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Surprising & Simple Tips To Keep Your Child Healthy In A Toxic World

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All parents want to keep their children healthy and happy. But in today’s world, it’s rather difficult. From maneuvering around the toxic additives in cereal, to sorting out the endocrine disrupters in shampoo, the world of self-education on safe children’s products and lifestyles can be daunting. Here are some easy tips to keep in mind:

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1. Get Dirty!

As a child I grew up in the countryside of West Virginia and my favorite past time, considering I was a tomboy, was to play in the dirt (much to my parents’s shagrin). My parents were both healthcare workers so I was exposed to the hospital often when visiting them as a child. My mother was a dietician so we were educated on the importance of food. Today, despite being a hospitalist who is around the most ill of patients, I am rarely if ever, sick. I credit this to a healthy diet and early dirt and germ exposure. Say what?

Yes, studies are now showing that we have been over-sanitized. So consider ditching the antibacterial soaps and sterilized with bleach houses! Don’t worry. You don’t need to be messy or a slob, but you do need to understand how exposure to dirt is important to the development of the human body. As counterintuitive as it may sound, exposing a child’s young immune system to a wide array of bacterial biodomes is the correct way to naturally boost immunity. If not exposed young, when their immune system is being “educated” about what to defend itself against, this same adult may not be as competent at fighting off illness. Why? If they’ve never seen the bacteria or virus before, their body will have to start from scratch to build its immunity. These naturally occurring bacteria that live in the soil do help strengthen the immune system.

Moreover, these naturally occurring bacteria in the soil “set off” our serotonin receptors and increase serotonin levels that promote restful sleep and better moods. Studies are now showing that exposure to these germs help prevent children from developing allergies and asthma.(source) Autoimmune conditions have also been linked to high prevalence of antibiotics. We have destroyed the delicate gut biodome with antibiotics which wreak havoc on immunity, as nearly 75% of our immune cells are contained within the gut lining. Antibiotic use is at an all time high in western countries where it not only goes to patients, but factory farming as well. It is then fed back to the population. Incidentally autoimmune disorders are more common in developed countries. This goes hand in hand with the stripping of the soil because illness is produced when humans are not exposed to a wide array of natural and symbiotic microbes.

Recent evidence has also shown that “earthing,” or walking barefoot on the earth, can help reduce the disproportionate amount of positively charged ions that our body collects due to exposure to EMF, electricity, cell phones, computers, etc. Electrons on the earth’s surface help ground out this overload of protons and produce less anxiety and better sleep.

2. Diet, Diet & More Diet…Okay & Some Herbs Too

Children’s immune systems will eventually falter if overloaded with constant food additives, dyes, preservatives or sugar and devoid of nutrition. When the immune system is triggered, inflammation sets in and the body will have a much more difficult time fighting off any outside invaders. Sugar has been shown in many clinical trials to feed tumours and suppress immunity. Limit intake of sugar, food dyes and additives and food like substances. Instead, opt for organic (avoid pesticides which can cause leaky gut) fruits and veggies, nuts, seeds, legumes, or eggs. To beat out pathogens, I recommend trying kefir water, kombucha, or even probiotic juices or lemonades. Kids love them!

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Ensure that your child is taking a helpful probiotic. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that live in our guts and help regulate immunity. If the bacterial balance becomes disrupted, the child may be more susceptible to infections, therefore regular supplementation is recommended. Lactobacillus and bifidobacteria are the two most important bacterial strains in a probiotic and can truly benefit a child’s immune system.

As far as herbs go, elderberry, astragulus, nettles, dandelion root, echinacea, zinc and a good multivitamin are invaluable in fighting off respiratory infections and in boosting immunity. Vitamin D and C are so efficient at increasing immunity that they both have been used in some cancer treatments.

3. Go Outside!

Experts today have literally scared us into the dark when it comes to sun exposure. Yet, vitamin D REQUIRES sunlight to activate. As I previously stated above, vitamin D deficiency has been linked to a number of cancers, including breast. Wearing sunscreen can block the body’s ability to activate Vitamin D. Moreover, many sunscreens contain toxic endocrine disruptors or carcinogenic substances that can be just as unhealthy as sun exposure. Many studies have linked incidence of rising skin cancer to outside factors besides sun exposure as more people are spending less time outdoors and are diligent in using sunscreen. Kids especially need vitamin D for proper bone development, growth, hormone and immune function. Be wise about sun exposure but don’t completely limit your child’s exposure. Try out some DIY sunscreen recipes or opt for an organic and natural brand like Badger Organic Baby Sunscreen.

