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Heavy Metal

Published on April 18, 2016 by

In today’s world we are exposed to numerous toxins on a daily basis. Heavy metals are a part of that toxic load. Some of the heavy metals are essential to our normal daily functioning, but in excess amounts they cause health problems. Other heavy metals are toxic even in the smallest amounts. Heavy metal toxicity can affect both men and women, children and adults.

The heavy metals that are most commonly seen causing health problems are mercury, lead, arsenic, aluminum, and cadmium. Heavy metal toxicity can occur as a result of exposure in our air, water, food, medicines, products, etc. Arsenic is used in the manufacture of several pesticides; aluminum is common in cookware, antiperspirants, antacids and food cans; cadmium can be found in cigarette smoke and can be ingested in certain foods; lead is in old paint, some PVC plastics, and lead pipes; and mercury has been used for dental fillings and is found in a variety of fish. This is just a small sampling of how we get exposed to heavy metals on a regular basis.

toxic barrels

Heavy metal toxicity can present in several different ways as a health problem. An acutely toxic person is usually easy to diagnose and typically gets immediate medical attention. However, if you are exposed in small amounts over time your body tends to store the toxin in your bones, organs, or fatty tissue; making the heavy metal toxicity difficult to pinpoint. The heavy metals can wreck havoc on your body slowly over time. In traditional medicine this type of heavy metal toxicity is typically overlooked. A slowly toxic individual may have an overall feeling of fatigue or malaise; a decreased sense of well being. Neurological disorders have been the most commonly linked to heavy metal toxicities; things such as autism, Alzheimer’s dementia, Parkinson’s disease, neuropathy, increased irritability, headaches, etc. Other systems in the body can also be affected: the cardiovascular system (heart and blood vessels), kidneys, gastrointestinal system (stomach and intestines), etc.

What can you do?? First be aware of what you are exposed to on a daily basis and take action to decrease your exposure.Here are some basic things that you can do: eat organic products, use glass cookware and storage containers, avoid food or drinks dispensed out of aluminum cans, use safe personal care and cleaning products, use a water purifier and air cleaner in your home. EWG.org is a wonderful resource regarding healthier products to use. However, toxic heavy metals are difficult to completely avoid in today’s world. Establish a regular detoxification routine to allow your body to eliminate heavy metals, and other toxins, on a regular basis. Infra red saunas and epsom salt baths are a great way to detoxify through your largest detoxifying organ: your skin. Colonic hydrotherapy is a wonderful way to detoxify through your gastrointestinal system.

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Toxins – Affect Hormones and Health

Published on September 16, 2015 by

Toxins surround us–in the air we breathe, in the food we eat, in the products we use on our skin and in our houses. It is difficult to completely avoid chemical toxins. We live in a world full of toxins and chronic stress (which is a toxin) that do many things to our body. One of the most under recognized things that toxins do is disrupt our endocrine system. The endocrine system is made up of the different glands (that produce the hormones) as well as the multitude of hormones that are produced. Hormones are simply chemical messengers that allow our different cells to communicate with each other. Hormones attach to the different cells through highly specific receptors and create a reaction in that cell that is specific for that hormone. Certain toxins can unfortunately mimic some of our hormones and disrupt our hormonal balance. These toxins come from so many sources that it is almost impossible to escape being exposed to them.

Toxic Food

When you realize that stress also affects our hormone imbalance and you combine that with the numerous toxins we are exposed to on a daily basis, it is easy to see why most people require bioidentical hormones in order to balance out the equation. Our endocrine system is overloaded and can not keep us in balance without outside help. However, even if you are utilizing bio-identical hormones it is important to address your toxin exposure as this will help to minimize your risk for chronic disease, including cancer, etc. Toxins affect more than just your endocrine system.

Minimizing toxin exposure is often forgotten and I wanted to bring your awareness to its importance. Be aware that toxins can affect your health in many different ways–disrupting your hormones is just one of them. If you have a toxin overload there is also chelation available. Chelation involves either oral or IV therapy. Chelating agents bind to certain toxic chemicals that are stored in your body and allows your body to eliminate them. Chelation is a customized therapy and is done under close supervision.

