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  1. Plastics chemical in diabetes link

    I've warned you plenty about the risks of phthalate exposure for kids: These hormone-like chemicals used in plastics, cosmetics, scented candles, and more cause everything from bad behavior to developmental problems.

    And if you have a boy but wish "he" was a "she," just light the candles and let him inhale -- because phthalates mimic estrogen in the body. It's one of the main reasons boys are growing up to be sissies, complete with their own set of breasts.

    But forget the kids, because today I want to talk about how these chemicals can ruin YOU, starting with a dramatic boost in your risk of diabetes.

    I'm sure most people don't need much help in that department, thanks to the one-two punch of the modern diet and sedentary lifestyle.

    But if you're teetering on the brink of disease, phthalates can push you right over the edge -- because a new study on 1,000 senior Swedish women finds that high blood levels of these chemicals will DOUBLE your risk.

    This isn't exactly a stunner since phthalates have been linked in studies to insulin resistance, high blood glucose, weight gain, increased abdominal fat, and all the other usual suspects that work in cahoots with diabetes.

    But it's one thing to know all that. It's quite another to actually do something about it, because avoiding phthalates is practically a full-time job.

    Most personal items with fragrance of any kind contain them, including candles and air fresheners. They're also in shower curtains, vinyl flooring, upholstery, sealants, inks, and more.

    Phthalate fumes are even responsible for the so-called "new car smell."

    Like I said, it's not easy -- but do the best you can here for yourself and the rest of your family. Everyone's health is on the line.

  2. The hidden toxin behind autoimmune disease in women

    The dangerous way to ease hot flashes

    Soy isn't a food -- it's a dangerous unregulated drug, and most people are getting dosed with it at every meal.

    We should be getting ZERO soy, but instead the mainstream is busily trying to cook up ways to sell us MORE -- like the new study that claims it can reduce the number of hot flashes during menopause.

    Does it work? Barely -- and even that's debatable.

    In a review of 19 studies involving a combined 1,200 women, researchers claim that soy in any number of forms -- from nauseating soy "milk" to nasty old tofu -- offered minor improvements in the frequency and severity of hot flashes.

    But the only reason it MIGHT work at all is what I've said all along: Soy is a hormone, not a food -- specifically it's a plant version of estrogen.

    Soy backers grudgingly admit this is true, but they've always claimed it's so weak it doesn't have any estrogen-like effects inside the body.

    Sounds to me like they're trying to have it both ways on this. On the one hand, it's too weak to affect the body. On the other, it's so strong it can reduce hot flash frequency and severity in ways that we know estrogen can.

    Which is it gentlemen?

    But it's a moot point anyway, because the last thing anyone needs -- even women who really do need more estrogen -- is fluctuating doses of female hormones from soy.

    Soy can wreak havoc on the immune systems of women and disrupt or damage the adrenal, thyroid, and pituitary glands in men and women alike (and let's not forget that it can give even a "manly man" his very own set of boobs).

    Ladies, if you're looking to beat "the change," you might need some estrogen -- but stick with tried-and-true hormone therapy from an experienced naturopathic physician.

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