Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 12:48

Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky gut is a widespread problem in the western part of the world and precedes many serious health conditions including the debilitating autoimmune disease, allergies, mal-nutrition and dysbiosis. Leaky gut has until recently been something only known to the natural health industry, where we were once considered quacks for even considering the notion. More recently however, it has become much more accepted by the mainstream medical model, and there is now a lot of research to back it up.

As well as digestion, absorption and electrolyte homeostasis, the gut plays a role in the regulation of antigen carrying across the gut and to the gut associated lymphoid tissue (GALT), for GALT immune activation and regulation. The gut wall is composed of tight junctions which control the balance between self-tolerance and the immune defence to antigens.

Tight junctions can become compromised however. Zonulin is a modulator of tight junction integrity. It is a protein that causes the intracellular tight junctions to widen, and allows pathogens and food particles to make contact with the GALT and enter the blood stream where it triggers immune activation and causes a massive burden on the body. This is where autoimmune diseases start in genetically susceptible people and the over activity of the immune system to harmless substances develops.

Zonulin is used as a bio-marker for impaired gut barrier function, a few autoimmune diseases and tumour markers. It is particularly active in the development of coeliac disease and type 1 diabetes mellitus and its release is triggered by gliadin in wheat. Previously, there was only one option for the down regulation of zonulin – the complete removal of wheat.

There is however, a new piece for our tool kit as natural health practitioners. A study published in the Journal of The International Society of Sports Nutrition (2015), demonstrated a significant decrease in zonulin and leaky gut parameters after just 12 weeks of supplementation with clinoptilolite zeolite. Just 12 weeks was enough to exert a beneficial effect on the integrity of the intestinal wall and decrease concentrations of zonulin. As well as this, inflammation in the gut was reduced.

Toxaprevent capsules by pass the stomach in order to release their contents into the intestines where they get to work and bind harmful substances, inflammatory mediators and improve the integrity of the intestinal barrier. As well as the benefits of clinoptilolite on its own, Toxaprevent ACUTE also contains colostrum, an excellent combination for those with leaky gut, and a great supplement for practitioners.

As natural health practitioners, it is essential that we use a multi therapeutic approach for leaky gut. Removing wheat, supplementing with Toxaprevent acute and de-stressing are the most beneficial trio and will greatly improve your client’s health.

Ella Allred Dip CNM mBANT CNHC

Ref:

Manfred Lamprecht et al. ts of zeolite supplementation on parameters of intestinal barrier integrity, inflammation, redoxbiology and performance in aerobically trained subjects. Lamprecht et al. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (2015)

Monday, April 10, 2017 - 16:24

Methylation and toxins

Methylation is a subject that should be considered in every patient as it creates the foundation for health and disease. It is the process whereby a methyl group is used for critical functions within the body. A methyl group is made up of 1 carbon atom and 3 hydrogen atoms. Methylation is needed for the immune system, detoxification and switching genes on and off. Not being able to methylate appropriately can lead to many health conditions.

Methylation plays a critical role in the breakdown of hormones and neurotransmitters, so if it is a problem, symptoms of hormone balance and mood problems may occur. Methylation may be indicated in many mental health and personality disorders, simply due to the poor clearance of neurotransmitters and hormones. Poor hormone clearance and an inability to tolerate hormonal medicines such as hormonal contraceptives and HRT is a strong indication of poor methylation.

Methylation is needed for proper detoxification of both endogenous and environmental toxins. The problem is, that high levels of heavy metals significantly inhibit methylation, leaving the body in a downward spiral unless intervention is used. Effective methylation is needed for the conversion of folate to methyltetrahydrofolate – its active form, which without, the production of glutathione is impaired. Low glutathione levels are a problem seeing as it is the bodies major detoxifier and antioxidant. Low glutathione production is indicated in chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, multiple chemical sensitivity and progressive neurological disorders.

Methylation SNPs is the name given to a genetic inability to methylate. However, ineffective methylation is not always genetic and can be as a result of the build-up of mercury and lead. The biggest issue with mercury and lead is that it prevents the conversion of homocysteine into methionine. This methionine is then not present for the creation of SAMe. SAMe directly feeds into methylation and into the production of adenosine. Without adenosine, we cannot make ATP and ADP.

The current therapeutic approach to bring down high homocysteine is to put in high dose methylated B12 and MTHF to aid homocysteine conversion into methionine. When heavy metals are a problem, then this therapeutic tool is like sticking a plaster on a wound to hide it, and not really dealing with the causative factors.

Clinoptilolite binds to lead and mercury and removes them from the body in a safe way, opening up the pathway for homocysteine conversion into methionine. Our earth, air, water and food has become so polluted, that toxic metal build up is inevitable. Raised homocysteine is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and that is the number 1 UK killer. So, the question is, can we afford not to detoxify?

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 13:19

Helicobacter (H. Pylori)

Helicobacter Pylori, also known as H. Pylori is a highly contagious bacteria that lives in the stomach. There are a wide range of symptoms including severe pain, frequent burping, nausea and loss of appetite. The bacteria is spread from person to person, and in a family situation, may be hard to get rid of. The bacteria buries itself into the stomach wall and wraps itself in ammonium to protect itself by neutralising the stomach acid, disabling it from killing the bacteria. This means that it is very hard to treat with antibiotics, and leaves many people undergoing months, sometimes years, of treatment, often with little success. If left untreated however, the disease can progress, developing very painful gastric ulcers, and can be life threatening. The stomach has a protective lining against stomach acid, however in the case of gastric ulcers, the nerves and tissues underneath the surface are exposed to acid.

H. Pylori is a very clever bacteria. The acidity in your stomach, which normally kills bacteria, is balanced by ammonium. Your body keeps the stomach acid between a pH of 1-3, and excretes the correct amount of ammonium to keep it at this level. H. Pylori excretes an enzyme called urease, which stimulates ammonium production. Using this ammonium, it hides itself from the acid, immune complexes and antibiotics making it very difficult to treat. The excess ammonium also decreases the acidity of the stomach acid further, causing many problems with digestion and health.

The conventional treatment for H. Pylori is a long course of antibiotics. Unfortunately this is not always successful due to the bacteria being able to hide itself in ammonium and often playing dead by lying dormant to trick the body into thinking it has gone. Often, many courses of antibiotics are required which is damaging to our gut flora.

What is the solution?

The solution is the purified clinoptilolite found in Toxaprevent. It's the most effective form of zeolites and it absorbs ammonium like a sponge. Once the clinoptilolite has absorbed the ammonium in the stomach, it leaves H. Pylori without protection. The bacteria is then killed by the stomach acid. A total H. Pylori cleanse can be completed within 5 days. Toxaprevent is the only source of clinoptilolite safe enough to deliver the amount required to leave the bacteria exposed. Follow the next steps for a guide.

Day one - This consists of some fasting in the morning and six Toxaprevent sachets.

