Friday, October 15, 2010

Toxic Chemical Found in Restaurant Hand Soap Linked to Psychiatric Illness and Crime

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Contacts: Chasity Robinson or Mackenzie Steffen Marketing and Public Relations
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Toxic Chemical Found in Restaurant Hand Soap Linked to Psychiatric Illness and Crime Fast Food Restaurants Use Toxic Hand Soap in Restrooms

Lenexa, KS September 28, 2010 – Popular fast-food chains have been found to use antibacterial soaps containing a toxic chemical that may be a major cause of psychiatric illness and crime. William Shaw, Ph.D., Director of The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc., presents this latest discovery in the peer-reviewed Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, Volume 25, Number 3, 2010.

The article entitled "The Unique Vulnerability of the Human Brain to Toxic Chemical Exposure and the Importance of Toxic Chemical Evaluation and Treatment in Orthomolecular Psychiatry" argues that toxic metal exposures, at normal values that physicians consider to be safe, have been responsible for surges in crime and murder, decreased learning rates, and Alzheimer's disease. Toxic antibacterial hand soaps containing a chlorinated phenolic compound called parachlorometaxylenol (PCMX), prevalent in fast food restaurants such as McDonald's and Burger King, have been shown in animal studies to cause depression, depressed righting, reflex depressions, and central nervous system toxicity, and even death.

Gross autopsies on exposed dead rats showed congested lungs, gastrointestinal irritation, dark livers, congested adrenals, and hemorrhagic kidneys. Common antibacterial cleansers including PCMX, hexachlorophene, and triclosan are closely chemically related and have been associated with toxic effects in animals and/or humans. The highly toxic hexachlorophene was present in the antibacterial products Phisohex and Phisoderm and was associated with the deaths of human infants in France in 1972. Hexachlorophene has been banned in most countries, including the US, but is still available by prescription. Triclosan is still used in antibacterial soap, body wash, and toothpaste.

The failure of government agencies to protect the public is illustrated by blood lead values recommended by the CDC, which have decreased from 60 mcg/dL in 1960 to less than 2 mcg/dL today, a 30 fold decrease. Even lower values of lead have been associated with decreased learning ability. The brains of humans, whales, and dolphins have the greatest sensitivity to toxic chemical exposure because of evolutionary factors that favored high sulfur content, large brain size, extremely high brain metabolic rates, and high brain fat content. Shaw also presents a simple detoxification method used by many workers exposed to a host of toxic chemicals during and after the 9/11 terrorist attack.

To view the full article, contact Chasity Robinson or Mackenzie Steffen at The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc.About The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc. - The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc. (GPL) was founded in 1996 by Dr. William Shaw, Ph.D. The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc. invests in cutting-edge laboratory technology, innovative research, and informative conferences for parents and medical practitioners. By using the latest technologies, GPL offers the most current, complete, accurate, reliable and understandable scientific analysis available. GPL helps children and adults with chronic metabolic health disorders, autism spectrum disorders and AD(H)D, as well as other disorders such as Tourette's, seizures, chronic fatigue, autoimmune disorders and allergies.

William Shaw, PhD.  The Unique Vulnerability of the Human Brain to Toxic Chemical Exposure and the
Importance of Toxic Chemical Evaluation and Treatment in Orthomolecular Psychiatry.
  JOM Volume 25, Number 3, 2010


The human brain and the brains of whales and dolphins (cetaceans) are especially susceptible to a variety of toxic chemicals because of natural selection that favors brain structures promoting advanced brain functions such as long-term memory and rapid learning. The high fat content of these brains also makes them especially susceptible to long term storage of the same fat soluble toxic chemicals that accumulate in adipose tissue. The high rate of metabolism in these mammalian brains and high content of polyunsaturated fatty acids also makes them much more susceptible to free radical damage mediated by toxic chemicals, leading to increased damage to brain macromolecules like deoxyribonucleic acid,
ribonucleic acid, proteins, cell organelles, and small molecules. The sulfur amino acids are also highest in these brains, making them exquisitely susceptible to exposure to heavy metals. All of these biochemical factors make human and cetacean brains extremely susceptible to neuropsychiatric diseases and criminal behaviors caused by exposures to a variety of toxic chemicals. Toxic chemicals are probably involved in the etiology of many different (possibly most) neuropsychiatric disorders and as a factor in criminal acts.  Heavy metals and anti-bacterial cleaners are used as examples. Some simple orthomolecular methods useful for detoxification from a variety of toxic chemicals are briefly reviewed.

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