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Celiac Disease Linked to Common Chemical Pollutants

Celiac Disease Linked to Common Chemical Pollutants

Environmental Research reports a significant link between children and adolescents exposed to environmental toxins and celiac disease (CD). High pesticide exposure doubled the CD risk among youngsters, compared to those without high-level toxic chemical contact. A gender-specific examination elucidated the findings further, with the diagnosis rate skyrocketing among females exhibiting elevated blood levels of pesticides and nonstick chemicals like Teflon while excessive exposure to flame retardants elevated male CD risk. 

Industrial Animal Agriculture Poses Serious Threats to Human Health

Industrial Animal Agriculture Poses Serious Threats to Human Health

For people who live near industrial animal feedlots, the stench, flies and day-and-night rumbling of trucks are more than a nuisance that impairs the use and enjoyment of their own property. Concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs – whether swine, cattle or poultry – also pose serious health threats. . . .

[A 2018 study] found that . . . North Carolina communities located near hog CAFOs had higher total and infant deaths, deaths due to anemia, kidney disease, tuberculosis, septicemia . . .

Childhood Air Pollution Exposure Linked to Poor Mental Health at Age 18

Childhood Air Pollution Exposure Linked to Poor Mental Health at Age 18

Findings from Duke scientists investigating childhood air pollution exposure and mental illness upon entering adulthood show a greater incidence of mental disorders among children exposed to higher traffic-related air pollutants. This environmental threat compares in severity to that of childhood lead exposure. According to researchers, one explanation for this phenomenon is that air pollution, a neurotoxicant, provokes brain inflammation that makes it challenging to regulate thoughts and emotions.    

Does Your Neighborhood Affect Your Stroke Recovery?

Does Your Neighborhood Affect Your Stroke Recovery?

For stroke victims, the neighborhood in which they live impacts their ability to successfully recover. Living in a more affluent community with residents who have achieved higher educational levels and occupational status results in less disability and depression and a higher quality of life following a stroke, revealed University of Michigan scientists. The research was published in Neurology.

Plastic Planet: Tracking Pervasive Microplastics Across the Globe

Plastic Planet: Tracking Pervasive Microplastics Across the Globe

Plastics are ubiquitous. They fill the air and consequently the body, from that of a human to the that of a tiny insect. Insoluble plastic particles contaminate the oceans and the roads, enabling them to enter and permeate the atmosphere, and even the soil via fertilizers. This study exploring environmental microplastics, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, acts to create greater awareness so as to discover avenues to reverse or halt the threat that plastics pose.

What’s in Your Cleaning Products?

What’s in Your Cleaning Products?

Avoid toxic products to safeguard health and wellness. Many beauty, cosmetic, and cleaning products contain harmful ingredients, such as parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, and others, that can act as hormone disruptors and even carcinogens with accumulated use. Also, beware of green washing—companies place a toxic product in eco-friendly packaging and label it as a “clean product.” To avoid these pitfalls and others, read labels carefully and eschew products if the ingredients are not listed.

Breast Cancer: The Risks of Brominated Flame Retardants

Breast Cancer: The Risks of Brominated Flame Retardants

Brominated flame retardants (BFRs) are found in furniture, electronics, and kitchenware to slow the spread of flames in the event of a fire. However, it has been shown that these molecules may lead to early mammary gland development.

Part of the flame retardants are considered to be endocrine disruptors, i.e. they interfere with the hormonal system. Since they are not directly bound to the material in which they are added, the molecules escape easily. They are then found in house dust, air . . .

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Celiac Disease Linked to Common Chemical Pollutants

Celiac Disease Linked to Common Chemical Pollutants

Environmental Research reports a significant link between children and adolescents exposed to environmental toxins and celiac disease (CD). High pesticide exposure doubled the CD risk among youngsters, compared to those without high-level toxic chemical contact. A gender-specific examination elucidated the findings further, with the diagnosis rate skyrocketing among females exhibiting elevated blood levels of pesticides and nonstick chemicals like Teflon while excessive exposure to flame retardants elevated male CD risk. 

