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Fluoride Named a Neurotoxin in Top Medical Journal The Lancet

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toothpaste fluorideFluoridation, the process of adding fluoride to public water supplies in an effort to prevent cavities, has courted controversy since its introduction in the US during the 1940s. Now, the prestigious medical journal The Lancet has published a report that supports what opponents of fluoridehave long been arguing. In essence, the journal article pointed to the fact that fluoride is a developmental neurotoxin.

Fluoride: A Dangerous Neurotoxin

The peer-reviewed report, which builds off a 2006 study that looked at five potential neurotoxins, now adds fluoride to the list of harmful environmental pollutants. [1] In fact, fluoride is listed alongside such well-known hazards as lead, mercury, and arsenic. Developmental neurotoxins at high enough levels can cause developmental disorders and are particularly hazardous to fetuses and young children whose brains are still developing. Dr. Philippe Grandjean and Dr. Philip J. Landrigan, the authors of the study, are advocating for a global prevention strategy to control what they call a “pandemic of developmental neurotoxicity.” They also believe that there are still undiscovered industrial neurotoxins and state that chemicals that have not been tested for neurotoxicity should not automatically be presumed safe for brain development.

Other Concerns

In addition to the fluoride warnings published in the journal, a recent meta-analysis from Harvard found a correlation between fluoridated water and low IQ scores in children who grew up in the most fluoridated areas. Other studies have linked fluoridation to certain types of cancer.

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Increase Your Energy With a Heavy Metal Detox

 

PL Chang | Energy Fanatics | July 21 2014

Heavy metal toxicity is becoming a common medical condition due to the fact that heavy metals are being used more in commercial products. Examples of heavy metals are arsenic, lead, chromium, mercury, and cadmium. Not all heavy metals are toxic to the human body but the ones that are harmful are very toxic to cells, especially nerve cells. This is why they have been linked to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, autoimmune disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, and low energy levels.

HeavyMetalsDetoxIt is a good idea to detox harmful heavy metals on a regular basis, especially mercury since it is one of the most toxic neurotoxins on Earth. Detoxing heavy metals should be undertaken with the care of a medical professional in order to ensure that the process is done safely and within a reasonable time frame. Reducing toxins in your body is a great way to increase your energy and improve your health.

Detoxing heavy metals using healthy foods and nutrients

The first step in reducing toxic metals in your body is to adhere to a strict healthy diet. This includes reducing or eliminating intake of common food allergens and junk food. Eliminating these foods allows your body to reduce inflammation in preparation for the detox.

It is also important to introduce healthy fats in your diet, including essential fatty acids. In addition, you should increase your intake of certain minerals, such as selenium and zinc. These two minerals are important for assisting your body to detox heavy metals. As for food, consume mostly organic plant foods and eat them raw whenever possible. Broccoli, papaya, kale, beets, lemon, lime, onions and garlic are great for assisting your body to detox heavy metals.

The herb cilantro, also known as coriander, has been found to be a natural chelating agent.   CilantroCilantro chelation typically calls for a small amount of fresh cilantro, which can be made into a pesto sauce and eaten over pasta or toast, consumed each day for a few weeks should help your body detox certain heavy metals.

Cilantro has strong anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and it contains the antioxidants carvone, elemol, camphor, geraniol, and limonene. Besides being an effective natural chelating agent, cilantro is also effective at relieving nausea, indigestion, and bloating, and is known to help balance cholesterol and blood sugar levels. The nice thing about cilantro is that it can be easily grown in your home or garden.

Detoxing heavy metals using infrared sauna therapy or detox foot pads

After changing your diet, you may want to invest some time and money towards infrared sauna therapy. This type of sauna therapy is more effective than traditional sauna therapy because it stimulates water molecules within the layer of fat just beneath the surface of the skin, causing them to heat up. This process also causes your body to sweat while at the same time stimulates fat cells to excrete toxins, such as heavy metals. The more you sweat, the more toxins are excreted from your body. Infrared sauna therapy is one of the quickest ways to detox heavy metals from your body.

Detox foot pads are also great for detoxing toxins. Well designed high quality detox foot pads can help your body detox toxic metals and other toxins by stimulating the reflexology zones at the bottom of your feet. The detox foot pads that I recommend is called Dr. Group’s Detox Foot Pads. These foot pads are the world’s first organic detox foot pads and are formulated with specialized herbs, bamboo extracts, and gemstones to extract toxins from the bottom of your feet.

