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Planned Parenthood not meeting safety standards, employees not washing hands after abortions
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Pain during alcohol withdrawal: Electroacupuncture may help
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Peroxide ingestion, promoted by alternative medicine, can be deadly
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Study tallies extra calories Americans consume in their coffee, tea
More than 160 million people in the US drink coffee or tea on a regular basis, and many of them use sugar, cream, flavored syrups or other calorie-laden additives in their drinks of choice. A new analysis reveals just how much Americans are adding to their caloric intake by spicing up or sweetening their coffee or tea.
Diabetes Has Become One of the Most Expensive and Lethal Diseases in the World
By Dr. Mercola
Late last year, research1,2,3 showed life expectancy has declined in the U.S. for the first time in two decades, leaving researchers searching for clues as to the cause.
While drug overdoses appear to have contributed to the decline, obesity also plays a major role. Now, a follow-up study4 suggests type 2 diabetes is a major factor. As reported by Vox:5
"[R]esearchers have long known that diabetes is an underreported cause of death on death certificates, the primary data source for determining life expectancy trends.
That's because people with diabetes often have multiple health conditions, or "comorbidities," such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and even cancer ?
[According to] Andrew Stokes, assistant professor of global health at Boston University's School of Public Health ? '[T]o some extent, deaths that should be attributed to diabetes go to other causes.'"
Indeed, the links between diabetes and other lethal conditions such as heart disease and cancer are exceedingly compelling.
The good news is that once you understand how insulin and leptin resistance fuels ALL of these conditions, the remedy becomes clear. Best of all, preventing and treating the underlying cause of diabetes is fairly simple and straightforward, and does not cost much. To learn how, read on to the end.
Diabetes Is Likely the Third Leading Cause of Death
To evaluate the potential influence of diabetes on death rates, the researchers calculated the risk of death among diabetics during five years of follow up.
Shockingly, while death certificates suggest diabetes is involved in about 3.5 percent of deaths, the real number is likely around 12 percent, and among the obese, it may be as high as 19 percent. As noted by Vox:
"That means that while diabetes is generally listed as the seventh most common cause of death in America ? their results suggest it's probably the third leading cause of death after cancer and heart disease."
This is a tragedy when you consider that type 2 diabetes is entirely preventable and treatable with a low-net-carb diet and other healthy lifestyle changes,6 such as avoiding sitting and getting healthy sun exposure. Most of these strategies are inexpensive or free.
Meanwhile, the cost of conventional diabetes treatment keeps going up. In fact, diabetes is now one of the most expensive diseases in the U.S.7 Of 155 chronic conditions, diabetes topped the list at $101.4 billion in personal health care spending in 2013.8
In the last 20 years, the cost of insulin has shot up by 450 percent. A single months' supply of insulin can now cost nearly $255, compared to less than $21 in 1996. The sad reality is that insulin has no place in the treatment of type 2 diabetes and actually accelerates death as my now 11-year-old article shows.
To that, you have to add the cost for other medications, syringes, pumps and blood sugar sensors and monitors, plus health care costs associated with comorbidities. It's not surprising then that diabetics spend an average of 230 percent more on medical expenditures than non-diabetics.
Half of Americans Are Pre-Diabetic or Diabetic
According to data published in 2015, about half of all American adults are either pre-diabetic or diabetic.9,10,11,12,13,14,15 Another analysis of health trends around the world from 1990 to 2013 also revealed a striking rise in diabetes.16
The data, which spanned 188 countries, showed a 45 percent increase in diabetes prevalence between 1990 and 2013, with some countries faring worse than others. In the U.S., diabetes rates rose by a whopping 71 percent.
At least 20 percent of the population in every U.S. state is also obese17 ? a condition that severely predisposes you to diabetes. That said, being skinny is not a blanket assurance of healthy insulin sensitivity. Research suggests one-third of normal-weight adults may also be pre-diabetic without knowing it.18
Besides the obvious day-to-day inconveniences and risks of diabetes, it's also linked to a wide array of complications, including heart disease, below the knee amputations, kidney damage, blindness and hearing impairments.
Again, fundamentally these complications are due to underlying insulin and leptin resistance.
Unfortunately, conventional medicine still has type 2 diabetes pegged as a problem with blood sugar rather than impaired insulin and leptin signaling, caused by chronically elevated insulin and leptin levels. This is why treating type 2 diabetes with insulin does not help, but actually worsens the problem.
Childhood Diabetes Is Also on the Rise
In the past, type 2 diabetes was referred to as "adult onset" diabetes, and most patients were in the senior category. But as our diets and lifestyles have changed, so has the disease. In the past 20 years, type 2 diabetes in children has jumped from less than 5 percent of all newly diagnosed cases to more than 20 percent.19
The health effects of insulin resistance make the rise in type 2 diabetes among children all the more troubling. Severe insulin resistance is associated with an increase in morbidity and mortality in young adults and a higher risk of hypertension, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and metabolic syndrome.
While the progression to impaired glucose tolerance in children and adolescents is multifactorial, the most important piece is the balance between insulin sensitivity and insulin secretion.20 I recently published a lecture by Ivor Cummins, in which he explains the importance of insulin sensitivity, and how insulin resistance lays the groundwork for the metabolic havoc that leads to heart disease and other chronic dysfunction.
The Links Between Diabetes and Heart Disease
In a nutshell, the higher your insulin resistance, the worse markers such as fasting insulin and triglyceride-HDL ratio will be, placing you at increased risk for diabetes and heart disease. And, while genetics, lack of sleep and inactivity play a role, your diet is really the most important influence.21,22
More often than not, excessive amounts of glucose from net carb foods (total carbohydrates minus fiber) are what set the disease process into motion by spiking your insulin. Repeated over time, insulin resistance develops as you progressively lose the ability to burn fat as your primary fuel.
