Beware of the Gym Salesman/Trainer

trainer-personal-yelling-megaphoneOne of the things I learned early on in fitness training is the fine line between business and friendship can get a little stressed from time-to-time. It’s one thing to help someone out and give them the tools and information needed to become healthy. It’s another to collect payment for doing so. Many trainers have a big problem in this area. They feel ‘bad’ for taking money in trade for their passion.

Some people skip the trainer and go straight into the gym. Not long ago, gyms displayed membership sales in such an aggressive manner that it was more of a turn-off than enticing. As time went on, gyms began to see the error of this method and evolved.

The caveats of signing a gym membership are pretty well known. Most gyms that remain go month-to-month and don’t require any contracts. That’s actually a great program to be on if you like the gym atmosphere. There’s a reason why the contracts are so easy going now. The corporate gyms rely on other sources for profit. Enter the next generation corporate trainer.

If you are new to achieving fitness or need a few helpful hints to get back into shape, trainers are available. And if you don’t like the way they train you, maybe they can sell you a used car after hours.

When I first got into fitness training as a profession, I applied at quite a few gyms. I was called back on almost all of them and I had just received my training certification. What luck! None of them cared how much training experience I had! They just wanted to know if I could sell and if I could schmooze my way into a conversation with someone at the gym. They wanted a salesperson first, trainer second.

It was heartbreaking for me to realize it is a sales game…until I saw the bonus structure for getting someone to sign up for long term training. Ka-ching! You wouldn’t believe the perks that come along with taking a person who needs six months of training and selling them a year’s worth. And you probably would have a hard time choking down the fact that you are probably being trained by a very inexperienced trainer with tons of sales experience who is feeding you lines straight out of a corporate training manual.

During a few interviews, I was asked to demonstrate selling long term packages, but was never asked to demonstrate my training prowess. I was asked how I approach people, not my philosophy on safety and methods of training. I was never asked about my previous clients, only my previous bonus structure.

I didn’t spend much time at the corporate setting environment. It didn’t agree with me at all. I wanted to train, not sell. And my experience and testimony from many other trainers say it is a numbers game (and nothing else). It is an uncomfortable game for the trainer and they find themselves out of a job if the numbers don’t provide a profit no matter how educated or capable. The bottom ten to twenty percent of trainers are constantly being purged to make room for the better revenue maker.

Trainers at corporate gyms are pushed hard to sell and that constant purge is always on full speed ahead, so much so that trainers will make after hours sales calls to existing clients for referrals or additional sessions. Many trainers feel the corporate struggle and find themselves poaching clients from the gym into a private arena for the added income.

Yes, there are solid trainers with great experience who work at gyms. They do a great job and provide their clients with top notch service. They are usually a little older than the rest of the trainers and have a steady following of clients who have been with them for a long while. They also cost you insane amounts of money and you sign your name on the line for thousands of dollars worth of training. As great as a trainer is, they should be teaching you so you are able to workout and develop your own programs. Chances are that is not the case despite the excellent training. Eventually, at some point, no matter how good the trainer in the corporate setting your best interest becomes secondary to their commission. It’s a shame it has to be that way, but it is.
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Beware of the conversational trainer. This is the trainer who will walk up to you and just give you some pointers to, you know, just help out; maybe ask you a few questions about your fitness goals and think it is ‘cool’ no matter what you tell them. That is the one who is given two to three hours a day to ‘mingle’. They’re paid to seek out and find the most vulnerable client and sell to them via friendly conversation.

The hungry ones go in for the kill right on the spot by trying to get you to sign up within twenty minutes of talking. This trainer will tell you all the things you’re doing wrong and how you can make massive gains by letting them train you. Promises are made, the word ‘ripped’ and the phrase ‘Whoa….you don’t even know’ usually come into play. They try and stir excitement and will answer your questions by flexing their arm and asking, “How do you think I got these?” You can also find that type of trainer by having them interrupt your conversation every five seconds because they have to high five someone on their way in or out of the gym.

