Tom Ballard, ND's blog


Dangers of exercise
December 28, 2009, 9:18 am
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Runners, weight lifters, and other heavy exercisers are doing themselves many favors, but they need to know they are increasing their oxidative stress by increasing production of free radicals. They should therefore protect themselves with antioxidants.

Oxidation is the same reaction that occurs when butter and other fats go rancid. In your body oxidation causes destruction of cells. High levels are triggered by infections, environmental toxins, stress, and exercise.

Oxidation is counteracted by antioxidants. Vitamins A, E, C, and D are natural antioxidants as are the phytonutrients in vegetables and fruit. This is probably one reason fruits and vegetables are shown to be protective against diseases associated with oxidation – cancer, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, and other chronic inflammatory conditions.

While many athletes know the value of protein, especially whey, for increasing muscles, few realize their workout is increasing their need for antioxidants from vegetables and fruits. The USDA recommends five to seven one-half cup servings of vegetables and fruit daily. Since these recommendations are for average activity, athletes would benefit from eating fifty to one-hundred percent more. For those unable to consume that many fruits and vegetables, I suggest one serving of GreensFirst or Red Alert, each with the equivalent of ten antioxidant servings of fruits and vegetables.

Enjoy your exercise, but don’t forget to fortify yourself with antioxidants.



Toxic Fat Deposits
December 21, 2009, 2:16 pm
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People tend to think of their weight as a result of calories ingested (food) and calories burned (exercise). Little attention is paid to the role of toxins that have accumulated in fat.

Your body has evolved elaborate processes for detoxifying unwanted elements (solvents, plastics, adhesives, heavy metals, etc). The major site for detoxification is the liver. Our modern polluted world places a constant strain on the liver. Every day it is confronted with chemicals that until recently were never found in nature. But detoxification is only one of the liver’s many roles. It is also responsible for manufacturing proteins and burning fat.

Our livers, overloaded with their responsibilities of detoxification, are less able to handle the task of burning fats. The problem has become so severe that there is now a condition known as non-alcoholic fatty liver in which functional liver tissue becomes replaced with non-functioning fat cells. These people are less able to detoxify and are more prone to obesity, high cholesterol and diabetes.  This may explain why so many people are unable to lose weight (or lower their cholesterol) even while following a low-fat diet.  Their liver simply does not have the ability to perform all its tasks efficiently.

At Pure Wellness Centers we believe that restoring proper liver function is the key to achieving a healthy weight.



Hormone disruption, infertility, and household chemicals
December 11, 2009, 10:56 am
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Is it a coincidence that fertility rates and testosterone levels are going down? Not according to CHEM Trust which reports that a variety of common consumer products are disturbing male hormone levels. Most of the research on hormone disruption has been on women, but plastics and other chemicals also disrupt male hormones and fertility. According to Richard Sharpe of the Medical Research Council, exposure to hormone disruptors can “feminize” male children even in the womb by blocking testosterone.

Hormone-disrupting chemicals are found in plastics, cosmetics, cleaning products and processed foods. Examples include the phthalates diethyl phthalate (DEP) and dibutyl phthalate (DBP), Bisphenol A (BPA) and Triclosan. Research typically focuses on one chemical at a time, ignoring the possibility that it is the accumulated effect of many chemicals that is responsible for destroying reproductive health.