Chem X®

Availability: In stock

$13.99

Manufacturer Kroeger Herb Products
Supply 25 Days
Form 2 Capsules
Potency 900 mg
Size 100

Chem X®

Take Chem X and help your bodys natural response to the effects of modern day exposure in an industrialized world. Cleanses the body naturally of unwanted daily toxins.

Directions:

Two capsules 2 times daily after meals.

Ingredients:

Black Tea, Condurango Bark, Red Clover, Yellow Dock, Paprika, Chaparral, Spikenard. Other Ingredients:  Vegetarian source capsule.

Additional Dietary Information:

Adding green beans, cilantro, Mexican raw sugar, poppy seeds, strawberries and zucchini to the diet may be helpful.  Eat organic produce and meat to avoid chemicals and pesticides. Make sure you are getting enough Vitamin C.

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Chemical Detoxification with Chem-X

In our modern world we are bombarded with synthetic chemicals: environmental pollutants, dry cleaning solvents, textile finishes or dyes on clothing, food additives, preservatives or colorants, pesticides, herbicides, synthetic hormones in our animal foods, water treatment substances, petroleum by-products in laundry and body care products, copy machine exhaust; and the list goes on. These can all potentially cause illness, as they may

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The body is like poetry in that the first reading of a poem means something different than the second and third time it is read. Each reading becomes more profound and, if it is a well-written poem, like our bodies, after great thought and reflection it will introduce us to new ideas. What has this got to do with chemical detoxification? As we continue to reread our bodies, we are finding how everyday chemicals are responsible for difficult and unexplained health problems.

Man spraying herbicide in a rice fieldIn our modern world we are bombarded with synthetic chemicals: environmental pollutants, dry cleaning solvents, textile finishes or dyes on clothing, food additives, preservatives or colorants, pesticides, herbicides, synthetic hormones in our animal foods, water treatment substances, petroleum by-products in laundry and body care products, copy machine exhaust; and the list goes on. These can all potentially cause illness, as they may accumulate in liver, gallbladder and other fatty tissues over time (including those surrounding our nervous system and reproductive organs). These substances most commonly cause physical, psychological and neurological symptoms such as depression, headaches, confusion, upper respiratory reactions and tingling in the hands or feet. Chemical toxicity is often part of the diagnostic picture in attention deficit disorder (ADD) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

Until the early 1980s, few health care practitioners recognized, much less treated, environmental illness or chemical hypersensitivity as it is sometimes called. The work of nutritional pioneers like Parris Kidd, Ph.D. and Stephen Levine, Ph.D. of Allergy Research Group (himself a victim from exposure to laboratory chemicals in biotechnology research in the 1970s) has established nutritional protocols for this illness which we can all benefit from. The sad plight of Gulf War veterans has been much publicized in recent years, helping to increase the public’s awareness of environmental illness. However, the conventional medical community has been generally slow to recognize the problem, except for those physicians specializing in orthomolecular medicine. Those of us who are interested in maximum health are encouraged to do a chemical detoxification several times yearly as a preventive measure, especially when many of these chemicals have been shown to damage cell structures and to be carcinogenic. Taking this extra load off can free the immune system and other body mechanisms to function better.

Traditional Herbal Approach

Traditional folk herbalism would address chemical toxicity by encouraging general detoxification of the blood, lymph, bowels, liver and kidneys. There are many herbs credited with these actions in traditional herbalism. Some of the more popular ones are alfalfa, condurango, red clover, yellow dock, burdock, chaparral, nettle, milk thistle, dandelion, echinacea, goldenseal, spikenard, licorice, reishi, cat’s claw, schizandra and fumitory. Herbs and plants high in chlorophyll, the green pigment, have a long history of use for detoxification as well.

Chem XHanna created an Herbal Combination called Chem X with Black Tea, Condurango Bark, Red Clover, Yellow Dock, Paprika, Chaparral, and Spikenard. This formula helps your body’s natural response to the effects of modern day exposure in an industrialized world by cleansing the body naturally of unwanted daily toxins.

