Research Reveals the Importance of Nutrition for Fathers-to-Be

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PORTLAND, OR–(Marketwired – January 03, 2017) – While the importance of nutrition to a pregnant woman is widely known, the fathers’ choices receive far less attention. However, according to nutraceutical company Kirkman®, research is making it clear that environmental exposures and nutritional choices of a father-to-be can have profound effects on reproductive outcomes, from failure to conceive to birth defects.

Smoking and excessive drinking are likely the most common (and most commonly recognized) reproductive hazards and both can lead to reduced sperm counts.1 But there are other common exposures, including many encountered in workplaces, that can have detrimental effects on fertility.2

Millions of chemicals are commonly in commercial use. According to the CDC, more than 1,000 of these have reproductive effects on animals, but few have been studied in humans. Several of those that have been studied have been shown to lower sperm count and/or deform sperm shape (which can reduce the ability of the sperm to “swim” effectively).

Lead, for instance, has been linked to both of these negative outcomes. Exposure to other heavy metals has also been linked to negative effects on sperm production. Potentially damaging chemicals used in workplaces include bromides (used in dyes, disinfectants, and insecticides), styrene (used in plastic production) and tetrachloroethylene (used in dry cleaning).

Body weight has been linked to low sperm counts, both oligozoospermia, which simply means a lower-than-average count, and azoospermia, which indicates a sperm count so low that sperm is actually undetectable. For both underweight and overweight men, there is a slightly increased chance of azoospermia or oligozoospermia. Those deemed “morbidly obese,” however, have twice the odds of low sperm counts.3

Research on the impact of diet on male fertility is still at an early stage. Some studies have merely confirmed that generally nutritious diets lead to better outcomes, but others have narrowed their focus to look at specific nutrients. One found that vitamin E and selenium supplementation both increased motility and reduced the concentration of malformed sperm.4 Another found significant count and motility improvements following regular, high-dose intake of vitamin C.5 High doses of vitamin B-12 were found to increase sperm counts for both humans6 and rats.7

Moral of the story, limit your exposure, replace products and take care of you if you want future generations to be happy and healthy.

References:
  1. DeNoon, Daniel. Study: smoking degrades sperm protein needed for fertility, embryo survival. Accessed 12/27/16 from: http://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/news/20100910/smokers-sperm-less-fertile
  2. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The effects of workplace hazards on male reproductive health. DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 96-132. Accessed 12/27/16 from: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/96-132/
  3. Sermondade, N. BMI in relation to sperm count: an updated systematic review and collaborative meta-analysis. Human Reproduction Update, Jun;19 (3): 221-31. doi: 10.1093/humupd/dms050.
  4. Moslemi MK, Tavanbakhsh S. Selenium–vitamin E supplementation in infertile men: effects on semen parameters and pregnancy rate. International Journal of General Medicine. 2011;4:99-104. doi:10.2147/IJGM.S16275.
  5. Akmal M, Qadri JQ, Al-Waili NS, Thangal S, Haq A, Saloom KY. Improvement in human semen quality after oral supplementation of vitamin C. J Med Food. 2006 Fall;9(3):440-2. Accessed 12/27/16 from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17004914
  6. Moriyama H, Nakamura K, Sanda N, Fujiwara E, Seko S, Yamazaki A, Mizutani M, Sagami K, Kitano T, [Studies on the usefulness of a long-term, high-dose treatment of methylcobalamin in patients with oligozoospermia]. Hinyokika Kiyo. 1987 Jan;33(1):151-6. Accessed 12/27/16 from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3107356
  7. Watanabe T, Ohkawa K, Kasai S, Ebara S, Nakano Y, Watanabe Y. The effects of dietary vitamin B12 deficiency on sperm maturation in developing and growing male rats. Congenit Anom (Kyoto). 2003 Mar;43(1):57-64. Accessed 12/27/16 from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12692404
Source: http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/research-reveals-the-importance-of-nutrition-for-fathers-to-be-2185988.htm

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Undercover Additives: What’s Hiding in Your Foods?

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We’ve all heard the saying, “you are what you eat.” But, do you really know what is in the foods you’re eating? With more than 10,000 additives in the foods we consume as a nation (many of which are banned in other parts of the world), it’s hard to know which additives are safe and which you should avoid.

We’re listing some of the most common additives you should ditch to help equip you and your family on your journey to becoming ToxicFree®.

Nitrates and Nitrites
Commonly Found In: cured meats, drinking water

You Should Know: Environmental Protection Agency refers to nitrates and nitrites as “chemicals used in fertilizers, in rodenticides (to kill rodents), and as food preservatives.” Although Nitrates are a normal part of the diet and can be naturally found in fruits and vegetables, sodium nitrate and potassium nitrite are added to cured meat to preserve its color, prevent fats from going rancid, and stop bacteria from growing.

