Hemp Industry Overview The first year of legal hemp farming in Colorado proves difficult for farmers
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The first year of legal hemp farming in Colorado proves difficult for farmers
What if we just woke up one day and corn was outlawed?” asks Eric Hunter, president of the Rocky Mountain Hemp Association. “Imagine if 80 years down the road corn was illegal. There go chips, corn syrup, plastic cups. Hemp is just as harmless as corn — why should it be illegal?”
Although illegal at the federal level, small steps are being taken toward legalization of industrial hemp farming in the U.S. In 2014, Colorado and Kentucky regulated legal hemp cultivation as part of the Farm Bill, allowing growers to register farmland dedicated to the crop. As of August 2014, Colorado had 55 commercial registrants with 1,461 acres and 73 research and development registrants with 237 acres.
Despite the number of acres and individuals registered, many fields are void of the crop due to seed accessibility issues. Of the 1,698 registered Colorado acres dedicated to cultivating hemp, 300 of those belong to Ryan Loflin’s farm in Springfield.
“Unfortunately, I’ve only been able to plant a little over six acres,” he says. “I wasn’t able to get seed — it got held up at customs.”
Loflin joins several registered farmers facing barriers during the inaugural year of hemp farming in Colorado. Ron Carleton, deputy commissioner for the Colorado Department of Agriculture, explains this is due, in part, to regulation inconsistencies. In addition to the Farm Bill at the federal level, the passage of Amendment 64 in Colorado legalized the cultivation, processing and sale of industrial hemp and allowed farmers to register with the state either as commercial growers or research and development growers.
“There are difficulties getting seeds because industrial hemp has essentially been illegal since the 1950s,” Carleton says. “The only seed they can get is from other countries because of the conflict with state versus federal law. Hemp and marijuana are considered to be one in the same, and seeds cannot be imported without an import permit from the [Drug Enforcement Agency]. And they’re not issuing any.”
Hunter says another hurdle lies with seed breeders refusing to export their seeds.
“Because it’s illegal, there’s no patent protection; they would have to be registered as part of the national seed database,” he says. “Until that happens, there’s really nothing to do.”
If farmers are lucky enough to get ahold of seeds, it’s not cheap. Seeds are typically imported from Canada, China and the European Union. Loflin estimates that seeds are being sold from Europe at $4 to $5 per pound and has even heard of an Italian seed going for $12 per pound. Last year he imported about 1,500 pounds of hemp seeds from Europe to plant 300 acres. The seeds were shipped in 55 pound bags for $250 per bag. He planted six acres this year with seeds he harvested last year.
“This year, I tried to do it completely legitimately through the Farm Bill,” he says. “I want to focus on seed production and establish good, climatized seed genetics. We’re not sure what the policy will be next year and getting seeds could be a problem again.”
Even if seeds are acquired and planted, farmers gamble with the potential potency of the hemp they’re cultivating. Under Farm Bill regulation, the Department of Agriculture reserves the right to test the crops to ensure the delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, is below 0.3 percent. If a crop tests beyond the limit, the farmer cannot legally harvest the hemp and may be required to destroy it, resulting in a major financial loss. With high prices and strict regulations, the reintroduction of hemp in Colorado has been difficult on farmers.
“In the first developing years of hemp plants being re-established in American soil, there could be THC spikes and changes,” Loflin says. “I think if they raised the level to 1 percent that would give every farmer peace of mind not having to worry. It costs me $300 per month just to water — if you put all that money into it and are told to destroy it in the end, it’s a big loss.”
The United States has historically had a love-hate relationship with Cannabis, the genus encompassing both hemp and marijuana. In 1937, Congress passed the Marihuana Tax Act which effectively began the era of hemp prohibition. The tax and licensing regulations of the act made hemp cultivation difficult for American farmers. The bombing of Pearl Harbor in World War II, however, was a game changer. It cut off foreign hemp from the Philippines, so the federal government subsidized and encouraged hemp cultivation during this time, leading farmers to grow more than 1 million acres. After the war ended, the government quietly shut down all hemp processing plants, and the industry faded away again. And, in 1970, the country severed all ties with the crop by categorizing all cannabis as a Schedule I substance per the Controlled Substances Act, freezing any sort of hemp cultivation, processing facilities and consumer sales.
