Category Archives: Pillar: Toxins Remove

Antibacterials and microbiome: SHOW SAFETY or REMOVE per FDA

Antibacterials and microbiome — real cause for concern:

FINALLY, the FDA has given soap manufacturers one year to demonstrate that antibacterial additives are safe or to take them out of the products altogether.  This is great considering it has been found in the urine of 3/4 of Americans, and it is detected in 97% of breast-milk tested.  The FDA issued the proposed rule on Dec. 16, 2013 requiring manufacturers to provide more “substantial data” to demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of antibacterial soaps. The proposed rule is limited however and covers only those consumer antibacterial soaps and body washes that are used with water

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NEWBORN GUT MICROBIOME BEGINS DURING BIRTH

How and When does the newborn gut microbiome begin?  What constitutes an “ideal” microbiome is not yet clear: it is not simply a matter of diversity, stability or even function.  This summary report (dated Sept 2013 and written by the Program Director of the Human Microbiome Project (HMP)), Lita M. Proctor, describes that the microbiome is:

    • Dynamic over lifetime changing with respect to both the numbers of microbes and their membership (see below slide),
    • Composed of a collection of bacteria/fungi/viruses unique to each individual,
    • Unique at each region of our body as it has its own distinct community of microbes living on or in it,
    • Impacted by our daily activities (bathing/washing hands/eating probiotics),
    • Susceptible to disturbances resulting from use of antibiotics at sublethal dosages.
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    http://www.actionbioscience.org/genomics/the_human_microbiome.html. Slide: biomeonboardawareness.com

    Studies have shown that our microbiota can be modified — perhaps irreversibly in some instances — by medical, dietary and hygienic practices.  Infant microbial colonization is affected by delivery mode, dietary exposures, antibiotic exposure, and environmental toxicants many of which can be eliminated or moderated.

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HOW TO BUY 100% RAW ALMONDS

Starting on September 1, 2007, it became illegal for 100% raw almonds to be manufactured and sold in the United States, with two exceptions (discussed below).  Eating SCD/GAPS/PALEO (some camps) can mean eating nuts if tolerated and ideally properly processed and traditionally prepared thereby making such more easily digested.  Understanding what this legislation means for your sourcing almonds is simple.

First, you can read the new law and its specific provisions by going to the website address of the California Almond Board.  This site is loaded with processing information you may be concerned with such as: Harvest Issues: Stockpiling, Moisture Content, Quality Problems and Aflatoxin, or listen to the audio on the Almond Update on Russian Import Ban.

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Digestive Enzymes & Disease w/Focus on Autism

Digestion: we all do it though most take it for granted unaware that improper digestive enzymes and subsequent digestion is the root cause of most disease which is epidemic at the moment:

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Slide source: biomeonboardawareness.com

Those with digestive dysfunctional symptoms (GERD, heartburn, bloat, gas, bowel Bristol Chart type issues…) don’t take it for granted.  Neither should you.

Any blimp in the digestion trek, from brain to elimination, has upstream and downstream ramifications particularly affecting the microbiome community bacterial species balance.   Most, if not all disease, is now being connected to microbiome community shifts.

This post focuses on autism specifically only because there are many current studies documenting the autism digestion dysfunction.  The overall message however applies to all of us.

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TOTAL BODY TOXIN BURDEN AND DETOX

TOTAL BODY TOXIN BURDEN AND DETOX

First, for clarity, understand, I hate the work “detox” for this topic.  That term renders visions of things I’d rather not see, and if not that, then of rehab from substance abuse.  Detox of the body as I speak is from total toxin loads taken into the body simply living the lifestyle we live.  Our body takes on a total body toxin load from the air, water, food, and topicals we put into it.  Studies now show increased risk of many diseases due to toxin load.  Accordingly, we must do what we can to help the body function optimally given the toxin load (some unavoidable) it must deal with and process.  The Detox Summit led by Deanna Minich, PhD can be summarized in a “Punch List”  for “How To Stay In a Toxic World” and the  relevant  heath and disease implications for not, can be found near the bottom of this post.

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