We are exposed to potentially harmful toxins every day—in the air, our water, at work, in our home and even in our cars especially when they are new. Most people believe that the amount of exposure is negligible and fairly harmless; however, if the exposure is intense or prolonged, the toxicity levels can eventually cause many diseases, injuries, and cancers. What most people and doctors do not count on is that all these toxic exposures add up and mix together in unpredictable ways leading to the epidemic of chronic diseases and cancer we are witnessing today.
Human destiny is on a collision course with pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, antibiotics (which are getting into water supplies), chemicals, highly toxic heavy metals, and dangerous food additives are showing up in everyone’s blood. Radiation exposure will be covered in a separate channel but it should be known that uranium is not only radioactive but also a deadly heavy metal.
There are up to 200,000 man-made chemicals in the environment that was not present a hundred years ago. Most are petroleum-derived. Everyone is exposed and trace amounts can be found in every living creature on earth. Toxins enter the body by three pathways (ingestion, breathing, and through the skin). We are so surrounded by poisons that they are even present in our furniture, women’s makeup and just about all health and beauty products.
The Romans were aware that lead could cause serious health problems, even madness, and death. However, they were so fond of its diverse uses that they minimized the hazards it posed. What they did not realize was that their everyday low-level exposure to the metal rendered them vulnerable to chronic lead poisoning, even while it spared them the full horrors of acute lead poisoning. Roman engineers, in the end, brought down the Roman Empire when they replaced their stone aqueducts with lead pipes for the transport and supply of drinking water, thus turning much of the Roman population into neurological cripples.
This is a devastating example of how people can be so very wrong in their assumptions and actions and how it can lead to such massive hurt, suffering, and disease. Today instead of Roman engineers using lead we have vaccine manufacturers using Thimerosal (fifty percent mercury by weight), dentists pouring mercury into peoples’ teeth inches from their brain and industry dumping pollution into the environment in truly obscene quantities. There are toxic time bombs going off in billions of mouths from dental amalgam and too few in medicine and dentistry are aware of it.
Today humanity is exposed to the highest levels in recorded history of lead, mercury, arsenic, aluminum, copper, tin, antimony, bromine, bismuth, and vanadium. Levels are up to several thousand times higher than in primitive man. We even have, in a few countries, health official putting fluoride in the drinking water even though there is some indication that it too can cause cancer. The FDA lost every bit of its integrity on this issue alone.
Heavy metals can, directly and indirectly, damage DNA and that means an increased risk of cancer. Heavy metals also poison enzyme systems we depend upon for life – enzymes are catalysts for virtually every biochemical reaction in our bodies. By one definition, death is the cessation of enzyme activity. Heavy metals also trigger inflammation and can result in excessive damage due to oxidative stress induced by free radical formation. As heavy metals build up over time, they can begin to interfere with our metabolic processes. Chemical toxins and heavy metals do harm through DNA damage, liver detoxification impairment, immune impairment, are often endocrine disruptors, mitochondrial damage as well as through the loss of apoptosis.
Everyone is rationalizing that exposure dosages are low when they are in fact high and getting higher. Perhaps not enough to kill us outright, but it is like being cut with many small knives cutting our cellular environments to pieces. The weight of evidence based on the findings of wildlife biologists, toxicologists, and epidemiologists find that we are clearly in trouble, clearly threatening the ability of life to continue on our precious earth and certainly our capacity to reproduce as human sperm counts plummet.
Certain groups of corporations, with government support, have deliberately created a toxic hell on our planet. It is a special kind of hell that gets chemically and radioactively more toxic each year with the damage and danger expanding to hurt, debilitate and even kill people in uncountable numbers.
The WHO classified outdoor air pollution as a leading cause of cancer in humans. “The air we breathe has become polluted with a mixture of cancer-causing substances,” said Kurt Straif of the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).
“We now know that outdoor air pollution is not only a major risk to health in general but also a leading environmental cause of cancer deaths.”
A President’s Cancer Panel issued a landmark report suggesting that public health officials have “grossly underestimated” the extent of environmentally-induced cancer among the 1.5 million Americans diagnosed with the disease annually. A significant number of annual cancer deaths in the U.S. are caused by environmental pollutants and occupational exposures; lower-income workers and communities are disproportionately affected by these exposures (American Cancer Society, Facts and Figures, 2006). Oncologists and medical officials tend to make light of the threat from environmental hazards as do all people who live in big cities that are heavily polluted.
