We are talking about neurotoxins again. This time we will compile a list of the best neurotoxins. Neurotoxins are substances that are toxic to the central or peripheral nervous system, or both. The central nervous system is comprised of your brain and spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system refers to the nerves and axons that carry signals outside of the brain and spinal cord. These may messages carried from the spinal cord and brain to the rest of the body. Notice that it said they are toxin to the brain and the spinal cord. Are they really safe to be consuming? Let’s get to the list.
- Drugs of abuse (like methamphetamine)
- Endogenous neurotoxins (like quinolinic acid)
- Heavy metals (like lead)
- Solvents (like methanol)
- Additives or adulterants (like fluoride)
- Food-derived neurotoxins (like domoic acid or acrylamide)
- Research chemicals (like N-methyl D-aspartate)
- Proteins like botulinum toxin
- Some prescription drugs (e.g., Haloperidol)
Manganese seems to pop up in every neurotoxin list. It is a common neurotoxin we are exposed to. The EPA says that 0.5 milligrams/liter is the upper limit of manganese in water supplies, based on odor and taste of the water. This must make us think is this amount manganese in water safe for humans to consume? The question is immediately answered that even at that amount it scientists say it can damage the brain. Breathing in shower vapors has not even been considered. So, manganese is a dangerous neurotoxin for human beings. Needless, to sy what other damage it could cause to the central nervous system.
An expert named Spangler, made the following quote ““The nerve cells involved in smell are a direct pathway for toxins to enter the brain. Once inside these small nerves, manganese can travel throughout the brain.” This is a serious issue to take into consideration.
High levels of manganese are toxic to the nervous system it will cause:
- Learning and coordination disabilities
- Behavioral changes
- Parkinson’s-like disease
- Permanent brain injury
- Slow and clumsy body movements
You have some serious side effects happening here and they will affect you for the rest of your life. To alter mental and physical states to these degrees is shocking. This neurotoxin should not be taken lightly.
1) Fluoride is not an essential nutrient: this was established by the NRC and they stated no human has ever developed a disease based on fluoride deficiency.
2) Fluoride is not necessary: Western European countries never use fluoride and the tooth decay rate is the same as in the U.S.
3) Fluoride’s role in the decline of tooth decay is in serious doubt. Over time studies have shown there was little difference in tooth decay in communities that use fluoridated water and those that did not.
4) Where fluoridation has been discontinued: Finland, Cuba, and the former East Germany to name a few.
5) There have been numerous recent reports of dental crises in US cities: There seems to be a ar greater relationship to tooth decay and income level as compared to tooth decay and fluoride.
6) Modern research: Before fluoride was introduced tooth decay rates were declining. In some communities the tooth decay rate increased when fluoride was added to the water.
7) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC 1999, 2001) has now acknowledged the findings of many leading dental researchers: Fluoride is mainly of topical value not systemic. So, to benefit the tooth it only needs to be applied to the surface of the tooth you don’t need to swallow it.
8) espite being prescribed by doctors for over 50 years, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has never approved any fluoride product designed for ingestion as safe or effective. This is a big one the FDA is not saying it is safe to be ingested.
9) Fluoridation programs have massively failed to achieve one of its key objectives: i.e. to lower dental decay rates while holding down dental fluorosis (mottled and discolored enamel), a condition known to be caused by fluoride. THis being the case then what is the point of using fluoride?
10) Dental fluorosis means that a child has been overdosed on fluoride: The term was defined above. If this is happening in children what will be the affect when they are adults and they have been exposed to fluoride for years?
11) The level of fluoride put into water (1 ppm) is up to 200 times higher than normally found in mother’s milk (0.005 – 0.01 ppm): There are only risks involved for infants who ingest this increased levels of fluoride. There are no benefits for babies. Again, what is the damage that can be done when they are exposed to high levels of fluoride at such a young age?
12) Fluoride is a cumulative poison: On average, only 50% of the fluoride we ingest each day is excreted through the kidneys. The remainder accumulates in our bones, pineal gland, and other tissues. If the kidney is damaged, fluoride accumulation will increase, and with it, the likelihood of harm. This sounds like long-term accumulated damage progressing over years.
13) Fluoride is very biologically active even at low concentrations: Fluoride is active in the human body at low levels this has a very negative connotation to it. It interferes with hydrogen bonding and it blocks several enzymes.