Always keep in mind that there are many things that must be addressed in order to achieve optimal health and vitality: Hormone balancing, proper supplementation, exercise, adequate sleep, a healthy diet, healthy drink habits, mind set, and avoiding/minimizing toxin exposure. Each piece is important and affects each of the other pieces. Keep working on each piece a little bit each day.


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Toxic World

Published on September 4, 2015 by

We live in a toxic world. There are chemicals everywhere–in the air we breath, the food we eat, the water we drink, the products we put on our body, and the products we use to clean our house. Many of these toxins did not exist even 30 years ago.

This is not said to scare you or to worry you. It is simply a fact. We are surrounded by chemicals that affect our health and we are exposed to chronic stress, which is also a toxin to your body. Chronic toxin exposure can cause headaches, muscle aches, nerve pain, weight gain, recurrent infections, hormonal imbalances, autoimmune disorders, cancers, etc.

Tomato inject with toxins

You can help decrease your risk by minimizing your daily exposure to these toxins. 1) Eat organic produce. 2) Eat meat and dairy products from cows that have not been given growth hormones, antibiotics, and have been allowed to live freely. 3) Use organic plant based products for cleaning purposes 4) Use personal care products that are free of chemicals i.e. parabens, mineral oil, fragrances, dyes, etc. You should be able to understand every ingredient in the products that you use on your body 4) Work on your ability to handle stress better and reduce your exposure to toxic stressful situations.

You can also undergo chelation therapy. Chelation therapy is a process in which you are given an agent, orally or by IV, that binds to the toxic chemicals stored in your body. The chelating agent then takes the toxic chemicals and excretes them through your bowels and bladder. It is important to have colonics regularly during your treatment cycle as this helps to pull the toxins from your bowels.

Before starting chelation therapy you will want to get a heavy metal test done in order for your treatment to be tailored to your needs. During chelation therapy it is important to replace trace minerals since chelation can remove some of those as well. Chelation is a safe procedure when done correctly.

There is no question that we live in a toxic world and it is affecting our health. The toxins are causing hormone imbalances, among other health issues, so it is easy to see that addressing toxin exposure is an important piece of achieving optimal wellness.


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Hormone Disrupters In Our Enviornment

Published on March 25, 2014 by

I see men and women on a daily basis due to symptoms from their hormonal imbalance. I treat them with bio-identical hormones and this helps them tremendously. In addition, I help them to understand the things that they can do in order to maximize the effect of their treatment.

Horomonal Toxins

Your hormones work in your body on a very specific system–the hormones (chemical messengers) fit into specific receptors on cells throughout the body. Your body functioning optimally is dependent on specific chemical structures interacting with other specific chemical structures. There are many things in our environment that can disrupt this fine tuned system. They are what we call hormone disrupters–they get into your body and masquerade as hormones, thus disrupting your body’s hormonal balance. Basically they wreck havoc on your body’s communication system (hormones) and the end result is that you do not think right or feel right.

It is imperative that you are careful with what you put into your body and on your body. You have complete control over these things.

Eating certified organic produce and consuming organic meats are a good way to minimize your exposure to hormone disrupters. Pesticides are hormone disrupters that many people know about. But have you thought about the danger in consuming dairy/beef products from cows fed GMO corn and/or given growth hormones and antibiotics? Or chicken and turkeys fed GMO corn and given antiobiotics on a regular basis? Eating organic meats, eggs, and dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, etc) involves ensuring that they are from animals that are raised “free range” (meaning that they eat what they naturally are supposed to eat) and not given growth hormones or antibiotics.

One thing that people do not often think about is their personal care products. Have you read the ingredients on your skin care? makeup? shaving cream? shampoo? sunscreen?? What you put onto your skin absorbs in about 26 seconds and can definitely disrupt your hormones. Be a smart consumer and know that whatever you put onto your skin should be safe enough to eat. Do your research and buy from companies that have your health in mind. We suggest taking a look at Radiantly You – www.radiantlyyou.com/jgrant.

There is a large number of younger and younger patients requiring my services to balance their hormones. Our society is exposing children to an increasing number of hormone disrupters. This is a wake up call to us all—pay attention to what you are putting into and on your body. Minimize the onslaught to your delicate hormonal system. You can’t be perfect, but you can be better! Teach your children to do the same. Start their lives off right as you are improving yours.


