Tag Archives: Toxins

2017 EWG Clean Dirty list

SUMMARY:  Here it is, the 2017 EWG Clean Dirty list…  Buy produce to the EWG Clean/Dirty list to preclude the most toxin loads! Also, consider those that are most dirty for growing in your garden or buying at clean farm markets!

The big changes from last year… Spinach jumps to second most dirty and pears appear for the first time…

2017 EWG Clean Dirty list (full list here)

The Dirty Dozen, in order of greatest to least toxin load, is: strawberries, spinach, nectarines, apples, peaches, pears, cherries, grapes, celery, tomatoes, sweet bell peppers, and potatoes.

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Microbiome, Emulsifiers, IBD & Metabolic Syndrome

SUMMARY: Don’t be duped into believing diet has nothing to do with your disease, or in preventing disease.  When the researchers themselves rethink and change up their own diet to eliminate the ubiquitous food additive emulsifiers because their research is finding serious adverse impact on the gut lining, I want everyone to rethink their emulsifier intake too, for your gut’s health.  Meet here, Dr. Andrew Gewirtz  and learn about his important work on Microbiome, Emulsifiers, and their association with IBD and Metabolic Syndrome (defined by NIH as having three or more of these factors or you take drugs to control them:  High triglyceride level, reduced high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, increased blood pressure, elevated fasting blood sugar, & large waist circumference.  How concerned should you be about chowing down emulsifiers?  Their connection to gut inflammation and microbiome skew at the mucosal level caused Dr. Gewirtz to eliminate such from his and his family’s diet.  One tenet of the healing diets — eliminate processed foods — results in the elimination of emulsifiers. Perhaps it is time to reconsider your emulsifier intake too.

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Meet the FATS & Best Salad Dressing Oil, Part1

SUMMARY: The focus of this post is to better your understanding of vegetable oils and unsaturated fats.  Raw vegetable salads are chock-full of important vitamins and nutrients, but the latest science says you won’t get much benefit without eating them along with both the right type & amount of fat. In fact, essentially no or very low absorption of carotenoids was observed when salads with fat-free salad dressing were consumed (see this study or this study, Table 3.) 

In this post learn: the preferred fat/oil for best carotenoid absorption (spoiler alert: that would be unadulterated, organic, and cold pressed EVOO brands which are listed in the  UC Davis pdf report here — scroll down to the lightbulb for more details), that you can actually ditch dressing and instead add half an avocado, or you can add cooked eggs to an incredibly small amount of dressing to even further boost carotenoid absorption. Make certain you consider the sections entitled What inhibits Carotenoid Absorption for possible impact due to your particular health status, and the tips for Decoding Labels.

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16S rRNA challenges healthy vaginal microbiome; ferments & coconut oil rock!

SUMMARY:   Incredulously, the latest 16S rRNA research now challenges what was thought for years to be a ‘protective,’ ‘normal,’ and healthy vaginal microbiome. Our many microbiomes ideally are “inherited” and originate from our passage through the vagina, and yet it seems a ‘healthy’ and ‘normal’ vaginal microbiome has been elusive; in fact, many women have a compromised vaginal microbiome and many are asymptomatic, or perhaps not… 

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Alzheimer’s, dementia, common medications increase risk

 SUMMARY:  Alzheimer’s, dementia, common medications increase risk; many medications have anticholinergic effects.  Three most commonly used in elderly were associated with irreversible brain impact (dementia and Alzheimer’s) and despite knowledge of the need for reducing such use, 3/4 of the study cohort had been prescribed at least one (antihistamine, acid reducers, antidepressant…).

UPDATE:  This post addresses the adverse cognitive impact in the elderly of common drugs due to anticholinergic effects.  There is however another mechanism for dementia and Alzheimer’s.  The later post, HEARTBURN DRUGS, DEMENTIA, ALZHEIMER’S RISK FOR ALL? T2D, IS IT THE CANARY IN THE COAL MINE!?! addresses this other mechanism for dementia and Alzheimer’s  for common heartburn drugs (microbiome skew and B12 (and other) nutrient depletion) for proton pump inhibitors (PPIS) and Histamine H2 antagonists (H2RAs) . 