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Industrial Animal Agriculture Poses Serious Threats to Human Health

Industrial Animal Agriculture Poses Serious Threats to Human Health

For people who live near industrial animal feedlots, the stench, flies and day-and-night rumbling of trucks are more than a nuisance that impairs the use and enjoyment of their own property. Concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs – whether swine, cattle or poultry – also pose serious health threats. . . .

[A 2018 study] found that . . . North Carolina communities located near hog CAFOs had higher total and infant deaths, deaths due to anemia, kidney disease, tuberculosis, septicemia . . .

Childhood Air Pollution Exposure Linked to Poor Mental Health at Age 18

Childhood Air Pollution Exposure Linked to Poor Mental Health at Age 18

Findings from Duke scientists investigating childhood air pollution exposure and mental illness upon entering adulthood show a greater incidence of mental disorders among children exposed to higher traffic-related air pollutants. This environmental threat compares in severity to that of childhood lead exposure. According to researchers, one explanation for this phenomenon is that air pollution, a neurotoxicant, provokes brain inflammation that makes it challenging to regulate thoughts and emotions.    

Does Your Neighborhood Affect Your Stroke Recovery?

Does Your Neighborhood Affect Your Stroke Recovery?

For stroke victims, the neighborhood in which they live impacts their ability to successfully recover. Living in a more affluent community with residents who have achieved higher educational levels and occupational status results in less disability and depression and a higher quality of life following a stroke, revealed University of Michigan scientists. The research was published in Neurology.

Plastic Planet: Tracking Pervasive Microplastics Across the Globe

Plastic Planet: Tracking Pervasive Microplastics Across the Globe

Plastics are ubiquitous. They fill the air and consequently the body, from that of a human to the that of a tiny insect. Insoluble plastic particles contaminate the oceans and the roads, enabling them to enter and permeate the atmosphere, and even the soil via fertilizers. This study exploring environmental microplastics, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, acts to create greater awareness so as to discover avenues to reverse or halt the threat that plastics pose.

What’s in Your Cleaning Products?

What’s in Your Cleaning Products?

Avoid toxic products to safeguard health and wellness. Many beauty, cosmetic, and cleaning products contain harmful ingredients, such as parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, and others, that can act as hormone disruptors and even carcinogens with accumulated use. Also, beware of green washing—companies place a toxic product in eco-friendly packaging and label it as a “clean product.” To avoid these pitfalls and others, read labels carefully and eschew products if the ingredients are not listed.

Breast Cancer: The Risks of Brominated Flame Retardants

Breast Cancer: The Risks of Brominated Flame Retardants

Brominated flame retardants (BFRs) are found in furniture, electronics, and kitchenware to slow the spread of flames in the event of a fire. However, it has been shown that these molecules may lead to early mammary gland development.

Part of the flame retardants are considered to be endocrine disruptors, i.e. they interfere with the hormonal system. Since they are not directly bound to the material in which they are added, the molecules escape easily. They are then found in house dust, air . . .

Heavy Metals and Behavioral Disorders in Children

Heavy Metals and Behavioral Disorders in Children

An epidemic of childhood behavioral disorders is sweeping the globe. . . .

Recent research indicates that one in six children in the United States is afflicted with developmental and behavioral disorders, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), anxiety disorder, learning disorders, and conduct disorders.

According to neurology experts . . .

Why Air Pollution Is Linked to Severe Cases of COVID-19

Why Air Pollution Is Linked to Severe Cases of COVID-19

There is growing evidence of increased rates of COVID-19 in areas with high levels of air pollution. Stanford researcher Mary Prunicki, MD, PhD, studies how toxic air can make people chronically ill, and she’s monitoring this apparent connection between the pandemic and polluted air. . . .

Studies are coming out that are finding increased rates of COVID-19 in areas of high pollution exposure. For example,  a study out of Harvard recently found that . . .

Detox Your Life: My Toxic Top 10

Detox Your Life: My Toxic Top 10

There is nothing more important than discussing how chemicals of all sorts are profoundly compromising our health and well-being.

When you think about our modern day environment, it is no mystery why so many people are struggling with their health. Since World War Two, 80,000 new chemicals have been created, with 1,500 new chemicals each year.

