Book Launch: April 2020

Cured: Beyond the Limits of Medicine

Those who recovered against the odds and how they did it

This book is about those remarkable people who recovered from major diseases including cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease and how they achieved what initially seemed impossible. Often they recovered even when told by their doctors that nothing more that could be done. The most common strategy was to use food as medicine as Hippocrates advised long ago. But some used mind power, some dealt with underlying toxicity and some used energy techniques. The majority used several methods. The book is a guide to what can be achieved.

I include an excerpt from the section on toxicity.

Toxicity can have a big effect on health but how much toxicity do you think you are exposed to each day?

Take a look at this excerpt. It might surprise you…

A Day in the Twenty-First Century (excerpt…)

For Mr Jones his day starts when he wakes up and goes to the bathroom. The high electromagnetic field (EMF) from his electric razor and the small dose of fluoride he absorbs from his toothpaste are the first stresses recorded by his body. The fluoride is a potent enzyme blocker, disrupting some of his enzymes and displacing some of the iodine he needs for his thyroid gland to work optimally. He might be surprised to hear that half a tube of his toothpaste contains enough fluoride to kill a small child.

Driving to work, he is faintly aware of the odour of plastic coming from his new car. This characteristic new car smell is caused by a concoction of chemicals, especially vinyl chloride (banned in some countries) but also solvents including xylene, styrene, benzene and an assortment of other chemicals. Symptoms such as headache, eye and throat irritation and neurological symptoms are a recognised hazard for new car users and more likely to happen if they use their cars a lot. He will inhale these highly reactive chemicals outgassing from the car’s plastics whenever he is driving and levels will remain hazardous for six months.

If he had researched the subject he would find levels of toxic chemicals inside new cars often exceed safe levels. He might wonder what these toxins could do to him. A little bit of knowledge of toxicology would tell him that the main hazards are likely to be firstly cancer, secondly brain and neurological effects such as loss of concentration, memory disturbance, poor co-ordination, mood disturbance and irritability and lastly eye and lung irritation. This trio of unpleasant results is characteristic of many of the chemicals we meet in everyday life. Styrene and benzene cause all three problems whereas vinyl chloride is merely a carcinogen and neurotoxin.

Fortunately Mr Jones has no symptoms but by the time he smells the chemicals they will have already arrived in his blood stream en route to various organs of his body. Twenty per cent of these chemicals will end up in his brain, fifteen per cent in his liver and another ten per cent in his bones though amounts can vary. They will join other chemicals which have been accumulating each and every day he has made this journey and there they will likely remain.

But these are not the only chemicals his body is busy dealing with. As he enters a traffic jam he absorbs a variety of pollutants including polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from the outside air. These pollutants also cause cancer, they too can damage the nervous system and they too can cause eye and lung irritation. However whereas most chemicals are toxic at parts per million (this quantity is so small it is equivalent to one minute in a two year period), PAHs are toxic at parts per billion (equivalent to one second in 32 years) and perhaps parts per trillion. However with this particular chemical there is another hazard. It can stick to his genes forming DNA adducts. Those with the highest level of PAH adducts have a sevenfold risk of lung cancer. But it is not just a danger to him that might worry him. These genetic changes can be passed on to his children, increasing their risk of cancer. And they are far from the only chemical with this capability.

The pollutants in the air attach to tiny particulates. His lungs are cleverly designed to filter out natural sized particles but particulates produced by car engines and industrial processes are so small that they easily by-pass this protective mechanism. From there they make their way into his blood stream and to the cells and organs of his body. It’s just as well that he doesn’t know that higher levels of particulates in the air are associated with higher levels of heart attacks, strokes and lung cancer for he has no choice but to inhale them. He stops at a petrol station, noting the familiar smell of petrol whilst he refills his tank without realising he is absorbing a small dose of another carcinogen, benzene, which adds to the chemicals already accumulating in his body and brain. The knowledge that there is a higher rate of Alzheimer’s disease in those working in industries exposed to benzene, toluene, solvents and phenols would not reassure him. Almost certainly he has taken in all of these in today and his day has only just begun.

