Mold Exposure, Dangerous Chemicals and Toxic Substances: When Toxins Become Lethal
It is common knowledge that we live in a “dirty” world. Dangerous chemicals, toxic substances and mold exposure are everywhere these days. Because of widespread toxic substances and exposure, there are few places that exist on earth that can boast freedom from dangerous chemicals, toxins and EMF (electric magnetic field) exposure. Where can we go to ensure our safety? Hopefully, we have homes that are toxin, mold and chemical free, and that should be our safe haven. But is that really the case?
On a daily basis, we are exposed to over 6,000 chemicals that we can’t see or smell. Our foods are laced with glyphosate, a virulent chemical that causes leaky gut. Many foods also contain antibiotics, preservatives, colors and additives. Our meats are placed on Styrofoam plates with plastic wrap clinging to the flesh, and of course there is toxic paint, carpet outgassing, EMFs, air fresheners, toxic mold; the list of dangerous chemical and toxic substances goes on and on. In other words, our toxic exposure is enormous.
There are so many potential dangers lurking around the corner. One of the questions I ask during a new client intake is whether they live near a golf course. It seems benign, but the amount of pesticides used on golf course lawns is extremely dangerous and poses a threat to the healthy function of our cells and gut. I am deeply concerned for all those that play golf on a regular basis.
Here is a testimony to the dangers of golf course pesticide exposure: “One year, in a tournament near Miami, I had to withdraw after 36 holes. The course had been heavily sprayed, and there was weed killer in the lake. When I got to the course for the third round, I couldn’t hit a wedge shot thirty yards; I didn’t have enough strength. My eyes were bloodshot, my complexion was ruddy, and my right hand was swollen from taking balls from the caddie. My doctor said it was acute pesticide poisoning”. Billy Casper, top US professional golfer
A toxic burden study was funded by the EWG (Environmental Working Group) at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Bill Moyers, a famous news reporter, recorded the results of this study in his documentary entitled: “Trade Secrets”. Moyers participated in this study along with 8 other adult volunteers. To their knowledge, none of the volunteers had been exposed to high amounts of environmental toxins. However, their blood and urine results were alarming.
The study tested all 9 subjects for 210 harmful and dangerous chemicals. The results: 167 out of the 210 chemicals tested were present in urine and blood samples in varying amounts. In all 9 adults, 91 chemicals were present including: 53 chemicals linked to cancer: 63 of those chemicals are known to be toxic to the CNS (central nervous system): 58 of the chemicals can be damaging to the endocrine system (hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid and adrenal glands), and 55 chemicals are known to depress the immune system, which can lead to autoimmune conditions.
But the unconscionable chemical and heavy metal exposures to which unsuspecting populations across America are being exposed right now are appalling. The news channels and major publications are buzzing about the poor people in Flint, Michigan, who are being exposed to water that is filled with extremely high levels of lead and other dangerous chemicals.
Unfortunately, their water challenges started back in April of 2014, when the city’s emergency manager switched the drinking water source from Detroit’s system to the Flint River (to save money) and there have been water emergencies ever since.
According to an article in THE NATION, “….First came the three boil-water warnings, which the city issued after finding evidence E. coli and other nasty bacteria in the city’s water supply. These were followed by nine months of dangerously high levels of total trihalomethanes, a carcinogenic byproduct of chlorine, which put the city in violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act; the city had ramped up the chlorine in an effort to kill the E. coli and other gut-busting microbes. Along the way, people have complained about rashes, hair loss, bad smells and worse, leading a group of them to file a lawsuit on June 5 to force the city to stop getting its water from the Flint River. More recently, an internal Environmental Protection Agency memo obtained by the ACLU of Michigan raised concerns about the possibility of widespread lead contamination after the water in one family’s home was found to be contaminated with lead at a level of 13,200 parts per billion (ppb). A lead level of 5,000 ppb is classified as hazardous waste. The EPA memo asserted that the lead issue was the direct result of the cash-strapped city’s inability to handle the job of water treatment.”
