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"Animals exposed to these chemicals suddenly become less active, not only moving less but also in performing fewer grooming and all other kinds of activities. The effect they have is of an invisible chemical cosh. It appears to be chemically induced nerve damage, produced by lowering the level of certain movement-activating hormones through the poisoning of energy-producing mitochondria, and in the case of organophosphates, from the muscle tissue actually dissolving."
- Dr. Paula Baillie-Hamilton, Toxic Overload: A Doctor's Plan for Combating the Illnesses Caused by chemicals in Our Foods, Our Homes, and Our Medicine Cabinets (Get the book.)

"Although insoluble fiber, or roughage, can help speed up the time that waste products spend in the body, thereby reducing the chances of chemicals being reabsorbed, care should also be taken to avoid wheat bran as this insoluble fiber could irritate the digestion further, particularly in those who are sensitive to wheat. Other things that can help lower one's stress levels include learning to relax, taking up yoga, or going for long walks. Avoiding coffee, alcohol, and spices may also ease symptoms."

- Dr. Paula Baillie-Hamilton, Toxic Overload: A Doctor's Plan for Combating the Illnesses Caused by chemicals in Our Foods, Our Homes, and Our Medicine Cabinets (Get the book.)

"It turns out a lot of the very active chemicals that relate to inflammation probably have some impact on increasing the likelihood of cancer developing," Fraser said. "Those chemicals could well come from fat cells. One huge advantage of a vegetarian diet is how much it is associated with lower body weight. In fact we just cracked some numbers from AHS-2 that show that Adventists who are what we call lacto-ovo vegetarians, meaning they eat eggs and other dairy products, still are an average of 16 pounds lighter than Adventists of the same height who are nonvegetarian."
- Dan Buettner, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest (Get the book.)

"Brain Chemicals: Serotonin In addition to blood sugar, a number of chemicals in your brain affect how you feel and act. Serotonin is a brain chemical that is particularly important for sugar-sensitive people. It creates a sense of relaxation, "mellows you out" and gives you a sense of being at peace with the world. Serotonin also influences your self-control, impulse control and ability to plan ahead."
- Kathleen DesMaisons, Potatoes Not Prozac: Solutions for Sugar Sensitivity (Get the book.)

"Your genes have been exposed to plant chemicals over millions of years, so many of our genes are dependent on these phytochemicals for proper functioning and activation. For example, the trace mineral selenium, of which most Americans have dangerously low levels, is intimately involved with controlling a particular gene in your liver, an organ that not only helps detoxify poisons but also regulates the growth or inhibition of cancer cells. Vitamin C, also found in green leaves, is essential to rebuild collagen breaks in your blood vessels and skin."
- Dr. Steven R. Gundry, Dr. Gundry's Diet Evolution: Turn Off the Genes That Are Killing You - And Your Waistline - And Drop the Weight for Good (Get the book.)

"A War on Chemicals Physicians didn't even have time to get ready for blood-borne hazard regulations before they became aware of the war against chemicals: the chemicals that might conceivably under some circumstances of proper or improper use cause harm to a human being, or the chemicals that might pollute the environment and harm the planet or one of the untold millions of species thereon. I tried to find out which chemicals were hazardous so that I could be sure my office complied with all regulations."
- Jane M. Orient, M.D., Your Doctor is Not In: Healthy skepticism about national health care (Get the book.)

"Do not buy products, or throw away those you already have, if these chemicals are present. Check your cosmetics for toxic ingredients and throw them away. Most health food stores now stock a variety of organic cosmetics and even natural hair dyes. Don't use fabric softeners. Exchange your perfumes and air fresheners for natural aromatic oils and fresh scents from your garden. Because most spermicidal products contain petrochemicals, avoid using lubricated condoms or vaginal gels."
- C. W. Randolph, M.D., From Belly Fat to Belly FLAT: How Your Hormones Are Adding Inches to Your Waistline and Subtracting Years from Your Life (Get the book.)

