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Something's in the Air and It's Not Good for You

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 2, 2019, 3:25:00 PM / by Isadora Guggenheim

Chongqing, China cityscape.

This is an actual photograph of Chongqing, China, where the smog is horrendous. The Chinese are making a huge exodus from the polluted cities, travel agents now sell air pollution travel insurance and everyone wears a mask.  

We are all, no matter where we live, exposed to daily pollution through construction sites, car exhaust, gas stations, industries, quarries and even school chalk dust that releases sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide and ozone. 

Prenatal exposure to tobacco smoke, air pollution, and occupational contaminants is associated with an increased risk of children later developing a chronic inflammatory disease of the muscles called juvenile dermatomyositis. The risk increased 13 times in children of mothers who smoked during pregnancy. It was 12 times higher for those who had high exposure to carbon monoxide in the third trimester of pregnancy.  

We know environmental triggers can turn on genes in genetically susceptible individuals after exposures. One study found that inhaled pollutants like: tobacco smoke, silica and other chemicals led to the development of systemic inflammation and autoimmunity in urban dwellers.  

Air-borne pollutants change the way the immune system operates.  When exposed your body produces pro-inflammatory chemical messengers (cytotoxic T cells, interleukins and natural killer cells) that create systemic inflammation in the bloodstream.  Carbon monoxide alters the methylation of a specific protein that changes gene regulation. It's worse than girls gone wild at Spring Break.  

I've lectured on the effects of low dose exposures of hormone-disrupting chemicals and how that affects developing babies in utero for years to come long after the chemical has disappeared. Researchers found low levels of ambient lead increased the risk and conversion of amnestic mild cognitive impairment to Alzheimer's disease. Lead exposure significantly predicted hippocampus and entorhinal cortex atrophy. Particle size of lead unlike other air pollutants did predict conversion of mild cognitive impairment to Alzheimer's. This is thought provoking unless you can't think because of high lead levels.  Isn't it time that you tested your lead levels?

We check all patients for serum lead and lead in tissue storage levels. You can prevent dementia and Alzheimer's if you do an environmental detoxification.    

We are your Detox experts and board-certified in environmental medicine and environmental testing. Our patients are in the know about the best air filter systems. We offer full environmental detoxification programs that fit your needs and your exposures. Colonics, sauna, herbal medicine, homeopathic remedies, specific foods and nutraceuticals are all part of your individualized treatment protocol. RX products like Whole Body Detox, remedies for particulate matter, DFH's Pulmonary Revive, DFH's Detoxification Support, Xymogen's Chelex and XenoProtX are just a few medicines that we use to eliminate toxins from your body. 

Global air pollution affects everyone. Every 5 days we get dust from Sub Saharan Africa, particulate matter from China and radioactivity from Japan. Call us. We're happy to answer your air-borne questions.  To book an appointment or order supplements Contact Second Nature Naturopathic Care

Topics: Detoxification, Chronic Illness and Disease

Isadora Guggenheim

Written by Isadora Guggenheim

Isadora Guggenheim, ND, FNP, RN, MS, CNS, LMT, owner of Second Nature Naturopathic Care, LLC
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