In an outrage over the tragedy that is befalling the adults and children of Flint, Michael Moore wrote to his hometown Governor:
“Dear Governor Snyder: Thanks to you, sir, and the premeditated actions of your administrators, you have effectively poisoned, not just some, but apparently ALL of the children in my hometown of Flint, Michigan…..Your staff and others knew that the water in the Flint River was poison — but you decided that taking over the city and “cutting costs” to “balance the budget” was more important than the people’s health (not to mention their democratic rights to elect their own leaders). So you cut off the clean, fresh glacial lake water of Lake Huron that the citizens of Flint (including myself) had been drinking for decades and, instead, made them drink water from the industrial cesspool we call the Flint River — a body of “water” where toxins from a dozen General Motors and DuPont factories have been dumped for over a hundred years. And then you decided to put a chemical in this water to “clean” it — which only ended up stripping the lead off of Flint’s aging water pipes, placing that lead in the water and sending it straight into people’s taps…… Your callous — and reckless….decision to do this has now, as revealed by the city’s top medical facility, caused “irreversible brain damage” in Flint’s children, not to mention other bodily damage to all of Flint’s adults. Here’s how bad it is: Even GM won’t let the auto parts they use in building cars touch the Flint water because that water “corrodes” them. This is a company that won’t even fix an ignition switch after they’ve discovered it’s already killed dozens of people. THAT’s how bad the situation is. Even GM thinks you’re the devil….”
A MOTHER JONES article states, “According to the World Health Organization, “Lead affects children’s brain development resulting in reduced intelligence quotient (IQ), behavioral changes such as shortening of attention span and increased antisocial behavior, and reduced educational attainment. Lead exposure also causes anemia, hypertension, renal impairment, immunotoxicity and toxicity to the reproductive organs. The neurological and behavioral effects of lead are believed to be irreversible.”
Unfortunately, Flint is not the only place that is suffering from over-the-top toxic exposures. In a well-to-do community in Porter Ranch, California, the residents have been exposed to gas leaks that have led the residents to flee their homes. Entire neighborhoods are like ghost towns, where government officials have ordered mandatory clearings of all homes in exposed areas. Residents were forced to leave and seek emergency shelter elsewhere, and most have been displaced for months.
The problem started when methane gas started leaking at extremely high levels. Methane gas can contain mercaptans and other sulfur compounds. According to an article entitled: Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for Selected Airborne Chemicals: Volume 15. “Methyl mercaptan depresses the central nervous system and affects the respiratory center, similar to hydrogen sulfide, producing death by respiratory paralysis. Clinical signs of exposure are ocular and mucous membrane irritation, headache, dizziness, staggering gait, nausea, and vomiting. Paralysis of the locomotor muscles and pulmonary edema have also been observed.”
But here is an interesting statement in an article written by the LA TIMES: “The sulfur-like compounds it contains, called mercaptans, are not toxic or damaging to the body and do not post long-term risks, public health officials and environmental experts say. It’s the odor itself that is causing health problems in the San Fernando Valley community… The additive is a mix of two chemicals, tertiary butyl mercaptan and tetrahydrothiophene, said Glenn La Fevers, storage operations manager for Southern California Gas….. But it (natural gas) also contains small amounts of benzene, toluene and other carcinogens that authorities are testing for in the community. So far, monitors have not found those chemicals at levels any higher than amounts typical in Los Angeles air.”
Now that is spin control! I am not sure why they think the public will buy these ridiculous statements. Methyl mercaptans depress the central nervous system and benzene and toluene are known carcinogens. And that is ok? Does the Gas Company of Southern California really think that people are not going to research these lethal toxins? The beauty of the Internet is that information is as easy to find as a click of a button. No more cover ups please. Don’t insult our intelligence.
The LA TIMES article continues: “Lifelong Porter Ranch resident Dee Ann Abernathy, whose family of six has relocated, said her 6-year-old daughter has experienced several episodes of severe vomiting and has broken out in hives since Nov. 14. Abernathy, 39, bristles at suggestions that fumes emitted by the failed well may not have long-term harmful effects. “My child is not a guinea pig and no one can guarantee that this is not harming her health,” Abernathy said. “I have to wonder whether people who insist there are no long-term effects from this leaking well would continue to do so if it was their daughter vomiting day and night.”
In an article published on saveporterranch.com: Signs and symptoms of methane exposure may include: headaches, heart palpitations, cognitive impairment (poor judgement, memory loss), dizziness, loss of motor coordination and flu-like symptoms (mental uneasiness, lethargy, discomfort)
And the sad stories continue to emerge. As the lead poisoning crisis in Flint, Michigan has resonated across the nation, communities in Pennsylvania are noting high percentages of children with lead. In Altoona, PA over 20 percent of kids under the age of 7 showed elevated levels of lead, according to a Pennsylvania Department of Health report. Elevated lead levels for children under 7 are defined by the Centers for Disease Control as those having at least five micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood in their system. Differing from the Flint crisis, older homes are more likely the source in these cases versus public drinking water. Nathan Sooy of a Pennsylvania office of Clean Water Action noted “In Flint, you’re talking about a major infusion of lead into the water. But that’s not in general how lead poisoning happens in older cities. How it usually happens is from really old houses with lead in the plumbing and old lead paint.” And considering many of the homes in these communities were built before 1940, this data offers a wake-up call to families living in these older homes to examine the major issue of lead poisoning.