At 8:00am, make sure you're on an empty stomach and mix three sachets of Toxaprevent in 200ml of water and drink. Then wait one hour before eating.

That brings you to 9:00am, where only a very small amount of food should be consumed to promote stomach acid production - have a cracker or piece of bread.

At 10:00am, do what you did at 8:00am. Three more sachets mixed in 200ml of water and drink again. Then wait one hour before eating.

That brings you to 11:00am - have another cracker or piece of bread. Wait for one more hour which will bring you to 12:00pm and that's the first course done.

Ensure that when you eat your cracker or bread, you are chewing this properly- at least 50 times. Chewing helps to stimulate the release of stomach acid. For the rest of your usual meals (lunch and dinner), have something light. Try to stay away from meats and high protein foods as they will create more ammonium to deal with when your body breaks them down. It's also important to stay away from coffee, tea and alcohol and make sure you are properly hydrated. Two to three litres of water should be consumed away from food. At the end of day one, you should have consumed six sachets of Toxaprevent.

Days two - five: Each one of these days must be exactly the same as day one.

After this, go to your GP and get retested for H. Pylori.

Following the clearance of H. Pylori, ensure that you are consuming a nutrient rich diet to help repair any damage done to your gut as a result of the bacteria. If you suffered from gastric ulcers, you may need to take the Toxaprevent until these have cleared up. Toxaprevent will help with the healing of the ulcers. Take a look at your immune system and stomach acid levels to ascertain why you had the infection in the first place.

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 12:17

Heavy Metals and their link to Alzheimer’s disease and Senile Dementia

What is Alzheimer’s and Senile Dementia?

Senile dementia is a group of symptoms rather than a disease. It is used to describe a decline in mental and cognitive function associated with age. Dementia may be a direct result of many diseases such as Picks disease, vascular dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Lewy body disease, and Alzheimer’s disease which accounts for 60-70% of dementia cases.

Alzheimer’s disease, being by far the biggest cause of dementia, makes up two thirds of dementia cases. Currently, there are 850,000 people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in the UK(1).

Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by plaques of beta-amyloids in the brain. These are protein structures which should not be there. There may also be a buildup of twisted proteins in the brain. The protein builds up in the spaces between the brain cells, preventing cell to cell communication and eventually killing off brain cells, causing dementia symptoms. Eventually, the brain shrinks.

What effects do Alzheimer’s disease and Senile Dementia have?

Dementia can be devastating. It often goes missed in its early stages, and forgetfulness and mild confusion can be simply put down to old age. However, it may soon develop into repeated questioning and struggles with personal care and hygiene. In its advanced stages, patients need full time care. Sufferers can become extremely confused, aggressive and unable to care for themselves. Often, the family is very distressed. The sufferer may become unrecognisable as the person they once were.

What causes Alzheimer’s disease?

There is one thing which is consistent with Alzheimer’s cases. This is aluminium build up in the brain. Aluminium is a metal that is naturally found in the earth. However, we have taken this metal from deep down in the earth, brought it to the surface and used it in our cooking pots, tin foil, drink cans and it is now in our drinking water. Many other toxic metals have been questioned for a cause of Alzheimer’s; however Aluminium is the only consistently found metal(2). Scientists have evaluated the effects of aluminium on brain cells, and what they found was that aluminium decreases the metabolism of protein by the brain cells(3). What this means, is that there is going to be more protein around the brain cells, potentially leading to accumulation and plaques.

There are many factors which are blamed for Alzheimer’s disease. One of them is insulin resistance and diabetes. In fact, Alzheimer’s disease is often named diabetes type 3. Insulin supports brain activity by supporting healthy neuron glucose metabolism needed for the neurons in the brain, as well as regulating the neurotransmitters needed for memory and learning. Another suspected cause is inflammation. This goes hand in hand with insulin resistance as blood sugar spikes are inflammatory. Food additives are also to blame; especially something called Diacetyl (DA). This is found in many foods to give a buttery flavor such as butter popcorn, confectionary and in some wines, beer, milk products, margarine and chips. Although it is approved by the FDA, studies show that it has a very similar structure to the beta amyloid protein plaques and tangles found in the brain.

What can I do about Aluminium, DA, Alzheimer’s disease and my disease risk?

Prevention is better than cure. To decrease your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, you should consume a healthy diet full of whole foods. Processed foods, refined sugars and trans fats should be removed from the diet. Exercise is important for keeping your body sensitive to insulin. You must also decrease your exposure to aluminium. Studies show that our greatest risk of aluminium accumulation is from drinking water so invest in a good water purifier. Organic food is a preference due to the higher nutrient content and fewer pesticides. Many pesticides contain aluminium and other toxic metals. Switch cooking pans and pots to glass, ceramic and stainless steel.

Toxaprevent is a natural clinoptilolite which binds to aluminium and other toxic metals. By taking Toxaprevent daily, you will be helping to eliminate any aluminium which you have been exposed to that day, as well as any stored aluminium. Toxaprevent moves through the digestive tract, binding to toxins before carrying them out of the body. Once we have a clean gut, our body is able to give up any stored toxic metals safely. Because of the particle size of Toxaprevent, it does not pass through the gut wall. This is a good thing. Other zeolites have such small particles that they are absorbed which is not a good thing because they must pass through the kidneys and can damage them. This is especially important to avoid in elderly patients, as the kidneys are already old and more susceptible to damage. Studies have demonstrated the safety of Toxaprevent, due to its larger particle size(4). Staying in the gut means that it still works effectively, but on a much safer level.

If you have high levels of aluminium in your body, taking Toxaprevent will remove them. If you suspect high metal exposure, it is best to have a heavy metal laboratory test, so you can compare your levels before and after a few months of taking Toxaprevent.

Because Toxaprevent takes the pressure off the liver by removing toxins, your liver my start to detoxify anything that has been stored, which includes food additives such as DA. Most of the time, artificial additives are not recognised as food by the body, and are therefore are not processed like food. Your body stores these chemicals until a time when it can deal with them safely.

If a loved one already has Alzheimer’s disease, the advice above should be followed. In these cases, it is always beneficial to add curcumin. Studies show that curcumin can decrease the presence of amyloid plaques in the brain by half. This in combination with the speeding up of brain cell protein metabolism triggered by a detoxification of aluminium should produce improvements. 2 teaspoons of coconut oil should be taken per day. Coconut oil consists of medium chain fatty acids which are needed for the health of brain cells.

References:

1) Alzheimer’s society, Dementia 2014 report statistics,www.alzheimers.org.uk

2) American journal of epidemiology, volume 152, November 1999, Relation between Aluminum Concentrations in Drinking Water and Alzheimer's Disease: An 8-year Follow-up Study, Virginie Rondeau et al

3) Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences, volume 16, November 1989, New Evidence for an Active Role of Aluminum in Alzheimer's Disease, D.R. Crapper McLachlan et al

4) Studie, November 2015, Investigation into the Absorption Behaviour of Activated Clinoptilolite in the Digestive Tract by Isotopic Marking, Dr. Nikolai Daskaloff

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 12:21

Crohn's and Toxaprevent

What is Crohn's disease?

