Disease and POPs

Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) are responsible for a wide range of metabolic diseases that clinicians in Establishment Medicine know nothing about. Even if they understood the problems POPs cause, they have no methods by which they could eliminate the threat.

I want to concentrate on some of the big diseases:

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Cancer including Breast Cancer

The chemicals contributing to obesity are known as obesogens. Here’s something I just dug up at http://xfinity.net/blogs/lifestyle/2013/10/14/animals-are-having-an-obesity-crisis/too/

Americans aren’t the only ones getting fatter—our animals are also growing overweight, reports it isn’t just pets and lab animals piling on the pounds (though they are; the likelihood of chimps living with or near humans being obese increased tenfold between 1985 and 2005): one study found feral rats in Baltimore are also getting plumper. This is more than just an interesting piece of trivia, Pro Publica reports:

The following idea will shock people who believe we found the solution to the obesity epidemic. It raises the question of whether the usual culprits of “too much food” and “not enough exercise” are really the only things causing the obesity crisis.

And the evidence is overwhelming that it is more, much more.

Breast Cancer

Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are a class of synthetic, lipophilic, bioaccumulative compounds, many of which were first introduced during the post WWII industrial boom. Most notable among these older POPs are dichlorodiphenyl trichloroethane (DDT) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), which were banned in the 1970s in the U.S. due to concerns over widespread human exposures and potential adverse health effects in wildlife and humans.

Because of their persistent and bioaccumulative nature, however, exposure to these compounds continues decades later with detectable levels prevalent in human tissue today. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are a newer class of POPs, introduced into the marketplace in the late 1970s as flame retardant additives to consumer and building products.   Owing to their similar molecular structure and toxicological properties to PCBs, in combination with the ubiquity of exposure, it appears PBDEs are poised to become the PCBs of the 21st century. In response to recent regulatory action that banned the use of two of the three primary commercial PBDE formulations in the U.S., replacement brominated flame retardants (BFRs) have recently emerged and are in widespread use. 

Interest in the role of POPs in breast cancer etiology stems largely from the well-documented endocrine disrupting properties of these compounds.

 

 

 

PCBs and Human Health

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are considered “persistent organic pollutants;” fat-soluble compounds that bioaccumulate in individuals and biomagnify in the food chain. PCBs were the first industrial compounds to experience a world-wide ban on production because of their potent toxicity. PCB bioaccumulation can lead to reduced infection fighting ability, increased rates of autoimmunity, cognitive and behavioral problems, and hypothyroidism.

 

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are a category of industrial chemicals historically used as coolants or heat transfer agents in electrical transformers. They have also been used in microscope immersion oils, carbonless copy paper, cutting oils, and as an inert ingredient in pesticides.

 

Production of PCBs in the United States ceased in 1979 because of findings that these compounds were accumulating in the environment and were being associated with severe health problems.

 

Some consumer products made before 1977, including old fluorescent lighting fixtures, electrical devices, or appliances containing PCB capacitors, may still contain PCBs and can be a source of exogenous exposure. Widespread use, large-scale environmental contamination events (spills), and slow biodegradation, all combine to make PCBs a ubiquitous environmental contaminant.

 

34 of the 38 PCBs were found in virtually all persons tested.

 

Potential Adverse Effects of Polychlorinated Biphenyls in Humans

 

Immune System

 

Testing indicates that PCBs are potent inducers of cell death for monocytes and thymocytes.

 

Apoptosis of thymocytes appears to be secondary to mitochondrial damage by PCBs. Increased apoptosis of monocytes and thymocytes results in lower numbers of white blood cells (WBCs) to initiate an immunological defense. In order to determine if dietary intake of PCBs leads to immunological problems, mice were fed diets with either PCB-contaminated whale blubber or beef fat that was not contaminated with PCBs.

 

Because PCBs can cause more serious health problems in the case of in uteroexposure, it is highly recommended women be tested for these compounds before trying to conceive. If levels are high, exposure reduction and toxin elimination can commence prior to conception.

 

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PCBs were domestically manufactured from 1929 until their ban in 1979 and were used in hundreds of industrial and commercial applications. PCBs have been dem…

The coming of the health coach revolution

In New York, suddenly, holistic health coaches are everywhere. And their unique approach to jump-starting the health of their clients—and the general population—is changing the ways people approach getting, and staying, healthy.

Health coaches are generally educated at the (IIN) in New York, which was founded 20 years ago by Joshua Rosenthal. Often, personal health issues and revelations draw them to IIN. They used to be sick, tired, and unhappy and want to help others kickstart their own transformations. And they’re not buying traditional approaches to nutrition.

While health coaches are primarily trained to counsel clients one-on-one, the diverse curriculum leads to a variety of approaches and business models. Some mix spirituality into sessions with clients. One student wants to add coaching to her acupuncture practice.