So now what? Do these people have to suffer in silence? Are there no ways to resolve these toxic issues? Are the children of Flint Michigan irreversibly brain damaged? Will there be future health disasters as a result of these unbridled methane gas exposures in Porter Ranch? Do families living in old homes have to suffer from lead poisoning?
Over the years, I have listened to horror stories regarding people’s declining health. With tears streaming down their face, they shared a myriad of unrelenting symptoms that doctors can’t explain. There are a cataclysmic amount of folks that are sick and miserable because their cells are drowning in unidentified toxins. Flint, Porter Ranch, and Altoona are not the only communities overrun with chemical exposures. People across America are crying out for help because the root causes of their health challenge is an onslaught of unnoticed or named toxins that are flooding their unprotected cells.
In my case, an unfortunate meeting of two opposing metals in my mouth (mercury silver fillings and gold) poisoned me. This caused me a period of untold agony for 3 years. Other clients have been exposed to countless toxins that have caused autoimmune diseases, cancer and other debilitating health conditions. Did they know these toxins were the start of their bodies undoing? No, but that is why they made their way to me.
Where does one start when toxic exposures are causing horrifying symptoms? Well, the first step to review is my 5R’s of True Cellular Detox and Healing. I created these 5R’s as a roadmap to heal ailing cells. Remember what I always say: “If you don’t heal the cell, you can’t get well.” So pertinent to this article, R1 is about Removing the Source. In order to protect the healthy functions of the cells, we must remove the source of toxins that are causing widespread inflammation in the cellular membrane.
As the 5R’s of True Cellular Detox and Healing are addressed, downstream detox pathways (i.e. the gut, liver, kidneys and lymphatic system) must be supported so that toxins can successfully move out of the body. Finally, all my trained doctors use a product called CytoDetox™, a true binding agent, to safely draw out heavy metals from the tissue, organs, bones and brain. Then we capture those metals and clear them out of the body with BIND super activated charcoal (Note: lead gets stored in the bone, so we need to follow a protocol that is safe and effective to ease it out naturally). There is a very precise way to rid the body of heavy metals called True Cellular Detox™, and you can learn the three components and three phases of the process here. Please read the article and contact my office for more information on working with one of my trained practitioners who can support you through the process (call 800.833.2941 or contact me here).
Now, the lead levels in the Flint water are at a lethal amount and of course, folks get panicked. This is totally understandable. But is the damage really irreversible? I don’t think so. I have seen many remarkable recoveries over the years when toxic stressors have been removed. And there are ways to remove these metals from the body and brain. So, to the people of Flint Michigan, please read my article series on safe heavy metal removal (Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3) and don’t lose hope.
After my body started to heal, I decided to test my wife and children to see if they had elevated heavy metals. My wife’s lead levels were through the roof. In fact, they were so dangerously high that the lab wanted her to repeat the test! Then we found out that my sons also had extremely high lead levels. So I hunkered down, made sure they were eating a Cellular Healing Diet to decrease inflammation and I started them on an ON and OFF cyclical heavy metal protocol to reduce their lead levels. I supported their methylation levels (methylation helps the body reduce inflammation and detox) with a product by Systemic Formulas called MoRS. And I supported their mitochondria (the powerhouse of the cell that makes ATP energy) with a product called eNRG. Lo and behold, over time, their metals levels started to go down. This is part of True Cellular Detox™ I am convinced it saved the lives of my wife and my children.
As for the folks in Porter Ranch, Altoona, and the countless other areas in the country affected by heavy metal poisoning, my advice is to also follow my system of True Cellular Detox™ as noted above and outlined here. Short fasts and intermittent fasting will further enable your body to gobble up any lingering toxin debris. These fasts can be extremely healing to the body in addition to True Cellular Detox™. It is safe and easy to do, and you can follow my instructions in the article. I would also include CytoDetox™, BIND, MoRS and eNRG cellular products to start the healing process, and I add Vista 1 and 2 containing good fats to increase healing of the cellular membranes.
There is one thing I know: the body is an extraordinary healing machine, and it was designed by God to regain optimal health. There is no hopeless situation when it comes to the regenerative capabilities of our cells. What we need to do is educate ourselves on the step-by-step process that can lead to renewed health. I wish you the best and let us know if we can support your detoxification or community.