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Why Our Microbiome Is So Important For Health & How Modern Life Damages It

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What comes to your mind when bacteria are mentioned? For most people, bacteria and microbes suggest disease. However, there are billions of very important bacteria that literally share the human body and help it function. These microorganisms are collectively known as the microbiome.

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Microbes are found living in various parts of the human body. Although there has been limited research on the microbiome, scientists have begun to appreciate its role in human health. According to the United States National Library of medicine, there are more than 1 trillion microbes living in the body, with the largest colonies being harboured in the gastrointestinal tract. These microbes are associated with regulation of digestion, protection from disease-causing organisms, and the development of a strong immune response.

Why the Human Microbiome Is So Important

The microbiome is linked to a person’s genetic footprint and hence plays a role in the determination of our unique DNA, predisposition to pathogens, hereditary traits, body type, and much more. In fact, up to 90% of all human maladies are linked to the health of the gut and the overall condition of our microbiome.

  • Obesity: A healthy microbiome helps to reduce accumulation of fat and inflammation. An alteration of gut microbiome triggers metabolic changes that can lead to obesity. The four species of bacteria involved are Candidatus arthromitus, Allobacullum, Lactobacillus, and Rikenelleceae.
  • Autism: Studies have revealed that the microbiome present in autistic children differs vastly from that of their healthy counterparts. In particular, autistic children lack highly beneficial bacteria like Bifidobacterium, which is known for reinforcing the immune systemAccording to the study, if a person has a leaky gut, some compounds produced by gut bacteria can find their way out of the intestines. These compounds proceed to alter the normal functioning of the brain, leading to characteristics associated with autism, particularly repetitive behaviour.
  • Immune Response: Medical practitioners contend that improper regulation of immunologic mechanisms causes most non-infectious conditions such as cancer, allergies, and even autoimmunity. A different study suggests that intestinal bacteria can influence inflammatory immune reactions that start in the gut. These responses and are then transmitted to the brain and other body organs, effectively triggering immunologic dysregulation. Some research suggests autoimmune problems could be at the root cause of male pattern hair loss, where our own hormone, DHT, actually starts attacking the hair follicles.
  • Diabetes: According to the American Diabetes Association, type 2 diabetes is usually accompanied by a notable change in gut bacteria. Further research has also found that certain microbes may help prevent type 1 diabetes. The studies highlight the role played by the microbiome in diabetes.

It is clear that microbes are good for the human body, but only in their natural, unmodified state. It is actually alterations to the natural microbiome composition that lead to poor health. A person’s lifestyle has a major bearing on their microbiome. It is therefore no coincidence that cases of the above-mentioned conditions are consistently on the rise, as modern life and many of the lifestyle choices we make in it all negatively impact our microbiome.

Things That Damage the Human Microbiome

1. Cesarean Section

Few people know this, but our first dose of good bacteria comes from our mothers during birth. As an infant slides through the birth canal, the bacteria infiltrate the body through the mouth, eyes, nose, and lips. The bacteria assemble in the respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts, forming colonies that immediately begin to multiply. A good number of mothers are increasingly depriving their babies of this initial inoculation by embracing the cesarean section. In fact, the United States Centres for Disease Control reported that in 2015, an astonishing 32.2% of all deliveries took the form of cesarean sections.

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2. Antibiotics

A 2016 study gives evidence that suggests long term use of antibiotics can cause collateral damage to our microbiome. Although antibiotics can be lifesavers, their use is currently at an all-time high. In fact, research carried out over a 10 year period from 2000 to 2010 revealed that although antibiotic use is continually declining, as many as 2.27 antibiotics per person-year were prescribed to babies less than 24 months old. Overuse of antibiotics is associated with massive disruption of the microbiome, thereby impacting the immune system, the capacity to process food, and our ability to resist infections. For this reason, prudent use of antibiotics is important.

3. Over-the-Counter Medications

Medications sold over the counter such as painkillers, mouthwashes, antacids, and laxatives can destroy the microbiome, promote intestinal bleeding, and make the gut more permeable. As a result, larger proteins, bacteria, and a host of toxic substances can find their way into the bloodstream, leading to food allergies, overworking of the immune system, and widespread distribution of toxic elements throughout the body. According to a press release courtesy of the U.S.A Centers for Disease Control, there is evidence that 1 in 3 prescribed antibiotics are usually unnecessary. It is therefore wise to discuss the use of such medications with a doctor and also avoid taking them for longer than necessary.

