Friday, October 28, 2016

Health Crisis: The Ripple Effect from Environmental Toxins Within the Body

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Health Crisis: The Ripple Effect from Environmental Toxins Within the Body  


Neurotransmitters are chemicals in the brain that act as messengers between neurons. The effects of neurotransmitters are far-reaching and encompass most bodily processes, including: physical and cognitive performance, weight, the perception and response to pain, sleep patterns and our emotional and mental state of being. If neurotransmitter chemicals are imbalanced, the entire body is thrown off kilter, and it is estimated that 80 percent of people have some form of neurotransmitter imbalance.

March 2010 study found that toxin exposure can affect neurotransmitters--even halt their activity. This leads us to wonder: how are we affected?

There is no doubt that human exposure to toxins is on the rise. According to WHO:
"Unintentional poisonings kill an estimated 355,000 people globally each year. In developing countries – where two thirds of these deaths occur – such poisonings are associated strongly with excessive exposure to, and inappropriate use of, toxic chemicals. In many such settings, toxic chemicals may be emitted directly into soil, air, and water – from industrial processes, pulp and paper plants, tanning operations, mining, and unsustainable forms of agriculture – at levels or rates well in excess of those tolerable to human health."

One of the most notorious environmental toxins is RoundUp weed killer. Just last year, WHO declared Monsanto's signature product, RoundUp (or glyphosate), as carcinogenic. However, the tables seemed to turn this year as Roundup/glyphosate was given a clean bill of health by the UN’s joint meeting on pesticides residues (JMPR), just two days before a crunch EU vote on whether to relicense it. Interestingly, later in the year, it was announced that pharma giant Bayer would be purchasing Monsanto. Bayer CEO Werner Baumann said, "This step is entirely logical. The two companies are a perfect fit and complement each other ideally."

Baumann's statement is especially troubling, given that in 2009, Scientific Americanpublished a study which found "Roundup’s inert ingredients amplified the toxic effect on human cells [particularly embryonic, placental and umbilical cord cells]—even at concentrations much more diluted than those used on farms and lawns."

