By ICIM member’s Coleen and Conrad Maulfair, DO: Toxic time bombs: The pollution in you

Fatigue, allergies, joint aches or mood swings got you down? Although concern over the effects of pollution on the environment has held our attention for decades, new research is detecting chemical toxins in most people.[1;2] While industry furiously challenges the evidence, scientists argue that low-level chemical exposures are linked with these subtle but all too common problems, not to mention diseases such as autism, ADHD, and cancer, to name a few. Long term, low level exposures to chemicals cause an accumulation in the body referred to as “body burden.”

As we gain increasing understanding about the adverse effects of body burden on health what remains less clear is when the time bomb may go off. The medical community is trained to look to yesterday’s exposure to explain today’s symptoms. Yet, body burden, accumulations of toxic chemicals, may have more subtle but important health effects that are not seen for years, or even lifetimes. Because of this time delay, it is not uncommon for a chemical to be banned for safety concerns after decades of use — a real world experiment.

Studies link ZIP codes near waste sites with low-birth-weight babies, thyroid disease in women and female reproductive disorders such as endometriosis — even in regions with higher per capita income, less smoking, better diet and more exercise.[3] The same researchers have data linking living near waste sites to elevated risks for stroke, ischemic heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer.

Our life support system: Better living through chemistry?
You don’t live near an industrial waste site? The truth is that even if you do, you probably get most of your toxins as pesticides and additives in your food or each time you apply various consumer cosmetic products. Your home, your cars and even the water you drink slowly leak chemicals into your life.

There has been a staggering proliferation of toxic chemicals produced without due regard for testing for long-term health effects of low level exposures. Thousands of new synthetic chemicals come into manufactured consumer products every year with little to no safety testing or public approval process. According to the World Health Organization, there are over 100,000 synthetic chemicals in use in consumer products today with 1,000 to 2,000 being added to the list each year.

We breathe these chemicals through our lungs, absorb them through our skin and ingest them in the food we eat and water we drink. We are soaking up chemicals that we’d be hard-pressed to spell or pronounce, if we could even find out what they were.

The body burden problem
Toxic chemicals know no boundaries. Chemicals contaminate not only wildlife and the environment, but people, breast milk and the unborn child yet most people are unaware that they carry chemical compounds in their bodies. Each of us has some load of industrial chemicals stored in or passing through our bodies. Human fat tissue sampled in the United States contained 700 contaminants that have not been chemically identified.[4]

According to Michael McCally, M.D. Ph.D., of Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, “Current ‘normal’ body burdens of dioxin and several other well-studied organochlorides are at or near the range at which toxic effects occur in laboratory animals.” A recent Mt Sinai study found 167 chemicals in the blood and urine of volunteers; chemicals used in consumer products and found in industrial pollution.[2] Of the 167 chemicals discovered, 94 are toxic to the brain or nervous system, 76 are carcinogenic (cancer-causing) and 79 are linked to birth defects. None of the participants worked with chemicals or lived near an industrial facility. In other words, these toxins represent the average body burden of the ordinary American citizen.

This is not a uniquely American problem. A 2005 British study funded by the World Wide Fund for Nature and the Co-Operative Bank found chemicals including banned pesticides like DDT, flame retardants and the PFOA chemical found in Teflon and used on nonstick pans and stain repellents.

If the body burden of adults isn’t enough cause for alarm, it is shocking to learn the effects on future generations. In 2005, the US Environmental Working Group [5] reported that umbilical cord blood samples taken from newborn babies were all heavily contaminated. A total of 287 contaminants were detected. Many of these were known or suspected carcinogens, neurotoxins or linked with birth defects if present in high concentrations. Meanwhile, an exhaustive review of the evidence points to prenatal exposures as a source of postnatal mental deficits.[6]

Scientists have never assessed the effects of exposures to the endless combinations of chemicals found in people. One reason why measuring such effects is difficult is that these chemicals are persistent (meaning they do not break down) and bioaccumulative (meaning they tend to build up in living things, particularly areas of the body rich in fat such as fatty tissue, brain and other organs).

Our understanding of when a chemical is toxic is changing and concerned individuals are calling for laws to regulate these compounds more carefully. However, because of their widespread use, tendency to persist and accumulation in body tissues — especially fat — even regulatory changes will not remove them from our world very quickly.