Hunter believes reverting back to federal legalization would mark the end of what he considers an unnecessary era.
“Legalization would be a return to normalcy,” he says. “I laugh when they say legalization is an experiment — prohibition is the experiment.”
Although hemp is a cousin to marijuana, the psychoactive constituents are a notably smaller percentage of hemp’s chemical makeup. Recreational and medicinal marijuana have a higher percentage of THC usually ranging from 3 to 30 percent, whereas cannabis with THC levels of 1 percent or lower is considered hemp. Hemp also has a higher ratio of cannabidiol (CBD) to THC. Cannabidiol is found in both hemp and marijuana and is a non-psychoactive compound typically used for medical purposes.
The most famous example of medicinal hemp use is that of Charlotte Figi, a 5-yearold girl who suffers from Dravet syndrome, causing her to have hundreds of seizures every week. In 2012, a strain of hemp was developed in Colorado Springs to help Charlotte. Through cross breeding hemp varieties and landrace strains of cannabis, a new strain emerged yielding extremely high levels of cannabidiol and very low levels of THC, 20 percent and 0.5 percent, respectively. Consumed in hemp seed oil form, this strain eased Charlotte’s seizures from hundreds per week to only a few per month and was christened Charlotte’s Web.
Using Charlotte’s example and research studies on the medicinal benefits of hemp oil, representatives are going to bat at the federal level to separate hemp from marijuana by legal definition. The Charlotte’s Web Medical Hemp Act of 2014 was introduced to Congress on July 28. According to the Act, it would exclude “therapeutic hemp” and “cannabidiol” from the definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act.
The separation of hemp from marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act could reclassify or remove it from Schedule I classification, potentially leading to the federal legalization of hemp. Farmers would then be able to freely cultivate the crop on a larger scale. Colorado farmer Loflin sees that as a way to create employment opportunities and improve the economy.
“Ultimately, this is a job-creating crop, and what we need more than anything right now is jobs,” he says. “Leading the nation is pretty exciting — we’re right at the tip of the iceberg as far as the future goes. Farmers have been struggling for years, and this is giving them hope again.”
With Colorado on the forefront of the changing hemp industry, Deputy Commissioner Ron Carleton also sees promise for the future of hemp farming despite the hurdles many farmers faced in 2014.
“Industrial hemp has a lot of promise and potential as a commodity crop for our farmers,” he says. “I think it may take us a little while to get to the point where a lot of it is being cultivated and economically viable, but it has every intention to be a profitable crop.”
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Schedule I Controlled Substances
Substances in this schedule have no currently accepted medical use in the United States, a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision, and a high potential for abuse.
Some examples of substances listed in Schedule I are: heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), marijuana (cannabis), peyote, methaqualone, and 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (“Ecstasy”).
I bet if I use heroin, LSD, Peyote or ectasy, as my boss you may send me home from work, I get fired and arrested . but I bet you a million dollars you wouldn’t know I was using marijuana to get a 8 hour, restful, 100% organic sleepful night unless I told you! Then I bet as my boss you wouldn’t know I used the THC to make the drive to work stress free, and I bet that you would like that I get along with all types of human behavior because the THC helps most issues roll off my back with ease!
Now I am going to take you to the USA DEA’s level IV schedule. The substances listed below are supposedly non harmful non addictive, no problems take them all day long. Ready for this?
Schedule IV Controlled Substances
Substances in this schedule have a low potential for abuse relative to substances in Schedule III.