There’s the real sales warrior that will catch your name and get you on the next visit when he/she says your name and asks how that workout is going. They’ll ask you what you’re doing about other areas. Then….it’s dog n’ pony show time when they casually say, “You could take a session or two with me and I could give you a few pointers. Tell you what, come see me tomorrow and work out with me.”25089743

In reality, trainers need you half as much as you think in order to get the results you want. Once a trainer has done their job, you should not need one for anymore than once a month. If you find yourself six months into training sessions at once a week or more, re-evaluate whether or not your progress is dependent on your trainer.

Gym trainers will give you machine techniques or put you in front of a mile long set of free weights with instructions on each weight, isolating muscles working towards a sculpted you. They will will put you on programs that cost thousands that goes on for so long that you will be on a senior program before you reach your goal.

They will tell you how they know how tough it is, how you got to have the discipline and you got to have the time to get into the gym and get the proper training. They will tell you about their other clients who don’t have anywhere near the fight you do. You will be told how you remind them of a friend they have who was in a similar boat….all learned dialogue from a manual.

They use scripts. They get pointers from their corporate employers on things to say that make you feel good and want to sign up. They rely on corporate lines and quotes to win your heart on behalf of a commission.

And if you feel as if you have the capacity to start working on yourself, best of luck getting any money back or encouraged to support your own goals. Neither one will happen. You will see the retention game set in. The questions of, “Did something happen to make you feel differently about fitness?” or, “Would it help if we broke up your future payments into smaller amounts?”

My advice, stay away from gym trainers. They are salespeople with Adidas shoes and Champion sweatpants.

Depending on your goals, training shouldn’t be a lifelong journey ending up in burnout. Training is a stepping stone between you now and the person you would like to become. Real trainers train, teach and encourage healthy living standards long after their exit. They should have at least one or two certifications in nutrition, not a salesperson of the year award in their desk drawer.

Make sure if you have a trainer at a gym, you make it absolutely clear you are not in this to be fed a line of sales talk, but to learn. Give your trainer a set date that you would not like to see them any longer. Tell them you want to learn how to help yourself, not be reliant on a trainer until you can not afford it anymore. Communicate your expectations and hold them to it.








This Law Is Killing You

“Greegreed-is-good-gordon-gekko-parousie_ov-720x340d is good.” That’s a line many people remember from the movie “Wall Street“.

“Greed is good” resonates strongly today because of the enormity of truth behind that three word explanation of life.

Multi-million dollar giants who use that as their daily mantra own Wall Street traded companies; places like Whole Foods, Nabisco, Horizon Organic, Green Giant, Birds Eye and more.

“Greed is good”…Now drink your milk and eat your food. Spend as much as they say for the cheapest ingredients, sprayed with poison known to destroy lives before birth, that is backed by paid scientific explanations as to why the rise of obesity and horrific disease is simply a coincidence.BN-LM629_INGRED_P_20151130161210

If you were to sit down and measure the amount of fecal matter in your fast food burger, or rat droppings in your high quality hot dog or any number of cleaning solvents found in your every day lettuce you would think someone is breaking the law. They’re not. They’re following it!

Enter the honorable and legal Fiduciary Obligation.

Definition: “A legal duty to act solely in another party’s interests. Parties owing this duty are called fiduciaries. The individuals to whom they owe a duty are called principals.”

That’s corporate talk for, “Profit over People”

This law pivots the consumer against the corporation. Part of a Fiduciary Obligation is to make as much money for the corporation as possible without breaking any laws. In other words, ‘push it as far as you can before paying a fine or going to jail’.

An example of this would be Dominos Pizza. Their balance of being consumer friendly and upholding their pledge to corporate profiteering is available here. The profit on the average is about 900 percent, per customer. What do you think the profit margin would be if they used quality, organic ingredients that would not be as harmful? It would be around 500 percent and that just isn’t enough profit to make them capitulate to a healthier (2)

You’re not worth it to them. Neither are your children. If they are fishing for your business by advertising the use of real cheese, something is wrong.