Because most cleaning chemicals are protected by trade secrets, many companies are not required to disclose all ingredients. In fact . . .

Osteoporosis Is in Air Pollution?

Osteoporosis Is in Air Pollution?

. . . On my latest trip [to Bali], I came across . . . beautiful trees covered with cream-colored flowers and purple berries. . . .

[A]lmost everywhere you go on this tropical paradise island smells sweet and fresh and unspoiled.

[B]ack in this country, the air is nothing like that for most of us…

Every time you go outside and take a deep breath of air, you inhale some of the most dangerous compounds on Earth. Factories, mines, power plants, and chemical farming release tons of toxins . . .

Electrohypersensitivity: Is Technology Making You Sick?

Electrohypersensitivity: Is Technology Making You Sick?

The wonders of modern technology have majorly improved our lives. From laptops and cell phones to microwaves and airplanes – life without technology is nearly unimaginable. But all the benefits of our ever-advancing technology also come with a dark side.

Constant exposure to climbing levels of electromagnetic fields, or EMFs, emitted by electronic devices, can have serious implications on your health. A growing number . . .

Does Recycling Improve Your Health?

Does Recycling Improve Your Health?

Each person in the United States produces more than 1,780 pounds of trash on average each year . . .

Not only does that take up a space, it also releases harmful chemicals and greenhouse gasses as it sits in landfills. Decomposing garbage produces carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and methane. These all contribute to the air pollution that causes various respiratory diseases.

Increases in the risk of low birth weight, birth defects . . .

Study Uncovers Cause of Pesticide Exposure, Parkinson's Link

Study Uncovers Cause of Pesticide Exposure, Parkinson’s Link

Low-level exposure to the pesticides disrupts cells in a way that mimics the effects of mutations known to cause Parkinson’s disease

A new University of Guelph study has discovered why exposure to pesticides increases some people’s risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.

Previous studies have found an association between two commonly used agrochemicals (paraquat and maneb) and Parkinson’s disease.

Now U of G professor Scott Ryan . . .

The Surprising Toxins Hiding In Your Mattress + Impacting Your Health

The Surprising Toxins Hiding In Your Mattress + Impacting Your Health

The importance of sleep cannot be overlooked. Sleep takes up approximately a third of each day and your entire life. It’s a time for your body to rejuvenate itself and allows for your body to function optimally.

[G]etting quality sleep lays the foundation for your overall health. When looking at factors that play a role in sleep quality . . . one thing that is frequently forgotten about is the mattress you lay on each night.

How to Boost Your Immune System by Reducing Your Toxic Burden

How to Boost Your Immune System by Reducing Your Toxic Burden

[T]he world is still racing to find answers amidst the coronavirus pandemic. During this time, finding ways to bolster your body’s defenses and better protect yourself from harmful germs is more important than ever.

This is why I want to talk about an often overlooked component that can be putting a serious damper on your immune system: your total toxic burden.

Let’s take a look at exactly what your total toxic burden is.

What’s Really in Your Water <br>(And Your Best Filtration Options)

What’s Really in Your Water
(And Your Best Filtration Options)

In 1974, congress passed the Safe Drinking Water Act, improving water quality nationwide, but we could still do better. This act only regulates 91 pollutants, and most drinking water contains many more contaminants that aren’t regulated. One study found 316 contaminants in the U.S. drinking water and a staggering 202 of those contaminants had no safety standards. An estimated 132 million American’s in 45 states . . .

DIY Cleaning Products: Cost-Effective All-Natural Guide

DIY Cleaning Products: Cost-Effective All-Natural Guide

Many, if not all of us, have been deeply affected by the direct and indirect impacts of this virus. Confined to their home, their jobs, taken an income hit, or at the very least struggling from stress and anxiety related to the change in lifestyle. Today we are going to explore one way you can save money, protect you and your family’s health without the use of harmful toxins.