According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, exposure to environmental nitrates and nitrites during pregnancy may increase the risk of pregnancy complications such as anemia, premature labor or preeclampsia. Excessive nitrate or nitrite exposure can result in acute acquired methemoglobinemia, a serious health condition.

To rid your diet of nitrates and nitrites, eat as many fresh-cooked meats as possible and read the labels of foods to make sure they do not contain these chemicals.

Artificial Dyes
Commonly Found In: candy, cereal, soda, ice cream, pudding, cakes, cookies, snacks and many other processed foods

You Should Know: On the ToxicFree® Blog, Healthy Home co-founder Brittany Glynn talks about the dangers of artificial dyes including FD&C Red #40 and Yellow #5 and #6. According to a study by The Center for Science in The Public Interest, common food dyes pose risks such as hyperactivity in children and allergies.

Many of the foods that contain these dyes are intentionally marketed toward kids, which can put our children at a greater risk for developing the harmful side effects associated with artificial dye. Avoiding “junk food” is a good way to remove artificial dyes from your family’s diet. Recently, Kraft made an announcement about removing artificial dyes from some of their mac and cheese products.

Potassium Bromate
Commonly Found In: bread, crackers, chips

You Should Know: Potassium bromate is illegal in the European Union, Canada, Brazil, China and elsewhere because it is a known carcinogen in rats.  Even though it has been banned all over the world, it is still widely used in the U.S. in breads, chips and other baked snacks to help dough rise while baking. Though it’s found in some foods, potassium bromate isn’t a necessary chemical. Make sure to check labels to find foods that don’t contain this chemical.

BHA and BHT
Commonly Found In: lard, butter, cereal, instant mashed potatoes, beer, potato chips, baked goods, dessert mixes, chewing gum and other foods

You Should Know: Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) is used as a food preservative as well as in food packaging, animal feed, cosmetics, rubber and petroleum products, and some medicines. It is also used as an antioxidant to preserve foods and keep them “fresh” longer.

Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), the chemical cousin to BHA, has the same use. The two compounds are commonly used in conjunction.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest lists BHA as a chemical to avoid and states it is “unsafe in amounts consumed or is very poorly tested and not worth any risk,” and BHT as a chemical you should consume with caution because it “may pose a risk and needs to be better tested. Try to avoid.”

It may seem almost impossible to escape the over 10,000 additives that are in our foods, but you can do your part to remove the most dangerous chemicals. To find ways to avoid ingesting these additives, visit the Environmental Working Group’s Food Scores Database to help you and your family navigate these undercover additives.

Image and content courtesy of Healthy Home Company’s ToxicFree Blog

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Have a Healthy Home for the Holidays!

You don’t want to miss our Black Friday Deals—new products, big sales and gift sets—we’re bringing the holiday cheer to your door!

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There is nothing cheerful or healthy about depriving yourself of sleep in order to fight crowds or increase your blood pressure, and stress yourself out to find a parking space as you waste gasoline, only to find that the sales were not really that great? Why put your body in such a toxic environment and state? Wouldn’t you rather shop for items that are healthy for the whole family, right from the comfort of your own recliner after the nap (we know you will be taking, after Thanksgiving dinner?  

The answer is easy, YES!  I would rather shop from The Club in the comfort of my own home- we do all the work for you by bringing you the store to your door!

Giving the gift of ToxicFree® is easier than ever, and we’re sure you’re going to have plenty of cheer this holiday season. Stay tuned tomorrow for our full list of sale items—you don’t want to miss these deals!

Sale begins at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 27th and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, December 1st! Best part is that Black Friday lasts 4 days…

CLICK HERE to shop, but you better act fast these healthy deals only last for 4 days!

And ICYMI (in case you missed it), Brittany Glynn’s video from the latest Toxic Free Tuesday Webcast is now live on the Healthy Home YouTube Channel! Watch the video below to learn how to have a ToxicFree® Thanksgiving and how to avoid toxins all season long! 

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Are you ready to become a ToxicFree® Coach?

You are a ToxicFree™ crusader, you are already making your home a better place by minimizing the chemicals you allow in your home, you make your own recipes to clean with….  YOU are the perfect candidate to become a ToxicFree™ coach!  Join the club, share the cause!

Join Healthy Home CEO Bill Glynn and member of the Core Four Mike Hernandez tonight at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT as they host a live webcast! Learn what it means to be a ToxicFree™ Coach and how you can join the Cause!

REGISTER NOW: http://bit.ly/toxicfreecoach

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LEARN TO LIVE TOXIC-FREE

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LEARN TO LIVE TOXIC-FREE

The leading authority in the field of ToxicFree personal care products and formulation, Linda Chaé, will be hosting a series of webinars designed to help you differentiate between good and dangerous ingredients included in the products you use everyday. 

