Cindy Klement, MS, CNS, MCHES

 

   Nutritionist, Herbalist, Holistic Health 

   Practitioner, Speaker, Author

   Adjunct Professor of Functional and

   Integrative Medicine

 

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"Your Body's Environmental Chemical Burden"

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"Plant Medicine Safety"


 

 The World Health Organization study released in March of 2016 reported that nearly 12.6 million people worldwide died as a result of environmental factors in 2012.

 

What are the health consequences of continued exposure to environmental chemicals throughout a lifetime, beginning in the womb? Scientists found an average of 287 chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of newborns including pesticides, flame retardants, consumer product ingredients, and industrial pollutants. And that’s just the beginning. Exposure to contaminants continues thereafter on a daily basis creating a “body burden” or, simply put, an accumulated slurry of chemicals stored in our bodies.

 

What are these chemicals used for in industry? How are we exposed? Which tissues in the body are they stored in, and how do they affect our overall health? Can we detoxify persistent pollutants? Or, better yet, is it possible to further avoid them? Referencing over 1500 published research papers highlighting the 25 most common chemicals affecting populations worldwide today, Your Body’s Environmental Chemical Burden not only provides answers to these questions but includes a comprehensive resource guide containing information on how to limit and even avoid future exposure.

 

According to four-time best-selling author Dr. Deanna Minich, this new book is “the go-to toxin reference for the 21st century -- something every home should have!




     This book is a compilation of plant safety information from six different sources: the University of Maryland Medical Center, the National Institutes of Health, Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, the online pharmaceutical encyclopedia Drugs.com, the Therapeutic Research Faculty at rxlist.com (an online medical resource for prescription medications in the U.S.), and WebMD. Opinions differ, as does research, which can result in a variance in the listed contraindications for each plant.


     It’s important to note that I am not a researcher; I am merely the messenger. My hope is that by sharing this information those practicing plant medicine will have a greater understanding of safe use. Also important to note is that I have listed only the major drug interactions in this guide. However, there are also the additional categories of moderate and mild contraindications, which were too numerous to list, so it is important for readers to visit the website resources listed for further information.


     Regarding the “Avoid Use” category in the guide, you’ll notice that there are conditions listed where one or more of the sources indicate the plant should not be used. But just to be sure I would also recommend that if one is taking any medication that is contraindicated with a particular plant, that the condition being treated by the medication also be considered an “avoid use” situation.


     The reason pregnancy and nursing appears so often in the “Avoid Use” category is that plants can have hormonal effects, they can stimulate uterine contractions or blood flow, or have been shown in research to be dangerous to infants and the unborn. Visiting the websites listed can provide further information on these and other conditions.


     Something else to consider is that it’s highly recommended that two weeks prior to any surgical procedure that the use of herbs and supplements are suspended so as not to interfere with clotting time, heart rate, blood sugar, or with the anesthesia or other medications that might be used during surgery.