Thursday, June 26, 2008

Toxins, Detoxification & Constant Health

High blood levels of lead -- one of the ugly heavy metals found in paints before 1978 and all sorts of other places like plumbing, faucets, and pipes --have been linked to criminal behavior.

New studies of young people from impoverished inner-city neighborhoods in Cincinnati show significant brain damage from childhood exposure to lead, and researchers demonstrated a devastating correlation between lives of crime and high lead exposures in childhood (the higher the blood concentrations of lead, the greater the increase in arrests for violent offenses). So sad.

It seems so basic. Things that are toxic -- capable of causing death or severe debilitation -- must be expelled (detoxified) or the system breaks down. In the case of these kids, lead permanently shrank brain mass in the prefrontal cortex and anterior cingulate cortex, areas of the brain associated with judgment, attention, decision making, and impulse control.

I talked to a University of Utah biochemist and researcher on Monday about Constant Health, and while he liked the idea of the immune system and intestinal health support, he found the concept of detoxification questionable at best.

There are questionable approaches to solving every problem; however, there are many well-studied nutrients that help the body detoxify itself of toxins such as heavy metals, pesticides, and other chemicals.

Of course, once toxins destroy organ function (such as lost brain mass in the Cincinnati kids), it's too late, but it's not too late to dislodge toxins being harbored in fat cells thate promote obesity or eliminate the toxins causing aches and pains in the body.

Our Constant Health formula has therapeutic amounts of important detoxifiers such as n-acetyl-cysteine, milk thistle, calcium-d-glucarate, as well as guar gum, apple fiber and apple pectin.

Constant Health was also designed to support the body's glutathione production (liver protection), with significant amounts of glycine, glutamine, and curcumin. Glutathione helps detoxify the body of heavy metals and drugs and is crucial to liver health (the powerhouse of detoxification).

While I hope to make a convert of my new acquaintance at the University, I do respect his need to "see the science" on detoxification claims. And there's a lot of science to see when one is studying, as he does, a vast universe of biochemistry, which ranges from the health value of bison over beef to lipid metabolism and oxidative stress.

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