Examples of Schedule IV substances include: alprazolam (Xanax®), carisoprodol (Soma®), clonazepam (Klonopin®), clorazepate (Tranxene®), diazepam (Valium®), lorazepam (Ativan®), midazolam (Versed®), temazepam (Restoril®), and triazolam (Halcion®).
The above info is straight off the DEA’s website so see for yourself the hippocracy and redderick here:http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/schedules/
Now I ask you, who are the REAL drug lords of this USA? I firmly believe that the true DRUG LORDS of the pharmaceutical cartels have hijacked our country and dictate the laws.
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The following websites are a good place to start.
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
2.Marijuana for Medical Professionals
3. Cannabis culture
4.The hemp connoisseur
6.Drug War distortions
7.Medical Journal For the M.D.’s
8.You Just got to read here how the DEA wanted this top MD to prove marijuanas harmful effects on the lungs and see what he came up with in the PREVENTION OF LUNG CANCER!!!
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People, if you are confused about what Complementary, Alternative, safe, natural, detoxification therapy to use to clean up with, just ask a white coat (you walk in a hospital/docs office what do you see? a sea of white coats right?). Whatever the white coat tells you, it’s the exact opposite!
So for example, you ask a white coat Doctor, Nurse, PA main stream, traditional, allopathic, conventional, injections, drugs and surgery person ; Should I do colonics? and the white coat response is: ”why would you do that? or you don’t need to detoxify, your body can do it on it’s own, or they are all quacks or something at all the least bit discouraging..here is what I suggest you do….
RUN, do not walk to whatever it is they discouraged you from doing. It’s that easy folks.
White Coat credibility is in the CAN . The mainstream, medical, conventional , injections, drugs and surgery person are puppets run by the Legal Drug Cartels (PHAT PHARMA). The drug Lords have BILLIONS of dollars to make. You interfere with that plan when you keep 30 feet of intestines clean. You interfere with profits when you detoxify your body.
I was a main stream puppet for 19 years. White Coat! But I switched to Naturopathy and cleansing because of the gross negligence on behalf of WHITE COAT syndrome. Been in practice for 10 years now as a colonic therapist/ Naturopathic Doctor.
We would love to walk hand in hand with white coats but through ignorance and greed they refuse to accept us. (Most Of Them)
We ‘re not talking about the good guys here, the ones that slap you back together in crisis.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is around 5, 000 years old, and Ayurvedic is about 5, 000 years old. Together, thats 10,000 years experience with enemas and colonics that have worked. Now 167 years ago WHITE COATS American Medical Association comes along and knows it all?
hmmmmm…… I don’t know…..
Natural Health Suppressed for the last 167 years: watch this!http://www.thrivemovement.com/medical-establishment
The following web site is a great place to start to see for yourself the suppression going on:
you are going to be shocked at this:
you won’t belive this 2 minute video:
Folks I know both sides. Suppression Of Natural Health Modalities link here:
WOW! Cancer Cures That Work Have Been Suppressed! This is a one minute video that will Blow you off your chair!
This is a beautiful lady that speaks so calmly but you can feel her message of pain and urgency in just one minute:
The current health care system took root around the turn of the century when the AMA, Rockefeller Foundation, and Carnegie Foundation forged a partnership. They put their money into drug-based research and made that the main focus of “healthcare”. Since then, the Rockefellers and other prominent banking elite have been able to control and profit enormously from the drug industry. The AMA – which is the largest association of physicians in the U.S. – enforces the drug-treatment paradigm by heavily lobbying Congress and publishing one of the most influential journals,JAMA, which is largely funded by pharmaceutical advertisers. It is also engaged in suppressing alternative health treatments, such as the Royal Rife cancer cure.
Here’s a timeline detailing the suppression of alternative cancer cures and the Rockefeller Foundation’s role in shaping the healthcare industry:
1901 – Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research OpensBased out of New York, this became one of the most “richly endowed” research centers. By 1928, John D. Rockefeller had given it $65 million in endowment funds. This later became Rockefeller University.