"Sleep experts say a more-effective method for true insomnia involves behavior conditioning, which can reset the chemicals in the brain that let us drift off. These chemicals can be controlled, with help from a sleep expert, by such seemingly simple activities as preparing for bed at a consistent time and turning down the lights an hour before bedtime. For those of us whose sleep problems crop up intermittently during stressful times at work or when we travel, the occasional sleeping pill can help. But that doesn't make sleeplessness a sickness."
- Shannon Brownlee, Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer (Get the book.)

"An experiment described in The Field reports that "the only unusual aspect of the experiment was that the agents of change weren't actually pharmacological chemicals but low-frequency waves of the electromagnetic signals of cells . . . the signal effectively could take the place of the chemicals, for the signal is the molecule's signature." Jasmine, one of my students, tells this story: "When I first encountered the spirit of Valerian it was like something entered me. It was odd and felt almost like I was being possessed by an entity and yet I knew it was all right."
- Pam Montgomery, Plant Spirit Healing: A Guide to Working with Plant Consciousness (Get the book.)

"Each and every day we are exposed to thousands and thousands and thousands of chemicals that work to destroy the hormonal balance of our bodies—with disastrous effects. Correcting these imbalances can save our health—and our sanity!! 9. Water. Unknowingly, 53 million Americans drink tap water that is polluted by feces, radiation, or other contaminants. Half of all Americans drink water that has been used at least once before. 10. Your Mouth. A visit to your dentist could be deadly—unless you know what to look out for. 11. Cleansing Your Liver and Blood."
- Jon Barron, Lessons from The Miracle Doctors: A Step-by-Step Guide to Optimum Health and Relief from Catastrophic Illness (Get the book.)

"Even if the cow's milk you get is free of chemicals, growth hormones, allergenic proteins, blood, pus, antibiotics, bacteria, and viruses typically found in milk, you still have major problems. Cow's milk is not designed for people. For one thing, it has 20 times the casein of human milk.2 (Human milk is designed to take an infant from 8 pounds to 40 pounds in 18 months. Cow's milk is designed to take a calf from 90 pounds to 1,000 pounds in about 24 months. Although they are both white, mother's milk and cow's milk 'Just as an example, over 90% of today's chickens are fed arsenic compounds."

- Jon Barron, Lessons from The Miracle Doctors: A Step-by-Step Guide to Optimum Health and Relief from Catastrophic Illness (Get the book.)

"In this disorder, your bowel lacks enough of the chemicals that break down the sugar lactose, which is found in milk products. A test will allow your doctor to diagnose this insufficiency. Incidentally, many people have experienced an isolated episode of food-related IBS after eating several hand-fuls of sugar-free candy quickly. Aspartame, the chemical with the brand name NutraSweet that is found in many candies and sodas, is non-nutritional and is not absorbed into your body."
- Benjamin H. Natelson, M.D., Your Symptoms Are Real: What to Do When Your Doctor Says Nothing Is Wrong (Get the book.)

"We'll take biological samples, we'll take blood, we'll take urine, we'll take hair from the mom, to measure all the chemicals that were in her body that might influence the health of the baby. When the baby is born, we'll take a sample of blood from the umbilical cord, we'll take a sample of the placenta. We'll do a careful examination of the baby. And during the pregnancy, we will have looked at the baby through a very systematic ultrasound examination, and then do a newborn exam."
- Deirdre Imus, Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care: Volume 2 in the Bestselling Green This! Series (Green This!) (Get the book.)

"Benfotiamine activates the enzyme transketolase, which in turn makes triosephosphates into harmless chemicals, inhibiting the damaging action of glycation. We strongly believe that benfotiamine supplementation is very beneficial for patients who have diabetic neuropathy, diabetic retinopathy, and kidney disease. In a recent study, a daily dose of 1,050 mg of benfotiamine dramatically reduced endothelial and oxidative damage in patients who were on high-glycotoxin diets. Lower doses have shown benefit in type 2 diabetic patients in the context of painful peripheral diabetic neuropathy."
- Steven V. Joyal, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Diabetes: An Innovative Program to Prevent, Treat, and Beat This Controllable Disease (Get the book.)

