How to Avoid Hormone Disrupting Chemicals

Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are similar in structure to natural hormones such as the female sex hormone estrogen, the male sex hormone androgen and thyroid hormones, which allow them to interfere with development,1 reproduction, neurological functioning, metabolism, satiety and your immune system function, and much more.2

For example, they may block certain hormonal signals, alter your hormone levels, or change the way your natural hormones travel through your body. As noted in a World Health Organization (WHO) report published in 2012,3,4 the effects of EDCs on your hormonal systems “can lead to obesity, infertility or reduced fertility, learning and memory difficulties, Type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease, as well as a variety of other diseases.”

What’s more, since hormones operate at parts per million and parts per billion concentrations, the Endocrine Society warns there may be no safe level of exposure for many EDCs,5 and that the health effects are so great everyone needs to take proactive steps to avoid them — especially those seeking to get pregnant, pregnant women and young children.6

Strong Evidence Supports Warnings to Avoid EDCs

Commenting on the publication of its first scientific statement7,8 on EDCs in 2009, the Endocrine Society noted that:9

“The evidence for adverse reproductive outcomes (infertility, cancers, malformations) from exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals is strong, and there is mounting evidence for effects on other endocrine systems, including thyroid, neuroendocrine, obesity and metabolism, and insulin and glucose homeostasis …

Effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals may be transmitted to further generations through germline epigenetic modifications or from continued exposure of offspring to the environmental insult.”

At the end of 2015, the Endocrine Society issued its second scientific statement10 on EDCs, noting that in the years gone by, “a substantially larger body of literature has solidified our understanding of plausible mechanisms underlying EDC actions and how exposures in animals and humans — especially during development — may lay the foundation for disease later in life.”

In short, the evidence is only getting stronger, showing that exposure to EDCs in the environment can have significant health effects for both children and adults, and that these effects can be further transmitted to future generations. The report also points out that causal links between exposure and manifestation of disease have been substantiated, as have low-dose effects. The strongest evidence, the report found, is for the link between EDC exposure and:

Obesity

Diabetes

Female reproduction

Male reproduction

Hormone-sensitive cancers in women

Prostate problems in men

Thyroid problems

Neurodevelopment and neuroendocrine system effects

Another report11 published in 2015 estimated the financial burden of EDC exposure in the European Union, producing a median cost of 157 billion euros or $209 billion annually for health care expenses related to IQ loss, intellectual disability, autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, obesity, diabetes, cryptorchidism, infertility and mortality associated with reduced testosterone levels.

The 12 Worst Hormone Disrupting Chemicals

While the list of known EDCs is extensive, and the list of possible EDCs even more so, a dozen of the worst and most widely used ones, identified by the Environmental Working Group in 2013, include:12 

Bisphenol-A (BPA)

Dioxin

Atrazine

Phthalates

Perchlorate

Fire retardants (polybrominated diethyl ethers or PBDEs)

Lead

Mercury

Arsenic

Perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs)

Organophosphate pesticides

Glycol ethers

10 Common Routes of EDC Exposure and How to Avoid Them

According to the Hormone Health Network, which is a part of the Endocrine Society, there are an estimated 1,000 man-made chemicals on the market with endocrine-disrupting properties.13 Following are 10 common routes of exposure, and some commonsense tips for how to avoid them:

Personal care products — Shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers, cosmetics and other personal care products often contain EDCs, including (but certainly not limited to) phthalates, associated with testicular cancer, genital deformations, low sperm counts and infertility in a number of species, including polar bears, deer, whales and otters, just to name a few. Another EDC found in this category is triclosan, found in many products boasting antibacterial properties.

Avoid by: Switching to certified organic and/or homemade personal care products. You can also try to cut down on the number of personal care products you use every day. Avoid antibacterial soaps, wipes and sanitizer gels. All you need to degerm your hands is warm water and a mild soap using proper handwashing technique.

Drinking water — Your drinking water may be contaminated with atrazine, glyphosate, arsenic, perchlorate and/or fire retardant chemicals,14 all of which may disrupt your endocrine system.

Avoid by: Filtering your water, both at your tap and your shower/bath, using a high-quality water filtration system.

Canned goods and nonstick food packaging — These are common sources of BPA and similar EDCs such as BPS, or other toxic substitutes such as PVC.15 According to a 2017 investigation by the Center for Environmental Health, 38 percent of canned foods still contain BPA.16

Avoid by: Buying products that come in glass bottles and jars rather than plastic or cans.