He works in a new modern office, complete with computers, plastic-based appliances, man-made worktops and new carpets. Dioxins and PCBs are released from the electrical appliances, inks and plastics and various volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and pesticides are emitted from the new carpets. Other toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde, hexanes, trichloroethylene, toluene, phenols, and benzene outgas from various fittings in the office; most of these are carcinogens. The ozone from the printers is not a carcinogen but amplifies the effect of other carcinogens. The copiers emit trichloroethylene which causes a range of neurotoxic symptoms: poor concentration, cramps, poor coordination and fatigue. While waiting for his computer to load he absent-mindedly puts his memory stick in his mouth unaware that he is absorbing highly toxic beryllium from the metal.

Later he goes to the toilet and washes his hands using a soap dispenser and absorbs a small dose of parabens, an endocrine disrupting chemical known to damage male reproductive functions plus the anti-bacterial agent, triclosan. This compound can be contaminated by dioxin, a potent carcinogen. Far from protecting us against bacteria triclosan is a major contributor to bacterial resistance as it contaminates over half our water supplies.

During his coffee break he drinks from a polystyrene cup: his body takes another hit from yet another small dose of carcinogen; this time styrene. As the day is cold the windows in the office are closed and the levels of chemicals in the room rise as do the levels in his body. During summer the windows are open but this is little consolation as outgassing of chemicals can increase up to 400% when conditions are hot. He is unaware of his body’s attempts to keep him safe, but his body is already transferring these chemicals to the safest place is can find: his fat cells. Unfortunately this includes his brain and nervous system.

His body tries to keep him safe by exhaling some of the chemicals. He would be surprised to know that these are present in high enough concentrations to be measured in his breath. (A study by Wallace of residents in the USA found 89% had benzene in their breath samples, 93% had perchloroethylene and 29% had trichloroethylene). His body was never designed to deal with so many chemicals; there are just too many, the hits are coming too quickly and his nutrient reserves are too low to protect him.

The quantity of chemicals he is taking in is small but each day the tally is accumulating. If his body could speak, it would say “stop there’s more than I can cope with – get me out of here”. Chemical exposure can be tolerated year after year but then suddenly a disease appears, as if out of the blue, when the body can no longer cope.

During his time at work he keeps his smart phone in his pocket and his body is receiving a steady stream of microwave radiation, damaging his sperm. Other electrical equipment produces yet more electromagnetic radiation, adding to the load. His body responds to the electromagnetic fields (EMFs) by releasing stress hormones.

Beside cancer, neurological disease and respiratory irritation, chemicals produce another important and disturbing effect: endocrine disruption. Mimicking his natural hormones, many of the chemicals he has been exposed to, attach to his receptor sites, scrambling normal messages. They also block hormones such as testosterone and thyroid hormones. At the same time levels of synthetic oestrogens are rising creating a double hazard of blocked male hormones and increased female hormones. His energy level, his libido and his risk of hormone related cancers are slowly but surely changing but in a direction he would not want. He spends the rest of his day at work and then travels home and his body insidiously amasses more of the same toxic chemicals he met on his way in.

Chlorinated chemicals deserve a special mention; he has already absorbed several of these including PCBs, dichlorobenzene and trichloroethylene during the day. The American Health Association have stated that virtually all chlorinated chemicals cause one or more of the following major toxic effects: suppression of immune function, reproductive dysfunction and infertility, endocrine disruption, carcinogenicity and developmental impairment. But perhaps the major reason for concern is that they resist breakdown, and they typically remain in the body for decades.

