A recent (March 2008) pier reviewed study published in the Journal of American Neurotoxicology and Teratology states that only small to moderate amounts of pesticides in rats cause excessive weight gain by damaging brain structures in brain like the hypothalamus and the pituitary (Lassiter, 2008). What are the Toxins doing to cause weight gain? There are 2 solid reasons:
1) When toxins enter your body they have an affinity for fat cells, due to the fact that they are fat soluble. When the toxins attach to the outer cell membrane, which is made of a lipid bi-layer (two layers of fat), it causes the cells to continually release Leptin. And when Leptin is elevated too often, just like Insulin in Type II Diabetes, the receptors burn out and the message is not heard. Remember, Leptin is the hormone that tells the brain to burn fat for energy. Therefore, weight gain that does not respond to exercise or diet is inevitably due to Leptin resistance.
2) The toxins also cause the release of chemicals called cytokines that damage Leptin receptors in the brain (hypothalamus). Once the receptors to Leptin have been damaged, Weight Loss Resistance is only the first of many problems (Pompa, 2007).
Your body makes an extremely important hormone called MSH (Melanocyte Stimulating Hormone). MSH is produced in the hypothalamus by Leptin, and it controls nerve, hormone, cytokine functions, skin and mucus membrane defenses, and the production of endorphins and melatonin. If your brain cannot hear Leptin, and is therefore Leptin Resistant, you will eventually become MSH deficient (Shoemaker, 2005).
What does this mean? It means that every immune and hormone response in your body will be altered. Practically speaking, you feel horrible and cannot figure out why. You find yourself on medications, chasing symptoms on a never-ending downward spiral.
The key to 21st century health care is understanding how toxins effect this hormonal cascade, causing inflammation, which leads to so many different diseases like depression, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia just to name a few. The science of Weight Loss Resistance will bring us out of the dark ages of extreme dieting and exercise, not only for those who cannot lose weight, but also for those who are challenged with chronic illness.
Detox Myths and Truths
A common marketing myth on the internet, magazines and TV is Colon Cleansing equates to detoxification and/or weight loss. Colon cleansing products are designed to stimulate the colon and eliminate colon build up/waste which may result in temporary weight loss and reduction in colon toxins. However, this does not translate into true fat reduction and a true decrease in your total toxic burden. True detoxification and fat burning (the hormone leptin) occur only by using products that detoxify your body at the cellular level. Read on about a a cleanse (cleansing) detox diet you can also ad to your health program.
Detox Tips and Tricks
Increase your quality dietary fats good fats and eliminate man made fats such as hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated fats trans fats. More fatHow can this help? 1) Increasing good or natural fats binds circulating toxins. 2) Bad man made fats prevent cells from eliminating toxins; Good fats allow cells to eliminate toxins 3) Increasing good fats cause the liver to release stored toxins.
By the way increasing good fats assists with reversing weight loss resistance and fat burning the opposite of what you are told.
From the Desk of Dr. Dan Pompa (Latest Research)
Recent research crossing my desk this month continues to link the consumption of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) to weight gain, fat storage, obesity and appetite control. The two (2) main conclusions from this work are 1) Leptin. Consuming even small amounts of HFCS impairs the bodys ability to recognize leptin, a hormone that controls appetite. 2) Toxins. Levels of metabolic waste products spike when HFCS is consumed. This can disrupt the bodys ability to control blood sugar, raising the risk factor of fat storage and weight gain. Again using a detox cleansing diet plan along with true cellular detoxification products can remove the toxins and rebuild the cell membrain.
Source: Consumption of high-fructose corn syrup in beverages may play a role in the epidemic of obesityhttp://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/abstract/79/4/537
Detox Questions and Answers
Dr. Pompa I know that increasing good fats helps protect and eliminate toxins. However Im concerned with gaining weight? (Ann C.)
Remember consuming good fats does not make you fat it is the inability to burn it (read about the fat hormone leptin above). Your body needs fat to burn or fat. Fats are also critical for hormone production, which is real health concern for most women. I believe good fat to be the # 1 missing nutrients in the standard American diet (SAD). Bonus High fat diets are a natural detox diet that can be added to any true cellular detoxification program. Please check out what I believe to be the best detox diet the cellular healing diet. Click here for a free eBoook.
There is a lot talk today about need for proper detoxification and its critical effect on health/quality of life. The purpose and mission of Dr. Dan Pompa is to work on your behalf to bring you the latest research, breaking news, and solutions surrounding toxicity and detoxification.
Lassiter,T. L. and Brimijoina, S. 2008. Rats gain excess weight after developmental exposure to the organophosphorothionate pesticide, chlorpyrifos, Neurotoxicology and Teratology. Volume 30, Issue 2, March-April 2008, pp. 125-130
Pompa, Dan. (2007.) Why You Cant Lose Weight. In David Riklan and Joe Cilea (Ed.), 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Health. (pp.95-98). Marlboro, NJ: Selfgrowth.com.
Shoemaker R.C. 2005. Mold Warriors: Fighting Americas Hidden Health Threat. Baltimore: Gateway Press.
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