4. Epsom Salt Baths For The Win

I am a huge fan of Espom salt, or magnesium sulfate in a bath. It’s often a remedy to migraines, fatigue, muscle pains, and boosts immunity. Due to depleted and stripped soil, many of us are now magnesium deficient. Unfortunately, allopathic medicine lab results are abysmally incorrect. They are only capable of measuring 1% of the total magnesium in the body because the other 99% is bound to proteins and hence, immeasurable. Magnesium is used in almost every reaction in the body and will help kids relax and sleep well at night.

There is also some supporting evidence that magnesium supplementation can help with allergies and skin reactions, like eczema or psoriasis. It is well known in the medical world that other electrolytes, specifically potassium, will not stay stable in the body if magnesium levels are also low.

5. Don’t Forget Proper Sleep & Stress Management

When we are overstressed, we often transfer that same energy and feelings onto our children. They not only have to contend with a fast paced world, but adult stresses as well. Children, in response to their outside stressors like the standard American diet and pesticides, release cortisol and epinephrine. Continual stress can burn our adrenals out and children are no exception. The adrenal glands, which sit above the kidneys, are responsible for making stress hormones. Imbalanced hormones from stress can lower a child’s immunity.

Be sure your children have creative downtime and plenty of sleep. Try to foster a calm and stress-free household. Happiness is a choice and children are very tuned into our nonverbal and verbal cues.

Children also need much more sleep than adults. Younger children need up to 12-14 hours. Its also important to make sure your children are sleeping with all the lights off. After the sun sets, they should not be in front of a television or Ipad. Pull the night lights too! We are surrounded by EMF as mentioned above, and subjecting our pineal glands to this at dusk can interfere with correct melatonin production.

6. Don’t Freak Out Over A Fever Or Other Natural Immune Reactions

Even the 1968 Merck Manual recommends NOT treating a fever until its up to 104! Okay, so I don’t expect most moms to wait that long, but I would advise at reaching for the Children’s Tylenol at the slightest sniffle or night sweat. Fevers, vomiting, diarrhea, or skin reactions are the body’s way of alerting us that there is a foreign offender inside. Without these symptoms, we would miss many root causes of illness. This is also your body’s natural immune system as most pathogens can’t withstand heat, emesis or other inflammatory reactions. Often times, children get better faster due to these natural immune reactions.

Avoid antibiotics and unnecessary vaccines. Antibiotic exposure in children is linked to diabetes and obesity due to the marked destruction of gut bacteria. The vaccine schedule has drastically increased and now children receive nearly 40 vaccines before the age of 4. This is detrimental to a child’s delicate immune system.

Always see your healthcare professional for any concerning symptoms. And remember, our minds, bodies and spirits are all connected. Keep all well for total health.

SOURCES

1. 1940 Merck Manual

2. www.wellnessmama.com/4800/boost-your-childs-health/

3. www.mindbodygreen.com/0-14074/why-your-kids-should-play-in-the-dirt-seriously.html

4. Manual of Pediatric Therapeutics

5. www.mobile.the-scientist.com/article/318/let-them-eat-dirt

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Ladies, Ditch the Bra

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  • The Facts:

    There is evidence of a relationship between bras and breast cancer may rethink the societal convention of wearing bras.

  • Reflect On:

    Have you looked into the research about how bras can be contributing to poor health?

I realize it may feel some combination of uncomfortable, unprofessional, or unnecessarily provocative. Societal convention has most of us trussing up before going out.

If you are reading this at home, do me a favor and unhook. Then keep reading.

There’s Some Evidence of a Relationship Between Bras and Breast Cancer Yes, seriously.

Dressed To Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras

Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer authored a book called Dressed To Kill. They interviewed 4,000+ women in five major U.S. cities over two years. Half the women had been diagnosed with breast cancer. They found:

  • 75% of women who slept in their bras developed breast cancer
  • 1 in 7 who wore their bras 12+ hours per day developed breast cancer
  • 1 in 168 who did not wear a bra developed breast cancer
  • Within one month of ditching their bras, women with cysts, breast pain, or tenderness found their symptoms disappeared.