Scientific Research For Chemical Toxicity

Modern scientific research, perhaps reflecting conventional medicine’s lack of interest in the subject, has not yet looked into the detoxifying effects of many of these herbs. In instances where it has uncovered these properties, it appears to be a side note to having researched all of that herb’s other effects first. There are four basic types of tests that reveal relevant actions for environmental toxicity and chemical detoxification. Does it increase the clearance of toxins? Does it have free radical scavenging or other binding activity? Does it provide antioxidant protection in the meantime to prevent damage to cells until toxins are removed? Does it have direct liver protective and bile stimulant effects, the liver being the main organ impacted by chemical toxins? Antioxidant protection is especially important in protecting fats within the body from oxidation or rancidity which in turn may damage cell walls and other structures or cause cell mutations.

Tannins are a chemical class found in many plants that are known to provide detoxifying actions through chelation or binding, as well as antioxidant protection. Binding and antioxidant actions make toxin molecules less likely to do cellular damage and improve their clearance. Some examples of herbs high in tannins are black or green tea, condurango, willow, white oak, cinnamon, witch hazel and queen of the meadow. Chlorophyll has also shown chelating or binding action in scientific studies, though not through tannin content. Antioxidant protection is provided by non-tannin compounds in milk thistle, chaparral, thyme, rosemary and reishi. Red clover is high in molybdenum, a mineral known to bind toxins within the body.

Find out how garlic can support your liver.Some herbs have demonstrated liver protective effects against environmental toxins or damage due to by-products from pharmaceutical drugs. Herbs providing this type of protection are maitake, Siberian ginseng, milk thistle, reishi, garlic, horsetail, gentian, licorice and astragalus. Camellia sinensis, the plant from which green and black tea is made, and shiitake have both demonstrated the ability to protect against damage from nitrosamines (cancer causing compounds derived from cured meats).

Increasing bile flow from the liver and gallbladder is another important modality in protecting the liver and improving elimination of toxins. Herbs researched for this action are milk thistle, goldenseal, Oregon grape root, scullcap, peppermint, rosemary, chamomile, dandelion, gentian and ginger. Herbs that have been shown to help regenerate damaged liver tissue may also be of benefit, including milk thistle, schizandra and reishi.

Chlorophyll’s traditional reputation has been verified by scientific research, showing that it can chelate or bind toxins and protect the liver against carbon tetrachloride damage and that it has antioxidant properties. High chlorophyll content in chemical analysis has been found in spirulina, chlorella, alfalfa, nettle, wheat grass and barley grass.

Some herbs with special qualities demonstrated in research are: psyllium for cleansing food coloring and additives; reishi for blocking the stimulant effects of caffeine; and the Capsicum species (including cayenne and paprika) for protection against damage from passive cigarette smoke.

Remember that many of the herbs we are speaking of here also have mild laxative and/or diuretic effects that will aid in the elimination of toxins. These actions both require increased water intake to be used properly and safely. Many of the herbs do have side effects or toxicity associated with them, so please consult your health care practitioner for guidelines in safe use. Full or partial fasting, skin brushing, saunas or steam baths and lymphatic massage are also recommended to stimulate the release and clearance of toxins from the system. If you have had serious exposure to any toxic substances, the guidance of a qualified health care practitioner is advised to help you detoxify at a comfortable and safe rate. Occasional, seasonal detoxification can provide extra insurance for those of us with minor exposure who want to take preventive action.

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Radiation-A Fact of Modern Life

With continued increase in concern over the radiation that could affect the world’s population and food chain, we wanted to take some time to outline some important things to remember and be an outlet for questions and concerns.  It is important to remember that during times of disaster we see the best and worst in people. We have seen the bravery and unity of the Japanese people and we have seen the worst of companies trying to make a quick buck by scaring the public into making purchases of their product. We want to do everything we can to help educate you so that you are better prepared to make choices concerning your health and the health of your family.

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With continued increase in concern over the radiation that could affect the world’s population and food chain, we wanted to take some time to outline some important things to remember and be an outlet for questions and concerns.

It is important to remember that during times of disaster we see the best and worst in people. We have seen the bravery and unity of the Japanese people and we have seen the worst of companies trying to make a quick buck by scaring the public into making purchases of their product. We want to do everything we can to help educate you so that you are better prepared to make choices concerning your health and the health of your family.

Currently there are so many different views concerning when the radiation from the power plant in Fukushima, Japan will be remedied… weeks? Months? Years? While no one can be certain, you can continue to arm yourself with knowledge and get as much information as possible concerning the food supply you will ingest and the supplements meant to treat radiation that are quickly flying off shelves. No matter if you live on the West Coast or are tucked away in the Florida Keys, this information is helpful to you and people you know.