4. Diet

Diet plays an important role in maintaining a good balance of good bacteria in the gut and other parts of the body. A major source of good bacteria is milk. However, when milk is sterilized by heating it to over 160 degrees, some bacteria are destroyed or their levels significantly reduced. In addition, artificial food colouring compounds have been found to have antibacterial and antifungal properties. In the attempt to make food products more presentable, we run the risk of altering the microflora in our bodies. Furthermore, artificial fats found in baked foods like cakes, biscuits, pizza, and crackers can lead to permeable cell walls. For the cell walls to become permeable, it means that the microbial organisms lining the surface have to be destroyed.

4. Chlorinated Drinking Water

It is almost impossible to maintain an ideal concentration of microbiome in the body, particularly in the gastrointestinal tract, if we frequently consume chlorinated water. Chlorine automatically kills both good and bad bacteria.

Other things that can damage the microbiome include:

  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • Surgeries and chemotherapy
  • Heavy exposure to pollutants like mercury
  • Antibacterial soaps and shampoos
  • Anti-cholesterol drugs

From the above information, it is clearly evident that altering the microbiome in our bodies can bring about serious long term health issues. It is therefore imperative to retain normal microbiome levels by regulating the usage of antibiotics, food colours, agricultural chemicals, chlorine, and the other items that we have mentioned. It is also very important to restore microbiome levels by:

  • Eating plenty of fermented foods like fermented milk, soy, and vegetables
  • Taking a probiotic supplement
  • Exposure to outdoor bacteria through working on your garden and keeping the windows open. Research shows that increasing the natural airflow can blow healthy microbes your way.

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Johnson & Johnson Found To Have Knowingly Allowed Asbestos In Their Baby Powder

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Johnson and Johnson have recently lost lawsuits for negligence in knowingly allowing carcinogenic substances in their talc-based hygiene products.

  • Reflect On:

    Are we starting to turn the page on an era where human health and safety are not the prime considerations in the manufacturing of consumer products?

We are starting to awaken to the fact that it seems to be the rule, and not the exception, that large Western corporations put profits above human health considerations. The only time they seem to give any regard to human health concerns is when their forecasts of potential lawsuits down the road would likely exceed the cost measures needed to ensure the safety of their product.

Johnson & Johnson is just one of a long line of corporate perpetrators who believed that covering up and lying about known health concerns would make better business sense than taking the time and resources to actually address those health concerns within their products.

Contaminated Baby Powder: The Height Of Indignity

One would think, regardless of an understanding that the bottom line is a priority for most private companies, that the health and safety of a nursing mother and her newborn child would be sacrosanct for any industry. The reality is that this is simply not the case, even though J&J could have mitigated this problem from the start.

Companies that mine talc are required to take extra steps to ensure the absence of asbestos in their talc. Instead, J&J allegedly went to great lengths to fake it.

Not only did the company know about the asbestos contamination, evidence suggests, but J&J also failed to warn its customers about the link between Baby Powder and cancer or replace its talc with a safer alternative. As a result, J&J guaranteed its customers’ exposure to asbestos.

And regardless of their size or numbers, asbestos fibers are lethal at any capacity. As the World Health Organization (WHO) has stressed repeatedly, there is no safe level of exposure. (source)

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The Testimony of Scientist James Webber

Baby Powder’s contamination with asbestos (a mineral that naturally occurs near talc) has long been the subject of lawsuits. But only in recent years has evidence begun to unravel J&J’s defense – that the company had no idea – and threatened its success in lawsuits to come.

In March, a California jury awarded $29 million to Terry Leavitt, a woman who said that asbestos in Johnson & Johnson’s talcum-powder-based products caused her terminal mesothelioma. Environmental scientist James Webber testified in her high-profile California trial and made these observations:

During several hours on the stand, Webber explained how he ran tests that showed “clear” evidence of asbestos contamination in the mines from which J&J sourced talc.

“The testing I have seen [shows] that it was present at least as early as 1971 and up through the late 1990s,” said Webber, who ran an asbestos laboratory in New York state.

Despite denying it publicly, J&J had observed this contamination in internal memos. Its notes dismissed the amount of asbestos in its talc as “but a trace,” Webber alleged. But that was just an optimistic interpretation of superficial testing, he said: the tests used methods too weak to detect microscopic asbestos fibers. Webber insisted the actual tests results revealed there could be millions of asbestos fibers per gram of talc.

