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Posted by: | Posted on: November 20, 2019

The “One Size Fits All” Global Vaccine Agenda

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Originally published on www.vaccinechoicecanada.com

Now that the pervasive “one size fits all” vaccine agenda has captured all governments and regulatory agencies to do its bidding, the push to vaccinate every human being on the planet is reaching a fever pitch. What many people may not realize is that the current drive for vaccine mandates and removal of exemption rights is a global agenda. Coordinated by numerous international health agencies, it’s happening all over the world.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared ‘vaccine hesitancy’ as a top global health threat not because vaccine hesitancy is driving infectious disease outbreaks, but to motivate health officials to ramp up vaccine mandates.

Taking their cues from ‘on high’, governments are all too willing to trample our basic human right to bodily autonomy and our informed consent right to refuse unwanted medical procedures. A carefully orchestrated global dragnet is steadily steering us toward vaccine mandates, hatched by a cadre of global health entities and fueled by the pharmaceutical industry’s strong arm lobby efforts to convince governments to adopt vaccine mandates.

Under the influence and directive of groups like the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) launched in 2014, governments are emboldened to quash basic human rights to avert fictional, non-existent global health threats. Children’s Health Defense recently reported that the GHSA has 67 member countries and Canada is one of 10 countries on its “Steering Group”. Its purpose is to “elevate global health security” as a top priority and to make the world “safe and secure from global health threats posed by infectious diseases.”

Included in this mix are the military and intelligence security apparatus which are funding research into the online Health Wars, creating algorithms and statistical modelling to figure out the extent of vaccine resistance globally and how to counter it. Nelle Maxey was inspired to investigate these activities and wrote a fascinating analysis of these nefarious projects.

The Health Wars is an analysis of a massive propaganda piece about “antivax” Facebook pages. It is basically a justification for online censorship of these groups. As the author of the analysis says, “When you read their study, you’ll see why I was so moved to action. There are references to terrorism, hate, and child sexual abuse in various other studies by these same authors. Now we are lumped in with these groups. Note also the…ever present, primary propaganda assumption that all the sites they title anti-vax show “distrust [of] expertise in medical science“.

The irony of it all is expressed in the conclusion of Maxey’s analysis: “…the magnitude of the blowback against a public who are increasingly questioning vaccines is simply a measure of the state’s realization that they are losing their own self-proclaimed war. The system’s inability to ever, ever admit they are wrong and have no right to force medical treatments on anyone for any reason, is bringing about their own demise.”

The rhetoric emanating from these groups would have us believe that infectious diseases pose an imminent threat to global health and that accelerating vaccine uptake is the solution. There’s little talk or incentive to implement the “tried and true” basic measures needed to create good health – safe water supplies, access to good nutrition, sanitation, decent housing. These are THE foundational public health measures that dramatically reduced mortality from infectious diseases prior to the advent of mass vaccination programs. Rather than invest in basic health measures that work, vaccination has instead, been adopted as the silver bullet that will fix all the world’s ills while at the same time increasing profits for the vaccine industry.

As vaccine hysteria ramps up, ignored is the decades old data that exposes the dark underbelly of the vaccine agenda as a tool of colonialism that results in health injuries, susceptibility to other diseases and increased risk of death.

Dr. Peter Aaby’s decades of work in Africa found that,

DTP [vaccine] was associated with 5-fold higher mortality than being unvaccinated. No prospective study has shown beneficial survival effects of DTP. Unfortunately, DTP is the most widely used vaccine, and the proportion who receives DTP3 is used globally as an indicator of the performance of national vaccination programs. It should be of concern that the effect of routine vaccinations on all cause mortality was not tested in randomized trials. All currently available evidence suggests that DTP vaccine may kill more children from other causes than it saves from diphtheria, tetanus or pertussis. Though a vaccine protects children against the target disease it may simultaneously increase susceptibility to unrelated infections.”

At a recent symposium Aaby said,

“Most of you think we know what vaccines are doing, but we don’t !” 

This in-depth analysis by Children’s Health Defense names the international players and “stakeholders” driving the mandatory vaccination agenda and cautions that,

“Legislators who are contemplating new mandates but are still willing to exercise a modicum of independent judgment should recognize that we are in a situation with “echoes of WMD” [weapons of mass destruction that justified the Iraq war], that “there is no international emergency” and “policy is being hi-jacked.”

CHD’s probing article is a sobering reality check and takes the concept of an “interconnected global network” intent on vaccinating every citizen, to an entirely new level. We learn that myriad public and private advisory partners” are also in on the push for unified action on vaccination. These include various United Nations (UN) agencies, UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Bank, the African Union (AU), the European Union (EU) and many more.

The key driver and kingpin’ of the accelerating global vaccine agenda is the Bill and Melina Gates Foundation (BMGF), and their brain child GAVI or Vaccine Alliance, launched in 2000 to increase and improve vaccine delivery globally. BMGF is the world’s largest private foundation with more than $50 billion in assets. It uses its vast financial resources to steer an elaborate network of partner organizations”, including non-profits, government agencies and private corporations and is intimately tied to the pharmaceutical industry. It is the second largest donor to the WHO next to the U.S. government.

The Gates Foundation’s $10 billion investment in the Decade of Vaccines’ ushered us into the darkest period in medical history, now poised to eliminate our most basic human rights. Between 2010 and 2020, this obscene amount of money was intentionally directed at creating the vaccine propaganda machine that has got us to where we are today.

The propaganda ploys and techniques unleashed by the decade of vaccines’ has inflicted incalculable harm on the people of the world by inciting hatred, marginalization, vilification and demonizing of vaccine resistors. It has silenced all dissenting voices in the media and imposed an ominous pall of censorship that forbids any questioning of vaccine safety. It persecutes the scientists and researchers who are discovering mechanisms of vaccine injury and suppresses the new science that reveals how vaccines damage growing brains and the immune systems. It censors all information that refutes the vaccines are “safe and effective” mantra. It has succeeded in the complete capture of governments, regulatory agencies and politicians.

It is during this decade of vaccines’ that we have reaped the bitter harvest of philanthropic wealth wielding its power against the people, against truth, against honest science, and against health freedom.

At the same time, and since the tripling of the childhood vaccine schedule starting in the late 1980’s, we have witnessed an unprecedented decline in children’s health, represented by frightening surges in chronic and debilitating illnessesneurological disorders and autoimmune diseases. Never before has a generation of children been as sick or debilitated as is our youth today.

In the U.S. where religious exemptions are being abolished, even disabled, neurologically fragile children who could die from vaccine adverse reactions, and have valid medical exemptions, are now being kicked out of school if they aren’t fully vaccinated.

As Robert Kennedy Jr. & Del Bigtree point out in this dynamic interview chronic debilitating diseases have risen more than four fold since the mid 80s. All of the illnesses that are rampant in this generation of children, are listed on vaccine product inserts as observed side effects of the vaccines.

For American kids back in 1986, only 12.8% had chronic diseases. That number has grown to 54% among the vaccine generation (those born after 1986) in lockstep with the expanding schedule.”

While chronic disease statistics in Canadian children aren’t as clear, our nearly identical vaccine schedule leaves little doubt a similar decline is happening here as well.

As a child survivor of The Holocaust, Vera Sharav, founder of the Alliance for Human Research Protection warns us to beware of medicine marching in lockstep with government

“What makes the Holocaust unique is that at every step of the murderous process, medical doctors & medical institutions endorsed and lent the veneer of legitimacy to mass murder of millions of civilians. The stark lesson to be learned is that medicine can be weaponized when doctors join forces with government & deviate from their personal and professional ethical commitment under the Hippocratic Oath – “First, do no harm”. 

“Clearly, these industry-funded pro-vaccine collaborators in government, the media, and academia cannot withstand open public discussions about evidence that supports safety concerns about the children’s vaccination schedule. They won’t engage in public debate because their science is rigged, it can’t stand up to independent scrutiny. So they cling to hackneyed categorical pronouncements that will not convince parents who have studied the issues, and gained knowledge about the risks. Informed parents won’t turn a blind eye to the children who need to be protected from a ruthless struggle to maintain high profit margins”, writes Sharav.

Vaccination is THE most pressing environmental, political and health issue of our time. Vaccines are powerful biological drugs that carry a risk of injury and death for some. The unproven safety of injecting these complex bioactive compounds and their ability to derail normal brain development and damage the immune systems of our children is well known. It should arouse alarm signals in every parent today. The impact of injecting these substances into the fragile and vulnerable micro-environment of our children’s bodies makes it a critical environmental issue. The fact that worldwide, the pharmaceutical industry, in partnership with governments and health regulators, are now poised to forcefully colonize and control our children’s bodies with these biochemical drugs makes it the most compelling political issue of our time.

“Caught in a web of deceptions vaccine stakeholders are resorting to strong-arm police tactics to silence once and for all, those who challenge them. What is at issue [and under attack] globally, is both freedom of choice and freedom of speech — a very dangerous combination.

~ Vera Sharav

Isn’t it long past due that we draw a line in the sand on this web of deception and lies?

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of GreenMedInfo or its staff.
Posted by: | Posted on: November 5, 2019

Night Terrors and Nightmares in Children

Night Terrors can be a very emotional event for parents, especially if they become more common.
The good news is that there are things that will help, and most children “grow out of it” eventually. The average age for Night Terrors is from 3 to 12 years, although some start sooner and finish later.
Nightmares can happen at any age, often recurring in children at a particular age.

Difference between night terrors and nightmares

Children can have both, which makes things confusing, however, dealing with nightmares may be similar to the guidelines below for night terrors.

Night Terrors

Night terrors frighten the parents, and the children have little or no recollection in the morning. During the event, they are still in a very deep stage of sleep. Children appear to be awake, but are in fact still in deep sleep as they scream or run around violently. They may not recognise their parents and usually refuse any offer of help.
Because the child is so active and seems awake but distressed, parents attempt to calm the child, but as the child does not hear the parents because of the deep sleep, they usually do not respond.
Any calming attempts fail, and trying to awaken the child may cause even more stress.
Night Terrors may last from a minute to an hour, and if they wake up during the event, they are often confused, and have no memory of the Terror.
The best approach seems to be to carefully restrain them, ensure their safety where they sleep, allowing an eventual return to natural sleep.

Nightmares

Nightmares (scary dreams) can and do frighten children.
Often they remember their nightmares, which happen during REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep rather than Deep Sleep. During REM sleep, the child may more readily awaken during a nightmare.
This is the time for reassurance, and the child will respond to a hug and soft words.

What causes Night Terrors?

Night terrors can be caused by many things, including:

  • Junk food
  • Processed food.
  • Dairy or Grain-based foods.
  • Vitamin B group and or Niacin deficiency.
  • Bad sleep quality
  • Sleep patterns out of routine
  • Sleep deprivation – bed time too late.
  • Too hot or cold in bed
  • Noisy sleep environment
  • Stressful events – perhaps starting a new school, new teacher, new baby-sitter, bullying, etc
  • Listening to parents arguing
  • Watching violent TV (even the News)
  • Playing violent video games
  • Medication, especially antihistamines, decongestants, over-the-counter and prescription medication
  • Vaccinations
  • Genetics – children of Night-Terror parents are more likely to suffer.
  • Fever
  • Central nervous system problems or immaturity

What causes Nightmares?

Somewhat similar to night terrors.

Remedies for both conditions

Calm the child before bed. Read a story (not Ghostbusters or Friday 13th!)
A heavy blanket has a “hugging” effect which improves the sense of security. In warm weather, a light blanket with weights sewn into the corners may be helpful.
Discourage TV for an hour before bed.
Try to maintain a consistent routine and bed time each night.
Make bed time early, as children and adults tend to wake up when the sun comes up, so late bed time means less sleep.
Avoid junk food, improve nutrition
Avoid all processed food, especially those with a chemical number in the ingredients list.
Avoid all grain foods, especially wheat or wheat flour, as gluten sensitivity may be a problem. Even if the doctor says the child does not have coeliac disease, they may still have gluten sensitivity and/or Leaky Gut Syndrome.
Avoid dairy products as lactose or casein intolerance may be a problem.
Get the child to place all worries into an imaginary (or real) garbage bag, tie it up and place it in the bin (real or imagined).
Place a “Dream Catcher” over the bed – generally a wire loop decorated with string, beads, etc with “magic dream-catching” properties. The child may feel better if something in the room is their friend.
Lavender or other calming oils – a few drops on or under the pillow, or a sprig of real lavender.
Snack before bed – this may help children who have unstable blood sugar during the night (usually caused by a bad diet with too much sugar).
St.John’s Wort is a natural antidepressant (children’s dose only). Not to be used with any prescription medication as many meds use the same pathway in the body.
B Complex vitamins may help, also Niacin (Prolonged Release) if there is a deficiency.
GABA supplements may help.
Vitamin D3 supplements may help, especially if the child does not get adequate direct sunshine in the middle of the day. This is a high dose, so once or twice a week is normally enough as this is a fat-soluble vitamin, not easily flushed away like the water-soluble vitamins.
White noise – such as recording of ocean waves gently rolling onto the beach can have a calming effect. Even subtle noise from running a fan or ioniser may help.
Classical music softly played during the night may help.

Posted by: | Posted on: November 3, 2019

Vitamin D3

Written by Brenton Wight – LeanMachine, Health Researcher.

Health Facts on Vitamin D3 – the Natural Cure for all disease!

Why do we need Vitamin D3?
First, to help absorb calcium and build strong bones with the help of vitamin K2.
Second, to build the immune system, in conjunction with gut bacteria – the other half of the immune system story.
Depending on which study we believe, optimal vitamin D3 can prevent between 50% and 90% of all cancers, as well as Multiple Sclerosis, and reduce the intensity or even cure almost every other disease.
If a drug company developed something that would do this, it would make headlines around the world and win a Nobel prize, and many billions of dollars would be saved in the health care budgets of countries everywhere.
If the entire population had optimal Vitamin D3 combined with a healthy diet, countless lives would be saved from cancer, many illnesses would disappear, most artificial replacements of hips and knees would not be required, thousands of people clogging up the nursing homes in their wheelchairs would be out playing tennis and leading active, productive lives.
Have I convinced you yet that just a few dollars for a year’s supply of super-strength 5000 IU Vitamin D3 would be a good investment in your future?
If not, then perhaps you should go and reserve that spot in the nursing home, and pick out the burial plot while you’re at it!

Benefits of Vitamin D3

Studies show that Vitamin D3 has cancer inhibiting properties, especially breast, prostate, pancreas, colon, skin cancer and leukaemia.
While millions are spent trying to find a cure for cancer, Vitamin D3 could be used to prevent cancer in the first place, at a cost equivalent to a drop in the ocean.
Vitamin D3 deficiencies can cause the following:
Colds and flu
Vitamin D3 helps prevent or reduce severity of colds, flu, and almost every other infection. LeanMachine is living proof. After 10 years of taking Vitamin D3, no colds, no flu, no infections of any kind, not even a headache!
When we look at studies funded by drug companies who manufacture vaccinations, which are always biased in favour of the flu shot, the NNT (Number Needed to Treat) for the flu vaccine is 40, meaning that to protect one person from getting the flu, 40 people must receive the vaccination. Compare this with Vitamin D3, where the NNT is 33 in the average population, and in those people with D3 deficiency, the NNT drops to 4. In other words, for the average person, D3 is significantly better than the flu shot, and for those with low Vitamin D3, D3 supplements work 10 time better than the flu shot!
Most infections are naturally destroyed by our own immune system, mainly the T-cells, but T-cells need Vitamin D3 to operate correctly.
Studies funded privately, without the influence of the drug companies, have foud the flu shot to be even less effective, with those over the age of 65, or under the age of 2, or those on statin medications, all receiving NO statistically discernible benefit from the flu shot, and everyone else receiving a very marginal benefit such as a reduction in duration of illness of about 1 day.
On the downside, those taking the flu shot every year received less benefit (less protection), and actually INCREASED risk of coming down with a different strain of the flu!
More on vaccinations under the heading below.