By regularly measuring your fasting insulin you can give yourself many years' advance notice. A normal fasting blood (A1C) insulin level is below 5, but ideally you'll want it below 3. By taking immediate action as soon as you find your insulin level creeping upward, you can effectively prevent chronic diseases that might prematurely put you in a casket.
The BEST Solution to Prevent and Reverse Type 2 Diabetes
While I am a major proponent of exercise and it plays an important role in the management of diabetes, it is no way going to resolve the insulin resistance for most people all by itself. Any knowledgeable physician will tell you that optimizing your food is necessary to restore insulin and leptin sensitivity. The problem is there is major controversy in the natural medicine community on how to do this. So how do you do it?
There is no easy answer and I have provided many of the important steps in previous articles, but neither I, nor anyone I know of, has yet to put it all together in a book resource. About a year ago I started writing my new book as a response to provide the foundational first step to treat most cancers. Interestingly, the same metabolic defect responsible for most cancers, mitochondria dysfunction, is also responsible for type 2 diabetes and obesity.
Last week I submitted the final draft of my book for publication and in less than three short months, Fat for Fuel, will be available. This is one of the only books that has been peer reviewed by over 20 of the leading experts in the field. We are currently in the process of interviewing many of these experts for a seven- to nine-hour free documentary that will start to air in May.
To say that I am excited about making Fat for Fuel available is a very serious understatement, as I am confident it will help millions and serve as a major catalyst to change the fatally flawed way modern medicine is treating diabetes and cancer.
Other Ways to Prevent and/or Reverse Type 2 Diabetes
Most of my paternal relatives, my dad included, have, or have died from, diabetes. My personal experience with diabetes and subsequent review of the literature made it very clear to me that virtually every case of type 2 diabetes is reversible ? and the cure has nothing to do with giving insulin or taking drugs to control your blood sugar.
In fact, giving insulin to someone with type 2 diabetes is one of the worstthings that can be done. The truth of the matter is that type 2 diabetes is a preventable condition that arises from faulty leptin signaling and insulin resistance, both of which are directly diet- and exercise-related. It is NOT a blood sugar disorder.
Once you understand that, the remedy becomes clear: To reverse the disease, you need to recover your body's insulin and leptin sensitivities, and the only way to accomplish that is through proper diet and exercise, as detailed in my free nutrition plan, which goes into all of the following guidelines in greater detail.
? Address your diet
Most of the food people eat these days skews metabolism toward insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.
Most Americans are burning glucose as their primary fuel, which elevates blood sugar and promotes insulin resistance and inhibits your body's ability to access and burn body fat ? hence, the connection between obesity and diabetes. Healthy fat, meanwhile, is a far preferable sort of fuel, as it burns far more efficiently than carbs.
One of the most important dietary recommendations is to limit net carbs (total carbohydrates minus fiber) and protein, replacing them with higher amounts of high quality healthy fats. A key way of preventing diabetes is to keep your net carbs below 50 grams per day.
Keep in mind that the only way you'll know how many total carbs, fiber and net carbs you eat is to keep a food diary. The simplest way of doing this is to use an online nutrition tracker.
Be sure to avoid trans fats and processed foods of all kinds, and boost your fiber intake. Research23 shows that people with high intakes of dietary fiber have a significantly lower risk of obesity and diabetes. Aim for about 50 grams of fiber per 1,000 calories consumed. Also replace sugary beverages with pure water.
? Exercise regularly AND get more non-exercise movement into your day
Exercise is one of the fastest and most powerful ways to lower your insulin and leptin resistance. If you're unsure of how to get started, I recommend reviewing my Peak Fitness program for tips and guidelines.
Keep in mind that excessive sitting and general sedentary behavior is equally, if not more, harmful than forgoing an exercise regimen, so make the effort to stand up and move around more throughout the day.
? Normalize your omega-3-to-omega-6 ratio
Most get far too little omega-3, found in fatty fish such as wild Alaskan salmon, sardines, anchovies, fish oil and krill oil, and too much omega-6, as it is plentiful in processed vegetable oils and hence processed and fried foods.
? Optimize your vitamin D and other important nutrients
Recent research shows low vitamin D is a predictor of type 2 diabetes mortality due to heart disease.24 According to the authors: "This result suggests that vitamin D could be considered as a prognostic factor for [CVD] and death.
This is important because the risk of [CVD] is generally high in people with type 2 diabetes and health care professionals need more accurate tools to identify individuals with an increased risk."
Other nutrients of importance include magnesium and vitamins B12, K2 and C. Vitamins D and B12 are particularly important during pregnancy, as maternal vitamin D deficiency may increase your child's risk for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and B12 deficiency may increase your child's risk of type 2 diabetes.25
? Optimize your gut flora
Multiple studies have shown that obese people have different intestinal bacteria than lean people. The more beneficial bacteria you have, the stronger your immune system will be and the better your body will function overall.
Fortunately, optimizing your gut flora is relatively easy. You can reseed your body with good bacteria by eating fermented foods (such as fermented vegetables, natto, raw organic cheese, or raw milk kefir) or by taking a high quality probiotic supplement.
? Address any underlying emotional issues and/or stress
Just when you thought you knew how dangerous bisphenol-A (BPA) was to your health, research demonstrates both BPA and substitute chemicals are able to cross the placental barrier, increasing the toxic load on a growing infant.1 When tested, over 200 chemicals were found in umbilical cord blood of newborns.2
First created in 1891 by a Russian chemist, BPA didn't make an appearance in the manufacture of products until the 1950s, when it was used to produce resilient, and often transparent plastics.
Despite strong scientific evidence that BPA has a negative effect on health, the industry was valued at over $13 billion in 2013, and is expected to reach $20 billion by 2020.3
Today, BPA is found in countless personal care and plastic products, from the lining in canned goods to plastic wraps, water bottles and cashier receipts. Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) claims BPA is safe for human consumption, it has been banned from sippy cups and other baby products.
Unfortunately, substitute chemicals being used to increase the strength and resiliency of plastics are probably no safer than the BPA they replaced, as they are near-identical chemical compounds.