Toxins from Cookware: What Is the Best Option to Avoid Adding to Your Burden

Toxins from Cookware: What Is the Best Option to Avoid Adding to Your Burden

We live in a world that contributes to an increasingly high toxic burden, thanks to pollution, a growing dependence on chemicals, use of pesticides, and other potential environmental contaminants. Although the effect on human health may remain somewhat up for debate, more and more studies point to a link between an increased toxic burden and a variety of chronic diseases . . .

8 Ways to Instantly Cut Your Pesticide Exposure

8 Ways to Instantly Cut Your Pesticide Exposure

One of the key concepts in my work is “toxic load,” in other words, the sum total of all the harmful things that your body is exposed to. When we do everything in our power to reduce that toxic load, for instance, reducing our exposure to chemicals in the home, we reduce chronic illnesses and lead healthier, happier and longer lives.

But it turns out that one of the biggest contributors to our toxic load comes from outside the house . . .

Toxic PCB’s Are Everywhere – Here’s How to Protect Yourself

Toxic PCB’s Are Everywhere – Here’s How to Protect Yourself

There’s no denying that we live in an increasingly toxic world. Nearly everything we come in contact with seems to be contaminated. And there’s an endless number of harmful substances all around us. One of the toxic chemicals that’s been garnering more and more attention recently, are polychlorinated biphenyls – also known as PCB’s. 

These harmful chemicals are double trouble because even though they’ve been banned . . .

Environmental Toxins and Cognitive Decline: 6 Steps to Reduce Your Risk

Environmental Toxins and Cognitive Decline: 6 Steps to Reduce Your Risk

Toxins: Understanding the Risk for Cognitive Decline

In today’s world, we are all exposed to some level of toxins. These appear in our food, water, air, as well as in everyday items found around the home such as lotions, cleaning supplies . . . We’re not talking about high dose toxin exposure here . . . However, research has shown that low-dose exposure over long periods of time can add up, eventually contributing to disease.

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7 Habits to Protect Yourself from the Dangers of Cell Phone Radiation

Electric and magnetic fields (often referred to as EMFs) are an essential part of the physical world. Electric and magnetic fields occur naturally within our bodies in association with nerve and muscle activity. We also experience the natural magnetic field of the Earth and natural electric fields in the atmosphere. 

While these natural EMF’s are essential to your well-being and life, in general, EMF’s from man-made . . .

Is Our Constant Use of Digital Technologies Affecting Our Brain Health? We Asked 11 Experts.

Is Our Constant Use of Digital Technologies Affecting Our Brain Health? We Asked 11 Experts.

With so many of us now constantly tethered to digital technology via our smartphones, computers, tablets, and even watches, there is a huge experiment underway that we didn’t exactly sign up for.

If it’s true that constant digital distractions are changing our cognitive functions for the worse . . . it means we’re living through a profound transformation of human cognition. 

13 Dangerous Toxins to Avoid In Your Food

13 Dangerous Toxins to Avoid In Your Food

You can’t reach for a fork these days without hearing about one toxic food trouble or another. To take a significant bite out of the potential dangers on our dinner plates and avoid toxins in food, try reading labels, understanding food sources, and keeping the kitchen clear of the following unsavory ingredients. This is especially important for kids’ plates; pound for pound they take in more than adults do. 

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Eliminating Household Toxins: A How-To Guide

250 pounds per person/day of toxic chemicals are dumped in the US. We are surrounded by toxins to the point that upon birth, a newborn baby is already born having over 180 toxic chemicals in their body.

Toxins can take many forms – heavy metals, air pollution, foods, pesticides . . .

You do not have control over your neighbor’s truck spewing out exhaust fumes, but you do have some control over your own home environment.

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Toxic Dormitories and Mold

Doing poorly in college? Fatigued? Anxious? Depressed?

[C]olleges and universities are under increasing scrutiny due to their high cost and poor performance on a variety of measures. One area not discussed, but of fundamental importance is the dormitory itself.

I have seen many college students who underperform academically, and are depressed or anxious. . . . One cause which has not been discussed is toxic mold in dormitories.

Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Found in Menstrual and Genital Care Products, Studies Show

Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Found in Menstrual and Genital Care Products, Studies Show

Menstrual care products may be an important source of exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals, or EDCs, according to two new studies . . .