Crohn’s disease, an irritable bowel disease, is a condition where the body attacks the healthy cells in the gut wall. This causes inflammation, usually in the last part of the small intestines and in the colon. The result is discomfort and pain which is often intermittent and sore to touch, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, fever, weight loss, anaemia and anal fistulas.

115,000 people currently suffer from Crohn’s disease in the UK1. This is a huge number, when we consider the great impact it has on people’s lives. Not only is the pain a daily source of anguish, the frequent diarrhoea means that life can be spent checking out where the nearest toilet is, which can cause social anxiety, and impact social lives significantly. The inflammation of the gut means that nutrients are not absorbed well into the body, which leaves an impact on energy, health status, vitality and wellbeing.

The saying is, “you are what you eat”. This is not necessarily true, however, and the saying should be adjusted to, “you are what you absorb”. In Crohn’s disease, the low absorption of nutrients means that your immune system is lowered, your moods are lowered and your body is not able to function in the way it was designed to.

What causes Crohn’s disease?

Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune disease. It is caused by your own immune system attacking its own tissues, which, in the case of Crohn’s, are the healthy cells in your gut. Autoimmune conditions happen when there is an imbalance between T Helper Cells (part of your immune system). Autoimmune conditions such as Crohn’s do have a genetic element, so if you have other autoimmune conditions or other people in your family have Crohn’s, you are far more likely to have it. Having said that, if you have the genetics, you need a trigger for it to occur. This is what we call epigenetics (how our environment switches genes on and off). New research is showing that, although it is easier to never switch these genes on in the first place, once they are switched on, it is possible to switch them off.

The most common things that switch these genes on and trigger autoimmune conditions such as Crohn’s is a leaky gut, heavy metals, bad bacteria, viruses and parasites in the gut, food allergies/intolerances and stress. Once these have been removed, your immune system needs retraining and the equilibrium of your body will be restored.

How does Toxaprevent help Crohn’s disease and restore my equilibrium?

Toxaprevent, a natural clinoptilolite, works in many different aspects with Crohn’s disease. Firstly, it removes inflammation in the gut. It does this by binding to histamine and other immune mediated toxins and substances. Once the inflammation has been calmed down, this eases a lot of the pain and reduces diarrhoea. The body will also absorb nutrients more effectively which will have a huge impact on health and wellbeing.

As mentioned earlier, heavy metals are a cause of immune dysfunction and autoimmunity. Toxaprevent binds to heavy metals in the gut and removes them from the body. This then allows the body to clean the blood and tissues, and with the help of Toxaprevent, your body will clear out circulating and stored heavy metals.

Having bad bacteria, viruses, yeasts and parasites (we call this bad microbiome) in the gut can trigger autoimmune responses because they can damage the lining of the gut wall and cause the whole body to become inflammatory. As mentioned earlier, it is the T Helper cells being out of balance with each other that causes autoimmunity. These T Helper cells are ‘trained’ in something called the GALT. This is like their training centre, and they receive their communication and training from the microbiome in the gut. So in order to maintain a healthy immune system, is healthy microbiome is needed. What Toxaprevent does here is create an unfavourable environment for ‘bad’ microbiome, and a favourable environment for ‘good’ microbiome. After a few weeks or months, depending on the state of your current microbiome, you will notice a difference in digestion, bowel movements and overall health. Take 2 - 3 capsules before each main meal. The capsules will release their contents in the intestines where they can get to work.

It is strongly recommended that you introduce E.Coli Nissle into your gut microbiome. This is not the ‘bad’ E.Coli as you know it. There is much research into this strain of bacteria and Irritable bowel diseases.

As well as adding in Toxaprevent, you will need to remove any allergens from your diet. Adding in curcumin is another good move. Curcumin is known as a COX2 inhibitor. COX2 is an inflammatory part of your immune system. A lot of pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory drugs are also COX2 inhibitors.

It is best to work with a Toxaprevent certified professional, which you can find listed on the Toxaprevent website to ensure that you are not missing out on nutrients and that you are being treated in the correct way. Make sure that you ask you practitioner about Toxaprevent Acute. This combines the healing properties of Colostrum with Toxaprevent for a truly powerful duo.

References:

1) Crohn’s and Colitis UK, About inflammatory bowel disease, October 2013 https://www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/about-inflammatory-bowel-disease/crohns-disease

Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 16:57

Eczema and Toxaprevent

What goes wrong with eczema?

Eczema, also known as dermatitis is an autoimmune condition, where the body attacks the skin cells. This then causes inflammation and swelling between skin cells causing them to become raised, scaly, itchy, and weepy. They can often bleed.

Eczema is very common in children, affecting one in five children in the UK. Many suffers see a resolution in their symptoms but eczema still affects one in twelve adults in the UK. Eczema is so common that it accounts for up to 90% of skin diseases in the UK (1).

Eczema is a dread for many, and life limiting for others. Once a flair up of eczema has occurred, not only is it very uncomfortable, itchy and unsightly, but it’s also a risk of infection, especially to Streptococcus.

The usual treatment for eczema consists of emollients, steroid creams and antibiotics in the case of infection. In some individuals, usually children, eczema can be so bad that it requires frequent wet wrapping. This is not only a miserable situation for the child, but also difficult and heart breaking for the parents.

The emollients given by the GP only offers short-term relief. They usually have to be applied at least twice a day, and in many cases more often in order to find some improvement. Steroid creams are given in particularly bad situations which weaken the immune system of the skin, leaving the person more open to infection. They also thin the skin, causing yet more problems. The steroid hormones enter the blood stream, and put stress on the whole body.

What causes eczema?

Excess histamine has been suggested as a cause for the immune reaction that happens with eczema. A study in the Journal of Experimental Allergy showed that a significant amount of eczema sufferers had high concentrations of histamine in their blood (2). The people who had the worst cases of eczema, had the highest concentrations. This may be due to a lack of the histamine degrading enzyme in the gut called Diamine Oxidase (DAO). A lack of this enzyme means that excess histamine is being absorbed by the body rather than being broken down in the digestive tract. People may be lacking these enzymes due to genetics or a poorly functioning gut.

Autoimmune conditions have many triggers. The main ones are stress, bad diets, gut issues, genetics and heavy metal toxicity. Usually autoimmunity runs in the family, and it is common for people to experience multiple autoimmune conditions. Stress has a massive impact on the skin health of eczema sufferers because your body is putting all of its energy into survival rather than healing. Bad diets are often responsible for the bad state of our guts. High sugar intake leads to a decrease in the beneficial bacteria in our guts. These beneficial bacteria help us to digest our food and communicates to our immune system as to how to behave.