BPA and BPS Cross the Placental Barrier Increasing Risk to Children
In 2010 researchers discovered BPA does cross the placental barrier.4,5 But, more importantly, the researchers found while the active form of BPA stays active in the developing infant, the inactive form can be converted to an active form, indicating pre-birth exposure to BPA was greater than originally anticipated.
In the movement toward removal of BPA from products, manufacturers have been using bisphenol-S (BPS) and bisphenol-F (BPF) instead. These substitute chemicals are as hormonally active as BPA and are both strong endocrine disruptors.6 Both demonstrate adverse effects on the physiological functioning of humans and rats.7
Canadian and Chinese scientists have now demonstrated what environmentalists have long believed ? BPS and BPA can both cross into the placenta, affecting the pre-birth growth of infants.8 BPS had already been found in urine samples of over 80 percent of infants from China, U.S. and six other Asian countries.9
Previous studies had reported behavioral differences in rodent mothers exposed to BPS during pregnancy and in their female offspring.
The most recent study measured levels of BPS and BPA in 61 pairs of maternal and cord blood samples, proving "the first evidence that BPS crosses the human placenta."10 BPA metabolites in cord blood were also higher than found in maternal blood.
Current biomonitoring usually relies on detection of total BPA in the urine and not the metabolites, BPA-sulfate and BPA-glucuronide. Monitoring metabolites of BPA is limited and even less is known about the metabolites of substitutes BPS and BPF. Lead author Dr. Jonathan Martin from the University of Alberta explained:
"The [fetus] has more difficulty excreting BPA than the mother. The mother can easily pass metabolites through urine, whereas the [fetus] excretes to the amniotic fluid and, to some extent, back to the mother's circulation. The human [fetus] is known to have a different metabolic capacity.
It's known to have a very immature glucuronidation pathway, whereas sulfation begins earlier. So it's not uncommon for the human [fetus] to produce more of the sulfate than the respective glucuronide."
How Endocrine Disruption Works
BPA metabolites may not have the strong estrogenic chemical activity of total BPA, but they are also not biologically inactive. Several studies have identified different types of biological activity between cultured cells and one BPA metabolite, and total BPA is a known endocrine disruptor.
Through widespread exposure and multiple effects on human cells, BPA represents a complex risk to human health.11 Exposure to rodents in the perinatal period, during the weeks just prior to and after birth, BPA had a significant effect on the neuroendocrine stress response.12
Researchers theorized this exposure may be associated with the development of stress-related disorders later in life. Endocrine disruptors work by mimicking, or partially mimicking, hormones that occur naturally in the human body. This may produce overstimulation.
Some interfere or block the way receptors or hormones are made or controlled. This interruption in the endocrine system may produce negative results in infant development or in the reproductive, neurological and immune systems of children and adults.
There is a wide range of chemicals and substances that may cause endocrine disruption, of which bisphenol chemicals are only one.
Pesticides, pharmaceutical interventions, dioxin-like compounds and polychlorinated biphenyls are just a few of these endocrine disruptors that are found in products, water supply and food supply affecting your health.
According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), research demonstrates these endocrine disruptors carry the greatest risk when humans are exposed during prenatal and early childhood development.13 This is the point during which organ and neurological system formation is being completed.
Increases Long-Term Risk of Illness and Adds Billions to Healthcare Cost
While exposure during prenatal and infancy periods may hold the greatest risk, adolescents and adults are also at risk from endocrine disruptors and the subsequent health conditions that may develop.
A recent study of the healthcare cost impact in Europe demonstrated endocrine disrupting chemical contributed to the development of disease and illness.14
The study found the subsequent health care cost from only the chemicals with the highest probability of causation resulted in a cost of at least $175 billion each year. The researchers estimated a broader analysis would have resulted in a greater burden of disease and healthcare cost.
The research detailed costs related to obesity, neurological disorders, and male reproductive disorders. The study evaluated the effect of only 5 percent of the known endocrine disruptors, making this only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., microbiologist and director of the NIEHS, commented:15
"The point is that there is a wide variety of effects being seen in the generalpopulation related to endocrine-disrupting chemicals. We have increasing amount of data raising concerns about their use. We are seeing effects from [chemical] levels that are present in the general population."
As your endocrine system is instrumental in regulating mood, growth and development, tissue function, metabolism, as well as sexual function and reproductive processes, it is not surprising BPA and substitute chemicals are associated with a number of different health conditions, including:
? Structural damage to your brain; hyperactivity, increased aggressiveness and impaired learning
? Early puberty, stimulation of mammary gland development, disrupted reproductive cycles, ovarian toxicity and infertility16
BPA and Substitutes Increase Your Risk of Obesity and Diabetes
As obesity is a primary factor in the development of many of the health conditions listed above, it is important to note that nearly 67 percent of women and 75 percent of men are either overweight or obese today. 25 These numbers represent a rising trend and significant public health risk.
While it is tempting to blame an increasing waistline on one or two factors, metabolism and weight control is complex and is dependent on different influences. In a recent study, researchers discovered that in order to maintain the same weight in 2006 as in 1988 you would have to eat less and exercise more.26
The logical conclusion is that an environmental factor more prevalent after 1988 is influencing your metabolism. Research from Health Canada demonstrated the human body doesn't safely metabolize and excrete BPA, but instead transforms it into something that grows fat cells.27 This confirmed the results of multiple past studies linking BPA to increasing obesity.28,29,30,31
One study was also able to demonstrate BPA not only increased the number of fat cells that differentiate from pre-adiposity cells, but also increased the amount of fat inside the cells.32
Recent research now demonstrates the nearly identical BPS has some of the same characteristics. Interestingly, in this study, all cells exposed to BPS created fat, but those exposed to the least and greatest amount grew greater amounts of fat than those exposed to moderate amounts.33 Senior author of the latest study on BPS, Ella Atlas, Ph.D., of Health Canada, commented on the results, saying:34
"Our research indicates BPS and BPA have comparable effects on fat cells and their metabolism. The study is the first to show that BPS exposure can induce the formation of human fat cells.