1910 – Flexner Report Published, Establishes New Standards For Medical Education
This highly influential report, sponsored by the Rockefeller’s and Carnegie Foundation, evaluated medical schools and restructured American medical education. It set up a new standard so that schools could only be accredited if they showed an emphasis in drug based research and treatment. Homeopathy and other alternative approaches to medicine were no longer recognized. Abraham Flexner, author of the report, was on the staff of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In 1910, 161 medical schools existed. By 1919, there were only 81 left.
1913 – Rockefeller Foundation Establishes the International Health CommissionThis laid the foundation for how health and science research and development were to be conducted. Many of today’s health institutions were modeled on this commission’s practices, policies, and research processes such as the UN’s World Health Organization, the U.S. Government’s National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Health.
1918 – Public Health Becomes Rockefeller Foundation’s Top Priority
“The Foundation identifies public health education as one of its principal areas of interest, and builds and endows the first school of public health at Johns Hopkins University.”
1921 – Rockefeller Foundation Contributes $357 million  to Medical Schools Around the World
This spreads the drug-based approach to the most prominent schools around the world.
1922 – Dr. Royal Raymond Rife Begins Cancer Research
In the 1920s, Dr. Rife – a brilliant bacteriologist and former student of John Hopkins University – began researching and developing an alternative cancer cure.
1924 – Morris Fishbein Becomes Primary Editor of JAMA
JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, is one of the most influential medical journals in the world. As head of JAMA, Morris Fishbein, became one of most powerful, prominent men in medicine during the time. He transformed the industry into a money-making machine and used negative campaigns to squash competitors. He was one of the key figures to suppress Dr. Royal Rife’s cancer cure.
1924 – Harry Hoxsey Founds First Cancer Clinic in Taylorville, Illinois
Harry Hoxsey offers a natural herbal formula to cure cancer that thousands claim to have worked. This is the first of 17 clinics to eventually open.
1926 – JAMA Publishes First Tirade Against Hoxsey
The article scares doctors and researchers from being associated with Hoxsey.
1927 – John D. Rockefeller Jr. Gave the First of his Annual $60,000 Contribution to Memorial (Sloan-Kettering) Cancer Center
1932 – Dr. Rife Develops Cancer Cure
Dr. Rife developed a machine that could neutralize disease-causing micro-organisms, including cancer cells, with the use of frequencies.
1932 - Director of Rockefeller Institute, Dr. Thomas Rivers, Denies Success of Rife Cancer Treatment
In 1932, Dr. Arthur Kendall, director of Medical Research at Northwestern University, spoke before the Association of American Physicians at Johns Hopkins University about the preliminary successes with Rife’s methods and treatments of cancer. Dr. Thomas Rivers, virologist and bacteriologist, director of theRockefeller Institute (a primary source of funding for medical research) and Dr. Hans Zinsser, called Kendall a liar to his face in front of the assembled crowd.
1934 - Rife’s Treatment Cures 16 Terminally Ill Cancer Patients
In 1934 at the Scripps Institute in La Jolla, Southern California, Rife conducted clinical trials on 16 terminally ill cancer patients, and successfully cured all of them. A team of medical specialists – including Dr. Milbank Johnson, Chairman of the Special Medical Research Committee of USC; George Fischer of the NY Children’s Hospital; and Dr. Wayland Morrison, the chief medical officer of the Santa Fe Railway – confirmed the findings.
1938 – The AMA Indicts Rife for Fraudulent Medical Practices
1939 – Philip Hoyland Files Suit Against Royal Rife’s Company, the Beam Ray Corporation
Philip Hoyland admitted to accepting a $10,000 bribe from Hahn Realty Group (AMA Agents) to sue the Beam Ray Corporation.
