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• Coal tar dyes are highly carcinogenic. All artificial colors, flavors, and odors are made from coal tar. You will find them in all soft drinks, cosmetics, and many medicines. Foods which have bright colors, strong flavors, or odors often have coal tar in them. (The FDA lists thousands of approved food additives. The more natural and unprocessed the food is, the less likely it is to have additives. Junk foods are the worst.)

• Research has shown that cyclamates, an artificial sweetener, will in later years cause cancer of the stomach and other digestive organs. Ditto for saccharin.

• Food additives like MSG, BHT, BHA, DES, and others are poisons. Read the labels carefully. Keep in mind that many harmful food additives are not listed on the labels because the FDA considers them to be "Generally Regarded as Safe" Those chemicals you will find in the FDA GRAS List. But that does not mean they are safe!

• Diethylstilbestrol (Des) has been shown by the FDA to cause cancer of the uterus, breast and other reproductive organs. This is an artificial sex hormone widely used in food production. Dangerous residues of stilbestrol are in 85% of all the meat sold in the United States. This is the main reason why 15 countries around the world now refuse to import American meat; 21 nations have a total ban on the use of stilbestrol in food production or processing.

• Nitrosamines cause cancer of the liver, stomach, brain, bladder, kidneys and several other organs. Dr. William Lijinski, of the University of Nebraska, says they are "perfect carcinogens." When chemical preservatives and color enhancers are ingested, they cause the body to produce nitrosamines. Another source is nitrates and nitrites, which are heavily added to meat during processing. Runoff of nitrates and nitrites from fields sprayed with chemical fertilizers get into aquifers and wells and, when the water is drunk, can lead to cancer.

• Yes, aluminum cookware is a type of "food additive!" Throw it all away. It is poisonous to your body. It is outlawed in Sweden; outlaw it in your kitchen. Aluminum is a poison, and also a relatively soft metal. Particles of it gradually melt into the food you are cooking. That is why it remains so shiny inside!

• Use only stainless steel or glassware for cooking.

• Be very careful that you rinse all the soap off your dishes and pots, or you will have added an additional chemical "food additive" to your next meal.


• Avoid chemicals such as hair sprays, all other aerosol products, fresh paints, garden pesticides, cleaning compounds and waxes, insecticide strips, mothballs and crystals, etc. Anything unnatural.

• Dr. Max Gerson would not allow his cancer patients to dye their hair while recovering from cancer.

• Old-fashioned soap is all you need to disinfect, but when hexachlorophene is added to that soap, the soap becomes more deadly. Widely used in maternity and other hospital wards, as well as in cosmetics and deodorants, "hex" is a powerful cancer producer.

• Chemicals encourage the formation of free radicals in the body, which may lead to cancer. Do not be around or use chemicals. The body has to work to throw off the chemicals, when it should be attacking the cancer cells.

• Exposure to certain chemicals, such as benzidines, aniline dyes, and napthalenes, tends to promote development of bladder and kidney cancer.

• Exposure to asbestos, nickel, chromates, pesticides, herbicides, and radioactive materials induces lung cancer.

• Aflatoxins (found especially in peanuts and soy sauce) must be avoided.

• Avoid amines (which are in cheese, meat, and unrefrigerated foods).

• Antibiotics predispose to cancer. This would include tetracycline, penicillin, aspirin, diuretics, immunosuppressants, Azolid, Butazolidin, Presamine, Tofranil, Sk-Promine, Tapazole, Methotrexate, antihistamines, amphetamines, Atromids, etc.

• Aspirin inhibits lymphocytes (white blood cells) which are crucially needed in immunological defenses.

• No medicinal drugs ever healed anything; it is nature which heals. Drugs are given to shock the body into healing itself. A poison is introduced, and this rouses the body to a supreme effort to throw off the poison. The result is generally a weakening of body organs, a transfer of the site of disease to a different location, and sometimes a smothering of symptoms—till a later, more deadly, form emerges.

• The taking of birth control pills, estrogen, and other female hormones is damaging to the body. A later result can be cancer. One anticancer physician (Gerson) found that the only cancer patients he could not recover were those who were taking hormones or who had damaged livers.