While we wait for industry, government and science to reach agreement, the vast increase of chemicals in our environment, foods, cosmetics and medicines puts an enormous burden on our bodies’ natural abilities to break down and remove toxins. With the exception of certain minerals, these chemicals do not belong in the body. While minerals are needed at low levels for normal function, some are now found measured at high or even toxic concentrations.

Most people wait too long to do something about it
The good news is that something can be done about the toxins in our bodies. Our livers, lungs, kidneys are constantly working overtime to remove the onslaught of chemicals. To function properly, these systems require broad nutritional support. When we don’t give our body what it needs to help it eliminate these chemicals or when we expose it to more than it can handle, it just can’t keep up. Symptoms such as fatigue, aches, allergies, asthma, mood swings, foggy thinking, and more set in. Before this happens — and even afterwards — the correct detoxification program can make all the difference.

The Maulfair Medical Center uses the Hubbard method of detoxification, the most thorough and scientifically validated regimen available. This precise regimen combines exercise, sauna bathing, and vitamin and mineral supplementation to increase the elimination of chemicals while rebuilding and repairing your body. Its safety and effectiveness in treating a wide range of exposures have been established for more than two decades.[7;8]

Originally developed by Hubbard in 1979, this program has been successfully used to aid individuals exposed during large-scale environmental contaminations, including those resulting from the 2001 World Trade Center disaster [9] and the 1986 Chernobyl incident [10]. Thousands of people have enjoyed relief from symptoms caused by more gradual build-up of toxins.

Sauna detoxification at the Maulfair Medical Center
Dr. Maulfair gets you started on your sauna program with a thorough medical examination and a series of key tests plus a complete physical exam. Tests may include a pre and post assessment of toxic body burden and some tests may be repeated periodically, to monitor your status while on the regimen.

Dr. Maulfair has over thirty years experience utilizing detoxification regimens to treat chronic disease. Join those clients of the Maulfair Medical Center’s program who have gained back their quality of life, enjoy restored energy, clear thinking, motivation and an overall sense of well being. For more information see www.drmaulfair.com

Dr. Conrad Maulfair
Maulfair Medical Center, Topton, PA

Reference List

1. Calafat AM, Wong LY, Kuklenyik Z, Reidy JA, Needham LL: Polyfluoroalkyl chemicals in the U.S. population: data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2003-2004 and comparisons with NHANES 1999-2000. Environ Health Perspect 2007; 115: 1596-602.
2. Environmental Working Group. Body Burden: The pollution in people [Web Page]. 2003; Accessed 2008 Feb 20. Available at: http://archive.ewg.org/reports/bodyburden1/
3. Baibergenova A, Kudyakov R, Zdeb M, Carpenter DO: Low birth weight and residential proximity to PCB-contaminated waste sites. Environ Health Perspect 2003; 111: 1352-7.
4. Onstot, J., Ayling, R., and Stanley, J. Characterization of HRCG/MS unidentified peaks from the analysis of human adipose tissue. Vol. 1: Technical Approach. 87. Washington DC, US Environmental Protection Agency Office of toxic Substances.
5. Environmental Working Group. Body Burden: The pollution in newborns [Web Page]. 2005; Accessed 2008 Feb 20. Available at: http://archive.ewg.org/reports/bodyburden2/execsumm.php. 
6. Williams JH, Ross L: Consequences of prenatal toxin exposure for mental health in children and adolescents: a systematic review. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry 2007; 16: 243-53.
7. Schnare DW, Denk G, Shields M, Brunton S: Evaluation of a detoxification regimen for fat stored xenobiotics. Med Hypotheses 1982; 9: 265-82.
8. Schnare, D. W., Ben, M., and Shields, M. G. Body Burden Reduction of PCBs, PBBs and Chlorinated Pesticides in Human Subjects. Ambio 1984; 13(5-6): 378-380.
9. Cecchini MA, Root DA, Rachunow JR, Gelb PM: Chemical Exposures at the World Trade Center: Use of the Hubbard Sauna Detoxification Regimen to Improve the Health Status of New York City Rescue Workers Exposed to Toxicants. Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients 2006; 273: 58-65.
10. Tsyb, A. F., Parshkov, E. M., Barnes, J., Yarzutkin, V. V. , Vorontsov, N. V., and Dedov, V. I. Rehabilitation of a Chernobyl Affected Population Using a Detoxification Method. Proceedings of the 1998 International Radiological Postemergency Response Issues Conference. 1998. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Conventional Medicine Claims Another Casualty

An 8-year-old boy died from complications arising from a scrape on his thigh.

