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Center For Natural Medicine Newsletter
Environmental Medicine
January 2006
in this issue
-- Common Hormone Disruptors
-- Understanding Toxins
-- Ways to Avoid Toxins

We are all exposed to toxins on a daily basis. As a result of these exposures our health can be adversely affected. Women are especially susceptible to toxins because of the hormone disruption which can occur.

Some of the adverse effects of toxins include: Allergies, infections, autoimmune disease, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, infertility, rheumatoid arthritis, miscarriage, endometriosis, fibroids of the uterus, breast cancer, thyroid disease, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, lymphoma, and other cancers.

Common Hormone Disruptors
paint Some of the common hormone disruptors are found in pesticides, paint, carpet, auto-exhaust, hair spray, nail polish, cosmetics, plastics, lining of metal cans, fabric, floor coverings, plasters, fish, cigarette smoke, fungicides, newsprint, drinking water, Styrofoam and fertilizers, just to name a few.

The first thing Sherry Tackett NP will do is to obtain an in depth environmental history, and then do testing to further evaluate the toxins. A 24 hour urine test is the most accurate when trying to diagnose the toxins.

This is done by taking a substance called Captomer to chelate the metals out of the tissue and then collect urine for 24 hours. Chelation is the pharmacological mobilization of metals. It is an easy, inexpensive test to do.

Understanding Toxins
After understanding what toxins are in the patients body, Sherry can then determine which chelating agent is appropriate to use

The very first thing involved in a cleansing program is avoidance of the toxin.

The second thing involved is using a chelating agent to remove the toxin from the body.

After that is accomplished, the patient needs to avoid further exposure of the toxin.

Ways to Avoid Toxins
houses Some of the ways in which people can avoid toxins include the following: Avoidance of toxins in the home is the first step and the easiest. There are many things a person can do to make their home safe.

Indoor air pollution is the worst. Home air filters are a great idea. The IQ air filter is the best one available. Water filters with reverse osmosis is the best water purification system because of its ability to remove heavy metals, bacteria, and viruses. The only problem is the minerals need to be added back.

Some of the other things you can do to avoid toxins in your home is to always remove your shoes upon entering the home, using non-toxic cleaning product, detergents, soaps, and grooming products. Do not use herbicides, pesticides, or insecticides in the home or on the lawn. No new carpet, paint, or pressed board furniture. Avoid use of plastics as much as possible.

Avoidance of all fish except Alaskan caught wild salmon has the lowest mercury content of all fish. The fish high in mercury include: swordfish, shark, king mackerel, fresh tuna, sea bass, canned tuna, and halibut.

 You can call the Center For Natural Medicine to schedule an appointment to find out “How Toxic You Are”.