DETOX for Everyone... Especially Soon-to-Be Parents
Getting Your Body Ready for Conception and Pregnancy Plus Dr. Susan's Surefire Detox Tips for Everyone... and for All Ages
This blog starts out with info about preparation for conception for men and women. Then below, as you scroll down, I go into many toxic chemicals found in our environments and bodies and how you can easily cleanse and detoxify your body — tips for everyone of all ages. I also include detailed recommendations on how to get my favorite detox products that I use daily... and for a discount, too.
Preparation for conception and pregnancy is one of the most important things a man and woman can do for paternal and maternal health, as well as the health of the baby.
Today, men and women are exposed to an overwhelming amount of dangerous toxins that sabotage conception and threaten the delivery of a healthy baby. Diet, exercise, and sleep are important steps to take, but are NOT enough. Detoxification for both the mother and the father is a step that must be taken in order to give the unborn child a chance to thrive and reach human potential.
A 90-Day Pre-Conception Detoxification Program (and for anyone—male or female—wanting a whole-body cleanse) with the Transcend Infrared Sauna, Ionizer Plus Water Electrolyzer, will:
- Remove heavy metals and chemicals from the body
- Support detoxification of excess estrogen hormones
- Reduce the body's acidic state; restore the natural pH balance
- Eliminate digestive problems and inflammation
- Improve energy and assist with weight maintenance
- Jump-start healing and relieve allergies
- Increase circulation to the reproductive system
- Support the production of healthy sperm and eggs
- Relieve the toxic burden on the body's organs
- Support healthy endocrine hormonal system
- Increase fertility and chance of healthy conception
- Provide a solid foundation for overall health for the father, the mother and the unborn child
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Toxic Mother and Her Unsafe Womb
Harmful heavy metals and chemicals are ingested by the mom-to-be everyday via air, water, soil and food.
Some toxins mimic female sex hormones, estrogens and progesterone, disrupting the endocrine system. This contaminates a healthy conception and pregnancy.
As the mother is exposed to hazardous toxins, she passes these toxins along to her unborn baby through the umbilical cord and into the placenta.
The earlier in life that toxic exposure occurs, the more powerful the toxins affect a child's development ongoing from that day forward.
The Environmental Working Group found a steady stream of pollutants and pesticides that cross the placenta. Of the 287 chemicals detected in the umbilical cord blood, (lots more below) 180 cause cancers in humans, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development. (lots more info below)
Toxic Father and Unhealthy Sperm
Men play a substantial role in prenatal health. The dad-to-be is exposed to heavy metals and chemicals that can cause birth abnormalities and harm his child's health.
Just like in the mom, endocrine disrupting compounds mimic estrogen and harm the hormonal balance in the dad. This causes a decline in testosterone and damages the quality of the sperm.
In the last few decades:
- Sperm counts have been cut in half; male births have declined
- 200% increase in male genital birth defects
- 85% of produced sperm is DNA damaged
- Boys have higher incidence of ADHD, learning disabilities, Tourette Syndrome, cerebral palsy, and dyslexia
Miscarriages are more likely to occur if the male is exposed to chemicals and heavy metals... Men exposed to pesticides are more likely to have a child who develops leukemia... The chance of childhood cancers and birth defects increases if the dad works with solvents, cleaning solutions, paints and chemicals... Smokers produce sperm with the wrong number of chromosomes, a DNA error that leads to miscarriages and Down Syndrome... Alcohol and caffeine can cause sperm abnormalities that derail child development.
Chemicals: Their Sources and Harmful Effects on the Fetus
Chemicals are unavoidable. They are present in the air, water, food, soil, dust, and consumer products. Currently more than 300 environmental chemicals or their metabolites are measured in human samples (urine, blood, serum, stool, breast milk, and meconium). Of the 70,000 chemicals being used commercially in the country, the EPA considers 65,000 of them to be hazardous to your health.
