Neuroscience

Skinny Bitch

Skinny Bitch: A No-Nonsense, Tough-Love Guide for Savvy Girls Who Want to Stop Eating Crap and Start Looking Fabulous 

Not your typical boring diet book, this is a tart-tongued, no-holds-barred wake-up call to all women who want to be thin.

I’m skinny, are you? Here’s to shaking what my momma gave me. I’m hoping she’ll start blogging soon. She’s the expert here, not me. Hilton’s Health a blog dedicated to my grandmother, and to our fleshly heritage: for all the things that aren’t already in our genes, this one’s for you Arlene Jean.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.

My momma has this list of stuff that I was never supposed to touch.

It severely limited my use of new products, especially cosmetics. No Coke Zero, or Red Bull, no whitening toothpaste…

She was against all fake sugar and preached against most American vaccinations—while being a supporter of the method, as well as homeopathic medicine which is based on the same concept as vaccination.

We were raised knowing how Coca-Cola was formulated and how that formulation evolved over time; and forget what it did to your insides—we knew what it’d do to your period! [tangent:phosphorus relationship to calcium, magnesium and it’s affects on cramping and bitchy mood]—Talk about the worst cramps ever!

In recent years the world has gone nuts.

It’s not a drug problem, unless you consider your drinking water a drug. Reported effects of fluoride on your brain include:

Reduction in nicotinic acetylcholine receptors Damage to your hippocampus Formation of beta-amyloid plaques (the classic brain abnormality in Alzheimer’s disease)
Reduction in lipid content Damage to purkinje cells Exacerbation of lesions induced by iodine deficiency
Impaired antioxidant defense systems Increased uptake of aluminum Accumulation of fluoride in your pineal gland

I never used fluoride, we never had fluoride toothpaste, and never swished in school, and I worried about the long term health of my teeth—based on all I heard I was missing out on for not swishing—somehow I wasn’t surprised to stumble upon information about the neurotoxicity of fluoride and water fluoridation controversy. After all, I didn’t drink the water you drank, my momma made sure we had a protected source, and that it was put through a three-step charcoal and reverse osmosis purification process.

EPA’s National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory have classified fluoride as a “chemical having substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity, and the report that follows was published across the internet following regarding Mercola’s research.

Consumers voted with their dollars, turning artificial sweeteners into a $1.5 billion market. Saccharin lost its warning label only in 2000, but in the meantime the threat of a saccharin ban had opened the door to new sweeteners: aspartame, 200 times sweeter than sugar; sucralose, 600 times sweeter; and neotame—a whopping 7,000 to 13,000 times sweeter. Questions of safety have largely been settled, at least among consumers eager to enjoy the sweet life.

Now, why is this post called Skinny Bitch? Well, while my mom wouldn’t approve of my use of the word, I think it’s perfect to describe this post. You see, I’ve always listened to my momma. I staffed her natural medicine practice, Purely Herbs (Charlotte, NC), when I was a teenager.

And you know what?

To those who think my momma is crazy, I’d say: “I’m skinny”.

And I guess that’d pretty much qualify me as a bitch, don’t you think?

The cover caught my I while I was lounging in Orange County’s John Wayne Airport waiting for the flight to whisk me away back to the Pacific Northwest’s Seattle.  I read the whole book, stunned at the voice and how easy it carried through reading. I devoured it faster than an American can put away a Big Mac. It was saccharin sweet, but none of the neurotoxicity. It sounded like my momma, but bitchy and totally L.A.

Thing is, momma was right, and I am skinny. I guess that’s the difference between California and the midwest.

I’m not a news source, please continue on to educate yourself on the internet, with suggested information below to kick off your research. Please also feel free to comment on  my blog post. I’m finding my voice and beginning to write again for the first time in so long. I’m nervous about style, tone, quality, editing, grammar, copyright protection, etc. So, help me out and help me be a better blogger, or just say hi! 🙂

Who needs the illluminati when you have a momma like mine? Thanks to her, my body leaves no conspiracy, it’s curvy and crazy sexy hot. My biggest asset is my aft. Thanks momma!

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Huff on Flouride

The following article originally appeared in the Huffington Post 01/28/2013 11:20 am as Harvard Study Confirms Fluoride Reduces Children’s IQ.

A recently-published Harvard University meta-analysis funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has concluded that children who live in areas with highly fluoridated water have “significantly lower” IQ scores than those who live in low fluoride areas.