Breast Size, Handedness, and Breast Cancer Risk

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A 1991 article in the European Journal of Cancer found that premenopausal women who do not wear bras had half the risk of breast cancer compared with bra users. The data also suggest that bra cup size (and breast size) may be a risk factor for breast cancer.

Cancer Is Not a Disease

Andreas Moritz revealed that Japanese, Fijians, and women from other cultures were found to have a significantly higher likelihood of developing breast cancer when they began wearing bras. His book explains how cancer is an adaptive healing mechanism, arguing that people would die more quickly if the body did not form cancer cells.

Bras and Girdles Can Reduce Melatonin Levels

Japanese researchers found they can lower melatonin by 60%. Melatonin has anti-cancer properties. And Spanish researchers wrote about the use of melanonin in breast cancer prevention and treatment.

There’s No Downside to Being Cautious.

Am I suggesting this scanty fact base offers definitive proof of a causal relationship? No.

Am I suggesting you should be comforted that the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, and the New York Times all believe it to be bunk? No.

That’s a longer discussion, but it’s sufficient to say that politics and economics create active bedfellows and the absence of a commercial imperative might have something to do with the dearth of research.

Many of us don’t need to wait in order to do something that intuitively seems to make a lot of sense. Frankly, in view of the alarming rate of breast cancer prevalence in this country (12.3% of women) and the growing trend to remove body parts in an attempt to improve our odds, it seems we might be receptive to a bit of behavior modification.

Things to Consider Doing:

Go braless as much as possible.

It actually gets easier. When these muscles and ligaments are forced to bear the weight of our breasts, muscle tone returns. The more you wear a bra, the more you need to wear a bra. Chest muscles and breast ligaments atrophy, which then makes it feel uncomfortable to go braless.

15 year French study conducted by Besancon CHU professor Jean-Denis Rouillon found that “medically, phyisiologically, and anatomically, breasts gained no benefit from their weight being supported in a bra.” There was some evidence that eliminating bra use helped ease back pain. He described bra wearing as a “false need.”

Remove your bra when you get home. Don’t wear a bra to bed. And if you’re self-conscious when going out, try wearing camisoles, thicker material, or nipple pads. It does make sense to wear a support bra while exercising.

Wear Loose Bras in Softer Materials and Avoid Underwires

Tight bras and underwires restrict lymphatic drainage, promoting congestion and stagnation of toxic waste materials that are supposed to be flowing out for excretion. Further, the closing of lymphatic vessels reduces the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the cells.

Michael Schachter, MD, FACAM wrote that bras and tight clothing can impede lymph flow and contribute to the development of breast cancer.

John MacDougall, MD wrote in The Lancet that repeated inflammation from constricting bras are implicated in painful breast cysts and lumps, scar tissue develops, and milk ducts become plugged, all of which is associated with a higher risk of breast cancer.

The metal in underwire bras can create an “Antenna Effect” according to the father of Applied Kinesiology, George Goodheart, DC. Repeated pressing of metal over an acupuncture point can cause longer-term stimulation of neuro-lymphatic reflex points corresponding to the liver, gallbladder, and stomach. “It will likely make her sick; slowly and quietly,” said John Andre, ND, DC.

Here’s a list of no-underwire bras recommended by Donna Eden, Vicki Mathews, and Titanya Dahlin. Donna adds that plastic underwires have the same negative impact as metal underwires.

Slide the Wires Out!

There’s no need to toss your expensive underwire bras. If you cut a small opening at one end of the wire, you can manually remove it from each cup. You’ll probably find that your bra supports you nearly as well without them. Oh, and don’t be fooled. They make look like plastic, but they’re actually plastic-coated metal. If you find you still need the support, you can buy and insert plastic wires. Andre explains how.

For additional research on the harms of bras read our article Breast Cancer Cover-Up Continues or get the book “Dressed To Kill: The Link between Breast Cancer and Bras.”


Originally published: 2014-07-14 13:06:54 -0500

Article updated: 2019-03-10


Louise Kuo Habakus is the co-author of Vaccine Epidemic, the Executive Director and co-founder of the Center for Personal Rights, the founder of Fearless Parent, and the Executive Director of Health Freedom Action.