1939 – New Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Opens – John D. Rockefeller donated the land and provided $3 million of funding
1940s – Rife’s Work Is Destroyed & Continues to be Suppressed
1949 – Hoxsey Sues JAMA and Editors for Libel and Slander – Hoxsey Wins
1949 – Morris Fishbein is Ousted from AMA
1956 – FDA Issues Public Warning About Hoxsey Cancer Treatment
1960 – Hoxsey Method Banned in U.S. by the FDA
1960 – Laurance Rockefeller Serves as Chairman of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York from 1960-1982
This center is one of the most influential cancer centers in the world. During WWII it performed some of the first experiments applying chemical warfare weapons to the “treatment of cancer”, which evolved into chemotherapy.
1963 – Bio-Medical (Hoxsey) Center Opens in Tijuana, Mexico
It continues to operate and claims an 80% success rate.
1971 – President Nixon Declares a “War on Cancer”
Signs $1.6 billion law.
1977 – Sloan-Kettering Rejects Laetrile (derived from Apricot Kernels) as Effective Cancer Treatment
This is despite positive results from Sloan-Kettering’s own famous researcher, Kanematsu Suguira. In November of 1977 Dr. Ralph Moss, Assistant Director of public affairs at Sloan-Kettering, held a press-conference about the success and potential of laetrile, despite the centers desire to cover it up. Ralph Moss was fired the next day for “failing to carry out the most basic job responsibilities.”
1991 – Rockefeller Foundation Helps Start Children’s Vaccine Initiative
The Foundation joins with the United Nations Development Programme, UNICEF, WHO and the World Bank to form the Children’s Vaccine Initiative (CVI).
2010 – More Than Half a Million Americans Die of Cancer
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In this toxin filled, nutritionally deficient, stress dominated system all decreases hormone and enzyme production. Most general Medical Doctors are symptom chasing. If you are not hiring them as much because all they do is symptom chase, then their answer to this drop in business is to order more tests, see more patients, and spend less time with the patient. So if you thought they symptom chased before get ready for the ride of your life!
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Detoxification – An Essential Process
Detoxification is a buzzword we hear more and more recently, especially in Complementary and Alternative Medicine circles. But what does detoxification actually mean and is it even worth your time to think about it?
Well yes, it probably is because the world we live in is so filled with toxicants (commonly called “toxins”) that even the strongest and healthiest among us are being assaulted every day with chemicals that our bodies must cope with (detoxify and remove) in order for us to survive. If our load of poisons is more than we (or each of our particular genetics) can handle, then this toxic exposure will eventually make us sick or could eventually even kill us. Our bodies, through normal operation, produce a base load of toxins that we need to process to keep functioning. We do have a capacity to detoxify more, but even if you happen to be extraordinarily careful and try to avoid every toxin in the world, there will come a time when you are accidentally exposed to a dose of some kind of toxic substance. Your body must detoxify all of these toxins in order for you to maintain your health.
Fortunately, our bodies have ways of handling foreign contaminants, primarily through the liver and kidneys. Clearing out toxic substances is known as detoxification, and our bodies are pretty good at it most of the time. But, there are some cases when your body needs just a little bit of help.
How can we help our bodies to detoxify and is it worth the bother?
We, as humans, evolved to be able to handle certain problematic substances that are in our environment or diet (infections, injury, animal bites, and poisonous plants were the primary toxins we dealt with for most of our evolution).
Humans eventually started mining our own toxic substances. A good early example of this is the mining and using heavy metals like lead. During the Roman Empire people used make up and even “health” supplements created using lead, which caused significant illness in those exposed. Humans also experimented with toxic substances using them for manufacturing (e.g. using mercury to make men’s top-hats, leading to the now familiar description of top-hat manufacturers as “Mad as a Hatter”).
But the last 100 – 200 years has seen an explosion in the development and use of new and particularly dangerous toxic substances. This is primarily because chemistry has matured and humans learned how to assemble all kinds of “useful” chemicals. Unfortunately, many of these chemicals are also very toxic and often make us sick. From pesticides to industrial waste products, the amount of toxins we are exposed to is staggering.