OA (Osteoarthritis)
Osteoarthritis (OA)is the most common disease in people over age 50, more common than the common cold, and especially in women.
OA is directly linked to Vitamin D3 deficiency, and higher Vitamin D3 levels lower the risk.
Studies show that hip fractures in high risk population groups can be reduced by up to 40% by supplementing with Vitamin D3.
Partly because bones are stronger, and partly because people with good Vitamin D3 levels have much better balance and stronger muscles, so don’t fall over as much.

RA (rheumatoid arthritis) and MS (Multiple Sclerosis) appear to have the same link.

Obesity
Most Australians (two thirds) and others in Western society are overweight or obese.
Two thirds of people in Western society are also deficient in Vitamin D3, and this is no coincidence; there is a direct link between Vitamin D3 deficiency and obesity.
On average, the more Vitamin D3 deficient a person is, the more obese they are.
Healthy levels of Vitamin D3 are seen mainly in lean, healthy people.

Chronic pain
Chronic pain from any source can be reduced with Vitamin D3, even a simple headache, migraine, back pain, fibromyalgia, etc.
Many people with osteoporosis have chronic pain, typically lower back pain, often a sign of D3 deficiency.
Those people usually exercise less because of the pain, and insufficient exercise causes depression, worsens their osteoporosis, increases obesity, and their condition only gets worse.

Cancer
Cancer is a devastating condition, but high levels of Vitamin D3 offer up to 80% or more protection, especially childhood cancers, breast, prostate, pancreas, skin and colon cancer.
A recent study confirmed that women with high levels of Vitamin D3 had about 85% reduced risk of breast cancer compared to those with the lowest levels of Vitamin D3.
Vitamin D3 is critical to the body’s production of GcMAF, a cancer-fighting protein that inhibits cancer metastasis, and is capable of reversing the devastating effects of cancer on the body. Vitamin D3 supports GcMAF synthesis, helping to shut down pro-cancer receptors and enzymes that encourage metastasis.
Vitamin D3 binding protein-macrophage activating factor is another protein reducing cancerous activity, which directly stimulates the immune response by suppressing angiogenesis (blood vessel growth) required for cancer cell migration and tumor growth. DBP-maf requires Vitamin D3 for transport in the bloodstream.

Depression
There are links between low levels of Vitamin D3 and depression.
For depression sufferers, LeanMachine recommends extra Vitamin D3 from sunlight because getting outside in the sun always lifts our mood. If we cannot get out in the sun, supplementation is a must.

Hearing Loss
Vitamin D3 deficiency weakens our bones, but when the three tiny bones (hammer, anvil and stirrup) in the ear become weak and spongy, attenuation of sound transmission results in hearing loss.

Allergies
Recent studies show that children with allergies have a high chance of being deficient in Vitamin D3, and those with the worst allergies, are over 80% likely to be deficient in vitamin D3.

Heart disease
The number one killer of Western society people is still cardiac disease.
Vitamin D3 deficiencies bring on high blood pressure, stroke and heart attack.
Number two is cancer, so we can alleviate both killers easily by eating a healthy diet and getting enough Vitamin D3 from sunlight and/or supplements.

Type 1 diabetes
Pregnant women who are deficient in Vitamin D3 are far more likely to produce offspring with Type 1 diabetes.
Any child deprived of sunlight in the first few years of life also has a far higher risk of type 1 Diabetes.
How do we get Vitamin D3?
We get Vitamin D3 from the sun, but we need tha basic building-blocks in the body first.
The normal process of Vitamin D3 metabolism can be stopped by the deficiency of one single nutrient, a healthy, nutrient-rich diet is essential.
In particular, we need cholesterol, which has been demonised for decades. More on this later.
Vitamin K2 – No Bones without it
Some people say we need Calcium for strong bones, but we get plenty of calcium from the diet, and we can absorb calcium with no problems as long as we have enough Vitamin D3.
No vitamin D3 means no calcium absorption, so adding more calcium to the diet without vitamin D3 means potential for calcium to form as plaque in our arteries, kidneys or other places where it will only damage the body.
Vitamin K2, which comes from animal products such as chicken, cheese, butter, eggs, etc, can help build bones by directing calcium to bones and teeth where it belongs, and helps keep our arteries, kidneys and other organs free from calcium.
The only vegetable source of K2 is Natto (fermented soy), which explains why Japanese post-menopausal women have much stronger bones than Western women, as Natto is part of the traditional Japanese diet.
Vitamin K2 is not to be confused with Vitamin K (or K1), which is required for effective blood clotting, but not as effective as K2 for bones, but still desirable in the diet.
K1 comes from intestinal bacteria as well as from green leafy vegetables like kale, spring onions, brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, basil, asparagus, also prunes.
For vegetarians or vegans, supplementation of Vitamin K2 is essential as well as D3 for healthy bones. Vitamin D3 metabolism is complex, where each essential and critical nutrient provides the path to the next step, and one missing link in the chain will stop the entire process.
So it is no surprise that a third of our population is deficient in Vitamin D3, and around 90% are less than optimal. Unfortunately, these are the people who are at the highest risk of cancer.
Importance of Diet
Vitamin D3 cannot form without basic nutrients for the multi-stage process and this explains why so many people are deficient.
D3 – A Vitamin or a Hormone?
The answer is both.
It is a hormone (a chemical messenger) because it controls cells, organs, muscle and bone in everyday function, and because the body can manufacture it with sunlight exposure on skin.
It is a vitamin because it binds calcium so we can absorb it, as we humans cannot digest calcium without Vitamin D3, which maintains calcium and phosphate concentrations in the blood, providing minerals for bones, nerves, muscles, immune function, and lowers inflammation.
Many cell functions are controlled in part by vitamin D3, aiding in weight loss, blood glucose regulation, metabolism, and essential fatty acids (Omega-3) processing.
There is no point taking calcium or omega-3 foods or supplements without a good supply of Vitamin D3.
Almost every cell in the body has Vitamin D3 receptors, so Vitamin D3 is a crucial nutrient.
Vitamin D, D2 or D3?
The terms Vitamin D and vitamin D3 are used interchangeably here. D3 is the correct and natural Vitamin D.
D3 exists in the body as the storage form 25(OH) and the active form 1,25 2(OH). Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) is an artificial version of Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), or vitamin D coming from some foods.
D2 has very low affinity for DBP (vitamin D binding protein) so it cannot be easily stored and should never be used.
Firstly, D2 has nowhere near the healthy properties of D3 (cholecalciferol), and secondly, D2 tends to block absorption of the real D3.
Many foods come “fortified with vitamin D” but this is invariably an artificial D2 with poor benefits.
Some early medical studies on vitamin D used inferior synthetic D2 which is toxic at much lower doses, and unfairly discredited the real D3 which was not even being used in the studies.
How is Vitamin D3 made?
We get vitamin D3 from sunlight, food or supplements.
D3 from sunlight
Most people know we get Vitamin D3 from sunlight, but there is a multi-stage process involved.
Production starts in the liver, which makes 7-dehydrocholesterol, which then migrates to the skin to be altered by UVB (ultra-violet light in the B range) to become pre-vitamin D3.
This is carried back to the liver to be mediated by an enzyme (25-hydroxylase) to become 25-hydroxyvitamin D, where a hydroxy (OH) molecule is added to build the storage form 25(OH).
This is then transported to the kidneys to be mediated by yet another enzyme (1-alpha-hydroxylase) to finally become calcitriol, where a second hydroxy (OH) is added. This is the active form of vitamin D3, also known as cholecalciferol or 1,25 dihydroxyvitaminD3 or the active form 1,25 2(OH). Dihydroxy means that the D3 molecule has two OH molecules added, one from the liver and a second from the kidneys.
Vitamin D3 is carried in the blood by DBP (vitamin D-binding protein).
This entire process takes around 15 days, so if we shower every day, we “wash off” most of the pre-vitamin D, so morning showers are best, allowing the pre-vitamin D to start the migration back to the liver before the next shower.
And a day at the beach won’t help our vitamin D3 if we go for a swim, and worse if we get sunburnt!
Statins rob our Vitamin D3
As we age, we lose the ability to synthesise vitamin D from sunlight, and those on statin medication (half the aged population) cannot make 7-dehydrocholesterol, co-enzyme Q10, Cholesterol Sulfate and other important requirements for the body, because when statins slow the liver production of cholesterol, all of the above are affected.
No one should ever take a statin drug (Lipitor, Crestor, Simvastatin and others) other than exceptional circumstances, as they generally do much more harm than good.
Independent studies show that while some deaths from heart disease are reduced, deaths from all other causes is INCREASED by statin medication!
Also as we age, we generate less stomach acid, losing the ability to take in B12, Methyl Folate (never Folic Acid!), vitamin K2 and other nutrients that vitamin D requires to do it’s job. If we get reflux or heartburn, doctors normally prescribe Nexium or antacids, which may relieve symptoms short-term, but only make the problem worse. The best way to cure heartburn is to eat less, and eat an alkaline-forming diet, but that is another story in my Alkaline Diet article.
Those who dress fully covered for cultural reasons or those with dark skin always need more vitamin D.
Annual blood tests for vitamin D3 are advisable if taken at very high doses as excess levels can become toxic.
For adults, toxic levels for vitamin D3 are generally not seen unless we take in some 40,000 IU daily for many weeks.
Vitamin A can also be toxic in high levels, but if A and D are taken together, the toxic levels are some 5 times higher for both A and D, giving a huge margin of safety, so old “toxic levels” should really be called “imbalance levels”.
Another factor is Vitamin K2, discussed later.

Other things that Steal our Vitamin D3
Being overweight – the more overweight we are, the less bioavailable D3 becomes. But if we take D3 supplements or get more sunshine, this will assist our weight-loss efforts!
Being old – as we age, our ability to absorb D3 from sunlight and from food reduces, so supplementation becomes more essential
BPA (Bisphenol A)
BPA and other endocrine-disrupting chemicals reduce our Vitamin D3 levels. Avoid foods in plastic or cans and use glass containers.
Liver problems
A poor liver produces less bile, which reduces absorption of Vitamin D3. Look after the liver – avoid excess alcohol and eat a healthy diet of quality fats, few carbohydrates, and low to moderate protein.
Kidney problems
As kidney disease gets worse, so do D3 levels. Look after kidneys by drinking plenty of clean water and eating a healthy diet
Gut bacteria
These 100 trillion organisms are a major component of our immune system, and also aid in absorption and processing of minerals and vitamins, including D3. People with celiac disease, chronic pancreatitis, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) or Crohn’s disease, or those taking antibiotics, will all have reduced D3, so essential supplements are D3 and probiotics
Slip, Slop, Slap in the face campaign
This disastrous campaign has been running for over 30 years in Australia, costing the taxpayer many millions of dollars, and has caused many more millions in extra health care, more disease, and many more lives lost.
True, reduced sunlight has reduced the number of mostly harmless skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma which are easily treated, and rarely turn into something more serious (less than 1% of cases).
But the number of MELANOMA cancers – the real, deadly kind, has DOUBLED, but this fact has been hidden by the Australian Cancer Council who are behind the Slip, Slop, Slap campaign! The primary reason, of course, is lack of vitamin D3 due to reduced sunlight, reducing immunity.
Melanomas also appear on the soles of feet, under arms and other places where sunlight is very limited, but so-called “specialists” still blame the sun!
The science cannot be denied. The closer one lives to the Equator, the less chance of any type of cancer, a proven fact.

Too much sunlight?
If we get D3 from sunlight, then surely if we spend all day in the sun, like construction workers and other outdoor activities, we should get plenty?
Wrong. After we spend around 10 to 20 minutes in the sun in the middle of the day (90 minutes for dark-skinned people), we reach a point where the body will no longer synthesise any more vitamin D3.
This is the way the body is designed to prevent toxic levels from building up, and also the reason why we get a tan – to prevent too much vitamin D3 from the sun.
If our skin starts to get the slightest shade of pink, it is time to cover up or seek some shade, as more sun will only then cause damage, with no extra vitamin D3 past that point.
And if we get a healthy dose of sunlight one day, we can happily work inside the next day, as it may take 2 days to build new skin resources for more absorption.

The Morning Myth
The cancer society and other “health” organisations all say the we should avoid the sun in the middle of the day, and only go out in the morning or the evening when the sun is low in the sky. Wrong again!
This is actually the complete reverse of the truth!
The sun produces ultra-violet rays in three bandwidths, named UV-A, UV-B and UV-C, each with different properties.
UV-A
We get UV-A from all sunlight, no matter what time of day, and it passes through cloud and glass, and this kind travels deeper into the skin, causes skin damage and ZERO vitamin D production.
We can sit by a window or in a car with windows up, on a hot sunny day and never get any vitamin D.
We can be outside all day when there is cloud cover, but we will never get any vitamin D.
All we get from UV-A is skin damage.
UV-B
We get UV-B ONLY from a clear blue sky, and ONLY when the sun is HIGH in the sky. This is the “good” sunlight, as this is the ONLY kind that gives us vitamin D.
When the sun is lower in the sky, most UV-B is absorbed in the atmosphere leaving little or none for our benefit.
We need 10 minutes a day (fair-skinned) to 20 minutes a day (tanned) with the sun high in the sky, no clouds, and no glass. This can give us all of the vitamin D we need, but for many, this is impossible.
For those living a long way from the equator, or out of the tropic areas in winter, those working shifts or indoors, those who cover their entire bodies for religious reasons, or slap on sunscreen, those who have very dark skin, those on statin medication, those on a poor diet, those confined to hospitals or nursing homes and others who mistakenly believe the sun is evil, will never get enough vitamin D.
Vitamin D is fat-soluble, meaning that if we get plenty one day and miss the sun for a few days, we will still be able to call on our vitamin D reserves stored in fat cells.
Of course, UV-B will still damage our skin if we stay out in the sun too long.
UV-C
UV-C rarely gets to Earth as it is almost completely absorbed in the atmosphere, so is of little concern unless you are an astronaut.
Why we NEED sunlight, more than just for Vitamin D3
The human body is designed to thrive in sunlight, and it is not only the Vitamin D3 benefit.
A 20-year study of over 29,000 people found that those avoiding sun exposure had double the death rate from all causes!
This study did not measure D3 levels, but results from other D3 studies show that the high death rate from insufficient sun exposure can not be accounted for only by low Vitamin D3.