Tips to reduce heavy metals in your body

  • Avoid eating certain fish that has high levels of mercury in its system. Tuna, bluefish, grouper, mackerel, sea bass, and swordfish often have high levels of mercury.
  • Stay away from dental amalgams (silver dental fillings) because they often contain mercury. If you are planning to get a dental filling, ask your dentist to use composite fillings instead of silver fillings.
  • Avoid vaccines as much as possible because many of them contain aluminum or thimerosal (a mercury-based preservative). Aluminum isn’t considered a heavy metal but it is still very toxic to your body and is one of the common causes of metal toxicity. If you have to take a vaccine shot, ask your doctor if it contains aluminum or thimerosal. If it does, you may want to ask for an alternative.

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3 Types of Foods You Probably Didn’t Know Have MSG

Natasha Longo |  Wakingtimes 

msgMonosodium glutamate (MSG) is not a nutrient, vitamin, or mineral and has no absolutely no health benefits. It is a processed food and pharmaceutical additive that is an extremely dangerous neurotoxin (excitotoxin) that kills brain cells in the hypothalamus and has been linked to migraines, seizures, ADD/ADHD, heart palpitations and is now officially officially linked to obesity and disorders associated with metabolic syndrome including progressive liver disease. What is more shocking is that it’s found in three types of foods most people are not even aware of.

What is MSG?

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is not a nutrient, vitamin, or mineral and has no health benefits. The part of MSG that negatively affects the human body is the “glutamate”, not the sodium. The breakdown of MSG typically consists of 78% glutamate, 12% sodium, and about 10% water. Any glutamate added to a processed food is not and can not be considered naturally occurring. Natural glutamate in plants and animals is known as L-glutamic acid.

In contrast, processed free glutamic acid (MSG) contains both L-glutamic acid and D-glutamic acid, and is also accompanied by pyroglutamic acid and other impurities. The impurities differ according to the starting materials and methods used to produce the glutamic acid (MSG). It is only acid hydrolyzed proteins that contain mono and dichloro propanols (which are carcinogenic), and it is only reaction flavors that contain heterocyclic amines (which are also carcinogenic).

By FDA definition, processed free glutamic acid (MSG) is “naturally occurring,” because the basic ingredients are found in nature. “Naturally occurring” does not mean that a food additive is being used in its natural state. “Naturally occurring” only means that the food additive began with something found in nature. By FDA definition, the ingredient “monosodium glutamate” is natural. So is hydrochloric acid. So is arsenic. “Natural”, especially in our beloved food industry, doesn’t mean “safe.”

Processed free glutamic acid (MSG) is created when protein is either partially or fully broken apart into its constituent amino acids, or glutamic acid is secreted from selected bacteria. A protein can be broken into its constituent amino acids in a number of ways (autolysis, hydrolysis, enzymolysis, and/or fermentation). When a protein is broken down, the amino acid chains in the protein are broken, and individual amino acids are freed. These processes are discussed in some detail in food encyclopedias — wherein articles on glutamic acid and “monosodium glutamate” are generally written by persons who work for Ajinomoto, Co., Inc., the world’s largest producer of the food ingredient “monosodium glutamate.”

It used to be that when any ingredient contained 78%-79% processed free glutamic acid (MSG), and the balance was made up of salt, moisture, and up to 1 per cent impurities, the FDA required that the product be called “monosodium glutamate”, and required that the product be labeled as such. The FDA required that other MSG-containing ingredients be identified by names other than “monosodium glutamate.” Never has the FDA required mention of the fact that an ingredient contains processed free glutamic acid (MSG).

While the glutamic acid in “monosodium glutamate” is generally produced through bacterial fermentation, the glutamic acid in the other MSG-containing ingredients is made through use of chemicals (hydrolysis or autolysis), enzymes (enzymolysis), fermentation, or a complex cooking process wherein reaction flavors are produced from a combination of specific amino acids, reducing sugars, animal or vegetable fats or oils, and optional ingredients including hydrolyzed vegetable protein.

It is now essentially unregulated when it comes to labeling standards. A label may say “yeast extract”, “calcium caseinate”, or “beef flavoring”, but the product still contains varying amounts of “free” glutamic acid. This makes it very difficult for consumers who are trying to avoid it. It is also very dangerous for those who suffer severe reactions to it. Many people who are very sensitive to MSG experience respiratory, neurological, muscular, skin, urological and even cardiac symptoms.

