• Harmful Effects of Aluminum

    14 October 2020
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    Let’s start off by explaining what Aluminum is. You can then decide if it is safe to be absorbed into our bodies through health and beauty products, food, vaccines, and even your water. Aluminum as described by Britannica is the most abundant metallic element in the Earth’s crust and the third most abundant element. This is why it is so often found in our food, it is absorbed by plants through the soil. It is a lightweight metal, silvery-white in color, and never occurs in the metallic form in nature.

    Does that sound like something you want to ingest and inject into your body? A metal? The scary thing is, it’s all around us. It’s used to store our food in such as can goods and soda and beer cans, it’s used to cook with such as the pots and pans we used for our meals, it’s in the vaccines we give our children, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren, etc. It seems to be surrounding us in minuscule amounts and we don’t even realize it. What happens to all of the aluminum that goes into our bodies? That’s a great question, let’s find out.

    What Happens to the Aluminum that Enters Our Bodies?

    Christopher Exley, Ph.D., of Keele University, Staffordshire, United Kingdom, writes in his article titled “Aluminum Buildup in the Brain May Cause Alzheimer’s” that based on existing studies, the metal slowly builds up in the brain, where it can eventually cause early onset of Alzheimer’s. Although we excrete much of what we ingest, he believes that some of the aluminum ingested stays in our system and builds up due to the overwhelming presence in the products we use, the food we eat, and other environmental exposures.  He goes on to explain that the accumulation of aluminum in the brain will eventually reach a threshold which in return will cause a part of your brain to stop working and instead react to the presence of the aluminum. This can be seen in Alzheimer’s patients caused by overexposure from environmental and/or occupational exposure over time. In some cases, the overexposure will cause some diseases to become more aggressive or even cause an early onset.  PsychiatryAdvisor.com states that aluminum is found in processed foods, medicines, cosmetics, and more and can contribute to a higher number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.

    Blood-Brain Barrier and Aluminum

    Frontiers in Neurology explains the blood-brain barrier as a selective barrier that controls the transportation of substances in and out of the brain. Studies have shown that aluminum enters the brain and accumulates with age however, it is not very clear as to how aluminum enters the brain. The passage of aluminum through the blood-brain barrier is constant pressure on the brain’s aluminum burden. The accumulation of aluminum in the brain creates more burden resulting in diseases like Alzheimer’s, Cancers, and Multiple Sclerosis. We are exposed to aluminum in many more ways than we think. The olfactory system for example is another means of aluminum entering the brain. This could happen through inhalation of aerosols, for example, occupational exposure to aluminum dust. Everyone’s body and tolerance are different. The way our body handles, as well as reacts to, the aluminum is individualized.

    How Does Aluminum Affect My Body?

    According to Winchester Hospital, Aluminum that has accumulated in our bodies can cause Chronic Aluminum Intoxication. Some symptoms of Aluminum Intoxication are:

    • Confusion
    • Seizures
    • Problems with speech
    • Children experiencing slow growth
    • Muscle weakness
    • Deformations, bone fractures and/or pain

    Aluminum Intoxication can cause complications such as brain disease and/or disorders, lung issues, bone disease, anemia, nervous system problems (difficulty with voluntary & involuntary actions), and issues with iron absorption. If you are experiencing any of these issues and you suspect you may have a high level of aluminum in your body, please contact your health care professional right away for testing and treatment. I found another article titled “Aluminium, Antiperspirants and Breast Cancer” in which a pharmacist by the name of Dr. Darbre, Ph.D. published in the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, stated that aluminum in the form of aluminum chloride or aluminum chlorhydrate can interfere with the function of oestrogen receptors of MCF7 human breast cancer cells both in terms of ligand binding and in terms of oestrogen-regulated reporter gene expression. In conclusion, Dr. Darbre determined that deodorants containing aluminum are absorbed into the skin & frequent application provides a relevant proportion of aluminum that the body had to deal with. However, Darbre believes that more research needs to be done to prove the link between antiperspirants and breast cancer.  She also states that “The nature of the chemicals in these [antiperspirants] and the lack of any advice about safe quantity or frequency of application should be of concern.”