We also get Cholesterol Sulfate from sunlight on the skin.
Cholesterol sulfate protects red blood cells from breaking up. Without enough cholesterol sulfate, we get a condition called hemolysis, where the red blood cells die prematurely, spilling their contents into the blood.
Without sulfur, and without the sun, we cannot make cholesterol sulfate, a molecule which is both fat-soluble and water soluble, which is essential for the body to distribute cholesterol and sulfur throughout the body.
Artery walls have an endothelial lining, and these endothelial cells cannot work correctly when depleted in sulfate. They cannot control what gets into and out of cells, which promotes cardiovascular plaque.
Cholesterol Sulfate, in conjunction with it’s nitric sister, eNOS, determines how thick or thin or blood becomes. Sulfate makes it thicker, nitric makes it thinner, and this automatic regulatory system works very well as long as we have supplies of both, for which we need sunlight.
Interestingly, one thing that messes up these molecules is glyphosate (“Roundup” and other weedkiller trade names) so this is a good reason to avoid all GM (Genetically Modified) foods, which are all heavily sprayed with glyphosate.
Sulfur is incredibly important for health. Cholesterol sulfate protects against bacterial and virus infections and strengthens the immune system.
Cholesterol sulfate is essential for babies. Women normally have about 1.5 units of cholesterol sulfate in the blood, but in pregnancy, levels rise in the villi of the placenta to around 24 units!
Foods high in sulfur include eggs, beef, garlic, onions, sprouts, asparagus, kale, coconut oil, olive oil, but only where they are grown or raised in sulfur-rich soil (think organic).

Vitamin D sulfate is also made from sunlight, and is both water and fat soluble, so it can go anywhere in the body, distinct from the regular fat-soluble Vitamin D3 I have been talking about. Same with cholesterol sulfate. Not only is it both water and fat soluble, it can travel through the body on it’s own, where many other substances need to be “carried” by cholesterol wherever they need to go.
If we want healthy blood, we MUST have sunlight!
Humans make several other important peptide and hormone “photoproducts” when skin is exposed to UVB sunlight:

    • β-Endorphins are natural opiates that induce relaxation and increase pain tolerance
    • Calcitonin Gene-Related Peptides are vasodilators (expand blood vessels) that protect us from hypertension (blood pressure), vascular inflammation, and oxidative stress
    • Substance P is a neuropeptide that increases blood flow and also regulates immune system response to acute stressors
    • Adrenocorticotropic Hormone is a polypeptide hormone, controlling cortisol (stress hormone) release by the adrenal glands, regulating immune system and inflammation
    • Melanocyte-Stimulating Hormone is a polypeptide hormone, reducing appetite, increasing libido, and increasing skin pigmentation

Sunlight contains a beneficial EMF (electromagnetic frequency) that is essential for health.
40% of sunlight is infrared, and the red and near-infrared frequencies interact with CCO (Cytochrome C Oxidase). CCO is a protein in the inner mitochondrial membrane, also part of the electron transport chain. CCO is a chromophore (a molecule that attracts and absorbs light), so sunlight improves ATP (the generation of energy). The optimal wavelengths for CCO are red at 630 nm to 660 nm (nanometers) and near-infrared at 810 nm to 850 nm.
LeanMachine gets sun exposure as often as possible. Others afraid of the sun may consider photobiomodulation therapy (use of near-infrared light treatment).
UVA exposure is generally considered harmful, as this is the most damaging kind of exposure for skin with no ability to generate Vitamin D, however there are benefits such as releasing nitric oxide, discussed above. An important cellular signaling molecule that dilates blood vessels and reduces blood pressure.
This is closely tied to another molecule, eNOS (endothelial nitric oxide synthase) which regulates the “thickness” of blood. When blood becomes too thick, eNOS makes more nitric oxide wich expands blood vessels and thins the blood. When blood is too thin, eNOS makes more sulfate. Sulfate is essential for the endothelial lining of all blood vessel walls. If we are low in sulfate, the wall can start breaking down and clots start to form to repair the damage. We can get more sulfur in the diet from onions, garlic, broccoli, egg yolks and other foods, or by supplements such as MSM (MethylSulfonoyl Methane) but we still need sunlight to make cholesterol sulfate which can be distributed through the body to keep us alive!

Apart from photoproducts, nitric oxide and cholesterol sulfate production, sunlight is essential for our circadian rhythm (body clock). Sunshine activates neurons in the suprachiasmatic nucleus of the hypothalamus, sending signals to the pineal gland which regulates production of the hormone melatonin. When the circadian rhythm is upset, melatonin and other hormone production is disrupted, leading to mood problems, poor cognition (thinking), metabolic syndrome (leads to diabetes) and increased risk of cancer.
Tanning Beds
Tanning beds are famous for increasing risk of melanomas, the most deadly form of skin cancer.
Tanning beds have been outlawed in all States of Australia, except in the Northern Territory, where they are still legal, but there are no commercial solariums there because the tropical climate makes sunlight tanning easy. However, this is seen by some as a knee-jerk reaction by politicians to win votes.
Most tanning beds produce UV-A and UV-B radiation, but some better units are available which produce only UV-B, which are much safer if used correctly.
Staying too long in even a quality tanning bed will cause skin damage, a precursor to many forms of skin cancer. Tanning beds that emit high levels of UV-A should be avoided completely.
D3 from food
We get some vitamin D from the diet. Eggs, fish, cod liver oil are all good sources, and also come naturally with vitamin A, but it is almost impossible to get enough D3 from the diet, so we must top up our D3 from sunlight or supplements or both. Milk contains some vitamin D, but calcium and vitamin D in milk are very poorly absorbed. People in Asian countries who do not normally drink milk generally have stronger bones than people who drink milk.
D3 from supplements
Most D3 sold in Australia from chemist shops or supermarkets contain 1000 IU which may be enough to prevent rickets in young people, but is nowhere near optimum for immunity and bone strength, especially in older people, and not enough for anyone except small children to have an optimal immune system.
LeanMachine recommends Vitamin D3 5000 IU daily for almost a year’s supply, and this is the cheapest health insurance anyone can buy!
Vitamin K2 MK7 is also recommended, as this combination helps put calcium where it belongs, in bones and teeth, and reduces calcium buildup in blood vessels (arterial plaque)
Vitamin A is also recommended for health benefits as well as to eliminate any chance of toxicity.
No Cholesterol means no Vitamin D3.
As explained above, cholesterol is the building-block for vitamin D3, also for every hormone in the body and many other functions.
About half the adult population over 60 in Australia and the USA is taking statin medication.
Sold under many names including Simvastatin, Lipitor, Advicor, Lovastatin, Mevacor, Vytorin, Zocor, Lipex, Simcor, Crestor, Pitavastatin, Pravastatin, Rosuvastatin, Fluvastatin, and Cerivastatin (withdrawn 2001).
The Lies about Cholesterol
Statins do lower cholesterol, but we NEED cholesterol, it is NOT the enemy it is made out to be.
Yes, cholesterol is found in a badly inflamed body, but this is because the liver makes more cholesterol to repair damage caused by the inflammation, which is the REAL cause of poor health.
Statins reduce cholesterol by preventing the liver from producing as much cholesterol, but the job of the liver is to make cholesterol as required.
If we eat cholesterol foods (such as meat or eggs) the liver makes less, if we eat no cholesterol (such as a vegan diet), the liver makes more, which is the way it should be.
When statins are used, they attempt to shut down this natural process, and in so doing, also shuts down co-enzyme Q10 which is vital for healthy muscles.
And the heart is the most important muscle in the body – why clobber it with statins?
Statins also stop production of 7-dehydrocholesterol, so then we get almost zero vitamin D3 from sunlight.
Statins have shown no benefit to women whatsoever in many studies.
For men who have had a heart attack, statins have shown a slight reduction in deaths from future heart attacks, but in all patients, statins cause an INCREASE in deaths from all other causes!
Because statins knock out our Co-enzyme Q10 (often called the spark-plug for the heart), the patient can suffer extensive muscle damage, causing pain, reduced mobility and even death.
Drug companies say they have no idea what causes this increase in death from statins, but the answer is obvious to me – low vitamin D3!
Studies show that treatment with one fish oil capsule daily prevented 9% of deaths in cardiac patients over 4 years, while those given the Crestor statin drug had an INCREASED death rate of 1% over the same period.
The Framingham study, the biggest and longest study ever, showed that those with the lowest cholesterol died first, and those with the highest cholesteol lived longest!
But the drug companies continue to perpetuate these cholesterol lies to maximise profits from their biggest-selling drug.

How much D3 do we need?
The older we get, the more vitamin Vitamin D3 we need.
The only way to know how much we have is by a blood test, because ethnic background, skin colour, amount of tan, food, medication, supplements, geographic location, sun exposure, clothing, sunscreen, exercise, BMI and many other factors determine how much Vitamin D3 we absorb and retain.
Vitamin D3 is a fat-soluble vitamin, so daily levels do not vary much, as every fat cell in the body can store D3.
Always ask the doctor for a printed copy of your results so you can compare with any previous test and also get a true reading.
Unfortunately, most Australian labs say we need 60 to 160 nmol/L of D3, which is inadequate. Better labs say 75 nmol/L is the minimum.
Values above 60 will prevent us from getting rickets, but will not give us good immunity.
For optimal immune system function, we should aim for the high end of the range of 125 to 175 nmol/L.
If we are battling cancer or some other serious disease, we should aim for 175 to 250 nmol/L but this requires careful monitoring and extra vitamins K2 and A to prevent toxicity.
Supplement values vary, and the RDA (recommended Daily Allowance) of 60 IU was alarmingly too low, and changed to 400 IU, originally determined as the minimum amount to prevent rickets.
Even the 400 IU allowance typically gives a blood test of 40 to 60 nmol/L which may barely stop rickets but will not provide a strong immune system.
Conservative studies determine that infants less than one year old need 400 IU daily, 1 year to adolescents need 400-600 IU daily, adults need 400-600 IU daily, and adults aged over 70 years need 400-800 IU daily.
More modern studies recommend babies take 400 IU, children 1000 IU, adults 4000 IU, and those over 70 may need 8000 IU daily.
Small doses are fine for strong bones, but for a strong immune system to ward off all disease, high doses are a must.
LeanMachine has taken 5000 IU daily for over 6 years, and has zero colds, flu or any other illness, not even a headache!

But don’t I get my Vitamin D3 from Milk?
Sorry, but you do not!
I was told to drink milk as a youngster, some 6 decades ago, and milk does indeed contain vitamin D and calcium, but these and other nutrients in milk are poorly absorbed in the gut.
Worse, pasteurised milk has most of the nutrients heated out of it, and homogenisation is very BAD for our health.
Homogenisation is a process making each fat globule 10 times smaller than normal, to save us the trouble of shaking the milk container to disperse the cream. The problem then is that these tiny fat globules then enter the bloodstream through imperfections in the gut lining, often referred to as “leaky gut syndrome”. When raw milk fat enters the blood directly like this, the immune system detects this as a foreign substance, and begins attacking these fat globules, and marks them as invaders. Now when we consume milk the regular way, and absorb it naturally through a healthy intestine, the immune system starts attacking this as well, as it has already been recognised as a foreign invader. The result: Allergies to Lactose, one of the main ingredients in milk, has reached epidemic proportions in the last few decades where homogenisation has become standard practice. Vitamin D3 can help stabilise an over-reactive immune system, but the only safe way to drink milk is to only use NON-HOMOGENISED milk. Most supermarkets have it, but you have to look past the big-name brands to find it.
In many countries it is against the law to buy non-pasteurised milk, but we can at least buy non-homogenised milk if we feel we must have milk (and we do not need milk).
Some Asian countries have diets where milk is non-existent, and their bones are stronger, and osteoporosis is very rare.
We get more useful Vitamin D3 from broccoli and other fresh vegetables than from milk!
Milk is also BAD for our bones, as it is acid-forming in the body, and all acids in the blood cause an immediate reaction in the body to neutralise the blood acid (otherwise we die!).
This reaction, controlled by the parathyroid glands, leaches potassium, calcium and magnesium from bones, teeth and organs, the fastest way the body can neutralise the acid.
If we must drink milk (and we do not have to for a healthy diet) then the ONLY milk to buy is FULL CREAM, UNHOMOGENISED milk, which you can find at good supermarkets if you look hard enough.
The only better product is the milk straight from the cow, or better still straight from mother’s breast (most mothers will not be impressed if you ask for milk this way!)
Getting enough of the right vitamin D3
Sunlight is still the best way to get enough Vitamin D3 and Cholesterol Sulfate, but for many, this can be difficult or impossible.
Supplements are the next best choice, but the supplements we buy at Chemist shops or supermarkets in Australia have only around 1000 IU of Vitamin D3.
They are also often combined with Calcium, which LeanMachine does NOT recommend, but that is another story.
While this is better than nothing, most people require 5 to 10 times this much to bring their levels to “optimum”.
For most health specialists, “optimum” means over 60 or 75 nmol/l (30 ng/ml), and if your results come in at over this threshold, the doctor will say you are fine.
However, true experts in this field say that truly optimum for a normal healthy person for immunity to disease, is between 125 and 175 nmol/L (50 – 70 ng/ml).
For those recovering from a serious disease, optimum should be 175 to 250 nmol/L (70 – 100 ng/ml).
Vitamin D3 can be toxic at high doses for extended periods, so continuous levels over 250 nmol/L (100 ng/ml) should be avoided.
Blood tests are advised for all very high-dosage patients.
People most at risk of deficiency are the elderly, those with with dark skin, those who cover their body with clothing or sun screen, or work night shifts or underground and never see the light of day, and those who live furthest from the equator or in cloudy climates.
Those at risk may need 10,000IU daily supplements, the rest of us can usually get plenty with 5000IU, and the very young who get plenty of sunlight on a regular basis may not require any.
Remember that we only get Vitamin D3 from sun in a blue sky when the sun is high, from the UVB (Ultra-Violet light in the “B” range”).
When the sun is low in the sky, or when there is cloud, or when the light comes through a glass window, UVB is blocked and we only receive UV-A which is the damaging, cancer-causing radiation with Zero Vitamin D3 benefits.
Other tests: Depending on the condition, the doctor may order other tests to check for liver and kidney disease as well as a full blood count.
A full blood test for Vitamin D3 is:
25-hydroxyvitamin-D (25-D or D2/D3) or 25(OH)D or simply 25-D
1,25-dihydroxyvitamin-D3, or 1,25(OH)2 D3, or 1,25 2(OH), or simply 1,25-D
Most doctors will only test for 25(OH)D which is the storage form, which is fine for most people.
For those suspected of having Sarcoidosis (a rare condition) then both must be tested, and vitamin D supplementation and sunlight should be avoided altogether unless the active form 1,25(OH)2 is tested low.
Vaccinations
There are many reports of children suffering from Autism and other serious conditions after vaccinations.
Vitamin D3 supplements should be taken for at least 1 week before any vaccination to reduce risk of unfortunate reactions.
Panadol, Panadeine, Paracetamol, Tylenol, Acetaminophen, Atasol, etc must NEVER be taken before or after any vaccination, even though doctors incorrectly recommend it to reduce pain and fever.
Autism rates in the USA are 1 in 45, while Autism rates in Cuba are 1 in 12,000.
A few decades ago, Austism rates were only around 1 in 200, before Panadol (Tylenol, Acetaminophen in the USA)
Cuba has a high vaccination rate of 97%, but the difference:
These over-the counter pain medications are prescription-only items in Cuba.
Of course, no drug company is interested in conducting a study where the result may be that their “safe and effective” product causes Autism, but as far as LeanMachine is concerned, Vitamin D3 reduces the risk of sickness from almost any disease.
Besides Autism, Panadol can destroy liver function (most patients on the liver transplant waiting list are there because of Panadol), and Panadol is also acted upon by enzymes which then destroy the body’s reserves of L-Glutathione, the natural “Master Antioxidant” in the body.
If you want your child vaccinated anyway, DO give them vitamin D3 and DO NOT give them any pain or fever medication.
A little fever is the body’s way to fight the toxins in the vaccination and the best way to deal with it is to let it run it’s course.
However, a very high fever can lead to convulsions, especially in small children. The best way to bring down a very high fever is to place the child in a cool to lukewarm bath and keep water over the skin using a sponge or cloth.
No drugs required, and much safer and more effective than any drug.
Better still, vaccinations can be avoided altogether for those with a strong immune system.
For more information on vaccinations, see this article: Vaccinations.
Autoimmune conditions
Allergies, hives, arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disease, multiple sclerosis, etc, are all autoimmune conditions.
Little help is available from medications which merely help to ease symptoms.
Vitamin D3 builds the immune system and protects us from colds, flu and other diseases, but Vitamin D3 is also an Immune Moderator, helping to dampen the efect of the immune system over-reacting, the cause of auto-immune disease.
Vitamin D3 can also help treat the cause of the symptoms, often Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), found in over 70% of autoimmune patients.
H. pylori can invade the gut via contaminated water or food, or from contact with infected people or animals, causing gut inflammation, disrupting the immune system.
D3 effectively destroys H. pylori and restores the immune system, often reducing allergy symptoms by 30% in seven days, and another 40% in 12 weeks.
H. pylori infects around 30% of adults in the western world, more if we are over 60 with low D3 levels.
A blood test can give your D3 levels, but the lab will say 60 to 75 nmol/L is OK, but we need 125 nmol/L minimum to destroy H. pylori.
Mushrooms, eggs, wild-caught salmon, etc have natural vitamin D3 but the modern Western diet is lacking in these. Mushrooms grown in the dark will have no vitamin D3, but 30 minutes of exposure to direct sunlight can generate significant D3 levels.