HOW DOES YOUR BODY REMOVE TOXINS?
To simplify a very complicated subject, there are only a few ways our body can actually remove toxins from itself. The number 1 and 2 ways are pretty obvious (i.e. urination and defecation). Of course, If you’ve ever been sick with a stomach “bug”, you are probably well acquainted with another, more extreme route — nausea and vomiting clears out your stomach contents very quickly taking any toxins you ingested along with it. Another, less expected, way of removing toxins from our body is sweating, where the moisture and salts in our skin literally “pull” the toxins out with them. Another method of toxin removal, you may not give much thought to, is respiration. A good example of this is that every minute we breathe out excess carbon dioxide (a toxin for us).
Finally, if your body can’t get rid of a toxin through any of these means, it will simply wall off the offending material. The problem with this last method is that the inflammation needed to wall of a toxic substance (let’s say asbestos) leads to the formation of very fibrous scar tissue. This scar tissue often is created exactly where you don’t want it, like your lungs or your arteries. This is why there was so much litigation around asbestos exposure. The body would wall off the dangerous asbestos molecules causing severe lung scarring (asbestosis) because our bodies cannot “detoxify” asbestos in any other way.
FAT AND WATER
|The liver processes fat soluble toxins
so that they can be eliminated
through your intestines as bile.
Toxins fall into two broad categories, fat soluble and water soluble. This means that a given chemical can only really be stored in fat or water, but usually not both. For instance, vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat soluble, so they are stored in fat cells in your body, the liver specifically. While vitamins are not toxins, it illustrates how things can be stored and transported in the body. Because they need fat to make their way into your body, this is why many supplements are supposed to be taken with a meal.
The body uses two different approaches to remove toxins from our bodies:
Fat soluble toxins are removed by the liver through the production of bile (a digestive enzyme the liver produces) and releases it into the small intestine during digestion. Once there, it is absorbed by the fiber in your diet, and safely pushed through until you deposit it in the toilet. This is one of the big reasons why fiber is so important in your diet; without enough of it, the toxins can be reabsorbed through your intestine into your body and must be processed out again.
|The kidney removes water
Water soluble toxins have a number of different ways of being detoxified and removed by our bodies. After the liver processes them into (slightly) safer versions, the “tagged” toxins travel through your bloodstream until they reach the kidneys. Once in the kidneys, the chemical tag the liver put on the toxin is recognized by the cells there and the tagged toxins are moved through to the bladder, where you can pee them out safely. This is why urine tests are so useful for recognizing imbalances in chemicals in your body, as many chemicals are removed this way if they are in excess or there is some other problem. This is also why urine tests are used to detect the “metabolites” (chemicals produced in breaking down a substance) of drugs, legal or otherwise.
The “go to” organ for dealing with things that don’t belong in your body is the liver. Your liver plays a number of crucial roles in your system especially the immune system, well as regulating levels of a large number of hormones and other chemicals (e.g. vitamins, blood sugar levels) that, if out of balance, could be considered toxic. Your liver is also one of the main places that medications and other drugs are broken down so that they can be removed from your body. On top of all this, the liver both aids in digestion (by producing bile to help digest fats) and sends out processed waste for removal. There are two major steps in processing toxins.
The cytochrome system is an extremely complex set of enzymes that perform a remarkable number of reactions in virtually every cell in your body. When your liver encounters a toxin, the cytochrome system is the first line of defense that springs into action. There are about 100 enzymes involved in this process, and they essentially convert anything they can into water-soluble chemicals that can be removed by (primarily) your kidneys.
|The major detox pathways and what supports them.|
Anything the cytochrome enzymes can’t convert into specifically a water-soluble chemical is transformed into a type called a reactive form, called a “free radical”. This means that an oxygen atom is tagged onto it, making it potentially more harmful, except that it then becomes a target for anti-oxidants in your body.