14) When complexed with aluminum, fluoride interferes with G-proteins: Such interactions give aluminum-fluoride complexes the potential to interfere with many hormonal and some neurochemical signals. Now, brain functions will be affected by fluoride combining with aluminum.
15) Fluoride has been shown to be mutagenic: In cell and tissue studies it has been found that fluoride causes chromosomal damage and interferes with the enzymes involved with DNA repair. Now, we are talking deep damage caused at the cellular and tissue levels. These are very serious side effects going on here.
16) Fluoride forms complexes with a large number of metal ions: Includes metals that are needed in the body (like calcium and magnesium) and metals not needed in the body (like lead and aluminum) but that are toxic to the body. This can cause many problems. For example, fluoride interferes with enzymes where magnesium is an important co-factor, and it can help facilitate the uptake of aluminum and lead into tissues where these metals wouldn’t otherwise go. You don’t want these deadly metals gonna to parts of your body they should not be traveling to.
17) Rats fed for one year with 1 ppm fluoride in their water had morphological changes to their kidneys and brains: Using either sodium fluoride or aluminum fluoride, an increased uptake of aluminum in the rat’s brains, and the developing of beta amyloid deposits which are characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease. Again, this is in rats not humans but the potential for this beta amyloid deposits may have the potential to accumulate in humans brain as well.
18) Aluminum fluoride currently has a “high health research priority” due to its “known neurotoxicity”: “ Environmental Protection Agency (EPA -US)” and the” National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS – US)” nominated aluminum fluoride for testing by the National Toxicology Program. If fluoride is added to water with aluminum in it, aluminum fluoride complexes will form. This doesn’t sound healthy for humans to be consuming this type of water.
19) Animal experiments show that fluoride accumulates in the brain and exposure alters mental behavior: This happens in a manner consistent with which a neurotoxic agent would act. (Mullenix 1995). Rats dosed prenatally showed hyperactive behavior. Those dosed postnatally showed hypoactivity (i.e. under activity or “couch potato” syndrome). More recent animal experiments have reported that fluoride can damage the brain. The effects on the human brain need to be investigated.
20) Five studies from China show a lowering of IQ in children associated with fluoride exposure: These studies suggest that even just moderate levels of fluoride exposure (e.g. 0.9 ppm in the water) can increase the neurological defects of iodine deficiency. It is claimed that it lowered the IQ’S of these Chinese children. This may be the most alarming reason yet to stay away from fluoride.
Chlorpyrifos has been around for 50 years but is still a little-known neurotoxin. Until recently the manufacturer of this neurotoxin considered to be safe for human consumption. Dow Chemical Company manufactured it under the names Lorsban and Dursban but the company has been restricted from distributing it to supplying it to homes for indoor and garden use, it still continued selling it for agriculture and commercial use. In developing countries supposedly it was safe to distribute to them. In these countries it expressly states it is safe for humans and animals. This is simply not true because in the 1990’s Dow Chemical was fined for suppressing reports that it would cause poisoning.
So, it is not safe for this neurotoxin to be distributed anywhere in the world. Chlorpyrifos is actually a neurotoxin and ingestion can cause a block in the transmission of nerve impulses. This can result in dizziness, headaches, lose motions, excessive urination and salivation. If the consumption is excessive, it may induce paralysis, convulsions and even death. Chemicals like these are endocrine disruptors and their effects on the body can be disastrous as they also interfere with the regulated functioning of the hormonal system, making things run awry in the body.
Eating foods that contain large amounts of DDT may cause nerve system damage overtime. People who swallowed large amounts of DDT experienced tremors, became excited, they also had sweating, headache, nausea, vomiting, and dizziness. These effects on the nervous system went away once exposure stopped. The same type of effects would be expected in humans by breathing DDT particles in the air or by contact of the skin with high amounts of DDT. Tests in laboratory animals confirm the effect of DDT on the nervous system. This is one nasty neurotoxin.
This name is a long one but it is deadly. Tetrachloroethylene is widespread in use for dry-cleaning fabrics and metal degreasing operations. Why would anyone want to be near this neurotoxin anyway? Symptoms resulting from acute (short term) high-level inhalation exposure for humans to tetrachloroethylene include irritation of the upper respiratory tract and eyes, kidney dysfunction, and neurological effects such as reversible mood and behavioral changes, impairment of coordination, dizziness, headache, sleepiness, and unconsciousness.