Vitamin D3
The latest science Says: “It’s not just about bones, it’s about your total well-being!
Professor Michael Holick:
We now think that maintaining adequate vitamin D3 levels are important for decreasing the risk of prostate cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer.
There is some evidence that in young children if they are fortified with vitamin D3 from 12 months old it can reduce the risk of type 1 diabetes by 80%“.
Professor Philip Sambrook:
We have always thought it could not happen in Australia – it is too sunny a country. However, people do not get sunlight for various reasons and if you do not get some sunlight you do not make vitamin D3. We do not get it much in food any more so for that reason, deficiency is quite common. And the vitamin protects healthy cells while also killing cancer cells.”
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Open2Study, Australia – Food, Nutrition and Your Health
RMIT University, Australia – Foundations of Psychology
Swinburne University of Technology, Australia – Chemistry – Building Blocks of the World
University of Washington, USA – Energy, Diet and Weight
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA – Health Issues for Aging Populations
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA – International Nutrition
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA – Methods in Biostatistics I
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA – Methods in Biostatistics II
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA – Principles of Human Nutrition
TUFTS University, USA – Nutrition and Medicine
TUFTS University, USA – Lipids/Cardiovascular Disease I and Lipids/Cardiovascular Disease II
Technical Learning College, USA – Western Herbology, Identification, Formulas
Bath University, England – Inside Cancer
WebMD Education – The Link Between Stroke and Atrial Fibrillation
WebMD Education – High Potassium: Causes and Reasons to Treat
Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands – Anatomy of the Abdomen and Pelvis
MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) – A Clinical Approach to the Human Brain
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Posted by: | Posted on: October 15, 2019

Children Taken From Parents Who Refuse Vitamin K Shot


Reproduced from original article:
https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2019/10/15/vitamin-k-shot-baby-side-effects.aspx

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola  Fact Checked – October 15, 2019
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STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Since 1961, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recommended that all newborns receive a vitamin K1 injection to prevent vitamin K deficiency bleeding (VKDB), which can be life-threatening
  • Parental refusal of the vitamin K1 injection for their newborn is on the rise, and one study found a correlation between vitamin K1 shot refusal and subsequent vaccine avoidance
  • Children who did not receive the vitamin K shot at birth were also 14.6 times more likely to be unvaccinated at the age of 15 months. The findings were said to offer a means to identify “high-risk” parents that will be prone to not vaccinating their children
  • Parents have had their newborn babies taken from them simply because they declined the vitamin K injection. Several Illinois families have filed a class-action lawsuit against local hospitals, the AAP, the DCFS and several pediatricians
  • The vitamin K1 injection presents unnecessary and avoidable risks. A safe and effective noninvasive way to avoid VKDB is to administer multiple doses of oral vitamin K1

Since 1961, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recommended that all newborns receive a vitamin K1 injection to prevent uncontrolled bleeding caused by vitamin K deficiency.1,2

Vitamin K1 is required for proper blood clotting, and newborns tend to have low levels due to the fact that vitamin K doesn’t cross the placenta very well. Deficiency can result in sudden internal bleeding — typically in the brain or intestines. This is referred to as “vitamin K deficiency bleeding” or VKDB, and can be life-threatening.

Research published in 20143,4 in the journal Pediatrics found the number of parents declining the vitamin K shot for their newborn babies was on the rise, increasing from 0.21% in 2006 to 0.39% in 2012.5

The data were based on infants born in Alberta, Canada. In the U.S., data6 presented at the 2014 CSTE conference reported the refusal rate at two Nashville, Tennessee, hospitals ranged from 2.3% to 3.7% in 2013.

A second 2014 study7 also concluded vitamin K refusal was on the rise, and with it, an increase in late onset vitamin K deficiency bleeding in infants. Of seven infants with confirmed vitamin K deficiency, five developed vitamin K deficiency bleeding.

A 2017 poll8 found the most common reasons given by parents for refusing the vitamin K shot were “perceptions of parents that the injection was unnecessary, lack of knowledge about vitamin K deficiency bleeding, and concern about preservatives.”

Vitamin K Refusal Linked to Vaccine Avoidance

As reported by Scientific American,9 the 2014 Pediatrics paper10 found that children who did not receive the vitamin K shot at birth were also 14.6 times more likely to be unvaccinated at the age of 15 months. According to the authors:11

“This is the first population-based study to characterize parents who are likely to decline vitamin K for their infants and whose children are likely to be unimmunized. These findings enable earlier identification of high-risk parents and provide an opportunity to enact strategies to increase uptake of vitamin K and childhood immunizations.”

Senior author Shannon MacDonald told Scientific American:12

“Our finding of a link between vitamin K refusal and vaccine refusal was very concerning. We had expected a correlation between the two but had not expected the association to be so high.”

The correlation between vitamin K shot refusal and vaccine avoidance is turning out to have severe ramifications for many parents. In short, by saying no to the vitamin K shot, some hospitals are automatically labeling you a negligent parent and a dreaded anti-vaxxer in the making, so to speak.

Babies Taken From Parents Who Refused Vitamin K Shot

A number of stories have emerged detailing how parents have had their newborn babies taken from them by simply because they declined the vitamin K injection. In a September 2019 article,13 The Daily Citizen describes the harrowing ordeal of Angela and Brian Bougher:

“The Christian couple believes that ‘God’s creation isn’t automatically deficient or flawed at birth’ and the shot is unnecessary. The Boughers have a right to their beliefs, and if they were fully informed of the risks then they should be able to decline. The state of Illinois didn’t see it that way.

Instead, in the moments after birth, a nurse told the Boughers that their newborn daughter was being taken away and they were being investigated for ‘medical neglect.’ It took 12 hours to get their daughter back.

It’s debatable whether the logic of Boughers’ decision is sound — however, medical professionals should know that the first moments of life are crucial to both mother and child. To remove a child for such a reason is a severe overreach of the state’s responsibility to protect children from neglectful parents.

The family’s pain did not stop there. Later the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) had law enforcement officers make an unannounced visit the Boughers’ home to investigate and determine if any of their other four children were being ‘neglected.'”

The Boughers and several other Illinois families who experienced harassment and investigation by the DCFS over refusal of the vitamin K shot have filed a class action lawsuit against local hospitals (Silver Cross Hospital, Advocate Christ Medical Center and the University of Chicago Medical Center), the AAP, the DCFS and several pediatricians. As reported by CBS September 24, 2019:14

They want a compensation and a court-enforced guarantee that the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services won’t be called if parents refuse to give their babies a Vitamin K shot.”

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Is the Vitamin K Shot Needed?

In 2010, I interviewed Cees Vermeer, Ph.D., an associate professor of biochemistry at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands,15 and one of the world’s leading specialist in vitamin K.16 I’ve included it above for your convenience.

According to Vermeer, while vitamin K1 is necessary for newborns, the shot is not. There are far safer and noninvasive ways to normalize your baby’s vitamin K1 level. He points out several areas of risk associated with the vitamin K injection:

The amount of vitamin K injected into newborns (0.5 to 1 milligram17) is far greater than needed

The injection may contain benzyl alcohol,18 a preservative that may be toxic for the baby’s delicate immune system.

Preservative-free shots may contain a combination of polysorbate 8019 and propylene glycol20 instead,21 but these ingredients also have a questionable safety profile. For polysorbate 80, hypersensitivity and possible death are among the known risks22

An injection creates an additional opportunity for infection in an environment that contains some of the most dangerous germs, at a time when your baby’s immune system is still immature

Perhaps most importantly, though, inflicting pain immediately after birth causes psycho-emotional damage and trauma to a newborn, which is both inappropriate and unnecessary.

In his 1999 paper, “Babies Don’t Feel Pain: A Century of Denial in Medicine,” David B. Chamberlain, Ph.D., a psychologist and co-founder of the Association of Pre-and Perinatal Psychology and Health, wrote:23

“The earlier an infant is subjected to pain, the greater the potential for harm … We must alert the medical community to the psychological hazards of early pain and call for the removal of all man-made pain surrounding birth.”

A 2004 study24 found that very early pain or stress experiences have long-lasting adverse consequences for newborns, including changes in the central nervous system and changes in responsiveness of the neuroendocrine and immune systems at maturity. Similarly, a 2008 study25 concluded:

“Healthy newborns routinely experience acute pain during blood sampling for metabolic screening, injection of vitamin K or hepatitis vaccine, or circumcision.

Acute pain caused by skin-breaking procedures can lead to physiologic instability and behavioral distress, and it has downstream effects on subsequent pain processing, development and stress responsivity. Because of these detrimental effects, reduction and prevention of pain are worthy clinical goals that are also expected by most parents.”

Oral Vitamin K Is a Safe and Effective Alternative

The good news is there’s a completely noninvasive and pain free way to ensure your baby gets the vitamin K1 it needs: oral vitamin K drops, which are readily available for hospitals to purchase26 if they do not routinely stock it.

Oral vitamin K1 is absorbed less efficiently than vitamin K1 that is injected. However, this can easily be compensated for by adjusting the dose. And, since vitamin K1 itself is nontoxic, there is no danger of a bad reaction.

One reason oral vitamin K is not routinely used is because it requires multiple doses, and it’s feared new parents will forget to comply with the dosing. There are many variations in recommendations for the oral dosing. Among them:

Six-month weekly regimen — One 2-mg oral dose at birth, followed by a once-weekly dose of 1 mg for the first six months of life, provided they’re breastfed at least half of the time. This regimen was found to be as effective as the vitamin K shot, Evidence Based Birth reports.27
Three-month weekly regimen — 2 mg at birth, followed by once weekly dose of 1 mg for the first three months was found to be “an efficient prophylaxis against VKBD.”28
Three-month daily or weekly regimen — 1 mg dose at birth followed by 25 micrograms per day for 13 weeks, or 2 mg at birth followed by 1 mg per week for three months was found to provide the lowest risk of VKDB.29
Three-dose regimen — 1 mg by mouth at birth, 1 mg at 1 week of age, and a third 1 mg dose at 4 to 6 months of age.30
Three-dose regimen — 2 mg four hours after birth, 2 mg on day four, and a third 2-mg dose in the fourth week was found to “adequately” protect infants from VKDB.31 (Omitting the third dose was shown to provide inadequate protection).
Single dose — A single oral dose of 1 mg may protect against early VKDB in exclusively breastfed babies but not late VKDB.32

As noted by Vermeer, you can also increase your infant’s vitamin K level naturally if you are breastfeeding by increasing your own vitamin K level. The milk of lactating women has been tested, and most is low in vitamin K because the women themselves are vitamin K deficient.

If you take a vitamin K1 supplement, your milk also becomes richer in vitamin K, as you would expect. However, prudence is required — you need to make sure your vitamin K level is truly optimized, and for most women, the vitamin K absorbed from foods won’t be enough, so supplementation might be needed.

Discuss Wishes With Your Doctor Before Your Baby Is Born

Ultimately, the choice about whether or not to consent for your baby to be given a vitamin K shot is yours. For some, eliminating a source of avoidable pain right after birth is worth the extra work required to make sure your baby’s vitamin K level is optimized.

If you choose to not expose your child to a vitamin K shot and would prefer to have it given orally, you will have to make it very clear not only to your obstetrician but also the nursing staff, as they would be the ones who actually administer the shot.

The time to do this is well before your baby is born, to avoid getting into a nasty argument right after delivery. That way, you can make sure the hospital has oral drops on hand on the day of delivery, and for you to take home with you to continue the dosing.

Posted by: | Posted on: October 9, 2019

Low level lead exposure killing over 400,000 Americans a year, study reveals

Reproduced from original article:
https://www.naturalhealth365.com/lead-exposure-3142.html

lead-exposure(NaturalHealth365) Heart disease, the number one cause of mortality in the United States, is currently responsible for over 800,000 deaths a year.  The primary risk factors for this potentially deadly condition are thought to include high blood pressure, lack of exercise, obesity, cigarette smoking and diabetes. But, with the results of a shocking study published in The Lancet, researchers are now pointing to another likely culprit – lead exposure.

Natural health experts have long warned that lead is a dangerous neurotoxin – for which there is no safe level of exposure.  The startling study shows that lead exposure is not only associated with cardiovascular disease – but is responsible for the premature deaths of 412,000 (close to half a million!) Americans every year.

Even more troubling, the deaths were not linked to acute exposures, but to relatively low blood levels of lead.

Lead exposure is grossly ignored as a cause of heart disease and premature death

To conduct the large-scale, long-term population study, researchers examined the connection between lead concentrations, heart disease and all-cause mortality in over 14,000 adults.

The study was the first to examine the link between low-level lead exposure (characterized as under 5 micrograms per deciliter of blood) and cardiovascular disease.  Keep in mind, according to Harvard Medical School, average levels for Americans currently hover around 1 ug/dL.

When the team specifically examined results for participants with blood lead levels between 1 ug/dL (the threshold of detection) and 5 ug/dL, they discovered that the risk of premature death increased substantially.

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In addition, the team found that people with higher lead levels (6.7 ug/dL) had a 70 percent greater risk of death from heart disease – when compared to those at the low end of the scale.

But that wasn’t all.

The researchers calculated that exposure to lead caused an 18 percent higher risk of dying from any cause, which translates to 412,000 deaths a year.  Around 256,000 of those deaths occurred from heart disease, the team reported.

The researchers called low-level lead exposure an “important, but overlooked” risk factor for premature death in the U.S. – particularly for death from heart disease. The team stressed the importance of continuing efforts to reduce environmental lead exposure.

Additional studies support evidence of harm from lead exposure

Animal studies have shown that chronic, low-level lead exposure not only causes high blood pressure (a contributor to heart disease) but – by inactivating the body’s stores of beneficial nitric oxide – can also trigger atherosclerosis.

Lead exposure also contributes to atherosclerosis by inhibiting the repair of fragile, easily-damaged arterial linings.  In addition, low-level lead exposure promoted the formation of blood clots – thereby directly raising risk of stroke and heart attack.

Not surprisingly, additional studies have reflected the findings of the Lancet study, linking higher concentrations of lead with high blood pressure, peripheral arterial disease and heart disease deaths.