What can I do?

With eczema, the immune system needs rebalancing. The T cells (responsible for whether you have an autoimmune condition or not), for some reason do not have any tolerance to the persons own skin cells. This may be because of heavy metals, food allergies, an unhealthy digestive system, stress and an inflammatory state within the body. Nutrient deficiencies must also be addressed. Detoxification is the best place to start. This way you can then work with a clean slate. Diet and nutrition must be good, and there should be supplementation of omega 3 fats.

How can Toxaprevent help?

Toxaprevent, a natural clinoptilolite, binds to toxins in the digestive tract. These include excess histamine, heavy metals and many other toxins that would otherwise be absorbed by the body. Excess histamine is responsible for the inflammatory response that happens with eczema. Histamine stimulates the immune system to react to the environment when it is unnecessary. They are also responsible for some immune responses to foods, which can be a trigger for eczema.

Toxaprevent also provides benefit with self-tolerance and self-recognition. This is where your immune system recognises its own body tissues and does not attack them. Heavy metal toxicity can cause this lack of self-tolerance and contribute to an autoimmune response. Toxaprevent binds to heavy metals and removes them from your body, giving you even more benefit.

One Toxaprevent Plus Sachet should be taken twice a day – one in the morning and one at night. Toxaprevent Skin Suspension should be applied to the affected areas up to twice a day to remove histamine and any toxins from beneath the outer layer of skin to reduce the inflammatory effect of histamine and to aid with healing.

1) National eczema society, What is eczema? www.eczema.org

2) Journal of Clinical and Experimental Allergy, 10/83, Plasma histamine concentrations in atopic eczema, Ring J et al Dermatology University, West Germany

Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 18:08

Food Intolerance and Toxaprevent

What is a food intolerance?

Food intolerance can be either a lack of enzymes for the food type, or they can be an immune response to a certain food.

A lack of enzymes can be against any food type, but the enzyme which is most commonly lacking is lactase. It can be due to genetics, or it can be because of a damaged gut or poorly functioning liver and pancreas. Some enzymes are secreted by the lining of the gut, however most are produced by the liver and stored and excreted by the gallbladder. Any part of the food we eat can cause a problem, including the histamine which can be in fermented foods such as wine and cheese!

Another type of food intolerance is an immune response. This is not as severe as an allergy and is not usually life-threatening. There may be an immune reaction caused by an immune protein called IgA or IgG. This is what labs look for when testing blood for food intolerances. There will be increased histamine levels in the body, and a lack of energy maybe caused by the body using energy for the immune response instead of other desired bodily functions. Often, these types of food reactions start when we have a damaged gut. The gut wall can become leaky in times of stress, infection and with some medications and some small food particles may pass into the blood stream, where the immune system identifies it as foreign. The next time you eat this food, you will have an immune reaction.

What are the symptoms of a food intolerance?

The list of symptoms is very long, and to make things confusing, symptoms may appear very soon after ingestion, or a delayed response may occur, taking up to 3 day. The most obvious ones are the embarrassing gut symptoms such as gas, bloating, pain and diarrhoea. This is usually when there is a lack of enzymes in the gut to break down the substances you are intolerant to. The unbroken down food is then available for the bacteria in your gut to ferment. As part of the fermentation process, gas is released, which is why we get bloating and gas.

When the immune system is involved, there are many unpleasant symptoms that we may not necessarily associate with food intolerance. The immune system uses a lot of energy, so if it is constantly being activated, it may cause tiredness, fatigue, brain fog and low mood. There is also increased inflammation and histamine in the body which can be a reason for bad skin, watery eyes, general malaise and difficulty losing weight. The immune system becomes exhausted in itself and becomes less effective at fighting disease which may result in an increase in infection and illness. The activation of the immune system increases histamine levels in the body, which leaves us more likely to react to other substances and can lead to problems such as eczema, hay fever and asthma. Excess histamine also leads to low grade inflammation which is a contributor to many diseases, including obesity, autoimmune conditions and skin diseases. The inflammation in the digestive tract changes the environment, and beneficial bacteria are not able to thrive. This then changes the communication between the gut ecology and the place where the immune system is trained (lymphoid tissue situated right below the gut). This is how food intolerance can lead to autoimmune disorders.

Inflammation in the gut from histamine and stimulation of the immune system can lead to many gastric symptoms such as diarrhoea. It can also lead to leaky gut, which in turn affects the nervous system and may result in conditions such as ADHD, hyperactivity, depression, chronic fatigue and insomnia.

How does Toxaprevent help food intolerances?

Toxaprevent works in many ways in the body. The first is by ensuring that there is enough stomach acid to allow food to be broken down and penetrated. Food intolerances normally start with bad digestion and not enough acidity, a common problem today which stress and some medications contribute to. Toxaprevent will correct the stomach acid by binding to excess ammonium.

Ammonium decreases stomach acid so too much of it can cause problems. If you happen to have too much stomach acid, Toxaprevent binds to excess histamine in the stomach, which stimulates stomach acid production. Either way, you are left with the correct acid level for the breakdown of food. Once in the intestines, Toxaprevent binds to toxins and inflammatory mediators such as histamine and ammonium. The decrease in inflammation makes the gut a more favourable environment for beneficial bacteria to survive and communicate with the immune system. The beneficial bacteria are then able to produce enzymes which help to break down food, especially lactose in milk. The breakdown of this food means that it is then unavailable to be metabolised by unhelpful bacteria, stopping it from causing excess gas and bloating. Excess histamine is removed from the body, reducing the effect of any histamine intolerance symptoms and decreasing reactivity in the body.

Toxaprevent creates a good environment, which can support good bacteria and a healthy gut ecology. The thriving eco system of your gut can help with digestion and communicates to our immune cells the proper way in which to behave, reducing the chance of food reactions in the first place.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 15:38

Histamine Intolerance

Histamine intolerance is something not often discussed, and not widely known about in the public. It is, however, something that can cause a whole host of problems from anaphylaxis to digestive discomfort.  

Histamine is most known for its role in allergic reactions. The sights and smells of summer brings misery to many- hay fever season leaves a hefty chunk of the population with mucus dripping out of their nose and water flowing from their eyes. The usual solution? – Antihistamines. But histamine plays a much larger role in the body than allergic reactions.

Histamine is made out of the amino acid histidine. It belongs to a group of amines, all of which have many functions within the body. The main role for histamine is as follows.

Neurotransmitter- Neurotransmitters are the way in which our nerves communicate with each other. They are the ‘quick action’ signals, which cause an effect, often within milliseconds. 

Gut function- Histamine triggers the release of stomach acid, pepsin and intrinsic factor1. These are necessary in the correct amounts for proper gut function and gut health. Good health starts in the gut with good digestion and stomach acid, which destroys pathogens.

