Category Archives: Chronic Diseases

Dangers of Heavy Metal Toxicity: Heavy Metal Detox

Heavy metals (like lead, mercury, nickel, cadmium, arsenic, aluminum, platinum, and metallic copper) have no function in the human body and can build up to toxic levels. They are stored in the bones and soft tissues (including organs and brain). Heavy metals impair multiple systems throughout the body giving symptoms that can easily be misdiagnosed.

Heavy metals can be harmful even in small amounts. They can negatively affect many functions of the body including the cardiovascular system, the immune system, the nervous system, as well as digestion, reproductive health, overall metabolism and energy production. These toxins can cause DNA damage, suppress the immune system, create oxidative stress, mess with hormones, and cause high levels of inflammation.

Heavy metals are an unavoidable part of life in a modern industrialized society. You are exposed daily to a variety of these industrial toxins. It is estimated that modern humans living in industrialized nations have lead levels 500 to 1000 times higher than those who lived in pre-industrial societies.

Heavy metals also occur naturally in the earth’s crust. Expressed in parts per million (ppm), aluminium is present at around 82,000 ppm, nickle is present around 100 ppm, lead is present from 10 to 14 ppm, cadimum appears around 0.1 ppm, and mercury at around 0.06 ppm. Heavy metals in the soil can enter the food chain and wind up in our bodies.

Symptoms of Heavy Metal Poisoning

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Cancer and Modified Citrus Pectin

Modified citrus pectin is currently a source of much interest among cancer researchers. It has demonstrated its usefulness in helping prevent cancers from spreading (metastasizing) as well as helping to kill existing cancer cells.

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Citrus pectin comes from the pulp and peals of various citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits, lemons and tangerines. It is a complex polysaccharide composed of long chains of sugar carbohydrates. In it’s long chain form it is practically indigestible and functions as fiber. Citrus pectin is “modified” by chemicals or heat to produce shorter chain molecules that dissolve much better in water and more easily enter the blood stream through the digestive tract.

How Modified Citrus Pectin Prevents Cancer From Spreading

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Treating Metabolic Syndrome Naturally

Metabolic syndrome is a group of symptoms that have been associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. About 35% of the US adult population has metabolic syndrome. For those aged 60 or more, the rate is close to 50%.

Women are more likely to suffer with metabolic syndrome than men, and Hispanics have a higher rate than non-Hispanics.

Just What is Metabolic Syndrome?

Metabolic syndrome is a group of 5 symptoms. If you have 3 or more of these symptoms you are said to have metabolic syndrome. These symptoms are:
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  1. Elevated blood pressure of 130/85 or more.
  2. High triglycerides of 150 mg/dl or more
  3. Low HDL cholesterol, less than or equal to 40mg/dl for men and 50mg/dl in women
  4. Elevated fasting blood glucose levels of 100 mg/dl or more
  5. Central obesity generally associated with a BMI of 30 or more

A study reported in the the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported that metabolic syndrome is increasing long term in the United States. In 2003-2004 the rate was 32.9% but increased to 34.7% in 2011-2012, a 5% increase. Some short term studies indicate that in recent years the rate have leveled out.

The prevalence of metabolic syndrome means that many people are suffering from increased risks for a number of diseases including heart disease, stroke and diabetes. And often the symptoms and diseases result in limitations of lifestyle options. In addition, a study of members of 3 health care plans indicated that those with 3 symptoms had 60% higher costs for health care than those without symptoms. And, the costs increased by a further 24% when a fourth or or fifth symptom was added.

These individual symptoms are pretty common among Americans. About a third of Americans have high blood pressure. About a third of American have high triglycerides. A fifth of American adults have low HDL cholesterol. Slightly under 10% of the population has elevated fasting blood glucose levels. And, a third of the population is obese.

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Leaky Gut Syndrome – Intestinal Epithelial Hyperpermeability

Leaky gut syndrome refers to a set of symptoms that are associated with a “leaky gut.” What we often call “leaky gut” is more scientifically labelled as “intestinal epithelial hyperpermeability,” “intestinal tight junction malfunction” or even “compromised intestinal barrier function” by the medical community.

The gut is supposed to allow absorption of water, small ions and nutrients into our blood system (the gate function). It is also supposed to prevent other material in your gut from entering the blood stream (the fence function).

The barrier consists of a single layer of cells (intestinal epithelial lining) and the secretions of those cells. The cells are bound together by “tight junction” proteins. But, when this barrier become damaged, the undigested food as well as potentially toxic microbes and microbial products can enter the blood stream.

Why is Leaky Gut Important?

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