One of the most powerful anti-oxidants found in the body is a chemical called glutathione. Glutathione is found in our diet and also naturally produced by your body. It is found in fruits, vegetables, fish, and meat. It is a pretty simple compound made up of three amino acids — cysteine, glutamic acid, and glycine. Even though it is found in a number of foods, supplementing glutathione directly does not appear to be effective, since the body can’t absorb it very well in the intestines. You can, however, supplement the levels of the amino acids it is made up of (cysteine, glutamic acid, and glycine) to allow your body to produce more as it is needed. Glutathione is the main way that our bodies remove heavy metals and many fat-soluble toxins, by binding with them and making the water-soluble for the kidney to remove.
Glutathione is also one of the major ways your body processes toxins after the cytochrome system is done working on them. The cytochrome system generates a lot of “free radicals” (chemicals that can cause DNA damage as well as physical damage to many cells in the body) when processing toxins. In order to “fix” these free radicals generated from the cytochrome system, glutathione is essential. If your body runs out of glutathione because of a particularly strong or chronic exposure to toxins, these dangerous forms of toxins (free radicals) can cause significant damage.
WHAT CAN I DO TO REMOVE TOXINS FROM MY BODY?
While there are many things you can do to increase toxin removal, there are some small changes that make a big difference.
First, avoid taking in the toxins in to your body to begin with: For example, eating organic food instead of conventionally farmed foods can remove almost all synthetic pesticides getting into your body. This alone greatly reduces the toxic load that your body must process, not to mention avoiding the nasty side effects of pesticides overall. Other important toxins to avoid are Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) like formaldehyde.
Second, eat more fiber: Since fiber helps to remove fat soluble toxins in your intestines (released as bile) while also preventing them from being reabsorbed, increasing your fiber intake can reduce the burden of having to reprocess the toxins that don’t get a chance to clear and are reabsorbed.
Charcoal appears to act in a similar fashion to fiber in this regard, absorbing and binding with potentially dangerous chemicals and poisons; this is why when someone accidentally ingests a poison, doctors may recommend taking activated charcoal, as it helps neutralize many different kinds of poisons. Products like Takesumi Supreme (finely ground carbonized bamboo) do this remarkably well, and are a safe way that I use to help my body remove potential toxins. Originally developed and sold in Japan, Takesumi can be used in water or even added to baked goods as a source of fiber, as many Japanese bakeries do. Takesumi is an extremely gentle and safe method for removing excessive heavy metals. It can be particularly helpful in removing mercury in people who have problems associated with excessive mercury buildup in their bodies.
In addition to these changes, you could also consider taking some supplements to support the systems that work to keep you toxin-free. The best supplements to help your body remove toxins are those that act as anti-oxidants or in some way enhance the production of glutathione. These include:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA)
- Selenium (found in onions, broccoli, and Brazil nuts)
- S-adenosylmethione (SAMe)
- amino acids like cysteine, glutamic acid, and glycine (which make up glutathione)
- Milk Thistle (helps produce glutathione)
It is important to remember that the toxins in your environment are not the only ones that your body processes. There are waste products in your metabolism that need to be processed out as well, such as hormones, ammonia (from breaking down proteins), and many others. In addition, the liver processes certain things we eat in exactly the same way as toxins, such as ethanol (from alcoholic beverages) and fructose (half of ordinary table sugar). but it can also degrade the performance of the liver removing other toxins.
When you add the load of environmental toxins, your body’s natural detoxification system can easily get overwhelmed. Knowing how to decrease your toxic load and increase your body’s ability to replenish its defenses is a key part of maintaining optimum health
November 15, 2013 by admin
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LOOK AT THIS STUFF THAT IS IN YOUR SMALL INTESTINE!
“At least 90% of all Diseases stem from internal pollution!”