Immune function- Histamine is released by immune cells (basophils and mast cells) in the body to make your blood vessels more permeable. This allows other immune cells to migrate to a specific site in your body. Histamine triggers an inflammatory response, and too much histamine can cause problems such as hay fever and urticaria. 

Histamine in food

Histamine is also found in foods, especially those that are fermented such as sauerkraut, yoghurt and cheese. This is because the bacteria used to ferment these foods, also produce histamine. Another group of problematic foods are those high in the amino acid histidine. Histidine is used by the body to make histamine so for this reason, people with histamine intolerance avoid these foods. This cuts out a lot of foods from your diet however, and leads to a reduced quality of life.  Histamine is also created in the gut by fermentation, much like in the fermented foods, causing further problems.

What is histamine intolerance?

Histamine intolerance (also known as histaminosis) is usually an intolerance to a normal level of histamine in the body.  It is usually caused by a lack of enzymes in the gut. The enzyme that breaks down histamine is called Diamine oxidase (DAO). When DAO is insufficient, histamine uptake within the body is increased and upper tolerance may be reached, causing an overload of histamine. Once in the body histamine can then affect the cells which have histamine receptors such as those in the skin, heart, lungs, brain and gastrointestinal tract.

DAO may be lacking due to gut disorders (such as coeliac and Crohn's), genetics, Helicobacter pylori and medications.

Symptoms of histamine intolerance cause symptoms just like a food intolerance. These include diarrhoea, IBS, constipation, bloating and excess gas, stomach cramps, nausea and migraines. One ten-year study also showed a strong link between histamine levels in the body and vertiligo2.  Women are much more likely to be affected with histamine intolerance. This is because histamine has an inter relationship with oestrogen. Histamine has also been sighted as a cause for chronic digestive complaints in children3.

How does Toxaprevent help?

Toxaprevent, a natural clinoptilolite, passes through the digestive tract and binds to excess histamine. This supports the body's own diamine oxidase enzyme and decreases the amount of circulating histamine. This results in symptoms controlled by histamine decreasing.

In the case of histamine intolerance it is recommended that Toxaprevent be combined with a low histamine diet. 2 to 3 capsules and with each meal and one sachet before bed should ease symptoms. The binding of histamine by the clinoptilolite means that it is carried out of the body, rather than being absorbed. Reducing histamine concentrations throughout the body contributes to a decrease in inflammation in cells with histamine receptors.

 

  1. Allergy and asthma proceedings, volume 6, 1985, Histamine and the Gut, Hirschowitz, B.
  2. Indian Journal of Dermatology, November 2013, role of histamine as a toxic mediator in the pathogenesis of vertiligo, Panja. SK, et al.
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Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 15:35

Ammonium, health and Toxaprevent

Ammonium is a chemical produced in the human body in normal metabolism, with the breakdown of protein and must be detoxified.  Ammonium is processed in the liver, where it becomes part of a complex chemical reaction called the urea cycle. Ammonium is also produced and removed by the kidneys, depending on the acid/alkaline balance of the body. Ammonium decreases the acidity of the body, so in acidic conditions the kidneys will produce it, and it alkaline conditions, the kidneys will excrete it.

Although ammonium is essential to life, too much can cause problems in the liver. Too much ammonium in the blood is dangerous and when this happens, it becomes neurotoxic (toxic to the nervous system).

Ammonium leaves the body via urine and this is what forms part of the urine smell. 

What happens if I have too much ammonium?

Too much ammonium puts a massive strain on the body, especially on the liver and kidneys. It gets converted into uric acid. High levels of uric acid in the blood are a significant risk factor in gout. The uric acid settles around the joints and develops into crystals. This causes a considerable about of pain. Gout pain usually starts in the extremities first such as the toes and fingers, and can then be present in other joints in the body. The extremities are the first to develop crystals due to less efficient circulation. Ammonium also affects pH balance in the body, so when there is a problem with too much ammonium, the PH is affected. 

Why would I have too much ammonium?

Ammonium is present in some foods, particularly fermented foods such as cheese and wine.  It is also a by-product of protein breakdown. This is why high protein diets are an issue for people with kidney disorders as they are unable to effectively eliminate ammonium. Ammonium is also produced by certain types of bacteria in the gut, meaning some infections may cause unusually high levels of ammonium in the body. Ammonium is produced in response to an enzyme called urease. A type of bacteria called Helicobacter Pylori also releases urease and stimulates ammonium production. H. Pylori is a bacteria, which infects the stomach. If left untreated, it can cause very painful gastric ulcers. The stomach has a protective lining against stomach acid, however in the case of gastric ulcers, the nerves and tissues underneath the surface are exposed to acid. H. Pylori cannot survive stomach acid without protection. It secretes urease, which causes the body to make more ammonium. Using this ammonium, it hides itself from the acid, immune complexes and antibiotics making it very difficult to treat.

Some people have genetics where they are less able to excrete ammonium. Smoking, alcohol and drug abuse are also contributors to high ammonium levels. This is because the liver and kidneys have to work so hard to detoxify the drug and alcohol metabolites, and therefore have less capacity to detoxify ammonium. Some medications may also increase the levels of blood ammonium. Barbiturates, diuretics, and narcotics are all examples of these.

In kidney disease and kidney failure, the ability to excrete toxins from the body is considerably impaired. At end stage kidney failure, dialysis is often used to clean the blood from metabolites such as ammonium.  

How can Toxaprevent help?

Toxaprevent, a natural clinoptilolite passes through the digestive tract and binds to excess ammonium, eliminating it from the body. This has benefits for:

Low stomach acid- Low stomach acid can be a major problem. It leaves us susceptible to contracting infections and leaves us with unbroken down food. The acid that we do have then sits on top of the food and causes acid reflux. When stomach acid levels are low Toxaprevent binds to excess ammonium and stops it from causing a problem. Toxaprevent sachets can be taken with each meal to correct acid levels.

H. Pylori infection- Toxaprevent binds to the ammonium that is protecting H. Pylori, exposing the bacteria to the stomach acid which kills it. Toxaprevent can be used as a sole treatment or in conjunction with medications providing it is taken at least an hour after the medication.

Kidney disorders- Once in the intestines, Toxaprevent pulls out excess ammonium from the blood through the gut wall. It then binds to it and takes it out of the body. This greatly decreases the burden on your kidneys and is particularly beneficial in those with kidney disorders.

Gout- By removing the excess ammonium from your body, Toxaprevent stops an excess of uric acid, and therefore your risk of developing gout. 4 capsules should be taken 3 times per day. 1 sachet of Toxaprevent should also be taken in the morning and 1 at night. Toxaprevent suspension should be applied on the thin areas of skin such as the armpits, on the inside of the arm and in the inner thigh. This helps to pull ammonium and toxins out of the blood and skin. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 15:33

Acne

Acne comes in many forms, acne vulgaris, acne rosacea and infantile acne. Acne vulgaris involves the formation of pimples and pustules, and may even develop into cysts and boils below the skin. Acne rosacea is a type of acne that causes the inflammation of the blood vessels on the face, particularly of the cheeks and nose. Frequent facial flushing is another characteristic of acne rosacea.  Infantile acne is present in newborn babies and is just the body removing excess hormones that may have been passed on from the mother. 