"Diabetes test strips are coated with chemicals (such as dehydrogenase, glucose oxidase, or hexokinase) that react with the glucose in blood. The meter determines how much glucose is present in the sample and displays the results on the meter's screen in about ten to fifteen seconds. Portable blood glucose meters vary in size, speed of reporting, cost, amount of information they can store, and whether they can connect to personal computers. Some even come equipped with an alarm that reminds you to take your sample."

- Steven V. Joyal, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Diabetes: An Innovative Program to Prevent, Treat, and Beat This Controllable Disease (Get the book.)

"If you're going to eat meat, buy only organic meat to avoid exposure to the whole range of chemicals,' growth hormones, and parasites present in beef and chicken, or the high levels of toxic metals present in most fish. If it isn't available locally, pressure your supermarket to carry it as an option. 2. What About Dairy? The average American typically eats close to 600 pounds of dairy products a year, which makes it the single largest component of their diet. Unfortunately, this may not be as healthy as the milk ads you see on TV would lead you to believe."
- Jon Barron, Lessons from The Miracle Doctors: A Step-by-Step Guide to Optimum Health and Relief from Catastrophic Illness (Get the book.)

"However, brain-active chemicals besides serotonin can also affect mood. Altering levels of a different neurotransmitter called norepinephrine (also called noradrenaline) can also alter mood. When someone with medical symptoms other than pain also has depression, I usually start with drugs in the SSRI class, such as esc-italopram (Lexapro). An added benefit of this particular SSRI is that it can also relieve anxiety and sometimes improve sleep. When widespread pain and depression coexist, I choose to prescribe duloxetine (Cymbalta), a drug that alters both serotonin and norepinephrine."
- Benjamin H. Natelson, M.D., Your Symptoms Are Real: What to Do When Your Doctor Says Nothing Is Wrong (Get the book.)

"The combined effect of the chemicals together exceeds the effects of any one chemical in isolation. Teratogen: Teratogens are substances that interfere with embryonic or fetal development, causing malformation or serious deviation from normal development in the womb. Toxic: Harmful. Any substance or chemical can be toxic at a certain dose (amount). The dose is what determines the potential harm of a chemical and whether it would cause someone to get sick."
- Deirdre Imus, Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care: Volume 2 in the Bestselling Green This! Series (Green This!) (Get the book.)

"Symptoms include: chronic fatigue (especially after eating), depression, bloating, gas, cramps, chronic diarrhea or constipation, rectal itching, allergies, severe PMS, impotence, memory loss, severe mood swings, recurrent fungal infections (such as athlete's foot), extreme sensitivity to chemicals (perfumes, smoke, odors, etc.), and lightheadedness or drunkenness after minimal wine, beer, or sugar. But It's Even Worse The situation is serious. Diseases of the digestive system have reached an all-time high in the United States and are still on the rise."
- Jon Barron, Lessons from The Miracle Doctors: A Step-by-Step Guide to Optimum Health and Relief from Catastrophic Illness (Get the book.)

"DHA contributes to the function of brain cell receptors, which allow the entry of important neurological chemicals, including neurotransmitters and hormones. EFAs are especially likely to be low in kids with bowel dysbiosis, because of poor assimilation of dietary EFAs. EFAs are critically important as anti-inflammatories and as the primary building material for cell membranes, which let nutrients in and toxins out. When cell membranes don't have enough of the right EFAs, they become inflexible, and don't facilitate the exchange of nutrients-in, toxins-out."
- Kenneth Bock, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders (Get the book.)

"These inflammatory chemicals trigger a cascade of allergic symptoms that can affect the skin, intestines, cardiovascular or Common Sources of Food Allergies Eggs Fish Milk Peanuts Shellfish Soy Tree Nuts Wheat n__r Food Allergy versus Food Intolerance A food intolerance does not involve the immune system. For example, the food intolerance to lactose, called lactose intolerance, is caused by a lack of the digestive enzyme lactase, which breaks lactose down into its digestible parts."
- Allison Tannis, Probiotic Rescue: How You can use Probiotics to Fight Cholesterol, Cancer, Superbugs, Digestive Complaints and More (Get the book.)

