1. Arsenic in rice is unsafe

    FDA wrong about arsenic in rice

    There is no safe level of arsenic. None.

    That might sound obvious, but arsenic in rice and water has been turning up with alarming frequency -- and the FDA is too afraid to warn you about it. If there's any industry they fear almost as much as the drug industry, it's the food industry.

    Yes, the FDA is afraid of both the "F" and the "D" in its own name.

    So instead of telling you the truth about arsenic -- that you should avoid it completely -- the agency actually went ahead and issued a statement on arsenic in rice so absurd it would be laughable... if it weren't so dangerous.

    The agency claims the high arsenic levels detected in rice -- high levels confirmed by its own tests -- are nothing to worry about. It won't kill you on the spot, so it's OK to keep eating rice.

    But the agency also claims it doesn't know what the long-term effects of all that arsenic exposure could mean for your health -- and that's just plain false.

    We know plenty.

    We know that the arsenic in rice and other products can accumulate in the body, and when it does it can damage your immune system and increase your risk of cancer -- especially cancers of the bladder, lung and skin.

    We know arsenic can increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes and more.

    And we know that arsenic can build up in the brain and cause dementia or dementia-like symptoms.

    If rice were your only source of exposure, eating it regularly would still be enough to cause serious long-term damage in my opinion.

    But it's not -- because arsenic is turning up in everything from apple juice to tap water. And as I told you last year, it's even intentionally fed to chickens so their meat looks nice and pink in the supermarket.

    The feds won't tell you any of this because they're too busy protecting the corporate giants that produce and sell chicken, rice, apple juice and more.

    But I'm here to protect just one person: You.

    So take my word for it and limit your exposure to arsenic in rice and all other sources. And while you're at it, get tested for arsenic and other metals if you haven't done so already.

    A holistic doctor can run those tests and work with you on a detox program if you've been exposed (and, odds are, you have been exposed). And if you're in Southern California, I can help. Contact my clinic to make an appointment.

    I'm also available for one-on-one consultations via telephone. Call 855-DOC-MARK for more information or to make an appointment.

  2. Household chemicals can damage joints

    Household chemicals cause osteoarthritis

    They're the secret ingredients, the household chemicals that add a touch of modern convenience to everyday life, making products no-stick, stain-resistant, wrinkle-free, waterproof, and more.

    They cost a little more at the register, but the real price of all that convenience isn't money.

    It's years of pain and suffering -- because the polyfluorinated compounds that make it all happen could eat your joints from the inside, with new research, of household chemicals, showing how some of these PFCs can increase the risk of osteoarthritis in women.

    Women with the highest levels of exposure to two PFCs, known as PFOA and PFOS, have nearly double the risk of osteoarthritis of women with the lowest levels of exposure.

    The risk is highest in women between the ages of 20 and 49, and a little lower in women over the age of 50. That's almost certainly because many older women didn't grow up with household chemicals and PFCs absolutely everywhere.

    If you're under 50, however, odds are these household chemicals have been with you every moment of your life -- from birth, until right now.

    You'll find PFCs in your kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom. They're the household chemicals in your furniture, on your walls and floors, and in your clothes. They're even in your food, and all that exposure can add up to a lot more than a higher risk of osteoarthritis.

    In women, they can increase the risk of early menopause by 40 percent -- and early menopause itself is a risk factor for heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, and more.

    In men, PFOA has been linked to testicular cancer. And in one new study, prenatal exposure to PFOA increased the risk of low sperm counts during adulthood.

    And in men and women alike, PFCs can cause immune system damage, hypothyroidism, birth defects, sexual dysfunction, and more. One study I told you about recently found that PFOA can increase the risk of kidney cancer by 170 percent.

    It's almost impossible to eliminate all sources of PFCs at this point. But you can dramatically reduce your exposure to some of the worst such as PFOA and PFOS by simply sticking to some of the old-fashioned options you grew up with.

    Since one of the most common sources of PFC exposure is from no-stick cookware, you can start by purchasing a good cast-iron skillet. And work with a doctor who can put you through a detoxification program to reduce the levels of PFCs and other toxins in your body no matter where they came from.

  3. Not all sunscreens are the same

    New advice on sunscreen actually pushes some of the worst possible ingredients. Find out what's safe -- and what's not.
  4. Broccoli beats breast cancer

    I recommend cruciferous vegetables for detoxification so often that I'm sure some of my patients think I own stock in a broccoli farm.

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