Copper is a necessary trace element for human health. However, in its free, unbound and oxidized state, copper can act as a pro-oxidant and toxic element. Copper fungicides are an “allowable” chemical that can be used on organic food crops. Organically grown produce may contain copper residues from copper fungicide usage. The presence of copper
Estrogen dominance is a term that has been used to describe the overload of estrogen. Estrogen overload can be problematic for a number of reasons. For women, excess estrogen activity can alter the menstrual cycle, leading to complications such as PMS. In more extreme scenarios, excess estrogen can lead to conditions such as endometriosis, cancer,
Hypothyroidism is a remarkably common health issue today. Essentially there are numerous types of thyroid issues that can arise, and they are not all the same. For example, autoimmune thyroiditis (called Haschimoto’s) is not necessarily the same problem as a non-autoimmune functionally low thyroid state. Even though the conventional medical treatment for both is the
This article is about paraoxonase, a vitally important antioxidant that plays a crucial role in cardiovascular health. There is a compendium of literature I have amassed regarding this critical antioxidant, and I am sharing much of that data here. Paraoxonase is an antioxidant that is produced by the liver. It has 2 distinct and important
Metallothionein is one of the most powerful antioxidants that the human body produces. But it is one that doesn’t get a lot of mainstream press, and its somewhat complex in its functions. Within the antioxidant and anti-aging world, there has been more emphasis on glutathione and other antioxidants such as lipoic acid, CoQ10 and SOD.
Bile deficiency is a problem that affects many people. It is categorized as an insufficient secretion of bile by the gall bladder. Bile is essential for the detoxification of the liver, as well as for the digestion and absorption of fats and fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K). One of the least consumed vegetables is
The word detoxification gets thrown around quite a bit in alternative healthcare circles. There is often an extraordinary emphasis on processes involving detoxification. This often includes: colon cleansing, liver cleansing, kidney cleansing, lymphatic drainage, sauna therapy, colon hydrotherapy, herbal therapies and coffee enemas. While there are often numerous benefits that can be obtained through such
Hypothyroidism and subclinical hypothyroidism are very common presentations in today’s world. Essentially there are 2 forms of low thyroid function: autoimmune hypothyroidism and non-autoimmune hypothyroidism. Because thyroid hormone is essential to every cell of the body, decreases in thyroid function may result in an array of symptoms and altercations to many bodily systems and functions.
I have previously discussed the essential role of albumin in human health. Serum albumin is one of the most vitally important blood proteins. Albumin is in fact the most abundant blood protein in human plasma. Epidemiological data suggests that decreased albumin values are strongly associated with an increased mortality. Albumin functions as a major transport for nutrients,
Have you heard of methylation before? In 5-8 years from now, problems in a person’s “methylation” cycle is going to be widely recognized as one of the core, underlying factors in many health issues and degenerative diseases. Methylation gene defects and epigenetic altercations to certain genes essential in the methylation pathways of the body can