From Fox News:

When the second-grader took a tumble off his bike on the driveway of his family’s farm in Pilot Rock, Ore., and suffered a large gash on his thigh he didn’t panic. His mom, Sara Hebard, rushed him to the emergency room, where he was given seven stitches… But within days, Flanagan’s pain seemed to get worse. As a precaution, Hebard decided to take him back to the hospital, where she was shocked to discover flesh-eating bacteria had spread from Flanagan’s ankle to his armpit.

Comment: Once again, conventional medicine refuses to consider natural remedies that are safe and effective—especially in our “post-antibiotic era” where conventional antibiotics don’t work—because natural medicines are cheap and lack profit potential. Bacteria cannot develop resistance to natural antibiotics like Manuka honey, silver, or even iodine (combined with dimethyl sulfoxide to carry it through the skin). This story also underscores the danger of hospital-spread infections. Hospital errors are the third leading cause of death in the US. Put differently, 10% of US deaths are due to preventable medical mistakes.

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Senator McCain’s Cancer Treatment Reveals the Problem

Why cheaper and safer medicine is always ignored.

From The Daily Caller:

Republican Sen. John McCain left Washington, D.C., Sunday to be with his family in Arizona, and will miss the vote on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act expected this week, CBS News reports.

McCain, 81, spent most of the week at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., following a routine chemotherapy treatment for brain cancer, but is doing well and is in “good spirits,” McCain’s son-in-law, Ben Domenech, told CBS’ Face The Nation Sunday.

Comment: We’ve had our differences with Sen. McCain, most notably his introduction of legislation that would have given the FDA more power over the supplement industry, but we wish him well in his treatment. We also wish that the senator would consider integrative treatments for his glioblastoma. Even with surgery and chemotherapy, patients with this type of brain cancer are generally given about 15 months to live. This might be because mounting evidence shows that chemotherapy and radiation don’t produce any significant improvements in cancer survival rates, because cancer stem cells are resistant to these treatments. This means, tragically, that patients like Sen. McCain are put through the misery of chemo for little benefit. Meanwhile, many natural compounds like turmeric have demonstrated the ability to attack cancers at their root; the only problem is that turmeric is cheap and natural. We see this happen too often in modern medicine: cheap, natural medicine is neglected in favor of expensive treatments and patented drugs that make hospitals and pharmaceutical companies rich.

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Turning Vitamins Into Gold

How Pharma is stealing nature and charging you for it

From Gizmodo:

If you would like to take niacin, a B vitamin that is believed to lower cholesterol and the chance of having a heart attack, you could buy a month’s supply online for about $5. Or you could get a prescription for a bottle of virtually the same pills for almost $300, thanks to a pharmaceutical company using price gouging tactics similar to those of Pharma Bro Marin Shkrelli, according to a report from the Financial Times.

Comment: With drug after drug failing clinical trials (see the recent spate of failed Alzheimer’s drugs), Big Pharma is increasingly turning to natural medicine. This happened recently with Vascepa, an FDA-approved fish oil drug to treat high triglycerides which can run consumers as much as $300 for a one-month supply. Now the same thing has happened to niacin, which one company has turned into a prescription drug to treat cholesterol. What’s next?

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Terminal Patients Find Hope in State of Union  

President touts ‘Right to Try’ legislation we have been supporting. Action Alert!

In his address, President Trump said:

We also believe that patients with terminal conditions should have access to experimental treatments that could potentially save their lives. People who are terminally ill should not have to go from country to country to seek a cure—I want to give them a chance right here at home. It is time for the Congress to give these wonderful Americans the ‘right to try.’

Legislation has been approved in the Senate but is stalled in the House of Representatives. The bill expands access to experimental drugs for terminally ill patients who have exhausted all other treatment options. See our recent coverage for more details.

ANH-USA has supported this legislation for quite some time—we worked with former Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) on the first iteration of the legislation. When Rep. Paul retired, we began working with Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) on the issue. Rep. Griffith’s bill is one of two right to try bills in the House. For years the federal government failed to enact the legislation, so states took matters into their own hands: 38 states have passed right to try laws.

Dying patients deserve a right to pursue experimental treatments. Help us bring this long overdue law across the finish line.

Action alert! Write to your member of Congress and urge him or her to support the federal Right to Try bills. Please send your message immediately.

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More Vaccine Mandates for Kids?