Most forms of acne involve inflammation and a liver that is not functioning optimally. During teenage years, the body has to deal with a fluctuation in hormones, and if the liver is not functioning optimally, toxins will be excreted via the skin, causing pimples and acne.

There are many reasons as to why your liver may not be functioning properly, and therefore causing acne. One of these is genetics. Although you cannot help the genes you were given, you can help the environment you place them in. This is the cutting edge in natural health. You may be able to use diet, lifestyle, supplements and medical devises to encourage your liver to work to its full potential and to remove any stress on the liver. The reverse is also true. Diet and lifestyle choices can cause your liver to work poorly, creating health problems. 

It is really important for your body to be able to detoxify and remove hormone effectively in order to heal acne and prevent outbreaks. We have many different types of hormones in our body, and each hormone has many different forms in which it presents itself. The main hormone responsible for acne vulgaris is a form of testosterone called 16 dihydrotestosterone. This is the most potent form of testosterone, and your body must be effective at detoxifying it for you to remain in good health, and avoid acne. Often, acne occurs because your body is unable to detoxify the most potent and toxic forms of these hormones. Acne, however is just the warning sign, and these toxic hormones can lead to much more deadly conditions.

What can I do about acne?

Acne vulgaris- the first thing you need to look at in cases of acne is your liver and the toxic burden on your body. Diet should be cleaned up and consist of 7 portions of vegetables per day. The liver must be supported. A good diet will provide nutrients for liver detoxification, however, this sometimes is not enough. Part of the problem with acne vulgaris is the reabsorption and recirculation of toxins in the body. Toxaprevent, a natural clinoptilolite, binds to these toxins and eliminates them from the body, allowing the liver to process the remaining toxins more effectively. When the body is effectively detoxifying, the presence of acne is very rare. Toxaprevent skin salve and suspension should be used in conjunction with the internal range. The topical application of clinoptilolite means that the toxins are removed from the surface and below the outer layer of skin. This then allows the skin to heal. The salve and suspension can be applied daily. 2 Toxaprevent capsules should be taken 3 times per day and 1 sachet at night.

It is also advised that you consume a nutrient rich diet with plenty of green leafy vegetables and plenty of fibre. Your diet should be rich in zinc, found in pumpkin seeds, chicken and lamb.  B vitamins from green leafy vegetables, eggs and wholegrains are also recommended and omega 3 fatty acids from oily fish, flax seeds and chia seeds.

Acne rosacea- This is the inflammation of the blood vessels in the face. Using Toxaprevent will remove any histamine that may be contributing to inflammation, and remove any toxins that are contributing to the problem. Taking the internal range is also helpful. The capsules will bind to histamine in the intestines and prevent their absorption.  Taking both the capsules and the sachets will bind to any other toxins contributing to the inflammation and immune dysfunction that occurs with acne rosacea. 2 capsules, 3 times per day and 1 sachet at night is advised for acne rosacea.

Infantile acne- New born babies can experience acne. This is because their body is struggling to deal with the excess hormones from the mother and birth. The hormones and toxins are being excreted on the skin. With infants, we recommend the application of the skin salve to the affected areas. This will help to reduce inflammation caused by histamine and the other toxins being released, and speed up the healing process. If the mother is breastfeeding, it is also recommended that she takes the internal range. This will reduce the amount of toxins in her body, and therefore in her breast milk, relieving the burden on the babies liver. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 15:30

Acid reflux

Acid reflux, also known as GERD (Gastro esophageal reflux disease) is a problem experienced by a large percentage of the population. Acid reflux occurs when stomach acid (HCL) escapes and passes up into the oesophagus. This causes a burning sensation in the heart area, which can dramatically inhibit the quality of life.

The acid balance of the stomach is down to a set of chemical reactions. Your body releases on average 700ml of stomach acid at each meal with a pH between 1 and 3. After it has done its job, the acid is reabsorbed by the body and recycled for next time. Your bodies HCL production is stimulated by the sight, smell, thought and taste of food. Histamine in the stomach is used for its production. Your body also produces a ammonium, a by-product created in when your body breaks down proteins. Ammonium alters the pH level of the stomach.

What causes acid reflux?

At the top of the stomach is a ring of muscles called the oesophageal sphincter. This ring of muscle closes after food has entered the stomach, to prevent food from escaping. One cause of acid reflex is the relaxation of these muscles. Certain foods can cause the oesophageal sphincter to relax and not function properly, allowing food and acid to pass back up. The main culprits are chili, chocolate, caffeine, coffee, tea and dairy. This phenomenon occurs in a small percentage of people with acid reflux.

Sometimes the body can over produce acid in the stomach. This is a biological malfunction often caused by an over active thyroid gland. This however affects only a small number of people.

The biggest cause of acid reflux by far is not having enough acid. Although it sounds bizarre, the process is quite simple.  Stomach acid is designed to break food down in the stomach. When there is not enough acid, the food is not broken down properly, and the acid that you do produce is not able to penetrate the food. Instead it sits on top of the food. When your stomach starts churning the food, because of the acids position in the stomach, it is able to go past the oesophageal sphincter, causing pain. Often, acid reflux occurs at the same time as indigestion- this is why.

Old age affects our production of stomach acid. Out metabolism slows down a lot, and so does our HCL secretions after about the age of 60 years. An under active thyroid gland is also a big player on inadequate HCL secretions. If you do have an underactive thyroid gland, this should be addressed by a Doctor or Nutritionist.

Other causes of acid reflux are pregnancy and obesity. Both of these put pressure on the stomach, lift the food in the stomach up and cause the acid to rise. People with obesity should lose weight and pregnant woman should eat small frequent meals.

Why is the correct balance so important?

Your stomach is very tough. It is designed to withstand a very acid liquid and not corrode. However, it does have its limits. Too much acidity can cause the irritation of the stomach lining. Too little acidity however, allows bacteria, fungus, virus and parasites to survive, and then colonise in our guts causing a whole host of health problems. Stomach acid is responsible for breaking down food. If we do not break down foods properly, we will not be absorbing nutrients as well as we could be. It can also cause problems in the gut and trigger allergies, intolerances as well as other immune reactions and constipation.

Getting the balance right

Sometimes, we need a little help with getting the acid balance in our stomachs right. The usual method by your GP is to prescribe something called a proton pump inhibiter. One of the common ones is omeprazole and is used to decrease the acid in the stomach. However, as you have read above, this is not always the best solution, and chronic mal digestion, and therefore mal absorption can occur. Omeprazole is only supposed to be a short term solution, however, many people seem to be on it for a considerable amount of time.

