Common Questions on Health and Environment

I get a lot of questions about nutritional supplements like vitamins, amino acids, and minerals. The health supplements industry is growing rapidly because of marketing and higher demand—the two are inseparable. Clearly it is preferable to get your nutrition needs from food, but this isn’t always possible today due to environmental depletion. Fertilizers, still the norm in agriculture, further deplete already over-cultivated soil.

Even with a healthy diet, nourishing supplements may be necessary. Much of the agricultural soil in the Europe is depleted of minerals, which are often under-emphasized in nutrition. Vitamin D3, B12, folic acid, and omega-3 fatty acid often need to be supplemented, even if your diet seems good. This is especially true if you don’t get a lot of sun or are a vegetarian. Rather than following marketing advice, consult a professional about what supplements you need. Your best option to objectively determine what deficiencies your body may have is to get a blood and urine test.

Make sure to take “food-based” vitamins, not synthetic supplements. The body must be able to absorb and use what it takes in. Even those supplements advertised as “natural” aren’t as bio-available (easily absorbed by the body). In many cases you are literally throwing your money away by taking supplements that are not bio-available, which end up being eliminated in your urine. Ionic liquid minerals are more easily absorbed, so that is what I recommend.

Don’t be misled by glossy advertisements, popular media, and health fads. The health food and supplement industry is full of misleading information. Do your research and get professional advice.

Another question I often receive is about air pollution. Indoor air pollution can be just as bad as outdoor pollution. If you have allergies or get headaches, it could be in the air! Most people don’t give indoor air much thought, but we spend a lot of time in our homes or at work, so indoor air quality is important to pay attention to. Environmentally induced health problems like asthma and allergies are increasing dramatically in Europe and North America. This situation can be changed through new technologies like ozone and positive ion machines. One of the best things you can do to improve indoor air quality is keep plants. They increase oxygen in the air, filter out carbon dioxide and toxins like formaldehyde, and beautify your space.

Our homes have all sorts of products—from carpets to building materials to cleaning solutions—that release toxins. Some enclosed spaces are highly toxic. Here is a list of things to look out for: carbon monoxide, formaldehyde (common ingredient in adhesives and bonding agents), household products, pesticides, mold, dust mites (a major allergen), and pet dander.

New non-toxic products are now more easily available. Here are some ways to improve your air quality. Buy non-toxic cleaning products, use a high-power HEPA-filter vacuum, use micro-cloth mops (which pick up more particles than cloth mops), use an air filter system and a dehumidifier to reduce moisture (which bacteria thrive in), use fragrance-free or naturally scented products (fragrances are made from petroleum products, which have been correlated to cancer), burn beeswax candles rather than regular candles (which, when burned, release toxins into the air). Most importantly, do not use indoor “air fresheners”—they contain volatile organic compounds, like phthalates, which are hormone disrupters. Make sure you open the windows on a regular basis to air out your home or office!

Common aluminum pots and pans represent another danger because metal particles will eventually find their way into the body to be stored in the brain and fatty tissue, potentially weakening the immune system and toxifying the body. This creates the condition for faster degeneration and potential disease. Most popular commercial deodorants contain chemicals that are directly absorbed into the body through the skin. Recent research shows that deodorants with certain chemicals can be linked to cancer, especially breast cancer in women.

We have many illnesses that didn’t exist a hundred years ago and don’t occur in other industrial countries. Why? Besides diet, one of the principle reasons is the change in our natural and indoor environment, so let’s make our environment health positive and support healthy industries.