And J&J’s inaccurate reports were allegedly only the tip of the iceberg. In some instances, Webber said, photos attached to J&J’s reports revealed that “they had been seeing it and not reporting it.”  (source)

And It’s Getting Worse

The $29 million verdict, in California Superior Court in Oakland, was the latest defeat for the healthcare conglomerate facing more than 13,000 talc-related lawsuits nationwide. And things may be getting even worse for J&J, according to ZeroHedge:

Johnson & Johnson shares are down over 5% after Bloomberg reports that, according to people with knowledge of the matter, the U.S. Justice Department is pursuing a criminal investigation into whether Johnson & Johnson lied to the public about the possible cancer risks of its talcum powder…

Now, a grand jury in Washington is examining documents related to what company officials knew about any carcinogens in their products, the people said.

The Takeaway

It seems as though corporations have long been willing to take the calculated risk of short-cuts and denials instead of ensuring that their products are safe for public use. My suspicion is that a part of our collective awakening process will be issuing in a new business paradigm in which human health and safety become paramount.

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Prescription Infant Formulas Found To Be Contaminated With Aluminum

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  • The Facts:

    Multiple brands of prescription infant formula were found to contain high levels of aluminum.

  • Reflect On:

    Should we be questioning the quality of products that come from pharmaceutical production? Do we veer away from natural methods of raising children more than we should? At what cost?

You may not think aluminum is a big deal, but it is. For anybody who has looked into aluminum toxicology, it’s quite clear and apparent that it has no place inside of any living biological organism. Putting it simply, it wreaks havoc on our biology. High amounts of aluminum have been found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease, with experts in the field believing that aluminum brain accumulation may be one of the main causes of Alzheimer’s disease.

It’s also been discovered within the brains of MS patients, and some of the highest aluminum content ever recorded in brain tissue has also been discovered in people with autism. Aluminum is associated with several diseases. But an adult body can do a great job of flushing out aluminum.

Despite the fact that aluminum has no place within earth’s biota, it’s still present in many of our medications, our food, and even in the water that we drink due to contamination since the industrial revolution. Aluminum inside the body is a new phenomenon and still understudied. Again, there is a threshold, and aluminum that is injected via vaccines doesn’t exit the body–there is strong evidence that it remains inside the body and ends up in distant organs and eventually inside of the brain. If you want to access more studies on that topic, you can read this article I published that provides them and goes into more detail. You can also watch this interview with Christopher Exley, where he also points to that fact.

A new study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health has shown that multiple popular infant prescriptions are contaminated with aluminum. You may be asking how much aluminum, but the authors make it a point to stress that there are no safe amounts of aluminum levels that can be inside of a human body, let alone a newborn baby. That being said, the amounts found are listed within the abstract of the study:

Historical and recent data demonstrate that off-the-shelf infant formulas are heavily contaminated with aluminium. The origin of this contamination remains to be elucidated though may be imported via ingredients, packaging and processing. Specialised infant formulas exist to address health issues, such as low birth weight, allergy or intolerance and medical conditions, such as renal insufficiency. The aluminium content of these prescription infant formulas is measured here for the first time. We obtained 24 prescription infant formulas through a paediatric clinic and measured their total aluminium content by transversely heated graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry following microwave assisted acid/peroxide digestion. The aluminium content of ready-to-drink formulas ranged from 49.9 (33.7) to 1956.3 (111.0) μg/L. The most heavily contaminated products were those designed as nutritional supplements for infants struggling to gain weight. The aluminium content of powdered formulas ranged from 0.27 (0.04) to 3.27 (0.19) μg/g. The most heavily contaminated products tended to be those addressing allergies and intolerance. Prescription infant formulas are contaminated with aluminium.

Another very important point made right off the bat by the authors:

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Human exposure to aluminium is a serious health concern. Aluminium exposure in infants is understandably a burgeoning issue. While infant exposure to aluminium continues to be documented, its consequences, immediate and in the future, have received only scant attention and research is required to understand the biological availability of aluminium through formula feeding. For example, how much aluminium is absorbed across the neonate gut and its subsequent fate, including excretion.

