Step away from the plastic.
According to new research, increased levels of phthalates, chemicals found in plastic and some personal care products, are associated with significant declines in testosterone levels. And not just in men—but in women and children as well.
BAM!!! Another of my hunches proven correct. This has been my personal theory for years. And I’m glad research has finally proven it true.
But what still amazes me is that no one thought of this sooner. Or perhaps, no one wanted to ponder what the toxic soup we live in is actually doing to our bodies.
Consider the fact that cord blood from newborn infants has been shown to carry up to 300 toxic chemicals. How could the American medical establishment simply turn its back and think there’s nothing wrong with that? That’s what astounds me.
I’m beginning to think that not only does the medical establishment do its best to prevent doctors from thinking…they actually discourage it. With the advent of “evidence-based medicine,” doctors are accused of doing something wrong, and even criminal, if they fail to follow the established “standard of care.” And who provides the so-called “evidence” for these standards? You guessed it, pharmaceutical companies.
Anyway, back to the study. It found associations between urinary markers of phthalate exposure and testosterone levels among multiple age groups and in both sexes. Including children (specifically, 6- to 12-year-old boys and girls, and girls ages 12 to 20).
Multiple phthalates were associated with significant reductions in testosterone. The strongest association among females was in the 40- to 60-year age group. Their testosterone levels were reduced by as much as 24 percent due to phthalate exposure.
This is the age group I see the most at my office, and guess what? They always have low sex drive, can’t lose weight, and are exhausted all the time. Low T explains all of that–along with impaired cognitive function, cardiovascular function, bone density, and overall well-being.
And it isn’t only in women. Researchers in the study also found a 20.1 percent decrease in testosterone in men. And in boys ages 6 to 12, there was as much as a 29 percent reduction in testosterone.
Low testosterone is a serious public health issue that affects both sexes. Now, it’s been proven to affect children as well. It’s a sad state of affairs.
And a dangerous one, to boot.
Your entire family is at risk. And it’s up to you to protect them. (I certainly wouldn’t advise waiting for the medical or chemical industry to change… because I think you’ll be waiting a long, long time.)
The first step is to steer clear of anything plastic. But also watch out for some hidden sources of phthalates—like perfume and shower curtains.
For more information on how to avoid phthalates and other dangerous chemicals, check out the Environmental Working Group’s website,www.ewg.org.
They have information on every environmental toxin you’ve heard of—and a few you probably haven’t. More importantly, they’ve exposed just about every popular hiding place there is, and compiled them into databases that you can easily search.
Cure cancer with bacteria (Yes, you read that right)
As you know, I believe strongly in the benefits of bacteria. It’s a topic I’ve written about many times over the years. And now even mainstream medicine is starting to catch on. Researchers are examining the role of bacteria in all sorts of conditions—and finding some very promising results. In fact, a pioneering new study shows that bacteria may be the long-sought secret to curing cancer.
Scientists found that directly injecting Clostridium novyi, a common bacteria species that doesn’t need oxygen to survive, into tumors shrunk or eliminated those tumors.
Not only that, but this bacteria could potentially bolster the immune system to continue targeting tumor cells for up to two years.
This new research is exciting. But it’s not the first time bacteria have been linked to positive outcomes in cancer. More than a century ago, a bone surgeon named William Coley observed that some cancer patients who developed severe bacterial infections also experienced remission of their cancer.
So why did this idea disappear for 100 years? Well…huge drug companies came out with dozens of chemotherapy “advances” during that time. So, unfortunately, the answer just comes down profits and greed.
But back to the new research bringing bacteria into the spotlight once again.
In this study, bacteria were a virtually perfect cancer-fighting weapon. They were able to target stubborn tumor cells and destroy just the malignant cells while leaving normal tissue alone.
Am I telling you to go out and dutifully get a bacterial infection? No, of course not. But this is another reminder of a topic I’m passionate about: the importance of probiotics (hey, you’re looking at the author of a book called Boost Your Health with Bacteria).
Of course, a probiotic supplement isn’t the same as injecting a specific bacterial strain into a tumor. But the fact is, nurturing the bacteria in your gut is an absolutely essential part of overall health—and fighting cancer. After all, 70 percent of the body’s immunity resides in the gut.
And I’m thrilled someone else is finally talking about a cancer cure that harnesses the body’s natural immune system, rather than decimating it.
Supplementing daily with a full spectrum of beneficial bacteria is one of the best health choices you can make. And these good bacteria are not only a great potential possible weapon against cancer… they also help your digestion, your weight, and much more. We’re talking major benefits to your overall health.
“Phthalates Linked to Testosterone Reductions in Both Genders,” MedScape Medical News, 8/19/14 (http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/830137)
“Urinary Phthalate Metabolites Are Associated With Decreased Serum Testosterone in Men, Women, and Children From NHANES 2011–2012” J Clin Endocrinol Metab. Published online August 14, 2014. (http://press.endocrine.org/doi/abs/10.1210/jc.2014-2555)
“Treating Cancer With Bacteria Shows Real Promise,” Time, 8/13/14 (http://time.com/3107896/bacteria-cancer-tumor/)
“Intratumoral injection of Clostridium novyi-NT spores induces antitumor responses,”
Sci Transl Med 2014; 6(249): 249ra111 (http://stm.sciencemag.org/content/6/249/249ra111)