Ecowatch published a list of conditions that can be linked to Roundup, which we've included below:
  • ADHD: In farming communities, there’s a strong correlation between Roundup exposure and attention deficit disorder (ADHD), likely due to glyphosate’s capacity to disrupt thyroid hormone functions.
  • Alzheimer’s disease: In the lab, Roundup causes the same type of oxidative stress and neural cell death observed in Alzheimer’s disease. And it affects CaMKII, an enzyme whose dysregulation has also been linked to the disease.
  • Anencephaly (birth defect): An investigation into neural tube defects among babies born to women living within 1,000 meters of pesticide applications showed an association for glyphosate with anencephaly, the absence of a major portion of the brain, skull and scalp that forms during embryonic development.
  • Autism: Glyphosate has a number of known biological effects that align with the known pathologies associated with autism. One of these parallels is the gut dysbiosis observed in autistic children and the toxicity of glyphosate to beneficial bacteria that suppress pathogenic bacteria, along with pathogenic bacteria’s high resistance to glyphosate. In addition, glyphosate’s capacity to promote aluminum accumulation in the brain may make it the principal cause of autism in the U.S.
  • Birth defects: Roundup and glyphosate can disrupt the Vitamin A (retinoic acid) signaling pathway, which is crucial for normal fetal development. The babies of women living within one kilometer of fields sprayed with glyphosate were more than twice as likely to have birth defects according to a study from Paraguay. Congenital defects quadrupled in the decade after Roundup Ready crops arrived in Chaco, a province in Argentina where glyphosate is used roughly eight to ten times more per acre than in the U.S. A study of one farming family in the U.S. documented elevated levels of glyphosate and birth defects in the children, including an imperforate anus, growth hormone deficiency, hypospadias (an abnormally placed urinary hole), a heart defect and a micro penis.
  • Brain cancer: In a study of children with brain cancer compared with healthy children, researchers found that if either parent had been exposed to Roundup during the two years before the child's birth, the chances of the child developing brain cancer doubled.
  • Breast cancer: Glyphosate induces human breast cancer cells growth via estrogen receptors. The only long-term animal study of glyphosate exposure produced rats with mammary tumors and shortened life-spans.
  • Cancer: House-to-house surveys of 65,000 people in farming communities in Argentina where Roundup is used, known there as the fumigated towns, found cancer rates two to four times higher than the national average, with increases in breast, prostate and lung cancers. In acomparison of two villages, in the one where Roundup was sprayed, 31 percent of residents had a family member with cancer, while only 3 percent of residents in a ranching village without spraying had one. The high cancer rates among people exposed to Roundup likely stem from glyphosate’s known capacity to induce DNA damage, which has been demonstrated in numerous lab tests.
  • Celiac disease and gluten intolerance: Fish exposed to glyphosate develop digestive problems that are reminiscent of celiac disease. There are parallels between the characteristics of celiac disease and the known effects of glyphosate. These include imbalances in gut bacteria, impairment in enzymes involved with detoxifying environmental toxins, mineral deficiencies and amino acid depletion.
  • Chronic kidney disease: Increases in the use of glyphosate may explain the recent surge in kidney failure among agricultural workers in Central America, Sri Lanka and India. Scientists have concluded, “Although glyphosate alone does not cause an epidemic of chronic kidney disease, it seems to have acquired the ability to destroy the renal tissues of thousands of farmers when it forms complexes with [hard water] and nephrotoxic metals.”
  • Colitis: The toxicity of glyphosate to beneficial bacteria that suppress clostridia, along with clostridia’s high resistance to glyphosate, could be a significant predisposing factor in the overgrowth of clostridia. Overgrowth of clostridia, specifically C. difficile, is a well-established causal factor in colitis.
  • Depression: Glyphosate disrupts chemical processes that impact the production of serotonin, an important neurotransmitter that regulates mood, appetite and sleep. Serotonin impairment has been linked to depression.
  • Diabetes: Low levels of testosterone are a risk factor for Type 2 diabetes. Rats fed environmentally relevant doses of Roundup over a period of 30 days spanning the onset of puberty had reduced testosterone production sufficient to alter testicular cell morphology and to delay the onset of puberty.
  • Heart disease: Glyphosate can disrupt the body’s enzymes, causing lysosomal dysfunction, a major factor in cardiovascular disease and heart failure.
  • Hypothyroidism: House-to-house surveys of 65,000 people in farming communities in Argentina where Roundup is used, known there as the fumigated towns, found higher rates of hypothyroidism.
  • Inflammatory Bowl Disease (“Leaky Gut Syndrome”): Glyphosate can induce severe tryptophan deficiency, which can lead to an extreme inflammatory bowel disease that severely impairs the ability to absorb nutrients through the gut, due to inflammation, bleeding and diarrhea.
  • Liver disease: Very low doses of Roundup can disrupt human liver cell function, according to a2009 study published in Toxicology.
  • Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS): Sulfate deficiency in the brain has been associated with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Glyphosate disrupts sulfate transport from the gut to the liver, and may lead over time to severe sulfate deficiency throughout all the tissues, including the brain.
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS): An increased incidence of inflammatory bowel disease (IBS) has been found in association with MS. Glyphosate may be a causal factor. The hypothesis is that glyphosate-induced IBS causes gut bacteria to leak into the vasculature, triggering an immune reaction and consequently an autoimmune disorder resulting in destruction of the myelin sheath.
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma: A systematic review and a series of meta-analyses of nearly three decades worth of epidemiologic research on the relationship between non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) and occupational exposure to agricultural pesticides found that B cell lymphoma was positively associated with glyphosate.
  • Parkinson’s disease: The brain-damaging effects of herbicides have been recognized as the main environmental factor associated with neurodegenerative disorders, including Parkinson's disease. The onset of Parkinson’s following exposure to glyphosate has been well documented and lab studies show that glyphosate induces the cell death characteristic of the disease.
  • Pregnancy problems (infertility, miscarriages, stillbirths): Glyphosate is toxic to human placental cells, which, scientists say, explains the pregnancy problems of agricultural workers exposed to the herbicide.
  • Obesity: An experiment involving the transfer of a strain of endotoxin-producing bacteria from the gut of an obese human to the guts of mice caused the mice to become obese. Since glyphosate induces a shift in gut bacteria towards endotoxin-producers, glyphosate exposure may contribute to obesity in this way.
  • Reproductive problems:  Studies of laboratory animals have found that male rats exposed to high levels of glyphosate, either during prenatal or pubertal development, suffer from reproductive problems, including delayed puberty, decreased sperm production, and decreased testosterone production.
  • Respiratory illnesses: House-to-house surveys of 65,000 people in farming communities in Argentina where Roundup is used, known there as the fumigated towns, found higher rates of chronic respiratory illnesses.
Bayer purchasing Monsanto: “A perfect fit and complement each other ideally," according to Bayer CEO Werner Baumann. The question that remains is: are they the perfect fit for humanity and ideally for a healthy society? The clinical studies prove they are not.