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65 Chemical Cross-Contaminants Found In Popular Children’s Vaccine INFANRIX Hexa

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  • The Facts:

    The National Order of Biologists made a €10,000 donation to a group that questions the safety of vaccines. The Infanrix Hexa vaccine was the first one tested, and results showed no trance of antigens and a high level of contamination.

  • Reflect On:

    Why is this not big news? Why does the vaccine not contain any of the antigens it's supposed to guard against? This test shows clear and large causes for concern, so why does it not make mainstream headlines?

Facebook, which seems to have become a government-run agency claiming to help fight the war on ‘fake news,’ has pledged to delete and flag content that spreads misinformation. This is great, and should be done, but the only problem is that content around the internet is being taken down, flagged, and deemed as a ‘conspiracy theory’ when it is well-supported, factual, and backed by peer-reviewed science.

I just wrote an article about the recent measles outbreak in Washington State for example, and how that state is pushing hard for all school-aged children to receive a mandatory MMR vaccination. These outbreaks are constantly being blamed on unvaccinated children, but the mainstream never points people towards the actual statistics showing that Washington State, like many other states, have not experienced a drop in MMR vaccination coverage. Instead, MMR vaccine coverage is very high.

Furthermore, they don’t mention that there’s been a long history of measles outbreaks in highly vaccinated and fully vaccinated populations (see article linked below for examples and sources), and they don’t mention the deaths, disabilities, and adverse reactions that’ve occurred as a result of the MMR vaccine either. Why don’t they mention that the death rate from measles in Washington State was just 1.4/10,000 (source in article below) before the introduction of the vaccine? You can read more about that and access multiple studies and testimonies on this subject in the article linked below:

Biochemical Engineer Drops Bombshell Facts About Measles & The MMR Vaccine In Washington

Information and science are constantly emerging regarding vaccinations, but we never hear about any of it from mainstream media. I also recently published an article of Robert F. Kennedy explaining how big pharmaceutical companies are the biggest lobbyists, even more than big oil, and how they’ve completely compromised both the Democrats and the Republicans.

They’ve captured them (our regulatory agencies) and turned them into sock puppets. They’ve compromised the press… and they destroy the publications that publish real science – Robert F. Kennedy

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So, what’s some of the latest information regarding vaccine safety?

An article published in Nature, International Journal of Science titled “Italian scientists protest funding for vaccine-safety investigation” outlines how The National Order of Biologists made a €10,000 donation to a group that questions the safety of vaccines.

The groups name is Corvelva, and they received the donation on the 26th of October of 2018. The group believes that the research it conducts is necessary because “previous studies it has funded, which have not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal, indicate that some vaccines contain impurities, or lack the active ingredients they claim to contain.”

Nature points out that “Some scientists in Italy are up in arms over a donation from the organization that oversees the nation’s professional biology qualification to  an advocacy group that opposes the country’s policy of mandatory childhood vaccination.”

This part is confusing: Why would any group or any scientist oppose more safety studies regarding vaccinations? Wouldn’t professionals on both sides of the coin be in support of as much vaccine safety testing as possible?

ONB president Vincenzo D’Anna told Nature in an e-mail interview that there is a need for truly independent vaccine research because, in his opinion, work conducted in public laboratories and at universities is usually influenced or funded by companies that produce vaccines.

“The goal is to contribute to complete the biological and chemical analyses on vaccines,” he said in the interview, part of which the ONB has published in its Bulletin.

Again, Nature points out that many scientists dismiss the need for more vaccine safety testing and that they are upset. That being said, it’s a comforting thought that ONB disagrees and that they are supporting this type of thing. Clearly, many professionals within that organization don’t believe that vaccines go through rigorous safety testing, as is claimed by many. Again, what harm could be done by further testing?

What Did They Find?

The first vaccine that was tested was the Infanrix Hexa vaccine. It’s a six-in-one vaccine that’s manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) that’s supposed to contain the following antigens: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis toxoids; inactivated poliomyelitis viral strains 1-2-3; and hepatitis B surface antigen.

Corvelva discovered that none of these antigens were actually in the vaccine, which means it had zero antibodies to the intended antigens to be created. This was a huge shock, and in addition to that they also found the following:

Traces of 65 chemical cross-contaminants from other manufacturing lines:

  • chemical toxins;
  • unrecognizable macromolecules;
  • various free bacterial peptides that are potential allergens and are capable of inducing autoimmune reactions.

