Dirty Dozen Series: Benzofluoranthe

images-1Another PAH in our series on the “Dirty Dozen,” we’re looking at Benzofluoranthe: There is a a lot of information and data concerning the toxicity of PAHs in humans. But if we take a peek under the all inclusive term PAH, what do we have?

  • The effect of toxins on your body
  • How to avoid them
  • The actual toxic load you carry, and how to begin the process of elimination and detoxification.

And now we pause for a moment to discuss adducts:

Why would we do that? Because, we can. Also,  Benzofluoranthe, which goes by many different long and even numbered names, is one. Adducts are the drawing together of different molecules. The reason why this is interesting to us non-chemical engineer types is because the toxic stew in which we all live new adducts are created all the time, hence the myriad names of Benzofluoranthe. DNA covalently bonds to these cancer causing molecules, and just in case you forgot your BIO 101 class – a covalent bond is strong. Just naming all the variations seems to be someone’s full time job. Thankfully not ours. No, we humble souls simply want to know the answer to this question:
What do these toxins do to us? Remember PAHs are all over our environment natural and unnatural, they are found in:
  • vehicle exhaust
  • volcanoes
  • forest fires
  • cigarette smoke
  • barbecued foods
They are present in our bodies before birth, and this is disturbing news that scientists and health practitioners are grappling with. Because the evidence is starting to suggest that they disturb our DNA and cause an increase in cancer rates.
 

Where is Benzofluaranthe Used?

Mostly in light emitting products. Benzofluaranthe produces a blue light. It’s a wonder we don’t all glow in the dark! Benzofluaranthe has already been shown to cause cancer on rodents. Our exposure comes primarily from the air. Limiting exposure to all chemicals and toxins is a wise move, but it is also important to support your entire system so that the toxins we can’t avoid do less harm.
 

Once you know the levels of toxicity in your body we can formulate an in depth program to cleanse, support, and strengthen your whole body: after all you don’t work in parts, why should your health program? Call today to make an appointment. Feel better now. Remember:

Your Body Can’t Clear Toxins Normally

It is important to understand how the body clears environmental toxins, pollutants, and chemicals. In our bodies this happens primarily in the liver. For an in depth look at how this happens click on this link: Liver Detoxification .

However, although the liver has hundreds of enzymes to clear many compounds, it still does not have enough to clear everything out of your body. And, unfortunately, many of the most common and most toxic environmental compounds can not be cleared by the liver.

What Happens When the Liver Doesn’t Clear These Toxins, Pollutants and Chemicals?

They become lodged in the body and activate inflammation and disrupt the immune system. This can lead to chronic pain and inflammation, cancer growth and autoimmunity.

Recent research has led us to discover several important ways that your body deals with exposure to these toxins. We offer testing and natural treatment to reduce the damage that they cause and to help dramatically reduce the damage that these compounds can cause.

Toxic Chemicals Affect the Body in the Following Ways:

1. They deplete glutathione – the body’s most important anti-oxidant.
2. They initiate inflammation, cancer and auto-immune disease through a signaling system in your DNA called NF-Kappa B.
3. They clog your liver and make the liver work harder at clearing toxins and they make liver detoxification not work as well.
4. They cause leaky gut syndrome.
5. They lead to loss of chemical tolerance and multiple food allergies and sensitivities to chemicals, smells and things that never used to bother you (which some researchers think may be the beginning of auto-immune disease).

At Green Health Acupuncture we offer diagnostic testing to determine the extent of the problems mentioned above, we offer diet, herbal and nutritional supplements that help clear these toxins out of your system and to lessen the damage that they do to your body. Call today to set up an appointment: 310-831-2202

To find out if you have been exposed to high levels of toxins that may be adversely affecting your health Green Health Acupuncture offers a personalized solution to reduce the inflammatory process caused by these toxins and to get you on the road to better health.

Resources:

http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/10year/media/10_fig3.html

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/tx00034a028

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