The emphasis in coaching is to focus on nutrition. One institute teaches more that 100 different dietary approaches. Everything today is about diet and exercise.

The health coach fills this new role that makes up for the doctor who just gives you Valium without having a conversation with you, the nutritionist who calorie counts, and the therapist who wants to dig into childhood and never talk about next steps. That stuff is so antiquated. We’re moving into a place where we’re taking responsibility for our health and happiness.

Various homeopathic remedies
Various homeopathic remedies (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One reason for the rapid growth is people’s disdain for modern drug-based medicine. Medicine cures nothing. This was known well over 100 years ago and it was said that if all the drugs were thrown into the sea that it would be that much better for man and all the worse for the fish.

The Biomedacademy offers a unique opportunity for health coaches to expand their offerings. We teach people about energy medicine. We don’t promote all aspects of energy medicine and focus primarily on the use of energetic remedies such as homeopathic remedies manufactured by our sponsoring companies.

We teach health coaches in our one-of-a-kind online program and then bolster their learning and skill set through webinars conducted by Drs. Marrongelle and Ellis. Members of the Academy will have unlimited access to our combined 60 years of practice.

The program is unique and goes way beyond the limited focus on nutrition. We now know that Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) are damaging our health and we offer solutions to this problem.

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Environmental Chemicals Cause Weight Gain

There’s no question that diet composition has effects that optimize changes in bodyweight and particularly in body composition. A low-carbohydrate diet helps one reduce food intake, leading to a body composition that has more muscle and less fat.

The “super-market diet,” in contrast, increases over-all calorie intake and makes bodyweight control more difficult.

Glycemic Index

Many decades ago, several researchers implicated insulin, produced by the pancreas in response to the consumption of carbohydrates, as a cause of major health problems.

During the 1990’s, there was an explosion of interest among scientists, medical practitioners, and lay people about the potential hazards of carbohydrate consumption and its associated glucose and insulin releases.

All of this occurred simultaneously with a national celebration of the health-giving properties of these same glucose and insulin-raising carbohydrates.

Fat had already been dissed for decades, and now carbohydrates, also, too, were falling into disfavor. The problems were mounting.

If carbohydrates were bad, along with fats, what were people going to eat? To solve this problem, researchers were doing some neat arm-twisting.

Several researchers and popular authors are unconvinced about the hazards of a high-fat diet. They, in contrast to the fat-fearing majority, have proposed the reduction of carbohydrates to the point that they represent a small percentage of total daily calorie intake.

Most scientists and pseudo-scientific writers are fearful of going against the “Establishment” theory that fat is the cause of many major diseases.

This group, however, has been subject to the influence of 25 years of study into the “Glycemic Index.”

Another dietary choice for people, other than the low-carbohydrate diet, is that of the glycemic index. Here, one chooses carbohydrate foods that don’t lead, theoretically, to a rapid or prolonged increase in blood sugar (glucose) and insulin.

But that’s the rub: there’s no convincing scientific evidence supporting the usefulness of the glycemic index!

As of 2002, no international or national organization has accepted the tenets of the Glycemic Index to assist diabetic patients in maintaining control for blood sugar levels.

Recent Research Shows that Unexpected Culprits are Confounding the Problem

Chemicals as heavy metals, some solvents, pesticides, BPA, organophosphates, phthalates, PCB, PBBs, and many other substances are documented to cause weight gain. These chemicals interfere with weight and fat balance by various mechanisms related to weight-controlling hormones, activity of the sympathetic nervous system, and sensitivity to neurotransmitters.

Exposure to these chemicals varies in different age groups; their effects during fetal and infancy periods may be irreversible and long-lasting for adulthood. Even exposure to low doses of endocrine disrupting chemicals during critical times of differentiation can change the developmental programming and may result in obesity. One hypothesis on the effects of intrauterine growth on fetal programming and fetal origins of adult diseases is well documented; however, other characteristics as later growth spurt and environmental factors are considered to influence this programming. Exposure to environmental chemicals with endocrine-disrupting activities in early life may result in everlasting adverse health effects. Such health consequences may become apparent not only in childhood, but also in adulthood, and even in succeeding generations. Transgenerational effects may be because of mutations as well as because of factors regulating gene expression. Findings support the role of obesogens, as chemicals with disruptive effects on fat balance and various weight controlling mechanisms, in programming the development of excess weight from early life. Although all obesogen chemicals are not yet identified, and their detailed mechanisms of action remain to be explored, generally it is assumed that exposure to different doses of these environmental chemicals in various periods of life from fetal to adult period interacts with some endocrine signaling mechanisms and in turn leads to obesity.

It’s no longer simple!