Conventionally grown produce and CAFO meat, poultry and dairy products — Pesticides, herbicides and industrial runoff may coat your conventionally grown fruits and vegetables in EDCs. Animals raised on concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) also typically contain antibiotics, hormones and other industrial chemicals that may disrupt your endocrine system.

Avoid by: Buying and eating organic produce and grass fed animal products to minimize exposure to endocrine-disrupting pesticides, herbicides and veterinary drugs.

Also, wash all produce before eating, even if it’s organic. Organic foods have a 30 percent lower risk of pesticide contamination,17 but it’s not entirely possible to guarantee organic produce is pesticide-free, as it is sometimes located in adjacent fields to farms where pesticides are used.

Research suggests pesticide residues on apples are most effectively removed using a 1% baking soda and water solution. The researchers recommend using 1 teaspoon of baking soda for every 2 cups of water and gently scrubbing your produce to remove surface pesticides.

High-mercury fish — Fish contaminated with high levels of mercury and other heavy metals are problematic because such metals also disrupt your hormonal balance. Shark, swordfish, king mackerel, marlin, sea bass and tuna are among the worst offenders.

Both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Food and Drug Administration have placed canned tuna on its “choices to avoid” list for pregnant women and small children due to its high mercury levels. Farmed fish (the “CAFOS of the sea”) also tend to be higher in contaminants and are better off avoided. Farmed salmon is among the very worst in this regard, which is why I recommend avoiding all farmed salmon.

Avoid by: Carefully selecting seafood known to be low in mercury and other contaminants. Some of your safest and healthiest options include smaller fish such as sardines, anchovies, mackerel and herring. Wild-caught Alaskan salmon is another good choice.

For more information about mercury in fish, see the Mercury Policy Project’s website, Mercury and Fish: The Facts. They have a helpful guide you can print out for reference. A 2015 article in Investigate West also addressed this issue, and includes a guide to how many meals per week you can safely eat based on any given seafood’s contamination level.

Kitchenware — Plastic containers and bottles may contain BPA or other endocrine-disrupting plastic chemicals that can leach into your food, especially if the plastic is heated. Poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) used to create nonstick, stain-resistant and water-repellant surfaces are also toxic and highly persistent, both in your body and in the environment.

When heated, nonstick cookware releases perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which has been linked to thyroid disease, infertility and developmental and reproductive problems.

Avoid by: Using glass containers and ceramic and enameled cast iron cookware, both of which are durable, easy to clean (even the toughest cooked-on foods can be wiped away after soaking it in warm water), and completely inert, which means they won’t release any harmful chemicals into your home. If you do use plastic containers, do not heat food in them in the microwave.

Cleaning products — Commercial solutions used to clean your floors, toilets, oven, windows and more typically contain industrial chemicals that may throw your hormones out of whack. Many EDCs also lurk in fragrances, and this applies to personal care products as well.

Avoid by: Creating your own cleaning products using different combinations of vinegar, baking soda, essential oils and even coconut oil. To get you started, see “Keep a Clean House With Nontoxic Cleaners.” Avoid scented products, including air fresheners, scented trash bags and so on.

Household dust — Fire retardant chemicals are often found lurking in household dust as they shed from treated furniture such as couches, mattresses and carpet padding.

Avoid by: Buying “green” nontoxic furniture, mattresses and building materials whenever possible and using a HEPA filter for your vacuum. When mopping and dusting, use a wet mop or rag to avoid scattering the dust.

Office products — Ink cartridges, toners and other solvents common in office environments are another common source of EDCs.

Avoid by: Handling such products with care and minimize your exposure as much as possible.

Cash register receipts — Thermal paper typically contains BPA, and research shows handling this type of paper is enough to increase the BPA level in your body.

Holding the paper for just five seconds was enough to transfer BPA onto a person’s skin, and the amount of BPA transferred increased by about 10 times if the fingers were wet or greasy (such as if you’ve just applied lotion or eaten greasy food).

Finally, because receipts are often stored next to paper currency in people’s wallets, paper currency may also be contaminated with BPA. In a study published in Environmental Science and Technology, researchers analyzed paper currencies from 21 countries for the presence of BPA, and the chemical was detected in every sample.

Avoid by: Using paperless receipts via email or text message. Avoid carrying receipts in your wallet or purse, as it appears the chemical can transfer onto other surfaces.

