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Glyphosate Toxicity Affects Everyone – What Can You Do?

Dr. Eric Gordon & Dr. Isaac Eliaz explore the health conditions
directly related to glyphosate exposure

From mycotoxin illness to gut dysbiosis, neurological diseases, cancers, chronic kidney disease, and more, we are beginning to understand how glyphosate (Roundup)—the most widely used pesticide in the world—is a contributing factor in the significant spike we’re seeing with inflammatory, degenerative, and systemic conditions today.

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Published, independent research* continues to demonstrate the health risks and conditions associated with glyphosate exposure.

One key issue is the question of whether glyphosate bioaccumulates in the body – meaning that the levels of exposure are higher than what our system can process out through the usual channels.

While industry scientists claim that glyphosate does not bioaccumulate (due to its water solubility), emerging data from independent researchers shows significant levels of glyphosate accumulation in the bones and vital organs of different species. Glyphosate can often bind in the same places that glycine normally would in polypeptide chains and may lead to protein unfolding and toxicity in our bodies.

As the body of research continues to evolve, it’s clear that there’s much more to the role of glyphosate exposure than many people may realize. 

Dr. Eric Gordon recently sat down with integrative detoxification expert Dr. Isaac Eliaz to have a candid conversation about the topic. 

In their discussion, Dr. Eliaz explores the health conditions directly related to glyphosate exposure, and symptoms that are presenting across diverse patient demographics. The discussion includes how to address this widespread problem using researched natural strategies, and Dr. Eliaz’s rationale for developing his new product, GlyphoDetox.

Follow the link below to read more from Dr. Gordon & Dr. Eliaz’s interview.

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The Truth About Mycotoxins In Your Coffee

Drs Eric Gordon and Nafysa Parpia are joined by Andrew Salisbury, founder of Purity Coffee, to talk about how cultivation and processing methods can cause toxins in most coffees.

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Pre-tox (not detox) is the first step to health

Our patients who pre-tox see the best results, hands down.

Pre-tox is the first step to health and is often overlooked. It’s an essential component to healing chronic illness, disease prevention, and thriving health.

One of the best ways for us to pre-tox is to avoid the toxins in many of the foods we consume daily that can lead to disease and metabolic imbalance.

Coffee is FULL of toxins

Many people drink coffee on a daily basis, unaware of the pervasive and dangerous toxins that numerous coffee brands contain – mycotoxins, pesticides and other toxic chemicals

Coffee is grown in warm, moist climates. This makes it an ideal place for mold to thrive.

While the safe levels of mycotoxins in coffee remain a point of debate for many of our chronically ill patients the goal is always to remove as many toxicants as possible.

We began a search for a cleaner alternative for our patients and found that in Purity Coffee. We enjoy drinking it ourselves and suggest it to our patients.

The ideal environment for producing mycotoxins

Molds and mycotoxins are not the same thing. Rather, mycotoxins can be produced by certain molds. In other words, these fungi will not produce mycotoxins unless the environment is right: the variety of mold, high levels of moisture, and conditions in roastery warehouses are ideal.

Mycotoxins can develop during improper storage

One of the realities of the coffee trade is that there is usually some amount of mold spores on green coffee before it is roasted. Of course, roasting easily kills mold and its spores, but ridding the coffee beans of mycotoxins which have developed during improper storage of the beans is not easy.

When you think of “mycotoxins,” we suggest you focus on avoiding the one that poses the greatest risk when it comes to coffee – Ochratoxin A

Ochratoxin A (also known as OTA) has been tied to a number of serious health risks. The U.S. government considers the compound to be a possible carcinogen. It’s also an immunosuppressant. Finally, it’s also connected to nephrotoxicity, meaning it’s particularly dangerous to the kidneys. Specifically, a study of Balkan Endemic Nephropathy found that consuming OTA was correlated with the disease, which was associated with severe kidney damage and difficulty with urination. (1)

Few people know that this dangerous toxin even exists, much less that it’s a risk to their health. While many fungi create an odd smell or taste, the fungi that produces OTA provides no such warning. There are multiple stages at which it can taint coffee beans, and once it’s taken hold it is very difficult to eliminate. Even trying to get rid of it can lead to further problems.

In 2003 a study of Brazilian coffee found 91.7% were contaminated with mold

A 2009 study from Batista et al. found that 56% of 128 different coffee samples contained OTA. This particular study found that cross-contamination of OTA was common in processing centers that did not safeguard against these particles. That means that even beans that were not infected before they reached a processing plant could be contaminated due to the facility’s condition. Extreme care and extensive testing must be taken to avoid OTA lingering in a processing plant and infecting other coffee beans.)

The only way to avoid drinking OTA is to choose coffee that was never contaminated in the first place.

Purity Coffee does not, and will not, purchase any green coffee unless it tests free of Ochratoxin and Aflatoxin. That means only choosing coffee that is laboratory tested for OTA.

When the coffee leaves its country of origin, it arrives at the roastery where conditions in the warehouse are controlled to prevent OTA from developing. This is why there will never be OTA in your Purity Coffee*.

And just to be absolutely sure, they spot-check their finished products in independent labs.

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Why do I need to test before detoxing?

