The Link Between Toxicity, Obesity and Cancer
By: Dr. Peggy Malone
Each one of these topics on its own can be considered a health crisis that is affecting more and more people with each passing day.
Now I’m asking you to consider a link between all three.
First of all, let’s explore each one and then how they relate to one another.
Toxicity is quickly making its way to the front of the line as a reason for the increasing amount of illness that many people are faced with in our modern culture.
The pollutants, chemicals and toxins in most everything that we come into contact with are a much greater concern in the 21st century than ever before.
Since 1950, more than 80 000 new chemical compounds have been invented and dispersed into our environment.
An EPA study showed a total of 5 billion, 705 million (5,705,000,000) pounds of chemical pollutants were released into the environment that we eat, breathe and live in just one year.
Many of us just think of pollution as what we see coming out of the smoke stacks of factories. We also mistakenly believe that it can’t really be that bad. It can’t be affecting our health too much. (right?)
Sadly, the air you breathe, the food and water you eat and drink and nearly everything you put on or in your body can contribute to toxic load.
Cosmetics, shampoos, toothpastes, creams and other common products are full of chemicals.
The building materials, carpets, paint etc. that were used to build your house and the building you work in are exposing you to toxins and chemicals.
The laundry detergent you use to wash your clothes and the cleaning products you use to clean your house all have toxic chemicals in them.
All of these everyday chemicals in our food and in our environment are having a very detrimental effect on our health in general.
We are living in a chemical soup that we have accepted as normal in our modern day culture and as a result, we are all toxic to one degree or another.
Our bodies are designed to handle and get rid of moderate amounts of toxic substances, but what most of us are now living in cannot be considered moderate.
We are dealing with toxic overload and despite having the best practitioners, research and treatments in the world, we are sicker than ever and fighting a losing battle against illness and disease.
The amazingly efficient workings of the body will work to protect you as your body faces this onslaught of toxicity.
One of the ways it does this is by storing toxins and pollutants in fat cells.
Fat cells have relatively low metabolically activity and so your body stashes the toxins there to keep these damaging poisons out of your blood stream and away from more important organs and tissues.
Here is where our second topic of Obesity comes into play.
As your body works hard to protect itself from the toxic load, it continues to require more and more fat cells to store toxins in. As a result, the body will gain more and more weight.
68% (and rising) of Americans are overweight and more than 34% are obese. These numbers are expected to continue to rise.
A John Hopkins study projects 3 out of 4 Americans will be overweight and nearly half the population will be obese by 2015!
Wow! Half….it leaves me a bit speechless every time I read it.
The rise in worldwide obesity rates parallels the increase in environmental toxicity.
Not only is your body essentially shrouding itself in fat to protect itself from toxicity, but by doing so, it has ironically made itself susceptible to the risks associated with obesity itself.
High blood pressure, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and cancer, among others, are all associated with obesity.
On top of that, toxins stored in fat cells are sabotaging the inner workings of our cells that help to produce energy and keep your metabolism functioning at a normal rate.
When the basal metabolic rate is reduced because of this inner cell sabotage, the overall effect on the body is weight gain and fatigue no matter how responsible your diet and exercise habits.
Ok, so now obesity has brought us, sadly, to our third topic which is Cancer.
We are in a current day epidemic of Cancer.
The American Cancer Society reports that in 1901, cancer rates were 1 in 8000.
By 2002, the rate had increased to nearly 1 in 2 and now cancer has overtaken heart disease as the number one killer of Americans under 85.
Cancer has also overtaken accidents to become the number one killer of children age 1-14.
The WHO believes that cancer rates may increase by more than 50% by 2020.
The point is…a lot of people are getting cancer.
In generations behind us, cancer wasn’t near as common as it is now and when it did happen, it was usually later in life.
What is often being found now when cancerous tumors are removed and dissected is that they are made up of high concentrations of toxic, man-made chemicals.
