Toxicities – Integumentary System

Toxicities is another term for toxins. Different ranges of toxicity may affect the organs of the human body especially the integumentary system which includes your skin, hair, nails, oil and sweat glands. The integumentary system provides protective and out covering for the physical body – namely the skin, which is the body’s largest eliminative organ and aids in the elimination of wastes and by-products from metabolism. It also maintains the body’s temperature. Toxins are categorized according to the location or locations of the toxic effect. When toxic effects occur at multiple sites or in multiple organs it is referred to as systemic toxicity.

As I mentioned in earlier blogs most human body’s today are toxic. Meaning they are more acidic than alkaline. Toxicity can be caused from many sources – the food we eat, and the chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis, such as household cleaning solutions, sprays, etc. Chemicals enter the body in three main ways: as inhaled vapors, absorbed through the skin, or ingested (eaten). Symptoms of toxicity may include sleepiness or fatigue, headaches, nausea, nosebleed, tingling of the extremities, scratchiness, or swelling, allergies, skin rashes, eczema, psoriasis, splitting of the skin, boils, pimples (related to the lymphatic system) and etc.

Systemic toxicities include: Acute – occurring almost immediately after an exposure to chemicals; Subchronic toxicity – results from repeated exposure for several weeks or months; Chronic toxicity causes cumulative damage to specific organ systems and takes many months or years before the damage is recognized; Carcinogenic toxicity is – a complex multi-stage process of abnormal cell growth which can result in cancer; Developmental toxicity – is developed in the embryo; and Genetic toxicity – results from damage to DNA.

Once toxicants enter the body, they may be stored in the body or distributed throughout the body by way of the circulatory system.

It is important to maintain a chemical balance in our bodies. Exposure to toxins does not only occur in the home, but may also occur in the workplace, churches, public buildings, and stores where you shop. Clothing stores and churches wreak havoc with me.

Toxins eventually cause all kinds of dis-eases, communicable or contagious when they move from one person to another. As humans, we have some level of immunity, but the level of protection varies with age, health and a range of other factors. The skin, of course, is our first line of defense. Transmission may be ‘direct’ or indirect’ by way of contact and/or inhalation. Germs (also known as microbes), which are a mode of contamination, are everywhere – toilets, on money, hair and nails, on every surface imaginable, ventilation systems, and even bars of soap, etc.

It is the responsibility of everyone to control exposure to pathogens, for yourself and all who are around you, by decontaminating your environment.

How do you avoid exposure to toxicities? Through sanitation? Sanitation provides a minimum level of cleanliness. It will reduce germs on a surface, but will not kill all toxic organisms. Hand washing? Hand washing is like a “do-it-yourself” vaccine, and is the best way to prevent infection and illness. There are many instructions in the world today telling you about ‘hand hygiene’ practices. Check them out.

Other means of avoiding exposure to toxicities include: Sterilization and Disinfection (mostly used in hospitals). 1) Disinfectants are chemical agents that destroy contamination. They can be dangerous and should be used with caution. They can be used on surfaces, but not on the skin. They are able to kill viruses, fungus and dangerous bacteria. Numbered among Household Disinfectants are: products used to clean floors, doorknobs, walls, sinks, tubs, toilets etc. 2) Bleach, liquid or aerosol, is a disinfectant which must always be used with caution (follow the directions on the label of the container), because it can release toxic fumes. Liquid bleach should be used mostly for washing towels and other laundry. Aerosol type bleach and liquid types of this product containers should be kept closed, so they cannot release vapors into the air. 3) Keep rooms well ventilatedremember that hazardous chemicals do not always smell bad. In dental offices and especially dental labs, carbon tetrachloride was, in the old days, used to melt the wax on denture utensils for making false teeth. Wow – did it smell good!  BUT, unknown to me, it was and still is, a deadly poison. It has caused the death of many, in the dental field, who inhaled the fumes, causing all sorts of health issues. In those days the use of face masks was not encouraged. I know this because I worked in my dad’s dental lab and used this deadly chemical. I am lucky it didn’t affect me, but then I did not work with it on a regular basis. An article, I read later, in the local newspaper confirmed the effect ‘carbon tetrachloride’ had on dentists. I surmised that was one of the things that lead to my dad’s heart problems which eventually led to his early demise. 4) Do not eat and drink in areas where there is exposure to toxic chemical vapors in the way of dust and/or powdery substances.  Hot liquids will even absorb vapors from the air. 5) Cover wastebaskets and/or garbage cans and empty the waste containers often. 6) Protect your eyes, wear safety glasses; avoid chemicals from aerosol containers which produce a fine mist or tiny droplets of chemicals that evaporate into the air and can be inhaled. 7) Check out the scientific names of the chemicals on the labels of the products you choose to use. If you cannot pronounce them, don’t use the product. Use safer product alternatives.