It would also be wise to wash your hands after handling receipts and currency, and avoid handling them particularly if you’ve just put on lotion or have any other greasy substance on your hands, as this may increase your exposure. If you’re a cashier or bank teller who handles such papers often, you may want to wear gloves, especially if you’re pregnant or of child-bearing age.

WishCycling – Is Your Plastic Really Recycled?

The growing amount of plastics found in the ocean is a result of human behavior and is slowly destroying a vast resource responsible for supporting life. According to the National Ocean Service,1 the ocean produces over half the oxygen across the world and absorbs 50 times more carbon dioxide than the atmosphere.

While you may have thought this honor resided with the Amazon rainforest, it rests on the shoulders of the oceans covering 70% of the surface of the planet.2 The health of the ocean is responsible for climate regulation and provides economic benefit producing $282 billion in goods and services from ocean dependent businesses.

These businesses employ 3 million people.3 The World Wildlife Federation4 points out the oceans are an integral part of the water cycle in climate regulation and clean rainfall. More than a billion people consume protein harvested from the ocean.5

Plastics are killing massive whales, dolphins, birds and sea turtles. Plastic bags and bottles washed up on the beach have created more than just an impact on your next beach vacation. The ocean may be where we enjoy surfing, sailing, diving and just relaxing, but it serves a much greater purpose.

Unfortunately, the manufacture and disposal of single use plastics has significantly impacted the health of ocean wildlife and threatens the future of human survival. While we have relied on recycling to reduce this impact, it appears recycling is becoming wishcycling.

Are You Wish-Cycling or Recycling?

Recycling was originally designed to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills, conserve natural resources and prevent pollution. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):6

“Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products. Recycling can benefit your community, the economy and the environment.”

According to the EPA, practically everything can be recycled, but only certain items are accepted, and even then they have to be properly sorted or they still end up in the dump.7 Recycling 2,000 pounds of paper may save 17 trees, two barrels of oil, 4,100 kilowatts of energy and 3.2 cubic yards of landfill. However, it’s important to remember collection is not the same as recycling.

According to the University of Southern Indiana,8 when 2,000 pounds of paper are recycled it may save 17 trees, 380 gallons of water, 4,000 kilowatts of energy and 7,000 gallons of water. Recycling paper without contamination has a large impact on resources, as those 2,000 pounds represent a 58% water savings and 64% energy savings, and releases 60 pounds less of air pollution.

Unfortunately, where local governments once made money selling paper, bottles and cans, regions like those around Baltimore have now started spending taxpayer money to recycle, as it brings just 25% of the price it commanded seven years ago.

Recycling experts are calling this wishcycling, created by the increasing number of items that cannot be recycled, yet land in the blue bin at the bottom of the driveway. Michael Taylor, director of recycling operations for the North American environmental services company Waste Management, commented:9 “People are thinking they’re doing the right thing. Our message is, when in doubt, throw it out.”

In a Waste Management press release, the company discussed the impact of China’s new import policies.10 Going forward, China will not purchase recyclables if there is just a fraction of nonrecyclable items mixed in. As a result, the focus must be on recycling the right way to reduce the amount of garbage ending up in landfills and plastics making their way to the ocean.

The key challenge is to reduce contamination in what most people already consider garbage. In the past, the message has emphasized the importance of placing recyclable items into recycling containers.

Once there, it was out of sight, out of mind and up to recyclers to ensure the discarded materials ended up in the right place. The focus must change to teaching consumers that only recycled material may be place in their recycling containers.11

“[P]lacing non-recyclable materials into the cart leads to additional economic and environmental costs, with no benefits and (ironically) less recycling. We call this wishful recycling ‘wishcycling’ and it is lethal to our nation’s recycling programs,” Waste Management says.12

Current Habits Are Driving Costs of Recycling

Waste Management is one of the industry giants in recycling and garbage control. They report the average rate of contamination has grown to 25%.13 This means 500 pounds for every 2,000 collected at the curb is ultimately sent to landfills and not recycled.

This increases the cost of sorting material and transporting and disposing trash, and means items that may have been recycled are ruined due to contamination. China instituted a contamination limit requiring processors to shrink 500 pounds of contaminated recyclables to 10 pounds of contamination.

These guidelines increase the cost of processing. To ensure recycling remains sustainable it is necessary for individuals to commit to recycling only the right things, in the right way. Short of this, we all are contributing to a problem with a negative environmental impact.