It is estimated that 180,000 people suffering from Air Pollution shall be admitted to hospitals, this is an increase of 62% in the last 20 years. Around 6,000,000 visits to the doctors in 2008 are associated with the exposure of Air Pollution.
|Millions of people living in nearly 600 neighborhoods across the country are breathing concentrations of toxic air pollutants that put them at a much greater risk of contracting cancer. Environmental Protection Agency|
In 2005, when I was working with Dr. Rashid Buttar, he testified before Congress that “the association of mercury to chronic diseases is well documented in the didactic scientific literature. The search for the association between mercury and cardiovascular disease reveals 358 scientific papers exemplifying the relationship; between mercury and cancer, we find 643 scientific papers. The association of mercury with neuro-degenerative diseases is the most significant, with the references numbering 1,445.” The official position currently is that there is “some” evidence that methyl-mercury can cause cancer in humans. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified methyl-mercury as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”
According to the observations made by Dr. Yoshiaki Omura, all cancer cells have mercury in them. His clinical observation concludes that one of the primary reasons cancer returns is because residual mercury reignites a pathological environment even after surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and alternative therapies report a positive effect. On August 1st of 2006, the American Chemical Society published research that showed conclusively that methyl-mercury induces pancreatic cell apoptosis and dysfunction.
Mercury is attracted to ‘active sites’ on genetic code molecules called deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). The inter-relationships between cancer and mercury deserve much more attention as mercury is bio-accumulating in the environment becoming more prevalent globally.
In the case of diabetes, mercury is especially telling for it affects the beta cells, the insulin itself, and the insulin receptor sites setting off a myriad of complex disturbances in glucose metabolism. Since obesity and diabetes are precursors to cancer again we see a strong connection between mercury exposure and cancer.
There is a horde of politicians and scientists who are obsessed with CO2 coming out of the worlds smoke stacks yet say nothing about the mercury. Mercury is a dangerous poison whereas CO2 is a necessary gas that plants and people absolutely need. A scientific study published in Nature Climate Change and highlighted by NASA reveals that rising carbon dioxide levels are having a tremendously positive impact on the re-greening of planet Earth over the last three decades, with some regions experiencing over a 50% increase in plant life. There is nothing positive to say about mercury.
Pharmaceutical drugs are the main avenue of exposure to toxic chemicals. Pharmaceuticals are nasty chemicals and they kill a hundred thousand Americans each year even when properly prescribed. One of the worst offenders is a new cholesterol-lowering medication that is associated with 25 percent severe adverse effects yet it is FDA approved. Acetaminophen, which is a potent physical painkiller, reduces empathy for other people’s suffering – blunts physical and social pain by reducing activation in brain areas thought to be related to emotional awareness and motivation.
The list goes on an on! Most pharmaceuticals are mitochondrial poisons, and as we shall see later, mitochondrial dysfunction is one of the main causes of cancer. Many articles about how fluoroquinolones damage mitochondria, which then leads to mitochondrial dysfunction, have been published. In Science Translational Medicine, “Bactericidal Antibiotics Induce Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Oxidative Damage in Mammalian Cells,” it is noted that bactericidal antibiotics, including ciprofloxacin, a fluoroquinolone, “damage mammalian tissues by triggering mitochondrial release of reactive oxygen species (ROS).”
Tylenol Linked to Renal Cancers
Researchers led by Dr. Eunyoung Cho of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston analyzed data from 20 studies that included 8,420 cases of kidney cancer. The studies included 14 with acetaminophen, 13 with aspirin, and five with other NSAIDs. In pooled analyses, use of acetaminophen and non-aspirin NSAIDs was associated with a 28% and 25% increased risk of kidney cancer, respectively, compared with non-use, the investigators reported online ahead of print in the International Journal of Cancer. The researchers found no overall increased risk with regular aspirin.
Previously, in a prospective study of 77,525 women participants in the Nurses’ Health Study and the 49,403 men in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, Dr. Cho and colleagues reported finding that regular use of non-aspirin NSAIDs was associated with a 51% increased relative risk of renal cell carcinoma in a pooled analysis compared with non-regular use, according to a report in Annals of Internal Medicine (2011;171:1487-1493).
