7 Ways Plastics Damage the Body

Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., D.A.C.B.N., M.S.

Plastics (or the chemical name, phthalates) are now considered the number one pollutant in the human body. They make products flexible, durable, and these chemicals are also in items you would not consider to be plastics, like pesticides, detergents, cosmetics, medications, or your shampoo. They are found everywhere. It is difficult to completely avoid them. 

You can live in the most pristine place on planet earth and still find animals polluted with plastics.

It is an interesting fact that plasticizers are over 10,000 to 1,000,000 times higher in our bodies than any other toxins that have been found in EPA studies.

Unfortunately once in the body, these plastics do enormous damage.

7 Ways Plastics Damage the Body

1: Phthalates damage the chemistry of fatty acids most importantly, the fatty acid, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). This is the fundamental chemistry necessary for making every cell lining or membrane. These fatty acids are the foundation for brain health including memory and recall.

2: Phthalates can create a zinc deficiency which will compromise the metabolism of vitamins A and B-6. In turn this could lead to conditions such as indigestion, depression, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and accelerated aging.

As a quick side note the combination of low zinc and low DHA can lead to chronic inflammation. Medical literature has clearly identified chronic inflammation as one of the most common underlying pathologies of most diseases leading to auto-immune diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, MS) to cancer and heart disease.

3: Phthalates has been found to be responsible for damaging the pancreas leading to diabetes, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome X.

4: Phthalates has been found to lower sulfation.  This means that you are no longer able to effectively detoxify like you should. This in turn can lead to a whole host of health challenges.

5: Phthalates damage hormone function, especially thyroid and testosterone.

6: Phthalates can poison the peroxisomes needed for the control of the chemistry of cholesterol. They can cause high cholesterol while at the same time keep cholesterol from forming the “happy hormones” (neurotransmitters) of the brain.

7: Phthalates can damage the body’s ability to make catalase. Catalase is absolutely essential for devouring up the hydrogen peroxide that cancer cells make to allow them to metastasize or wildly spread throughout the body. Lack of catalase is a reason why many cancers briefly seem to be in remission after treatments, only to resurface months or years later with lethal consequences.

These are only 7 of the devastating effects of plastics in our bodies. Many diseases will never be cured until the phthalates are out.

Source: http://www.functionalmedicineuniversity.com/public/919.cfm

High self-esteem boosts health in seniors

“Because self-esteem is associated with psychological well-being and physical health, raising self-esteem would be an ideal way to help prevent health problems later in life,” says Liu. She suggests making new friends or doing whatever else helps promote feelings of self-worth.

“Improving self-esteem provides real health benefits in seniors,” Liu adds.

Read more:  http://www.thesundaily.my/news/988873

Hospital over-stayers: Man chalks up 400-day stay

SINGAPORE – A 67-year-old man suffered a head injury after being hit by a heavy object and was sent to the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital for treatment. He ended up staying for a total of 400 days because his family could not care for him at home. They also declined to send him to a rehabilitation hospital because of the high cost of care. Shin Min Daily News reported that the patient first stayed at the hospital for 143 days. But he came back and admitted himself again the very next day, and ended up staying for another 257 days. The patient required at least two people to look after his daily needs after his operation. But the man’s wife was unable to look after him alone, and their maid could not help either. The hospital’s suggestion that the family send the patient to a rehabilitation hospital did not work out too, as they felt the cost of care there was too high. Social workers at the hospital also suggested that the family rent out a room at home to raise money for his care, but that was not taken up by the family.

Read more: http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/hospital-over-stayers-man-chalks-400-day-stay

Shaman uses ‘bamboo binocular’ to find missing plane

A shaman claiming to be one of Malaysia’s top leaders has used an unusual spiritual technique in a bid to find missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Read more: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/2014/03/11/18/07/shaman-uses-bamboo-binoculars-to-find-missing-plane

 Now Arabs say Putrajaya using ‘magic’ to find plane with bomoh’s antics at KLIA

An Arab news portal has reported that Malaysia had resorted to using “magic” as a last resort to locate the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370.

Alarabiya.net in a report about the bomoh (Malay for shaman) carrying out rituals at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) had said that Putrajaya had allowed witch doctors to carry out rituals at the KLIA in a desperate attempt to find the plane.

Read more: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/now-arabs-say-putrajaya-using-magic-to-find-plane-with-bomohs-antics-at-kli

Missing Malaysian Airlines flight update: Malaysia hires witch doctor to find missing plane

Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/china-mocks-malaysia-for-hiring-witch-doctor-to-find-missing-plane/1/349324.html

Malaysian Shaman Performs Ritual for Missing Plane

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/missing-jet/malaysian-shaman-performs-ritual-missing-plane-n50691

 Scholars must speak out against bomoh’s antics

Global media will waste no time in reporting that Malaysian Muslims have resorted to voodoo to seek closure.

Read more:  http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2014/03/13/scholars-must-speak-out-against-bomohs-antics/

Japan stem cell scientist calls for retraction of study

TOKYO: A co-author of a Japanese study that promised a revolutionary way to create stem cells has called for the headline-grabbing research to be retracted over claims its data was faulty.

The findings, published by Japanese researcher Haruko Obokata and US-based scientists, outlined a simple and low-tech approach in the quest to grow transplant tissue in the lab.

The study was touted as the third great advance in stem cells – a futuristic field that aims to reverse Alzheimer’s, cancer and other crippling or lethal diseases.

But it faced hard questions as the Japan-based Riken institute, which sponsored the study, launched a probe last month over the credibility of data used in the explosive findings.

Read more:  http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/world/2014/03/11/japan-stem-cell-scientist-calls-for-retraction-of-study/

Some kidney patients refuse treatment and choose to die

SINGAPORE – Every year, some people choose death over dialysis when their kidneys fail.

Without dialysis to clear toxins in their body, they are unlikely to survive long.

But there are others who are forced to forgo dialysis because they cannot afford it, or because their families said no.

At the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH), 24 patients suitable for dialysis declined the procedure in 2011.

Instead, they were placed under palliative care to ease their suffering as they died.

Out of this group, 10 turned down dialysis because they did not have anyone to take them for the treatment or help them with home dialysis.

Two among them wanted the treatment, but their families refused.

Another four turned down the procedure because they did not want to be a burden to their families as they were “old already”.

Six rejected dialysis because it was too expensive.

Read more: http://yourhealth.asiaone.com/content/some-kidney-patients-refuse-treatment-and-choose-die

Passive smoking causes irreversible damage to kids’ arteries

LONDON – Exposure to second-hand smoke in childhood causes irreversible damage to children’s arteries – increasing their risk of heart attacks or strokes when they grow up, according to a large international study published on Wednesday.The research, which lends weight to campaigns for smoking to be banned in private cars and homes, found passive smoking leads to a thickening of children’s artery walls, adding some 3.3 years to the age of blood vessels by adulthood.”Exposure to passive smoke in childhood causes direct and irreversible damage to the structure of the arteries,” said Seana Gall, a researcher in cardiovascular epidemiology who led the study at the University of Tasmania.

Smoking causes lung cancer, which is often fatal, and is the world’s biggest cause of premature death from chronic conditions like heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure. On top of the 6 million people a year killed by their own smoking, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says another 600,000 die a year as a result of exposure to other peoples’ smoke – so-called second-hand or passive smoking. Of the more than 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke, at least 250 are known to be harmful and more than 50 are known to cause cancer, the WHO says – and creating 100 per cent smoke-free environments is the only way to protect people fully.

Read more: http://news.asiaone.com/news/yourhealth/passive-smoking-causes-irreversible-damage-kids-arteries