• The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported (May 1972) that pregnant women who take hormones can result in cancer in their daughters when they enter their teens. The rate of leukemia rate is highest in affluent areas, where medical help can be afforded and lowest among poorer people.

• City living is depressing. It is also unhealthful. The carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, and other photochemical pollutants in city smog definitely cause cancer of the lungs. Smog is somewhat present in rural areas, but the thickest in the cities where it is especially produced.

• Automobile exhausts and phosphate fertilizers produce cadmium. This trace mineral is very toxic in larger amounts and produces various diseases, including cancer. Cadmium is concentrated in animal livers and shellfish. Avoid both of them.


Toxic Effects of Foods

Many foods contain their own toxins. If these are ingested in large quantities or repetitively problems can arise. Toxins involved in food processing and storage include carcinogens such as nitrosamines, bleaching agents such as methionine sulphoximine, solvent extraction by trichloroethylene and fumigation with ethylene oxide. Natural toxins from plants may be both endogenous and exogenous. Cabbage and related vegetables contain glucosinolates which have goitrogenic activity although clinical symptoms are unlikely. Sweet potatoes or legumes may produce cyanogens thus producing neuropathy and mental confusion. Datura stramonium may produce atropine with resultant hallucinations. Bananas may produce pressor amines thus causing headache and hypertension. Solanine may be found in potatoes, especially when badly stored, which may result in headaches, incoherence, hallucination and dizziness. Exogenous sources include peanuts and grains which may contain aflatoxins if contaminated with certain moulds. Aflatoxins can cause encephalopathy, hallucinations, and hepatic disease. Nitrites originating from endogenous nitrates may be present in some green vegetables including spinach with potential risk of headache, hepatic disease and methaemoglobinaemia. Conversion to nitrosamines results in potential risk of carcinogenic activity. Naturally occurring toxins from animals occur. Endogenous examples include fish which contain certain lipoproteins which may result in symptoms of vomiting, headache, and dizziness. Other examples include cheese which contains tyramine which can give headache and elevated blood pressure in susceptible individuals. Saxitoxin originating from dinoflagellates may be found in fish or shellfish possibly giving symptoms of dyspnoea, paralysis, or hemorrhage.

Food Sensitivities

These have been shown to cause mild to severe problems causing abnormal smooth muscle reactions. This occurs more in the uterus, tubes, and ovaries than previously thought and reactions occur especially in the blood vessels. This means that the ovaries, tubes and uterus could be a double target organ with the vessels contained in them and the intrinsic muscles themselves becoming sensitized. The mechanism of these sensitivities can be through IgE, but probably more often occurs via Type II, III, and IV mechanisms or even from direct non-immune triggering (Rea and Brown, 1986). Avoidance for four days with rechallenge usually allows the diagnosis of food sensitivity. The most common offenders for the tubes, ovaries, and uterus are coffee, tea, cane sugar, wheat, corn, milk, beef, eggs, chicken, and pork. Many of the accessory signs and symptoms such as headache, depression, and agitation of the PMS patient occur or may be accentuated as a result of sensitivity to these and other foods.

Food Additives

These consist of preservatives, colorings, pesticides, herbicides, and flavorings (Rea and Brown, 1986). All commercial foods in the USA now have pesticides and herbicides in them. This is probably so in the UK also. Reactivity in the PMS patient can occur from these and may well be one of the major reasons that menstrual cycles become disordered. Aldehydes are used in some foods as flavoring and when coupled with formaldehyde used as preservatives in others can trigger reactions of the gynecological system. Sulphites, monosodium glutamate, benzoic acids, and tartrazine dyes can also trigger reactions. Many heavy metals like lead, cadmium and mercury may be found in foods and may trigger severe metabolic reactions especially through the glutathione pathway with resultant gynecological dysfunction. All of the food parameters tend to increase total body burdens in the PMS patient.




© 2001  Ronald J. Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O
NOTICE: This information is provided for educational purposes. Any medical procedures, dietary changes, or nutritional supplements discussed herein should only be undertaken on the advice of a qualified physician.

Ronald J. Grisanti, D.C., D.A.B.C.O
The Grisanti Center for Integrative Medicine
4200 East North Street, Suite 14 • Greenville, SC 29615
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