Significantly, these findings directly contradict the prevailing wisdom concerning levels of lead at which harm can occur.

New research is causing experts to revamp views on low level exposure

Levels of 10 ug/dL to 25 ug/dL are considered proof positive that lead exposure is occurring – with levels of 25 ug/dL to 40 ug/dL considered “elevated.”

And, levels are considered “seriously elevated” between 40 ug/dL and 80 ug/dL, while levels over 80 ug/dL are “dangerously elevated” – with irreversible damage to health likely to occur.

As recently as 2013, only lead levels of 10 ug/dL, and above, were considered cause for concern.  In fact, the National Toxicology Report previously described evidence linking blood lead levels under 10 ug/dL with heart disease-related mortality as “limited.”

Yet, participants in the recent study only had to average a modest 2.7 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood to see their heart health and mortality affected – in a negative way.

Warning: Children are much more susceptible to damage

With smaller, still-developing systems, children under age six are much more susceptible than adults to the physical and mental effects of lead poisoning.  Sadly, symptoms may not appear – in children and adults alike – until dangerous and damaging amounts of lead have already accumulated in the body.

Signs of lead exposure in children include learning difficulties, irritability, fatigue, weight loss, vomiting and diarrhea. Pica – a craving for non-edible substances, such as paint chips or dirt – can also indicate lead poisoning in children.

Lead exposure in newborns is manifested by premature birth, lower birth weight and slow growth.

Adults exposed to lead may experience high blood pressure, joint and muscle pain, headaches, impaired concentration and memory loss – along with reproductive problems such as reduced sperm count in men and miscarriage and premature birth in women.

Of course, very high levels of exposure to lead can cause seizures, unconsciousness and premature death.

Deteriorating lead paint in older homes threatens children’s health

While lead-based paints for homes, toys and furniture have been banned since 1978, lead exposure can still occur in older homes.  The most common sources of lead poisoning in children are flakes of deteriorating lead-based paint – especially if the children nibble on them. Contaminated dust can also be released during home renovations in older buildings.

In addition, lead can persist in soil in the yards of older homes.

According to the New York State Department of Health, lead may still be found in batteries, solder pipes, pottery, bullets, roofing materials and various imported cosmetics and candies.  Adults who perform renovations on older houses – particularly involving plumbing, roofing and painting – are at greater risk for exposure, as are those who work in auto shops and with batteries.

Worth noting: If lead exposure from an older home is a concern, the Harvard School of Public Health advises employing an EPA-certified lead abatement professional to replace lead plumbing pipes.  You may also want to look into hiring a building biologist to ensure you’re living in a healthy home.

Vitamin C can effectively help to remove heavy metals from the body

Chelation, a protocol for treating lead exposure, features the use of edetate calcium disodium, or EDTA. This compound binds with and removes heavy metals, including lead, iron and copper.

There is now clinical evidence that vitamin C, a potent antioxidant, can potentiate and enhance the detoxifying effect of chelating agents.

In a recent study published in Life Sciencesresearchers found that EDTA and vitamin C together are more than twice as effective as either substance given alone.  The team noted that the combination is particularly effective in removing lead from the central nervous system.

And, optimal levels of vitamin C can protect against high lead levels.

In a study conducted by University of California at San Francisco and published in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association, the researchers found a direct association between high levels of vitamin C and lower blood levels of lead.

Adults had blood levels reduced by 68 percent with higher vitamin C intake, while children with higher vitamin C intake fared even better. Researchers found that those in the top one-third of vitamin C levels displayed an 89 percent lowered incidence of lead toxicity.

It is important to consume enough vitamin C to protect against the effects of lead exposure – whether through vitamin C-rich foods (such as citrus fruits, bell peppers and Brussels sprouts) or supplements.

Natural health experts note that at least 1,000 mg of vitamin C a day is required to reduce lead levels and enjoy other benefits – including stronger overall immune function.

Sources for this article include:

ScienceDirect.com
HealthNY.gov
MayoClinic.org
Harvard.edu

Posted by: | Posted on: September 23, 2019

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Written by Brenton Wight – LeanMachine, Health Researcher

General History and Prevalence of Autism

Doctors say they do not know what causes autism, and there is no cure, and have no idea why autism rates are sky-rocketing.
30 years ago, autistic children in the USA were just 1 in every 100,000.
In 2008 the rate was 1 in 88, and in 2013 the rate was 1 in 50 and getting worse.
Autism increased 5-fold in the 1990’s in both the UK and the USA, and increased by 78% between 2002 and 2008 in the USA while leveling off to some extent in the UK since 2004.
These figures come from CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) statistics, and are for the USA population.
Boys are around 5 times more likely than girls to suffer with autism, for “reasons unknown” according to doctors, but obviously the difference in testosterone/estrogen balance must be the main suspect.
If we add in the cases of ADD, ADHD, hyperactivity and other “brain impairment” conditions, the chances of having a child with some form of mental disability is 1 in 10!
If this increases at the same rate, by 2030 one in two babies born will get autism or some related mental condition!
I have to admit that decades ago, many of these children were simply diagnosed as “naughty” and were never diagnosed as autistic unless the cases were extreme.
However, many cases today are still not diagnosed, and lack of diagnosis can not account for the enormous rise in cases.
Of course, some children diagnosed as autistic are successful people with exceptional abilities that we “normal” individuals do not posses.
Others may be so badly behaved that it is difficult to live in today’s society, unable to communicate, dress themselves or function positively in modern society.
Asperger Syndrome was at first thought to be a mild form of autism, but has now been shown to be a different condition, even though there are similarities. In Asperger’s, speech and intelligence are fairly normal, while other symptoms are close to those in Autism.
SCD – Social Communication Disorder is yet another separately diagnosed condition, where  pragmatic communication is an issue (difficulties using verbal and non-verbal communication appropriately in social situations).

Diagnosis

There is no simple medical test that can give an official diagnosis of Autism.
Autism is diagnosed by the doctor looking at specific behavioral patterns.
Parents are often the first to notice something is wrong when they notice these signs:

  • Failing to make eye contact
  • Not responding to his/her name
  • Playing with toys in unusual, repetitive ways
  • No smiles or joyful expressions by 6 months of age
  • No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles, facial expressions by 9 months
  • No babbling sounds by 12 months
  • No back-and-forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching or waving by 12 months
  • No words by 16 months
  • No meaningful, two-word phrases (not including imitating or repeating) by 24 months
  • Loss of speech, babbling or social skills at any age

New technologies such as neuroimaging are starting to shed some light on the cause of these disorders.
Brains of autistic people process information in a different way, but many “normal” people are also different.

  • Visual thinkers excel at visualizing objects, but are poor at algebra
  • Pattern thinkers excel at music and maths, but may be poor at reading
  • Those with excellent verbal language skills may be poor at drawing pictures
  • Auditory thinkers have fragmented visual perception

SPECT imaging has the ability to identify toxin damage in the brain, and can be important in the diagnosis of various neurological disorders. This imaging technique indicates that many cases of depression or anxiety may be symptoms of brain dysfunction, often the result of exposure to toxins. Other factors include diets lacking nutrition and lack of exercise.

What causes Autism?

There are many possible factors that increase the risk of autism.
Gut flora is paramount for the immune system. The gastrointestinal system, often referred to as our “second brain,” contains 100 million neurons.
This is more than the spinal cord or the peripheral nervous system. The gut, brain and immune system relation is complex but each part depends on the other.
As research shows most autism patients are low in vitamin D3, have damaged gut flora, and have a compromised immune system, it follows that lack of immunity may increase the risk substantially.

Vaccinations are a factor in the development of autism.
Many cases are diagnosed after a vaccination, but there is no explanation of why some children are affected and some are not.
The riskiest vaccinations appear to be those with additives such as thimerosal (mercury), aluminium, and others, proven to be toxic to mitochondria (the powerhouse in every body cell we need for energy).
See more under the heading Vaccinations.

The Panadol, Paracetamol, Tylenol, Acetaminophin, NyQuil, Percoset, Vicodin Connection

Acetaminophen, known as Panadol or Paracetamol in Australia, and Tylenol in the USA, has been marketed for decades as “safe and effective” for pain and fever.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Other medications such as NyQuil, Percocet, and Vicodin all contain Acetominophen.
In 1978 a study was published linking aspirin to Reyes syndrome, although studies since then have found no link. Since 1978, acetaminophen (Panadol, Paracetamol) has usually been given with vaccinations to prevent fever and pain. 1978 is also when autism cases started a serious trend upward.
A Californian study shows that autism rates elevated alarmingly when acetaminophen was given to children instead of aspirin. Doctor William Shaw, Director of Great Plains Laboratories, looked at Cuban autism rates, finding that only 1 case in 50,000 had autism, compared to USA rates of 1 in 50, or 1000 times the rate in Cuba.
The vaccination rate for Cuba is 99% of all children, even more than the USA.
However, there are two important differences:

  1. In Cuba, acetaminophen is a prescription-only medication, and is never given with vaccinations. Cuban doctors rightly believe that fever is a normal side effect of vaccinations, proving that the immune system is correctly responding to the vaccination. They only give medication if fever is very high or lasts too long. An elevated temperature is the way the body helps identify, destroy and eliminate foreign substances from the body, so why prevent this from happening?
  2. In Cuba, vaccinations are manufactured within Cuba itself, and one must question the ingredients used in the USA and other countries.

This difference in autism rates by a factor of 1000 to one, allowed Dr Shaw to conclude that it was not necessarily the vaccinations, but the acetaminophen (paracetamol) causing autism in the USA and other countries like Australia that use the same products. When Dr. Shaw investigated further, he found that as acetaminophen breaks down, several toxic metabolites are produced. The enzyme called Cytochrome p450 2E1 breaks down acetaminophen into a very toxic metabolite called NAPQI, which attacks glutathione, the body’s predominant natural way of preventing almost every disease.
Glutathione is central to the immune system, and after the vaccination, the immune system is meant to build antibodies, but without Glutathione the immune system is severely compromised.
No wonder so many autistic children have a poor immune system, and more allergies and intestinal problems.

Further evidence comes from many children who were given acetominophen about 5 days before the jab, and started autistic regression even before the vaccination.
Acetaminophen reduces pain by engaging cannabinoid receptors in the brain, the same receptors affected by marijuana use, producing the analgesic effect. However, this analgesic effect comes from the breakdown of acetaminophen, and some children eliminate acetaminophen better or worse compared to others, leading to an unintentional overdose in many children, which not only clobbers the immune system, but also impairs brain development. The particular parts of the brain affected are the neural networks which process social and emotional information and the networks that modulate inhibition. Sometimes speech is also affected. All of these brain problems relate to the typical symptoms of autistic children.

The Dosage Difference

Infants are often given Tylenol liquid in doses high enough for toxic reactions and liver damage when doses are repeated over a few days.
Liver damage from acetaminophen is so common that about 9 out of every 10 patients on the liver transplant waiting list are there because of an overdose of Paracetamol / Panadol / Acetaminophen.
In the USA, the standard dose is 325mg per tablet with 10 tablets maximum in 24 hours (3250 mg daily), and the extra-strong versions are 500mg and up to 6 tablets (3000mg daily).
But in Australia, our regular Paracetamol / Panadol is 500mg and 8 tablets (4000mg daily) is fine, and the extra-strength versions such as Panadol Osteo is 665mg and 6 tablets (3990mg daily), many of our fine doctors say that 8 of these a day is OK (total dose 5320mg per day).
The USA and UK reduced dosages in 2011, but in 2013 the Australian TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) made a statement:
“The TGA has considered these changes and recommends that there should be no change to recommended paracetamol dosing regimens in Australia.”

It is easy to see why liver damage is so prevalent in Australia.
Yes, there are warnings on the packet about liver damage, but there is no “black box” warning where the warning is very clear: Black text on a white background with a black rectangle surrounding the warning. Typical warnings are in a thin font with low-contrast lettering.
If a person is suffering from severe pain, will they take notice of a daily limit warning? I think rarely, as they will usually assume there is a margin of safety, but with acetaminophen / Paracetamol there is no margin, especially in Australia where even the recommended dose for Paracetamol damages the liver and affects the brain, especially those of children.
Will the drug companies spend millions of dollars on a study to see if one of their biggest money-makers causes thousands of young and old lives to be ruined? I am not holding my breath.

Other Toxins

Microbial toxins, such as mould (from the environment or food) may also play a part.
GE (genetically engineered) food, chemicals, additives, antibiotics, sugar, inadequate nutrition and food processing methods all contribute to destruction of gut flora which is essential for immunity, brain function and development of a growing child.
Vitamin D3 deficiency has a proven link with autism. Mothers who have low vitamin D3 during pregnancy have a higher risk of having an autistic child (as well as a greater risk for Type 1 Diabetes in the child).
Vitamin D3 receptors are present in brain tissue early in the fetal development, and once activated with vitamin D3, allows normal nerve and brain development.
Vitamin D3 is also essential for the detoxification of mercury, so low vitamin D3 combined with a shot of extra mercury from a vaccination may just trigger autism.
Electromagnetic radiation from microwave ovens, cell phones, cell towers, Wi-Fi, satellites, ham radio, commercial two-way radio, emergency services radio and other sources are believed to trap mercury and other heavy metals inside nerve cells, causing toxic damage, especially when there is not enough vitamin D3.

GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome)

Children learn by using sight, sound, taste, smell, touch, etc to collect environmental information which is then processed in the brain.
In children with GAPS (a term coined by Dr. Campbell-McBride), gut toxicity clogs the brain with toxicity, preventing normal processing of sensory information.
Children born with damaged gut flora have a higher risk of vaccine damage.
This may indicate why some children develop autism after receiving one or more childhood vaccinations while others do not.
Other children at risk from vaccinations are siblings of children with autism, severe hyperactivity, obsessive compulsive disorder, mental conditions, and type 1 diabetes.
The MMR vaccine does not contain thimerosal or aluminum but the measles virus in the vaccine may contribute to chronic bowel inflammation, causing harm to the brain.
Apart from autism, GAPS may cause a range of symptoms that can be diagnosed as autism, ADHD, ADD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) or many other conditions.
GAPS can also cause digestive issues, asthma, allergies, skin problems, candida (yeast infections), autoimmune disorders, psychological or physiological issues.
Gut flora acquired during vaginal birth is dependent on the mother’s gut flora, so any pregnant woman should maintain gut health before, during and after pregnancy. Children born by Ceasarian have much poorer gut bateria than those born viganally. Sometimes Ceasarians cannot be avoided, but some women have a Ceasarian simply because they want the baby’s birthday to coincide with Grandma’s!
GAPS can be diagnosed within the first weeks of a baby’s life by analysing the stool for gut flora, then a urine test for metabolites to indicate the state of the immune system.
Dr. Campbell-McBride has a book explaining GAPS and the tests available.
Gut and Psychology Syndrome. Dr. Campbell’s website: www.GAPS.me, and blog: www.doctor-natasha.com.
There is an excellent article on the GAPS diet with some great recipes at Jen Reviews

Insecticides

In areas where annual aerial spraying of pyrethroids (larvicide that kills mosquitoes) is carried out, children have a 25 percent higher risk of autism or developmental problem, compared to children living in areas without aerial spraying.
Pregnant women exposed to pyrethroids in the third trimester are more likely to give birth to autistic children. Animal studies show damage to neurological, immune, and reproductive systems. Some pyrethroids disrupt the endocrine system by mimicking estrogen, possibly increasing risk of estrogen-sensitive cancers like breast, ovarian and prostate cancers.
Apart from aerial spraying, thousands of domestic insecticides like roach sprays, flea bombs, and dog flea or tick collars and medicated shampoos contain pyrethrins. Bifenthrin, permethrin and cypermethrin, are all pyrethroids.