Since BPS is one of the replacement chemicals used in consumer products that are marketed as BPA-free, it is important to examine whether BPS acts as an endocrine-disrupting chemical. This study shows that BPS and BPA have similar effects on fat cell formation, lipid accumulation and expression of genes important for lipid metabolism."
Is 'BPA-Free' Meaningless?
Concerns about the health effects of BPA have caused many consumers to seek out products that are BPA-free. However, research indicates the substitute compounds used to increase the strength of plastics also interfere with hormones and pose a public health risk. In a study evaluating the risks of both BPS and a secondary substitute chemical, BPF, researchers concluded they are both as hormonally active as BPA.35
The structure between these three chemicals are remarkably similar, they provide the same stability to plastics and create similar health risks to humans.36 Study author Johanna Rochester, Ph.D., researcher at the Endocrine Disruption Exchange, commented:37
"According to pretty much all the literature there is on these two substitutes, they are hormonally active in ways similar to BPA ? similar mechanisms, similar potencies."
Products labeled "BPA-free" have also been found to leach chemicals with estrogenic activity after undergoing real world testing. Plastics labeled "BPA-free" were microwaved, exposed to ultraviolet lights and other common stressors.38 Almost all the commercially available products tested released chemicals with estrogenic activity, including those labeled "BPA-free."
The researchers pointed out that manufacturers now have the ability to produce plastics without estrogenically active compounds in a cost-effective manner that would significantly reduce public health risks.39 So why don't they?
Take These Steps to Reduce Your Risk
BPA is used in an amazing number of products in your home. In this short video, results from a study on canned foods is described. As it turns out, the researchers found more than just BPA. Until manufacturers place a higher value on human health than on profit, consider taking these steps to reduce your exposure to BPA and all the substitute compounds that also contain endocrine disrupting features.40,41,42
? Eat Mostly Fresh Whole Foods
Processed and packaged foods are a common source of BPA and phthalates ? particularly cans, but also foods packaged in plastic wrap. Real food is always your best option.
? Buy and Use Glass
Buy products that come in glass bottles rather than plastic or cans. Store your food and beverages in glass and use glass containers if heating food in your microwave, as heat tends to increase the release of chemicals from plastic. Be aware that even BPA-free plastics typically leach other endocrine-disrupting chemicals that are just as bad as BPA.
Use glass baby bottles for your infants. Never drink coffee or tea from plastic cups and replace all your plastic cups with glass. Avoid plastic utensil and don't use drinking water packaged in plastic. Filter your own water and store it in glass containers. Don't use plastic grocery bags from the store. Bring your own reusable canvas or cloth variety.
? Avoid Plastic Wrap
If you are using it to cover a glass container, don't allow it to touch the food and don't use it in the microwave.
? Be Careful with Cash Register Receipts
If you use a store regularly, encourage the management to switch to BPA-free receipts. I shop at Publix for my food and when I called them about the receipts it turns out they had already switched. Nevertheless, it is wise to limit your contact with all these receipts.
? Use Sustainable, Certified Organic, GMO-free Products
Look for products that are earth-friendly, animal-friendly, sustainable, certified organic and GMO-free. This applies to everything from food and personal care products to building materials, carpeting, paint, baby items, furniture, mattresses and more.
When redoing your home, look for "green," toxin-free alternatives in lieu of regular paint and vinyl floor coverings, the latter of which is another source of phthalates. Replace your vinyl shower curtain with a fabric one. Don't use non-stick cookware.
Breastfeed your baby exclusively if possible, for at least the first year (as you will avoid phthalates exposure from infant formula packaging and plastic bottles/nipples). Breastfeeding has additional advantages for your child as well.
Switch over to organic toiletries, including shampoo, toothpaste, antiperspirants and cosmetics. EWG's Skin Deep database can help you find personal care products that are free of phthalates and other potentially dangerous chemicals.43
? Switch Feminine Hygiene and Urinary Incontinence Products
Replace feminine hygiene products (tampons and sanitary pads) and urinary incontinence products with safer alternatives. While most ingredients in feminine hygiene products are undisclosed, tests suggest they may contain dioxins and petrochemical additives.
? Opt for Fragrance-Free
Look for fragrance-free products; phthalates are often used to help the product hold its fragrance longer. Artificial fragrance can also contain dozens of potentially toxic chemicals. Avoid fabric softeners, dryer sheets, air fresheners and scented candles for the same reason.
? Test Tap Water
Check your home's tap water for contaminants and filter the water if necessary. You may also want to use an alternative to PVC pipes for your water supply.
? Don't Drink From the Hose
Teach your children not to drink water from the garden hose, as many are made with phthalate-containing plastics.
? Check with the Dentist
Verify any dental sealant used is BPA-, BPS- and BPF-free
Avoid Food and Supplements With This Common Filler
By Dr. Mercola
Nothing more than a filler, without nutrient value or necessity in your products, titanium dioxide is used simply to whiten products from paint to sunscreen and food products.
When used in food products it is known as E171; when in other products as PW6 or CI 7781.1 Although it is an inorganic compound, titanium dioxide carries significant risk when inhaled, ingested or absorbed.2
Millions of tons of titanium dioxide are produced each year. The compound naturally reflects ultraviolet (UV) light, which is why it is often added to sunscreen. While most of the product is used to pigment paint, it is also added to pharmaceutical drugs, toothpaste, paper and foods.
The full extent of the compound's impact on health is still under investigation, even though you can find it in many of the products you may use each day.