Toxaprevent, a natural clinoptilolite binds to both histamine and ammonium. If we have excess ammonium, Toxaprevent will remove the excess, raising the acidity to the correct level. If we have too much acid, it will bind to the histamine in your stomach, decreasing the acid to the right level. This really is the cutting edge in acidity balancing because it works with your body to obtain the correct balance. Toxaprevent sachets can be taken with every meal to help to ensure that your stomach is able to start the digestion process. Clinoptilolite is a completely natural substance that is not absorbed by the body, but instead binds to toxins as it passes. This makes a refreshing change to those who have spent a long time on pharmaceutical protein pump inhibiters such as omeprazole. What is even better about Toxaprevent is it acts as a pH buffer to maintain the optimal balance of acidity, resolving any complications that may occur for acid decreasing medication.   

Friday, April 8, 2016 - 21:00

Sources of mercury, health effects and Toxaprevent

Mercury is a naturally occurring metal found in the earth's rock. It exists in several forms in the environment including methylmercury (mostly from fish), inorganic mercury (in dental fillings), and metallic mercury (from other environmental sources). It is toxic to health and contributes toward many diseases.  

Where is mercury found?

Dental fillings- Mercury has been filling the holes in our teeth for more than 150 years1. Amalgam fillings are a mix of metals, one of which is mercury.  Amalgam fillings have been banned in the EU for a couple of years now due to their detrimental effect on health, however, they are still being used in the UK. Micro-leakages are common, and when removal is attempted, vaporised mercury results in toxicity. Once removed, the filling needs to disposed of in hazardous waste. However, leaving them in your mouth results in another problem- mercury leakage every time you drink something hot.

Vaccines and medicines- A preservative in vaccines is mercury2. It is usually listed under the name Thimerosal. This mercury is injected straight into our blood stream and to that of our children. Mercury is also found in medicines such as anti-fungals. The medical use of mercury has been present since 19303.

Air- Mercury occurs naturally in coal and other fossil fuels. When these are burnt, the atmosphere becomes saturated with airborne mercury. This type of pollution accounts for roughly half of all man-made mercury emissions4. Inhalation of mercury is unavoidable.

Water- As if breathing in airborne mercury wasn’t bad enough, we also have a dose through our drinking water. Contaminated water is not hidden from public knowledge, and a quick internet search of your local water supply company will prove this.

Contaminated fish and seafood- This poses a problem for our food supply. The bigger the fish, the more likely they are to contain mercury. When consuming fish and seafood it is best to choose smaller fish such as anchovies or sardines, and avoid bigger fish such as shark and tuna. The problem with fish, is that we need fish omegas. They provide omega 3s in the form that plants cannot. Avoiding fish omegas in not ideal for health. Ensure you select the least contaminated species or supplement with purified fish oil.

Batteries- These are a source of mercury and should be disposed of in the correct manor. The problem however is that they usually get thrown in the rubbish and end up in landfill, eventually poisoning our environment.

Light bulbs- We have mercury screwed into the ceiling of every room in our house and workplace. We can’t go through life avoiding light bulbs whilst maintaining a sane mind.  They are of particular danger when they break and disposal poses the same problems as batteries.

Mercury effects on health

Mercury is bad news for health. In fact, it is one of the most toxic elements in our environment. Ironically though, it is often used in orthodox medicine as a preservative. Here are signs of too much mercury.

Frequent infections- Mercury changes the way in which your immune cells respond. In the case of mercury exposure, they become more reactive to your own body tissues and less reactive to infectious organisms, meaning you are much more likely to get ill or develop infections5.

Autoimmunity- Heavy metal toxicity, including that of mercury is often present in those with autoimmune conditions such as those with lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and sjὃgrens syndrome. Heavy metals such as mercury cause inflammation within the body, triggering autoimmune diseases6.

Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome- A study in the journal of endocrinology showed that all patients in a small study group of fibromyalgia sufferers tested positive for heavy metals. The second most common metal found was mercury.  After the normalisation of metal levels, 100% of the study group showed significant improvement, with half the group no longer having a diagnosis of fibromyalgia7.  There is also a strong link between mercury exposure and chronic fatigue syndrome8. Both fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome often occur in the same patient.

Insomnia- There have been many cases where insomnia has been associated with mercury exposure. Such incidences are documented in The Journal of Neuropsychiatry9.  Mercury is a potent neurotoxin, and insomnia is a sign of nervous distress.

Recurrent miscarriage- Toxic metals such as mercury increases the incidences of miscarriage, due to a damaged ovum10.  Women of reproductive age should take precautions to protect themselves from mercury exposure. 

Depression, anxiety and suicide- There is significant evidence showing that mercury can cause depression, anxiety and suicide11. Heavy metal toxicity should always be considered as a possible cause in the case of mental illness. Incidences of mental illness are on the rise, and so is environmental mercury.

Alzheimer’s disease- Mercury is stored in fat cells. Our brains are mostly fat. Mercury heads towards your brain where it can cause changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Autopsies of patients with Alzheimer’s disease show significantly increased mercury concentrations12.

Impaired neurological development in children and unborn babies- This includes autism. Studies show that blood mercury levels have a direct correlation with autism spectrum disorders. Mercury, a neurotoxin, triggers inflammation and autoimmune diseases against the nervous system resulting in autistic spectrum disorders13.

Toxaprevent, protection and safe chelation of mercury

Toxaprevent; a clinoptilolite which works with the body to chelate heavy metals including mercury. Toxaprevent works like a sponge to absorb substances such as toxic heavy metals and other toxins in your digestive system. The active ingredient in Toxaprevent is MANC® (modified and activated natural clinoptilolite), a clean form of zeolite which is NOT absorbed by the body. Taken orally, Toxaprevent stays only in the digestive tract and is eliminated through natural bowel movements, taking mercury with it as it moves through the system. Once you have a clean digestive tract, your body is in a safe place to start releasing stored mercury. This too ends up in your gut and is removed from the body.

Toxaprevent is a very safe and gentle way of detoxifying. It allows your body to work at its own pace, releasing mercury for excretion at a rate that it can manage. 

There are many studies on the use of clinoptilolite and its mercury binding capabilities and it is safe for everyone. It is best, however, if a woman detoxifies herself before conception, and further protects her baby by taking Toxaprevent throughout the pregnancy, though it is recommended to consult your doctor first.

The capsules can be taken before meals, and a sachet mixed with water at night. For further assistance with detoxification, the Suspension can be applied to the under arms and the groin where it will bind to substances below the skin and pull them out.  

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Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 14:29

Sources of lead, effects on health and Toxaprevent

We have all heard of lead. Most of us would have learnt about it in chemistry lessons at school, and some of us may have progressed to a greater understanding. Lead is a naturally occurring element, found in the environment. Due to its toxicity and bad effects on human health, it is known as a heavy metal, or toxic element. Being a metal, it never degrades. It just gets transferred from one place to another. A lot of lead is locked down in the earth’s core. However, it is easy to extract. It was the first metal to be extracted in 200 BC1 and since the introduction of mining, environmental levels have significantly risen.   

