Monday, May 07, 2007


We Are All Toxic!

There is not a person on this earth that does not have some hazardous chemicals in their tissues; exposure to them has been linked to several cancers and to a broad range of reproductive problems, including birth defects.

The increasing incidence of some of these conditions, and our continued exposure to a cocktail of these chemicals, is alarming. On of the patterns being observed in developed countries is the increase in chronic diseases associated with environmental factors: indeed, a quarter of all diseases have been attributed to environmental causes, and there can be little doubt that exposure to hazardous chemicals is one of them.

Hormone (or endocrine) disrupting chemicals inparticular pose a high risk to human welfare and are likely to be causing widespread harm. For example, some man-made chemicals have been linked with:

  • a range of effects on the reproductive system including sperm quality and the incidence of male genital abnormalities;

  • spontaneous abortion, premature deliveries and low birth weight;

  • alterations in the ratio of male to female offspring; and
    delays in development of, and deficits in, the mental ability of children.

  • In addition, some chemicals may play a role in certain diseases such as breast and testicular cancer.

It’s a Big Problem!

Global chemical production has escalated from around one million tonnes a year in 1930 to some 400 million tonnes in 2000. By the end of the 1990s, some 100,000 chemicals had been registered in the EU, of which 30,000 have annual production volumes above one tonne.

Synthetic chemicals can affect human biology in numerous ways. Many are carcinogens, others can cause birth defects, and still others can disrupt the hormone system. These chemicals, on the market today, can be found in everything from pesticides, paints and industrial detergents to cosmetics, furniture and hair dyes. Many of these xenobiotics were present in the September 9-11 calamity, as well as some of the other wars in the Middle East - polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls, polychlorinated dibenzodioxins, polychlorinated dibenzofurans, pesticides, phthalate esters, brominated diphenyl ethers, and other hydrocarbons.

Some accumulate over time and contaminate our water, soil and food, and some are transported long distances on air and ocean currents, so that they contaminate people living in remote areas as far away as the Arctic. Regulations have not kept up with the scale of chemical production. Most chemicals on the market and in everyday use have never been adequately assessed for their human and environmental safety. Of particular concern to World Wildelife Fund (WWF) are chemicals that are very persistent and bioaccumulative, and those that are capable of disrupting the normal functioning of the hormone (or endocrine) system.

Bioaccumulation of XenobioticsOur bodies build up over time very persistent and bioaccumulative xenobiotics – most of these will last many years and probably be one of the main causes of our mortality. This is really quite a new science as most of the toxic reference ranges set by most authorities are based on a one-dose toxic level, not on a bioaccumulative process - scientists must now put on their thinking caps and begin thinking laterally! It is probably a good idea to begin phasing these chemicals out NOW before they kill our grandchildren and great grandchildren!

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, Reproductive Problems & Obesity

Previous studies have found that exposure to phthalates—found in cosmetics, shampoos, soaps, lotions, lubricants, paint, pesticides, plastics and in the coating of some timed-release medicines - may be associated with reproductive problems. More than 75 percent of the United States population is thought to have measurable levels of several phthalates in their urine. Researchers have theorized that this class of chemicals, as well as other environmental pollutants, may be lowering testosterone levels in men and may be responsible for the substantial declines in testosterone levels and sperm quality that have occurred in the United States and other countries over the last several decades.

Animal studies have demonstrated that phthalates lower testosterone levels and recent human data has found that phthalates are associated with poor semen quality in men and subtle changes in the reproductive organs in male children. Researchers of the current study decided to investigate the effect of this class of chemicals on obesity after noting that low testosterone appears to cause increased abdominal fat and pre-diabetes in men.

Consequently, if phthalates cause a decrease in testosterone, they theorized, then it could also play a role in weight gain and insulin resistance. The scientists analyzed urine, blood samples and other data from subjects participating in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a large, multi-ethnic, cross-sectional sampling of the U.S. population conducted routinely by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

After adjusting for confounding factors, the researchers discovered that there was a definite link between levels of several phthalate metabolites and abdominal obesity. Men who had the highest phthalate levels in their urine had more belly fat and a greater prevalence of insulin resistance compared to subjects with lower levels.

This is why it is important to detoxify on a regular basis, clean our liver and gallbladder as well as help to remove these phthalates and other xenobiotics or foreign chemicals – taking HMD can help this process -

Health Effects in Children

Children are exposed to more toxic chemicals in food, air and water than adults because relative to their size, they breathe twice as much air, eat three to four times more food, and drink as much as seven times more water. There is increasing scientific evidence that children face much higher cancer risks from exposure to environmental contaminants than adults.

Only last year, a US study showed that neonate cord blood contained an average of 287 chemicals, of which 180 of these were carcinogens. A similar study in neonates in the Inuit Eskimos living in the North Pole also showed arsenic, lead, mercury and organochlorine pesticides such as DDT which has been banned in the Western world for more than 20 years. This is why the statement “we are all toxic” can no longer be refuted.

Given this level of toxicity from the womb, it should be no surprise that there is a rise in childhood cancers, such as brain cancer, as well as in cancers such as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and multiple myeloma among adults. The risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma has been linked to industrial chemicals used in dark hair dyes and the incidence of this disease was seven times greater in children whose parents frequently used home pesticides.

Neurological and Behavioural EffectsThere is evidence that children’s exposure to some man-made chemicals, especially PCBs, can affect their neurological development and mental ability. Xenobiotics commonly present in women, which are passed on to the developing foetus, can affect the behaviour and mental development of their children, particularly in early childhood. However, these effects may persist to such an extent that impaired reading ability and reduced IQs have still been found in American children aged 11. Man-made chemicals are also suspected of contributing to learning disabilities, including attention deficithyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism.

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Best wishes,© Dr. George J Georgiou, Ph.D.,ND.,D.Sc (AM)
Natural Medicine Practitioner & Researcher

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