Tylenol is an exceptionally nasty pharmaceutical poison. Johnson & Johnson reduced the maximum daily dose of its Extra Strength Tylenol pain reliever to lower risk of accidental overdose from acetaminophen. Excessive use of acetaminophen can cause liver damage. In the U.S. it is blamed for about 200 fatal overdoses; sends 56,000 people to the emergency room each year.
Oncology and Fraud
Much of oncology is based on research fraud. In a study published in Nature in March 2012, researchers tried to replicate the results of 53 basic pre-clinical cancer studies. Of those 53 studies, only six were replicable. In his new book, Bad Pharma, Dr. Goldacre sounds a warning bell on the fact that drug manufacturers are the ones who fund trials of their own products. One of the most widely recognized and true tests of scientific proof is when these studies showing positive results can be and are replicated by independent researchers—not researchers chosen or paid by the drug manufacturer providing the original finding.
“Drugs are tested by the people who manufacture them in poorly designed trials, on hopelessly small numbers of weird, unrepresentative patients, and analyzed using techniques that are flawed by design, in such a way that they exaggerate the benefits of treatments,” writes Goldacre.
“When trials throw up results that companies don’t like, they are perfectly entitled to hide them from doctors and patients, so we only ever see a distorted picture of any drug’s true effects.”
The key to avoiding long-term harm is to help the body deal with the chemical and heavy metal assault. When exposure is acute it is important to treat from the very first moments when one notices foul smell, taste or has flu-like symptoms. Activated charcoal is a remedy for acute toxic exposure.
Though doctors will never admit it, sodium bicarbonate is the first and best medicine to reach for when facing either acute or chronic toxicity. If it is powerful enough to clear the kidneys of uranium toxicity and powerful enough to both mitigate the toxicity of chemotherapy, while giving chemo a chance to dig deep into the nastiest tumors, you can bet your life that it will help with every type of toxicity. (See chapter on why EVERY cancer patient should use bicarbonates.)
Clay is very important to have on hand for medical, environmental and nuclear emergencies as well. Clay baths are a strong way of removing heavy metals from the body and would increase our chances of survival if exposed to nuclear fallout. In addition, edible clay can be ingested every day and is effective in removing toxins through the process of elimination and should be used by anyone suffering from chronic exposure. The Science of the Pure, the secret of clay, is that the pure has a great attraction to poisons, to the impure just like a sponge has a great attraction to water. Clay begins healing in the alimentary canal and provides the foundation of successful detoxification and chelation treatments.
Metal chelation is a complex and serious matter. It is a fact that you can end up in worse health after chelation than when you started if you are not well-informed and do not proceed carefully under the care of a competent health-care practitioner. Mortality from cancer was reduced 90 percent during an 18-year follow-up of 59 patients treated with calcium-EDTA. Thus, I do recommend glutathione EDT suppositories for serious detox and chelation.
Magnesium, iodine, selenium, and sulfur also are important for detoxification and chelation.
The prolonged effects of low-grade concentrations of toxic substances depend on individual susceptibility,” says Professor I.M. Trakhtenberg from the former Soviet Union. It is doctors inability to see these effects that make them continue to expose their patients to the harmful effects of radiation and toxic drugs. Chemotherapy is, without doubt, the worst offender in terms of chemical poisons and then there are the near-fatal dosages of radiation that are used to treat cancer.
All humans possess a unique biochemistry that makes them more or less susceptible to various types of toxins. Whereas one child may be left with a compromised immune system after exposure to an environmental toxin, another child may experience learning problems or mild to severe brain defects.
The word poison was first recorded in Middle English in a work composed around the year 1200. A poison is any substance that when introduced into or absorbed by a living organism, destroys life or injures health. Poison is defined as any substance capable of producing a morbid, noxious or deadly effect. A poison is a material that inhibits other substances, especially enzymes, and the vital biochemical processes they are involved in. Enzymes are crucial because every chemical change that takes place to repair tissue or to assimilate food involves the activity of enzymes. Without enzyme activity, there is no biological activity, no life.
Why was poisoning such a popular way of offing one’s adversaries? Because the implementation could be very easy, and the action was often difficult to detect – a subtly poisoned drink was generally much harder to trace to its source than a crossbow bolt in the back.
Oncologists hide behind this reality and get away with murder though of course its never thought of in these terms. It is known that their principle treatments, both chemotherapy, and radiation therapy cause cancer as do the CAT and PET scans they use.