I am in the natural cosmetics business, I am always open to new
findings about toxins in the environment and their effects on
oneís health. I was
intrigued by the title of a new book called,
The Body Restoration
Plan: Eliminate Chemical Calories and Repair Your Bodyís Natural
Slimming System by Dr Paula Baillie-Hamilton. The summary of
the book says that "chemical calories" are present in everything
from our air, food, and water to packaging, cosmetics, and
household products. Over time, their debilitating effects
can make weight loss impossible. Wow! This could
explain why so many children and adults are overweight these days.
From 1960 to 2000, the percent of overweight adults has almost
tripled! In like fashion, the production of synthetic
chemicals has increased tremendously in the past 50 years.
Donít make the mistake of thinking that you are only at risk if
you are exposed to them in a work setting. Simply eating
foods that are contaminated or using products that are "treated"
could put you at risk.
examples of exposure to chemicals are: pesticides in foods,
preservatives in foods and cosmetics, additives, pollutants, and
contaminants from food containers. These toxins can be
absorbed through water, absorbed through our skin as in cosmetics,
bodycare, treated wood, sprayed plants, golf courses, and swimming
pools. They are inhaled from car fumes, industrial waste,
and from environmental pollutants. There is nowhere to hide!
The chemicals causing these pollutants can be divided into 2
categories: toxic heavy metals and synthetic chemicals. I
will focus on synthetic chemicals. The production in the US
alone is over $101 billion. It may surprise you to know that
most synthetic chemicals start out as natural substances like
crude oil, or coal. Because the raw ingredients are products
of fossilized plants and animals, our bodies can recognize them.
The problem lies in the fact that their new properties make them
act in an unnatural way. In other words, synthetic chemicals
can mimic natural substances and fool the body. Their
continual disrupting effects can cause major health problems.
Baillie-Hamilton is an expert in human metabolism. She set
out on her own to research a possible link between chemicals and
body weight. She says in her new book that she never dreamed there
would be such overwhelming evidence that chemicals can cause
weight gain. A common example of this theory is seen with
beef farmers. The farmers raise the cattle to sell for
slaughter. The more it costs the farmer to feed the cattle,
the less profit he makes. It is known that farmers use
powerful synthetic fattening chemicals to increase an animalís
weight. These weight gain inducing chemicals act by altering
an animalís metabolism so that less food goes much further.
So the farmer can spend less on food, and have cattle that weigh
more. What happens to these chemicals? We consume them
when we buy the meat from the farmer! This is just one
example of a finding by Dr. Baille-Hamilton. She spent
months and months digging through medical journals and academic
papers. These papers revealed to her how growth promoters,
pesticides, synthetics, toxic chemicals, and a whole range of
common pollutants are making us fat.
When Dr. Baille-Hamilton
found a paper that showed a link between the most commonly used
pesticides in food and growth promoters to fatten animals, she
knew that she was onto something. Although some of the
growth promoters are now banned from use, we are still being
exposed to them. Other common substances that are used to
fatten up animals is antibiotics. One would assume
antibiotics are used in animals to kill bacteria that would cause
them to be lower in weight; but to her surprise, she found that in
very low doses the antibiotics given to animals can actually
promote weight gain by damaging the weight control hormones.
Hence more evidence of what you eat is making you fat!
Perhaps the most "fattening" group of synthetics is
organochlorines. This group of chemicals has the ability to
cause continual damage to our weight control systems. The
best known members of this category are DDT , lindane, and PCBís.
Although these have been banned, they have accumulated in our body
tissues and can remain for decades. The following are the
"Chemical Calories Hit List":
1st place- Organochlorine
2nd place- PCB,s and industrial
3rd place- Heavy metals
4th place- Plastics and PVC, styrenes
5th place- Solvents
So now that
we understand these chemicals are making us gain weight and are
not allowing us to loose it, what can we do? According to Dr.
Baille-Hamilton, we all have a natural "slimming system".
This system is made up of the control center, or brain, "slimming
hormones", body structure, and a good supply of nutrients.
These parts of the Slimming System are highly interdependent, with
changes in one affecting all the others. In a nutshell,
willpower is not enough to loose weight. Failure at
weight-loss is due to your bodyís inability to deal with toxins in
your food and in the environment. These are the steps
necessary to allow your bodyís Slimming System to work properly.
In her Body
Restoration Diet, Dr. Baille-Hamilton designed a program which has
4 basic principals. Firstly, you must feed the bodyís
detoxification system by eating enough of the right foods to help
your body to detox, and also take supplements. Secondly,
your intake of raw foods, especially vegetables should be
maximized. Thirdly, reduce your exposure to chemical
calories (see list below). And fourthly, restrict foods
mildly rather than drastically due to the fact that if fat stores
are mobilized too quickly, it is hard for the body to detox.
One to two pounds of weight loss per week is ideal. It is
also vital to exercise, as this is the way to naturally lower your
By now you
may have realized that chemicals can affect us at a more deeper
level then was previously known. Dr. Baille-Hamilton spent
long hours doing research to obtain an approach to a
non-traditional weight-loss program. To recognize that we
are contaminated with Chemical Calories is the first step we can
take. Once accepted, it is easier to follow these
guidelines. For the first time ever, you will have the power
to control your own weight-by actively reversing damage done by
many years of chemical injury. Dr. Baille-Hamiltonís
approach is not only beneficial to losing weight, but is a life
long plan that should be followed to maintain optimal health and
TIPS FOR RIDDING YOUR LIFE OF
meat and produce that is organic. Even though the food may be
certified organic, this does not mean it is 100% "chemical
calorie" free. It would be impossible to expect any food that is
grown outdoors to be free of any chemicals, due to effects of
with low Chemical Calories (worst offenders are butter, salmon,
spinach, strawberries, cream cheese, raisons, apples, dill
pickles, summer squash, green peppers, collards, processed cheese.
Exception to this list is if the products are organic.)
supplements on a regular basis. (suggested to take multi
vitamin-mineral supplement, CoQ 10,Omega-3 essential fatty acids,
Tyrosine, Methione, Glutahione, 5HTP, Milk Thistle, soluble fiber,
and grapefruit pectin.)
Baille-Hamilton, Dr. Paula, The Body
Restoration Plan: Eliminate Chemical Calories and Repair Your
Bodyís Natural Slimming System, (New York, Avery, 2003).