There is already too much aluminium in infant formulas and herein we have measured its content in a large number of prescription formulas, products which are fed to vulnerable infants in their first months of life. Many of these products are heavily contaminated with aluminium.

As for the specific infant formulas, you can refer to the study. The researchers obtained 24 prescription infant formulas via the Paediatric Clinic of Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley, United Kingdom. The ready-to-drink and powdered products were new, ready-to-be used and unopened samples. These formulas are for babies with some sort of growth restriction, like for preterm infants or infants who have poor weight gain. There were also powdered formulas for allergies and intolerances and powdered formulas with additional amino acids.

The authors contacted each manufacturer and expressed that they denied knowing that there was any aluminum in their products, which means it’s still a mystery as to their source. The authors hypothesize on a number of ways that aluminum could be entering into the formulas.

In their conclusion, the authors emphasize that:

Where possible, breast milk feeding should be prioritised, as the aluminium content of breast milk is invariably an order of magnitude lower than in formula feeds. Where infant formulas are the only source of nutrition for many infants in their first weeks and months of life, aluminium ingested in formula feeds will be the major contributor to their body burden of aluminium. The last thing that vulnerable infants fed specialised formulas for their specific nutritional/medicinal need is additional aluminium in their diet.

Detoxing

There is a lot of information out there on how a person can detox from aluminum and other heavy metals. There are multiple studies, and based on what I’ve looked into, water with high amounts of Silica are effective in draining aluminum out of your body and brain. Herbs like cilantro and substances like chlorella and spirulina are also great for removing some metals. The information is out there, so be sure to do your research.

The Takeaway

It’s concerning to think about what these corporations are doing. Again, aluminum should hold no place in our society, it should’ve remained well below our surface as part of the Earth’s crust for a reason. It wasn’t until humans began digging it out and using it for a number of things, irresponsibly I might add, that we started to see the health implications which still go largely ignored by the medical community.

In fact, heavy metal accumulation and detoxification of aluminum haven’t been addressed at all, which is odd given the fact that heavy metal accumulation is linked to a variety of diseases.

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9 Studies You Should Be Aware of Before Trying The Ketogenic Diet

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  • The Facts:

    The Ketogenic diet is a popular fad diet that promotes quick weight loss and symptom management for bodies that are dealing with poor lymph, kidney and digestion health.

  • Reflect On:

    Based on the studies that are emerging, is our desire for quick weight loss more important than living a long and healthy life? Are we learning about these diets primarily through those with strong ties to upholding these diets?

The ketogenic diet has popped up as a popular approach to weight loss in the last few years. Is it successful at that? Sure, it is. I’ve experimented with the diet myself years ago when I was looking to lose some belly fat. I was entering into ketosis in a different way than most, as I was not eating any animal products, but it does in fact work.

But like any animal product based diet, what are the consequences of eating so much food that does not truly jive with our human bodies? Not only that, is fast weight loss more important than keeping our morality rate down?

In the last few years, we’ve reported a lot on the Keto diet and the various ways it can be done. We have explored the studies, the results and in some ways, we supported it. But lately, I have been thinking about how supporting this could actually be encouraging people to jump into these diets, including the paleo diet, when in reality these diets increase mortality rates and are not healthy for the human body.

It became a thought in the back of my mind, I have always strived to put the best information out that I can through this platform to promote good health. And so we must look at that, even if that means upsetting some people who currently are on paleo or keto and are seeing some good weight loss or symptom management. The truth is, like the many people I’ve seen crash on these diets after a few years, I want people to know the truth of what’s going on out there. And how we can get beyond diets that symptom manage, and instead get onto diets that truly heal.

Anytime we have fad diets, which paleo and keto are, we see products and bias pop up all over the place to support the continuation of these trends. It becomes less about health and more about upholding an identity or a business.

So as I recently looked into what experts are saying about these diets, I came upon two important videos I think everyone should check out. Both have been embedded below. Remember, it’s not that I care what you choose in your own life, or that I feel there is a right or wrong, it’s that I believe we should be informed and I wish to use this platform to promote as best a message as I can.

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The Videos

Thanks to Plant-Based News for creating such a good channel and resource of information on YouTube.

In this video, several plant-based health experts talk through 9 nutrition studies that would be of interest to low carb keto diet proponents. To read the 9 studies, click here.

Next up, Dr. Kim Williams (past President of the American College of Cardiology) shares his insights about the ketogenic.

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