From pizza to government protection agencies, we are climbing an uphill battle against our own tax dollars. We pay agencies to uphold laws, but agen384f188b3ffc670d500f6a7067000ef7_r900x493cies are extensions of government, many of which have Monsanto execs at the helm. The same people that allow your kids to up their chances of early death by eating their vegetables are the same ones making the laws to make it happen. That’s your tax money paying the salaries of people who wouldn’t blink an eye at your illness or death, but shiver at the thought of a CEO not being able to fundraise during election year.

It’s not a political party issue. It is the equivalent of getting the DMV involved with your diet. No matter how you look at it, the cushy law that was once used as a respectable way of generating stockholder revenue, keeping corporate elites honest is now used as a means of capitalizing on the use of food that is less nutritious than plastic.

There is a reason why recent presidents endorse Monsanto employees to head agencies yet dine with them while eating organic. You don’t think Wall Street came up with ‘Greed is Good’, do you? It was our appointed representatives, our lawmakers, the ones that take your house if you don’t pay your share.

There’s an upside to all of this. There’s a new era on the horizon and it is all organic. And all pink-slime-89da992b52d385c7you have to do is pay more than you have for it. How convenient.


Hint – Farmers don’t chant ‘Greed is Good’. Neither do responsible business owners that pledge a healthy criteria the day they open their doors. Yet, they pay dearly both in dollars and growth. If the small business person wants a fighting chance, some of the cost must be absorbed by the consumer.

Your tax dollars pay for SWAT raids on organic farms, not school books, not after school programs, not housing for vets or help for the homeless…..and certainly not helping the organic farmer nourish your family.

When was the last time government stormtroopers kicked in Tony the Tiger’s door? Why is Tony’s factory subsidized and given enormous tax cuts to use DNA altering chemicals and a small business growing vegetables having to pay thousands just to exist?

The same reason why a bacon avocado cheeseburger is 99 cents and an avocado alone is $1.99.

There is a vicious circle of Greed is Good going on and it is landing on your dinner table.

Can you believe corporations are now using terms like ‘All Natural‘ because it is cheaper to print that on a label than it is to give you a quality food?

Can you believe that principles of major food corporations refuse to eat their own products?

So, here is how to empower yourself and take away from big food all at the same time:

  1. Support your local farms and farmer’s markets! If you live in an area where you are within an hour of driving to a local farm or farmer’s market, do it. Make it a family event where you and your family can enjoy some outdoor time and pick your own produce. Many of the farmer’s markets now carry eggs, dairy and meats.
  2. Buy local. If your market carries local produce, get it. Local farms seem to abide by a sense of local community standards that usually remains high, if anything due to threat of culpability. I would like to think it is because they are proud to be part of raising a healthier community. Oh, and just because it has the word ‘Farms’ in the company doesn”t mean it’s a farm. It means those owners are scumbags. 
  3. Buy organic. ESPECIALLY MEATS AND DAIRY!!! Conventional meat alone has over 3000 approved chemicals that can be used on it before you eat it. Dairy is even worse.
  4. Educate yourself. Go ‘Old School’. One of the interesting things I have learned about many clients I work with on nutrition is how many of them say the same thing to me after our first meeting; “My grandma says the exact same thing.” That’s because your grandma was born when food was still medicine and nourishment didn’t come from a protein bar. If you look at how we ate from the 1930’s back, you will see a significantly less amount of obesity and illness. No Greed is Good, no Wall Street/Big Food handshake, no Monsanto, no nothing……. just people and the right to live. How do you get your hands on such food? Keep it local, keep it organic, learn labels, learn ingredients.
  5. Run from ‘All Natural’. Everything on Earth is all natural. Look at the real definition of it. It’s a scam. Gasoline is all natural. So are p56namesofsugarlastic and smog.
  6. Eliminate or significantly reduce sugar. There are 56 DISGUISED NAMES for sugar. Why do you think that is? I do not know of disguised names for omega fats, or protein or even carbohydrates.
  7. Teach your children now. Get them involved now. The more you integrate them into proper nutritional thinking, the more years you are adding on to their lives. Kids need every bit of help they can get. Education is protection, especially when it comes to food and future.