Most of the time, recycling is done to cut back on waste being sent to landfills. But when an incorrect item or material is added, it affects the recycling material around it. In other words, the greasy pizza box is not recyclable and also may have contaminated aluminum cans and glass jars.14

Recycling facilities use automated sorters to separate materials. A series of spinning wheels toss the material so newspapers and other lighter-weight papers are up and heavy materials fall to the bottom. Magnets will pull out metal cans and an optical scanner is used to find plastics. Once it’s sorted, the material is pressed and tied into bales.

The rising costs incurred by contaminated recyclables are affecting local and regional governments as they must pay a processing fee for the items residents recycle. The Baltimore Sun15 reports that in 2015, Carroll County would be paid $15 per ton of recyclables sent to the Waste Management Elkridge facility. It now pays the facility an average of $20 per ton to get rid of it.

There Is More Plastic Pollution in the Ocean Than Previously Measured

A new study published in Nature16 demonstrates the amount of plastic dumped into the ocean has been increasing at a rate greater than anticipated. The researchers presented a time series of events beginning in 1957 and ending in 2016, covering 6.5 million nautical miles.

The records were based on plastics entangled in a marine sampler and provided consistent information from some of the earliest records to the present. While many past studies17,18 have focused on the amount of microplastic found in the oceans being consumed by wildlife, this study found a significant increase in the amount of macroplastic, such as entire plastic bags, fishing gear and twine.

The original focus of the research was on plankton. However, the researchers noted the volunteers fixing the equipment consistently talked about how much plastic was creating problems.

Co-author Clare Ostle, Ph.D., research scientist at the Marine Biological Association, commented there were few historical records of ocean plastic pollution, so they used the incidence in their study to determine how often entanglements occurred.19

They had 60 years of ocean data covering the North Atlantic and adjacent oceans and found entanglement in the equipment increased 10 times from 2000 to the present. The first bag found in their equipment was off the coast of Northwest Ireland.20

Experts estimate21 8 million tons of plastic enter the ocean each year. Additionally, the growth in plastic production since its introduction has been extraordinary,22 much of it single use plastic requiring disposal. The researchers wrote their findings were the first to confirm a significant increase in plastic pollution in the open ocean since the 1990s.23

Environmental Impact of Plastic May Soon Rival Toxic Exhaust Emissions

They hypothesize there may be a sink of plastic within the global oceans, leading to an underestimation of surface sea plastics. This has significant implications for plastic pollution worldwide.

Jacqueline Savitz, chief policy officer of North America for Oceana, a nonpartisan nonprofit group dedicated to protecting and restoring the oceans, was not involved in these studies. She told CNN she was encouraged to see people trying to reduce our carbon footprint but has watched the growth of plastic manufacturing with increasing concern. She commented:24

“Plastic is a cheap product to make, but it comes at a high price to our environment. I can’t even stand the thought of it, when I go to the beach and see all the plastic on the waves and in the sand. It’s found in most every bird stomach and in sea turtles and whales that starve to death, and the problem is getting much worse.”

Information published25 in the journal Nature Climate Change estimates that if the trend of plastic production continues, it will comprise 15% of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. In comparison, all global forms of transportation now account for 25% all emissions,26 up from 14% in 2010.27

Your Recycling Mistakes Impact Local Landfills

You may have been filling your recycle bin in the hope of reducing the impact on landfills. However, what you may not realize is while cardboard is welcome, greasy pizza boxes are not. And, if plastic containers have too much food residue, they may defile an entire bale of plastic.

Paper is recycled but if it’s shredded it gets stuck to glass bottles and becomes useless. David Biderman, CEO of The Solid Waste Association of North America, says:28

“Many Americans are not very good recyclers. What we’ve lost sight of is that we should be reducing the amount of waste that we generate. It became easier to just throw things in the blue bin.”

Recycling requirements vary by municipality, but in general consider these suggestions to determine if you’re making common recycling mistakes. To verify recycling guidelines in your area, contact your local facility.

Soft plastic — Soft plastics such as plastic shopping bags and food storage bags cannot be recycled as they clog the sorting machines. Never place recyclables in plastic bags,29 as the recycling facility will toss the entire bag with its contents into a landfill. Instead, collect your plastic bags and take them to your local supermarket for recycling.

Hard plastic — Most rigid plastics such as bottles and rigid packaging may be recycled but there are exceptions. Look for the triangular recycling symbol.30 The number tells you what kind of plastic the product is made of. Keep in mind whether or not an item may be recycled will depend on your local recycling rules, so get the specifics from your municipality.