Preventing Autism

Paracetamol – Never give children Paracetamol, Panadol, Acetaminophen, Tylenol, etc, especially for fever-related conditions, especially vaccine reactions.
A mild fever is the body’s way of dealing with an infection (or vaccination). One exception: If the fever is too high (over 39.4° to 40°C, or 103° to 104°F), there is a risk for seizures in young children. Most healthy children and adults can tolerate temperatures up to this level without problems.
The best way to lower a high fever to a safe level below 39.4°C (103°F) is to sit the child in a bath of cool water (not cold) and sponge the water over the body. Do drugs required, no side effects, and more effective than any drug.

Vaccinations

Research every vaccination properly, and do not be intimidated by threats of no job, no school, no child care, etc if your child remains un-vaccinated.
It is not only every parent’s right, but also their responsibility to ensure the best health outcomes for their child.
Vaccinations are technically illegal in Australia, a signatory to the Nuremberg Code, which states:

  1. Required is the voluntary, well-informed, understanding consent of the human subject in a full legal capacity. LM: Children cannot comply, as only adults have legal capacity
  2. The experiment should aim at positive results for society that cannot be procured in some other way. LM: Building immunity with vitamins and minerals means no need for vaccinations
  3. It should be based on previous knowledge (e.g., an expectation derived from animal experiments) that justifies the experiment. LM: Vaccinations have limited or no studies to prove effectiveness
  4. The experiment should be set up in a way that avoids unnecessary physical and mental suffering and injuries. LM: Vaccinations contain Mercury, Aluminium, Polysorbate 80 and other chemicals proven to damage humans
  5. It should not be conducted when there is any reason to believe that it implies a risk of death or disabling injury. LM: All vaccinations increase risk of death or injury
  6. The risks of the experiment should be in proportion to (that is, not exceed) the expected humanitarian benefits. LM: Independent Studies show that vaccinations increase risk of Alzeimer’s Disease, Allergies, Diabetes etc which can show up decades after the vaccination
  7. Preparations and facilities must be provided that adequately protect the subjects against the experiment’s risks. LM: No long-term studies exist
  8. The staff who conduct or take part in the experiment must be fully trained and scientifically qualified. LM: Generally Nurses, Lab assistants, Chemists or trainees conduct experiments and vaccinations, seldom doctors
  9. The human subjects must be free to immediately quit the experiment at any point when they feel physically or mentally unable to go on. LM: Vaccine laws are eroding the right to refuse
  10. Likewise, the medical staff must stop the experiment at any point when they observe that continuation would be dangerous. LM: The law is increasingly limiting the right to stop

Of course, ALL vaccinations are in violation of this code.
There has been no vaccination produced in decades where a double-blind, placebo-controlled study has been carried out scientifically to prove the benefit and seek possible side-effects.
Governments who legislate the refusal of a vaccination to mean no job, no unemployment benefit, no school, no child care, are in direct violation of the Nuremberg code.
Read more in my Vaccinations article.
LeanMachine does not claim that every vaccination is bad, however we should avoid multiple vaccinations at any one time, and we should ask for a data sheet listing all ingredients and possible side-effects.
If ingredients include any mercury or aluminium, we should ask for a vaccine without those ingredients.
Vaccines exist with less harmful ingredients and may cost more, but compared to a child’s death or life-long affliction – what price do we place on that?
Ask for large, double-blind, independent studies, not carried out by any drug company, proving that the product has never resulted in sickness or death. They will not be able to give you one.
Ask for a written guarantee that your child will not suffer any serious illness or death after the vaccination, and will compensate you if this happens. No one will ever sign this.
Whistleblowers in the CDC (Centre for Disease Control) admitted that the CDC knew for decades that vaccinations were causing autism, but did nothing. Most of the victims were African-American boys, and over 100,000 ended up with Autism which could have been prevented. Doctors cannot explain why African American boys were affected the most, but LeanMachine proposes that due to the darker skin colour, they have reduced Vitamin D3 levels, a well-known factor in reduced immunity and Autism risk.

Aluminium in Vaccines

Health professionals and parents alike have rallied against the addition of aluminum as an adjuvant (delivery mechanism) in vaccines for many years. The so-called “safe amount” of aluminum exposure for adult humans is 25 mcg, and just 10 mcg for infants.
In the USA, children on the recommended vaccine schedule, receive close to 5,000 mcg of Aluminium before age 2, which is nearly 500 times the safe level of aluminum for an infant.
University of British Columbia researchers published findings in 2013 showing a direct correlation between autism and pediatric vaccines containing an aluminium adjuvant. Many infants receiving vaccines have severe autoimmune and inflammatory reactions, including Autism.

The Hepatitis B Vaccine

The HepB (hepatitis B) vaccine alone, injected into babies only one day old with a still-underdeveloped immune system, gives babies about 250 mcg of aluminium, the beginning of a horrendous vaccine schedule that infants receive in the first few years of life.
This is supposed to prevent Hep B infections due to illicit drug use or sexual behavior with multiple partners. Who in their right mind would allow this in a newborn a few hours old with a still-underdeveloped immune system? The only time this may be considered is if the mother is a drug addict, and may pass a Hep-B infection to the baby. Otherwise, I know of no reason to vaccinate a one-day old baby for a disease they may only acquire from being sexually active or use illegal drugs. LeanMachine recommends that this is prevented, and your instructions must be made clear in writing before the birth, as it often happens without the mother’s knowledge or consent.
For other vaccinations, LeanMachine recommends zero vaccinations until the child is at least 4 years old. This dramatically reduces the risk of Autism to near zero. If a child reaches the age of four without signs of Autism, they are extremely unlikely to get it later.

Vitamin D3

In Australia, we have a multi-million dollar advertising campaign “Slip, Slop, Slap”.
Slipping on long sleeved clothing, Slopping on sunscreen, and Slapping on a hat. Later extended to Seek shade or shelter, Slide on some sun glasses.
This advertising campaign running for three decades, has resulted in a small reduction of less harmful skin cancers, such as Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma, which have only about 1% chance of becoming something more serious, but increased the potentially deadly melanoma form of skin cancer.

From the Slip Slop Slap advertising, one would expect that outdoor workers would be far more likely to get melanomas than office workers, but the reverse is true, obviously because office workers invariably receive too little sunlight, so too little Vitamin D3.
Many people get melanomas where there has never been sun damage, such as the soles of feet or under armpits, again disproving that the sun is the enemy.
In the same time, average Vitamin D3 levels for Australians has dropped significantly due to lack of exposure to sunlight.
School children are forced to wear hats, all playgrounds are covered, parents smother them in sunscreen at the beach or sporting events, and now our children have the lowest Vitamin D3 levels since time began.
No wonder “modern” conditions like autism, Asperger’s, ADD, ADHD, Cancers, Diabetes 1 and 2, Alzheimer’s, Heart attacks, Strokes, Obesity etc have all become epidemic diseases, where a hundred years ago they almost never existed.
Mothers should get 1000 IU daily of Vitamin D3 (not D2), and 2000 IU daily if pregnant, and 5000 IU daily for anyone over 45 unless they get significant sunlight 2 or 3 times a week, on a day with a clear blue sky.
Sunlight on a cloudy day or through a glass window is damaging, as only the harmful UVA radiation hits the skin, blocking all UVB, preventing Vitamin D3 formation.
After birth, children should also take a D3 supplement as soon as they stop drinking milk of any sort.
Note that cow’s milk does contain vitamin D3, but it is poorly absorbed in the human gut after the age of two.
Baby formula is often fortified with vitamin D, but usually an artificial D2, not D3, which does not do the same job, and blocks the real D3 from sun and food from getting in.
I would suggest that in addition to supplementation of vitamin D3, an extra dose of 1000 IU daily for 2 weeks before any vaccination may be advisable.
Increased supplementation is also advisable in winter months, especially in cooler latitudes, as healthy UVB radiation is unavailable when the sun is at low altitudes or on cloudy days.
Note also that vitamin D3 from sunlight has several stages:
7-dehydrocholesterol is made in the liver from cholesterol and migrates to the skin to be altered by UVB to become pre-vitamin D, then carried back to the liver to be mediated by 25-hydroxylase to become 25-hydroxyvitamin D, then mediated again in the kidneys by 1-alpha-hydroxylase to finally become calcitriol, or the active form of vitamin D3, known as 1,25 dihydroxyvitaminD3.
Important: If we shower every day, we “wash off” most the 7-dehydrocholesterol, preventing any pre-vitamin D from forming in the first place.
In addition, as we age, we lose the ability to synthesise Vitamin D3 from sunlight, and those on statin medications such as Lipitor, Zocor, Simvastatin etc (half the aged population) cannot make 7-dehydrocholesterol in the liver, so no Vitamin D3 results.
Also as we age, we generate less stomach acid, losing the ability to take in B12, folate, vitamin K2 and other nutrients that Vitamin D3 requires to do it’s job.
Those who dress fully covered for cultural reasons or those with dark skin always need more Vitamin D3.
Annual blood tests for Vitamin D3 are advisable. For adults, toxic levels for Vitamin D3 are not seen unless we take in some 40,000 IU daily for some months.
Supplement values vary, and the RDA (recommended Daily Allowance) of 60 IU was alarmingly too low, and changed to 400 IU, originally determined as the minimum amount to prevent rickets, but research on immunity was not carried out.
Conservative studies determine that infants less than one year old need 400 IU daily, 1 year to adolescents need 400-600 IU daily, adults need 400-600 IU daily, and adults aged over 70 years need 400-800 IU daily.
I recommend everyone past adolescents take 1000 IU daily, over 35 take 2000 IU, over 50 take 5000 IU, over 70 take 8000 IU daily.
Small doses are fine for strong bones, but for a strong immune system to ward off all disease, high doses are a must.
LeanMachine has taken 5000 IU daily for 10 years, and gets plenty of sun where possible, and has zero colds, flu or any other illness, not even a headache in 10 years, and allergies disappeared! Recently LeanMachine has been taking 10,000IU of Vitamin D3 three days a week, as this is less expensive, and being fat-soluble, is stored in the body for much longer than the water-soluble vitamins.
More info on Vitamin D3 and sunlight here.

Treating Autism

We must understand how autistic children process information, to better design education and activities to improve outcomes.
Children with autism invariably have low vitamin D, and this was thought to be because they spent more time indoors, which obviously could be part of the problem.
However, studies show time after time that vitamin D is essential for balance, coordination and muscle control, which are all old-age symptoms, but often appearing in afflicted children.
All items below may help:

    • Avoid the following:

      • Avoid antibiotics
      • Avoid genetically modified food, invariably contaminated with weedkiller (Glyphosate or Roundup)
      • Avoid foods high in sugar, especially fructose
      • Avoid grains containing gluten – cereals, bread, cakes, cookies, pretzels, anything made from wheat flour
      • Avoid pasta, white potatoes and other high-carbohydrate, high GI foods
      • Avoid pasteurised milk, whey, cream, yoghurt, ice cream and any additive containing casein.
      • Avoid mouldy environments and throw out any mouldy food
      • Avoid tap water or treat water with Reverse Osmosis to reduce fluoride, chlorine and heavy metals
      • Avoid pesticides, herbicides, mercury, aluminium and fluoride
      • Avoid heavy metals, aluminium, preservatives, MSG, artificial colouring, flavourings, in food, soap, shampoo, anything going into or on the body
      • Reduce exposure to electromagnetic radiation from wi-fi, mobile phones, electrical wiring, etc
      • Reduce emotional stress (difficult to do) as a violent reaction to violent behaviour trains the child to repeat that behaviour

Vitamin D3 and Cholesterol During Pregnancy

Vitamin D3 and cholesterol during pregnancy can help protect children from autism.
Cholesterol is a building block for the brain, and vitamin D3 is essential for development of the brain and the Central Nervous System.
If mothers have low vitamin D3, they cannot pass enough vitamin D3 through the placenta for correct foetal development.
Autistic and Asperger’s children have been found to have low cholesterol levels as well as low vitamin D3 levels.
Pregnant women need vitamin D3 levels above 50 ng/ml or 125 mmol/L for development of the brain and central nervous system in the foetus, which can help prevent autism.

Summary

Prevention is always better than treatment for any condition.
There is no magic bullet to cure autism, but science has been too busy looking for such a cure, science has ignored the main preventions:
Gut Health, vitamin D3, toxic environments.
These recommendations are all good for children and adults alike to maintain physical and mental health right through to very old age.

Diet for Autism

See this article and others at www.greenmadinfo.com
Children with autistic spectrum disorders require special dietary management due to their lower plasma concentration of magnesium

LeanMachine Supplements

Disclaimer

LeanMachine is not a doctor, and everyone should consult with their own health professional before taking any product to ensure there is no conflict with existing prescription medication.
LeanMachine has been studying nutrition and health since 2011 and has completed many relevant studies including:
Open2Study, Australia – Food, Nutrition and Your Health
RMIT University, Australia – Foundations of Psychology
Swinburne University of Technology, Australia – Chemistry – Building Blocks of the World
University of Washington, USA – Energy, Diet and Weight
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA – Health Issues for Aging Populations
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA – International Nutrition
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA – Methods in Biostatistics I
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA – Methods in Biostatistics II
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA – Principles of Human Nutrition
TUFTS University, USA – Nutrition and Medicine
TUFTS University, USA – Lipids/Cardiovascular Disease I and Lipids/Cardiovascular Disease II
Technical Learning College, USA – Western Herbology, Identification, Formulas
Bath University, England – Inside Cancer
WebMD Education – The Link Between Stroke and Atrial Fibrillation
WebMD Education – High Potassium: Causes and Reasons to Treat
Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands – Anatomy of the Abdomen and Pelvis
MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) – A Clinical Approach to the Human Brain

LeanMachine has now examined thousands of studies, journals and reports related to health and nutrition and this research is ongoing.

Updated 24th September 2019, Copyright © 1999-2019 Brenton Wight and BJ & HJ Wight trading as Lean Machine abn 55293601285

Posted by: | Posted on: August 27, 2019

Cracking the Cholesterol Myth: How Statins Harm The Body and Mind

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Cracking the Cholesterol Myth: How Statins Harm The Body and Mind

The chemical war against cholesterol using statin drugs has been wrongly justified through statistical deception and the ongoing cover up of over 300 adverse health effects documented in the biomedical literature.

Better safe than sorry, right? This is the logic that defines the grasp that the pharmaceutical company has on our psyche. Perhaps your mother, father, brother, and boyfriend have been recommended cholesterol-lowering medication, just to help hedge their bets around a possible chest-clutching demise. In fact, recent guidelines have expanded the pool of potential statin medication recipients, so that there are very few of us who seem to be walking around with acceptable levels of artery clogging sludge.

But how is it that drug companies got a foothold? How have they convinced doctors that their patients need these medications, and need them now? They are banking (literally) on the fact that you haven’t brushed up on statistics in a while.

It turns out that a common sleight of hand in the medical literature is the popularization of claims around “relative risk reduction” which can make an effect appear meaningful, when the “absolute risk reduction” reveals its insignificance.  In this way, 100 people are treated with statin medications to offer 1 person benefit, and the change from a 2% to a 1% heart attack rate is billed a 50% reduction rather than a 1% improvement, which is what it actually is.

