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Are Toxins Contributing to PTSD?

Saturday, August 12th 2023 10:00am 5 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

When pharmaceutical and talk therapies prove ineffective in treating individuals with PTSD, it is worth considering the impact of the brain’s environment and exploring detoxification methods.

The suffering endured by our returning warriors and their families, which often goes unnoticed by the public, is profound. The sanitized version of war presented in the media rarely delves into the grim aftermath, even when veterans physically appear unharmed. These individuals have experienced psychological trauma, concussions from explosions, vaccinations, and exposure to constant stress while subsisting on poor quality food.

The psychiatric perspective on PTSD largely overlooks the internal burden of battlefield chemistry that soldiers carry home. Imagine the thick smoke in old war movies and consider its contents: burnt micronized metal, plastic, paint, petroleum, explosive residue, and even depleted uranium. While we condemn smoking, we ignore the various other common sources of metal contamination. The use of depleted uranium weaponry is kept quiet, avoiding discussions of “dirty” bombs and war crimes. Unfortunately, civilians in war zones have witnessed a significant increase in cancers and devastating birth defects, where deformed babies are discarded as if they were garbage. Similar fates await firefighters, industrial workers, and anyone exposed to toxic technologies. These metals generate highly oxidizing Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) that gradually and inconspicuously erode brain cells.

Standard anti-psychotic and anti-depressant medications may offer temporary relief for PTSD sufferers, but they fail to address the underlying toxins that cause inflammation. While recreational, occupational, and talk therapies have unquestionable value, the tortured minds of individuals with PTSD are trapped within bodies burdened with pollutants. Without considering body burdens, the significance of etiology remains unclear, and detoxification protocols are never implemented, leaving a dark aspect of both warfare and industry buried.

Unfortunately, no one on Earth is immune to contamination. Even Inuit and American children can have disturbing levels of lead, mercury, cadmium, aluminum, dioxin, glyphosate, BPA, and 80,000 other GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) chemicals, often accompanied by mineral deficiencies.

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