  • Whenever possible, use a safer product alternative instead of a product with known harmful chemical ingredients.
  • Ensure proper ventilation in your home or work place.
  • Ensure enough air is circulating to clear hazardous fumes from the air when possible.
  • Open the doors and the windows.
  • Use less toxic, safer, natural products.
  • Use pumps instead of aerosol containers.
  • Use products with low volatile organic compound content.
  • Use non-toxic products for disinfecting and cleaning.
  • Fortify your body from exposure to toxicity by taking vitamins or supplements in the natural herbal form.
  • Fortify from the inside out.
  • Detox. Always clean out the liver to clean the skin so the skin can serve its function as an eliminative organ – eliminating as much waste each day as your kidneys and bowels. Keep your integumentary system healthy.

Conclusion: From Melaleuca – The Wellness Company: ” A new independent study based on 20 years of research reveals a sobering fact; cleaning your home with common, well-known grocery store brands made with ammonia, chlorine bleach, quaternary disinfectant compounds, and other dangerous chemicals significantly damages lung tissue in women. In fact, the study showed that cleaning with such products as little as once per week was as damaging over time to respiratory health as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years!” 

In my opinion, this also holds true for products used for hair, skin, and nail care. Most hair, skin and nail care products, all, contain a dangerous, toxic, chemical ingredient that plays havoc with the natural wellness of the body. Knowing and understanding the chemical makeup of the body can help to identify any problems you may have to toxic chemical products.

PREVENTION, PREVENTION, PREVENTION – is always worth more than a pound of cure.


Supplement Facts – What is Cortisol

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Who has ever heard of Cortisol as being anything other than a scientific term? If you read the ingredients on the packaging of supplements you may have seen it mentioned. Apparently, as I researched this one, Cortisol is referred to as being “destructive.” I feel it is of great concern in regards to a persons longevity and overall health.

CORTISOL – is a glucocorticoids hormone that is essential for life. Too much can be “destructive.” What causes this?  One thing is stress. “Stress inflicts deadly damage by raising cortisol levels. The result is accelerated aging that wreaks havoc throughout the body.” The increase in cortisol does this by aging the internal organs and thereby makes one seem older than he/she really is. Stress is an underlying problem with many of today’s chronic health problems, to include, obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, metabolic syndrome and neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s disease.

What kind of stress are we talking about? All kinds – emotional, psychological, physical or biochemical. All of these kinds of stress raise the levels of cortisol. It is a good idea to lower any level of stress you may be experiencing. However, stress is not always easy to get rid of. It seems to be a normal part of everyone’s lives. So, what can you do to help keep your cortisol levels low? Polyphenols!

Scientists are excited about natural compounds capable of lowering cortisol levels. Read on!

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Lychee Fruit! The “lychee fruit has been grown in China since at least the 11th Century. It is rich in polyphenols that promote a variety of biological activities, most notably the ability to fight oxidative stress, inflammation and lower cortisol levels.”