Acetaldehyde causes DNA and chromosome damage; increases incidence of developmental delay (anomalies of closure of the cranial and caudal regions of the neural tube); significantly smaller fetus. Sources: metabolism of alcohol, wood stoves, smog, diesel exhaust. (It's in our air, you cannot escape. Use the Transcend Infrared Sauna and avoid air fresheners, scented candles, plastic bottles, cologne, and perfume)
Atrazine delays puberty, inflames prostate and causes breast and prostate cancer; drinking water with atrazine in it causes reproductive difficulties. Sources: herbicide for control of weeds, run off from herbicide is used on row crops and contaminates water; widely used on the majority of corn crops in the US. (Buy organic produce, particularly corn, and use the Transcend Sauna. The Ionizer Plus' filter removes this.)
Benzenes cause DNA damage. Benzene is distributed throughout the body with lipid-rich and well perfused tissues containing the highest levels. Benzene crosses the placenta and causes depression of the CNS, decreases hematological cell counts, decreases fetal weight, increases fetal resorption and causes skeletal variants. The average half life in humans is 28 hours. Sources: gasoline, plastics, polypropylene food containers. (Avoid plastics, use glass.)
BPA (Bisphenol A) has negative effects on behavior, the brain, and prostate in infants and children; it is during the second trimester that fetuses are exposed to high levels of BPA; BPA is an endocrine disruptor and is higher in women than in men; it can trick the body into thinking it is estrogen and causes cancers, reproductive problems, early puberty, neurological damage, and behavioral problems (especially in young males); BPA causes low testosterone and hormonal imbalances; universal fetal exposure. Sources: used in plastics, leaches into food and beverage from polycarbonate plastic containers, can lining, baby bottles, receipts and plastic water piping force constant overload of BPA. It is stored in fat cells and the body has a difficult time removing it. (Avoid canned goods or food in plastic containers (including bottled water), drink water from the Ionizer Plus and be sure products are labeled as "BPA free.")
Carbon Hexachlorobenzene causes reproductive and developmental toxicity; impairs neurological development, increases risk of cleft palate, renal agenesis and skeletal abnormalities; changes in organ weight, disruptions in setroidogenesis; causes increased risk of undescended testes and impaired development of locomotor skills. Carbon Hexachlorobenze spreads through blood to many tissues, especially fat where it remains for years; moves from blood of pregnant mothers, across the placenta to the unborn child. Sources: air, water, soil, food (fish and animal products), cleaners, fungicide. (Absorption is mainly from water and diet; excretion is through feces and urine. The Transcend Sauna will enhance the excretion via urine, feces, and perspiration. Women have higher contents of this chemical due to higher body fat percentage.)
Chloroform affects fetal development of organs and reproductive systems; decreases fetal body weight; causes fetal resorptions and malformations. For the mother, chloroform decreases conception rates and ability to maintain pregnancy. For the father, chloroform increases the percentage of abnormal sperm. Sources: solvents, incinerators, groundwater; forms when chlorine is added to water. (Avoid drinking tap water and wash your produce with safe water. Use the Ionizer Plus to remove chloroform from your water.)
DDT and DDE damage the nervous system, reduce reproductive success and harm the reproductive system; harmful effects on a child's neurodevelopment. The highest concentrations of DDT and DDE are found in the body's fat cells. Sources: air, soil and plants; contaminated fish (tuna is the worst) and shellfish, crops are grown in contaminated soil, infants are exposed through breast milk; (Limit intake of meat, fish, and poultry. Keep a dust-free environment because dust binds to toxins. Use the Transcend Sauna to mobilize DDT and DDE from fat cells.)
Dioxins cause reproductive problems and genetic damage, changes in hormone system, harms fetal development, decreases ability to reproduce, nerve transmission damage and cancer. Dioxins induce changes in cardiac gene expression. Sources: formed in electrical fires and wood smoke; contaminant in pesticides and herbicides; found worldwide in air, water, and food supply; over 90% of human exposure is through food, mainly meat, dairy products, fish, and shellfish. (Avoid intake of fatty fish and bottom feeders, limit intake of dairy products and avoid smog and poor air quality.)
Ethanol harms the reproductive system and causes fetal damage, developmental delay, neurological damage. Ethanol causes distinctive facial features, growth problems, learning disabilities and behavioral problems. Sources: glue, alcoholic beverages, cologne spirit. (Limit intake of alcohol, do not use perfumes or colognes.)
