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Toxins in Our Bodies

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Industrial hygienist and chemist Monona Rossol discusses a study showing that rich people and poor people have different toxic substances in their bodies. She's the author of Pick Your Poison: How Our Mad Dash to Chemical Utopia Is Making Lab Rats of Us All.

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Maria from Morristown, NJ

I am the one who called up who is going thru chelation. Thank you Allicia for writing in that your chelation saved you and your cat ! I need to clear up a few things. I should have mentioned that my Dr. is an M.D., Pathologist and a Surgeon who has written about 40 books and has been chelating himself for over 30 years. I sought him out as I was already convinced I wanted to try chelation. When we have a high amount of heavy metals in our system, they do not just leave naturally. We need chelation agents to help get them out. We will never get them all out but I am in the mindset to try and remove as much as possible, slowly and under the supervision of a highly qualified MD. It will only damage our kidney if the chelation is too harsh and if our kidneys are already compromised.

Secondly, I did have my urine tested a few times, with and without chelation pills. Without the pills, lead did not appread in my urine. With the pills, high amounts of lead came out. I have been drinking milk daily for my entire life, and although calcium is natural lead chelator, my amounts remain high. I agree with my doctor and find it disgusting that the conventional medial industry does not check for toxic metals when someone is diagnosed with diseases that could be caused by toxic metals. Its unfair that toxic chems and metals are perhaps the number one cause of most chronic diseases in our society today, yet insurance does not cover these tests, especially if we ask for them, thinking preventatively. What gets me even more is that we need a script to get a urine test. I tried to go direct to a lab, pay out of my pocket, offered 5 times the money for the test and they said, "no, its against the law." What? We cannot check our own urine and take our own lives in our own hands? WHY??? How can I not think its a conspiracy to keep us in the dark. Hair tests are only $95 dollars and we can get them done on our own so of course, Medical industry will say that they are no good !!!

The hair tests are valuable even if they do not show everything. It did show my mother's environment was highly toxic. I had my hair tested and it revealed high mercury as well as cadmium which also showed in my urine tests. I believe the primary cause of my mother's cadmium toxicity was from my father's soldering electronic circuit panels in their tiny home for over 20 years. My cousin is a top chemist in Italy who worked on many government studies. She and her colleagues are very aware cadmium causes cancer.

My advice to everyone is take your life in your own hands and have your metals checked, even if it means paying out of your pocket. Research cadmium toxicity and you will be shocked at all it can cause. I read that the earth's crust is 1% cadmium so even leafy green veggies have it... but ingesting it is not as toxic as inhaling it, and women are 25% more prone to cadmium poisoning than men.

What Monica Rossol is saying is true... they are making lab rats of us all.

Dec. 05 2013 11:15 PM
gene from NYC

Rossol seems ill-infomed on e-cigs, and not very rigorous in her approach to science, or her language.

I'd have been more comfortable had she said e-cigs SEEM to be safer. But that is far from proven. As she herself said just moments earlier (in regards to US v. European regulations), it's unfair to expose innocents to unknown chemicals. I am worried that she has some influence on their use on stage.

Re: propylene glycol as "safe." Ingestion is FAR different from inhalation. Water is safe if ingested; fatal if inhaled.

E-cig vapor contains far more than propylene glycol. See PLOS One's "Metal and Silicate Particles Including Nanoparticles Are Present in Electronic Cigarette Cartomizer Fluid and Aerosol" for one study.

Plus, this is a highly unregulated field, with hundreds of manufacturers of varying levels of competence. You often really don't know what you're inhaling; let alone the danger of explosions/fires.

As a person acting/appearing as some sort of health authority, Rossol can't just mindlessly spout e-cig manufacturers' propaganda and then expect to be considered seriously in anything else she says.

Nov. 27 2013 01:51 PM
Christi from Midtown

I've always wondered why the old 20's films are transferred to vhs and dvd at a fast speed and not slowed down to match the speed of the projectors of the time?

Nov. 27 2013 12:58 PM
Amy from Manhattan

JF, it's been promoted as a supposed utopia. "Better living through chemistry," remember? We've been told these chemicals do wonderful things, but the reality is that they're poisoning us. That's the whole point.

Nov. 27 2013 12:47 PM
Alicia from NYC

Just caught a bit of the talk on chelating to get rid of lead. May have missed something, but I have to comment. I (and one of my 3 cats) got lead poisoning in my mid-40's from removing paint from my 1911 apartment--the cat began losing a lot of weight, and I felt like I had the flu--achy joints and tired. We both had chelation (am I spelling that right?) and my symptons and his cleared up completely. The cat had lost a few lives earlier (he was rescued) but lasted until 18, and I'm quite healthy and full of IQ points almost 20 years later.

Nov. 27 2013 12:43 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I'm glad to hear that the precautionary principle is followed in Europe, & I hope market forces will lead the US to change its laws, or at least lead US corporations to change their practices. But I've been hearing about a proposed trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which among other things would allow private companies to sue gov'ts. that enact laws banning toxic manufacturing practices & toxic chemicals in food & other products. Has Ms. Rossol heard about this, & if so, what does she think about it?

