I have been meaning to write this article for months, since receiving a study from a patient who had been prescribed "Miralax" by her Physician's Assistant. So, let's take a look at this drug, which is prescribed so readily by so many Allopaths (medical doctors) today.
There is one overarching health concern when it comes to this drug that I would like to focus on however, and that is the PEG (polyethylene glycol) content of Miralax.
Let's begin with some definitions before we go any further. Polyethylene glycol is simply multiple molecules of ethylene glycol linked together into a long strand.
Some of you who work on cars may have heard of the compound before. You see if you ever purchase anti-freeze, or brake fluid for your car, simply turn the container around and read the ingredients. There you will discover that polyethylene glycol is contained in both of the automotive products.
O.K., so if you are thinking; "Why do they use the same substance in anti-freeze that they use in a drug that is supposedly prescribed to help me?", you are right on track. Now let's talk about what this chemical substance is, and what it may be doing to your body.
First of all let me be perfectly clear, ethylene glycol according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is a very toxic substance. It is broken down in the body into more toxic chemicals. These chemicals can affect the central nervous system, the heart and the kidneys (
). There are also neurotoxic affects associated with ethylene glycol. The manifestations of these specific neurotoxic affects may take the form of autism, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease, as well as depression, and schizophrenia.
The neurotoxic effects of this substance are generally very gradual, and progressive. These signs and symptoms are often overlooked by many well-meaning doctors and specialists until a "disease label" can be placed on the myriad of complaints that a patient may manifest from this toxic substance. The many varied and widespread symptom complexes that manifest from polyethylene glycol and its derivatives can affect the kidneys through what is termed "nephrotoxicity", the skin in the form of "urticaria", or hives, the esophagus in the form of perforations in the esophagus, and numerous other conditions.
For those of you taking this drug, recognize that a single dose of Mirilax contains 17 grams of pharmaceutical grade polyethylene glycol powder. Oh, by the way this substance is also used as an anti-fungal agent, an insecticide, and a germicide. It is also used to preserve wood used as railroad ties, and telephone poles.
The way this drug works is by blocking the absorption of water through the intestinal wall. Sounds reasonable, right? In this way Miralax keeps the stool well hydrated so that it passes more smoothly. The problem with this concept is that it also blocks the absorption of certain micro-nutrients as well. Therefore use of this drug for longer than a few days can cause severe nutritional deficiencies. For example use of Mirilax for two weeks can cause significant iron or iodine deficiencies in young children.
Polyethylene glycol also diminishes the protective mucus lining of the large bowel, and aids in killing off the essential immune supportive intestinal bacteria. This "dysbiosis" causes significant suppression of our primary source of immunity in the bowel. This change causes premature aging and a myriad of autoimmune conditions.
Don't think for a minute that "propylene glycol" is found only in Miralax. It is found in many other common household products. Although it is considered "safe" by the FDA, and the CDC, the number of products containing this substance are numerous, and can have a cumulative effect on the user. Here is a brief list directly from the CDC's (Centers for Disease Control) web site. Notice the first sentence.
"Propylene glycol is a Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) food additive that is widely used in
- food and tobacco products,
- pharmaceuticals, and
In certain medicines, cosmetics, and food products, propylene glycol acts as
- an emulsifying agent,
- industrial drying agent,
- surfactant, and solvent."
Here is a brief list of some of the other substances in which I know propylene glycol is contained. The big one is deodorants and anti-perspirants, chewing gums, energy drinks, solid and liquid soaps, bath and shower gels, shampoos, facial creams and lotions, eye drops, cough medicines, and toothpastes.
While this is a partial list off the myriad of products that contain this chemical, it gives you some idea of how pervasive and widespread the use of this substance actually is.
My recommendation to you is that you begin looking at the ingredient lists of everything that you consume, or use topically on your body. Be cautious with the amount of PEG's that you and your family come in contact with in your daily activities.
The last thought that I will leave you with on this subject is that this is truly why I developed my "Full System Detoxification Cleanse Program". We must all recognize that we are accumulating toxins in the tissues of our bodies every day of our lives. These accumulated toxins can have devastating effects on our body/mind, and our overall Health and Wellness. I will ask you all to consider joining us for our "Spring Cleaning Cleanse Event". We will be changing our Cleansers' lives in March of 2017. Whether you have gone through the "Cleanse" previously or this is your first time, you will benefit in so many ways from this program. You will definitely come away a different person.
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