3 TYPES OF FOODS WHICH SHOCKINGLY CONTAIN MSG

1. Dairy

Many of the fat free and reduced fat milks tend to be made from powdered milk that contains processed free glutamic acid. Pasteurization affects the MSG content, especially those milks “ultra-pasteurized” — the higher temperatures break down more milk protein resulting in more processed free glutamic acid. What about the organic whole milks? Unfortunately, those aren’t safe from additional MSG either. Granted, the label doesn’t specifically state that ingredient. All of the following dairy products may contain MSG:

  • Ultra Pasteurized Products
  • Powdered Milk
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Fat-free Milk
  • Yogurt
  • Reduced Fat Milk
  • Ice Cream

2. Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Most people don’t expect MSG in their fresh fruits and veggies. How can an artificial ingredient be in these natural foods? The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows dangerous and unhealthy practices to be applied to fresh produce. Again, the USDA’s certified organic sealdoes not regulate crops after they are harvested, and USDA offers no guarantee of the absence of MSG. Auxigro is a very controversial chemical-based growth-enhancer that is approved in the by the EPA for spraying on fruits, vegetables, and grains. It is a mixture of equal parts gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), casein hydrolysate and free glutamic acid dissolved in water. The “free glutamic acid” or so called “L-glutamic acid” component being used by its manufacturer, Emerald BioAgriculture, contains L-glutamic acid, an amino acid found in protein; but it also contains D-glutamic acid, pyroglutamic acid, and other chemicals referred to in the industry as “contaminants.” The free glutamic acid used in AuxiGro is processed free glutamic acid. It is manufactured — in chemical plants — where certain selected genetically engineered bacteria — feeding on a liquid nutrient medium — excrete the free glutamic acid they synthesize outside of their cell membrane into the liquid medium in which they are grown. In contrast, the free glutamic acid found in protein, and the free glutamic acid involved in normal human body function, are unprocessed. free glutamic acid, and contain no contaminants.

AuxiGro, the first MSG-laced plant “growth enhancer” to hit the market, has been approved for spraying on every crop we know of, with no restrictions on the amount of processed free glutamic acid (MSG) that may remain in and/or on crops when brought to market. Even before consumers had an inkling that crops were being sprayed.

3. Baby Formulas and Baby Foods

The food industry employed its usual tactic in the face of consumer criticism with MSG, especially with baby food. They buried it under new names. The industry came up with a fabulous range of euphemisms for monosodium glutamate – the most cheeky of all is ‘natural flavourings’.

Most powdered infant formulas contain some of the following ingredients including processed milk and or/soy proteins, enzymatically hydrolyzed reduced minerals, whey protein concentrate, corn syrup solids, casein hydrolysate, modified corn starch, carrageenan, which are broken down into MSG during the manufacturing process. Here is a link to the truthinlabeling.org website which shows a Canadian Study listing the glutamic acid in so-called hypoallergenic formulas.

Other Common Ingredients Containing MSG:

– Plant Proteins
– Hydrolyzed Corn Gluten
– Hydrolyzed Pea Protein
– Textured Protein
– Autolyzed Yeast Extract
– Autolyzed Plant Protein
– Yeast Extract
– Calcium Caseinate
– Sodium Caseinate
– Gelatin
– Disodium Guanylate
– Disodium Inosinate
– Carrageenan
– Xanthum Gum
– Maltodextrin
– Natural Flavor
– Barley Malt
– Malt Extract
– Soy Protein Isolate
– Ultra-pasteurized Soy Sauce
– Whey Protein Concentrate
– Soy Protein Concentrate
– Whey Protein Isolate
– Protease Enzymes
– Protein Fortified anything
– Enzyme Modified anything
– Citric Acid.

MSG Confirmed To Cause Obesity and Liver Disease

A new study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, identified MSG as a critical factor in the initiation of obesity and shows that a restrictive diet cannot counteract this effect but can slow the progression of related liver disease is published in.

Makoto Fujimoto and a team of international researchers from Japan, the U.S., and Italy monitored the weight gain and development of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and its progression to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis in MSG-treated mice fed either a calorie-restricted or regular diet.

Co-Editor-in-Chief Sampath Parthasarathy, MBA, PhD, Florida Hospital Chair in Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Central Florida, Orlando, said although MSG has been deemed a safe food additive, its dosage, interaction with other drugs, effects on vulnerable populations, and effects on chronic inflammatory diseases and neurological diseases are unknown.

About the Author

Natasha Longo has a master’s degree in nutrition and is a certified fitness and nutritional counselor. She has consulted on public health policy and procurement in Canada, Australia, Spain, Ireland, England and Germany.

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