Plastic straws, unfortunately, cannot be recycled and are destined for a landfill no matter what, which is why they’re best avoided in the first place. In all instances, remember to separate bottles and caps, as they are made from different materials and cannot be recycled together. Typically, caps will need to be discarded as they are too small to be sorted by the machines.

Food containers — Plastic materials with food residues cannot be recycled, so make sure you wash any recyclable plastics in contact with food or beverages, with the exception of water. Allow them to dry before you place it in the recycle bin.31

Any paper products with grease will be considered a contaminant as they cannot be recycled, such as pizza boxes. Instead, remove the greasy section and toss it in the trash while recycling the rest.

These items cannot be recycled — Your municipality may restrict more than the list of items gathered by Mother Nature Network.32 Others have special programs to deal with larger items or hazardous materials. It is always best to check with your local municipality.

Aerosol cans

Batteries

Brightly dyed paper

Ceramics and pottery

Diapers

Hazardous waste

Incandescent light bulbs

Household glass

Yogurt cups

Medical waste

Napkins and paper towels

Paper towels

Pizza boxes

Plastic bags and plastic wrap

Plastic screw-on tops

Juice boxes and other coated cardboard drink containers

Plastic-coated boxes, plastic food boxes, or plastic without recycling mark

Tyvek shipping envelopes

Shredded paper

Styrofoam

Takeout containers

Tires

Wire hangers

Wet paper

Recycle Like an Expert

Proper recycling is more important than ever to reduce the impact on our environment. But there is more than one way to recycle your waste. Although composting may not sound glamorous, or even important, when you dig below the surface you realize diverting food waste from landfills may have a large impact.

Food waste is the largest component in landfills, making up 22% of the waste stream.33 Additionally, when compost is added to the soil it adds valuable organic matter and reduces topsoil loss. You’ll find more information about recycling like an expert and using compost to improve your soil, whether you have a large or small space, in these previous articles:

The Trouble With Dentistry

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research,1 92% of adults aged 20 to 64 have had cavities in their permanent teeth. Interestingly, Caucasian adults and those living in families with higher incomes have had more decay, or at least have been treated for more cavities. Adults in the same age range have an average of 3.28 decayed or missing permanent teeth.

While many believe water fluoridation is an effective way of preventing tooth decay, supporting facts are just not there. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) data reported by the Fluoride Action Network, the U.S., which provides fluoridated water to 74.6% of community water systems,2 has higher rates of tooth decay than many countries that do not fluoridate their water, including Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium and Sweden.3

If fluoridation were effective, you would expect to see higher numbers of cavities in communities without fluoridated water and the number of cavities to decline when fluoride is introduced. Instead, demographic studies have demonstrated fluoridated water has little to do with cavity prevention.4,5,6

Instead, caries often follow demineralization of the tooth triggered by acids formed during bacterial fermentation of dietary sugars. Just as depression is not triggered by a lack of Prozac, dental caries are not caused by a lack of fluoride — a neurotoxic compound that has no biological benefits. Excess dietary sugar is the most significant factor driving dental decay.7

Dentistry Lacks Sufficient Research to Substantiate Many Procedures

The American Dental Association (ADA) claims the Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature (CDT) as their intellectual property.8 In 2000,9 the code was named as a HIPAA standard code set, and any electronic dental claim must use these procedural codes. According to the ADA, there are times when a code is not available and dentists are encouraged to request additions and revisions.

This process is different from the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) based on data developed by WHO,10 which copyrights the information and publishes the classification.11 An adaptation of the classification for use in the U.S. is completed by National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), and must conform to WHO conventions.

Oftentimes when expensive surgery or a regimen of pills is recommended, most seek a second opinion. However, the same is not true when you’re sitting in the dentist chair. A Cochrane review of dental studies12 finds many of the standard dental and cosmetic treatments are not substantiated by research.

For instance, they could not find enough evidence to support or oppose the surgical removal of asymptomatic impacted wisdom teeth,13 to prove if antibiotic prophylaxis is effective or ineffective in those at risk for bacterial endocarditis before a dental procedure,14 and only three trials were found analyzing the efficacy of filling cavities in primary teeth, none of which were conclusive.15

In other words, much of the research in the field of dentistry is sadly lacking. While the recommendations may be appropriate, they may also not be, and many simply do not have adequate evidenced-based science to warrant their use.

