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Page 16 of 35 | # 45 | Page 17 DETOXIFICATION By Dr. Mercola Detoxifica on is an important aspect of op mal health, but can be quite confusing, not to men on risky if done incorrectly. Wendy Myers, a func onal diagnos c nutri onist, founder of MyersDetox. com and author of "Limitless Energy: How to Detox Toxic Metals to End Exhaus on and Chronic Fa gue," is a treasure trove of informa on on this topic. One key component many fail to take into considera on when detoxing is their exposure to non-na ve electromagne c fields (EMFs) and microwave radiation from cellphones and Wi-Fi routers. Unless you address these exposures, your detoxification capacity may be impeded. In other words, your body may not be able to excrete heavy metals as efficiently as it would otherwise, due to the interference caused by EMFs. EMFs Hinder Detoxifica on As explained by Myers, when you have heavy metals in your body, you tend to a ract EMFs to your body. EMFs in turn impact your body's metabolism and func oning — and its ability to effec vely eliminate toxins and heavy metals. "That is one of the things I work with," Myers says. "Iden fying and trying to reduce EMF in [my clients'] environment, so they can improve their body's ability to func on generally and to detox." In my book, "Fat for Fuel: A Revolu onary Diet to Combat Cancer, Boost Brain Power and Increase Your Energy," I detail a program to improve your mitochondrial func on, and reducing your toxic burden is an important part of the equa on. Your mitochondria will suffer as long as you bombard your body with EMF. In fact, EMF exposure itself is intrinsically a mitochondrial poison. Professor Emeritus Mar n Pall wrote an excellent paper explaining one of the primary mechanisms of harm from exposure to microwave radia on from cell phones. It is related to voltage-gated calcium channels. EMFs impact these calcium channels that release calcium into the cell. Calcium causes nitric oxide release and combines with superoxide, thereby crea ng perioxinitrate, which is a massive producer of hydroxyl free radicals, the most destruc ve free radical known. Regular exposure to EMFs can actually poison your cells more than ionizing radia on from X-rays. Common Metals That Wreak Havoc With Your Mitochondrial Func on Fa gue is a widespread problem today. "In doing my research, I was trying to figure out what is making us so red," Myers says. Eventually, she discovered a treasure trove of mitochondrial research and studies showing how various metals impact the mitochondria's ability to produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the energy currency in your body. Metals that are par cularly detrimental to mitochondrial func on include: • Aluminum, which is very prevalent in our environment, including the air we breathe, thanks to geoengineering. Aluminum is also found in many vaccines, and is used in water treatment plants to separate out sediments. An perspirants, aluminum cans, foil and cookware are other common sources of exposure. Aluminum poisons enzymes that transport nutrients into your mitochondria, impeding their ability to produce energy. "When you remove aluminum and other mitochondrial poisons, we see a drama c uptake in people's energy levels, even people who are chronically fa gued or bedridden from their fa gue," Myers says. "Within a year or so, they are able to start func oning again just from detoxing these metals". • Arsenic, found in an bio cs fed to conven onally-raised chickens and eggs, is another. To avoid arsenic, eat organic, pastured eggs and chicken. Rice is another common source, and Myers recommends avoiding brown rice for this reason. Other sources include wine, apple juice and drinking water. • Tin affects your mitochondria a bit differently. The membrane of your mitochondria needs to have a certain charge to function properly. Tin dispels that charge, effectively handicapping the mitochondria. According to Myers, many have surprisingly high levels of tin in their bodies. • Thallium, a gasoline addi ve, is a common air pollutant thanks to smog and car exhaust fumes. Thallium is added to gasoline for the same reason lead used to be added — to reduce knocking and improve engine performance. Lead was successfully removed from gasoline after public outcry, but now they add thallium instead. Few are aware of this, or understand its health effects, but thallium is a major factor in chronic fatigue.

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