According to Corvelva,

Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis toxoids, D antigens of Poliomyelitis 1-2-3, hepatitis B proteins obtained with genetic engineering and Haemophylus polysaccharides chemically linked to tetanus toxoid as carrier. Toxoids are created by treatments with formaldehyde and glutaraldehyde that should remove toxicity keeping intact their ability to stimulate protective antibodies against original toxins.

We were expecting to find the three toxoids and the other antigens not modified by treatment with formaldehyde and glutaraldehyde, to separate the antigens from each other and to be digestible by the enzyme specific for proteins (trypsin). We have found instead a real polymer, insoluble and indigestible, that we supposed to be the set of antigens chemically bound together (has to be defined if this is present as an aggregate of the individual antigens or a single macromolecule), on which we can find in literature partial information regarding the single antigens.

This macromolecule could not be recognized in any way by the protein databases, and in fact it turned out to be a solid compound of an unknown chemical structure.

Proteins solubility and their digestion (i.e. the capacity to divide them into small peptide fragments) are two typical proteins characteristics that not only makes it possible to study them through some specific analysis methods but are also fundamental for the interaction with the immune system to create protective antibodies, because if the protein structure is heavily altered from the original one, the new antibodies result completely different from those that are able to attack the original antibodies causing illnesses.

Since this polymer we have encountered, derived from the antigenic mix, is not only different for its spatial conformation but it’s chemically different, so we can state that we are not facing antigens similar to the original ones but in the form of a compound with an unknown and unpredictable toxicity and efficacy. (source)

The fact that the vaccine antigens were not detected is seriously concerning, and so is the fact that, of the 65 signs of chemical contaminants, only 35% are known. This was only the first phase of this safety testing, as a second analytical study with standard controls will be released.

7 chemical toxins were also identified, and the group states that these toxins have a structure that could probably be partially derived from the formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde and cyanogen bromide reactions with other chemical contaminants in the vaccine.

We’d like to point out that the toxicity of many of these toxins have been confirmed and published in Pubchem or Toxnet and this poses important safety problems, issues and concerns.

From the protein and peptide fraction study, various free peptides of bacterial origin have been obtained probably coming from the bacterial culture cells used for the antigen extraction. Literature reports bacterial peptides as potential allergens 5 and also as capable of inducing autoimmune reactions 6 and these too put a safety issue that needs to be further clarified with the regulatory bodies.

Coming back to the two basic principles that have been our topic on this analysis path, we reaffirm what we have said in the recent interview on the scientific journal Nature: we are inquiring the vaccines efficacy and safety and we can’t quite understand how it is possible to claim that this vaccine is even able to generate the 6 protective antibodies – reason why it is designed for – and furthermore to understand how this cluster made of 6 neurotoxic antigens bound together can be claimed as not toxic for newborns.

Infanrix Hexa hexavalent, as for the method we have commissioned, casts major doubts on both its effectiveness and on its safety…

One thing is for sure: we will not stop to proceed.

Download: CORVELVA-Study-on-the-chemical-composition-profile-of-Infanrix-Hexa.pdf

More Vaccine Controversy From Italy

In the 90s, Dr. Antonietta Gatti discovered the relationship between micro- and nano-particles as well as a great number of pathologies: cardiovascular diseases, many forms of cancer, multiple neurological diseases, and autoimmune diseases. She’s taken part in many international research projects, including the pathologies induced by depleted uranium, waste incineration, food polluted with inorganic particles, and more.

Currently, she is the coordinator of the Italian Institute of Technology’s Project of Nanoecotoxicology, called INESE.

She is also a selected expert of the FAO/WHO for the safety in nanotechnological food, a Member of the NANOTOX Cluster of the European Commission, the author of the book “Nanopathology: the health impact of nanoparticles,” on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Biomaterials Applications, and a Member of the CPCM of the Italian Ministry of Defense.

Furthermore, her and her husband Dr. Stefano Montanari founded a laboratory called Nano-diagnostics for the evaluation of the pathological tissues of patients. It’s presently at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy.

Recently, the Italian police raided their home, and the police took all  digital assets that were owned by the the two nanopathologists including their laptops, computers, and flash-drives; basically years of work and research.