Unconsciousness is a very serious effect and could be fatal in certain circumstances. Such as if a person is driving or swimming. The primary effects from chronic (long term) inhalation exposure for humans are neurological, including limited cognitive and motor neurobehavioral performance. Tetrachloroethylene exposure can also cause negative effects in the kidney, liver, immune system and hematologic system, and on development and reproduction. Like it was stated earlier it is a deadly neurotoxin that should humans should simply stay away from.Studies of people exposed in the workplace have discovered relationships with many types of cancer including bladder cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, multiple myeloma. EPA has classified tetrachloroethylene as likely to be carcinogenic to humans.
Riverside, California – Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), chemicals applied as fire retardants, may be found in numerous items in the home, such as the television, computer, toaster and the sofa. Now, they are being found in troubling concentrations, in human blood and breast milk – a possible major concern for human health. In addition, these industrial chemicals have been associated with cases of feline hyperthyroidism, a potentially fatal condition in cats. This stuff is not only harmful for humans but it can kill cats.
This is simply a no brainer to stay away from. It is common knowledge that arsenic will kill humans for years and years. Consumer Reports discovered that in 88 samples of apple and grape juices tested that nine samples contained more arsenic than the federal government allows in drinking water. Arsenic should not be allowed in drinking water let alone apple and grape juices. This is alarming to say the least.
Excerpt from Consumer Reports: “In a separate analysis of government nutrition data, researchers commissioned by Consumer Reports also found that Americans who reported drinking apple or grape juice had arsenic levels in their urine that were 20% higher than people who didn’t drink those juices.” Dartmouth University says”that pregnant women who reported eating rice had higher levels of arsenic in their urine than women who didn’t eat rice.
Eating just half a cup of rice a day, the researchers reported, could expose someone to just as much arsenic as if they had been drinking water at the government’s maximum allowable limit.
These are pregnant women being talked about here. What will the arsenic to the unborn fetuses? This should not be happening to pregnant women because they are not only risking their health but the health of their unborn babies. This is absolutely crazy. This quote from an expert: “This is a relatively new area of research,” says arsenic expert Ana Navas-Acien, MD, PhD.
It’s clear that arsenic is associated with higher rates of skin, bladder, and lung cancers, says Navas-Acien, an assistant professor of environmental health sciences and epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.“When a substance is a carcinogen, it’s generally a carcinogen through the whole range of exposure levels,” she says.
We have all heard of lead poisoning. It may sound like an old-fashioned health threat like like polio or scurvy but it is showing up more and more today. You can get exposed to it from such things as ceramic dishes, art supplies, and even vegetables grown in city gardens. “And although average blood lead levels are way down, new research shows that even low amounts can be harmful,” says Ellen Silbergeld, PhD, a professor of environmental health sciences at Johns Hopkins University. The list goes on where the lead may be found. You need to be very careful to not expose yourself to lead.
No, we are not talking about the planet Mercury here either. Mercury is a neurotoxin because it will have fatal effects on the nervous system. It can damage the brain and it could lead to mental and physical disorders. So whether its presence is natural or anthropogenic, it’s a potential problem for humans.
Toluene is found in gasoline, acrylic paints, varnishes, lacquers, paint thinners, adhesives, glues, rubber cement, airplane glue, and shoe polish. At room temperature, toluene is a colorless, sweet smelling, and volatile liquid. This stuff is very deadly and may be hard to detect at room temperature. Unfortunately, toluene has became a widespread “glue sniffing” drug among children. This drug may lead to brain damage. It is found in acrylic paints, varnishes, lacquers, paint thinners, adhesives, glues, rubber cement, airplane glue, and shoe polish as we stated earlier. This is a very deadly neurotoxin look at some of the products it is found in. Products that require open air environments to be used in and certainly some type of protective mask to be worn when these products are used. Children are using this neurotoxin as a drug to get high on!
We have compiled an ultimate but deadly list of neurotoxins. Some of them are well-known and others are not so well-known. They should never be consumed by humans and some of them have caused severe damage to animals who were given ample amounts for research purposes. The bottom line is these neurotoxins could be fatal if consumed in excessive quantities. Some are very harmful if consumed in small quantities.