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Sources of Estrogen

Published on May 27, 2013 by

Did you know that you get exposed to hormones on a regular basis? This contributes to hormonal imbalances.

Estrogen and Chemicals

You can find hormones in animal products given hormones to grow. This includes beef and dairy products. There are also environmental toxins that mimic the function of estrogen in your body. You can find these chemicals in pesticides, herbicides, plastics, refrigerants, and industrial solvents. They are structurally similar to estrogen and can fool your body into responding to them as if they were estrogen.

Environmental factors influence your hormone balance. It is important that you eat organic food and minimize toxin exposure. Sometimes Chelation of toxic build up is even necessary. Bio-identical hormone specialists look at all of these factors when balancing your hormones.


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Menopause Help

Published on January 17, 2013 by

Natural approaches to Menopause

menopause and hormones

If you are in menopause then you know the joy of hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and a decreased sex drive; among other symptoms. Aside from taking bio-identical hormones (estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone) there are some other things that you can do to better balance your hormones.

The most important dietary recommendation that I can give you is to increase the amount of plant based foods while reducing the amount of animal based foods that you consume. Animal based foods can have artificial hormones in them (given to the animals to get them to market quicker) and the saturated fat in animal based foods has been linked to higher risks of breast cancer and hormonal imbalance.

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High Fructose Corn Syrup, What you should know!

Published on April 27, 2012 by

Sugar and high fructose corn syrup

Sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup in Temecula

There is a lot of controversy out there around sugar and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). There are groups that state they are the same and others that state HFCS is more dangerous. First I would like for you to realize that humans used to eat teaspoons of sugar a year and we now average 140 to 150 pounds per year! (Including HFCS) No matter what you believe about HFCS/sugar, you have to admit that is not a good trend!

We all need to drastically reduce our intake of sweets and processed foods. If you think it does not affect our health, then how do you explain the drastic increase in chronic diseases (diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, etc) that has occurred at the same time our diet has increased in the amount of processed and sugary foods? Common sense tells you that a whole foods based, healthier diet makes you feel better and helps your body function better.

Now, when it comes to HFCS there is a lot of propaganda out there to influence you to think it is a good thing. Why would companies spend so much time and money trying to convince you it was healthy if it is healthy?

I have yet to see advertising for truly healthy things like broccoli, cauliflower, etc. Things that make us feel good and function better are typically not highly advertised, are they?? They don’t need to advertise them, we know they are good and besides, healthy products do not typically bring in the big money that unhealthy products do.

My advice is to check out the true data for yourself and use common sense. You will realize that HCFS is not healthy for you to consume and it is linked to many different disease states. If you avoid it and I am incorrect, no harm is done to you or your body. If you consume it and I am right, you and your body will pay the price. It is up to you to decide.


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Chemicals and Hormones

Published on April 14, 2012 by

Parabens | Dangers | Hormones

Cosmetic Ingredients and Hormones

Did you know that your make-up, shaving cream, face cream,lotions, etc can actually contribute to disrupting your hormones?? Many people do not realize that what you put on your skin absorbs in about 28 seconds!!! You need to read the labels on your personal care products carefully, and avoid putting anything on your skin that you would not eat. If you put on harmful ingredients, your body now has to deal with them and we really do not understand the full effect of multiple chemicals going into your body.

What should you avoid?? Animal by-products are basically from remnants of animals and this ingredient is created by rendering plants (google rendering plants if you want the gross details) and then sold to cosmetic companies and placed in many personal care products. Animal by-products are named in a way that hides what they truly are, so my advice is to buy from a company that adheres to a no animal by-product policy or puts that on the label. Why would you ever put the by-product of dead animals on your skin?? It is simply not necessary and potentially harmful.

Mineral oil (a derivative of petroleum i.e. crude oil) is often used in personal care products. Mineral oil can disrupt the normal function of your skin and is also felt to possibly disrupt your hormones. Another common ingredient to avoid are parabens. These are a type of preservatives and are felt to be hormonally disruptive. Why put them on at all if there is a question of safety?? The list goes on and on….. The bottom line is that you need to realize that what you put onto your body can affect your health and your hormone balance. Pay attention!


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