Lead has a lot to answer for. Lead poisoning has been blamed for the fall of the Roman Empire2. Even today, we see the many chronic effects of lead. Although ‘lead poisoning’ is not such a commonplace now, even a small amount of exposure can have a devastating and debilitating effect on health. To date, no safe blood levels of lead have been identified and there are many children with blood lead levels which are alarmingly high3.

Where is lead found today?

  1. Air- A study of 2-year-old children in Birmingham (UK), found that 97% of children’s lead exposure came mostly from dust particles in the air inside the home, parents smoking habits and from water and food4. The problem with dust is that it that is hard to avoid. Even having an air purifier running constantly will not remove all air dust particles.  Even the air outside is not safe. Urban residents can expect a dose of lead from car exhausts and industrial waste, while rural residents get their lead fix from the pesticides that are carried in the wind. Smoking poses another risk of lead exposure. Even if you are not a smoker yourself, second-hand smoke and contaminated items all pose a risk.
  2. Water- If you contact your local council, they will give you a report on the contaminants in your household water supply. This nearly always shows lead to some degree. In fact, water is shown to cause equal exposure to humans as dust and food. It not just the water that we drink. It’s the water that we cook in as well which increases the lead content of our already contaminated food. When we take a bath or shower, the hot water opens up the pores in our skin and allows the transmission of contaminants.
  3. Food- The problem is, most of the foods that we consume are sprayed with lead containing pesticides. Even if we purchase organic foods and only eat the least sprayed crops, the soil has been heavily contaminated by nearby spraying, and pesticides travel in the wind.
  4. Soil- our soils are becoming increasingly contaminated with toxins such as lead. This is due to a rise in industry waste and agricultural spraying. People at high risk of lead exposure from soils are outdoor workers such as builders, farmers, gardeners and children who tend to roll around in and even eat mud. What is even worse for the children, is that playgrounds often contain artificial grass - another source of lead.
  5. Leaded petrol- You are more exposed to the fumes of leaded petrol once inside the car than outside. Parents often drive children to school due to the fear of the outside air, however driving them is worse.
    1. Cosmetics- Sorry ladies! (And men!). Although we are no longer in the dark ages and do not apply lead to our faces to give us pale skin, lead has not been completely removed from cosmetics. OK, we are not likely to get lead poisoning from our cosmetics when used in normal amounts such as our predecessors did, however, it all adds to a cumulative effect which could be detrimental to health. 
  6. Batteries- Even if we are careful with our exposure to batteries and limit the handling of them, they still need to be disposed of and, where do we put them? In landfill sites. In land which will eventually grow foods that feed future generations.
  7. Old homes and buildings- If your house was built before 19785, then it is likely to contain lead based paint on walls, doors, windows and sills. This is slightly depressing as many houses pre-date this! They also have the possibility of containing lead pipes. This increases your exposure through water even more and can be a cause of lead poisoning.

Health effects

So we eat, breath and drink lead! Lead is not supposed to be in our bodies, and once it is there it can cause many chronic health conditions. Studies show that current environmental exposure to lead, as seen in the average person can produce measurable alterations in bio-chemistry6. If you suffer from any of the following, it is a good idea to get tested.

Bones- one of the main storage areas of lead is bone. Lead will be used by the body as part of bone structure. It takes the place of calcium and can cause many issues. As we age we lose bone mass. Menopausal and post-menopausal woman typically lose 3% per year, whereas men typically lose 1% per year. This poses a problem, because now lead is being released into the blood stream in fairly high levels. Lead in bone causes problems in the case of a break as well, where a sudden surge of lead is released into the rest of the body. Lead toxicity is also associated with aches and pains in bones and joints.

Gastric discomfort- Severe abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and constipation7are all symptoms of lead toxicity. Unfortunately, these symptoms are often passed off as something else and exposure to lead is not considered.

Tiredness and Anemia – It is noted that lead decreases the amount of red blood cells in our bodies8, which has a massive knock on effect with oxygen transportation and energy production. Red blood cells are created by bone marrow, inside bones. Lead damages bone marrow and decreases blood cell production9.

Headaches, memory loss, decreased IQ, irritability and mood disorders- Lead affects the nervous system a great deal and it is the ill health of the nervous system that are the cause to these symptoms. Lead should be removed, however although an improvement should be expected, permanent damage can occur.

Muscle pain, numbness and tingling- These symptoms again are caused by a dysregulated or damaged nervous system.

High blood pressure- Lead can damage the kidneys. It is the kidneys that regulate blood pressure by releasing a set of hormones. Damaged kidneys can also cause many other problems, which may require frequent invasive medical interventions.

Miscarriage, premature births, abnormal sperm and low sperm count- Lead is bad news for fertility. It disrupts reproductive hormones which has a knock on effect on fertility. If you manage to conceive with high lead levels, you then run the risk of miscarriages and premature births.

The use of Toxaprevent and the safe chelation of lead from the body

The prospect of lead contamination, toxicity and health issues is depressing to say the least. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Toxaprevent, a clinoptilolite which works with the body to chelate heavy metals including lead. Toxaprevent works like a sponge to absorb toxic substances including lead in your digestive system. The active ingredient in Toxaprevent is MANC® (modified and activated natural clinoptilolite), a clean form of zeolite which is NOT absorbed by the body. Taken orally, Toxaprevent stays only in the digestive tract and is eliminated through natural bowel movements, taking lead with it as it moves through the system. Once you have a clean digestive tract, your body is in a safe place to start releasing stored lead. This too ends up in your gut and is removed from the body.

This is a very safe and gentle way of detoxifying. It allows your body to work at its own pace, releasing lead for excretion at a rate that it can manage. 

There are many studies on the use of clinoptilolite and its lead binding capabilities and it is safe for everyone.

 

1, 2) Journal of health and safety at work, March 2012, Lead Poisoning: Historical Aspects of a Paradigmatic "Occupational and Environmental Disease", Michele Augusto Riva et al.

3) Centre for Disease control (CDC), Lead, 21/01/16. http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/

4) Science of the total environment, January 1990, Lead intake and blood lead in two-year-old U.K. urban children, Davies. D, J et al,

5) United states environmental protection agency, Lead, January 26, 2016, www.epa.gov

6) THE LANCET volume 295, 01/70, Enzyme inhibition by lead under normal urban conditions.  S. Hernberg et al.

7) Journal of Industrial health, June 2007, Lead poisoning and recurrent abdominal pain, Shiri R et al.

8) British Journal of Industrial medicine, 04/66, The Anaemia of Lead Poisoning: A Review, Waldren. H, A.

9) American Cancer Society, 27/05/14, Lead, www.cancer.org