Topical use has resulted in allergic reactions, some of which may be serious.3 However, while some reactions are still under investigation, recent research has identified exposure to titanium dioxide can increase growth of precancerous lesions.4
Titanium Dioxide or E171 Is Not Inactive in Your Body
When inhaled as a dust, titanium dioxide is classified as possibly carcinogenic to humans by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.5,6 Titanium dioxide nanoparticles are also linked with an inflammatory response in the body and with genetic damage in mice.7
In response to public pressure, Dunkin Donuts made a commitment to take titanium dioxide out of the powdered sugar on their donuts.8 As it doesn't add to the flavor of the donuts, it seems like a decision that could have been made without pressure from customers. The compound is no longer legally used in Germany.
Multiple animal studies demonstrated an increased rate of lung cancer with inhalation of titanium dioxide, as the particles are not easily cleared from the lung tissue.9 Recent studies have also demonstrated it produces reactive oxygen species (ROS) and induced oxidative DNA damage.
Titanium dioxide may also be produced as nanoparticles. These minute particles lose their white pigment, but not the ability to reflect UV light.
In this form, titanium dioxide induces cellular autophagy, or cell death through degradation of the cell contents.10 The complex process of autophagy is most commonly triggered by nutrient starvation.11
How Titanium Dioxide Affects Cancer Cells
France, also concerned with the effect titanium dioxide may have on their population, ordered a review of the compound as a food additive after a study demonstrated negative health effects in an animal model.12 The study demonstrated oral exposure to E171 crossed the intestinal wall and could reach other parts of the body.
Researchers observed disorders in the immune system linked to nanoparticles of E171, which led to the development of pre-neoplastic lesions in the colon of 40 percent of the animals in the study.13
Although the study did show the additive plays a role in the development of early stages of colorectal cancer in animal models, the researchers could not extrapolate the conclusions to humans.14
The research also demonstrated the continued exposure to titanium dioxide sped the development of these growths.15 Titanium dioxide spread to other parts of the animal's body, including the liver, and was also found to affect the immune system.
Oral exposure to E171 is of special concern in children as it is a common additive in sweets and chocolates.16 The rats were fed human relevant amounts of E171 in water and were tested after one week and 100 days.
At one week the rats demonstrated tissue distribution, while micro-inflammation and an increase in pre-neoplastic lesions were evident at 100 days.17 Taking a proactive approach to the release of this new information, the French ministries for agriculture, health and economy issued a joint statement, saying:18
"A study carried out by the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) and published today shows that oral exposure to titanium dioxide (E171), the additive used particularly in the agri-food industry, is likely to result in effects on health.
However, at this stage, the results of the study do not make it possible to extrapolate to humans.
In light of the findings of this study, the Ministries of Economy, Health and Agriculture decided to jointly refer the National Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety (Anses) to determine whether the food additive E171 presents a potential hazard to consumers."
Titanium Dioxide May Adversely Affect Your Gut and Brain
While this new information is concerning, titanium dioxide has been associated with leaky gut and inflammatory bowel disease, both of which are associated with further negative health conditions. In this video, Dr. Greger discusses research demonstrating how nanoparticles of titanium dioxide may affect your gut wall.
Essentially, it appears that while the compound itself is inert, it may act as a Trojan horse, carrying endotoxin created by bacteria in the gut, across the gut wall.
Removing foods containing nanoparticles of titanium dioxide from the diet resulted in 7 out of 9 patients achieving remission from Crohn's disease and all experienced a significant reduction in symptoms.19
During this study the researchers also removed processed meats and fish from the participants' diet, which may have muddied the waters a bit.
A subsequent study, which removed processed meats from all participants and micro- and nanoparticles from only one group, demonstrated that both groups experienced a significant reduction in symptoms.20
However, while research finds these nanoparticles are not responsible for the creation of leaky gut, they appear to exacerbate the inflammatory process in the intestinal wall21 and increase your risk of subsequent health conditions.
Coupled with the increasing evidence suggesting exposure increases production of ROS and tumor formation, titanium dioxide is a significant public health risk found in multiple store bought products, including many dietary supplements.22
Researchers who demonstrated an increased inflammatory effect with titanium dioxide recommend:23
"Our results suggest a cautionary use of titanium dioxide in pharmaceutical formulations and support a therapeutic benefit from low inorganic particle diet in patients with IBD."
Further research also demonstrates E171 nanoparticles lead to neurological dysfunction, specifically damage to astrocyte cells and mitochondria.24
If not killed, damaged astrocytes were unable to absorb glutamate, increasing accumulation outside the cell, implicating it may contribute to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.25 Other research demonstrates further risk for brain damage.26,27,28
Long-Term Risks to the Environment Are Unknown
Once washed down the drain or flushed down the toilet, these nanoparticles may continue to have an impact on your health.
In a paper published in Environmental Science and Technology, the scientists quantified the amount of E171 nanoparticles released into the environment and found at least 36 percent of food grade particles were less than 100 nanometers (nm) and readily dispersed in water.29
Author Paul Westerhoff, Ph.D., professor at the School of Sustainable Engineering and The Built Environment at Arizona State University, said:30
"Many applications of titanium dioxide would benefit from smaller primary particle sizes, and we can expect the percentage of TiO2 that is produced in or near the nano range to increase. TiO2 nanomaterials in foods, consumer products, and household products are discharged as feces/urine, washed off of surfaces, or disposed of to sewage that enters wastewater treatment plants.
While these plants capture most of the TiO2, nanoparticles measuring between 4 and 30 nm were still found in the treated effluent. These nanomaterials are then released to surface waters, where they can interact with living organisms."
Further research suggests the interaction of titanium dioxide nanoparticles with other chemicals in the environment may increase toxicity and adverse effects on wildlife.31
In an effort to discern the impact of these nanoparticles on soil bacterial communities, researchers exposed agricultural soil for just 90 days and discovered significant denitrification and modification of bacterial communities using the lowest realistic concentrations of the nanoparticles.32 The results indicate these pollutants have a significant impact on the ecosystem.
Reduce Your Exposure to Titanium Dioxide
Titanium dioxide nanoparticles are used pervasively in processed foods, so the best way to avoid exposure is to eat real foods. Also consider other areas in which you may be exposed, such as your toothpaste, sunscreen and chewing gum. Consider making your own toothpaste from coconut oil, which helps reduce pathogenic bacterial growth in your mouth and protect your gums.
Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide nanoparticles are top choices for sun protection. Unfortunately, while they do not carry the same hormone disrupting risk of oxybenzone, when washed down the drain, they will have a detrimental effect on the environment. I recommend using sunscreen that does not use the nanoparticles of titanium dioxide, and to use clothing to cover your skin when you are in the sun for extended periods of time.
In the U.S., getting simple blood tests to monitor your health can be a time-consuming and expensive endeavor. Typically, you first must make an appointment with a physician, have the tests ordered by said physician and then wait for the results to come back, again through your physician.
Weeks and hundreds of dollars later, you may finally have your lab results in hand, but in an era where people are increasingly interested in taking control of their health, this physician-driven model has become antiquated and unnecessarily burdensome for patients.
No one has greater right to, or interest in, your lab work results than you do, which is why it should be a given that you can access such results directly from the company you pay to run the labs.
Beyond that, some companies are taking it a step further and offering direct-to-consumer laboratory tests, which allow you to pick and choose which biomarkers of health you'd like to monitor, no physician's visit required. The market for such testing was valued at $131 million in 2015 ? up from $15 million in 2010.1
2014 Rule Gave Patients Direct Access to Lab Results
In case you've ever wondered if you can get your lab test results directly from the lab that conducted the testing, you do have that right.
In 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule that granted a person (or a person designated by the patient) direct access to their laboratory test reports without having to have them sent to a physician first.
Clearly, doctors should not have exclusive rights to information about your body, but prior to this rule, this wasn't a guarantee. The final rule updated the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) of 1988 , allowing laboratories to give patients direct access to their lab results.
Even so, it's not always as simple as it should be to get your results without going through your doctor. Laboratories may require patients to make requests for lab results in writing, and they may charge you extra to mail or electronically deliver them.
Further, the rule states that most results must be made available to patients within 30 days of the completion of testing, so you could be waiting weeks to find out crucial health information.2
Why You Should Have the Right to Monitor Your Own Health
Direct-to-consumer laboratory tests can empower you to be proactive about taking care of your health. If you know you're low in a certain vitamin or mineral, for instance, you can make efforts to increase it in your diet.
Or, if your A1C levels (a marker for diabetes) are normal but elevated near the pre-diabetic range, you can take steps to exercise more and change your diet to drive those levels down instead of allowing them to trend upward.
Critics of direct-to-consumer lab tests suggest the results are useless without a doctor to translate the results and provide related medical advice.
This may be true in some cases, but there are many tests results that provide fairly straightforward health information, once you know the optimal reference ranges where your results should fall into.
Further, doctors simply should not have exclusive rights to information about your body. This belongs to you, and it's up to you to do with it what you will, whether that be making an appointment with a physician to help you interpret the results or choosing to proceed otherwise.
New York State Attorney General Investigation Stopped Direct-Access Lab Testing
Even with the HHS final rule, laboratories can still be challenged for carrying out medical tests without the order of a licensed medical practitioner. In late 2015, for instance, the New York State attorney general accused DirectLabs and LabCorp of violating state law by doing just that.
The labs had been conducting health testing ranging from vitamin and heavy metal screening to checks for parasites, thyroid levels and cancer markers that had been ordered by a chiropractor who allegedly did not meet with the patients or follow up with them after the testing.
More than 1,000 patients used the service, which allowed them to get health information at a reduced price compared to normal. As a result of the investigation, a settlement was reached that stopped this direct-access lab testing without a licensed medical provider's involvement. The state's attorney general website reported:3
"The settlement with DirectLabs and LabCorp comes after an investigation by the Attorney General's Health Care Bureau showed that DirectLabs sold requisitions for a wide range of tests, and that these requisitions were automatically generated with a licensed chiropractor's name ? who had never seen or spoken with the patients ? in exchange for a $24 'access fee' payment.
Consumers could then take those requisitions to a LabCorp patient service center to have the testing performed at reduced prices negotiated between LabCorp and DirectLabs."
Walk-In Blood Tests With No Doctor's Visit Required
In stark contrast to New York, in Arizona patients can walk into laboratories and order a choice of tests on demand. Some labs even display the testing options on a price list, offering labs like a basic metabolic panel for just $17.4
This seemingly basic right to choose your own medical testing in Arizona is largely the result of intense lobbying by Theranos Inc., a blood-testing start-up firm that had hoped to identify illnesses from a finger prick instead of vials of drawn blood.
After failed inspections, the firm has closed its blood-testing facilities,5 but the doors it opened for companies offering direct-to-consumer testing using conventional methods remain.
Sonora Quest Laboratories, one company offering so-called direct access testing (DAT), reported 400 percent growth in the sector in 2016 and continued growth of more than 15 percent a month.6
Further, as Forbes reported, Sonora president and CEO Dave Dexter said, " ? Doctors in the state have not been suddenly overwhelmed by anxious patients, and patients haven't been overwhelmed by the challenge of dealing with their data."
Instead, the patients have become empowered to become more deeply engaged with their health.
A number of companies have also started to allow patients to order hormone panels, test nutrient levels and markers of inflammation and more, then give the option to consult with doctors, nutritionists or other medical personnel for follow up.
In some cases, lifestyle changes, such as dietary and exercise recommendations or supplements, may be recommended. As Forbes reported:7
" ? [A]s consumer testing becomes more common, you can expect a rapid growth in consumer-facing businesses that will help patients understand and interpret their results ? or help the patient determine what he or she might want to order in the first place.
As the market for rapid and clear explanations grows, the quality of the services available to address this need is likely to improve in response to demand."
Research Suggests More Engaged Patients Have Better Health Outcomes
Putting health testing in the hands of patients is a logical progression of patient-centered health, and research even suggests that doing so may lead to better health outcomes.
