How Environmental Toxins Affect the Human Body

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In this video podcast we discuss how environmental toxins affect the human body

This week Brett and I are discussing information my staff and I learned at the recent Age Management Medicine Group national conference. We are basing our information on a presentation by Dr. Derrick DeSilva about environmental toxins and heavy metals in our environment and how they impact us as we age.

Dr. DeSilvia presented many interesting and shocking facts in his talk, two of which are:

  1. 70% of all Americans are on at least 1 prescription drug.
  2. 20% of Americans are on 5 or more!

All of these prescriptions alter the body to eradicate a disease process, but they also leave us with shortages of nutrients that lead to accelerated aging.

  • Cause of Aging
  • Decline of hormones
  • Oxidative stress
  • Toxin overload
  • Lack of Nutrients

Why do so many of us need so many medicines? Is it due to the advertising of drugs on the television and in other media? Or is it because as a population we are getting sicker than we once were. Basically, the answer falls into three categories:

  1. We don’t get the same nutrition in our food our grandparents did. For example an apple has 70% less nutrition than it did 40 years ago. This is due to many things but Dr DeSilva believes it is due to lack of crop rotation which uses up the nutrients in the soil. We try to replace them with chemical additives and fertilizers in the soil but it does not improve the nutrition in our food.
  2. We take multiple medications that use up our modicum of nutrition.
  3. We are made toxic by the many chemicals in our environment from industry and the use of plastics that leave us with hormonal imbalances.

So we might not be able to change the nutrition in our food, or the toxins in out environment, but we can replace the vitamins and minerals that are used up by our medications. For those of us between the ages of 20-59 the single most common class of drugs prescribed for us are anti-depressants. These drugs are prescribed for symptoms other than depression, but with the number of people taking them they have a global impact on our overall nutrition. Each medication we take causes specific nutritional losses. The table below shows what you need to replace to balance the losses from the most common medications.

Oxidative stress is a cause of aging, and is the outcome of toxins, malnutrition, and overall emotional stress, from modern life. We talk about why it matters, and what we can do to begin to combat the accumulative effects of oxidative stress and toxins in our bodies when combined with the changes in the nutritional balance of the evolving food sources.

I think you will find this to be an informative and important discussion. Hopefully it will stimulate your awareness and your dedication to changing some of the ways you eat and exercise. If you are so gifted to be in an environmental engineer or a researcher, maybe you can change the big problems that plague us, toxins and poor nutrition in our food.

Every drug requires a nutritional adjustment to make it safe—Even over the Counter

Drugs that cause the body to deplete Co Q 10 – Co Q 10 necessary to take this drug safely

  • Beta Blockers
  • Statins
  • SSRI’s depression medication
  • Metformin


  • Causes loss of Co Q 10 – Symptoms
  • Fatigue, alleries
  • Gum disease
  • Cardiac dysfunction

Diuretics _HCTZ, Maxide cause depletion of

  • Magnesium—75% of the US pop is deficient in Magnesium
  • Potassium
  • Zinc
  • Sodium

Magnesium Deficiency equals:

  • muscle weakness,
  • twitching,
  • depression,
  • high blood pressure,
  • Heart Disease
  • Cardiac Arrhythmias

Zinc Deficiency

  • Slows healing
  • Impairs sense of smell and taste
  • Impairs immune system

NSAIDs (Motrin, Aleve, Ibuprophen) Deplete

  • Folic Acid
  • Vitamin C
  • Iron
  • Amino Acids

Ulcer Medication Deplete

  • B12,
  • Folic Acid,
  • Iron,
  • Calcium,
  • Vitamin D,
  • Zinc

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