Endocrine disruptors interfere with the normal function of the hormone system and can contribute to an array of negative health impacts. Many of the chemicals detected in these two studies . . . have been linked to harm to reproductive health and to cancer.

Consider Mold Mycotoxins in Anxiety, Pain and Addiction

Consider Mold Mycotoxins in Anxiety, Pain and Addiction

Depression, anxiety and chronic pain are some of the most frequent symptoms and co-morbidities that clients present . . . Much national attention is being focused on the epidemic of addiction to opioids, as well as other painkillers including benzodiazepines, along with alcohol abuse because of self-medication for these conditions.

Toxic mold and mycotoxins need to be considered prominently in any chronic pain or neuropsychiatric syndrome . . .

U.S. Air Quality Is Getting Worse after Decades of Improvement

U.S. Air Quality Is Getting Worse after Decades of Improvement

After decades of improvement, America’s air may not be getting any cleaner.

Over the last two years the nation had more polluted air days than just a few years earlier, federal data shows. While it remains unclear whether this is the beginning of a trend, health experts say it’s troubling to see air quality progress stagnate.

9 Facts about 5G You Need to Know

9 Facts about 5G You Need to Know

We hear talk of the new “5G” broadcast all over the media. It seems like something wonderful that we should all be elated about. New promises of how 5G coverage is going to improve our lives — how we work, play, and learn — pop up nearly every day. And while many of those ideas are really exciting, a large body of scientific research is showing we should be cautious.

Don’t Drink the Water

Don’t Drink the Water

Have you ever wondered why there is a warning on the la­bels of toothpastes? It tells us­ers to keep the product away from children and to seek medical atten­tion if more than the recommended amount for brushing is swallowed.  Reason: Toothpaste contains fluoride.

For years, this chemical has been added to our water to reduce the occurrence of dental cavities—but unbelievably, the newest evidence shows that fluoridated water does not protect against cavities.

How to Make Your House Safe When You Have Multiple Chemical Sensitivities

How to Make Your House Safe When You Have Multiple Chemical Sensitivities

They say there’s no place like home. But what happens when your home becomes a hazard to your health? For a growing number of people, exposure to everyday things found in the average home is literally making them ill . . . And with the average American spending up to 90 percent of their day indoors, it’s no wonder these environmental sensitivities are on the rise.

Are You Cuddling Up with Chemicals in Your Bed?

Are You Cuddling Up with Chemicals in Your Bed?

. . . When it comes to health, there’s one factor that seems to be unifying all generations (whether we like it or not), and that is the fact that we are the “Indoor Generation.” Thanks to the convenience provided by technology, the average American spends 90 percent of their day (more than 21 hours) indoors.

 . . . [W]hat many don’t realize is that indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air.

(Not a) Surprise: Glyphosate-Based Herbicides Are Bad for Your Mental Health

(Not a) Surprise: Glyphosate-Based Herbicides Are Bad for Your Mental Health

Eat your veggies is no longer synonymous with health thanks to the increasingly documented deleterious health effects of chemical pesticides and herbicides. In the approximately 80 years of human chemical herbicide use, countless health problems have been linked back to exposure. There was the Vietnam War’s Agent Orange. There was DDT and associated obfuscation efforts. And then since the 1990’s . . .

Reminder: Steer Clear of BPA. Here’s How It’s Damaging Your Bod.

Reminder: Steer Clear of BPA. Here’s How It’s Damaging Your Bod.

Research on the detrimental effects of Bisphenol-A, found in most plastics, keeps mounting. Next time you’re asked “Would you like your receipt?” Say thanks but no thanks.

BPA is a toxic industrial chemical that has been used to make plastics and resins since the ‘60’s. It’s found in plastic wraps, cups, water bottles, containers, the inside of cans, plastics  . . .

7 Toxins to Look Out for in Personal Care Products

7 Toxins to Look Out for in Personal Care Products

Take a quick inventory: how many personal care products do you use per day—items like shampoo, conditioner, hair dye, makeup, lotion, . . . ?

If you’re like the average American, the short answer is too many.

According to recent statistics, the average American female uses 12 personal care products with a total of 168 different chemicals . . . 


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