TOXIC OXALATES IN ANTIFREEZE, SOME SPORTS DRINKS, AND SOME GREEN SMOOTHIES
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Lawrenceville, NJ (Dr. Simone) -Toxic oxalates are found in antifreeze, some sports drinks, and some green smoothies. Oxalate crystals form 90% of all kidney stones, cause soft bones and defective teeth, and can deposit in bones, skin, joints, thyroid, blood vessels, lungs, brain, atherosclerotic lesions, and coronary arteries. And one of oxalate’s metabolites is oxalic acid which is very acidic and is used commercially to remove rust from car radiators.
Antifreeze, which is ethylene glycol, is odorless with a sweet taste and was used as a poison by a doctor who attempted to kill her boyfriend. She put ethylene glycol in his coffee and toxic oxalate crystals were deposited in his kidneys and liver.
Green Smoothies or Salads composed of spinach, kale, Swiss chard, and arugula contain lots of oxalates. A table of foods and their oxalate content are found in my book, Nutritional Hydration.
Sports Drinks like NUUN (http://www.nuun.com/products), often have a chemical additive, PEG (polyethylene glycol), that gets converted to toxic oxalates. Polyethylene glycol is also used as a laxative, especially in preparation for colonoscopies. Side effects are listed as severe or bloody diarrhea, bleeding from your rectum, blood in your stools, severe or worsening stomach pain, cramping, bloating, nausea, bloating, vomiting, and dizziness.
Do you really want to ingest a compound that forms toxic oxalates and is used as a strong laxative with lots of potential side effects?
If you’re dehydrated and consume these foods, the risk of oxalate stones and crystal deposition increases. You can help yourself by decreasing oxalate intake, drink Simone Super Energy, and take a calcium carbonate supplement to reduce oxalate crystal formation. And, of course, avoid any drinks that have polyethylene glycol.
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