Big Food isn’t going to change; only their tactics will. There’s too much profit being made for them to change any formulas. That only happens when enough people die or a class action lawsuit is going to be filed. It’s the same thing with intersections with no red lights, the same thing with putting in a guard rail, the same thing as putting a warning label on a pack of cigarettes.

You have your own fiduciary obligation to yourself and your family. We live in a time when there are no givens and smoke and mirrors are disguised as ‘All Natural‘ and ‘No Hormones Added‘ and ‘Low Fat‘.

You don’t have to carry a sign and march to have an impact.

Fiduciary obligations are necessary in many companies and the only way to change the law is to respect it. That means not buying into the trickery and profiteering of today’s big food companies. The less profit they see, the more likely they are to bend. The more profit they see from small local farms, the more they will acclimate to new standards.

These dinosaur corporations won’t topple easily, but there are already cracks in their foundations. The law hasn’t changed; we have.

With more education and more dedication to our local resources, we will gravitate to a stand-off between the profit and the product. And the definition of the Fiduciary Obligation and the mantra of Wall Street will finally part ways.






How To Survive The ‘Standard Of Care’

Likdoctor-money-570e every other profession in the world, there are good doctors and bad doctors. I am not singling out doctors, but when you are in charge of a person’s life you better be ready to uphold your oath and regard for your patients for the rest of your career.

So, what happens when the oath intersects with Standard Of Care? By the way, here is the modern day definition of Standard Of Care that all doctors use:

“That which a minimally competent physician in the same field would do under similar circumstances” (Hall v. Hilburn; McCourt v. Abernathy; Johnston v. St. Francis Medical Center)

The Hippocratic oath isn’t cheap. Doing the right thing is never easy in the medical world, and if it isn’t easy it isn’t cheap. And things begin to happen when cheap entities don’t like expensive ways, even if it is the right thing to do. I’m talking to you, Mr. Insurance!3022-41101-1-SP

Doctors are going bankrupt. They are losing their homes, cars, getting divorces and their lives are falling apart. And then they get to go to work and listen to your problems! Those who are still in practice are working double the hours, putting in double the effort and having to do it in half the amount of time.

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Now, you have an average day in the life of the average doctor. All that and you have to fight for half the money you were expecting from the insurance company. And when you do get paid, pray you’re not an ER Doctor! 

So, here you are the patient. The recipient of your doctor’s woes; not the other way around. And the doctor communicates with a prescription pad, not their best judgement. They are programmed to survive, like everyone else. Survival means getting paid. Getting paid means replacing that beautiful, age old oath with today’s ‘Standard Of Care’.

How to survive the Standard Of Care.

Learn. This isn’t school. This is ‘Old School’. Taking an old school approach to modern day environmental threats is the most effective way to handle your health. Old School means tstress-managementaking responsibility for your decisions, not putting that role into your doctor’s hands. Seeing the doctor means you are giving up on your own wherewithal and relying on someone to solve it in ways unavailable to you.

Help yourself in the form of prevention through nutrition, movement, stress management, recovery and the occasional doughnut. Everybody needs a doughnut sometimes. It falls under stress management!

Preventative measures will eliminate so many visits to the doctor that you will find you have enough time to be unemployed and blog about it. 😉

How does one educate themselves the right way? Find responsible publications and websites that are not selling anything. There are plenty of places that will advise you that their magic pill will save you from certain destruction. Don’t even bother with those places. The best places are the ones that offer you sound nutritional advice, backed by factual research, intended to help, not selling products and have a decent following of people not looking to lose 100 pounds by next week.

