open a Pandora's Box means to unwittingly unleash chaos
on yourself and the world around you. One toxicologist
said, 'We're already to the point where it is in people
and getting near the point where there's significant
risk.' Kenneth Cook, the president and founder of the
Environmental Working Group. 'It is found everywhere
from babies in the womb to whales in the ocean. And
beyond that, it is indestructible in the environment.
It lasts forever.' Author, 'It appears that we,
through science, have opened a Pandora's Box upon the
world unleashing chaos upon ourselves and, what's worse,
Infertility Linked to PFOA and
PFOS (Perfluoriated Teflon Pollutants)
A new study finds that women
who have difficulty getting pregnant have higher
concentrations of certain nonstick-chemical pollutants
in their blood. The pollutant compounds are known as
PFOA and PFOS; they are the primary constituents of
Teflon and Scotchguard products.
In the January 28th
issue of Human Reproduction, released online, Chunyuan Fei and her
coworkers at the
University of California, Los Angeles report that 'higher
maternal PFOA and PFOS (chemicals released from Teflon) levels
measured in early pregnancy were found to be associated with longer
time to pregnancy.' Indeed, the proportion of women defined as
experiencing infertility means it took them more than a year of
trying to become pregnant These woman had higher perfluorinated
pollutants in their blood compared to those who had no conception
EPA Charges DuPont with Withholding Tests that Show Risk to
Humans from PFOA in Products (a Teflon Perfluoriated Pollutant)
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) charges
that DuPont failed to provide immediate notification of tests
showing 'substantial risk of injury to human health', including
birth defects and liver damage. PFOA, a chemical found in
products ranging from pots and pans to clothing and stain repellents
(Scotchgard), to food packaging and cosmetics, and a component of
Teflon production, poses developmental and reproductive risks to
humans, according to a risk assessment from the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA).
Exposure Levels of PFOA in Children
Current PFOA exposures in children may be well above safe
levels, and some children have high enough blood levels of PFOA to
cause serious toxicity in laboratory studies.
Some of the effects of these chemicals:
Children's health and development problems. Risks of liver,
pancreatic, testicular and mammary gland tumors. Altered endocrine
system including decreased levels of reproductive hormones,
disrupted thyroid hormone regulation. Damaged and weakened immune
PFOA affects the body's endocrine system
Already, the C8 study indicated that PFOA is associated with
significant dose dependent effects on the endocrine system,
including decreased levels of reproductive hormones; weakened immune
response, detected as decreased levels of disease-fighting blood
proteins; and increased levels of uric acid, a bodily waste linked
to hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases. PFOA is also
associated with higher levels of cholesterol, another predictor of
chronic health problems.
A year and a half ago an airing of ABC's 20/20 with
representatives from an organization called the Environmental
Working Group demonstrated how a Teflon-coated pan can easily reach
a temperature of 500 degrees while cooking bacon. And at around
680 degrees the pan will begin to emit toxic gases. When inhaled,
the gases may cause a reaction with symptoms that are typical of the
flu, including a rise in body temperature, chills, headache, etc.
DuPont has said that the temperatures needed to release the fumes
cannot be reached during normal cooking. As the
Environmental Working Group showed 20/20 in the kitchen
demonstration, however, a pan can reach that temperature in just a
'At 554 degrees Fahrenheit,'
said Houlihan, 'studies show ultrafine particles start coming off
the pan. These are tiny little particles that can embed deeply
into the lungs.'
The hotter the pan gets, the
more chemicals are released. 'At 680, toxic gases can begin to come
off of heated Teflon,' Houlihan said. It also turns out that,
DuPont has known about the 'Teflon flu' for years.
Environmental Lottery Nightmare, More of the Iceberg Exposed
Everyone, knows that your chances of
winning a lottery are next to zero. For instance, the odds of
winning the New York lottery's first prize of $26 million dollars
are 1 in 175
million. Think of this, what if the odds were 1 in 100? You
would convert everything you had into cash then beg, borrow and
steal every dollar you could get your hands on to buy lottery
tickets for that lottery, wouldn't you? Well there is another
game of chance with the odds of 1 in 100 that I guarantee you; you
do not want to win. That is the chance of 1 in 100 that your wife
or daughter could give birth to a son with Hypospadias. And the
chances improve every year; when I first heard of this defect 2
years ago the odds were 1 in 300.
Hypospadias is a male
birth defect that affects roughly 1 in 100 boys where the opening of
the urethra is not at the tip of the penis. The opening can be
anywhere along the shaft, within the scrotum or even in the
perineum. The child may have ambiguous genitelia making accurate
sex determination difficult and cause serious psychological problems
later. Severe hypospadias
can be associated with a number of other problems, including
undecided testis, enlarged prostate, stone formation and
infertility. Hypospadias is linked to
exposure during the first
trimester of pregnancy to certain environmental toxicants, mainly
those that mimic hormones called Phthalates. These
chemicals are used in a
wide variety of products including plastics, detergents and personal
care products, such as deodorants, fragrances, nail polish and
hairspray. These chemicals
of course affect hormones.
