Have you noticed the alarming increase in people suffering from chronic health issues? Obesity on the rise including young children, along with diabetes, allergies, autism, many cancers, autoimmune issues, and so much more.
Our health is at stake and much of it at the root of our food supply which has changed dramatically over the last few decades with the introduction of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and without adequately testing their impact on human health or our environment. As a result, with GMOs now unleashed into our food system, the American food industry is producing products with potential to negatively impact the health of us all. Read the rest of this entry »
Do you know someone who”s been affected by this debilitating condition? Those chances are increasing with as many as one million Americans now living with Parkinson’s Disease (PD), and about 60,000 Americans diagnosed with it annually. Research studies reveal convincing evidence of its link to environmental exposure in our increasing toxic world.
My dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease when he was 59, so it became a very personal research project as to its cause, managing symptoms and prognosis. My fast moving, quick-witted, and animated dad was ultimately transformed–slowed down, sometimes unable to move or speak,and many of his characteristic facial expressions disappeared, among other heart-breaking symptoms. When my dad was diagnosed in the 70′s, PD didn’t have the same visibility as it does today due to the public awareness generated by actor, Michael J. Fox who was stricken with PD in his mid-thirties.
A new study led by researchers at The Parkinson’s Institute, published Nov. 14 in the journal Annals of Neurology reports “Our study confirms that common environmental contaminants may increase the risk of developing [Parkinson's], which has considerable public health implications,” according to Dr. Samuel Goldman and his colleagues. This study indicates that exposure to the industrial solvent trichloroethylene (TCE) appears to greatly increase the risk of PD, a sixfold increased risk of Parkinson’s disease. Exposure to two other solvents perchloroethylene (PERC) and carbon tetrachloride (CCI4) also boost the chances of developing the neurodegenerative disorder. All three solvents linked to Parkinson’s are used extensively worldwide. TCE is a common agent in paints, adhesives, carpet cleaners and dry-cleaning solutions. In the U.S., millions of pounds of TCE are released into the environment each year. While this study focused on job-related exposure, the solvents are common in soil, groundwater and the air in the United States. For example, TCE is detected in up to 30 percent of the nation’s drinking water supplies, according to the researchers. Read the rest of this entry »
As a wellness and transformation coach, I’m continually researching what’s happening in health today and tracking trends. Clearly, America is suffering as reflected in increasing rates of disease, and linked to changes which have occurred in past few decades in an essential component of good health—our food.
What a sight last Wednesday night to see throngs of people purchasing tickets for an Environmental Working Group event featuring author and food activist, Michael Pollan, who’s definitely concerned about what’s happening to American food, or as he referenced now appearing as “edible foodlike substances, which are no longer the products of nature but of food science.
Pollan walked on stage, carrying two grocery bags filled with a sampling from today’s supermarket. Pulling out item after item, he referenced failed nutrition policies, increasing nutritional deficiencies and how the food industry has changed what America eats and the correlations to increasing obesity, cancers and other health issues. In the past three decades since government has been doling out dietary advice, millions of Americans are now sicker and fatter.
While items are now packaged with health claims, they’re often anything but healthy. The more we worry and obsess about nutrition, the less healthy we’re becoming. With two-thirds of Americans now overweight, and one third clinically obese, and estimates projecting an entire nation of overweight citizens by 2040 based on current trends, our 21st century Western diet, typically loaded with sugar, salt, chemicals and non-nutritive substances, has led Americans down the road to more illness and obesity. Read the rest of this entry »
Whenever I’m coaching clients or giving presentations about creating and sustaining wellness today, I hear lots of wishes: “I wish I could get my energy back . . . I wish I could lose this weight . . . I wish I could feel good again. My body seems so out of balance.” People are often trying to do the right things, trying to eat foods they think are healthy (this is where things get very dicey) , include exercise, but many are not getting desired results.
The fact is our world has changed and new factors are impacting health today and putting wellness at risk–toxicity, stress & nutritional bankruptcy of food are contributing to weight gain, energy drain, immune problems, sleep issues and more.
People are packing on pounds, often around their midriff, as fat cells surround toxins as a means of protection. Problem is, all that protection against toxic invasion is causing lots of people to gain weight, and along with it, increased risk of widespread health problems and chronic health issues. Read the rest of this entry »
There are more than 80,000 chemicals in use in North America. Only a fraction have ever been tested individually for their impact upon humans. Pretty scary. That’s of great concern to many today who have awakened to the realities of 21st century. I’m among them and wondering right now about the impact from the noxious fumes being emitted from my brand new keyboard. The plethora of plastics is just one of the multiple sources of toxic exposure today.
Indeed, we’re living in a toxic stew and it’s brewing up plenty of health concerns. Presidential cancer advisers serving on the President’s Cancer Panel commented in their letter to President Obama, “The American people–even before they are born–are bombarded continually with myriad combinations of these dangerous exposures” Among their many recommendations, increase, broaden and improve research regarding environmental contaminants and human health.
A recent Toxic America CNN special report highlighted growing daily exposure from our lifestyle largely dependent upon chemicals: storage containers, food wrap, cookware, carpets, shower curtains, clothes, personal care products, electronics, bedding . . .”In short, every room in almost every house in the United States is likely to contain at least one of these chemicals, many of which did not exist a century ago.”
Paula-Baillie-Hamilton, MD, PhD, author of Toxic Overload has long tracked the impact of this toxic trail. “Our bodies were never designed to protect against this chemical onslaught. As a result, our systems usually fail to process and remove most of the chemicals once they have entered our bodies, so their levels start building up in us. Consequently, every single human on the face of the earth is now permanently contaminated with these modern synthetic chemicals.” Read the rest of this entry »
Fake fragrances aren’t such a good deal after all. Street vendors, flea markets, unscrupulous online merchants and others, tout bargains but they often come with a big price to your health and safety. Faux fragrance investigations by Harper’s Bazaar reveal you’re often getting much more than you bargained for–contents may include urine, harmful bacteria, antifreeze, contaminated alcohol, and other hazardous substances.
Bad reactions range from a runny nose to welts, redness, eczema and other problems from applying such harmful ingredients to skin. But trouble can be more than skin deep. Skin is your body’s largest organ and such toxic ingredients are also being absorbed into your body.
Marketing fake fragrances has become a burgeoning industry, estimated to be about $6.7 million in 2008, an increase of 459% since 2007.
Buyer beware! If it smells like a deal, you might just be exposing yourself to risk which comes with a price tag to your health, and that’s a rotten deal.