I'm aware there is a detox thread in the forum, but thought it may prove useful for those particularly concerned with the health concerns reported by Rikki Ott in the SOTT article http://www.sott.net/articles/show/216888-Riki-Ott-People-Now-Dropping-Dead-In-the-Gulf
and other articles covering this topic.
Currently, I'm researching chlorophyll's ability to correct iron metabolism disorders (anemia/overload) What I found was that chlorophyll has strong antioxidant activity, antimutagenic and anticarcinogenic properties. More importantly, however, is its apparent ability to literally arrest and escort cyclic hydrocarbons (ie. benzene?) out of the body. I wanted to share this with the Gulf spill victims, posting the following on http://GulfHealthforum.net
, and with those of you who may know someone who might find this helpful.
Chlorophyll, from both plant leaves (liquid chlorophyll) and blue-green algae, have shown antimutagenic and anticarcinogenic activities, strong antioxidant activity, as well as anecdotal evidence of moderating iron homeostasis. These effects are not surprising when we look and compare the basic molecular structures found in blood (mammals) to those found in the "blood" of plants and algae.
From the PDR for Nutritional Supplements (published by Thompson PDR; chief editor Sheldon Hendler, PhD, MD)
Chlorophyll is a cyclic tetrapyrolle, similar in structure to the heme group of globins (hemoglobin, myoglobin) and cytochromes. Chlorophyll differs from heme in a few major respects, most notably that the central metal ion in chlorophyll is magnesium while that in heme is iron. [magnesium, anyone?, for more info read Magnesium Miracle thread: http://www.cassiopaea.org/forum/index.php?action=search2 There are strikingly similar benefits between magnesium and chlorophyll supplementation]
While the mechanism of the antimutagenic and anticarcinogenic activities of chlorophyll and chlorophyllin are unknown (and this boggles my mind, when it has such a close molecular relationship to the heme molecule), but nevertheless, a very sensible explanation for the possible mechanism has to do with the similarity of its molecular structure with known mutagens/carcinogens, including hydrocarbons, the most dangerous one being benzene. Benzene is an unsaturated ring structure which makes it very reactive in a destructive way in the body. Benzene, in the organic chemistry world, is the starting material for many useful, but nasty, hydrocarbon based chemicals because of its ability to react so readily.
Benzene is a natural constituent of crude oil, and may be synthesized from other compounds present in petroleum. Benzene is an aromatic hydrocarbon and the second [n]-annulene (-annulene), a cyclic hydrocarbon with a continuous pi bond....it is a known carcinogen[the body has zero tolerance for this chemical], its use as an additive in gasoline is now limited, but it is an important industrial solvent and precursor in the production of drugs, plastics, synthetic rubber, and dyes
And herein may lie the beauty of chlorophyll's detoxifying mechanism of action...
From the PDR for NS:
Another possible mechanism is the formation of complexes between the mutagen/carcinogen with clorophyll/chlorophyllin through strong interactions between their planar unsaturated cyclic rings. The complexes would effectively inactivate the mutagens/carcinogens.
And also from the Linus Pauling Institute website:
Chlorophyll and chlorophyllin are able to form tight molecular complexes with certain chemicals known or suspected to cause cancer, including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons found in tobacco smoke (5), some heterocyclic amines found in cooked meat (6), and aflatoxin-B1 (7)
In addition, the article form Linus Pauling Institute includes this about wound healing using chlorophyll topically:
Research in the 1940s indicating that chlorophyllin slowed the growth of certain anaerobic bacteria in the test tube and accelerated the healing of experimental wounds in animals led to the use of topical chlorophyllin solutions and ointments in the treatment of persistent open wounds in humans (29). During the late 1940s and 1950s, a series of largely uncontrolled studies in patients with slow-healing wounds, such as vascular ulcers and pressure (decubitus) ulcers, reported that the application of topical chlorophyllin promoted healing more effectively than other commonly used treatments (30, 31)
While the after effects of the Gulf oil spill has left in its wake an unprecedented health care crisis, affected people are going to be left to their own ingenuity, because the allopathic medical association is in unfamiliar territory.