2005, researchers from the
Working Group found something very frightening: a cocktail of
287 pollutants ' PFOA's, pesticides, dioxins, flame retardants -- in
the fetal-cord blood of newborn infants from around the country.
morally wrong that kids are born pre-polluted with hundreds of toxic
chemicals. It is the worst kind of violation of human rights, I
know it, and you know it. Shouldn't Congress know it?? We think
so. (At end of this article find a website that will send your
message to Congress letting them know how you feel)
Autoimmune Soup Anyone
Scientific arrogance has led us
down the wrong path we better stop and take a close look at what is
happening. This month 150 new chemicals (that is 7 each day) will
be added to the 85,000 which are a major cause of disease. They
will be added to industry with no oversight control at all, zero.
Did you think that there was a United States Government watch dog
system keeping you and your family safe from chemical harm, sorry
it's a paper tiger. The U.S.
government has no adequate chemical regulation policy, therefore
companies are allowed to manufacture and use chemicals without ever
establishing their safety.
Because of the many chemicals in farming and industry, the methods
science uses for detecting chemicals in our environment have
improved. There is increased pressure and interest by the public
and their representative groups to understand the dangers these
types of toxic, polluting chemicals pose. In response, more
scientists and toxicologists are identifying what are called
'emerging chemicals of concern,' or ECCs. Of the thousands of
chemicals in use
about 400 resist breaking down in the
environment and are known to accumulate in fish and wildlife. When
a chemical accumulates in fish and wild life, that is the clue that
it will accumulate in us as well. Researchers estimate that of
this 400, only 4 percent are routinely analyzed and about 75 percent
have not been studied.
The Autoimmune Disease Epidemic
What disease born of toxicity and pollution can be triggered
just by taking aspirin or any medication, or by starting a new
exercise routine, stretching unused muscles, even too much stress, a
car accident or giving birth? Latest research says the answer is
an autoimmune disease and there are plenty of them to go around.
There are approximately 80 to 100 autoimmune diseases with another
40 still waiting for a name. It's like popcorn popping up faster
as it heats till you can hardly keep up with all of them and there
are some real monsters in this popcorn. For those who have one,
get ready because many people with an autoimmune disease generally
get another. Statistically about
25 percent of patients with autoimmune diseases have a tendency to
develop additional autoimmune disorders
Women, Chemical Endocrine Disruptors and Autoimmune Diseases
studies have shown that some of these chemicals can act as endocrine
disruptors, disrupting normal hormone function. These dangerous
chemicals can produce effects at parts per billion or parts per
trillion levels. Also, effects of some ECCs can be
transgenerational. Transgenerational means when animals are
exposed in utero, effects are transmitted not only to the offspring,
but are inherited for many generations thereafter, from exposures to
the grandmother or the great-grandmother animal. In addition,
scientists are worried about the effects from exposures to mixtures
of these ECCs and/or other chemicals.
It is possible that
endocrine disruptors that mimic estrogenic activity
may be involved in the increased incidence of
such as SLE (Ahmed, 2000). It has been widely noted that females
have stronger immune capabilities (particularly
B-cell'mediated immunity) than males, as evidenced by
their better immune responses to a variety of self-antigens
and non-self-antigens. This phenomenon of gender-based immune
capability is largely attributed to the effects of sex
hormones (Ahmed, Penhale, and Talal, 1985;
Grossman, 1984; Homo-Delarche et al., 1991).
Etiologic factor in the development of autoimmune diseases. ...
Here is what this basically
means; that women because of their stronger immune capabilities are
more sensitive to chemical endocrine disruptors and so develop
autoimmune diseases more easily then men.
For reasons we do not understand, about
75 percent of autoimmune diseases occur in women, most frequently
during the childbearing years. Hormones are thought to play a role,
because some autoimmune illnesses occur more frequently after
menopause, others suddenly improve during pregnancy, with flare-ups
occurring after delivery, while still others will get worse during
From the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Michigan
National Bank Building, 15475 Granot Ave, Detroit, MI 48205, (313)
Chemical Endocrine Disruptors and
Autoimmune diseases that develop in men tend to be more severe.
multiple sclerosis begin to show symptoms earlier than do men with
the disease. At the same time, the disease seems to progress
faster in men than in women. Women tend to develop lupus during
their childbearing years while men are affected much later in life.
