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seriously by some government officials. What you should do


Consider reducing consumption of foods with added phos- phates and cut down on eating highly processed and fast foods. People with kidney disease should consult their doctors. Use EWG’s Food Scores to find foods without added phosphates


Aluminum Additives Aluminum is the most abundant metal in Earth’s crust. It can


occur naturally in food, but people are mainly exposed through food additives (EFSA 2008b). Aluminum can accumulate and persist in the human body, particularly in bone. Additives contain- ing aluminum, such as sodium aluminum phosphate and sodium aluminum sulfate, are used as stabilizers in many processed foods. Animals exposed to aluminum in the womb and during de-


velopment show neurological effects such as changes in behavior, learning and motor response. Neurotoxicity has occurred in people undergoing dialysis who received large intravenous doses of unpurified water, but a direct link between aluminum food additives and neurological effects has not been proven (Schree- der 1983; EFSA 2008b). A link with Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders has been proposed, but the association remains unclear (Bondy 2013). While significant scientific uncertainty remains around whether there may be links between aluminum-based food additives and health effects, their widespread use warrants putting them on the “watch list.”


What you should do Read food labels to identify aluminum-based additives and


consider alternatives. Use EWG’s Food Scores to find foods with- out aluminum additives.


THE BOTTOM LINE Food additives are often hallmarks of highly processed, un-


healthy foods. Avoiding them can help improve your diet in many ways, but shopping and eating smarter isn’t enough. Consumers must demand real reform of the food regulatory system, particu- larly the “generally recognized as safe” or GRAS approval process. EWG recommends:


Choose fresh foods that have been minimally processed when- ever possible. Products with fewer ingredients tend to be less processed and may be healthier choices.


Read labels and avoid foods with ingredients linked to health concerns. Use EWG’s Food Scores database to find out what food additives are in your favorite products.


Tell food manufacturers that products with ingredients linked to health concerns are not acceptable. Demand better.


Urge the FDA to strengthen its regulatory system for food ad- ditives. Companies should not be allowed to certify the safety of their own ingredients.


Reprinted with permission from EWG.org, a non-profit, non- partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment.


atural hormone replacement therapy corrects the loss of our hormones that comes through aging and menopause. The term "natural hormone" means the bioidentical hormone our bodies make, and not synthetic ones made by the pharma- ceutical industry, which can be harmful as well as helpful. With replacement, patients report an increase in their psy- chological well being. PMS symptoms can be resolved, not uncommonly, in weeks. The medical benefits are a decrease in cardiac and vascular disease, strokes, diabetes, Alzheimer's, and even cancers. Because our goal is to return hormone levels to an optimal range, we test the following for any deficiencies: Thyroid hormone, which regulates temperature, metabo-


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lism, cerebral function, and energy levels. It can protect against cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's disease, memory loss, fatigue and weight gain. DHEA, which stimulates the immune system, can restore


sexual vitality, improves moods, and decreases cholesterol and body fat. It improves memory, increases energy, and has anti- cancer properties by enhancing the immune system. Melatonin, which influences the quality and quantity of sleep, is also an energizer, a mood enhancer, and an antioxidant. It has also been shown to decrease the incidence of nocturia (getting up at night to urinate). Estrogen, has been proven to reduce the effects of heart


disease, stroke, high cholesterol, Alzheimer's disease, memory loss, menopausal symptoms, osteoporosis, skin thinning, the incidence of depression, and reverse the lack of libido. Progesterone, which acts as an antidepressant, mild tranquil-


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This lowered level accounts for a loss of a man's sense of well- being, decrease in sex drive, loss of general muscle mass, in- creased abdominal obesity, osteoporosis, decrease in mental acuity, and decreased strength and endurance. And, yes, tes- tosterone levels should be tested in women, as well. Testoster- one therapy can reverse the gradual sexual apathy that occurs over time, while also increasing energy, and strength.


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