Tom Ballard, ND's blog


Credit Card Health Debt
February 18, 2010, 10:04 am
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Using a credit card may be dangerous to your child’s health.

Researchers have linked exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) in pregnant women to behavioral changes in their newborn children. Girls became more aggressive and boys became more anxious and withdrawn.  One researcher noted that the magnitude of these changes was similar to the IQ drops attributed to lead exposure in children.

The richest sources of BPA exposure? Plastic food containers, cash register and credit card receipts.

This is another example of the thousands of ways we are exposed to toxic chemicals in our everyday lives and why we benefit from ongoing detoxification therapies.

Prevention: Don’t eat food that has been in contact with plastic, including the lining of metal cans. Avoid handling industrial chemicals. Hand washing isn’t just for killing germs, but also removes toxins.

Home Treatment: For daily exposure to synthetic chemicals, fortify your detoxification processes with antioxidants such as vitamin C, zinc, and phytonutrients from fruits and vegetables.

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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.



Oil and Drugs do Mix
April 28, 2009, 10:20 pm
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What do oil and drugs have in common? They’re both derived from the same raw material. Oil is the raw ingredient in most pharmaceutical drugs. From oil, chemists manufacture new-to-nature molecules – compounds never known before the last 150 years. The world existed for millions of years, during which time animals and humans evolved, learning to live among natural compounds. Then suddenly, in the 1880s, the first synthetic chemical was manufactured. Since then thousands more have been produced. Approximately 100,000 of these oil-derived chemicals now exist, many in the form of prescription and over-the-counter medications. Most have never been thoroughly tested for safety.