Nov. 27 2013 12:40 PM
Sal Gonzalez from Northport, Long Island

Hello,

I like to work with melted aluminum as a hobby to make figurines. Is melting aluminum from soda cans bad for your health?

Thanks

Nov. 27 2013 12:39 PM
jf from DYSTOPIA

THE DIESEL IS ALL OVER FROM TRUCKS. ALL DAY EVERY DAY BUMPER TO BUMPER Traffic in Brooklyn. SANITATION TRUCKS COULD COLLECT BIO-DIESEL AND USE IT IN THEIR TRUCKS! BIO DIESEL IS COMPRESSED NOT BURNT.

Nov. 27 2013 12:39 PM
Curtis from Bronx

Is it also the case that poor people's bodies contain more toxins because poor people tend to live in areas, neighborhoods, that contain factories and industrial complexes.

Nov. 27 2013 12:38 PM
genejoke from Brooklyn

Lead poisoning? "LET IT HEAL ON IT'S OWN." Next caller ...

Nov. 27 2013 12:38 PM
Flame retardants

here is the series

http://media.apps.chicagotribune.com/flames/index.html

[[Chemical companies, Big Tobacco and the toxic products in your home
The average American baby is born with 10 fingers, 10 toes and the highest recorded levels of flame retardants among infants in the world. The toxic chemicals are present in nearly every home, packed into couches, chairs and many other products. Two powerful industries — Big Tobacco and chemical manufacturers — waged deceptive campaigns that led to the proliferation of these chemicals, which don’t even work as promised.]]

Nov. 27 2013 12:37 PM
CLO

[[JF from THE FUTURE
DON'T CALL IT UTOPIA WHEN YOU MEAN DYSTOPIA. AS A UTOPIAN I AM EXTREMELY OFFENDED. DON'T POISON THE WORD UTOPIA WITH IT'S OPPOSITE MEANING. HOW COULD YOU DO THAT? Nov. 27 2013 12:23 PM]]

In my Utopia, people know how to turn CAPS LOCK off.

Nov. 27 2013 12:36 PM
Flame retardants

Has the author seen the Chicago Tribune reporting on flame retardants in furniture that are hazardous and the DON'T actually slow down fire?

Nov. 27 2013 12:34 PM
Molly from NYC

Because the people who work in the gov't regulated orgs that are supposed to protect the public, EPA, USDA, are from the corporate sector beholden to corp interests. It's not a mystery why all these chemicals are allowed into our environment, before they are tested or even allowed into our products.

Nov. 27 2013 12:33 PM
Hal from NYC

Please explain, for the benefit of the gullible woo-woo types, the difference between the actual toxins the guest is referring to, and the metabolic by-products that new age quacks refer to as 'toxins' when they try to sell a variety of bogus 'detoxification' treatments, snake oils and therapies.

Nov. 27 2013 12:27 PM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

Leonard: Perhaps you are speaking to the lowest common denominator, but, yes, it is best to use (well-cleaned) glass for storage (plastic is porous and things spoil faster in plastic than in glass), and yes, it is best to eat natural and organic. We depend too much on chem labs for production of foods that should not be made in chem labs. Food is something that is grown in the earth - or, in the case of meat, grazed on plants that are grown in the earth - and the closer we get to that primordial state of food, the healthier we will be. Of course, this also means that chem labs should not be permitted to pollute the soil, air or water, because there is runoff that can spread to the most pristine environments, but as industrialization seems to have contamination as its parallel, we are all doomed unless this pollution is stopped.

Nov. 27 2013 12:25 PM
JF from THE FUTURE

DON'T CALL IT UTOPIA WHEN YOU MEAN DYSTOPIA. AS A UTOPIAN I AM EXTREMELY OFFENDED. DON'T POISON THE WORD UTOPIA WITH IT'S OPPOSITE MEANING. HOW COULD YOU DO THAT?

Nov. 27 2013 12:23 PM
jf from TRUTHLAND

Corporation are making these things. Corporations are dispersing these things. They are poisoning us. They don't care. They are poisoning us. They are murdering us. They are destroying our thinking processes by destroying our brains. WHEN WILL WE GET JUSTICE? WHEN WILL THEY BE PUNISHED? EVERY MAJOR CAUSE OF DEATH IS CORPORATE. CORPORATIONS ARE PEOPLE, PSYCHOPATHS AND THEY NEED TOP BE LOCKED UP, AND NOT ALLOWED TO POISON AND MURDER US.

Nov. 27 2013 12:17 PM
Evan S Cowit

Yes, Leonard, poor people have Teflon. And no, Ms. Rossol, they don't all buy things from late night television.

Pompous, elitist snobs.

Nov. 27 2013 12:17 PM

Has Ms. Rossol responded to the criticism of her that has been posted by one Marc Parrilli?

http://www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate/2013/apr/22/chemical-testing-and-regulation/#commentlist

Nov. 27 2013 12:15 PM
nitpicking

Lenny -

I listen to you quite often on podcast. Is there anything you can do to CHANGE the announcer at the top of each podcast? Her voice makes me mental!

"DOUBLEYEWENWHYSEE!!!! is brought to you by..."

Please, for the love of god., it's brutal.

Alright, I'm done.

And, yes, I am a contributor.

Nov. 27 2013 01:04 AM

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