People are still wondering why the recent swine flu epidemic spread so quickly among children in rural Mexico. The reason could be in their water. In fact, anyone who lives in the country and drinks well water may be at an increased risk for the Swine flu. If your municipal water contains even small amounts of a common contaminant, researchers say you’re more susceptible to influenza A (H1N1). This is the same flu that caused the 1918 pandemic and reappeared recently in a milder form in Mexico.
Scientists are concerned that a virulent form of this flu will return. So am I.
You can reduce your risk for various forms of influenza, including the Swine flu, by reducing your exposure to this one toxin. The toxin is the heavy metal arsenic. Your body doesn’t store arsenic like other toxic metals. But regular small doses is all it takes to contribute to serious health problems – like the amount you get daily in your drinking water.
Researchers recently found high arsenic levels in well water in Mexico. “We don’t know that the Mexicans who got the flu were drinking high levels of arsenic. But it’s an intriguing notion that this may have contributed,” said Joshua Hamilton, a senior scientist on this study.
But Mexico isn’t the only place with high arsenic levels. Recently, researchers detected arsenic at 10 times the “safe” amount in several U.S. regions. This included upper New England, the Upper Midwest, the Southwest, and the Rocky Mountains. In other words, it’s just about everywhere.
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One of the biggest problems with arsenic is that it disrupts the pathways of all steroid hormone receptors. These include estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. It also affects immunity. Both of these actions explain the connection I talked about in an article in the April issue of my newsletter on arsenic, diabetes, and cancer. It’s available on my website to all newsletter subscribers. You know that a compromised immune system is an ideal environment for any influenza to enter your body and take hold.
What if your drinking water has little or no arsenic? Daily exposure to it is still very possible. That’s because irrigation water for crops throughout the world contains arsenic. Scientists recently found that potatoes irrigated with arsenic-laden water have levels up to 35 times higher levels than crops watered with less-contaminated water. They found that irrigation water also contaminates sugar beets, carrots, and wheat.
So risk of daily arsenic exposure is quite high — even if you don’t live in Mexico. Since you can’t escape it, there is one way to lower your risk for influenza. Simply use a chelating agent that binds to arsenic (and other heavy metals as well). Of all oral chelators, the combination of modified citrus pectin with sodium alginate effectively removes arsenic along with other heavy metals. For more information on the Pectasol Chelation Complex, simply follow this link.
Washing your hands frequently and covering your face when you sneeze can go a long way to protect you from the flu. But removing arsenic on a daily basis will protect your health from the flu and other serious illnesses.
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Dr. Janet Zand
Marine Biological Laboratory (2009, May 21). Swine Flu: Influenza A (H1N1) Susceptibility Linked To Common Levels Of Arsenic Exposure. ScienceDaily. Retrieved May 21, 2009
Plataforma SINC (2009, May 21). Arsenic In Irrigation Water Is Transferred To Crops. ScienceDaily. Retrieved May 21, 2009.