toxic heavy metals

  1. You're slowly being poisoned

    Want a shock? Go get tested for heavy metals. Your jaw will drop when you see the results.

    I know, because I see the reactions in my own clinic every single day.

    The reality is, nearly everyone has way too much lead, mercury, arsenic, and other toxic heavy metals inside them -- and these metals are a major cause of supposedly incurable conditions.

    I say "supposedly" because I often can cure or improve them, and I'll tell you everything you need to know to get started on your own cure in a moment.

    First, a new study confirms the role of toxic heavy metals in autoimmune disease -- especially among women battling disorders such as thyroid disease, MS, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and lupus.

    Researchers examined data on 2,047 women who took part in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and compared blood levels of mercury to the presence of the autoantibodies made by the thyroid in response to autoimmune diseases.

    Sure enough, women with the highest blood levels of mercury were more than twice as likely to have high levels of the thyroglobulin antibody linked to those diseases.

    Now, you've probably heard that we all get exposed to metals, and that's true. It's almost impossible to avoid them completely.

    But you've probably also heard that the tiny levels we're routinely exposed to -- like the mercury in flu shots and amalgam dental fillings -- are harmless, and that's an out-and-out falsehood.

    Want proof? Look no further than the same new study, because the "high" levels of mercury linked to those high levels of the thyroglobulin autoantibody weren't high by current standards at all.

    In fact, they were under 5 micrograms of mercury per liter -- or well in line with what the mainstream considers "safe."

    You see, no amount of mercury, lead or other heavy metals is really safe. How do I know that? Simple: There's no known healthy function in the human body for these metals!

    If you suspect exposure to mercury or any other heavy metal, it's not enough to find the source and eliminate it. Heavy metals don't leave the body like other toxins. They accumulate -- and the more they accumulate, the sicker you get.

    The best way to rid your body of mercury and other toxic heavy metals is through chelation, but don't try any of the do-it-yourself treatments that reach the market from time to time.

    An experienced holistic doctor can test you for metals and provide you with the chelation therapy needed to remove anything that's accumulated -- and if you have thyroid disease, that's another reason to get tested for these metals.

    If you would like testing and treatment for these disease-causing metals, you can contact my Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine. You can find more information by visiting markstengler.com.

  2. Why you should never buy honey from the supermarket

    You might think the most difficult part of choosing honey is deciding between a little plastic bear and big glass jar.

    Turns out the decision's a lot more difficult than that -- because just about all the honey in your supermarket is barely even honey at all.

    A new analysis finds that more than three-quarters of mass-market honey is low-quality junk that has been stripped of all its pollen.

    That's not just a key part of what makes honey honey. It's also the one and only way to identify where the honey came from -- and when the pollen is deliberately removed, it's a sure sign that it really came from China.

    Cheap Chinese honey is banned from most places and heavily taxed in others to keep it off the market, and with good reason: It's often contaminated with antibiotics and toxic heavy metals.

    But it's still getting here. Chinese beekeepers simply remove all the pollen and sell it through a middleman in another country -- often India.

    There's even a name for the practice: honey laundering. And it's so common that recent tests on more than 60 honey samples from stores in 10 states and Washington, D.C. found that 76 percent of the honey sold in big chain supermarkets was completely pollen free.

    In other words, this stuff is almost certainly "laundered" Chinese honey.

    The tests also revealed that 77 percent of the honey from "big box" stores such as Walmart, Costco and Target were missing pollen, along with 100 percent of honey sold in chain pharmacies like Walgreens, Rite-Aid and CVS.

    Just about the only honey from a chain store that had pollen was the honey from Trader Joe's. The other consistently reliable choice: the vendors who sell honey at local farmers' markets and co-ops.

    Food Safety News, which ordered the tests, has a complete list of honey brands that contained no pollen -- and they're brands found in cupboards across the country, including Sue Bee and Winnie the Pooh.

    Yes, not even Pooh Bear is safe from Chinese honey!

    Read the full list here.

    Of course, there are other reasons to make sure your honey is local: In addition to supporting local beekeepers, honey with local pollen can help protect you from seasonal allergies.

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