    Ways to prevent Aluminum Exposure

    According to Medical News Today, researchers advise people to read the ingredients on their products and food. Many health and Beauty products contain aluminum; deodorants, toothpastes, lotions, and many more are all things we use each day that are large contributors to our aluminum intake. If one must use one or some of these items, they suggest using them sparingly or in moderation. When it comes to consuming food that has a lower aluminum concentration, eat a varied diet full of fruits and vegetables. Limit process food and alternating between brands is argued to help lower your exposure. In addition, preparing food in uncoated aluminum pots and dishes as well as storing food in aluminum.

     

    Resources:

    1. https://www.britannica.com/science/aluminum
    2. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fneur.2014.00212/full
    3. https://www.psychiatryadvisor.com/home/topics/neurocognitive-disorders/alzheimers-disease-and-dementia/aluminum-buildup-in-the-brain-may-cause-alzheimers/
    4. https://www.controlyourimpact.com/antiperspirants-aluminum-breast-cancer/
    5. https://www.winchesterhospital.org/health-library/article?id=164929
    6. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/327485#Non-food-products-top-source-of-exposure
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  • Why Would You Ever Detox Your Armpits?

    30 September 2020
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    Reasons to Detox your Armpits

    If you have ever noticed your armpits a bit smellier than normal, dark, or irritated with a rash or bumps? Those are signs you need to detox your armpits! According to Medical News Today, detoxing your armpits can help the body get rid of any toxins that have built up on the skin. Doing this can also help to reduce sweat glands and the amount of odor they produce. Did you know that regular deodorants contain chemicals and antiperspirants that build up over time? Your armpit is an entry and exit point of your body. This means that your body expels sweats from your glads through your armpits. Sweating is a healthy process of ridding itself of toxins.  Deodorants are designed to mask the smell, and antiperspirants stop the sweating.  When one stops using the brands of deodorants that are full of chemicals the armpit expels toxins allowing them to leave the body. The detoxing process may cause excess sweating, odor, and some skin irritation.  This is all part of the detoxing process. 

    Why do my armpits smell?

    According to the Wiley Online Library, there are three types of sweat glands present in the skin; the apocrine, eccrine, and apocrine sweat glands.  The main reason for body odor is due to bacterial digestion of sweat created by the apocrine gland. Similarly, eccrine sweat glands are found deep in the palms, soles, and armpits. These glands are responsible for temperature regulation resulting from sweating. When active, these glands result in abundant amounts of abnormal sweating known as “hyperhidrosis”. In today’s society, we try to mask or cover up the smell of sweating with chemical antiperspirants and deodorants as a form of personal hygiene. When in reality we are clogging the pores that are used to excrete toxins and other chemicals with the deodorants full of chemicals.

    Is my deodorant Harmful?

    Antiperspirants are aluminum-based salts that block sweat glands. Deodorant changes our skin pH levels and minimizes the amount of bacteria present. Both of these things are bad news for our health. Antiperspirants and deodorants have been linked to causing breast cancer according to ControlYourImpact.com.  

    More about Aluminum and its harmful effects to come…

    Beginning the armpit detox. 

    Healthy and Natural World provides a simple yet effective recipe for easy armpit detoxing. Most armpit detoxing requires the use of baking soda or bentonite clay.  Healthy and Natural World provides a recipe for both so you can choose which works best for you or what you prefer. 

    Bentonite clay has been used for centuries for common health issues. According to Gallbladder Attack, Bentonite is a type of clay that has high concentrations of minerals such as magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium, sodium & silica. Its been used internally by indigenous cultures for the flu, fever, diarrhea, colds, etc. it can also be used externally for more common uses such as face masks, toothpaste, and even shampoo. 

    Armpit detox with baking soda

    • Before you start, use a loofah or a scrubbing flannel and give your underarms a good scrub while you shower.
    • With your armpits still wet, apply the aluminum-free baking soda and then use your natural deodorant.
    • If you smell an unpleasant odor from your armpits, repeat the procedure: wash and then apply the baking soda, followed by your natural deodorant.
    • Initially, you might need to do this quite frequently, but the number of repetitions should decrease as days go by.

