widely contaminated. Products including meat, fish, milk, eggs and butter are most likely to be contaminated, but you can cut down on your exposure by eating fewer animal products.

Bisphenol A is a compound in some plastics. It can leach into foods and the environment. Bisphenol A produces estrogen like effects making it a possible contributor to immune suppression, and some cancers. BPA has been linked to everything from breast and others cancers to reproductive problems, obesity, early puberty and heart disease, and according to government tests, 93 percent of Americans have BPA in their bodies!
How to avoid it? Go fresh instead of canned – many food cans are lined with BPA – or research which companies don’t use BPA or similar chemicals in their products. Say no to receipts, since thermal paper is often coated with BPA. And avoid plastics marked with a “PC,” for polycarbonate, or recycling label #7.

Phthalates are added to plastic to make them strong, soft, and flexible. These toxins are also used in carpet backing, paints, glues, insect repellents, hair spray, nail polish, and even in toys, where they make their way into our bodies through ingestion, inhalation, and skin absorption. Phthalates hormone-disrupting effects have been found to suppress ovulation and estradiol production and to contribute to a condition called polycystic ovarian syndrome. Studies have shown that phthalates can trigger what’s known as “death-inducing signaling” in testicular cells, making them die earlier than they should. Yep, that’s cell death – in your man parts. If that’s not enough, studies have linked phthalates to hormone changes, lower sperm count, less mobile sperm, birth defects in the male reproductive system, obesity, diabetes and thyroid irregularities.
How to avoid it? A good place to start is to avoid plastic food containers, children’s toys (some phthalates are already banned in kid’s products), and plastic wrap made from PVC, which has the recycling label #3. Some personal care products also contain phthalates, so read the labels and avoid products that simply list added “fragrance,” since this catch-all term sometimes means hidden phthalates.

DDT is a pesticide and its metabolite DDE have been banned in this country since 1972, but their effects still linger in our environment, accumulating in adipose tissue and in the food chain(fish and animals). Some other country like China still uses DDT. An insecticide used in agriculture and mosquito control, DDT has estrogen effects, linked to pancreatic, liver and breast cancers. In general, most families will be exposed to this dangerous manmade chemical by eating food or drinking liquids contaminated with small amounts of DDT.
How to avoid it? Use organic produce and animal product. Avoid fish and other food from China. A good water filter can also reduce your exposure to DDE in drinking water.

Formaldehyde is another toxic compound. Traditionally used as a laboratory preservative, it has made its way into our homes. Formaldehyde is used in some shampoos, conditioners, and cosmetics as well as in construction materials, cleaning supplies, carpeting, drapes, upholstery, paper products, and plastics. Its fumes can cause depression, fatigue, poor memory, headaches, asthma, cough, skin rashes, and other problems. Formaldehyde has also been linked to reduced fertility and spontaneous abortion (miscarriage).
How to avoid it? The best way to reduce your exposure is to avoid products that contain formaldehyde, and to not allow cigarette smoking in your home. Increase ventilation. Open your windows for 5-10 minutes once or twice a day to purge chemicals and freshen the air. Run the exhaust fan above your stove when you are cooking to increase outgassing from gas combustion and reduce formaldehyde.

Atrazine is an herbicide. Researchers have found that exposure to even low levels of atrazine can turn male frogs into females that produce completely viable eggs. Atrazine is widely used on the majority of corn crops in the United States, and consequently it’s a pervasive drinking water contaminant. Atrazine has been linked to breast tumors, delayed puberty and prostate inflammation in animals, and some research has linked it to prostate cancer in people.
How to avoid it? Buy organic produce and get a drinking water filter certified to remove atrazine.

Perchlorate is a naturally occurring and manmade chemical. It is manufactured and used as an industrial chemical and can be found in rocket propellant, explosives, fireworks and road flares. It has been found in some public drinking water systems and in food.Who needs food tainted with rocket fuel?! When perchlorate gets into your body it competes with the nutrient iodine, which the thyroid gland needs to make thyroid hormones. Basically, this means that if you ingest too much of it you can end up altering your thyroid hormone balance. This is important because it’s these hormones that regulate metabolism in adults and are critical for proper brain and organ development in infants and young children.
How to avoid it? You can reduce perchlorate in your drinking water by installing a reverse osmosis filter. As for food, it’s pretty much impossible to avoid perchlorate, but you can reduce its potential effects on you by making sure you are getting enough iodine in your diet. Eating iodized salt is one good way.