James Grundvig via the World Mercury Project describes what happened quite well:

“Because Gatti and Montanari had taken their research of nanodust and nanoparticles, from in-vivo (performed in a living organism) and in-vitro (performed in a test tube) to what unseen contamination might reside in vaccines in 2016, they came under the microscope of the United States, European, and Italian authorities. They had touched the third rail of medicine. They had crossed the no-go zone with the purported crime being scientific research and discovery. By finding nano-contamination in random vaccines, Gatti and Montanari revealed, for the first time, what no one knew: Vaccines had more than aluminum salts adjuvants, Polysorbate-80, and other inorganic chemicals in them, they also harbored stainless steel, tungsten, copper, and other metals and rare elements that don’t belong in shots given to fetuses, pregnant women, newborns, babies and toddlers developing their lungs, immune and nervous systems.”

The scientists published their work in January of 2017, titled, New QualityControl Investigations on Vaccines: Micro and Nanocontamination. If science wasn’t plagued by corruption, an investigation would have started, healthcare agencies would be involved, and vaccine safety policies would have come under intense scrutiny, but that never happened.

You can read more about this story and access an interview with the scientists here.

The Takeaway

There are numerous vaccine safety issues. The bioaccumulation of various vaccine ingredients, for example, are one. Ingredients like aluminum have been added to vaccines for more than 100 years under the assumption that they are safe. It’s only within the last couple years that scientists decided to look to see where these ingredients go after being injected. They found that aluminum, when injected, doesn’t exit the body, it actually travels to distant organs and the brain. You can access those studies and read more about that here. You can also watch a short video from Dr. Christopher Shaw from the University of British Colombia explaining the difference between injectable aluminum and the aluminum our body takes in from food. Here is another related study you can read that goes into further detail.

The main point I’m trying to make is that no parent should ever be made to feel guilty for not vaccinating their children. Vaccines are clearly not as safe as they’re marketed to be, and it’s important that we ask ourselves why this type of information goes virtually unacknowledged by the masses.

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The Hidden Cause Of Brain Fog & How To Heal From It

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    Brain fog is not merely an issue of gut health, it’s also caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. The virus hides in the liver and feeds off toxins and certain foods. Toxic byproducts of EBV enter the brain where they short-circuit neurotransmitters.

  • Reflect On:

    Eating a diet of an abundance of fresh fruits, leafy greens and vegetables, along with avoiding EBV-feeding foods such as eggs, gluten, and dairy, you can begin detoxifying your liver and offer your adrenals and brain the support they need.

If you experience brain fog on the regular, you know it’s no joke. Brain fog can be so severe that it impedes your daily quality of life, down to your ability to think clearly, your ability to experience joy, your ability to work, your ability to communicate or show up as your best self in your relationships, and the list goes on.

The problem when researching brain fog is that there are so many theories and possible contributing factors floating around that it leaves you more confused than anything else. Perhaps you read that it’s due to an overgrowth of candida, the medication you are taking, or the heavy food you ate last night. But then why is it that someone who eats a diet of highly processed junk food can go about their day without the slightest degree of brain fog while someone who eats a diet rich in organic, whole foods struggles to think clearly?

The answer has to do with your liver and your brain.

The liver troublemaker: Epstein-Barr virus

The liver harbours many pathogens and toxins. That’s its job after all, to protect you from the onslaught of toxins around you. But one of the most prevalent and damaging of these pathogens is the Esptein-Barr virus (EBV). In his book Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal , Anthony William shares how EBV has created a secret epidemic.

“Out of the roughly 320 million people in the U.S., over 225 million Americans have some form of EBV. Epstein-Barr is responsible for mystery illnesses of every category: For some people, it creates fatigue and pain that go unnamed. For others, EBV symptoms prompt doctors to prescribe ineffective treatments, such as hormone replacement. And for so many people walking around with EBV, it gets misdiagnosed… Among the reasons EBV is thriving: so little is understood about it. Medical communities are aware of only one version of EBV, but there are actually over 60 varieties. Epstein-Barr is behind several of the debilitating illnesses that stump doctors.”

In his latest book, Medical Medium: Liver Rescue, he dives deeper into EBV’s impact on the liver. He explains how many people carry an EBV viral load in the liver without realizing it. EBV and other pathogens feed off of the toxins stored in the liver such as adrenaline, the stress hormone that runs rampant in most of the population’s blood stream due to the common fight-or-flight lifestyle. Toxic heavy metals and pesticides are other favourite foods for EBV, which most of us have accumulated from environmental exposure or exposure in our mother’s womb, especially in the case of toxic heavy metals like mercury.