    Armpit detox with bentonite clay mask

    Ingredients:

    • 1 tablespoon bentonite clay 
    • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (ACV)
    • Mix the clay and ACV together. It should look smooth like sour scream. Use a glass bowl for mixing and a wooden or non-metal spoon (avoid metal). In order to achieve the proper consistency, you may need to add a teaspoon or two.
    • Spread a thin layer on your armpit and leave it for a few minutes. Let the body adjust. Start with shorter periods and then increase to 20 minutes or more.
    • If you feel any pain in either armpit, remove the mix immediately. 

    Some redness is normal, as the blood flow to the area is increased, and it should disappear quickly.

    • Remove the mask gently with a washcloth and have a warm shower.
    • Repeat daily until you can see that the body has adjusted to the natural deodorant and the unpleasant odor is gone.

    Allow at least a week for your armpit cleanse and don’t let some initial discomfort deter you. It might sound weird, but it will do your body a lot of good.

    Well, there you have it!  I hope you learned a bit about detoxing your armpits! Check back for a continuation of the Harmful Effects of Aluminum.

    Resources:

    1. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319624
    2. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1467-2494.2007.00387.x
    3. https://www.controlyourimpact.com/antiperspirants-aluminum-breast-cancer/
    4. https://www.gallbladderattack.com/blog/bentonite-clay-healing-from-the-inside-out/
    5. https://www.healthyandnaturalworld.com/detox-your-armpits/
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  • ‘Tis The Season

    By Joseph Fairchild

    ’Tis The Season

    It’s so hard to believe the holidays are upon us, isn’t it? Thanksgiving 2019 has come and gone, and 2020 is just around the corner. 

    What comes to mind when you think of the holidays? Is it holiday traditions handed down or developed over the years? Memories of holidays past? People you have loved and lost? Delicious food you enjoy each year? Seeing people you don’t see very often?  

    One thing many of us associate to the holidays, regardless of faith or upbringing, is giving. While a source of joy in many respects, it can also cause frustration or resentment. It seems that every time you turn around, someone somewhere is asking for a donation or gift. What to do? While the answer isn’t quite so simple, here are a few ideas:

    1.  Just say no: It is ok to say no. Co-workers or well meaning friends and family want to exchange gifts, and we don’t want to seem cheap or miss out on the fun. At the same time, we participate – sometimes begrudgingly- though we are really just “going through the motions.” When you give or participate, doesn’t it feel much better when it’s done from a place of enthusiasm instead of compulsion? This isn’t to say don’t join in the activities – just re-consider the gift exchange piece of it. Maybe you can plan a weekend away or nice meal out and enjoy relaxing time together instead. 

    2.  Be mindful about your approach: give some thought to they causes that are most important to you. Which organizations match your personal values? Who is doing the work you want to support? Reserve your giving to those charities.

    3.  Research the organizations you plan to donate to: this is especially important if you plan to donate a sizable amount (and only you can decide what sizable means). Established charities can provide annual reports upon request (they may be available on their website). These annual reports show how much the organization received, and how they use their money. Be wary of organizations that don’t invest most of their money in program expenses- those expenses used to provide the actual services to end users.

    4.  Involve your family: our children often amaze us don’t they? Even those times it seems like they are not paying attention, they watch us closely. Why not teach them by example? Some children are so inherently generous this comes naturally to them.

    5.  Take a little time to give to yourself, too: for some, this is a struggle and it doesn’t feel quite right. This does not mean you have to buy yourself an expensive gift or go away for the weekend. It means you do something you enjoy, just for yourself, no matter how small, that will bring you joy during the holidays. And guess what? Those around you will feel it too. Isn’t it easier to give something you have in abundance?

    Just like over eating or drinking too much alcohol, giving too much can make us sick, too. Please keep this in mind and don’t “give until it hurts.”

    Wherever you go and whatever you do, my prayer is that you experience the love, peace, joy  and magic that surrounds you this holiday season.

     

    • With 20 years experience in the financial industry, Joseph Fairchild loves to help others make sound financial decisions. He is an amazing husband to Dr. Brenda and father to Madelyn.
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