A study by Dr. Michelle Petri from Johns Hopkins University tried to
address the differences in men and women lupus patients by comparing
the clinical and laboratory features of a group of 41 males and 545
females. She found that men had an increased frequency of
seizures, immune-mediated anemia, and lupus anticoagulant (which may
lead to clotting problems), but a lower frequency of Sjogren's
disease. Her study suggests that men may have more severe disease
Medical drug-induced lupus erythematosus (DILE) tends
to occur more frequently in men illustrating the role of
environmental triggers in the development of lupus. DILE is
commonly associated with hydralazine, procainamide, and isoniazid,
and is more common in men because the disorders for which some of
these medications are used (e.g., high blood pressure, irregular
heart rhythms) are diagnosed more often in men.
Again as with women, hormones
play a role in the disease and so chemicals that mimic hormones the
endocrine disruptors could be a factor. Some studies have
noted lower levels of a specific androgen, testosterone, in some men
with lupus. Men with lupus, however, are in no way less masculine
than men without lupus, and sexual activity, potency, and fertility
in men with lupus does not differ from men without lupus.
Why is there an Autoimmune Epidemic?
there not be an autoimmune epidemic? That question makes more
sense. We are breaking every natural law and dirtying up our own
nest as we go. We think we can do anything to this planet and
ourselves with no repercussions, no dept to be paid. I remember
when I was a little boy in the early 1950's it was announced on TV
that it is going to be a throw away world with the new plastics
coming out. Well, we have just about thrown the world away.
only have to look around you to see the obvious human problems.
America is now the fattest country in the world with 75% of its
people fat and 20% of them obese. We eat for entertainment with
barely a thought about what happens after we eat that meal. I read
in the news yesterday that the military is having a difficult time
finding anyone physically qualified because so many applicants are
too overweight. There is no genetic mystery as to why there is an
autoimmune epidemic and everyone is fat. We are swimming in
chemical pollution and eating trash; that is the answer no one wants
to look at. We better clean up ourselves and the environment
pretty quick before Mother Nature swats us like a fly.
Some Simple Naturopathic
Answers to Get Started on the Human Problem
More raw produce every day; I am talking 70% of your diet or more.
Start every morning with a fruit smoothie; see my article
this Energy Packed, Healing Fruit Smoothie your Everyday Morning
Cleanse and detox 4 times a year with the change of the seasons, see
my article 'Seasonal
Cleansing and Detoxing' for instructions
Water, if you are sick, take
your body weight divide by 2, drink that many ounces of distilled
water each day. Distilled water acts as a vacuum drawing toxins as
it moves through your body.
If you are overweight read my
You Gaining Weight Because of Nutritional Debt?'
Do you exercise at least 3 times
per week? The lymph system plays a large part in our total immune
system. There are 45 pints of lymph (3 times more than blood) that
move throughout the body. Breathing and movement are two ways that
lymph is moved, as it does not have a heart. For breathing, go to
my site; go to 'Programs' then to Yoga. Study this breath, 'Kapalabhati'
is an incredibly energizing breath it will strengthen your lungs
relax your heart and nervous system and oxygenate every cell of your
brain and body.
Through these simple techniques you can move away from the sick life
style that is making everyone fat and sick. They will give your
body the ability to start.
Before poison air sensing equipment was developed birds were used to
alert humans to the presence of toxic poisonous air. This very sad
story has something to say to everyone.
December 2002 a family lost more than 55 birds and 2 dogs after a
defective nonstick pan on their stove overheated when the water
burned off. 'As I walked into the kitchen, I saw the pan
that was smoldering. The pan had been full of water and the burner
turned off, but a short circuit had turned it on even though the
handle/ indicator said it was off. I then noticed a sun conure
flying by dropping to the ground, also, immediately dead.'
'The next few hours are the hardest I will probably ever go through.
One by one the birds were dying. Agonizing, screaming... we opened
up everything in the house. It was snowing and freezing. I placed
fans everywhere to exhaust the fumes. (I lost 2 Boston terrier
puppies from pneumonia 2 days later)... We did our best to hold each
and every one of the macaws as they were dying, I didn't want them
to be alone in their pain. In my mind will always be etched my
husband holding Caleb, the Camelot Macaw, and Max, a Nanday tucked
under his shirt, as I went down the steps to pull DeeDee, a 50+ Blue
and Gold and hold her as she was screeching her last breaths
away.... My husband sounded so vulnerable as he screamed out, 'Oh
God, Not DeeDee.'
sorry but I wanted to shock and create some discomfort for you so
you will understand how bad things are; not to make you paranoid,
just educated and a little angry. When enough people are educated
and feeling a little angry, things will change very quickly. Those
people who place more value on money than they do on the welfare of
human beings will become frightened, and when they do, they will
change things immediately; you are more powerful then you think.
This happened in England a few years back regarding genetically
modified products and within one week all manufacturers changed out
Finally she could stand it no
longer. One day when everyone was out she crept up to the box, took
the huge key, fitted it carefully into the lock and turned it. She
lifted the lid to peep in but before she realized it the room was
filled with terrible things: disease, despair, malice, greed, old
age, death, hatred, violence, cruelty and war. She slammed the lid
down and turned the key again...keeping only the spirit of hope