RANT: 5 Living Clean Tips

It blew my mind in medical school when I learned that drugs could be delivered through the skin and vaccines delivered through a nasal spray.  So cool that you could absorb things through the mucous membranes (as they’re called), breath and skin.  Until I realized that the same is true for pollutants.  The black exhaust billowing out of the dump truck in front of you also gets absorbed through your respiratory tract and skin. So do the carcinogens in your soaps, lotions and home cleaning products.  A lot of the chemicals in these products look like estrogen to our body’s hormone receptors, which is why glandular cancers (thyroid, breast, and prostate) are on the rise.
Unless you move to the Tundra, live off grubs, roots and berries and walk or bicycle only , you’re not going to be able to avoid most of the toxins out there.  However, you can make smarter purchases to limit you cancer risks at home.
1) buy skin products, shampoos, lotions and soaps that are all natural, organic, and free of the following:
sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, and any ingredients with dyes and harsh chemicals (ex: yellow #5)
2) buy natural cleaning products and detergents, like Seventh Generation or Method (not Tide, Dawn, or Windex, etc)
3) buy local and/or organic fruit and organic milk; buy local grass-fed, hormone free dairy, eggs and meat
4) eat food that cleanses and detoxifies your body from the pollutants we’re exposed to—like leafy green vegetables and other foods high in antioxidants (green tea, red wine, berries, beans, green veggies, dark chocolate, etc)
5) drink filtered water in glass bottles; 1/2 of your body weight in ounces to FLUSH your system.

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

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