"Laundry Detergent and other household cleaners also contain chemicals that are suspected to be carcinogens. Trisodium nitriotriacetate (NTA) is found in many laundry soaps and is a suspected human carcinogen. Toilet bowl cleaners can contain ethoxylated nonyl phenols, which are suspected endocrine disrupters. Silica, which is present in abrasive powder cleaners, is a known carcinogen. • Phthalates are widely used to make plastics and in personal care products. They are endocrine disrupting and medical literature suggests they may be linked to some reproductive defects in the male fetus."

- Allison Tannis, Probiotic Rescue: How You can use Probiotics to Fight Cholesterol, Cancer, Superbugs, Digestive Complaints and More (Get the book.)

"A biochemist, John Nicholson, produced the chemicals for screening. They were lucky. They discovered a new nsaid, ibuprofen, which was patented in the late 1960s and marketed shortly thereafter as Brufen in Britain and as Motrin under license to Upjohn in the United States. The floodgates to nsaid development were opened and marketing became ever more vicious. Motrin was the first New Age nsaid, the first anti-inflammatory agent to undergo scrutiny by the modern fda."
- Nortin M. Hadler MD, Worried Sick: A Prescription for Health in an Overtreated America (Get the book.)

"Due to the health hazards associated with xenoestrogens that were mentioned in Chapter 2, we urge you to eat only organic meats and poultry, which are produced without chemicals or growth hormones. Even with organic meats, some choices are better sources of protein than others. Red meat is usually higher in fat, particularly saturated fat. There are, however, plenty of lean complete proteins, including the breast meat of poultry and eggs from organic, free-running hens."
- C. W. Randolph, M.D., From Belly Fat to Belly FLAT: How Your Hormones Are Adding Inches to Your Waistline and Subtracting Years from Your Life (Get the book.)

"The coalition's goal is to protect consumer health by requiring the health and beauty industry to phase out the use of chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, and other health problems, and replace them with safer alternatives. The Safe Cosmetics Campaign began in 2002 with the release of a report, Not Too Pretty: Phthalates, Beauty Products and the FDA."

- C. W. Randolph, M.D., From Belly Fat to Belly FLAT: How Your Hormones Are Adding Inches to Your Waistline and Subtracting Years from Your Life (Get the book.)

"Exposure to these chemicals could disrupt the body's hormone signals that regulate reproduction and development, either by blocking or mimicking the action of hormones. In men, endocrine disruptors can lead to reduced sperm counts and undescended testicles. Endocrine disruptors are also associated with endometriosis, altered immune function, and developmental disabilities. Environmental contaminant: A substance (chemical) that gets into a system (person, animal, or the environment) in amounts higher than the expected or naturally occurring levels in a specific environment."
- Deirdre Imus, Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care: Volume 2 in the Bestselling Green This! Series (Green This!) (Get the book.)

"A related cause is the lack of the ancillary chemicals, or coenzymes, that allow digestive enzymes to function properly. Among autistic kids, the most frequent enzyme problems are: Deficiency of the DPP4 enzyme, which breaks down gluten and casein. • Deficiency of lipase enzymes, which break down fat. Deficiency of sugar-digesting enzymes, which break down complex dietary sugars. Incomplete breakdown of gluten and casein, fatty acids, and complex sugars can result in the creation of partially digested molecules, including neurotoxic partial proteins, or peptides."
- Kenneth Bock, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders (Get the book.)

"Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey is sponsoring this bill, which requires all chemicals used in the home to be evaluated for their safety on children. It also mandates that companies list any ingredients in their products that are mutagens, teratogens, endocrine or hormone disrupters, neurotoxins, or carcinogens. Combating Autism Act of 2006: The Senate unanimously passed this crucial piece of legislation on August 3, 2006, and President Bush signed it into law four months later."
- Deirdre Imus, Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care: Volume 2 in the Bestselling Green This! Series (Green This!) (Get the book.)

"Also, our foods have been fouled with chemicals, hormones, and antibiotics to a level that was unheard of twenty years ago. The total toxic burden on the average American is measurably higher than it was even ten years ago. 2. Nutrition Deteriorated. The average intake of essential nutrients has steadily declined since the 1980s, and the eating of unhealthy foods has increased. Children, significantly more than adults, have been lured into the seductive sump of fast foods and processed foods."
- Kenneth Bock, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders (Get the book.)

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