Panchakarma - Scientific Research
Cause Cancer - Center of Disease Control
Reduces Accumulated Toxins by 50%
"PCB's Cause Cancer "
by Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention
are polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)?
PCBs are mixtures of up to 209 individual chlorinated
compounds (known as congeners). There are
no known natural sources of PCBs. PCBs are
liquids or solids
that are colorless to light yellow. Some
PCBs can exist as a vapor in air. PCBs have
or taste. Many
commercial PCB mixtures are known in the
United States by the trade name Aroclor.
PCBs have been used as coolants and lubricants in
transformers, capacitors, and other electrical equipment
because they do not burn easily and are good insulators.
The manufacture of PCBs was stopped in the United States
in 1977 because of evidence they build up in the environment
and can cause health problems. Products made before
1977 that may contain PCBs include old fluorescent
lighting fixtures and electrical devices containing
PCB capacitors, and old microscope and hydraulic oils.
How do PCBs enter the environment?
PCBs entered the air, water, and soil during their
manufacture, use, and disposal; from accidental spills
and leaks during their transport; and from leaks
or fires in products containing PCBs.
PCBs still can be released to the environment from
hazardous waste sites; illegal or improper disposal
of industrial wastes and consumer products; leaks from
old electrical transformers containing PCBs; and burning
of some wastes in incinerators.
What happens to PCBs when they enter the environment?
PCBs do not easily break down in the environment, so
they may remain there for a long time. PCBs can travel
long distances in the air to areas far away from
where they were released. In water, a small amount
of PCBs may remain dissolved, but most stick to organic
particles and bottom sediments. PCBs also attach
strongly to soil. Small organisms and fish take up
PCBs in water. Other animals take up PCBs when they
eat these aquatic animals. PCBs accumulate in fish
and marine mammals, reaching levels that may be many
thousands of times higher than in water.
How can people be exposed to PCBs?
Breathing air that contains PCBs.
Eating food or drinking water that contains PCBs.
Animals that ate food containing large amounts of
PCBs for short periods of time had mild liver damage,
and some died. Animals that ate smaller amounts of
PCBs in food over several weeks or months developed
various kinds of health problems, including anemia;
acne-like skin conditions; and liver, stomach, and
thyroid gland problems. Other effects of PCBs in animals
include changes in the immune system, changes in behavior,
and reproduction problems. PCBs are not known to cause
Can PCBs cause cancer?
PCBs probably cause cancer. Only a few studies of workers
associated PCBs with certain kinds of cancer in humans,
such as cancer of the liver and biliary tract. Lab
rats that ate food with high levels of PCBs for 2
years developed liver cancer.
Reduces Accumulated Toxins by 50%
PCBs and Agrochemicals Reduced 50 Percent
By Centuries Old Detoxification Procedure
Therapies in Health and Medicine, (Sept./Oct. 2002),
Vol. 8, No. 5: pp. 40-51.)
study, published in the Sept./Oct. 2002 issue
Therapies in Health and Medicine, found
that a centuries-old purification procedure,
known as Panchakarma and derived from the Ayurvedic
medical system of India,
several fat-soluble toxicants by about 50 percent.
shows toxic occupational and agricultural chemicals
are stored in the body--and known to cause disease--can
be significantly reduced by the Ayurvedic detoxification
is the first published study on humans to demonstrate
that a specific detoxification regimen
can significantly reduce levels of lipophilic toxicants
in the blood that are known to be associated with disease," says
Robert Herron, Ph.D., lead author of the study and
Director of Research at the Institute of Science, Technology
and Public Policy.
Cross-sectional and Longitudinal Comparisons
The study consisted of two parts: a cross-sectional
comparison and a longitudinal pre- and post-treatment.
Eighty-eight subjects, age 45 years and older, participated
in the cross-sectional study: 48 had previously undergone
the detoxification procedure an average of 18 times
and 40 had not.
Blood samples from both groups were sent to the Analytical
Laboratory in the Department of Environ-mental Health
at Colorado State University that was blind to the
treatment status of the subjects.
PCB's and Pesticides Found in Blood Samples
Blood samples from both cross-sectional groups were
assayed for 17 lipophilic toxicants, including 9 polychlorinated
biphenyl (PCB) congeners and 8 pesticides and metabolites,
such as DDE, a by-product of DDT. The specific PCBs
and pesticides that were studied either had been previously
linked to major health problems or have been of high
concern for their potential toxicity.
The results showed blood levels of PCBs and several
pesticides were significantly lower in the detoxification
group than in the controls.
Blood Toxicants Reduced by Ayurvedic Purification
Herron says that lipophilic toxicants are generally
considered to be among the most problematic environmental
contaminants and many of them have been banned in the
U.S. for decades. Because of their fat-soluble nature
and their long half-lives, they tend to accumulate
in plants and animals and bio-magnify up the food chain,
increasing in humans with age.
Previous studies show that these toxicants have been
associated with hormone disruption, immune system suppression,
reproductive disorders, several types of cancer, and
Lipophil-mediated Detoxification Procedure
In the longitudinal
study, blood samples from 15 subjects who participated
in the detoxification procedure were
assayed, pre- and post-treatment, by CSU's Analytical
Striking Reductions in PCBs and Beta-HCH Levels
of the two-month longitudinal study showed that PCBs
and Beta-HCH levels were reduced by 46 percent
and 58 percent respectively in the detoxification
group. Without this intervention, the expected drop
in PCBs and Beta-HCH over two months would be only
a fraction of one percent.
Previously, no method had been scientifically verified
to reduce levels of these lipid-soluble toxicants in
the human body without causing negative side effects.
Detoxification May Work
toxicants are stored in lipids, or fats, in the
body, and are fat-soluble in nature. Several
modalities in the detoxification procedure use non-toxic,
lipophilic materials, such as clarified butter (ghee)
in the oleation
phase and herbalized sesame oil in the massage and
enema treatments. These traditional methods are believed
to sequentially loosen and remove lipid soluble toxicants
from their deposited sites and stimulate their excretion.
"Our findings were quite striking, given that
the half-lives of these toxicants are all several years
in duration, and that this comprehensive detoxification
procedure removed them in just a few days." says
PCBs and Pesticide Levels Still High
an alarming finding of the study was that PCB and
DDE levels appear to be unexpectedly high in
the general population, and may actually be increasing. "These
toxicants were banned decades ago and were assumed
to be declining to negligible levels in the U.S. population.
however, suggest that they are still entering the
food chain and appear to be increasing
in humans. One possible explanation is that produce
imported to the U.S. from Mexico and Latin America
may contain banned toxicants since these hazardous
chemicals are still widely used for agriculture in
those countries," says Herron.
Reference: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine,
(Sept./Oct. 2002), Vol. 8, No. 5: pp. 40-51.