Why Cleanse? (Part II)

Continuing yesterday’s post Why Cleanse (Part I), I would like to share with you some more interesting facts I learned at the Institute of Functional Medicine Conference on “Understanding Biotransformation and Recognizing Toxicity” (Phoenix, December 2011). 

These are some of the warning signs and symptoms showing possible toxicity:

  • Unexplained fatigue & malaise
  • Increasing sensitivity to chemical compounds or odors
  • Unexpected response or sensitivity to medications, foods or supplements
  • Worsening of symptoms after anesthesia
  • Nonspecific musculoskeletal symptoms: diffuse muscle or joint aches
  • Migratory or recurrent paresthesias / neuropathy; disequilibrium
  • Chronic or recurrent headaches
  • Cognitive dysfunction: “foggy-headed”
  • Chronic or recurrent nausea / dyspepsia
  • Autonomic dysfunction (orthostatic hypotension)
  • Recurrent edema (hands and feet) 

Some more data about toxicity:

  • Since WWII, more then 85,000 new synthetic chemicals have been released into the environment.
  •  Less then 50% have been tested for potential toxicity to adults (almost none for children)
  • Over 4 billions pounds of pesticides are used annually in theUS
  • Current US laws allow 350 different pesticides to be used on food
  • The average home contains 3-10 gallons of hazardous materials
  • Laboratory tests uncovered 171 pollutants in blood and urine from nine volunteers, including an average of 53 carcinogens in each person – Body Burden – The Pollution in People – www.ewg.org/bodyburden – Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York
  • POP (Persistent Organic Pollutants) are highly toxic; they persist in the environment for decades and they accumulate in the fatty tissue (examples of POP’s are PCB’s, DDT, dioxins)
  • Xenobiotics are foreign substances (typically synthetic) that can be found in the body and that are not derived from a normal diet
  • Commonly encountered Xenobiotics: pesticides (organophosphates), petrochemicals fuels and solvents, plasticizers, preservatives and flame retardants (PBBs), pharmaceuticals
  • Xenobiotic Compounds in the Adipose Tissue of Americans – the following compounds were found with a frequency of 100% in the Adipose Tissue of Americans: Styrene, Xylene, TCDD (dioxin), 1-4 dichlorobenzene,        ethylphenol. Nine other chemicals were found in 90-98% and PCB’s in 83%.
  • This data was taken from the US EPA NHATS (National Adipose Tissue Survey) from 1982 (NHATS was discontinued in 1986 due to budget cuts).
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