So what can we do about it?
Most of this post so far has been filled with bad news about our current state of health and wellness.
So now we have to take action to see if we can remedy any of this mess.
You can lower your cancer risk by losing weight….but it’s not that simple for many people battling obesity.
This is especially true when we consider that it’s not just about diet and exercise if toxicity is messing with and sabotaging the inner workings of my cells’ metabolism.
When a person loses weight through a forced diet, toxins will be released from where they have been stored in fat cells and then will be re-circulated back into other fat cells.
Those toxins, that your body is trying so hard to stash away to protect itself, are not automatically eliminated when the weight is lost.
This is why detoxification is so important in helping to prevent all three of today’s topics.
If you lose weight without detoxifying and eliminating the chemicals that were released as a result of the fat loss, you are bound to gain the weight back again as your body continues to try to protect itself.
This is one factor in why so many people regain the weight after it’s lost. It becomes a yo-yo of weight loss and weight gain.
So, here’s the bottom line:
You can lower your cancer risk by losing weight.
You can lose weight by detoxifying
You can lose toxicity by losing weight.
You can lower your cancer risk by losing toxicity.
Start with detoxification.
I can help you get started today on the detoxification process through nutritional cleansing.
If you have been struggling with obesity, or other illnesses. Leave me a comment below or contact me here for more information on how to get started.
It’s time to make a change so that your future is healthier and happier.
If you are curious to know how toxic you are, check out my free Toxicity Test. It is a questionnaire that will give you some insight into your current level of toxicity.
Dr. Peggy Malone is a Chiropractor and an Athlete who helps other athletes to overcome injury and get back to their sport. Her weekly Television Series 'Living Well" inspires people from all walks of life to take control of their health to be as happy and as healthy as they can be.
A former varsity Basketball and Rugby player, she has since entered the world of endurance athletics where she has completed 2 Ironman Triathlons, 3 Marathons, several Half Marathons and many other Triathlons, Road Races and Off-Road Adventure races of varying distances.
Her own athletic endeavors and injuries have given her valuable insight into working with athletes in her practice for both the care of injuries as well as for the improvement of athletic performance.
Eating in the proper ratios and exercise keeps you at the right weight. Stay away from processed foods. Eat more fruits and vegetables.
Thanks for your comment which is great advice!
Part of the problem is that the majority of the people don’t take this sound advice.
The second part of the problem that I was bringing attention to in this article is that because of all the processed crap they are putting in their bodies as well as the onslaught of toxins and pollutants that their bodies are dealing with from the environment that they live in everyday, obesity is rampant.
Those that try to lose weight without detoxifying will have an extremely difficult time losing the weight and then keeping it off.
It’s also relevant to know that toxicity is a major factor even for those who are eating well and who exercise.
Athletes in my practice who detoxify their bodies while feeding it great nutrition have seen an improvement in their energy levels and their ability to recover post training.
Their injuries have healed much more quickly and they have seen amazing boosts in performance.
Toxicity is a bigger piece of the picture than most of us believe.
I have been battling with colon issues for years. I internalize stress and have had counciling and I am eating lots of veggies and healthy foods but I am still struggling. I exercise regularly and drink lots of water. It seems that stress stops me from having normal bowel movements. I feel gassy and bloated and I have gained ten pounds. I am currently going through a divorce, going back to college and living back with my parents and I also have a challenging fourteen year old boy. I know stress is playing a role. Doing yoga, deep breathing, stretching and all of the things I know to do to release stress is not helping this constipation issue. Is there anything you can suggest? This has been going on for years and I feel that I have tried everything. And I am desperate. I also get migraines and headaches on a daily basis. I just deal with them because all the medicines constipate me. Help please???
I hope that things are going better for you.
Your case sounds rather complicated and my best advice is to work with a health care provider in your area.
If you’ve already exhausted the traditional medical model, maybe try working with a naturopath or a herbalist?