Fire retardants. In 1999, some Swedish scientists studying women’s breast milk discovered something totally unexpected: The milk contained an endocrine-disrupting chemical found in fire retardants, and the levels had been doubling every five years since 1972! These incredibly persistent chemicals, known as Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB’s) and Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB’s) or polybrominated diphenyl (PBDE) used in coolant, lubricants, and insulation for electrical equipment as well as in paints, dyes, and rubber. PCB’s accumulate in human fat-and in the food chain. Found in rivers and lakes, these toxins weaken the immune system, damage neurological development, and behave like estrogen in the body. These chemicals can imitate thyroid hormones in our bodies and disrupt their activity. That can lead to lower IQ, among other significant health effects. While several kinds of PBDEs have now been phased out, this doesn’t mean that toxic fire retardants have gone away. PBDEs are incredibly persistent, so they’re going to be contaminating people and wildlife for decades to come.
How to avoid it? It’s virtually impossible, but passing better toxic chemical laws that require chemicals to be tested before they go on the market would help reduce our exposure. A few things that can you can do in the meantime include: use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter, which can cut down on toxic-laden house dust; avoid reupholstering foam furniture; take care when replacing old carpet (the padding underneath may contain PBDEs).

Lead. It’s well known that lead is toxic, especially to children. Lead harms almost every organ system in the body and has been linked to a staggering array of health effects, including permanent brain damage, lowered IQ, hearing loss, miscarriage, premature birth, increased blood pressure, kidney damage and nervous system problems. But few people realize that one other way that lead may affect your body is by disrupting your hormones. In animals, lead has been found to lower sex hormone levels. Research has also shown that lead can disrupt the hormone signaling that regulates the body’s major stress system (called the HPA axis). You probably have more stress in your life than you want, so the last thing you need is something making it harder for your body to deal with it – especially when this stress system is implicated in high blood pressure, diabetes, anxiety and depression.
How to avoid it? Keep your home clean and well maintained. Crumbling old paint is a major source of lead exposure, so get rid of it carefully. A good water filter can also reduce your exposure to lead in drinking water. And if you need another reason to eat better, studies have also shown that children with healthy diets absorb less lead.

Arsenic isn’t just for murder mysteries anymore. In fact, this toxin is lurking in your food and drinking water. If you eat enough of it, arsenic will kill you outright. In smaller amounts, arsenic can cause skin, bladder and lung cancer. Basically, bad news. Less well known: Arsenic messes with your hormones! Specifically, it can interfere with normal hormone functioning in the glucocorticoid system that regulates how our bodies process sugars and carbohydrates. What does that mean for you? Well, disrupting the glucocorticoid system has been linked to weight gain/loss, protein wasting, immunosuppression, insulin resistance (which can lead to diabetes), osteoporosis, growth retardation and high blood pressure.
How to avoid it? Reduce your exposure by using a water filter that lowers arsenic levels. For help finding a good water filter.

Mercury. Caution: That sushi you are eating could be hazardous to your health. Mercury, a naturally occurring but toxic metal, gets into the air and the oceans primarily though burning coal. Eventually, it can end up on your plate in the form of mercury-contaminated seafood. Pregnant women are the most at risk from the toxic effects of mercury, since the metal is known to concentrate in the fetal brain and can interfere with brain development. Mercury is also known to bind directly to one particular hormone that regulates women’s menstrual cycle and ovulation, interfering with normal signaling pathways. In other words, hormones don’t work so well when they’ve got mercury stuck to them! The metal may also play a role in diabetes, since mercury has been shown to damage cells in the pancreas that produce insulin, which is critical for the body’s ability to metabolize sugar.
How to avoid it? For people who still want to eat (sustainable) seafood with lots of healthy fats but without a side of toxic mercury, wild salmon and farmed trout are good choices.

The perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) used to make non-stick cookware can stick to you. Perfluorochemicals are so widespread and extraordinarily persistent that 99 percent of Americans have these chemicals in their bodies. One particularly notorious compound called PFOA has been shown to be “completely resistant to biodegradation.” In other words, PFOA doesn’t break down in the environment – ever. That means that even though the chemical was banned after decades of use, it will be showing up in people’s bodies for countless generations to come. This is worrisome, since PFOA exposure has been linked to decreased sperm quality, low birth weight, kidney disease, thyroid disease and high cholesterol, among other health issues. Scientists are still figuring out how PFOA affects the human body, but animal studies have found that it can affect thyroid and sex hormone levels.
How to avoid it? Skip non-stick pans as well as stain and water-resistant coatings on clothing, furniture and carpets.

Organophosphate pesticides. Neurotoxic organophosphate compounds that the Nazis produced in huge quantities for chemical warfare during World War II were luckily never used. After the war ended, American scientists used the same chemistry to develop a long line of pesticides that target the nervous systems of insects. Despite many studies linking organophosphate exposure to effects on brain development, behavior and fertility, they are still among the more common pesticides in use today. A few of the many ways that organophosphates can affect the human body include interfering with the way testosterone communicates with cells, lowering testosterone and altering thyroid hormone levels.
How to avoid it? Buy organic produce that have the fewest pesticide residues. Use “dirty dozen, clean fifteen” guide.