For more information, see the video below (aprx. 24 minutes long):
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Friday, October 21, 2016

Opioid Crisis and Canada's Admitted Epidemic

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Opioid Crisis and Canada's Admitted Epidemic  


Canada's opioid epidemic continues, with the latest news coming from Ontario. Currently, opioid misuse is the third leading cause of death in the province.

The newest measures to stem the tide of addiction include theappointment of Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, as Ontario’s first-ever Provincial Overdose Coordinator. His office will launch a new surveillance and reporting system to better respond to opioid overdoses in a timely manner and inform how best to direct care.

The province will also develop standards for opioid prescription to prevent overprescription--these will be released in 2017-2018. Other controls will be introduced, as well: next year, high-strength versions of long-acting opioids will be de-listed from the Ontario Drug Benefit Formulary. Access to the overdose medication naloxone will also be expanded and offered free of charge. One change that has already taken effect is strictercontrols on the prescribing and dispensing of fentanyl patches. Patients are now required to return used fentanyl patches to their pharmacy before more patches can be dispensed.

Interestingly, there have been no mentions of ceasing or even reducing opioid production--only controlling access and establishing more pain clinics to put a bandage over the problem. With the impending Health Canada measures to treat natural products as drugs, it will be increasingly difficult for customers to distinguish the two. Will customers choose the natural option without side effects, or the allopathic option with its risks?

Avoiding opioids is the safest option. Doctor's Choice offers several natural pain relief products, including DMSO and Sweet Relief MSM Cream. These products have greatreviews, and we recommend them to anyone seeking natural pain relief without the damaging effects of opioids.
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Friday, October 14, 2016

The Function of B's

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The Function of B's  


Why are B Vitamins so important?

B Vitamins are responsible for a host of bodily functions. Below are a few:

Immunity: A study found that Vitamin B9 (folic acid) and B2 (riboflavin) are recognized by specialized immune cells (mucosal associated invariant T cells, or MAIT cells) in triggering the body's immune system response.

Mood and Mental Function: Psychology Today reported that in particular, B12 and folate may ward off depression and other mental problems. Another study used high doses of B vitamins to minimize brain shrinkage, which often precedes Alzheimer's disease.

Growth: Early on, the Canadian Medical Association Journal noted that children who were given 10 mcg of B12 for at least 6 weeks experienced improved growth rates and scholastic abilities.

Because animal protein sources are generally considered the best and most absorbable form of B Vitamins in our diet, vegans and vegetarians are especially susceptible to deficiency, as well as older adults.

This is why our Next Generation B Complex is so special—it is organic, vegan, non-GMO plant-based nutrition derived from spirulina, shiitake mushrooms, and acerola berries. It has added PABA, Biotin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Vitamin D3 in a proprietary blend of organic ginger, turmeric, spinach and blueberry. Even the Vitamin D-3 is pure, natural and vegan—it is derived from lichen.

Next Generation B-Complex is a real organic daily food supplement; the plant-based vitamins are in their active state for cellular absorption, without the necessity of first converting within the body as is the case with synthetic B’s. This is a completely unique B-Complex, which is why we call it the “next generation!”

If you are on the hunt for a better B Complex, try our Next Generation B Complex today!


 

CEO Eldon Dahl on CNHR Podcast!


