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Understanding Toxicity ~
An In-depth Interview with Dr. Jesse Hanley, MD
We are a nation of people who have all kinds of toxins wandering the highways and byways of our bodies. But what does it mean to say ‘it’s toxic’?
Toxicity means that whatever that something is, it has the ability to damage your cellular function. Toxicity damages the little fuel factories inside our cells so that we are unable to produce as much energy, aka mitochondria. Toxicity also damages our genetic repair mechanism.
Mitochondria are the primary energy source of our cells. They convert nutrients into energy as well as regulate the energy in our bodies. For example, the heart has 5,000 mitochondria per cell, and biceps have 200 per cell. The slower they break, and the faster they are repaired, the more we thrive.
In other words, eliminating as many toxic substances from your body as possible will ensure your cells are well-protected from damage, and that when cell damage occurs, your body has the resources to repair itself as soon as humanly possible!
Pesticides & Herbicides
When pesticides and herbicides were invented, 37 percent of America’s crops were being destroyed by pests. Now, 57 years later, more than 37 percent are being destroyed. It seems that the insect world is coping with toxins far better than human beings are managing.
Some of the toxins that are in pesticides kill those pests by damaging their cellular function. This damage could happen in the brain, nervous system, or anywhere else in a body’s immune system. These chemicals work because they’re toxic. Unfortunately, we have enough in common with insects that we become damaged, too, when we ingest traces of these substances in our food. Hormone masqueraders damage our cellular function.
Herbicides kill plants by damaging their ability to reproduce. When we ingest herbicides, we damage our ability to reproduce, too. There are many substances in the food chain that interfere with a plant’s ability to acquire the phytohormone it needs to reproduce. It is no different with human beings; this is why we’re in the midst of an infertility epidemic.
Shortening Our Lifespan
We have prided ourselves on being a nation of long-lived people, but this is changing, too. Many medical institutions are not expecting children to live as long as their parents because of obesity and toxicity due to the standard American diet. No matter what your problem is – whether your toe hurts or you’re tired, or you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) – it’s likely that it is all related to poor diet.
We are also suffering from heavy metal toxicity…which we can actually do something about. And if there’s something we can do something about, this takes the burden off, and your repair systems stand a better chance of working to reverse cellular damage.
Remember that though metal toxicities are common, determining this sort of toxicity is not part of routine medical lab testing. Your tests would have to be sent to a lab that is familiar with tests for these particular sensitivities.
All Systems Are Go!
Toxins put stress on all of our body’s systems from digestion, respiratory, and our dermal, to liver, kidney, and immune system functioning. Why not make sure all systems are go! An elimination diet and/or detoxification – cleansing program will go a long way toward ridding the body of toxins, both those we ingest as well as the ones our bodies produce as byproducts of various functions such as the sarcosine produced during elimination.