Check if your state is further limiting vaccine choice. State-based Action Alerts!

A new year brings a flurry of legislative activity. Many states will be considering bills that limit vaccine choice, whether by eliminating or restricting exemptions or mandating vaccines for children or certain workers.

Patients deserve a right to decide which medical treatments to receive, especially when there are safety concerns. There is also plenty of scientific data that throws the safety of vaccine ingredients into serious question. Take aluminum, for example—a common vaccine ingredient:

  • Aluminum is a well-documented neurotoxinthat has been linked with Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, asthma, hyperactivity, and Down’s Syndrome.
  • The FDAhas set a limit on the amount of aluminum that can be in vaccines, but this number was based on the amount of aluminum required to enhance the effectiveness of the vaccine. The agency has not empirically determined the safest amount of intramuscularly injected aluminum, relying instead on the hope that current levels are safe. Note the word “injected.” It is one thing for the body to handle aluminum in our food, because our liver protects us. But it can’t protect us when we are injected with poison.
  • New studiesprovide stunning information about what happens to aluminum after it’s injected into muscle. In some mice, it travels to the brain, where it can still be detected a year later. It also travels to the spleen and lymph nodes, where it can still be detected 270 days after vaccination.

In addition to concerns about ingredients—including the mercury that is used as a preservative in flu shots, even for children—the national vaccine schedule has never been rigorously evaluated for safety. This was the determination not of some “anti-vaxxer” group, but of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine), which advises the government on issues relating to medicine and health. In a 2013 report, the Academy concluded, “Key elements of the schedule—the number, frequency, timing, order, and age at administration of vaccines—have not been systematically examined in research studies.”

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50,000 Expected to Die

…why is the government hiding the solutions we need this flu season? Action Alert!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicts that 50,000 Americans will die by the end of this flu season. The elderly and children will suffer the worst consequences of the pandemic. Thirty-seven children have already died.

Health authorities have identified a number of unique characteristics of this flu season: it’s hitting everywhere at once; it’s persistent, as opposed to peaking quickly; and it’s affecting a broader range of older Americans than in the past, including younger baby boomers aged 50-65. Experts are comparing it to the 2014-2015 flu season, which caused 710,000 hospitalizations and 56,000 deaths.

Despite the fact that this year’s flu vaccine is only 10 to 30% effective, health officials are still pushing the vaccine as the best way to protect children. But flu vaccines in general aren’t all that effective. The Cochrane group, one of the world’s most respected analysts on medical interventions, found that, when a flu vaccine at least partially matches the circulating virus, 100 people need to be vaccinated in order to avoid one case of flu.

When faced with the reality that flu vaccines generally aren’t all that effective at preventing the flu, the medical establishment has a common refrain: Some protection is better than no protection.

Then there are the drugs used to treat the flu once contracted. At best, these drugs reduce the duration of the illness by one day, and come with a significant range of side effects. Tamiflu, one of the most popular, can cause hallucinations, delirium, and self-injury. Tamiflu was linked to twelve pediatric deaths in Japan, although the FDA claims that the evidence wasn’t conclusive as to whether Tamiflu was the cause.

In the midst of a flu pandemic, you’d think the government would want to get the word out about cheap, safe, natural, and effective medicines that can help people prevent or treat the flu—things like vitamin D, intravenous vitamin C, vitamin A, or garlic, all of which exhibit strong antiviral properties. The problem is that these medicines are cheap and natural. They can’t be patented, and therefore no company can afford to pay as much as $2.56 billion to take them through the FDA’s drug approval process.  Hence, they can’t make claims to cure, mitigate, treat, or prevent the flu or any other disease—even if we know they do. All of this means that natural medicines can’t make money for drug companies, and drug companies fund the FDA. So, naturally, the CDC and the FDA stay silent.

When the White House doctor reported on the state of President Trump’s health, he said that the president was up to date on all his vaccinations, including the seasonal flu shot. Yet in a 2015 radio interview, Trump said he had never had a flu shot and didn’t like the idea of “injecting bad stuff” into his body. What is the truth? Were government health officials able to browbeat even the president into getting an ineffective flu shot?

It is a sorry state of affairs for medicine, that people are getting sick and dying, and the government is mum about treatment options that could help.

Action Alert! Write to the FDA and the CDC, asking them why they aren’t telling Americans about cheap, safe natural medicines that could help in a flu pandemic. Please send your message immediately.

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