On his return home his body gets a little help. He goes to the gym and the exercise makes him sweat. The sweating releases many toxic substances from his fat cells flushing them out of his body. The sweating also depletes him of important protective nutrients, particularly magnesium and zinc. These are essential for detoxification. On finishing his workout some of the sweat on his body, complete with toxins, starts to be reabsorbed but a quick shower washes most of them away. Soon he starts to feels better. But someone in the changing room is using an air-freshener and soon the air is filled with chemical odour and he inhales and absorbs more toxic chemicals: some that he has met before: formaldehyde, styrene, toluene, benzene and phthalates and some he has yet to meet such as ben-naphthalene and P-dichlorobenzene. These have endocrine disrupting properties. He has a drink of water from a plastic bottle which contains small amounts of phthalates that have leached into the water. Yet another chemical, yet another carcinogen, yet another endocrine mimic, all destined to accumulate within him. The balance of male and female hormones inside him is subtly changing.

He comes back and this time has a nutritious meal with plenty of fruit and vegetables allowing him to replete some key nutrients, such as magnesium. For every toxic chemical his body has dealt with today he has used up one molecule of adenosine triphospate (ATP) and of one of glutathione. He needs the ATP for energy and the glutathione for detoxification and badly needs more of both. But even the nutritious food is adulterated. The pesticide residues in the milk, meat, fruit and vegetables get absorbed adding to his total load.

After dinner he works on a refurbishing project in one of the bedrooms of his house. Here he is exposed to a complex combination of glues, paints, latex from old carpets, and particle board. These produce a variety of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and soon he is inhaling and absorbing them. These VOCs will mostly be formaldehyde (this is another carcinogen and is found in the chipboard, plastics, carpets) and solvents (from the glues and paints) but also benzene, another carcinogen. The higher quantity of chemicals emitted and the smaller space within the bedroom combine to make the toxicity more potent compared to his office. Again they will be disseminated to various organs of his body. They have an affinity for fat and again they will target his brain and nervous system. It is no surprise to find these chemicals have been associated with that typical trio of side-effects: cancer, neurological disturbance and eye and respiratory irritation. In addition some of the chemicals such as the glycidol from the epoxy resin glues can attach themselves to his genes altering his gene expression; and potentially the genes of any children he might have.

He doesn’t know that house painters have high rates of multiple sclerosis, myeloma, bladder and kidney cancers or that over half of those who work with solvents suffer from mood disturbances and depression or the recognised association between solvent exposure and the risk of developing an auto-immune disease. He might be alarmed by the fact that there is a 95% increase in myeloma in painters. He has no idea that VOCs decrease testosterone, cause infertility and reduce sperm counts. In women, VOCs alter hormones and increase the risk of miscarriages and can trigger congenital abnormalities. His wife has been helping him on some of the days but fortunately she’s not pregnant. He has never been told that parental exposure to paint, solvents, pesticides and petroleum products have all been associated with higher rates of brain tumours and leukaemia in their children.

Eventually he goes to bed. He enjoys having sex and absorbs the last carcinogen of the day, 2-mercaptobenzothiazole (MBT), which seeps silently into his body through his condom. It is linked with bladder, bowel and blood cancers.

At last he rests; it is time for his body to recuperate from the toxic assault of the day and to start the recovery process. However he leaves his mobile phone on charge through the night and his body now has to deal with a continuous pulsed microwave radiation, subtly impairing his body’s ability to repair itself.

His wife’s day is different. After she gets up she has a shower. This refreshes her but she inhales a small dose of chlorine. The cosmetics she uses after her shower are absorbed directly through her skin and wetting agents within them ensure that they travel easily to the various organs in her body. They are principally made from solvents and hence are toxic to her nervous system. She has no idea that one hundred and twenty-five chemicals allowed in perfumes can cause cancer, others cause birth defects and many are endocrine disruptors. The perfume she is using, as with nearly all perfumes, contains toluene, a neurotoxic agent and carcinogen. It is a major ingredient of solvents and glues. Many perfumes contain phthalates, sometimes up to 10%: another endocrine disruptor, another probable carcinogen. It is also a cause of premature puberty and birth defects in animals.

