Violence and Mental Health: A Cocktail of Chemicals

Mental health is continually cited as a causal factor in gun violence, ‘it isn’t the gun, it is the person’.   But rarely do we take that statement and apply it globally to violence. A person that physically harms another by any means, in my opinion, is mentally ill, with few exceptions.

Recently, a home security video was circulating the internet depicting a woman screaming hysterically and banging on a door crying for help. She was located the next day inside the home of her boyfriend brutally beaten, her boyfriend was arrested and she was immediately taken to the hospital.

The actions of the man should be considered mental illness, just as the actions of a deranged mass gunman.

Another video was released today showing a Swedish woman at an Ocasio townhall calling for everyone to eat babies in order to reduce carbon emissions. While she is obviously mentally ill, she was told to sit down and at the end of the meeting likely went home.

Mental illness has been rising steadily, and while it is prevalent across the globe, it is measured in oblique terms by each country and the numbers do not represent the real problem when measured within the scope of violence.

Psychiatrists within mainstream outlets provide the same dreary analysis:   Mental illness can be caused by environmental factors, biological factors, and hereditary factors.

So why the increase?   What environmental factors should be avoided?

We have become a planet of toxins.   Both heavy metal and man-made chemicals disrupt brain development and hormones.   The cocktail has become so pervasive it is difficult to near impossible to avoid completely but knowledge can help mitigate:

1) Lead from old water pipes leaching into drinking water causes irreversible brain damage, a lowered IQ, brain volume loss, disrupted motor development and function, and the inability to achieve academically.

Although lead pipes were slowly discontinued since the 1950’s, any home, apartment, school, or office built before 1950 is likely to have lead piping.   Flint Michigan was only the tipping point, the US has 6.1 million lead service lines connecting water supplies.   The heaviest concentrations are in the north eastern and north central regions, Texas and Florida. States are doing absolutely – nothing to resolve the problem given that replacement is estimated to cost $1 trillion.

24 million homes across the US still have lead based paint.

2)   Copper is an essential mineral that we obtain through shellfish, grains, nuts, beans and potatoes. But copper pipes leach just like lead pipes.   Copper produces dopamine which is essential in providing us with alertness and reward based motivation. But too much dopamine can lead to ADHD symptoms; hyperactivity, aggressiveness, irritability, impulsivity, and agitation.   In our pharma culture ADHD is treated with stimulants which do not work when levels of copper are too high and instead increase the ADHD symptoms.

In addition, excess copper blocks the production of serotonin, the necessary natural chemical that creates mood balancing in humans. A lack of serotonin causes; emotional, mental, and behavioral problems, depression, anxiety, psychosis and paranoia.

3)   Phosphorous is the second most abundant chemical in the body. It is essential for our bone health. It is found in protein rich foods and a deficiency is rare.   But, our bodies are finely tuned and balance is the scale that defines. Too much phosphorus interferes with our absorption of other minerals, such as calcium and magnesium.   Phosphates in processed foods and soda are the largest contributors to an over abundance of phosphorus.   Phosphates have been shown to trigger ADHD symptoms.

4)   Many plastic products contain hormone disrupting chemicals, such as BPA and phthalates which enter the body and disrupt brain function and our nervous system.   Phthalates are classified as a human carcinogen and are associated with childhood behavior problems and executive functioning problems (ADHD).   These products have been found to leach from medical devices and pronounced levels were determined to be higher in children who were in intensive care facilities. Levels were shown to be sustained four years later.

BPA levels are monitored in urine. Children with higher levels of BPA are said to be 5 times more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD.   There is a significant positive association between pregnant women with high levels of BPA and boys showing behavior problems, depression, somatic behaviors, and defiant oppositional behavior. It is believed that the BPA in pregnancy altered thyroid function which is critical to brain development.

5)   Insecticides have been shown to destroy an enzyme that controls attention, learning and short term memory. There are 40 different types of insecticides used throughout the US – including on school grounds.

In 2016, Hillary Clinton vowed that when she was elected president she would overhaul the US mental health system to increase providers and provide more medication.   In other words, her solution had nothing to do with the ‘cause’ and everything to do with hyping Big Pharma.  It wasn’t about curing – it was about profiting.

Knowledge is power.   Each of these causal factors are detailed in their singular effect, the cocktail effect can be devastating!   While we can likely not prevent the absorption of all these chemicals, we can limit the deficiencies and abundances through careful choices. Some are preventable.   Healthy detoxification can include simple choices including drinking green, dandelion and black tea, eliminating processed foods, using toxic friendly household cleaners, no plastic, no Teflon, filtered water, no soda, etc…

Polluted Tap Water – PCB’s and Lead Poisoning

Seattle is suing Monsanto for polluting the Lower Duwamish River. The river feeds into Puget Sound.