[In Developmental Fluoride Neurotoxicity: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis,] a 32-page report that can be downloaded free of charge from Environmental Health Perspectives, the researchers said:

A recent report from the U.S. National Research Council (NRC 2006) concluded that adverse effects of high fluoride concentrations in drinking water may be of concern and that additional research is warranted. Fluoride may cause neurotoxicity in laboratory animals, including effects on learning and memory …To summarize the available literature, we performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of published studies on increased fluoride exposure in drinking water and neurodevelopmental delays. We specifically targeted studies carried out in rural China that have not been widely disseminated, thus complementing the studies that have been included in previous reviews and risk assessment reports …

Findings from our meta-analyses of 27 studies published over 22 years suggest an inverse association between high fluoride exposure and children’s intelligence … The results suggest that fluoride may be a developmental neurotoxicant that affects brain development at exposures much below those that can cause toxicity in adults …

Serum-fluoride concentrations associated with high intakes from drinking-water may exceed 1 mg/L, or 50 Smol/L, thus more than 1000-times the levels of some other neurotoxicants that cause neurodevelopmental damage. Supporting the plausibility of our findings, rats exposed to 1 ppm (50 Smol/L) of water-fluoride for one year showed morphological alterations in the brain and increased levels of aluminum in brain tissue compared with controls …

In conclusion, our results support the possibility of adverse effects of fluoride exposures on children’s neurodevelopment. Future research should formally evaluate dose-response relations based on individual-level measures of exposure over time, including more precise prenatal exposure assessment and more extensive standardized measures of neurobehavioral performance, in addition to improving assessment and control of potential confounders.

Studies Have Repeatedly Linked Fluoride to Reduced IQ and Brain Damage

There are so many scientific studies showing the direct, toxic effects of fluoride on your body, it’s truly remarkable that it’s NOT considered a scientific consensus by now. Despite the evidence against it, fluoride is still added to 70 percent of U.S. public drinking water supplies.

It amazes me that the medical (and dental) communities are so stubbornly resistant to connect the dots when it comes to the skyrocketing increase of cognitive decline in adults and behavioral issues in children (ADD, ADHD, depression and learning disabilities of all kinds). In fact, there have been more than 23 human studies and 100 animal studies linking fluoride to brain damage. Fluoride can also increase manganese absorption, compounding problems, since manganese in drinking water has also been linked to lower IQ in children.

Reported effects of fluoride on your brain include:

  • Reduction in nicotinic acetylcholine receptors
  • Damage to your hippocampus
  • Formation of beta-amyloid plaques (the classic brain abnormality in Alzheimer’s disease)
  • Reduction in lipid content
  • Damage to purkinje cells
  • Exacerbation of lesions induced by iodine deficiency
  • Impaired antioxidant defense systems
  • Increased uptake of aluminum
  • Accumulation of fluoride in your pineal gland

Six Facts You Need to Know About Water Fluoridation

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Harmful Effects Have Been Known for Half a Century

What is perhaps most surprising is that the harmful effects of fluoride have been known by conventional medical organizations for over half a century. For example, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) stated in their Sept. 18, 1943 issue that fluorides are general protoplasmic poisons that change the permeability of the cell membrane by certain enzymes. And, an editorial published in the Journal of the American Dental Association on Oct. 1, 1944, stated:

Drinking water containing as little as 1.2 ppm fluoride will cause developmental disturbances. We cannot run the risk of producing such serious systemic disturbances. The potentialities for harm outweigh those for good.

Part of the problem is that it’s an accumulative toxin that, over time, can lead to significant health problems that are not immediately linked to fluoride over-exposure. In a 2005 paper entitled “Fluoride — A Modern Toxic Waste,” Lita Lee, Ph.D. writes:

Yiamouyiannis’ book, Fluoride the Aging Factor, documents the cumulative effect of tissue damage by fluoride, commonly seen as aging (collagen damage), skin rashes and acne, gastrointestinal disorders, and many other conditions, including osteoporosis. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and the Safe Water Foundation reported that 30,000 to 50,000 excess deaths occur in the United States each year in areas in which the water contains only one ppm fluoride …
Fluoride suppresses the immune system: Fluoride inhibits the movement of white blood cells by 70 percent, thereby decreasing their ability to reach their target. Yiamouyiannis cites 15 references in his pamphlet, Lifesavers Guide to Fluoridation, that document immunosuppressive effects of as little as 10 percent of the amount of fluoride used in fluoridated water … Immunosuppressive effects run the gamut, from a cold that won’t go away to increased risk of cancer and other infectious diseases.

Studies have shown that fluoride toxicity can lead to a wide variety of health problems, including:

  • Increased lead absorption
  • Disrupts synthesis of collagen
  • Hyperactivity and/or lethargy
  • Muscle disorders
  • Thyroid disease
  • Arthritis
  • Dementia
  • Bone fractures
  • Lowered thyroid function
  • Bone cancer (osteosarcoma)
  • Inactivates 62 enzymes and inhibits more than 100
  • Inhibited formation of antibodies
  • Genetic damage and cell death
  • Increased tumor and cancer rate
  • Disrupted immune system
  • Damaged sperm and increased infertility

Suppressed Science: Fluoride Link to Cancer

Long-lost research linking fluoride to cancer has resurfaced in a Dutch film clip featuring Dr. Dean Burk, who in 1937 cofounded the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) and headed its cytochemistry department for more than 30 years. In the taped interview, he equates water fluoridation to “public murder,” referring to a study that had been done on the 10 largest U.S. cities with fluoridation compared to the 10 largest without it. The study demonstrated that deaths from cancer abruptly rose in as little as a year or two after fluoridation began. This and other studies linking fluoride to cancer were government-ordered but were quickly buried once fluoride was found to be linked to dramatic increases in cancer.

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