As noted in recent article in The Atlantic,16 “[W]hat limited data we have don’t clearly indicate whether it’s better to repair a root-canaled tooth with a crown or a filling.” Derek Richards, director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Dentistry at the University of Dundee, commented on the gaping hole of evidence in the field of dentistry:17

“The body of evidence for dentistry is disappointing. Dentists tend to want to treat or intervene. They are more akin to surgeons than they are to physicians. We suffer a little from that. Everybody keeps fiddling with stuff, trying out the newest thing, but they don’t test them properly in a good-quality trial.”

Anatomy of a Tooth

According to the Academy of General Dentistry,18 at least 40 million adults in the U.S. suffer from sensitive teeth. They describe the sensitivity as being caused by the movement of fluid within tiny tubes located in the dentin, or the layer of tissue found beneath the hard enamel. When the fluid reaches the nerve, it causes irritation and pain.

These tiny tubules are exposed when your enamel is worn down or the gums have receded. This increases your risk of experiencing pain while eating or drinking hot or cold foods. The Cleveland Clinic19 lists some factors that may lead to sensitivity, including brushing too hard, gum disease, cracked teeth, teeth grinding and acidic foods.

The tubules branch throughout the tooth and are different between peripheral and the inner aspects.20 The branching pattern reveals an intricate and profuse system crisscrossing the intertubular dentin.

Studies demonstrate anaerobic bacteria and gram positive rods, as well as a large number of bacterial species, may be found within this tubule system in those suffering periodontal disease. The researchers concluded:21

“It seems clear that, in more than half of the infected roots, bacteria are present in the deep dentin close to the cementum and that anaerobic culturing of dentin is more sensitive than histology to detect these bacteria.”

Further research finds a necrotic dental pulp may develop unnoticed for years and the course of the disease is modulated by the variance of the microbiota in the root canal space and the capacity of the individual’s immune system.22

Another study23 found the environment of the deep layers of the endodontic dental area is anaerobic, favoring the growth of anaerobes, including Lactobacillus, Streptococcus and Propionibacterium.

Avoid Root Canals Whenever Possible

Root canals are not your only option. Teeth are similar to other systems in your body as they require blood supply, venous drainage and nerve innervations. Teeth that have undergone a root canal are dead and typically become a source of chronic bacterial toxicity in your body. In one study published in 2010, the authors wrote:24

“Root canal therapy has been practiced ever since 1928 and the success rate has tremendously increased over the years owing to various advancements in the field. One main reason is the complete understanding of the microbiology involved in the endodontic pathology.”

If any other organ in your body lost blood supply and lymphatic drainage it would die. Your physician would recommend it being removed so necrosis and bacteria would not kill you. But dead teeth are commonly left in your mouth. Anaerobic bacteria thrive in your dentin tubes and the blood supply surrounding the dead teeth drains the toxicity, allowing it to spread throughout your body.

This toxicity may lead to a number of diseases, including autoimmune diseases, cancer, irritable bowel disease and depression. Dr. George Meinig has a unique perspective on the underlying dangers of root canal therapy as he was one of the founding members of the American Association of Endodontists, root canal specialists.25

When he wasn’t filling canals, he was teaching the technique to dentist across the country. After spending decades practicing endodontics, he retired and began pouring over the detailed research of Dr. Weston Price. He was shocked to find valid documentation of systemic illnesses resulting from the latent infections lingering in the filled canals.

The result was his book “Root Canal Cover Up.” In an interview with me, Meinig describes the result of Price’s research findings and credible reasons why you should avoid a root canal. Price’s work demonstrated that many who suffered chronic degenerative diseases could trace the origins to root canals.

The most frequently reported conditions were heart and circulatory diseases. The next most common diseases were of the joints and those of the brain and nervous system. Meinig assumes all root filled teeth harbor bacteria and other infective agents, but not everyone is made ill since those with strong immune systems may be able to prevent bacterial colonies from taking hold.

Oral Health Inextricably Linked to Your Overall Health

However, Meinig cautions that over time, most who have undergone a root canal seem to develop some type of systemic symptoms. If you choose to have a dead tooth removed, just pulling the tooth is not enough. Price found bacteria in tissue and bone adjacent to the tooth’s root. Consequently, Meinig developed a protocol he describes in his book to ensure no bacterial growth is left.