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A short segment from Jill Carnahan, MD interviewing Nafysa Parpia, ND
for her podcast Dr. Jill Live. Learn how Dr. Parpia begins treatment
with complex patients, using testing to find the specific toxicant burden
and creating a custom path to begin detoxifying.

I want to detox. Can’t I just start?

Most of our patients need to detoxify. In fact – many people in the general public know that due to the toxic burden on the planet, there is likely a high toxic load that their bodies now have to deal with.

You need to know what toxins are affecting you so you can target those when you detox.In a previous post and video, we talked about the importance of cleaning up your food and water, and the parts of your environment that you can have control over in order to help to lower new toxins your body is absorbing from the outside world. What about the chemicals and toxins you already are dealing with in your body?

Determining your toxic burden is key.

Each person is individual in terms of how they absorb and process toxins. Some may easily be able to excrete toxins already accumulated in the body with little interference to their health. For others, their system struggles to remove toxins, either due to genetic issues with detoxification, or because of a pre-existing high toxin load. Still others may have issues with detoxification if they have gastrointestinal issues (constipation, SIBO, leaky gut, dysbiosis for example) or other underlying diagnoses.

Depending on what is involved, we may use different strategies for detoxifying. We don’t want to cause more illness when we mobilize the toxins – this can happen when the appropriate strategies are not in place.

We recommend personalized lab testing

In order to look at a wide range of inner biochemical as well as environmental toxicants:  herbicides, pesticides, and toxic chemicals from products like pharmaceuticals, packaged foods, household products, and environmental pollution.  We also look at heavy metals in the blood and urine, and as well we may take a look at the toxic burden of metals at a cellular level. If appropriate, we evaluate for mold/mycotoxin illness by testing for mold IgG allergens, mycotoxin load, and mycotoxin allergens.

Other factors affecting toxic load

Along with the more common toxicants, transient environmental events and geographical location can cause abnormally high levels of specific toxins not present in other areas.

For example, on the West Coast, we are seeing higher levels of arsenic and aluminum as compared to what we have seen in the past. Some areas may be more populated and people commute more, some may live near an airport, and some towns and cities may have a higher number of homes built with certain materials that contain toxins not present in other areas. The toxic chemistry from houses, cars, and other buildings has an effect on air quality. The reality is that the possible combinations of toxic chemistry are endless and ever-changing.

Genetics also plays a part

We also look at genomics and how different mutations may work together in symphony to create certain biochemical states. While we may run the same labs for different patients, we find different pieces of the puzzle in each person, and each person will respond to treatment in their own way. How you respond to your environment hinges a lot on your genes, so it is important to have an idea of this when creating your personalized detoxification plan.

One size does not fit all

Since your inner biochemistry and environmental toxin load is unique to you, we recommend personalized detoxification strategies rather than a one size fits all plan.

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Pre-Tox: 5 Things You Must Do Before You Detox

Drs Eric Gordon and Nafysa Parpia deep dive into the many underlying causes of what can keep patients ill.

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Watch the video mentioned by Dr. Parpia or read the full transcript Underlying Factors of Chronic Fatigue – Dr. Jill with Dr. Nafysa Parpia

There are many important factors to consider when thinking about detoxing. At the Mycotoxins and Chronic Illness Summit Dr. Parpia talked about the importance of “pre-tox” and much more. All of the conversations and connections during this summit were nothing short of life changing, and we are excited to be able to share this small part with you. 

Before You Detox

Your inner biochemistry and environmental toxin load is unique to you

We recommend personalized detoxification strategies rather than a one size fits all plan.

Find out why it’s important to test before detoxing and learn what six essential pre-tox tests we recommend.

Read the post: Why do I need to test before detoxing?

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Preventing the Failed Patient – Detoxification

The important factors we consider when working
with complex chronic illness

Environmental toxicants impair cellular functions. Lyme/tick-borne disease/co-infections, parasites, and viruses all modulate immune function to their advantage and the host disadvantage.

With exposure, the immune system is over-activated, causing hypersensitivity, allergies, mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS), and/or autoimmunity. The immune system may also be misdirected, and does not mount an appropriate response to infection.

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Most of our patients who present with long standing Lyme disease have evidence of a high environmental toxicant load through clinical history and laboratory results. They respond well to therapies that reduce the toxicant load, which leads to normalization of the immune response. Everyone benefits from detox, but in these patients, it is mandatory.

Toxicants that hinder the healing cycle may include: mold toxins, biotoxins and other neurotoxins, heavy metals, high EMF exposure or high sensitivity to it, environmental toxin burden such as high perchlorate, PCBs, glyphosate (Roundup), other pesticides and other chemicals.

Consider whether you:

  • Live/lived in a home with mold or water damage?
  • Live/lived near or on a farm or vineyard? how far from?
  • Live/lived near freeway? How far from?
  • Live/lived in an industrial location?
  • Live/lived in home while it was being renovated?
  • Ever worked with chemicals – artist, dark room, painting/renovating homes, industrial work?
  • Use pesticides, insecticides, herbicides in your garden or your neighbors use them in their gardens?
  • Have metal amalgams in your mouth?

Treatment for toxins needs to precede and be concurrent with herbal and antibiotic treatment of persistent tick-borne disease. It includes appropriate oral, IV and physical detoxification therapies PLUS MCAS treatment. If mast cell activation is on a hair trigger even detox may cause flares.

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