Linda’s work represents the culmination of 38 years of research dedicated to creating safe products. If you’ve been struggling with questions like the difference between non-toxic and toxic-free, or what makes hand sanitizer so bad for you, make sure to mark your calendar for these hands-on teaching discussions

To access the webinar, click here.

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If you love what you hear, visit www.MyToxicFreeClub.com to check out her fantastic line of products.  They have done wonders for my son, I can testify to that.

As always, have a blessed and ToxicFree day!

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Did you know that bleach was once used as a choking agent?

Is There an Even Better Option?

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Chlorine bleach, household cleaners are often the most toxic chemicals found in homes yet most popular in America. Bleach is added to everything from toilet bowl cleaners and counter sprays to dishwashing liquid and laundry detergent. Of course, it’s also often used straight out of the bottle for an endless array of cleaning purposes.

The benefit to chlorine bleach is that it’s very effective in killing germs like viruses, bacteria and fungi. But the benefit does not come without a price. It resides as residue on all surfaces you use it to clean, it goes into your home’s air that you breathe, affecting your lungs, and it’s absorbed very quickly into your skin and your family members’ skin by everything you touch that was cleaned.

Chlorine is extremely poisonous and was actually used during World War I as a choking agent, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chlorine gas is what gives bleach its pungent odor, and it can be pressurized and cooled to change it into a liquid form, which is used to make countless industrial and household products including bleach (both household chlorine bleach and bleach used in the manufacture of paper and cloth).

“Household bleach, used to whiten fabrics or remove mold from surfaces, is (ONLY) a 5% solution of a stabilized form of chlorine,” states the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Health Risks of Chlorine Bleach

The active ingredient in bleach, sodium hypochlorite, is a combination of sodium and chloride.  This substance is not only incredibly corrosive and capable of causing irritation, pain and blistering if it comes in contact with your skin, it’s also potentially dangerous when inhaled.

According to Clorox, “Medical conditions that may be aggravated by exposure to high concentrations of vapor or mist [from Clorox regular bleach]: heart conditions or chronic respiratory problems such as asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis or obstructive lung disease.”

As you may also have heard, chlorine bleach reacts with ammonia, drain cleaners and other acids like vinegar and some toilet bowl cleaners. if you mix chlorine bleach with these substances, chlorine gas is released, which can cause the following even at low levels:

  • Irritation to your eyes, throat and nose
  • Coughing and breathing problems
  • Burning and watery eyes
  • Runny nose

If the chlorine gas exposure is high enough, it can cause:

  • Chest pain
  • Severe breathing difficulties
  • Vomiting
  • Pneumonia
  • Fluid in the lungs
  • Death

It’s therefore incredibly important to not mix bleach with any ammonia or acid-containing products, and this includes coming into contact with the urine while cleaning cat litter boxes or diaper pails. Bleach may also react with certain oven cleaners, hydrogen peroxide and insecticides, making its use a bit like playing Russian roulette.

Be warned, chlorine bleach has high risks if not handled with plastic gloves and no residue is left behind there could be a concern for autoimmune and other unseen cause of health problems, making it a very dangerous poison risk to your health.  According to researchers from the UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkely National Laboratory, cleaning a shower stall for 15 minutes with a product containing glycol ethers, which ar common in household cleaners are classified as hazardous air pollutants by the EPA, may result in exposures that ar 3 times the recommended one hour exposure limit.  They contribute to contamination of your indoor air, when you breathe this air, it is more likely to affect much more than your nose, mouth and even lungs.  Polluted air affects all of your body’s systems, particularly your respiratory and cardiovascular systems.

On a side note, (not endorsed by drsoram.com – editorial comment here) there are alternatives out there for sanitizing type products… Healthy Home has a fantastic product called Sanitizer Home and hand, which can be used to kill bacteria, fungi and viruses. Sanitizer Home and Hand contains stabilized chlorine dioxide (stabilized oxygen) that has been used for decades in water purification and is known to be effective against bacteria and viruses. It does not dry out skin, and because the active ingredient breaks down into table salt, it is safe to use on hands as well as surfaces including but not limited to tables, work areas and clothes. Home and Hand also contain OSHA root, which is widely used and considered effective for preventing respiratory issues. Perfect Touch Sanitizer is 100% toxic-free, and its oxygen-rich solution is unlike any alcohol based or aerosol sanitizer. It does not dry out your skin and it is safe to use on any surface. Generously mist your hands and rub under your fingernails for total protection. Spray directly on counter tops, work areas, changing tables, restrooms or minor scrapes and abrasions to sanitize.

See handout on contact time, concentration and results for each one below .

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  • Home and Hand Sanitizer can be used in place of alcohol-based sanitizers for hands and aerosol-based sanitizers used for home.
  • Contains stabilized chlorine dioxide (stabilized oxygen) that has been used for decades in water purification and known to be effective against bacteria and viruses.
  • Home and Hand also contains osha root, which is widely used and considered effective for preventing respiratory issues.