Historically, dentistry and medicine were separated. It’s unfortunate how many fail to fully appreciate the influence oral health has on overall health. The delicate balance of bacteria in your mouth is as important to your health as your gut microbiome.

Periodontal disease, which affects the soft tissue and bone, is triggered by an increase in Porphyromonas gingivalis,26 a bacteria that impairs your immune response. Dental caries have been causally linked to Streptococcus mutans.27 In turn, your oral health impacts the rest of your body and they have a significant impact on your risk of disease.

For example, Type 2 diabetes and periodontal disease are strongly connected,28 as are cardiovascular disease and periodontal disease.29 Research30 has demonstrated failing to brush on a daily basis may increase your risk of dementia by 22 to 65%, compared to brushing three times a day, and good oral hygiene may lower your risk of pneumonia by 40%.31

When the bacteria causing tooth decay and gum disease enter your circulatory system, your body increases the release of C-reactive protein known to lead to many chronic diseases.32 Therefore it’s only common sense to pay attention to your oral health, and develop good habits that support your oral microbiome.

Seek Out a Biological Dentist for Care

One step toward achieving good oral health is to seek out a biological dentist, also known as a holistic or environmental dentist. These doctors operate according to the belief system that your teeth are an integral part of your body and, hence, your overall health.33 They recognize oral and dental health have a major influence on disease and any medical treatment takes this into account.

While I recommend using a biological dentist for all your dental needs, if you’re considering the removal of dental amalgams, it’s absolutely essential. Most conventional dentists are unaware of the dangers involved and lack the experience to remove amalgam fillings without placing your health at risk in the process. Another strategy biological dentist use is to check the compatibility of dental materials with your body.

What’s in Your Silver Fillings?

The silver fillings in your mouth are dental amalgam. As noted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA),34 dental amalgam has been used to fill cavities for more than 150 years in hundreds of millions of patients around the world.

Amalgam is a mixture of metals consisting of elemental mercury and a powdered alloy of silver, tin and copper, 50% of which is elemental mercury by weight. The FDA also admits amalgam fillings release low levels of mercury in vapor form that may be inhaled and absorbed in your lungs.

Mercury is a neurotoxin.35 How your health is affected will depend on the form of mercury, the amount in the exposure and the age at which you’re exposed. Additionally, how long the exposure lasts and your underlying health will determine symptoms you may experience.

Symptoms of prolonged exposure to elemental mercury may include emotional changes, insomnia, headaches and poor performance on mental function tests. In 2009, the FDA issued a final rule on dental amalgams reclassifying mercury from a class I (least risk) device to class II (more risk) and designated a special controls guidance document for dental amalgam.36

The WHO37 found mercury exposure, even in small amounts, may trigger serious health concerns and can have toxic effects on lungs and kidneys, as well as the nervous, digestive and immune systems. It is considered one of the top 10 chemicals or groups of chemicals of major public health concern.

Daily Care May Protect Oral Health

As Meinig discussed in our interview, the only scientifically-proven way to prevent tooth decay is through nutrition. He related how in Price’s travels he found 14 cultural pockets of natives who had no access to “civilization” and ate no refined foods.

While their diets varied, they all ate whole, unrefined foods. Without access to tooth brushes, floss, fluoridated water or toothpaste, each group were almost all 100% free of caries.

For a discussion of how you may integrate holistic and preventive strategies, such as making your own toothpaste, flossing guidelines, and information on oil pulling and nutritional supplements to support your oral health, see my previous article, “Dental Dedication: Improve Your Oral Health.”

Fibromyalgia Hurts. Exposure to Electrosmog (Cell Phone Radiation, Dirty Electricity, EMFs, WiFi, etc.) Could Be Making It Worse.

By B. N. Frank,

It makes sense that prolonged exposure to any kind of unnatural radiation pulsing could cause or increase inflammation and pain.

There are doctors and scientists who have already acknowledged the link between exposure to Electrosmog and Fibromyalgia as well as other debilitating and painful conditions – even if your doctors have not.

From LiveLoveFruit.com:

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences describes EMFs as invisible areas of energy, otherwise known as radiation.

When electromagnetic radiation is high (such as when you’re using your cell phone as a navigation tool (higher electro and magnetic fields)), and close to your body, it can cause damaging microwaves and free radicals within the body.