Movement, activity and exercise don’t require a trainer. It requires a pair of shoes. Barring any medical issues that prevent you from exercise, walking is one of the most effective methods of stress management and weight loss. Find your target heart rate and get moving! Walk for at least 30 minutes a day for best results.

Other excellent forms of stress relief with fat burning are Yoga, Tai Chi and low impact aerobics.

If you find yourself suffering from depression, you will be surprised to find out that many cases have been misdiagnosed and it is actually nutrition related.

Then there’s anxiety, the most common mental illness in America today. 40 million strong. That’s 18 percent of America. There are publications from peer reviewed sites that list foods that help reduce anxiety.fishprozac

As of now, the lifetime costs per person for obesity and other related illnesses is about $93,000. Back before insurance companies ran the world, costs were a fraction of that; not even enough to be a blip on any medical radar. That’s your ‘Standard Of Care’ at work.

Insurance companies are reliant upon your ignorance and fear. Without it, you would be healthy and they would be broke. And doctors would be doctors again.

You owe it to yourself and your family to be protected from the Standard of Care. It’s a last resort, not a first line defense.

And remember the doughnut! 

Understand what you are eating.

Learn to read a nutrition label.

Avoid antibiotics. Find alternative methods

Learn about natural cures to various issues.



“The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.” – Voltaire 









The Only Diet In The World That Works

196 countries, a history of diets that spans hundreds of years and all I got was this lousy XXXL t-shirt.

There are and have been so many diets, so many fads and failures that it seems like a really bad script being remade over and over again. It falls under Einstein’s definition of insanity.

Almost daily,41064-albert-einstein-quotes-insanity I read how to lose ten pounds in a week or two, or about the one protein I have been missing which is the answer to all of my weight problems. Somehow, despite the millions of followers who read this repeated daily dose of kool-aid, the mystery proteins just keep on rolling out every few months.

Green tea, black tea, white tea and anticipated for release in 2018, vermilion tea! Whatever the case, you can rest assured there is another magical tea, or super hydrating drink with a high pH and magnesium that is going to make you better, stronger and faster. It will promise to shed pounds and burn fat like you have never seen before.

And lest we forget the doctor who wipes his feet on the Hippocratic Oath every time he/she endorses one of these scams. Somebody in the big house really needs to hold these doctors responsible for endorsing some of these scams.

maxresdefaultI decided that I was sick and tired of being duped. There I was, early 30’s, well in excess of 300 pounds with a 58 inch waist. I was out of breath with heart palpitations and signs of hormonal distress that made my life a series of being skinny-fat, fat, really fat and about to die fat.

I was willing to go53a061186758b_-_drop_5lbs anywhere in the world to figure out what was always winning the war on will power. Any seriously overweight person will tell you that there is a force out there far more powerful than any will power. It’s actually hormones. I found out that a large percentage of diets are low fat hormone wrecking organ killers. By the way, if you haven’t heard low and non fat diets are killing you. 

And ladies, especially you…..if you don’t eat enough fat, you’re in danger of wrecking yourself. 

So, what does a morbidly obese guy gotta do to lose a few pounds around here?

I started eating like a guy on a farm circa 1930’s with a few modern day conveniences thrown in there. I stopped using a microwave. I took a day and cooked my meals. I ate when I was hungry, not based on a clock or a book. I just did what my body told me to do. How-to-10-pounds-in-2-weeks

Technology was released back into the wild along with the empty promises, the doctor’s standard of care, the points, the reality show schemes and most important; the fact that I was never going to look like Marie Osmond or Valerie Bertinelli.

I even did unpasteurized nuts and dairy; all full fat.

I went from 1500 calories a day and increased to around 2800 or more, depending on my activity level. I didn’t pay much attention to weight or portion. I found by doing that, I wasted a lot of time and there is no way I am going to carry a book or scale with me for the rest of my life so I can measure my protein. I was cool just feeling good. I went from 350 pounds to 190 pounds in about a year.

So would tdr-ozhis work for everyone? No. Everyone is different. Then, that can’t be the answer. So…..?