Glycol Ethers. Shrunken testicles: Do we have your full attention now? This is one thing that can happen to rats exposed to chemicals called glycol ethers, which are common solvents in paints, cleaning products, brake fluid and cosmetics. Worried? You should be. The European Union says that some of these chemicals “may damage fertility or the unborn child.” Studies of painters have linked exposure to certain glycol ethers to blood abnormalities and lower sperm counts. And children who were exposed to glycol ethers from paint in their bedrooms had substantially more asthma and allergies.
How to avoid it? Start using clean household and personal care products. Avoid products with ingredients such as 2-butoxyethanol (EGBE) and methoxydiglycol (DEGME).

It’s easy to become overly anxious about the amount of toxins to which we are exposed to ever day. But who wants to live in a bubble? While it’s nearly impossible to completely eliminate these toxic compounds from our lives, we can educate ourselves in ways to minimize our exposure to these compounds and how to support the body in metabolizing and eliminating toxins. Avoiding hormone-disrupting compounds begins simply with the choices we make at home and the store, increasing the demand for safer alternatives.
Normally, our bodies are equipped to metabolize and eliminate toxins through the process of detoxification. But when we are daily bombarded with so many chemicals from so many sources, our bodies can become overburdened. Luckily, we can use diet and supplements to assist our bodies in breaking down toxins and supporting natural hormone balance. Let’s detox.

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Why did my body give up on me?

Before I reached 32 years old, I had migraines, chronic fatigue, allergies and digestion problems. My husband and I wanted a baby, but I couldn’t seem to get pregnant. I was still young but my health was on a downward spiral for no apparent reason.

One day I collapsed in the bathroom. At that point, I determined that I would find an answer to the question; “Why was my body giving up on me?’

You see, I was an OBGYN specializing in infertility, and still, I didn’t understand what was going on with me. All our test results showed both my husband and I were healthy and should be able to conceive.

The good news is I did find the answer. Read on to find out what I learned…

The EPA reports 87,000 new chemicals are produced every year. Most of them end up in our body in one way or another.

Do any of these problems sound familiar to you?

• Sugar cravings
• Depression
• Chronic fatigue
• Weight gain
• Infertility

Chances are you have them yourself or know someone who does, The problem is that many people suffer from them for a very long time and can not find a real solution.

I found an explanation for all of them, even why I couldn’t get pregnant. When I conceived our first child, I was on the right track. After struggling to have my second child, I entered training to learn the holistic approach to manage chronic conditions, so I could help others.

I learned about a group of chemicals called xeno-hormones that interfere with our natural hormonal balances. Hormones control almost every function of your body. Is it any wonder we feel so bad?

So, where are we picking up these xeno-hormones?

Here are just a few places:

• Tap water and bottled water
• Non-organic fresh vegetables and fruit
• Non-organic meats and dairy
• Shampoo, soaps, toothpaste
• Flame retardants in children’s clothing
• Cookware, utensils, and kitchen products
• Detergents, cleaning products
• Canned foods
• Plastic bottles
• Office products
• Baby products
• Toys
• Computers, televisions and electronics
• Carpet and linoleum
• Processed foods
• Dental sealants

Even the cash-register receipt you hold in your hand as you leave the store contains xeno-hormones. 

How do they work?

Some cause over-stimulation, making the thyroid or other glands work too hard. Others take the place of the true hormone and block the real one from connecting. The fake hormone messes with your system and havoc sets in.

Unborn children exposed to these xeno-hormones can have changes to the timing of puberty and make them more susceptible to disease all their lives.

Some say these effects could go on for several future generations, even if those chemicals were stopped right now.

Research found that many disorders and disease related to xeno-hormone exposure:

• Breast, uterine, & ovarian cancers
• Prostate and testicular cancer
• Decreased fertility
• Breast development in men
• Heart disease
• Type 2 Diabetes
• Obesity
• Thyroid Problems
• Endometriosis
• Uterine Fibroids

On April 11, I’m holding a free webinar to share more of my story of how I overcame my health issues related to xeno-hormones and other substances, click here.

During the Webinar:

  • I will help you become aware of these toxins so you can avoid them. 

 

  • I will also tell you how to get them out of your body now. 

Your health and the health of your family is affected by xeno-hormones and other toxins. Be sure to listen in to the webinar. These 60 minutes could save the life of someone you love and that someone may be you.

Date: April 11, 2016
Time: 7:30 p.m. Eastern
 
To register for free click here.

See you there.
With love and support,

Larisa Sharipova, MD