In the journal Health Affairs, researchers looked into patient activation, or a person's willingness and ability to take independent actions to manage their health and care. "There is a growing body of evidence showing that patients who are more activated have better health outcomes and care experiences," they wrote, noting:8
" ? [P]olicies and interventions aimed at strengthening patients' role in managing their health care can contribute to improved outcomes and that patient activation can ? and should ? be measured as an intermediate outcome of care that is linked to improved outcomes."
Favorable outcomes cited in the report among more activated patients include the following:9
More highly activated people are significantly more likely to engage in healthy behavior such as eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise10
Those who score higher are more likely to avoid health-damaging behavior such as smoking and illegal drug use11
Less activated patients are three times as likely to have unmet medical needs and twice as likely to delay medical care, compared with more activated patients12
Highly activated patients were two or more times as likely as those with low activation levels to prepare questions for a visit to the doctor; to know about treatment guidelines for their condition; and to seek out health information, including comparisons of the quality of health care providers13
Chronically ill patients with higher activation levels are more likely than those with lower levels to adhere to treatment; perform regular self-monitoring at home; and obtain regular chronic care, such as foot exams for diabetes14
4 Blood Tests I Advise Performing Annually
As direct-to-consumer lab tests become increasingly available, one of the first questions that probably come to mind is which tests are worth getting.
This is where having a relationship with a holistic health care provider can be valuable, as you can set up a baseline of which tests you should be monitoring and what your results should be (the reference ranges provided on lab test reports are not always accurate when it comes to optimal health).
This can vary considerably depending on your age, health status and health goals. There is no doubt, however, that having direct access to lab testing, and direct access to your results, is an invaluable way for you to take control of your health.
As a general rule, I recommend getting the following four tests done on an annual basis, although others, such as uric acid level, may be beneficial as well.
? Fasting insulin and glucose. Your fasting insulin level reflects how healthy your blood glucose levels are over time.
A normal fasting blood insulin level is below 5, but ideally you'll want it below 3.
A fasting glucose level below 100 mg/dl suggests you're not insulin resistant, while a level between 100 and 125 confirms you have pre-diabetes and may indicate an increased risk of heart disease.
? Serum ferritin. While many are iron deficient, which can lead to problems, having too much iron is just as common, and may be even more dangerous.
Iron is potent oxidative stress, so excess amounts can increase your risk of heart disease. Ideally, monitor your ferritin levels and make sure they are in the 60 to 80 ng/ml range.
To lower your iron level, either donate blood or get therapeutic phlebotomy.
? Vitamin D. Optimizing your vitamin D is one of the easiest and least expensive things you can do for your health.
But, the only way to determine your optimal dose is to get your blood tested.
Ideally you'll want to maintain a vitamin D serum level of between 40 and 60 ng/mL (100 and 150 nmol/L).
? Fasting lipid panel, which includes total cholesterol, LDL, HDL and triglycerides. The key here is to focus on the ratio between these lipids, not the individual measurements in isolation.
Every day, each and every one of us contribute to the ongoing destruction of the environment simply by participating in modern society.
Not only do people inappropriately dispose of drugs by flushing them down the toilet, the cleaning and personal care products we use and the clothes we wear and wash on a daily basis also contribute to the environmental pollution.
Indeed, the environmental impacts of our clothing choices are shocking, as studies assessing toxic effects of various fabric treatments (such as dyes, flame retardants and stain-resistant chemicals) to laundry detergents and the fabric fibers themselves need serious attention.
The Drawback of Fleece
Microfibers1 in particular have gained notoriety for posing a serious threat to marine life and migrating into fields and onto our plates. As noted by NPR:2
"The innovation of synthetic fleece has allowed many outdoor enthusiasts to hike with warmth and comfort.
But what many ? don't know is that each wash ? releases thousands of microscopic plastic fibers, or microfibers, into the environment ? from their favorite national park to agricultural lands to waters with fish that make it back onto our plates.
This has scientists wondering: Are we eating our sweaters' synthetic microfibers?
Probably, says Chelsea Rochman, [Ph.D.,] an ecologist and evolutionary biologist at the University of Toronto, St. George. 'Microfibers seem to be one of the most common plastic debris items in animals and environmental samples,' Rochman says."
Microfibers Have Become a Very Significant Water Pollutant
Indeed, synthetic microfibers make up 85 percent of shoreline debris worldwide,3 and tend to be found in higher concentrations in beach sediment near waste water treatment plants.4
Water testing done by the Rozalia Project also showed microfibers are showing up in most water samples collected from the Hudson River.5 The fibers have also been found in both table salt6 and fish sold for human consumption.7
A 2015 study from the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) directly linked microbead plastics and man-made microfibers to the pollution in fish,8 and when Abigail Barrows ? chief investigator for Global Microplastics Initiative ? sampled over 2,000 marine and freshwater fish, 90 percent had microfiber debris in their bodies.
Near identical results have been reported by Amy Lusher, a microplastics researcher based in the U.K. who co-authored a study9 on microplastic pollution in the northeast Atlantic Ocean, published in 2014. There really does not appear to be any place on Earth that remains unspoiled by plastic pollution.
As Abby Barrows, a microplastics researcher for Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation told The Washington Post:10
"Working in this field of research ? can be really depressing. I open up a box of water ? it's from some beautiful place in Palau, and it's just full of plastics.
Or it's from Antarctica, and I think there's definitely not going to be anything in here. And it's just full of fragments. I haven't seen a sample that doesn't contain an alarming amount of plastic."
Microfibers Are Also a Potential Food Contaminant
Microfibers, which are more prevalent than microbeads (found in face scrubs and similar items), are particularly detrimental as the fibers are easily consumed by fish and other wildlife, accumulating in the gut and concentrating in the bodies of other animals higher up the food chain.
In one study, microfibers raised mortality among water fleas.11 In another, the presence of fibers were found to reduce overall food intake of crabs, worms and langoustines (aka Norway lobster),12,13 thereby threatening their growth and survival rates.