FOOD SAFETY AND RADIATION

So what is the FDA doing to protect consumers from buying products with high doses of radiation? Screening at US borders remains vigilant and radiation screening of shipments means a slower process of getting the food to shelves but ensures that the food there is safe. With the issue of the Import Alert 99-93, the importation of all milk and milk products, fresh vegetables and fruits produced or manufactured from the four Japanese prefectures (Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi and Gunma) will be detained upon entry into the US. These foods will not be allowed to come into the food supply unless shown to be free of radionuclide contamination. Some food items have been banned from the US completely until further notice.

While the FDA is working hard to keep our food chain clear you can help yourself and your family by paying attention to where the food you are ingesting has been grown. Locally grown and organic food is always the best option but, depending on where you live, this may not be an option at all. Use your best judgment and don’t be afraid to ask questions of the staff of the market.

There are foods that have been suggested byBrigitte Mars to incorporate into your diet to help your body protect itself from radiation. These foods include:

•Buckwheat and brown rice

•Seaweeds rich in iodine and microminerals, such as Kiziki, found in macrobiotic Asian food sections

•Wheat grass and barley grass

•Sulfur rich vegetables including broccoli, cabbage and mustard greens

•High-pectin foods including carrots, sunflower seeds and apples

•Liver-cleansing foods such as artichokes, beets and radishes

•Fermented foods such as miso and unpasteurized sauerkraut

•Nutritional yeast

Green and Black tea are important to add to your diet when addressing radiation.

•Green and black tea

The site also includes a list of suggested herbs and vitamins to assist the body in protecting itself from radiation:

•Garlic, burdock, dandelion, milk thistle seed, nettles, yellow dock

•Echinacea

•Eleuthero

•Vitamins A, Beta-Carotene, B complex and C; zinc, calcium and magnesium

Whether you choose to stock up with these foods, herbs and vitamins now is a choice you need to make on your own. Don’t let the pressure of companies force you into making decisions based on fear. If you have doubts, ask questions and do a bit of research on your own before making a purchase. The key is to do what makes you comfortable based on how you have educated yourself with a situation.

There have been numerous claims about products since the disastrous events in Japan in March and the product brought up most often is Potassium Iodide. While this is a great product, it will not fully protect you from nuclear fallout as some companies have claimed. For Potassium Iodide products the potassium is supposed to protect you from radioactive cesium and the iodide protects against radioactive iodine. The only issue with this theory is that the amount of potassium needed is different than the amount of iodine needed during different stages of radiation exposure so it cannot be a cure all as many companies would like you to believe. While we encourage you to protect your thyroid and implement supplements like potassium iodide into your routine you should know that it is not a wonder drug as it has been touted to be in the last few weeks. If you do choose a potassium Iodide product, be sure to do your homework and see what the right amount of each will be for you and monitor your doses closely. With nuclear radiation, potassium iodide can help but is not nearly enough on its own. Additionally, potassium iodide addresses only the potentially acute situation of the thyroid, to prevent the spread of radioactive potassium throughout the body, but radiation can penetrate anywhere, from bone marrow to the digestive tract.  Refer back to our natural foods and supplement list above and make a plan that is your own.

Our intention is to educate you to the best of our ability about what you can do to protect your family from the effects of radiation. However, radiation is everywhere and this recent scare has been amplified by companies looking to make a quick buck from the fear of consumers. Consider this: you are exposed to radiation when you watch tv, sleep beside your spouse, fly on an airplane or even from the smoke detectors in your house. Every day we are exposed to radiation! This is not meant to alarm you but simply to bring into perspective the fact that making good choices year round prepares you mentally and physically for what can happen beyond your control.

 How We Can Prepare for the Day to Day Exposure of Radiation

Between the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last year and now the nuclear tragedy in Japan, the earth is being increasingly subjected to major environmental trauma from heavy industry and so are the people.

Take to heart the fact that in today’s society, while there are heavy metals, pollutants and radiation, there is so much you can do to protect yourself. The potential after effects of the radiation we experience day-to-day involves cancer, digestive problems, skin issues and more. Why not make your focus be about protecting yourself year round rather than getting on board with deceptive marketing and advertising? Here are some of our favorite products to assist your body in combating unwelcome pollutants and environmental toxins all year long:

Chem X-a combination of black tea, chaparral, condurango bark, red clover, paprika and spikenard. Folklore use and modern research employ herbs that cleanse and protect against the build-up of chemicals in the body. Research on paprika has found that it may protect against outside contaminants. Black tea has also shown excellent antioxidant properties, which help combat free radicals or unstable molecules.