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Roundup in our food glyphosate and disease: autism, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, gmo, intestinal gut…

SUMMARY:  Roundup on your yard means runoff in your garden, from you or your neighbors use.  It’s ubiquitous in the restaurant and grocery food chain hidden in ingredients: corn, soybeans, canola, and cottonseed oil, and meat from alfalfa-corn-soy eating animals and their other byproducts. It’s found in our urine and breast-milk and cattle’s tissues: intestine, liver, muscle, spleen, kidney, and bone .  

What’s the harm of eating ubiquitous glyphosate?  Glyphosate and disease: autism, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and the gmo intestinal gut having related digestive system disorders leading to disease… In simpleton, glyphosate exposure impairs detox pathways through the microbiome including the liver’s P450 enzymes. Toxins taken onboard are not sufficiently eliminated from the body. Gyphosate kills beneficial gut bacteria allowing pathogens to grow; it interferes with the synthesis of amino acids including methionine which leads to shortages in critical neurotransmitters and folate; it chelates (removes) important minerals like iron, cobalt, manganese, and much more.

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Vegetable Spiralizer Noodles. No gluten & arsenic grains!

Many need a spaghetti substitute especially when first decreasing gluten and grain consumption, and instead are increasing vegetable consumption.  A Paderno Spiralizer (this Williams-Sonoma website has a nice How-To use video) is what I use to make vegetable spiralizer noodles.  There are other spiralizer brands but I find the three blade Paderno to not be cost prohibitive (shop online), and it has lasted through many uses.

Vegetable noodles is a neat trick for spaghetti sides, be it scampi or marinara sauce based.  Recipes abound on the internet using spiralizer vegetable noodles, but a few of my favorites are:

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Ditch Antibacterials. DON’T USE AIR HAND DRYER

The post, ANTIBACTERIALS: DEMO SAFETY OR REMOVE PER FDA, first told you about the FDA proposed rule on Dec. 16, 2013 that gave soap manufacturers one year to demonstrate that antibacterial additives are safe or to take them out of the products altogether.  The FDA rule required manufacturers to provide more “substantial data” to demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of antibacterial soaps, but it is limited since it only covers those consumer antibacterial soaps and body washes that are used with water.  

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1st Study: Low Dose BPA Perinatal Exposure & Food Intolerance

There has been a lot of recent discussion about BPA, especially as it affects infants.  Now we see for the first time, that low dose BPA perinatal exposure is associated with food intolerance, specifically the egg white protein, at least for rats.  Remember the alternative, BPS, is even less studied and some say it is worse than BPA.

This January 2014 study, showed that BPA is in both breast milk and newborn and infant urines regardless if breastfed or formula fed. “RESULTS:  Total BPA was detected in 93 % of urine samples in this healthy infant population aged 3-15 months who were without known environmental exposure to BPA . Similarly, 75 % of the mothers’ breast milk samples had detectable concentrations of total BPA.”

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SUMMARY:   We now understand that disease management requires understanding of:  what is the microbiome, what disrupts it, and what positively affects it.  This post discusses: What is the microbiome, implications of reduced diversity, long term therapeutic diet impact on microbiome, the IBD annual meeting is starting to consider the microbiome, some anecdotal microbiome stories, and why you want microbiome balance & diversity.
FIRST A RECAP (if you already are versed on this information, skip right on down to the Microbiome, What Disrupts It and How to Optimize sections of this post):  
What is the Microbiome?

It is estimated that the human microbiota contains as many as 1014 bacterial cells, a number that is 10 times greater than the number of human cells present in our bodies.  It is more accurate to say we are hosts of our microbiome rather then that we are human.  The human body is permanently colonized by microbial organisms on virtually every surface that is exposed to the external environment and each such surface has a different microbiome:  skin, mouth, genitalia, genitourinary, respiratory tracts, and the largest colonize, the gut (aka gastrointestinal).  The trillions of organisms live on and in us are collectively called the microbiome: a balanced ecosystem. “Gut Microbiota in Health and Disease,”

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