Formaldehyde crosses the placenta and enters fetal tissues; it is higher in fetal organs than in maternal tissues; causes cancer. Sources: solvents, printing, fabrics, mattresses, tobacco smoke, wood smoke, foam insulation, particle board, press wood products, car and diesel exhaust, smog, groundwater, durable press drapes, other textiles, foam insulation, glues, paper towels, shampoo, deodorant, toothpastes, lipstick and nail polish, panel products and building materials. (Avoid smoking and second hand smoke, be smart about cosmetics and everyday health products; remove formaldehyde products within the home; stay away from plywood and fiberboards — which is why the Transcend Sauna is constructed out of 100% pure poplar wood.)
Glycol Ethers cause red blood cell damage, liver damage and poison the reproductive organs; damages fertility and the unborn child; increases allergies and asthma in children. The fetus experiences hypospadias, decrease of weight, skeletal malformation, brain malformation, cardio-vascular malformation. Sources: solvents for resins, lacquers, varnishes, gum, perfume, dyes, inks, as a constituent of paints and pastes, cleaning compounds, liquid soaps, cosmetics, hydraulic fluids, glue, sealants, caulking compounds, printed circuit boards, antifreeze. (Avoid all aluminum and plastic lined products; use natural soaps and cosmetics.)
Hydrazine causes serious effects on reproductive organs; results in harmful effects to the ovaries, endometrium, and uterus in the female and negative effects on the testes in the male. Hydrazine harms skeletal development and soft tissue abnormalities. Sources: food additives, photographic supplies, herbicides, pesticides, textiles, drugs, plastics. (Use the Transcend Sauna and avoid all plastics. This chemical is everywhere.)
Organophosphate Pesticides effect brain development, behavior and fertility; interfere with the way testosterone communicates with cells, and lowers testosterone and thyroid hormone levels. Sources: pesticides that target nervous systems of insects; food and water from pesticide run off. (Buy organic produce, wash produce with water from the Ionizer Plus.)
Nitrosamines cause DNA damage, cancers, and cell death. Sources: consumer rubbers (tires, baby nipples, pacifiers), soaps, cosmetics, tobacco smoke, food and food containers, packaging, marijuana smoke, pesticides, herbicides, industrial uses. (Nitrosamines are present everywhere; use the Transcend Sauna and avoid preserved meats, dairy and cheeses; don't buy canned soups and cured fishes; look for products that are labeled 'no added nitrites or nitrates; eat more vegetables and produce because you can offset nitrosamines with an antioxidant diet rich in C, D, E.)
PBBs (polybrominated biphenyls) disrupt the endocrine system and cause neuro-developmental toxicity; harms brain function and causes changes in thyroid hormone levels. If you breathe air that contains PBBs or eat food or drink water that is contaminated with PBBs, they will enter the body through lungs and stomach and pass into the bloodstream. They are then stored in body fat, tend to concentrate in breast milk and are passed to the unborn baby through the placenta. Sources: flame retardants in rugs, plastics and clothing; furniture, upholstery, electrical equipment, electronic devices, textiles, and the majority of household products; present in meat, dairy, and soil. (Avoid PBBs by using glass instead of plastic, buying clothing, bedding, and furniture made from natural materials; limit intake of meat and dairy.)
PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers) interfere with thyroid hormone signaling during pregnancy, which is critical to fetal brain development and lead to lower IQ. Children can be exposed before birth via the placenta and after birth from breast milk. Sources: PBDEs are flame-retardant chemicals used in textiles, foams, plastics, wire insulation and automobiles; they are not chemically bound, making them more likely to leach out of products. PBDEs are in the air, water, soil, plants, and animals; main source of exposure is through foods with high fat content (Avoid fatty fish and furniture made with synthetics, be careful when removing old carpet, keep a dust free environment, and use a vacuum fitted with a HEPA filter.)
PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) damage DNA, cause developmental and cognitive retardation, cause hormone dysregulation, and harms spatial learning, short-term memory, and reaction time. Sources: leakage from transformers; paints, plasticizers, pesticide extenders, flame retardants, adhesives, coolants, inks, hydraulic fluids; fish and animal fat; groundwater. (Avoid eating fish and game, avoid skin contact and high fat animal products, replace old appliances, reduce dust and dirt in the home, stop breathing — just kidding, use the Transcend Infrared Sauna and reduce your toxic burden.)
Perchlorate affects the thyroid gland's ability to make essential hormones, which is critical for brain development. For fetuses, infants and children, disruptions in thyroid hormone levels cause lowered IQ, mental retardation, loss of hearing and speech, and motor skill deficits. Nine out of 10 samples of umbilical cord blood in the EWG study were contaminated with perchlorate. Sources: component in rocket fuel that contaminates water, dairy, plants, and produce; leaked from military bases and defense and aerospace plants in at least 22 states. EWG analysis of FDA data shows three quarters of 285 commonly consumed foods and beverages are contaminated with perchlorate. Every day, the average two year old is exposed to more than half of the EPA 'safe' dose. And 28 states have contaminated tap water. (Use water from the Ionizer Plus, avoid food and dairy near contaminated sites, don't smoke or chew tobacco.)
PFCs (Perfluorinated Chemicals) decrease sperm quality, lower birth weight, increase thyroid and kidney disease, and affect sex hormone levels. Sources: used to make non-stick cookware; 99% of Americans have these chemicals in their bodies. Even though PFCs were banned after decades of use, it will show up in people's bodies for countless generations to come. (Avoid non-stick pans and stain-resistant coatings on clothing, furniture, and carpets)
Phthalates cause hormonal changes, lower sperm count, and less mobile sperm; harms male reproductive system, and causes 'decreased dysgenesis syndrome'; causes retained nipples, undescended testes, reduced anogenital distance, decreased testes weight, and epididymal agenesis; causes small to absent sex accessory glands as adults; increases chance of thyroid irregularities and developmental abnormalities such as cleft palate and skeletal malformations; increases fetal death. Sources: plastic food containers, children's toys, plastic wrap, personal care products, products that list "fragrance", vinyl blood transfusion bags, insect repellants, cosmetics, rubbing alcohol, liquid soap, detergents, inks, lacquers, pesticide carriers, indoor air, rubbers, pacifiers. (READ your labels, avoid anything listing a fragrance, buy phthalate free toys, use glass whenever you can and the Transcend Infrared Sauna to remove phthalates from the body's #1 site of storage, fat cells.)
Styrene causes genetic mutations and chromosome aberrations; decreases in manual dexterity, concentration and reaction times. Sources: photocopiers, copy paper, laser printers, production of plastics and resins, rubbers, packaging materials, insulation, fiberglass, plastic pipes, automobile parts, shoes, drinking cups, and additional food-use items and carpet backing. (Use glass when able, avoid heating plastics. Use the Transcend Sauna to mobilize Styrene from fat cells.)
Tributyltin disrupts the endocrine system and accumulates in fat cells of animals and humans. Exposure to this chemical can accelerate the growth of fat cells in newborns. Sources: a stabilizer in the manufacturing of plastic products, a biocide and preservative for wood, textiles, paper, leather, and electrical equipment. Tributyltin has been found in household dust, making our exposure to it more widespread than initially thought. (Avoid fatty animal products, use glass products, and use the Transcend Sauna to mobilize it from fat cells, because this chemical is unavoidable.)
Tricolosan negatively impacts thyroid function and endocrine system; causes developmental and reproductive toxicity; increases overall chronic toxicity and carcinogenicity. Sources: antimicrobial active ingredient contained in a variety of products where it acts to slow or stop the growth of bacteria, fungi, and mildew (Avoid anything titled 'antibacterial'. Check the labels of hand sanitizer, soaps, toothpaste to be sure triclosan isn't listed.)
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- Brain Fog
- Cold Hands & Feet
- Night Sweats
- Dark Under Eyes
- Chemical Sensitivity
- Digestive Problems
- Poor Weight Loss
- Muscle & Joint Pain
- Memory Loss
- Leaky Gut
- Irritable Bowl
- Poor Circulation
- Chronic Fatigue