Dr Smokey Santillo
Answer by Richard Anderson, N.D., N.M.D. “The intestines can store a vast amount of partially digested, putrefying matter (as well as drugs and other toxic chemicals)—for decades even. Some intestines, when autopsied, have weighed up to 40 pounds and were distended to a diameter of 12 inches with only a pencil-thin channel through which the feces could move. That 40 pounds was due to caked layers of encrusted mucus mixed with fecal matter, bizarrely resembling hardened blackish-green truck tire rubber or an old piece of dried rawhide. I call this mucoid plaque. This mucoid plaque, when it is removed during an intensive colon cleanse, often shows ropelike twists, striations, overlaps, folds, creases—the shape and texture of the intestinal wall. Mucoid plaque may vary considerably, depending on the chemical conditions in a person’s intestines. It may be hard and brittle; it may be firm and thick; tough, wet, and rubbery; soft, thick, and mucoid; or soft, transparent, and thin; it can range in color from light brown, black, or greenish-black to yellow or grey, and sometimes emits an intensely foul odor. I coined the term mucoid plaque, meaning a film of mucus, to describe the unhealthy accumulation of abnormal mucous matter on the walls of the intestines.
Conventional medicine knows this as a layering of mucin or glycoproteins (made up of 20 amino acids and 50% carbohydrates) which are naturally and appropriately secreted by intestines as protection from acids and toxins. However, mucoid plaque is different from the mucosal lining (mucosa) of the gastrointestinal tract. The latter acts as a necessary buffer to the gastrointestinal wall and as a lubricant for peristalsis; it is also responsible for the secretion of mucins which comprise mucoid plaque. The cells of the outermost layer of the mucosa (the epithelium) stay fresh and vital, renewing themselves every four to seven days. It sounds paradoxical, but medical research indicates that mucoid plaque is a normal selfdefense measure—natural protection from unnatural toxins. Evidence indicates that mucoid plaque, with the possible exception of that found in the stomach, is unnatural to the healthy body and is found only after the body has moved away from perfect health and into a diseased state. The theory goes that if you were completely healthy, your system would produce no mucoid plaque because it wouldn’t need to. When the body has been chronically subjected to (or put under attack by) drugs (such as aspirin or alcohol), salt, heavy metals (including dental mercury), toxic chemicals, parasites, harmful microbes and their toxins, and circulating immune complexes (immune cells locked onto undigested particles or foreign substances in the bloodstream), it produces mucoid plaque to protect itself.
The trouble is once the mucoid plaque is created, for whatever biologically important reason, it is not routinely excreted from the intestines. Instead it lodges in the numerous folds and crevices of this large organ and can remain there for many years. Over time, the mucoid plaque grows thicker, firmer, and more widespread—colonizing, as it were, the tennis court–sized interior of the intestines. Old feces adhere to the plaque and are not removed during a normal bowel motion. The plaque slows down intestinal action, both waste excretion and nutrient absorption. It can harbor pathogens, including bacteria and parasites, which actually hide underneath the plaque; it may block the normal outflow of lymph and mucin drainage. It binds toxins to itself and contributes to bowel toxicity, slowly emitting toxins into the bloodstream. Finally, plaque creates a friendly environment for disease, in some cases for colon cancer and gastric carcinomas. Gradually your immune system is weakened as the chronically toxic bowel environment destroys useful bacteria. Your liver becomes overburdened by the unprocessed intestinal toxins, and nerve meridian points in the intestines related to hundreds of other parts of the body are compromised. A toxic bowel results in toxic blood and lymph, toxic organs and cells, and toxic function.
The bowel “feeds” every organ, tissue, and cell in our bodies, so when the quality of feeding from the digestive system is contaminated or of poor quality, the cells and organs elsewhere in the body will be compromised and grow sluggish and inefficient. So while mucoid plaque is “natural” in that the intestines produce it, it is most unnatural in that the presence of a large amount of it indicates a high degree of intestinal ill health. When the intestines are ill, you will be ill.