New Studies Reveal the Truth about E-cigs

e-cigElectronic cigarette users seem to be everywhere you look these days—in restaurants, at sporting events, even beside you in the grocery store aisle. Yet, despite a growing number of studies pointing to the potential dangers of vaping, e-cigarette use continues to go unregulated by the United States Food and Drug Administration. Here are three new studies that may soon encourage the FDA to change its tune.

In 2014 More Teens Used E-cigs Over Tobacco
According to the government-sponsored Monitoring the Future survey, which looks at substance abuse among U.S. teenagers, 2014 marked the first year that e-cigarette use surpassed the use of regular cigarettes among 8th graders (8.7 percent vs. 4 percent), 10th graders (16.2 percent vs. 7.2 percent), and 12th graders (17.1 percent vs. 13.6) percent—prompting organizations like the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids to stress the need for regulation. Experts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warn that nicotine use in any form is unsafe for children and teens and can affect healthy brain development.

E-cigarettes Harmful to Lung Health & Immune Function
In a recent study involving mice, researchers from the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Johns Hopkins University determined that e-cig vapor triggered inflammation and caused damage to healthy lung tissue, making the mice more likely to develop respiratory infections. And, those that did develop an infection had a more difficult time recovering; some of the mice experienced significant weight loss and even death. Small amounts of free radicals, which can attack and damage healthy cells, were also noted.

Flavor Chemicals in E-cigs May Be Toxic
Similar to the Johns Hopkins study, researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York found that the inhalation of flavored liquids called “e-juices” (used to enhance the vaping experience) may cause significant damage to healthy lung tissue. The URMC study also involved mice and revealed that the vapors are especially toxic when applied directly to the heating element of the electronic cigarette. “We were the first to discover that ‘dripping’ of e-juices onto the heating element generates free radicals and oxidative stress that leads to lung damage,” said lead author Dr. Irfan Rahman.

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Beat the Mid-Winter Slump with Cleansing!‡ New Year’s Resolution Tip #8

cup-of-teaYou’ve almost made it through January, but it feels like spring is light years away. The holidays are over, reality has set in, and suddenly you want to trade in all those New Year’s resolutions for a weekend of pizza and couch surfing. Here’s a better idea: reboot your health with a full body cleanse.‡

Every day we face an onslaught of harmful toxins from our air, food, water, household cleaners—you name it. Over time, those toxins can build up in the body and cause our health to decline. Natural body cleansing can help reduce our toxic burden by helping the body more efficiently eliminate toxins and waste.‡ Here are three good reasons to cleanse:

  • Jumpstart Weight Loss: Do your 2015 health resolutions include shedding those extra pounds you gained over the holidays? One of the best ways to jumpstart a weight loss program is with cleansing.‡ Studies show toxins are commonly stored in fat cells in the body, so the more fat cells you have, the more toxins your body may retain. As you lose weight, toxins are drawn out and released into the bloodstream where they can slow metabolism and make it harder to burn fat, which is why regular internal cleansing is often recommended.‡
  • Better Digestion: A buildup of toxins in the body can overwhelm our natural cleansing organs, especially when the bowel (colon) is sluggish. Cleansing the colon promotes regularity and helps purge unwanted toxins and waste, clearing the way for other organs to function properly.‡ Look for a full body cleanse with an added colon cleanse to support bowel health and promote at least one healthy bowel movement daily.‡
  • Support for Your Natural Detox Channels: The channels of elimination that help filter and remove harmful toxins and waste from the body include: the blood, bowel, kidneys, lymphatic system, lungs, liver and skin. If any one of these channels is not functioning properly, overall health may suffer, which is why many natural health practitioners recommend a total body cleanse at the start of each new season to help the body cope with its constant task of eliminating toxins and waste.‡

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