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Benzene Poisoning: What To Do if You Are Exposed to Benzene

benzene hazardWhat smells sweet, is as colourless as water, burns like gasoline and may give you cancer?

Well the clue is in the title – it's benzene. Being part of crude oil and used in gasoline as an anti-knocking agent to make petrol engines work better, there's a lot of it about. It's not just in the oil industry where you can have exposure either.

Naturally any occupational connection to transport will provide opportunity for exposure – truck drivers, mechanics, logistics and so on. Not so long ago benzene was used as an after shave lotion and even as part of a process to decaffeinate coffee.

Ingenious engineers found more and more uses for this flexible chemical right through industry until in the 1970s it was found that deaths from leukemia were connected to a use of benzene by Goodyear in Ohio. Leukemia is a form of cancer that focuses on the blood.

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Alcohol Detox and Addiction – Some Overlooked Factors

Are you getting  signals that you need to take a break from alcohol?

The signals don't arrive by SMS but in your feelings. So if you drink alcohol every day or are feeling run down, fatigued and having symptoms such as aching muscles or digestive problems then a detox hint can be decoded from the signals.

With daily use or occasional binging, harm is being done to the brain and to the liver, stomach and kidneys.

Like a boxer getting back into the ring every day, you might be denying that any harm is happening.

The boxer is taking the damage and getting, "punch drunk" while you may be denying the damage and getting "alcohol drunk".

Every part of the body is involved when alcohol is consumed simply because it gets into the blood stream and all of the the alcohol (or other drug) really ends up in the liver.

The Liver is the central organ for detox so it has to grab every molecule of alcohol it can and convert it to a less harmful molecule which is not going to cause any damage to the body.

Cycling each tiny amount of alcohol through a process of chemical transformation is complicated and we can do it but it comes at a cost.

For every molecule of alcohol to be detoxed and transformed nutrient molecules have to be used.

When you bake a cake you need flour and water and other ingredients and when you detox you need multiple vitamins especially B complex and minerals as well as protein for amino acids to help deal with the alcohol.

When "alcoholics" are taken to a facility "to detox" they are simply left to recover from the effects of drinking too much and not given any help to process the alcohol through their system. This is often wrongly called a detox or detoxification centre.

Really this is just a "drying out" or recovery centre. Then they'll start all over again.

Real detox is a careful step by step process where the nutrients the liver and the rest of the body, need are provided.

In addition when working with an addiction, emotional and spiritual support and counselling is required. Addiction is not just a habit or a fad, it is a sign that something deeper is missing from the person's life. If the addicted person – and I don't like the word, "patient", or "user",  is helped to gain insight and helped either with Cognitive Behaviour therapy or many other possible awareness therapies then they have a chance of putting the addiction behind them for good.

Addiction is a sign that something is missing and until that is addressed the addict is vulnerable to a downward slide to deeper levels of trouble and damage to their life.

Notional therapy is essential to work with the physical aspects of the problems but counselling and awareness is important to work with the non  physical part of addiction.

Have you put an addiction behind you? How did you do it?

Detoxin – Is This the Detox Formula For You?

Detoxin is a detox formula that I recently noticed online. I have no experience of using it but I thought it may be useful to look at the ingredients and reflect on the claims made for it.

Speaking of which here are some claims from the website…

  • Flatten the midsection & reduce the waistline †
  • Assist in weight loss †
  • Detoxify, cleanse and rejuvenate your body's filtration system-liver, gallbladder & kidneys †
  • Relief from temporary bloating †
  • Improve immune function †
  • Improve natural emery levels & feeling of well being †

 

The cross symbol references a note at the foot of the web page which says, "These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE USING THIS PRODUCT."

So let's look at what's in it…

Detoxin calls itself an "Advanced Detoxification Formula" and mostly consists of 4 proprietary blends. Let's look at each one in turn…

Liver Detox and support Blend

In many circles detox is synonymous with cleansing the liver. I don't hold this view but Liver detox is vital nonetheless. This is mostly achieved by using detox herbs so we expect Milk thistle and some others and that's what we get. As well as Milk thistle Detoxin has the herbs Bupleurum, Schizandra, Vitis and ginger, turmeric and nutritionals MSM and NAC.

Bupleurum according to Drugs.com is an anti-pyretic, that is it acts to cure fever and protects the liver and G.I tract

Schizandra is also a standard herb used in Chinese Herbal Medicine and is mentioned in the Wiki as useful in treating viral hepatitis. Traditionally used to strengthen Kidney and Liver energy.

Vitis Vinifera extract – this is a grape vine and we are given no details about the extract whether it is grape seed extract for instance.

MSM is a great sulphur containing mineral and the liver needs sulphur to detox.

NAC antioxidant so it fights free radicals and oxidative damage and I have written about it here

The Gallbladder Detox and Support Blend

This formula is composed of the herbs Artichoke, Barberry and Fennel seed and peppermint – all familiar herbs used to help digestion

Kidney Detox and Support

This blend consists of Dandelion, Parsley and Cranberry and Phyllanthus Niruri.

Dandelion is one of the foundation herbs used to detox the liver and kidney but Phyllanthus is a new one to me. It seems to be an Ayurvedic remedy with recent scientific studies showing powerful healing effects on the liver.

Colon Cleanse and Detox Blend

This formula is composed of Cascara, Senna, prune, Black walnut, FOS, Marshmallow  – with 3 powerful laxative herbs this may be too powerful for some! FOS is a special sugar designed to encourage the healthy and beneficial bacteria to grow in the bowel. This helps exclude dangerous bacteria just like the consumption of real or live yogurt does.

Altogether the Blends add up to a very credible detox formula. There are some extras at the end of the label that make me a little unhappy – such as gelatine and titanium dioxide and 3 additives for colouring.

Although It has some good ingredients the proof as they say is in the pudding! Only some extra feedback would allow me to recommend it but Detoxin certainly makes it onto a shortlist of Detox formulas.

As to the claims that it will flatten the tummy, reduce the waistline etc – I'd be a little surprised although Detox may lead to weight loss so it could happen!

Have you tried Detoxin? Anything you can share? Please leave a comment below