Home and Hand Sanitizer Testimonials

SANITIZER is great for so many things, but my favorite use for it is on mirrors and bathroom fixtures. I can do a quick clean with NO streaks!”

Kris Larsen Glaister

Where to start? I love Sanitizer! It is so multifunctional… We use it to sanitize our hands, wipe down shopping cart handles, take stains out of clothes and use it on blemishes. I am sure there are many other uses, I have not discovered.”

Michele Caronna

Sanitizer is miraculous. I had a really painful eye infection while camping so I started spraying my eye with it about every 2. After two days of this it was 80% gone and on day three totally vanished. Sanitizer also works great on shopping carts or taking small stains out of clothes. My son got blueberries on his brand new tan shorts. I spritzed it, let it set for ten minutes then threw in the wash and it was gone!”

April Bunting

As a mother of 5, keeping things sanitized is of great importance. I tried to find all-natural ways that don’t use chemicals. Then, I found SANITIZER and I am in love. I can use it on their skin, the shopping carts, tables at restaurants, their toys, clothing and so much more. I even use it on my face in my daily cleaning ritual. It is one of the most AMAZING products out there!”

Misty Miller Vick

Our son gets bloody noses a lot. When I sprayed the Sanitizer on it, the blood stains quickly disappeared. The same thing happened with the raspberries that got smashed into our baby’s clothes. Sanitizer is awesome for so many purposes! I love it!”

Keesha Blaylock Brown

My husband’s Class A dress shoes had scuff marks. Well, thank you to Healthy Home Company’s Sanitizer, NOT anymore.”

Stacy Mae Hanno

I’m in a cleaning mood: dog slobber and Sanitizer.”

Kelvin Eaker

 

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Are you surviving or thriving in today’s toxic world?

Attend this FREE virtual Detox Summit! The Lineup and topics are INCREDIBLE!

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As a Founding Member of a company that sells certified Toxic Free Products, I like to stay abreast of what is going so I can better inform those around me of the latest in #toxic trends, so I signed up for this virtual summit- it is free, so if you are interested and have free time this week to watch the presentations, it should be really informative!

Environmental toxins can be found in what you eat, drink, breathe, feel and think. You may not be aware of toxins, but if you want to be healthy, being educated on the latest in toxins is a must! Chronic conditions, like type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity, may be associated with environmental toxins in your body.

The pearls of wisdom from expert speakers at The Detox Summit are essential to your health. Join us online for free from August 4-11.

This Detox Summit will provide you with the information you need to:

  •     Learn about environmental toxins in food, air and water
  •     Understand internally-generated toxins, like thoughts, emotions and behaviors
  •     Recognize toxins of all types and eliminate them
  •     Focus on breakthrough solutions to gain more energy and vitality

Navigate your way through today’s toxic terrain when you register for the free, online Detox Summit today:

“Detox” is a multi-faceted term that means many things to people, from drug and alcohol detoxification to nutritional detoxification, or cleanses using food, smoothies and juices. Deanna Minich, PhD, has selected 30 experts in various areas of medicine, nutrition and personal growth to offer a well-rounded, credible approach to the issues of environmental toxins and holistic health.

Here are a few of the incredible presenters:

Jeffrey Bland, PhD, Father of Functional Medicine

The Science of Nutritional Detoxification

Mark Hyman, MD, Functional Medicine Expert

Toxins and Chronic Disease: Why Detox is a Necessity for Good Health

Jeffrey Smith, Leading Spokesperson on GMOs

Genetically Modified Foods as Toxins in Everyday Eating

David Wolfe, Superfoods Guru

Foods to Enhance Vitality and Detox

Rainbeau Mars, Fitness Model and Actress

A Full Spectrum, Superstar Approach to Everyday Detox

With 30 presenters sharing their wealth of knowledge, this invaluable (and FREE) resource is intended for people everywhere!

Better yet, if you register today you’ll have access to the following FREE eBooks as soon as you register!

 Food & Spirit Nourish Your Whole Self™ Report, by Deanna Minich, PhD

  • Detox Your Medicine Cabinet: 26 Herbs and Supplements that Treat Common Symptoms, by Aviva Romm, MD
  • Top 7 Therapeutic Foods, by Kelly Brogan, MD
  • Ten Tips for Helping Your Loved One with Autism, by Martha Herbert, MD, PhD
  • Benefits of Vitamin D, by Soram Khalsa, MD

Come listen to The Detox Summit ONLINE for FREE from August 4-11, and learn to survive your toxic world! Check out this line up!

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I’ll see you at the Summit!  

PS. If you cannot make it to some of the webinars and you really want to watch, follow this link to find out how to get access after the fact.

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