That’s because there is no answer. There is no diet. There is ‘No One Size Fits All’. There is only room for real food and what works for you. If you need eight, ten or even twelve ounces of salmon instead of a measured four ounces, then do it. If you like those little 100 calorie cups of guacamole, eat two or three. It’s avocado!

Just find your balance of what works for you and do it with responsible food. That is the only diet that proactol-xs-reviewworks. The Just Be You Diet.

There was a time when coffee drinks had less calories than a donut. And it was a special time called the ‘Common Sense Era’. It lasted about 200 years until Chef Boyardee sailed over and conquered our children’s dinner plates.

Set your clock back to that time.











The Top Five Most Threatening and Legal Chemicals Known


There’s a lot of food and drinks responsible for weight gain and various symptoms, but what happens when it isn’t food that is causing it?

What else could possibly be contributing to unexplained weight gain, cancer, illness and DNA changes?

As many people already know, the ingredients in food make the person. Hidden chemicals are in most packaged foods. Those chemicals cause a mess in some people, but there are chemicals far worse we take in, without our knowledge or permission that is causing a systemic breakdown in our evolution.

These bought and paid for particles we are taking in are beginning to not only alter DNA, but causing a significant increase in autism, ADHD, down syndrome among other life altering issues. And don’t think for a moment it is limited to the people currently absorbing these corporate coddled chemicals. It is storing itself in peoples’ tissues, carrying the chemicals in their systems to pass down to future generations.

Seems pretty dramatic? Think about this: We have more diet conscious people in the world now than ever before. We have various diets and foods available along with items like paper mouth/nose covers for those who insist on wearing their paranoia on the outside, yet obesity along with DNA related dysfunctions are at epidemic proportions. And life expectancy is plateauing; a stark contrast to millions of years of evolution.

What are these ‘legal chemicals’? Almost daily, these ‘investigated particles’ are becoming labeled. And after the companies that own the chemicals which are creating havoc on our systems lose the legal battle to keep the information secret, we are told around twenty to thirty years into exposure.

As of today, here are the top five chemicals floating around causing us to decay from within:

5) Atrazine – Atrazine was touted as a safe herbicide for years. Your kids are probably outside playing in Atrazine covered grass, like we used to. It is ukid-dog-lawnsed on crops such as sugarcane, corn, pineapples, sorghum, and macadamia nuts, and on evergreen tree farms and for evergreen forest regrowth. It has also been used to keep weeds from growing on both highway and railroad rights-of-way. Atrazine can be sprayed on croplands before crops start growing and after they have emerged from the soil. And even though the word is out about Atrazine, it is still widely available for use around the house and commercially. At the very least it slows metabolism and slams your hormones for an unknown amount of time. Imagine that continuously happening to a developing child…or an elderly patient. It is happening right now. Click Here for a report on Atrazine by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

4) PFOA – PFOA is a chemical found in most non-stick coookware and in systems of over 90 percent of the US population. It’s full name is perfluorooctanoic acid, but his friends call him Teflon. Just in case you are not getting enough PFOA in your cookware, many companies use it in microwave popcorn bags too along with various packaging. What does it do? In short, it makes you fat and probably shaves a few years off your life. Does that stop big corporations from using it? Nope! Nevermind the hormone killing properties that destroys your kidneys and thyroid; there’s an upside. If you are looking for a slim and svelte baby, it causes low birth weight. Do yourself a favor and look into porcelain PFOA free cookware.  Click Here for a Consumer Report on DuPont and the various issues surrounding PFOA/Teflon.

3) Tributyltin – This sweet endocrine, seafood contaminating chemical goodness is mostly found on the underside of ships to prevent barnacle6b865eeae610ab7f578907c69f7b75c1f2be6641s. Marine life everywhere has more than just traces of this in their systems. We are contaminating the entire world with this stuff. We literally bathe in this stuff. We vacation in it, we eat it, drink it and breathe it. Your plumbing probably has it. And how long have companies known about the disastrous effects? YEARS!!! Click Here for a full report on the effects.