Perhaps this would still qualify as better safe than sorry if these medications weren’t some of the most toxic chemicals willfully ingested, with at least 300 adverse health effects evident in the published literature so far, with at least 28 distinct modes of toxicity, including:

Beyond the known fact that statin drugs deplete the body of two essential nutrients: coenzyme Q10 and selenium, they are also highly myotoxic and neurotoxic. Because the heart is one of the most nerve-saturated muscles in the human body, these two modes of toxicity combined represent a ‘perfect storm’ of cardiotoxicity – a highly ironic fact considering statin drugs are promoted as having ‘life-saving’ cardioprotective properties.

powerful expert review by Diamond and Ravnskov decimates any plausible indication for these cholesterol-lowering agents, giving full consideration to the above mentioned side effects.

They plainly state:

“Overall, our goal in this review is to explain how the war on cholesterol has been fought by advocates that have used statistical deception to create the appearance that statins are wonder drugs, when the reality is that their trivial benefit is more than offset by their adverse effects.”

The Cholesterol Meme

It’s tempting to look the number one killer of Americans in the eye, and say, “WHO did this? Who is responsible?” It is also consistent with American perceptions of health and wellness to demonize a natural and vital part of our physiology rather than look at lifestyle factors including government subsidies of inflammatory food products.

Not only is low cholesterol a problem, but it puts an individual at risk for viral infection, cancer, and mental illness because of the vital role that lipids play in cell membrane integrity, hormone production, and immunity.

A broadly toxic xenobiotic chemical, statin medications have only been demonstrated to be of slight benefit by statistical manipulation. For example, Diamond and Raynskov elucidate that:

  • The JUPITER trial of Crestor vs placebo resulted in increased fatal heart attacks in the treatment group which were obscured by combing fatal and nonfatal infarctions.
  • In the ASCOT trial was used to generate PR copy boasting Lipitor’s 36% reduction of heart attack risk, a figure arrived at through use of relative risk reduction from 3 to 2%.
  • The HPS study has 26% drop out rate prior to the beginning of the trial (which also demonstrated a 1% improvement with treatment), so that those with significant side effects were functionally excluded from the study.

While no study has ever shown any association between the degree of cholesterol lowering and beneficial outcomes described in terms of absolute risk reduction (likely because they would be perceived as insignificant), the adverse effects are not only always presented in these terms, but are also minimized through the technique of splitting common side effects up into multiple different categories to minimize the apparent incidence.

These side effects are real and common and include “increased rates of cancer, cataracts, diabetes, cognitive impairment and musculoskeletal disorders”.  Their paper focuses on three primary adverse effects, all of which  are likely to land you in the “sorry to have thought I would be better safe than sorry” category.

Cancer

In at least four trials, statistically significant increases in cancer incidence was found, and handily dismissed by all authors as insignificant because they claimed “no known potential biological basis” is known.  This may be because the authors are still thinking of cancer as a genetic time bomb that has nothing to do with mitochondrial dysfunction, loss of lipid integrity, or environmental exposures.

With statistically significant increases in cancer incidence and deaths, in some trials, the minimal cardiovascular benefit is far eclipsed by the cancer mortality. In one of the only long-term trials, there was a doubling of the incidence of ductal and lobular breast cancer in women taking statins for more than ten years. One of many reasons that women should never be treated with these medications.

Myopathy

As one of the more well-known side effects of statins, muscle breakdown and associated pain, or myopathy has also been obscured in the literature.  Despite an incidence up to 40% in the first months of treatment, researchers only catalogue patients who had muscular symptoms in addition to elevations in a blood measure called creatine kinase (CK) at ten times normal for two measures (not 9.9, not 8, and not one measure).

In fact, a 2006 study in the Journal of Pathology found that statin therapy induces ultrastructural damage in skeletal muscle in patients without myalgia,” indicating that statin-associated muscle damage may be a universal, albeit mostly subclinical problem for the millions put on them.

Central Nervous System Dysfunction

Linked to suicide in men, depression including postpartum, and cognitive dysfunction, low cholesterol is not a desirable goal for the average psychiatric patient, aka half of the American population.

It turns out that 25% of the total amount of cholesterol found in the human body is localized in the brain, most of it in the myelin sheath that coats and insulates the nerves:

 “It has been estimated that up to 70% of the brain cholesterol is associated with myelin. Because up to half of the white matter may be composed of myelin, it is unsurprising that the brain is the most cholesterol-rich organ in the body. The concentration of cholesterol in the brain, and particularly in myelin, is consistent with an essential function related to its membrane properties. “[i]

The cell membrane, specifically, is highly vulnerable to damage by statins:

“The cell membrane is an 8 nanometer thick magical pearly gate where information, nutrients, and cellular messengers are trafficked through protein gates supported of phospholipids and their polyunsaturated fatty acids. Cholesterol and saturated fat provide essential rigidity in balance with other membrane components. Without them, the membrane becomes a porous, dysfunctional swinging gate. In a self-preservational effort, cholesterol supports production of bile acids, integral to the breakdown and absorption of consumed essential dietary fats.” Source

By extension, behavioral and cognitive adverse effects may be the manifestation of this fat-based interference.  Diamond and Ravnskov state:

“A low serum cholesterol level has also been found to serve as a biological marker of major depression and suicidal behavior, whereas high cholesterol is protective [54–57]. In a study by Davison and Kaplan [58], the incidence of suicidal ideation among adults with mood disorders was more than 2.5-times greater in those taking statins. Moreover, several studies have shown that low cholesterol is associated with lower cognition and Alzheimer’s disease and that high cholesterol is protective.”

review article called Neuropsychiatric Adverse Events Associated with Statins: Epidemiology, Pathophysiology, Prevention and Management discusses the state of the literature around the intersection between mental health and cholesterol control. Despite generally dismissing a strong signal for concerning psychiatric adverse events, the article seems to conclude the following:

  • Severe irritability, homicidal impulses, threats, road rage, depression and violence, paranoia, alienation, and antisocial behavior; cognitive and memory impairments; sleep disturbance; and sexual dysfunction have all been reported in case series and national registries of those taking statin medications.  Sound like the laundry list of rapidly spoken side effects at the end of a drug commercial? To anyone with a history of or current psychiatric symptoms, the role of these now ubiquitous medications should be appreciated.
  • The signal for lipophilic statins – simvastatin and atorvastatin – was stronger which makes mechanistic sense since these medications penetrate the brain and brain cholesterol deficiency has been implicated in bipolar, major depression, and schizophrenia.

Of course, none of these findings nor their suppression should be surprising because there is no pharmaceutical free lunch, and because Americans are so accustomed to interfacing with human health through the lens of a one pill-one ill model. We are yanking on that spider web and expecting only one thread to pull out.  This perspective would be less disturbing if it didn’t serve as the foundation for medical practice, determined by boards such as the American College of Cardiology and The American Heart Association , the majority of whom have extensive ties to the pharmaceutical industry. An industry that has paid out 19.2 billion dollars for civil and criminal charges in the last 5 years alone.

So, the next time you hear of a doctor recommending a cholesterol-lowering intervention, tell him you’ll take that 1% risk and spare yourself cancer, cognitive dysfunction, myopathy, and diabetes. And then go have a 3 egg omelette WITH the yolks.

Originally published: 2015-02-27

Article updated: 2019-08-26

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of GreenMedInfo or its staff.
Posted by: | Posted on: August 24, 2019

Why you’re addicted to your cellphone

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola  Fact Checked – August 24, 2019
Reproduced from original article:
https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2019/08/24/addicted-to-cellphones.aspx

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • The featured CBC Marketplace program, “Why You’re Addicted to Your Smartphone,” goes behind the scenes, talking to tech insiders about how cellphone addiction is manufactured, and the effects thereof
  • Internet addiction — the inability to unplug — has been shown to take a toll on cognition and focus, as it’s a constant source of distraction
  • The “Moment” app tracks the amount of time you spend on any given app, allowing you to see just how much of your life you’re frittering away
  • Silicon Valley companies use artificial intelligence and neuroscience to create more engaging and persuasive apps, maximizing the addictive potential of your smartphone
  • Commonly used habit-forming tools include pleasure hooks, variable awards, “the infinite scroll” and loss aversion techniques

This article will focus on the social addiction issue of cellphone use and does nothing to address the electromagnetic field (EMF) exposures, which I cover carefully in my next book “EMF’d,” slated for publication in early 2020.

As a lover of technology, it pains me to see what technological advancements are doing to the psychological health of so many, especially our youth. Children today cannot even fathom a life pre-internet — a life where school work involved library visits and phone calls required you to stay in one spot (since the telephone was attached to the wall).

Children and parents alike now spend an inordinate amount of time on their smartphones, communicating with friends (and possibly strangers) via text, on Twitter and Facebook, and work to keep up their Snapstreaks on Snapchat.

Even many toddlers are proficient in navigating their way around a wireless tablet these days. Smartphones have changed the way people interact socially, especially teens, and this has significant ramifications for their psychological health.

This is a topic covered in-depth in Jean Twenge’s book “iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy — and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood — and What That Means for the Rest of Us.”1

A majority of teens’ social life is carried out in the solitude of their bedroom via their smartphones, Twenge points out in a 2017 article2 adaptation of her book, published in The Atlantic, and this lack of face-to-face interaction has a steep psychological price: loneliness. Internet addiction — the inability to unplug — has also been shown to take a toll on cognition and focus, as it’s a constant source of distraction.

Your cellphone — A necessity or a convenience?

The featured CBC Marketplace program, “Why You’re Addicted to Your Smartphone,”3 goes behind the scenes, talking to tech insiders about how cellphone addiction is manufactured, and the effects thereof.

According to Marketplace, people use their cellphones for an average of three hours a day, and as shown in the footage, many are in the habit of perusing their cellphones while walking — completely oblivious to their surroundings.

Over their lifetime, teens will spend “nearly a decade of their life staring at a smartphone,” CBC reporter Virginia Smart writes in an accompanying article.4 If you frequently feel you don’t have enough time in the day to get more productive things done, perhaps your cellphone usage is part of the problem, siphoning off valuable time from each day.

Still, most agree their phone has become a “necessity” rather than a convenience. Forgetting their phone at home, or losing it, is frequently described as a disaster.

“My entire life is on my phone,” one man says.5 “I don’t know where I’d be [without it].” Just how did we get to this point? “It’s part of a plan you didn’t even know you signed up for,” CBC correspondent David Common says.

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Variable rewards and other mind tricks

To investigate real-world usage, CBC Marketplace enlists an Ontario family of five in an experiment: An app on their phone will track each family member’s usage over a two-month period. The app, called “Moment,”6 tracks the amount of time you spend on any given app, allowing you to see just how much of your life you’re frittering away.

Tracking the usage of all users, everywhere, is also being done by Silicon Valley companies in an effort to figure out how to make us use their apps even more. One of them is Dopamine Labs, founded by Ramsay Brown, which uses “artificial intelligence and neuroscience to track your usage, loyalty and revenue.”7

As explained by Brown, they use AI and the science of the mind to “make apps more engaging and persuasive.” In other words, they use science to maximize the addictive potential of your smartphone.

The secret is rather simple. Apps that trigger pleasure become addictive. As noted by CBC Marketplace, it’s rather telling that the two leading creators of the smartphone revolution, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, both admitted limiting their children’s use of their revolutionary devices — probably because they knew something the rest of us didn’t.

We’re not really designing software anymore,” Brown says. “We’re designing minds.” Just how is this done? Some of the most commonly used habit-forming tools include:8

Pleasure hooks — This could be a notification of “Congrats!” or “Good job!” or a high-five icon after you’ve completed an action, for example. On social media platforms, getting “Likes” accomplishes the same thing. The ability to collect followers is yet another hook.

Variable rewards — As explained by Marketplace, a key method used to trick your mind into addictive behavior is known as “variable rewards.” In a nutshell, it means you’re never sure what you’re going to get. How many “Likes” will your post garner? How many followers or points can you get? How long can you maintain a streak?

As with other types of gambling, this uncertainty coupled with the prospect of a pleasure reward is what feeds the compulsion to keep going.

The infinite scroll — Another “hook” perfected by social media is that never-ending stream of content and commentary that can keep you going indefinitely.

Loss aversion — While starting out as a pleasurable activity, at a certain point, your continued usage morphs into a prison of your own making — you “can’t” stop using the app, or you’ll experience let-down and disappointment. Snapchat’s snapstreak is a perfect example of how apps cash in on loss aversion.

“Brain hacking” techniques such as these have led to 6% of the global population now struggling with internet addiction, according to a 2014 study,9 rivaling that of illicit drug use.10

The problems with overuse and abuse of cellphones lead to sleep disturbances, anxiety, stress and depression,11 as well as an increased exposure to electromagnetic field radiation, which also places your health12,13 and mental14 well-being at risk.

Internet addiction is on the rise

Marketplace interviews Lisa Pont, a social worker at the Canadian Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, where people are now coming into the program because their smartphone usage has become a problem.

“Research is starting to show that technology has an impact on memory, concentration, mood, [causing] anxiety and depression; it has an impact on sleep, it has an impact on overall well-being,” Pont says.

Children, Pont stresses, are particularly vulnerable due to their innate lack of self-control, and really need parental guidance and limits on their device usage. “It’s too tempting at that age to mitigate their own use,” Pont says, pointing out that children’s brains are not fully developed, hence they lack impulse control and the ability to foresee the consequences of their behavior.

Cellphone use and depression

As noted by Twenge in her article15 “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?” rates of teen depression and suicide have dramatically risen since 2011, and data suggest spending three hours or more each day on electronic devices can raise a teen’s suicide risk by as much as 35%.16

Spending 10 or more hours on social media each week is also associated with a 56% higher risk of feeling unhappy, compared to those who use social media less, and heavy social media users have a 27% higher risk of depression.17

“It’s not an exaggeration to describe iGen as being on the brink of the worst mental-health crisis in decades,” Twenge writes,18 adding that “Much of this deterioration can be traced to their phones …

There is compelling evidence that the devices we’ve placed in young people’s hands are having profound effects on their lives — and making them seriously unhappy.”

How much time are you spending on your phone?

After tracking Jackson, age 8, for two months, his average daily screen time came out to five hours and 32 minutes, but on some days, he spends nearly 11 hours on his tablet — basically the whole entire day. At his current pace, his projected lifetime screen time amounts to a whopping 15 years.

His mother admits being worries about her young son’s screen time, especially as she’s noticed he typically prefers spending time on his tablet over all other social interactions and activities. Meanwhile, the family’s 16-year old, Emily, trades her sleep for social media. She admits getting caught up in the infinite scroll; before she knows it, hours may have passed.

As noted by in Twenge’s Atlantic article,19 sleep deprivation among teenagers rose by 57% between 1991 and 2015. Many do not even get seven hours of sleep on a regular basis, while science reveals they need a minimum of eight and as much as 10 hours to maintain their health. Twenge writes about the habits of the teens she interviewed:

“Their phone was the last thing they saw before they went to sleep and the first thing they saw when they woke up … Some used the language of addiction.

‘I know I shouldn’t, but I just can’t help it,’ one said about looking at her phone while in bed. Others saw their phone as an extension of their body — or even like a lover: ‘Having my phone closer to me while I’m sleeping is a comfort.’”

Emily is no different, admitting that checking her phone is part of her morning and evening routines. It’s the first thing she does upon waking, and the last thing she does before bed. For Emily, a large part of her day revolves around Snapchat. She uses the app continuously to keep in touch with her friends — even when they’re sitting right next to her.

