Persistent Pesticides: Why You Can't Lose Weight

December 16, 2013

Pesticides – Why You Can’t Lose Weight 

 Reference:  Metametrix Clinical Learning Center 

 Notice that you can’t lose that weight?  Felt fat and bulgy, exercising like crazy, eating like a bird, and can’t lose weight?  Are you going crazy?  Have the laws of thermodynamics been suspended?  What’s up?  Ever considered that your body is trying to save your life by being fat?  Ever entertained the notion that you got fat as a means of protecting you from dangers of POPs (persistent organic pollutants)? That theory is gaining momentum.  

More and more evidence is accumulating that there may be more truth to this idea than we first thought.  Even the CDC has expressed concern about the persistent effect of these chemicals and studied a sample of the US population and established the range of what we are all carrying around.  We have banned many of these chemicals but their persistence in the environment is why we banned them, and they are still with us.  

Many are made in the USA, used overseas, and then present around the world because of their incredible persistence.  The majority of our exposure comes from eating foods of animal origin but plenty also comes from building materials, perfumes, and pesticides. The problems of these chemicals are just beginning to be fully appreciated.  Some look like thyroid hormone, so block its effects.  Others seem to trigger auto-immune diseases.  

 Mullerova has written a whole review on all the plausible mechanisms by which these chemicals can make your fat.  The picture that is emerging is that you may be putting on fat as a protective mechanism to store and sequester the toxins.  When you lose weight, the POPs come out of your fat tissue into your body, poison your critical organs like your brain and your liver, and thereby sabotage your ability to lose more weight.  In effect, you stop losing weight to protect yourself from further poisoning.    It wouldn’t sound so awful if it wasn’t so plausible.  We’ve known for quite a while that losing weight makes you release POPs.  The more weight you lose, the more toxins you release. 

 How do you get rid of these evil chemicals?  Eat less animal products.  Vegans have been proven to be less intoxicated.  Also, wash the “Dirty Dozen” fruits and vegetables well when you buy them.   Buy and eat organic food.  It makes an immediate difference.   And detox yourself.  Your most important detoxing organ is your colon.  If you are constipated, you are not detoxing.  Buy a Detox kit from a reputable company and take their program for a week.  You will measure a significant decline in your POPs in just a week.  A detox program usually involves a week of structured vegan, organic eating, with powerful supplements and vitamins

WWW. What will work for me?  I’m trying to eat fewer “dirty dozen” fruits and veges, at least without washing them very carefully.   I’m using the Detox kits for my customers much more frequently. If you can’t lose weight and feel stuck, that may be a good avenue for you to try before you give up.  And I’ve just measured my own toxin exposure.  Not pretty.  Thought I was so pure.  If I’m polluted…you might be too.  So, pinch your butt and be grateful for its size – it might be saving your life.

Pop Quiz 

 1.  Fat tissue is the destination of many toxic modern chemicals like PCBs, Dioxins, DDT?  T or F  Answer:  Yup 

 2.  Pesticides, like DDT, aren't found in America anymore?  T or F                      Answer:  Decidedly false.  We don't USE them in America, but we continue to manufacture them, and they are used in other parts of the world.  But worst of all, they spread around the world in apex food animals, like fish, which we then eat. 

 3.  Our body digests pesticides efficiently and easily.  T or F                   Answer: Again, quite false.  We do it very slowly. 

 4.  When we lose weight, we force POPs out of fat tissue and into our circulation, where our brains and livers are exposed to them.   T or F                       Answer:  Yes, that's the conundrum. 5.  One plausible theory of fat persistence is that our body makes fat tissue as a means of sequestering POPs away from vital organs.  T or F                   Answer:  True 

 6.  You can document the reduction in POPs in your body after doing a "detox".  T or F           Answer:  True.  It's reassuring. We can get rid of these wicked little devils if we work at it. 

 7.  Eating organic food makes a difference in your body toxic burden.  T or F                  Answer: True.   A whole treatise.  Very deep and extensive literature showing dramatic reductions in total body burden of POPs the day you switch to eating organic foods. 

 8.  Your "butt" may be a very valuable protective depot resource for you. T or F.          Answer: Oh well, yes.   Perverse.  

Column is written by John E Whitcomb, MD, Brookfield Longevity, Brookfield, Wisconsin