I've been taking liquid chlorophyll and chlorella (blue-green algae) to correct a disorder in my iron homeostasis with very favorable results and unexpected health improving "side-effects". The detoxifying ability of chlorophyll was stumbled upon while researching anti-inflammatory diseases and iron anemia/overload/toxicity, trying to find out why liquid chlorophyll has been experienced by so many to quickly correct anemia, despite its low iron content. While I have my own suspicions of how this can occur, I'm still searching for research to explain this effect, but suffice it say, that it appears to arrest and correct so many evils from our diet and environment.
Chlorophyll, of course, is found in green leafy vegetables, is an incredibly health restoring component of fresh wheat grass and barley grass juice, and can be purchased in various forms such as liquid chlorophyll, chlorophyllin (water solubilized chlorophyll), blue-green algae, and spirulina. In order to get both chlorophyll a and chlorophyll b it is best to supplement with a liquid chlorophyll/chlorophyllin and a blue-green algae such as chlorella (broken cell) and/or spirulina. Take the time to find organically grown sources. With blue-green algae,determine that this "sea-food" is harvested from clean waters and/or is tested for heavy metal contamination.
The following supplementation guidelines for chlorophyll/chlorophyllin are taken from the PDR for Nutitritional Supplements:
Chlorophyll and chlorophyllin are contraindicated in those who are hypersinsitive to any component in a chlorophyll_containing or chlorophyllin_containing preparations
Supplemental chlorophyll and supplemental chlorophyllin should be avoided by pregnant women and nursing mothers. [This is debatable, since many midwives suggest liquid chlorophyll for anemic expecting mothers. If a pregnant or nursing woman is faced with hydrocarbon toxicity chlorophyll may be her ONLY safe option for detoxing]
[for chlorella precautions are same with addition of the following:]
Some chlorella-containing supplements may be rich in vitamin K. Therefore those on warfarin should be cautious in the use of chlorella supplements.
Allergic reactions have been reported in some using chlorella supplements. Therefore, those with allergic diatheses should exercise caution in the use of chlorella supplements. [if this is the situation, consult your doctor so he can monitor clotting times after you begin supplementation.]
Use of chlorophyll an chlorophyllin supplements may cause discoloration of the urine (green urine), the feces (green stool) and the tongue (yellow to black tongue). There are occasional reports of diarrhea with use of these substances. [The diarrhea may be a sign the body is detoxing too fast... adjust dose to bowel tolerance]
[for chlorella, again the same for chlorphyll, but additional adverse reactions are as follows]
Allergic reactions and photosensitivity reactions have been reported in some using chlorella supplements.
In a mouse model, chlorophyllin ameliorated some of the side effects of cyclophosphamide [a cancer drug]
No reports of overdosage.
Dosage and Administration
Chlorophyllin (liquid chlorophyll) is available as a liquid supplement. A typical dose is 100 mg daily.
[i've read midwife accounts of much higher doses being consumed without ill effects]
[for chlorella there is no typical dosage. It is supplied in 200-500mg capsules, powder, 200-500mg tablets]
In my own opinion regarding the dosage for detoxing, it makes sense to take frequent lower doses, rather that infrequent higher doses so that it continually scavenges and arrests these "polycyclic hydrocarbons".
Disclosing what I've learned about iron disorders prompts me to recommend an organic diet as well; this will ensure that you are not taking in the elemental iron that's used indiscriminately to fortify foods and enrich flours. This is another area of research where there is a lot of "unknowns"(undisclosed?), but it's apparent role as a factor in a wide range of diseases is very incriminating to say the least. Why wait for the research to catch up?
By eating organic while detoxing, you will also be avoiding the questionable GMO's which have an increasing presence in our food supply, not to mention the toxic herbicide/insecticide residues which are only avoidable by eating organic. In addition, you won't be supporting the growers buying the toxic chemicals from the same company that introduced you and the Gulf to Corexit. Give your body every advantage and remove as many challenges as possible.
May the GRACE of the OCEAN and LAND restore your health.