I found this amazing. There is a family, near where I live, that grows Lychee Fruit Trees – often referred to as a ‘lychee nut’ tree. They harvest the fruit, ship them to China and then China sells them back to the U.S. This was interesting, as I found and purchased them in the produce department at a Wal-Mart store in Canada. I found them to be very delicious. I also found them canned, in Wal-Mart here in Florida.

Scientific human studies were done with a lychee-green tea blend supplement, because they found “most lychee polyphenol products available in stores….are not easily absorbed in the intestinal tract.”  Other extracts tested were “from the bark of the Magnolia and Phellodendron trees which were shown, in combination, to lower cortisol and reduce manifestations of stress.”

In Summary – per Life Extension (my source) magazine; “high cortisol produces all of the manifestations of overmedication with steroids: central obesity, rising blood sugar, hypertension, and lipid disturbances, while also softening bones and promoting neurodegenerative issues.”

Bottom line – “There are compounds that can be taken/used that offer safe, effective reductions in circulating cortisol levels, thereby helping to promote improved metabolic health and supporting healthy aging.”

I found this information to be profound and something that should interest everyone. The senior years come more quickly these days. It is up to each of you to HELP YOURSELVES TO BETTER HEALTH. Use the information on my blog pages wisely as they pertain to your health issues. Consult your physician as you feel the need to.


Natural Remedies – Spirulina and Chlorella


Green chlorella Royalty Free Stock ImageSpirulina and Chlorella are supplements that have been around for many years, but we hear little about them anymore. I have taken Chlorella tablets, and used Spirulina in a powder form in my smoothies. They both can be purchased at most Health Food Stores. They are available as liquids, tablets, capsules and powders. You may find them as an ingredient in many, so-called, ‘Green Drinks’.

What is there that should be known about them? I knew very little so I decided to research them. I went to a source called ‘Nature’s Remedies’, the Complete Guide to Natural Healing. I love this source as they make every effort to offer medically accurate and up-to-date information – that can be used to complement and not replace the advice of your physician. The following is what I found out about Spirulina and Chlorella.

  1. Both Spirulina and Chlorella, usually, are made from “freshwater  algae”. Both are packed with protein, nutrients and chlorophyll that are easy for the body to assimilate. In case you didn’t know ‘algae are among earth’s oldest life forms. Algae, as a protein, can round out a meatless diet. Algae was a staple in the diet of the Aztecs. As basic nutrients, Chlorella and Spirulina are “believed to cleanse the blood of toxins, buffer the effects of radiation, boost immunity and even fight cancer.
  2. They have a ‘therapeutic effect’ – because their protein (which contains all the essential amino acids) is easily digested, especially for those of you who are fasting or dieting or have trouble digesting other forms of protein.
  3. It might, (this is still being researched) stabilize blood-sugar levels for diabetics and hypoglycemia patients.
  4. The components: Spirulina is a blue-green algae containing up to 70 percent protein, with chlorella about 60 percent. Both are rich in beta-carotene, antioxidants, and fatty acids (gamma-linolenic acid) vital for nerve and brain function. They help to relieve skin conditions such as eczema. Among the minerals they provide are calcium, iron, magnesium and zinc; with vitamins being A, D, B-1, 2, and 12, B Complex, and vitamins C & E.
  5. Other claims: Spirulina “can suppress the appetite, and the chlorophyll improves bad breath. As a supplement they “can increase energy and resistance under conditions of stress or weakness.”

CONCERNS: “In recent years, there has been concern about algae contaminated by pollution in lakes where they are harvested. As a result, algae products are now subject to more stringent controls.”

Remember, times have changed from the Aztec era where everything was really organic. Today, because of the bacteria scare from the ‘freshwater algae’ all over the world, Spirulina and Chlorella in all forms may be made from other food sources such as barley and wheatgrass, etc.

I never had any problems using either of these as supplemGreen vegetable juice on rustic wood tableents.

Go ahead – make a Green Drink Smoothie, add some Spirulina Powder, and experience a new energy.