"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease."
In 20 years the world has gone from 30 million people with diabetes to 250 million people with diabetes.
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Obesity and related diseases:
The new science of epigenetics studies how the environment influences the way DNA expresses itself. The DNA is not mutated. Only the expression of DNA is changed. Epigenetic changes can be passed on to succeeding generations.
"Obesogens" refers to chemicals in the environment of the DNA of the developing fetus and young children that cause altered appetite, changed food preferences, altered metabolism, the production of more fat cells or more fat to be accumulated in fat cells. Even though the birth weight of the child may be normal, the impact of exposure to obesogens is to cause the child to become increasingly heavier until obesity is reached in the teenage years. Obesogens can also affect adults.
The impact of obesogens is separate from the child's diet and exercise.
Obesogens are endocrine disrupters. This means they interfere with the body's endocrine system and hormones. The endocrine system is a network of glands that secrete hormones into the blood. These glands include pituitary gland, hypothalamus, thymus, pineal gland, testes, ovaries, thyroid, adrenal glands, parathyroid and pancreas. You can read abut these glands and the hormones they produce here. Also, "fat tissue acts as an endocrine organ, releasing hormones related to appetite and metabolism."
Here is a list of suspected obesogens that prospective parents should avoid 1, 2, 3. More chemicals are being added to the list as time goes by. There are a hundred thousand chemicals in daily use that have not been tested.
Atrazine - the main pesticide found in drinking water. Slows thyroid metabolism. Has been banned in Europe.
Avandia (rosiglitazone) - diabetes drug associated with weight gain.
Bisphenol-A (BPA) - synthetic estrogen used to make plastics hard. Banned from baby bottles but found in many other products such as the lining of cans, sports water bottles, and cash register receipts. Use aluminum water bottles instead. Increases insulin resistance.
Dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (DDE) - a DDT breakdown product found in drinking water.
Diethylstilbestrol (DES) - a synthetic estrogen given to millions of pregnant women from the 1930s to 1970s.
Genistein - soy phytoestrogen. Promotes cell growth.
High fructose corn syrup - found in nearly every manufactured food, causes the liver to resist insulin.
Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
Nicotine - binds to beta cells killing them. This reduces insulin and interferes with sugar metabolism.
Organotins - found in vinyl (flooring, shower curtains, PVC pipes).
Perchlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)
Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) - surfactants found in Teflon pans, microwaveable bags, pizza boxes, Gore-Tex, Scotchgard. Affects thyroid gland and leads to obesity. Use stainless steel, cast iron and glass pans.
Phthalates - found in PVC, personal care products, fragrances, air fresheners and scented candles. Lowers testosterone and metabolism causing weight gain and lost muscle mass.
Polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs) - affects estrogen pathways and the liver.
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) - flame retardents
Tributyltin (TBT) - wood preservative found in drinking water stimulates fat cell production.
Triflumizole - fungicide
You can fight the effect of obesogens by diet and exercise, plus you can avoid obesogens so you do not add to the damage that has already been done.
- purify your body prior to conceiving a child
- avoid exposure, particularly during pregnancy and early childhood
- eat clean organic food
- drink clean filtered water
- breathe clean air, particularly indoors. Indoor air is generally very polluted.
- avoid plastics
- avoid clothing, mattresses, carpets, etc. that have been chemically treated
- sauna regularly
Baillie-Hamilton, Paula, The Body Restoration Plan, Avery, 2004.
Baillie-Hamilton, Paula, Toxic Overload: A Doctor's Plan for Combating the Illnesses Caused by Chemicals in Our Foods, Our Homes, and Our Medicine Cabinets, Avery, 2005.
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