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To make matters worse, not only do pathogens like EBV continually feed off of the toxins stored in the liver, but they also create neurotoxic waste. As the liver fills up with these neurotoxins, it reaches capacity, at which point they escape into the bloodstream. William explains that neurotoxins have a unique ability to travel in the body and to cross the blood brain barrier. Once in the brain, these neurotoxins cloud and short-circuit neurotransmitters, leading to the symptom we know as brain fog.

Dirty neurotransmitters are not able to do their job of transmitting electrical impulses. As an electrical impulse runs down a neuron using an impure neurotransmitter chemical, it can’t burn clean; the impulse is shorted out, diminished, or left to run on less power. William says this discovery is nearly fifty years away in medical research.

Other causes of brain fog

EBV neurotoxins are not the only cause of brain fog, says William. Someone could have adrenal issues from prolonged periods of excess stress, which results in excess adrenaline being soaked up by the liver causing lower energy levels in the body. William also says that adrenaline can get into the brain, where it is highly corrosive to neurotransmitter activity and electrolytes. Over time our ability to produce more neurotransmitters becomes diminished due to poor diet or a stagnant liver.

As mentioned previously, heavy metals are another main cause of brain fog. These toxic heavy metals (like mercury and aluminium) oxidize in the brain and cause a metallic run-off that saturates brain tissue and short-circuits neurotransmitters. William says this type of brain fog is slightly different than the others, with moments of clarity and then fogginess.

Beyond adrenaline and heavy metals, other chemicals like solvents and prescription drugs can over-burden the liver and cause brain fog. However, this type of brain fog typically doesn’t have as much fatigue associated with it as when a virus is at play.

Everyone’s brain fog is slightly different and deserves to have its real causes recognized and identified individually. William states that many health practitioners fall prey to the belief that brain fog is purely gut-related, and while cleaning up the diet and healing the gut can do wonders for many people struggling with brain fog, those who have very high viral loads and sluggish livers congested with neurotoxins will struggle to find success by merely cleaning up the gut, especially because many gut-cleansing protocols fail to correct the aforementioned root causes of brain fog.

Detoxing your liver

Now that you have some of the answers for what’s really behind brain fog, you can move forward with healing. By eating a diet that consists of an abundance of fresh fruits, leafy greens and vegetables, along with avoiding the foods William discusses in Liver Rescue, you can begin detoxifying your liver, but also offer your adrenals and brain the support they need.

There are problematic foods—like eggs and dairy products—that feed viruses and other pathogens in the liver. That includes even grass-fed milk, cheese, and butter. Gluten is another offender. Gluten is a favoured food of the Epstein-Barr virus and other viruses and bacteria. And remember that the more a virus eats, the more toxins it will eliminate, which will only worsen brain fog and other symptoms.

Leafy greens, fruits, and vegetables, on the other hand, will support the liver in ridding viruses and toxic heavy metals from the body. Kale, red lettuce, butter lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, apples, peaches, plums, melons, papaya, wild blueberries, mango, and a little avocado—these are some of the foods William says to incorporate into your diet if you suffer from brain fog or wish to help avoid it in the future. These foods help to kill off viruses like Epstein-Barr, remove toxins from the body, detoxify and support the liver and brain, and so much more.

Straight celery juice on an empty stomach every day not only repairs neurotransmitter chemicals with its mineral salts, but also helps build new neurotransmitters in the brain. For more information on the incredible healing power of celery juice, check out this article, Why the Celery Juice Movement is Taking Over the World.

Brain fog is a serious condition impacting the lives of millions, and understanding its root cause is important so that we don’t mislabel those who are suffering. As William writes in Liver Rescue, 

“So many people are blamed for their brain fog and called lazy, irresponsible, uninspired, or unpassionate. People are called silly and even stupid because of brain fog. Children are misunderstood and misdiagnosed because of brain fog. When young adults can’t find the right words to express themselves, and the words that come out of their mouths don’t come out the way they want—that can often be brain fog. Adults often feel inadequate or useless—that can be brain fog. When anyone has difficulty making decisions and feels like the process sucks the life out of them—that can be brain fog. There are reasons you’ve experienced it, and with the right commitment, you can free yourself from it.”

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