The dyes in her make-up are probable carcinogens, as is butylhydroxyanisole, the preservative in the make-up. Her nail varnish and hair spray give her further doses of phthalates and the toiletries she is using, like her cosmetics, expose her to a group of chemicals called parabens, also endocrine disruptors. She has no idea that girls working in nail salons have been found to have an eight-fold increase in brain tumours. She is also unaware that 60% of the substances she has puts on her skin have already been absorbed into her body and she is yet to get out of the house. Her toxic load is mounting at an alarming rate.

During her short drive to work in an older car she absorbs fewer pollutants than her husband. She works as a teacher in a new-build school. The new furnishing, carpets and various fittings give off same chemicals and they, too, will be building up in her body causing a similar array of problems. For her, there is a further consideration. Some chemicals, like benzene, are known to cause birth defects and others are endocrine disruptors which can impair her fertility. She is hoping to become pregnant next year.

During pregnancy she will unload a significant quantity of her body burden of accumulated chemicals. This will be good for her health but bad news for her developing baby; she would be shocked to know that she will simply be shifting the toxins out of her body into that of her foetus. She will transfer even more if she chooses to breast-feed. The more she accumulates the more she will pass on. The unluckiest child will be her first-born; he or she will receive the highest dose of pollutants. Then her toxic load will come down and further children will receive less. But their chemical load, derived from their mum in utero, from her breast milk, together with dioxins and phthalates that seep from disposable nappies, mean their toxic load will vastly exceed that of past generations.

Her school uses wifi. For the next few hours she will be exposed to microwave radiation. Swedish studies have found those exposed to electromagnetic fields, have higher rates of birth defects. She goes home to eat as she has the afternoon off. For lunch, she microwaves some food. During microwaving bisphenol A (BPA), another endocrine mimic, thought to increase the risk of breast cancer, leaches from the plastic around the food. From the milk carton she receives another small dose of BPA. The cheese has been wrapped in plastic. Phthalates, another endocrine disruptor, from the plastic wrap have seeped into the cheese adding ever so slightly to her chemical load. Small amounts of PFAs leach from food wrappers into her food and these have been linked with cancer, immune suppression and fertility problems.

Her risk of hormone-related cancers, neurological diseases, fertility problems, polycystic ovary syndrome, miscarriages and birth defects are all subtly increasing by the day.

After lunch she does some cleaning. The chemicals compounds she uses contain a mix of those familiar poisons: formaldehyde, toluene, butane and xylene. We already know the hazards: cancer, lung and eye irritation, nervous system impairment and hormone disruption. These enter her body through two main routes: the skin and through inhalation. The hand wipes and the disinfectant she is using both contain quaternary ammonium compounds (quots), known to cause infertility and hormone disruption in animals. Later in the afternoon she has her hair dyed. She has no idea that the chemicals being used can cause leukaemia, lymphoma and bladder cancer. She stops at the shops and uses her credit card. A little BPA on the receipt finds its way into her body through her skin.

She comes back and does some cooking using a Teflon pan. The perfluorinated chemicals released are toxic and bio-accumulative and known to damage the female reproductive system; they are another cause of bladder cancer. Animal studies have linked Teflon exposure with auto-immune disease.

She takes several long phone calls using the DECT phone in the hallway. This phone gives her have a double dose of microwave radiation, both through the phone and through the base unit. No one has told her that using a DECT phone for 5 minutes or more causes changes brainwave activity and blood flow to the brain. She has the same meal with her husband with the same mix of positive and negatives effects. Her sleep is less restorative than it should be due to the combination of microwave radiation from her husband’s charging mobile and the DECT phone by her bedside.

This is a normal day in the life of the Jones. They have received multiple and repeated hits from carcinogenic, neurotoxic and endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Through food, though drink, through breathing, through the skin, chemicals have relentlessly found their way into their bodies, outside their awareness and without their consent. The Joneses are oblivious to the time bomb ticking within them and each day it rises inexorably.

Compare this experience with a couple living a century ago. A person would have been exposed to virtually none of these hazards. And cancer, heart disease, dementia and arthritis were rare.