The National Cancer Institute provides a great chart to help you understand the levels of EMFs. http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/radiation/electromagnetic-fields-fact-sheet

On the left side of the chart, power lines and computers are among the lowest sources of non-ionizing radiation, with microwaves, cell phones, smart meters and wi-fi being some of the highest. The more damaging ionizing radiation levels includes things like UV rays, x-rays and gamma rays used in diagnostic and therapeutic radiation (1).

There are five primary sources of electromagnetic frequencies that impact us on a daily basis (2):

  1. Electric Fields: come from anything that has voltage, like anything electric (lamps, electrical wiring, outlets, extension cords, electrical appliances (like microwaves), and power outlets). Electric fields can affect the ability of your neurons to fire and communicate. It can impede inter-cell communication anywhere in the body. This can lead to things like behavioral changes, altered cell growth, cell mutations, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and cancer.
  2. Magnetic Fields: these fields occur if there is an imbalance in electrical wiring, or around electrical motors like those in your refrigerator. A common magnetic field most people are exposed to is the main power meter of your house. Avoid sleeping against the wall that has a power meter on the outside. The further you’re away from the source (five to six feet), the less intense the effects. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has labeled magnetic fields as a class 3 carcinogen.
  3. Power Lines: above ground or underground.
  4. Metal Plumbing: older metal plumbing can carry a current.
  5. Wireless Communications: wireless power meters (SmartMeters), cell phones, cell towers, wireless routers and cordless phones (especially the base – which transmits whether you are on or off the phone) expose you to both electric- and magnetic fields. When it comes to wireless communications, the radiation you’re exposed to decreases the further you’re away from the source.

rom AlteredStates.com

Traditionally the diagnosis of Fibromyalgia is related to environmental illness. In the current understanding there are basically three illnesses emerging: Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and electrosensitivity, also referred to as electromagnetic hypersensitivity. The symptoms overlap dramatically and usually consist of headaches, extreme fatigue, skin and lung problems, multiple chemical sensitivity, food allergies, sleeping disorders and general weakness.

A GOVERNMENT agency has acknowledged for the first time that people can suffer nausea, headaches and muscle pains when exposed to electromagnetic fields from mobile phones, electricity pylons and computer screens. — Sarah-Kate Templeton, Medical Correspondent

Besides using drugs to control symptoms, an alternative method of healing Fibromyalgia is to remove the substances adversely affecting the immune system. What is often missed however is correcting the original source of the hypersensitivity. This is often times because the correlation between Fibromyalgia and EMFs is not widely known.

Because the nervous system is a primary site impacted by both chemicals and electromagnetic fields, those with nervous system damage from toxic exposures seem more susceptible to becoming ES too. — Lucinda Grant, Advocate

Last month, Activist Post published an article about the link between MS and Electrosmog exposure, “People Suffering from MS May Also Have Electromagnetic Sensitivity and Not Know It.”

For more information, visit the following websites:

Image credit: Pixabay

Source: https://www.activistpost.com

And We Know VIDEO 4-30-19… “SerialBrain2: Trump and Q Confirm the Notre Dame/Sri Lanka Connection”

A new video by And We Know (Bitchute channel) covering the “next in the series about Notre Dame / Sri Lanka / Obamas connections”, Trump and Q Confirm the Notre Dame/Sri Lanka Connection. The part at about 11:14, discussing how music opens portals, and J.S. Bach was (likely) aware of this, I found very intriguing.

Although these decodes (particularly this one) can be very very deep, I feel each of them can encourage learning to use one’s own discernment and find what “rings the Inner Bell”.

Excellent video, again, by And We Know.

[Kp note: Personally, I find it useful to both read the SB2 posts and view the And We Know videos (Bitchute channel)… I find I get more complete data input that way.]
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Joe Biden Tells 8-Year-Old Girl: “You’re Getting Old”

Another bizarre moment on the campaign trail.

By Paul Joseph Watson, Guest writer

Joe Biden produced another creepy moment during a campaign stop in Wilmington, Delaware when he told an eight-year-old girl “you’re getting old”.

“How old are you?” Biden asks the child, to which she responds, “eight”.

“Eight – you’re getting old,” responds Biden.

[Note: “Sex before eight – or it’s too late” was the long-standing motto of NAMBLA.]

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Here’s the lowdown on swordfish and its health benefits

(Natural News) Swordfish, which has a long, flat bill, is a type of oily fish. Swordfish provides many nutrients and health benefits. Eating swordfish can: Help improve your sleep quality – Swordfish contains high amounts of magnesium, which is a mineral that helps reduce sleep problems. This mineral has a soothing effect on the muscles and…