We all know by now that heavy metals are not good for us. They hang out in our intestinal lining and in our blood and wreak havoc on our health. Metals like Aluminum are being studied as a cause of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Autism.  Don’t forget about the kids as well! Most vaccines include aluminum as an adjuvant (a substance that enhances the body’s immune response to an antigen). Aluminum in your blood is a lot harder to remove than aluminum that is simply ingested. Children would definitely benefit from slowly removing heavy metals.

I personally use Bladderwrack in the form of Modifilan and Zeolite powder. I take the capsules and then I open them up and put them in apple sauce for the kids. I use about one capsule a week per child.

Here is the list published by NaturalNews.com

1) Bentonite (Clay) – Aluminium Phyllosilicate (Montmorillonite)
Bentonite clay is a form of volcanic ash that has the ability to physically remove from the body up to 25 times its weight in impurities through a process called adsorbtion. Bentonite has laxative properties and contains high levels of iron, magnesium and silicon. Available in two forms (sodium and calcium) bentonite clay is used in cement, ceramics, acne medication, facial clay, cat litter and to clarify wine. Higher grades of clay are safe for ingestion while lower grades are for external use only and thus are of questionable benefit.

2) Bladderwrack (Sea vegetable) – Fucus vesiculosus (Fucaceae)
Bladderwrack is a type of brown seaweed found in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The stem is used medicinally while the thallas (air filled pods) help the algae float. Containing the active components iodine, fucoidan, alginic acid and phenols in varying amounts based on the water where it grew, bladderwrack is used to relieve heartburn and to stimulate both the immune system and thyroid. Bladderwrack has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

3) Blue Green Algae (Cyanobacteria) – Anabaena sphaerica (Cyanophata)
Blue green algae (along with green algae such as Chlorella) contain chlorophyll, an antioxidant and deep green pigment. Bacteria such as Fecal Coliform cannot coexist with chlorophyll, which helps keep fresh water clear. Algae not only contain nearly every required vitamin and mineral, but also have the effect of increasing oxygen while reducing nitrogen and carbon. Chlorella appears to bind to heavy metals to both detoxify and remove them. Studies in Japan following the nuclear disasters at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 showed that 8 grams of Chlorella daily caused a five-fold increase in the amounts of uranium, lead and cadmium that were eliminated.

4) Burdock (Root) – Arctium lappa (Compositae)
A potent blood purifier, burdock root removes heavy metals such as mercury along with other toxins. Containing up to 45% inulin along with arctiopicrin, arctiin, tannins and volatile oil, burdock is used to treat skin conditions such as acne. Burdock helps to purify the liver and is used as a natural cancer treatment. Burdock has antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-tumor properties.

5) Cilantro (Leaf and stem) – Coriandrum Sativum (Umbelliferae)
Cilantro contains the antioxidants camphor, carvone, elemol, geraniol and limonene. A natural deodorizer, cilantro relieves nausea, indigestion and bloating. Consuming cilantro (the seeds of which are the spice coriander) helps reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Cilantro kills Salmonella and removes heavy metals such as mercury from the body. Cilantro has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and can be easily grown in the home garden.

6) Garlic (Clove) – Allium Sativum (Liliaceae)
Garlic contains the antioxidant allicin, which is formed from alliin and allinase when the cloves are crushed. Garlic helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol while cleansing the liver. Offering unique health benefits when consumed in raw versus cooked or aged, Garlic has antiviral, antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal properties.

7) Glutathione (GSH)
Glutathione is a type of amino acid chain called a tripeptide. Glutathione modulates the order of cell life, a process called homeostasis. Glutathione is essential for handling environmental toxins as it detoxifies carcinogens (in particular arsenic) and helps the body to remove heavy metals such as cadmium, iron and mercury. This helps the metabolism and immune system by removing dead weight. GSH has antioxidant properties.

8) Onion (Bulb) – Allium Cepa (Liliaceae)
Onion contains the antioxidant quercetin. Onion relieves allergy symptoms and congestion along with helping reduce cholesterol. Onion can treat and prevent cataracts, atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease and helps remove heavy metals from the body. Onion has antimicrobial properties.

9) Selenium (Mineral)
Selenium is an essential trace mineral that functions as an antioxidant and promotes a healthy immune system. Required in remarkably small amounts (the RDA is measured in the millionths of a gram), selenium is highly toxic in larger amounts. Selenium has strong anti-cancer effects and is known to help detoxify the body and remove heavy metals including mercury.

10) Zeolite (Mineral)
Zeolite is a natural combination of volcanic ash and sea water. With a honeycomb-like structure it forms (teeny) tiny cage-like structures that physically trap heavy metals without removing critical minerals. Animal studies show zeolite to actually improve overall nutrition. A patented process purifies zeolite (since it is a heavy metal magnet it is already ‘full’ when found naturally). Purified zeolite has been shown to help prevent and reverse the growth of cancer cells. While it seems promising, it appears that more independent studies on zeolite are needed as most of the research is published on “Tribute to Zeolite” style web sites that enshrine the product.

Kirk Patrick, Natural News, Thursday, August 20, 2009

Cheers to good health!





When I think of at home work-out DVDs, it brings back such funny memories of my teen years. Breaking out the VCR, throwing my mom’s video tape in and dominating the grapevine with Jane Fonda across the living floor while simultaneously knocking in to the coffee table and breaking lamps. I was an aerobics master (at least in my own head). And don’t forget Buns of Steel, my friend and I would do this after school and then proceed to eat a platter of food big enough to feed a small family. I had BIG buns of steel.


The new world of in home exercise DVDs is so exciting because there are so many cool workouts that you would normally have to pay at least $20 to do. Ballet Beautiful is a great one to add to your repertoire because:

A. It has 15 minute work-outs
B. You don’t need a lot of room to do it
C. It really does work
D. It’s a favorite of Victoria’s Secret models (not sure if that excites me or depresses me). Check out this article from Harper’s Bazaar

Oh yeah and it’s affordable ($9) So check it out and let me know what you think!

Happy Turkey Day!





Omega 3 Foods


This past summer there was a lot of talk about the disease called ALS or commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, everyone enjoyed asking their friends to dump water on their heads to find a cure. Well new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Neurology shows that there might be an easier (and warmer) way to help prevent the disease.

The study reports that those participants who consumed high levels of omega-3 fatty acids had a dramatically reduced risk of acquiring ALS. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress on cells. Both inflammation and oxidative stress damage nerve tissue and can be linked to ALS.

In the study “individuals with higher dietary intakes of omega-3 fatty acids had a reduced risk for ALS, ” said lead researcher Kathryn Fitzgerald, of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. Those in the top 20% in terms of their fatty acid consumption reduced their risk by one-third or about 33.3%

This is yet another reason for everyone to supplement their diet with a high quality fish, krill oil and foods containing high levels of omega-3 oils. Remember that oils go rancid if exposed to oxygen and sunlight, always buy your oil in a dark glass bottle and store in a cool and dark place. The same goes for nuts because they contain oils, they should be kept in the refrigerator or in a cool cupboard and eaten within a month or so. If they smell rancid or just weird, throw them out.