The pollutant?  PCB.  PCB’s are known to cause cancer, reproductive disorders, nervous system disorders, endocrine disorders, and damage to the immune system and were being named as a possible health hazard as far back as 1930. Lead poisoning has been documented to have occurred as far back as 6500 BC. We have known – and ignored.

PCB was used in the production of plastics, adhesives, fire retardants, pesticides, ink, lubricants and more. While Monsanto was responsible for 99% of all PCB use, it was banned by the EPA in 1977. A plant in Sauget Illinois was the largest producer of PCB’s. And while Monsanto knew of the toxicity levels, they failed to do anything – continuing to dump excesses and mass produce for profit.

Anniston, Alabama was the site of one such Monsanto dumping and ultimately won a $700 million lawsuit in 2003 – 26 years after the chemical was banned.

A privately owned quarry in Southern Wales was the allowed dumping site of Monsanto between 1967 and 1972. Despite a 2005 report that found the site contained over 75 different toxic chemicals, Monsanto refused to take responsibility for the pollution and cleanup. The Wales Environmental Agency decided that the least costly remediation was to place an engineered cap on the quarry at a cost of 1.5 million pounds. Monsanto denied responsibility but agreed to pay a ‘portion’ of the cost.

Sauget, Illinois is a suburb of St. Louis. Not really a true town, it is a company town where polluting companies came to find root from regulations. The town was incorporated by Monsanto so that it could define its own regulations and as a result became a US dumping ground for multiple pollutants.

Sauget is now considered an industrial disaster. A creek traveling thru Sauget is said to be so polluted that when an animal came in contact with the sludge water, they died within 24 hours from chemical burns. The EPA erected a fence around the creek. The creek feeds into the Mississippi River.

Sauget is the site of two EPA Superfunds. The Lower Duwamish River is the site of an EPA Superfund. And despite the fact that Monsanto was the polluter, despite the fact that Monsanto continues to pollute, despite the fact that Monsanto is worth a net $13 billion – the Superfund Fund is empty and thus taxpayers are responsible for the cleanup cost.

How is it that Monsanto continues to skate liability while oil companies pay?

Is it possible that the crime rates of St. Louis are linked to decades of ingested pollutants?

The mayor of Flint Michigan is asking for Federal remedial funds to deal with the ‘behavioral issues’ that will arise as a result of the lead poisoning. Because children exposed to lead have significant learning disabilities, communication impairment and aggressive behavior issues.  Issues that have actually been documented for centuries as a result of blood lead levels.

Since 1901, the murder rate in St. Louis has tripled. In a 1993 report conducted by the Upper Mississippi River Water Quality Initiative, the toxicity of the river was reason for concern for the safety of residents along its channel. The primary toxin cited was PCB, but also included heavy metals and pesticides. The report cites two primary sources; agricultural runoff of pesticides (Monsanto) and Industrial pollutants (Monsanto). The report states that despite PCB’s being banned, they seemed to have actually accumulated and persisted in the environment and in sediments.

In 2015, the St. Louis water was once again afoul with the smell of geosmin. Geosmin is in itself not toxic but it reveals that the water that has this odor is surface water, potentially polluted with sediment and all the same toxins that are now in the Mississippi River having flowed through sediment to get there.

While water quality has improved as treatment facilities have improved their measuring capabilities and their extraction techniques, these measures are relatively new. Decades of pollutants streamed through the taps and were ingested by children. The consequences of which we may just now be made aware as we learn more about the causes and effects. Unfortunately, the damage is done.

While Monsanto is a well known progenitor of pollutants and toxic chemicals, it continues to – skate.  Why? They have the protection of the EPA and the FDA.  Numerous articles cite former Monsanto employees and/or executives who later worked for the EPA and FDA.  A rather obvious conflict of interest.

*Lidia Watrud filed two patents on behalf of Monsanto in 1986 and again in 1999. She worked as a Microbial Researcher and Biotech Researcher for Monsanto. For the EPA she worked as a Principle Investigator, Environmental Effects Lab Researcher and is currently a Manager for New Technologies for USDA at the EPA. She is currently on the Board of Monsanto.

*Linda Fisher currently VP at DuPont for Health and Environmental Safety formerly was second in command at the EPA and before that a VP at Monsanto.

Within the EPA’s tasked $8.6 billion budget for 2016, they state they are tasked with providing access to clean, safe drinking water as well as a reliable and effective wastewater system.  According to their 2016 budget, they are providing dedicated funding of $4.05 billion to be allocated to “Protecting America’s Waters”.

The EPA lists as one of its seven major accomplishments; “instrumental in improving the health of rivers, lakes and coastal waters. It has stopped billions of pounds of pollution from fouling the water…”   However when reviewing the top 50 most polluted waterways in 1996, and the top most polluted waterways today – there seems to be no change…

In the world of business, that does not represent an accomplishment or success.

In fact it is criminal.