Detoxify Or Disease
By Drs Brandon Vinzant and Joshua Nevels
Pregnant women are exposed to numerous toxins every day, posing health risks not only for themselves but for their children. Below, learn about where some of those toxins can be found and how to avoid them, as well as how Maximum Living can help detox your system.
A new study marks the first time that the number of chemicals to which pregnant women are exposed has been counted. Virtually all pregnant women in the U.S. carry multiple chemicals in their bodies. This chemical load includes some banned since the 1970’s, as well as others used in common products such as non-stick cookware, processed foods and personal care products.
Researchers analyzed data for more than 160 chemicals and detected polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), organochlorine pesticides, perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), phenols, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), phthalates, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and perchlorate in 99 to 100 percent of pregnant women.[1. Tracey J. Woodruff, Ami R. Zota, Jackie M. Schwartz. Environmental Chemicals in Pregnant Women in the US: NHANES 2003-2004]
Chronic childhood diseases linked to exposure to toxic chemicals in the environment have been surging upward, costing the U.S. almost fifty-five billion dollars a year. There are three thousand high-volume chemicals used today; for roughly half, there is no basic toxicity information publicly available. For the past six to eight years, national surveys have found these chemicals present in the blood and urine of practically everyone in the U.S.[2. Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel October 1, 2009] If a baby is exposed to numerous toxic compounds in utero, changes may occur that either directly cause cancer, or lengthen the period of sensitivity to carcinogens, therefore making the child more susceptible to cancer, and other diseases, later in life.
Babies today, are actually born at considerable risk due to the toxic load of their mothers. One study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that blood samples from newborns contained an average of 287 toxins, including mercury, fire retardants, pesticides, and Teflon chemicals. 180 of those toxins cause cancer in humans or animals, 217 are toxic to your brain and nervous system, 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests.[3. Environmental Working Group, July 14, 2005]
About seventy-five thousand chemicals are regularly manufactured and imported by U.S. industries, three thousand of which are high-volume chemicals, meaning over one million pounds per year are produced. In short, chemicals are virtually everywhere, and we’re all exposed, pregnant women being no exception. It’s disturbing to know that humans are being bombarded with toxins at all, but it’s even more concerning when it’s revealed just how extensive the exposure is to those carrying our most precious cargo.
Toxicity reveals another piece of the autism puzzle. On January 31, 2011, researchers at the International Child Development Resource Center reported that autistic children showed a five hundred percent increase in mitochondrial dysfunction compared to children without autism. Mitochondria, the “powerhouse” of your cells, generate the ATP necessary for cellular signaling and growth, processes that must take place in order for you to function properly and express health.[4. Brooks M. Mitochondrial Dysfunction Linked to Autism. Medscape Medical News. Jan 31, 2011.] What’s causing this mitochondrial damage linked with autism? “Toxins, oxidative stress, inflammation, and decreased levels of antioxidants,” says Dr. Daniel Rossignol, M.D., the study’s head researcher.[5. Kern J and Jones A. Evidence of toxicity, oxidative stress and neuronal insult in autism. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Jul 2007.]
So what is a practical way to reduce this toxic load? Use glass containers for food, use natural cleaning products, eat organic pesticide free produce, buy natural hygiene products, drink filtered or bottled water, limit the use of medications and vaccines as much as possible due to the toxic ingredients, and get adjusted by your chiropractor.
Because these newer chemicals cannot be metabolized by your body, it’s also necessary to do something every day to boost the body’s own detoxifying pathways and processes. The body’s own natural detoxifying agent is glutathione. Glutathione is also a super antioxidant that reduces oxidative stress and inflammation in the body.
Under the kind of intense exposure you get today, you get what’s called “glutathione wasting.” For example, children with autism were shown to have only fifty percent of the normal level of glutathione in their bloodstream. To rebuild glutathione and support your cells, we’ve made available our ML Detox System. You’ll need this or similar products to truly fend off today’s toxic onslaught.
As all function and detoxification is ultimately under control of the central nervous system, your Maximized Living doctor will also recommend an evaluation of your spine and nervous system to get the effects of a toxic world under control.