Life Choice CEO Eldon Dahl joins with other industry notables to discuss the impending Health Canada legislation. For more info click here!
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Friday, October 7, 2016

Couples Struggle with Infertility

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Couples Struggle with Infertility  


Recently, the Cochrane Eagle ran a story on a young couple, Ayla and Caleb Langford, who are documenting their struggle. They are 23 and have been married for 3 years. Their struggle is with infertility. Aside from the emotional heartache, they have also accumulated over $40,000 in debt due to unsuccessful IVF (in vitro fertilization) and IUI (intrauterine insemination). Sadly, infertility is a prevalent concern in Canada, with one in six couples facing infertility.

For men, erectile dysfunction and declining sperm count are the major concerns, especially after the age of 41. In fact, between the ages of 41 and 45, male fertility decreases 7% per year. Vital Link noted that in the last 50 years, sperm levels have declined from 113 million/mL in 1940 to 66 million/mL in 1990. The researchers concluded that this is likely due to the increase of environmental estrogens, oxidative stress, and STDs. For women, ovulation has steadily declined over the last 30 years. If conception is achieved, frequent miscarriages point to the deterioration of the human reproductive system.

Estrogens have become more prevalent in the environment due to the increased use of oral contraceptives; estrogen leaves the body through urination, but it is often not removed in waste treatment, and is then redeposited in tap water. Some herbicides and pesticides, as well as phthalates, can also harm sperm production. BPA can also inhibit androgens. BPA exposure contributed to a 4x greater risk of inhibited sperm motility.

These challenges are significant, but they can be overcome. Lifestyle choices are one important piece of the puzzle. High fat foods can also be detrimental to sperm health. Similarly, trans-fat consumption is related to lower semen parameters, including volume. Eating healthy, not smoking, drinking only in moderation, limiting exposure to chemicals, and keeping smartphones at least 1 foot from the genital area can be helpful. GMOs are also dangerous, and avoiding them is crucial, especially for couples trying to conceive. If you’re looking to have a child, it’s also a good idea to avoid hot tubs, as sperm like cool temperatures.

Also, avoid glyphosate. Multiple papers on rodent studies have indicated disruption of the male reproductive system by glyphosate, used in the herbicide Roundup. Acute treatment of 60-day-old male Sprague-Dawley rats to Roundup® caused a marked increase in aromatase mRNA in testicular tissue,[56] likely reflecting an increase in production due to suppression of the activity of aromatase (CYP 19), accompanied by abnormal sperm morphology. Aromatase participates in both hormone synthesis and metabolism. It is an important enzyme in testes that converts testosterone to estrogen, thus regulating the balance of sex hormones. In similar studies, consequences for sperm included a decline in sperm volume and concentration, as well as a decline in semen initial fructose and osmolality.

Natural supplementation can also be helpful, provided that you do your homework to find a product that has natural ingredients with a proven track record. Life Choice® has a licensed male enhancement product, Fiery Male®, which helps enhance male physical capacity and performance. The components of this formula are designed not as a shortcut, but as one piece of the fertility solution. Ingredients such as Panax ginseng root, royal jelly, horny goat weed, fermented L-Arginine, and a total of 16 clinically tested ingredients help Fiery Male® work from the inside out to balance hormones levels and, over time, produce reliable, lasting results.

L-Arginine by itself is also great for reproductive issues. Studies suggest that sexual maturity may be delayed by arginine deficiency, implying that arginine is useful in treating sterility in men. It is found in high concentration in the skin and connective tissues, making it helpful for healing and repair of damaged tissue.

For women, the hormone balancing ingredients in Progest Liposome Cream have shown their ability to increase the reproductive system, reduce vaginal dryness, and lessen anxiety and irritability. Balanced Female works in conjunction with Progest Cream, balancing hormones from the inside out.

A couple once mentioned that they were worried about their ability to conceive. The gentleman started taking Fiery Male and L-Arginine, while the lady was on Balanced Female, Progest Liposome Cream, and L-Arginine. Much to their surprise, soon after, she became pregnant with twins!

While outside medical intervention may be needed for some infertility cases, we recommend trying all available natural avenues first for the best chance at pregnancy.
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