2) Obesogens – Also known as ‘Smog’ and the recently adopted term ‘Chem Trails’. This has been known for about ten years, but has recently come to light when The Presidential Task Force on Childhood Obesity and National Institutes of Health inShanghai-Sunsetcreased attention in academic and policy groups. Kristina Thayer, director of the Office of Health Assessment and Translation says, “Over the past ten years, and especially the past five years, there’s been a flurry of new data. There are many studies in both humans and animals. The NTP found real biological plausibility.” What does this mean? Not much. It basically means they will keep “studying” it as long as the big corporations that spit this stuff out into the air pays them off. Make no mistake, pockets are being lined at your expense. This is one of those situations I see running parallel with that intersection that always has accidents, but no street light will be out in until someone is killed. If you go outside, you are most likely breathing Obesogens in unless you live in a remote area outside of the US or China. Click Here for a PubMed article linking Obesogens with obesity.

1) Teratogens – This chemical hits you right in the unborn fetus. It causes birth defects. You don’t even get a chance to ruin yourself; it’s already donepainting-pictures-for-kids-2 for you before you are even born. Luckily it is only found in a few products like benazepril (brand name: Lotensin), captopril (Capoten), enalapril (Vasotec), fosinopril sodium (Monopril), lisinopril(Zestril, Prinivil), lisinopril and hydrochlorothiazide (Zestoretic, Prinzide),quinapril (Accupril), and ramipril (Altace); the acne medication isotretinoin(Accutane, Retin-A); alcohol, whether ingested chronically or in binges; the antibiotics tetracycline (Achromycin),doxycycline (Vibramycin), and streptomycin; blood-thinners, such as warfarin (Coumadin); seizure medications, including phenytoin (Dilantin), valproic acid (Depakene, Depakote, Valprotate), trimethadione (Tridione), paramethadione (Paradione), and carbamazepine (Tegretol); the anti- depressant/anti-manic drug lithium (Eskalith, Lithotab); antimetabolite/anticancer drugs methotrexate (Rheumatrex) and aminopterin; the antirheumatic agent and chelator penicillamine (Ciprimene, Depen); antithyroid drugs, such as thiouracil/propylthiouracil and carbimazole/methimazole; cocaine; DES (diethylstilbestrol), and thalidomide (Thalomid). If you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant, get to know this chemical and stay far away from it. Click Here for more information of Teratogens and other birth defect causing chemicals.

How does someone protect themselves from these chemicals? The first thing you can do is educate yourself. Find out what chemicals, cleaning products, soaps, detergents, etc you are using that contains these top five chemicals. Try non-toxic approaches to cleaning like Charlie’s Soap, Dr. Bronner‘s products and Seventh Generation.

Speak to your doctor and pharmacist about these chemicals and how you can take medications that do not contain Teratogens and chemicals alike. There are alternatives worth looking into that are far safer. Try natural remedies for issues like fish oil for depression, manuka honey for infections and bacterial illnesses and various herbs that are proven to be safe for thousands of years everywhere else but the United States.

Eat wild caught seafood from deep waters, avoid swimming in waters close to docked boats and wash off after you swim in the ocean.

Avoid staying outdoors for long periods of time on hot, smoggy days where air is stagnant.

Stop saturating your lawn with herbicides you don’t want your children covered in. Look into EcoSmart products for your gardening care.

Even if you own a boat, there are solutions now. Look into Ecological Coatings for your paint (including boat hulls!) needs.

The biggest conduit between riddance of these threats and your life is effort. The main reason why people are still becoming ill and falling victim to big corporate greed is lack of knowledge.

There are opportunities to help new companies embracing non-toxic technology grow and take the place of dinosaurs like DuPont and Monsanto. It is entirely up to us to choose correctly. It takes a small amount of effort. If you have a product that is toxic and you are seeking an alternative, Google “non-toxic” and the name of your product. It’s that easy and the payoff is quality of life.