Making matters worse, these microscopic plastic fibers actually soak up toxins like a sponge, concentrating polychlorinated bisphenyls (PCBs), pesticides and oil in ever higher amounts as you move up the food chain.
Factors That Worsen Microfiber Release
Tests show each washing of a synthetic fleece jacket releases an average of 1.7 grams of microfiber, and may release as much as 2.7 grams.14,15,16 For comparison, a paperclip weighs about 1.5 grams.
The older the jacket, the more microfibers are released,17 and lower quality generic brand fleece was also found to shed 170 percent more over its lifespan than higher quality fleece.
Separate research18,19 published in Marine Pollution Bulletin found that the type of fabric also makes a difference in the rate of microfiber shed. In a comparison of acrylic, polyester and a polyester-cotton blend, acrylic was the worst, shedding microfibers up to four times faster than the polyester-cotton blend.
Different types of washing machines may also release different amounts of fibers (and chemicals) from your clothes. Tests show top loading machines release about 530 percent more microfibers than front loading models.20
Other factors that can influence the amount of shedding include water temperature, length and agitation strength of the wash cycle and the type of detergent used. Up to 40 percent of these microfibers leave the wastewater treatment plant and end up in the surrounding lakes, rivers and oceans. As reported by Fusion:21
"To get a sense of the macro-scale of this micro-problem, the authors calculated that a city of around 100,000 people could send anywhere from 20 to 240 pounds of microfibers into local waterbodies daily, which averages out to around 15,000 plastic bags."
To address these problems, scientists are calling for appliance companies to investigate the effectiveness of adding filters to catch the microfibers.22 Wexco is currently the exclusive distributor of the Filtrol 160 filter,23 designed to capture non-biodegradable fibers from your washing machine discharge.
The problem with this solution is what becomes of the microfibers when they're disposed of in landfills (the same issue that is raised if wastewater treatment plants install filters to keep the tiny fibers out of waterways). The fibers may simply end up entering the environment via another route.
Another novel potential solution ? a waterless washing machine ? was developed by Tersus Solutions in Colorado, with funding from Patagonia. It washes clothing using pressurized carbon dioxide instead of water.24
An even simpler strategy would be to wash your fleece and microfiber clothing less often. Patagonia is also looking for mitigating solutions, including product redesign to prevent the shedding of microfibers.
Polyester Downfalls Beyond Microfiber Pollution
Beyond microfiber pollution, polyester and other man-made materials have many other environmental drawbacks. As previously noted by Environmental Health Perspectives:25
"[P]olyester, the most widely used manufactured fiber, is made from petroleum. With the rise in production in the fashion industry, demand for man-made fibers, especially polyester, has nearly doubled in the last 15 years, according to figures from the Technical Textile Markets.
The manufacture of polyester and other synthetic fabrics is an energy-intensive process requiring large amounts of crude oil and releasing emissions including volatile organic compounds, particulate matter and acid gases such as hydrogen chloride, all of which can cause or aggravate respiratory disease.
Volatile monomers, solvents and other by-products of polyester production are emitted in the wastewater from polyester manufacturing plants.
The EPA [Environmental Protection Agency], under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act [RCRA], considers many textile manufacturing facilities to be hazardous waste generators."
Even seemingly innocuous garments like jeans are often produced using a laundry list of toxic chemicals, including perfluorochemicals, phthalates and azo dyes. It's not only man-made materials that are the problem, however. Even conventionally grown genetically engineered (GE) cotton is problematic due to the cotton industry's heavy use of hazardous herbicides and insecticides, including some of the most hazardous insecticides on the market.
This is one reason why I strongly encourage you to choose organic cotton, organic hemp and/or wool items, ideally colored with non-toxic, natural dyes whenever possible. Organic fabrics will not be genetically engineered and subject to this onslaught of toxic exposures. And, while this will not solve all of the environmental problems related to the garment industry, it's a step in the right direction.
Change Starts at Home
Benign by Design,26,27 a program created by ecologist Mark Browne, Ph.D., in 2013, aims to show clothing companies "exactly how textile wear leads to fiber pollution and ways to control their emissions." According to the website, the program ? which is supported by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ? "developed a trade-off analysis system that rigorously and scientifically selects the most cost-effective material with the smallest impact; fabrics that emit fewer fibers and less toxic fibers."
But while some companies are actively investigating ways to produce clothing that is more environmentally friendly, each and every one of us can contribute to the solution by buying less and becoming more conscious consumers when it comes to clothing.
As described in my previous article on "fast fashion," the entire life cycle of a piece of clothing would ideally be taken into account before buying, as most of your discarded clothes actually end up in landfills, or are resold to third world countries where local clothing industries then suffer instead.
Westerners have a tendency to think we're being generous by donating our cast-offs, allowing those with few means to get clothes they might not be able to afford otherwise. The reality is, the second-hand industry is struggling with an overwhelming amount of clothes. They cannot even house it all ? which is why charities will only keep donated items in their thrift shops for a month before shipping them off for bulk liquidation.
There's simply no shortage of second-hand clothing, so you're not really doing the world any favors by routinely adding to the donation piles. If you really want to make a dent in the problem, give more thought to what you buy in the first place and curb your consumption.
Most Americans have enough clothes to outfit entire villages in some other countries. There's little doubt that many would do well to absorb some of the life-affirming suggestions offered by the minimalism movement. As the director of environmental strategy for Patagonia told CBS in 2015:28
"People need to learn how to buy less and companies need to learn how to be profitable in selling less ? Something has to fundamentally shift in the consumption world that reduces the pressure on the raw materials, which reduces pressure on the planet ?"
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ADHD symptoms improved by Ginseng Extract, new research reveals
Korean scientists conducted a controlled trial with Subjects aged 6?15 years old, who satisfied the inclusion criteria and had attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms. This was done in order to test the efficacy of Korean Red Ginseng (KRG) in regulating areas of the brain that produce hormones responsible for focus, memory and behaviour.
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