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How toxins make you fat

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The world around us is filled with toxic chemicals. We encounter these chemicals in the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, the cosmetics we apply, the household cleaners we use, the pesticides and synthetic fertilizers we spray, etc. These chemicals invariably find their way into our systems often accumulating in fat tissue. In addition to exposure from external toxins, our bodies produce endogenous toxins as the end-result of cellular metabolism.

We live in an environment steeped in chemicals that our bodies were not designed to process. For a disturbing look at the chemicals that breach the boundaries of our bodies, look no further than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals .  In the latest report, scientists at the CDC found that nearly every person they tested was packing a host of nasty chemicals, including flame retardants stored in fatty tissue and Bisphenol A, a hormone-like substance found in plastics, excreted in urine.  Even babies are contaminated. The average newborn has 287 chemicals in her umbilical cord blood, 217 of which are neurotoxic (poisonous to nerves or nerve cells). Remember, these "samples" were fat tissue taken from real people!

"Environmental toxins" are increasingly being found in our bodies. Studies show that 20% of women golfers have increased susceptibility to breast cancer, linked with exposure to pesticides used on the golf course. Empirically, these numbers are also showing up in the prostate of male golfers. Organochlorine (OC) pollution remains a very serious issue. Organochlorines are compounds that contain carbon, chlorine and hydrogen. Their chlorine-carbonbonds are very strong, which means that they do not break down easily. Highly insoluble in water, they are attracted to fats. Since OCs resist metabolism and are readily stored in the fatty tissue of any animal ingesting them, they accumulate in animals at higher trophic (food chain) levels. This may occur when birds eat fish that have been exposed to the contaminant. It may also affect humans who drink the milk of a dairy cow that has been exposed to the toxic chemical, which is then excreted with milk fat. This process is known as “biological magnification”.

Rachel Carson, with her best selling and highly controversial book "Silent Spring", in the 1960's, was largely responsible for the amplification of the environmental movement leading to the ban of DDT pesticides and other environmental toxins. Despite these efforts these chemicals persist in our environment and can remain in our bodies for years.

Many chemicals, pesticides, heavy metals, EMFs, etc, have an affinity for fatty tissue. They’re known to lodge in the hormone receptors and can mimic hormones in the cell membrane, resulting in disruption of the body’s communication system, which may explain why you have difficulty losing weight.

If you are struggling to lose weight despite eating well and exercising your butt off, toxins may be interfering with your body’s metabolism. I often suggest to my clients a homeopathic remedy - LPO-Tox designed to address the accumulation of toxins in lipid-dense or fatty areas of the body.

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