As mentioned, Snapchat uses a technique known as “loss aversion” to keep their users using. Emily has a Snapchat streak that has been going for nearly two years, and now she feels compelled to not break it, which is what loss aversion is all about.

On many days, Emily’s phone stays in use for nearly 7.5 hours. The Moment app clocked her picking up her phone up to 100 times a day during the monitoring period. On average, she spends 30% of her waking hours on her phone. Her parents are not far behind, each averaging about 21%.

Symptoms of internet addiction

Symptoms of internet or cellphone addiction are similar to other types of addiction, but are more socially acceptable. As noted in one study, internet addiction (IA) is:20

“[G]enerally regarded as a disorder of concern because the neural abnormalities (e.g., atrophies in dorsolateral prefrontal cortex) and cognitive dysfunctions (e.g., impaired working memory) associated with IA mimic those related to substance and behavioral addiction. Moreover, IA is often comorbid with mental disorders, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and depression.”

According to Psycom.net, conditions that can increase your risk of internet addiction or compulsion include anxiety, depression, other addictions and social isolation or awkwardness.21 Common emotional symptoms of internet addiction include:22

Boredom with routine tasks Dishonesty and defensiveness Feelings of guilt, fear or anxiety; mood swings
Experiencing euphoria while online Procrastination; inability to prioritize tasks or keep schedules Avoidance of work

Physical symptoms of internet addiction disorder can include:23

Backache, headache, neck pain Carpal tunnel syndrome Dry eyes and other vision problems
Insomnia Poor nutrition; weight gain or weight loss Poor personal hygiene

Notifications take a significant toll on your cognition

If you’re like most, you probably have an array of notifications set on your phone. According to Marketplace, these notifications concern experts, who warn the constant pinging, beeping and buzzing actually has significant consequences for your cognition.

Marketplace correspondent Commons visits Western University, where a lot of cognition research is being conducted. He participates in a test to evaluate his ability to focus, and to see how distractions from his phone affects his attention and cognition.

First, Commons performs the attention test without his phone. For the next round of testing, his phone is left on, nearby. And, while he can’t see it, he can hear it — incoming phone calls, texts and the pinging of incoming social media notifications.

For the third part of the test, Commons has to recall numbers being texted to him. “It reflects how we normally interact with our phones,” the researcher explains. You might text details to a coworker, for example, or your spouse might ask you to buy milk on the way home.

Commons admits the distractions caused by his phone significantly interfere with his ability to concentrate on the task at hand. Even vibration without sound causes problems. Just how big of a problem? Commons’ verbal comprehension declined by nearly 20% when phone distractions were allowed.

One simple step that can eliminate many of these distractions is to simply turn off all notifications. Still, simply having your phone nearby can be enough to take your mind off what you’re doing.

A study24,25 using a group of more than 50 college students found that performance in complex tasks was worse when the participant could see a cellphone present, whether it was the study leader’s phone or their own, as compared to the performance of tasks when no cellphone was visible.

As noted by Brown, smartphones are here to stay, and app developers are getting increasingly sophisticated at capturing your attention. Smartphone users therefore need to become savvier, and learn to make conscious choices about how they use their devices.

The question is, “Who do we want to be?” Brown says. Modern technology really requires you to shape yourself (or be shaped by software developers), and to use your devices in a way that helps you rather than hinders you from living your best life.

Posted by: | Posted on: July 25, 2019

Children used as poison detection devices

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked July 17, 2019
environmental toxic exposures children

Story at-a-glance

  • Children are being used as guinea pigs and virtual poison detection devices. Oftentimes, it’s only after decades of toxic exposure that effects become apparent, at which point countless children have already paid the price with their health
  • Research has shown elevated fluoride exposure from drinking fluoridated water can contribute to a seven-point drop in a child’s IQ score, on average, and that’s just one of the thousands of chemicals children are exposed to on any given day
  • The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates as many as 24 million U.S. residences built before 1978 still contain lead, a potent neurotoxin known to cause cognitive and behavioral deficits
  • Our food supply has become a notorious source for toxic exposures, ranging from herbicides and pesticides to antibiotics and food additives of questionable safety
  • Other common sources of toxic exposures include cosmetics and personal care products, furniture and other household items treated with flame-retardant chemicals, nonorganic clothing, toys, car seats, household cleaning products, sunscreen and nonorganic diapers and tampons

Children experience greater exposure to chemicals pound-for-pound than adults and have an immature and porous blood-brain barrier, which allows greater chemical exposures to reach their developing brain. As a result, early exposures can have devastating, lifelong ramifications.

For example, as noted in the scientific review,1 “Neurobehavioral Effects of Developmental Toxicity,” published in the March 2014 issue of The Lancet, elevated fluoride exposure from drinking fluoridated water can contribute to a seven-point drop in a child’s IQ score,2 on average, and that’s just one of the thousands of chemicals children are exposed to on any given day.

As reported by c&en in 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lists more than 85,000 chemicals found in the marketplace,3 and the list keeps getting longer. Of those, a mere 1% have been tested for safety.4

The Lancet paper identified 11 industrial chemicals known to disrupt brain development and cause brain damage, neurological abnormalities, reduced IQ and aggressiveness in children and, according to the authors:5

“We postulate that even more neurotoxicants remain undiscovered. To control the pandemic of developmental neurotoxicity, we propose a global prevention strategy.

Untested chemicals should not be presumed to be safe to brain development, and chemicals in existing use and all new chemicals must therefore be tested for developmental neurotoxicity. To coordinate these efforts and to accelerate translation of science into prevention, we propose the urgent formation of a new international clearinghouse.”

Despite legislation, EPA weakens stance on toxic chemicals

Alas, to this day, a truly comprehensive global prevention strategy to protect children from toxic chemicals has yet to be implemented. Ditto for efforts to increase protections within the U.S. In 2010, then-U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg announced he would introduce a safer chemicals bill to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).6 As reported by Safer Chemicals at the time:7

“In opening remarks, Senator Frank Lautenberg said ‘the American public is a living breathing repository for chemical substances,’ and that as a result of inadequate testing of toxic chemicals, children have become test subjects.

‘Our children should not be used as guinea pigs,’ said Senator Lautenberg … Senator Lautenberg said his new bill would give the EPA the tools it needs to protect the public from unsafe chemicals by requiring testing of all chemicals in commerce and collecting data about harm to human health before chemicals can be added to consumer products.”

The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act8 was signed into law June 22, 2016,9 thereby amending the TSCA. It requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to perform risk-based chemical assessments and “evaluate existing chemicals with clear and enforceable deadlines.”

EPA is not protecting you and your family

Alas, by the time 2018 rolled around, it became clear the updated TSCA had accomplished nothing. As reported in an Environmental Defense Fund blog post, dated February 5, 2018:10

Last August, Scott Pruitt announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would reverse course in its conduct of risk reviews of new chemicals under the reforms made in 2016 to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) by the Lautenberg Act. 

The changes will effectively return the program to its pre-Lautenberg state — under which few chemicals were subject to any conditions and even fewer to any testing requirements — or make it even weaker.”

The blog describes some of the political wranglings that led the EPA to reverse course under the influence of the American Chemistry Council. A December 19, 2017, article in The New York Times also reported on the rollback, stating:11

“The Environmental Protection Agency will indefinitely postpone bans on certain uses of three toxic chemicals found in consumer products, according to an update of the Trump administration’s regulatory plans.

Critics said the reversal demonstrated the agency’s increasing reluctance to use enforcement powers granted to it last year by Congress under the Toxic Substances Control Act.

E.P.A. Administrator Scott Pruitt is ‘blatantly ignoring Congress’s clear directive to the agency to better protect the health and safety of millions of Americans by more effectively regulating some of the most dangerous chemicals known to man,’ said Senator Tom Carper, Democrat of Delaware and the ranking minority member on the Senate Environment and Public Works committee.”

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Neurotoxicity remains overlooked

Unfortunately, neurotoxicity tends to be largely overlooked because the effects are not as readily and visibly demonstrable as birth defects, for example. As noted in The Lancet paper:12

“David P Rall, former Director of the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, once noted that ‘if thalidomide had caused a ten-point loss of intelligence quotient (IQ) instead of obvious birth defects of the limbs, it would probably still be on the market.’

Many industrial chemicals marketed at present probably cause IQ deficits of far fewer than ten points and have therefore eluded detection so far, but their combined effects could have enormous consequences.”

To put it bluntly, children are being used as guinea pigs and virtual poison detection devices. Oftentimes, it’s only after decades of exposure that the effects become apparent, at which point countless children have already paid the price with their health.

While some sources of toxic exposure may be readily apparent, a vast majority is not. Most parents don’t consider the possibility of children’s toys, nursing pillows or car seats being a source of continuous toxic exposure, for example. Just how pervasive are the toxic exposures to our children? Read on to find out.

Lead exposure still rampant

Most recently, a June 26, 2019, article13 in The Guardian reports that “hundreds of thousands of children in the U.S. remain at risk of exposure to lead, which causes cognitive and behavioral deficits.” Of the 31 states that have reported statistics on the percentage of children with elevated lead levels, Louisiana and Kentucky are among the worst.14

As noted in this article, many older homes still contain lead-based paint. Anna Almendrala tells the story of a young mother whose 2-year-old son developed the habit of gumming the window sills.

Initial blood testing revealed her son, who was already diagnosed with autism, had a lead level of 24 micrograms per one-tenth liter of blood, “almost five times higher than the reference point the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) uses to recommend a lead intervention,” Almendrala writes.15

Further testing revealed his blood level was 49 mcg, nearly 10 times higher than the recommended intervention threshold. Lead abatement inside the home revealed “lead hotspots on the door frames, window sills, and in her son’s bedroom closet.”

This story may sound like an anomaly, as lead-based paint was banned for use in housing in 1978.16 However, there are many older homes, and few families ever consider it might contain toxic remnants from years past.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates as many as 24 million U.S. residences built before 1978 still contain lead hazards, and in June 2019 announced $330 million in grants will be distributed to clean up lead and other safety hazards in low-income housing communities.17 Almendrala writes:18

“When it comes to lead exposure in America, we still don’t have a clear picture of how many children are being exposed to the neurotoxin and where they are.

This leaves hundreds of thousands of children vulnerable to the dangers of lead, and compounds inequality in the form of cognitive and behavioral deficits that can hamper communities for generations. Experts say that it’s possible to eradicate lead from American infrastructure, but that we don’t prioritize it.

‘We are currently doing things backwards [by] using children’s blood as detectors of environmental contamination,’ said Dr Mona Hanna-Attisha, the pediatrician who famously uncovered elevated levels of lead in her pediatric patients and linked it to a new water source in Flint, Michigan. ‘The screening that needs to happen is in the environment before children are ever exposed.’”

Nonorganic food supplies daily dose of poison

Our food supply has also become a notorious source for toxic exposures, ranging from herbicides and pesticides to antibiotics and food additives of questionable safety (having never undergone safety testing). For a list of some of the most common food additives to avoid, see “What Chemical Cocktail Is in Your Food?

Tests have indeed confirmed that those who eat nonorganic foods as a general rule have far higher levels of toxins in their system.19 In 2015, Joseph E. Pizzorno, founding president of Bastyr University, told The Sydney Morning Herald that toxins appear to be a primary culprit in most chronic diseases, and that “Pesticides used on the food people eat are a better predictor of Type 2 diabetes than any other factor we have today.”20

David Bellinger, a professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School, has expressed similar concerns. According to his estimates, published in 2012, based on a population of 25.5 million American children, 16,899,488 IQ points have been lost due to exposure to organophosphate pesticides. Another 22,947,450 IQ points have been lost to lead exposure, and an additional 284,580 IQ points have been lost from methylmercury exposure.21,22

Of these, pesticides and methylmercury are both found in our diet (fish and seafood being the primary route of exposure for mercury23), while drinking water is an increasingly common source of lead.

In 2015, a report24 by the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics25 warned that mounting chemical exposures now represent a major threat to human health and reproduction, stating that “prenatal exposure to chemicals and poor health outcomes are increasingly evident.”

The CHAMACOS Study26,27 is among those showing that very small amounts of pesticides may be harmful, in this case to children’s brains. It followed hundreds of pregnant women living in Salinas Valley, California, an agricultural mecca that has had up to a half-million pounds of organophosphates sprayed in the region per year.

The children were followed through age 12 to assess the impact the pesticides had on their development. It turns out the impact was quite dramatic. Mothers’ exposure to organophosphates during pregnancy was associated with:28

  • Shorter duration of pregnancy
  • Poorer neonatal reflexes
  • Lower IQ and poorer cognitive functioning in children
  • Increased risk of attention problems in children

Brenda Eskenazi, chief investigator of the CHAMACOS study, also noted that the effects of combined chemical exposures need further attention, as we still know very little about the synergistic effects of different chemicals.29

Endocrine disrupting chemicals are everywhere

In 2015, an Endocrine Society task force also issued its second scientific statement30 on endocrine-disrupting chemicals, noting that the health effects of hormone-disrupting chemicals are such that everyone needs to take proactive steps to avoid them. The statement also calls for improved safety testing to determine which chemicals may cause problems.

As far back as 2002, a paper31 in Environmental Science & Technology warned that endocrine disrupting 4-nonylphenols (NPs) “are ubiquitous in food,” but that’s certainly not the only source. As noted by the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences:32

“A wide range of substances, both natural and man-made, are thought to cause endocrine disruption, including pharmaceuticals, dioxin and dioxin-like compounds, polychlorinated biphenyls, DDT and other pesticides, and plasticizers such as bisphenol A. Endocrine disruptors may be found in many everyday products — including plastic bottles, metal food cans, detergents, flame retardants, food, toys, cosmetics, and pesticides.” 

One class of endocrine disrupting chemicals, per- and poly- fluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS),33 commonly used in a wide variety of products, including nonstick food wrappers and containers, are also pervasive in the U.S. food supply, and at levels far exceeding the advisory limit for PFOA and PFAS in drinking water (there are currently no limits in food).

The testing, conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, was performed in 2017 as part of its Total Diet Study34 and presented35 at the 2019 meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. PBS reported the findings, noting:36

“The levels in nearly half of the meat and fish tested were double or more the only currently existing federal advisory level for any kind of … PFAS. The level in the chocolate cake was higher: more than 250 times the only federal guidelines, which are for some PFAS in drinking water …

PFOS, an older form of PFAS no longer made in the U.S., turned up at levels ranging from 134 parts per trillion to 865 parts per trillion in tilapia, chicken, turkey, beef, cod, salmon, shrimp, lamb, catfish and hot dogs. Prepared chocolate cake tested at 17,640 parts per trillion of a kind of PFAS called PFPeA.

The FDA presentation also included what appeared to be previously unreported findings of PFAS levels — one spiking over 1,000 parts per trillion — in leafy green vegetables grown within 10 miles (16 kilometers) of an unspecified eastern U.S. PFAS plant and sold at a farmer’s market.”

Other common sources of daily toxic exposures

In truth, to create a comprehensive list of common toxic exposures, let alone a listing of all potential ones, would require far more space than can be afforded here. That said, here’s a sampling of toxic exposure routes you may not have thought of before.

To protect yourself and your family — especially your little ones — consider addressing some of these exposures; replacing them with nontoxic alternatives. You can read more by following the hyperlinks to previous articles, where I also provide suggestions for replacements.

Cosmetics and personal care products Household cleaning products
Furniture, mattresses and upholstery containing flame-retardant chemicals Nonorganic diapers, menstrual pads and tampons
Nonorganic clothing Sunscreen
Toys Car seats
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