natural detoxification

  1. Inside new autism statistics

    Inside new autism statistics

    The numbers are so big they hardly seem real: A 30 percent increase in autism in just the past two years.

    That means 1 in 68 8-year-olds -- or roughly 1 child in every two or three third-grade classrooms -- now have this life-changing condition, according to the startling new autism statistics from the CDC.

    Mainstream medicine is trying to pretend that these numbers are due to “increasing awareness," “earlier diagnosis" and a “changing definition" of autism.

    But you and I know that's bunk.

    I'm convinced the real reason for this surge in autism statistics is all the toxins we're routinely exposed to.

    They're damaging enough to adults, but they can be especially devastating to the still-developing brain of a child, especially when they're exposed in the womb.

    Children born in homes with vinyl floors, for example, have double the risk of autism -- and it's almost certainly because of the chemical phthalates used in that flooring. BPA -- the chemical found in plastics, canned goods, store receipts and more -- has also been linked to autism. (Read more here.)

    Common contaminants found in U.S. drinking water can also damage the brain and cause autism.

    But one of the biggest causes of autism is metals exposure. Many toxic metals can cross the blood-brain barrier and do lasting and even permanent damage.

    And I'm not afraid to say it: One all-too-common source of metals exposure is vaccines.

    I don't care if you're pro vaccination or not, that's a decision I'll leave up to you and your family. But I will say that it's absolutely irrational that kids are routinely given so many vaccines all at once, and that many of these shots still contain mercury, aluminum and other metals despite the fact that they can be produced without them.

    If you have or are expecting a child, grandchild or even great grandchild in your life, take steps to remove as many of these chemicals from your home and your diet as you can, and work closely with a holistic medical doctor who can give you the full story on vaccines.

    And if you have a kid who already has the condition, work with that same doctor -- because natural detoxification programs combined with strict dietary changes can make all the difference in the world.

  2. DDT linked to Alzheimer's disease

    Pesticide in dementia link

    DDT has been banned for decades, but it was once so widely used that you've almost certainly been exposed.

    And odds are, you still have some in your body right now.

    It's not sitting there quietly, either, because as DDT breaks down into DDE in your body, it could be doing damage to your brain -- which is why one new study finds that higher blood levels of DDE can boost the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

    Overall, Alzheimer's patients have 3.8 times the blood levels of DDE when compared to patients the same age who have no signs of cognitive problems. The link works the other way, too: Patients with the highest blood levels of DDE also have four times the risk of Alzheimer's disease.

    While we need more research to know for sure if there's a link between this pesticide and dementia, I think there's more than enough smoke here to cause a pretty big fire.

    Animal studies have shown that DDT can cross the blood-brain barrier. We also know that DDT seems to cause amyloid beta plaques, or the buildups found in the brains of dementia and Alzheimer's patients.

    It seems like the higher your levels of DDT, the more plaques you have. And the more plaques you have, the more likely you are to plunge into the cycle of cognitive decline, dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

    The one complicating factor here is genetics. The new study finds that if you have a higher genetic risk for Alzheimer's, the DDT can worsen it and speed you on the path toward disease.

    And if you have a low genetic risk, the DDT may not be as harmful (at least when it comes to dementia).

    Whatever your risk, you might be tempted to think that this study isn't much to worry about. After all, DDT is no longer used in the United States.

    But that doesn't mean you're in the clear. Odds are, you've already been exposed -- and there's a good chance you'll continue to be exposed in at least three major ways.

    First, DDT is still in the soil and water in many parts of the United States, especially agricultural regions, even 40 years after it was banned.

    Second, other nations still use DDT -- including some that supply the dirt-cheap produce and frozen foods that fill our supermarkets.

    And third, any DDT you've been exposed to in the past could still be in your body today. Studies have shown it can remain inside you for a decade.

    Put it all together, and you can see why close to 80 percent of us have measurable levels of DDT and DDE in the blood right now.

    But no matter how you've been exposed, there are two steps you can take today that can help limit your exposure and safely eliminate what's in your body.

    Step #1: Eat only locally grown organic vegetables, and drink only water that's been filtered with either reverse osmosis or a distiller.

    This will also help eliminate exposure to other dangerous chemicals, drugs, metals and pesticides found in food and water. And of course, you'll eat better and healthier foods when you go organic.

    Step #2: If you're concerned, get yourself tested for exposure to DDT and other chemicals by a holistic doctor. The same doctor can also help customize a diet for you rich in naturally detoxifying foods such as cruciferous vegetables, which can help your body to rid itself of harmful chemicals and metals.

  3. Arsenic in water linked to heart disease

    Exposure to arsenic in drinking water can increase your risk of heart disease, heart attack, stroke and death, according to new research.

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