Metal X-an ensemble of pumpkin seeds, okra, rhubarb root, capsicum, peppermint and dulse. It is designed to clear metals from the system and decrease our toxic load by increasing the body’s eliminating abilities. Capsicum, rhubarb and okra support healthy intestinal function while dulse and pumpkin seeds assist the drawing qualities of the urinary system. Peppermint may improve bile flow, which is one of the liver’s detoxification mechanisms.

Echinacea has a history of keeping the immune system in tip-top shape. Although Echinacea has gained much of its popularity for colds and flu, its support for the immune system may be beneficial for protection against secondary issues arising from excessive toxins. Echinacea has also been used for supporting the respiratory tract, which is the site of first exposure to air pollution, and thus often the most affected by it.

The body’s preference is to eliminate toxins as soon as possible, provided that the right components are available for the liver to do its job. Milk Thistle has been the subject of a large amount of scientific research over the last 30 years, showing that it improves toxin clearance by promoting healthy bile function. In addition, its antioxidant activity protects against cell damage from these toxins.

 

Finally, we want to leave you with our favorite tips concerning the environment in which you live and the choices you can make to help your air, water and food be cleaner now and for generations to come:

•Buy organic

•Get a water filter or drink purified water

•Reduce the amount you drive. Ride a bike, take the bus or carpool to work

•Look for products without additives, chemicals, metals or impurities in them; especially food and body care items.

•Replace any aluminum cookware with stainless steel, ceramic or glass

•Take supplements that will aid your body in removing toxins and counteract their effect on your body.

 

Hanna left us with several tips for addressing radiation but most importantly, she left us with several herbal products to address it.

Remember, humans are very adaptable creatures and when we give our bodies the resources to maintain optimal health we may lessen the effects of an impure environment.  Use good judgment when it comes to your body and how you will react to a situation. Ask questions, educate yourself and consider what we have told you today. While the harm that could come from the disaster in Japan is possible, by informing yourself of what you can do day-to-day by following a solid herbal and food program will help you to be better prepared mentally and physically. Seek out answers to your questions and find ways to help yourself or your family that are tested and true, not a part of a marketing scheme. And, once you have found some information that could be useful, spread the word… Hanna has taught us to help one another.

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Taking Control of Hair Loss

Our hair is a living garden.  It can thrive in optimum conditions and can wither in unfavorable ones.  It can reflect the health of our body and the conditions of the environment around us.  It grows in response to nutrients we consume and to the elements it is exposed to.  It is an ‘antenna’, a connection to the energy forces of the world.  Over-washing, chemical styling and blow drying can strip the natural oils from hair, leaving it dry, unhealthy and more prone to falling out.  Environmental toxins and imbalance & illness in the body can also contribute to unhealthy hair and excessive hair loss.  Genetics and hormones play their part as well.

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What results in hair loss and what can we do about it?

shutterstock_116020741. Woman Hairloss

Our hair is a living garden.  It can thrive in optimum conditions and can wither in unfavorable ones.  It can reflect the health of our body and the conditions of the environment around us.  It grows in response to nutrients we consume and to the elements it is exposed to.  It is an ‘antenna’, a connection to the energy forces of the world.  Over-washing, chemical styling and blow drying can strip the natural oils from hair, leaving it dry, unhealthy and more prone to falling out.  Environmental toxins and imbalance & illness in the body can also contribute to unhealthy hair and excessive hair loss.  Genetics and hormones play their part as well.

Hair loss is a common condition and can affect many people at some time in their lives. It is normal to shed 150 hairs a day.  Sometimes hair may simply thin as a result of predetermined genetic factors and the overall aging process. Many men and women may notice mild thinning of hair starting in their 30s and 40s. Sometimes the amount of hair loss may be increased by various stresses on the body.  Physical stress such as illness, a lack of protein, and hormonal changes like those in pregnancypuberty, and menopause may cause a reversible hair loss.  Other factors to consider are shock, emotional stress, damage to the skin such as burns, infection or radiation, an excess of Vitamin A, skin cancer, chemotherapy, hypothyroidism, or by a sluggish or toxic liver and kidneys.

Several health conditions, including thyroid disease and iron deficiency anemia, can cause hair loss. It is important to exclude underlying causes in sudden or severe hair loss.  Medical health screening will include blood work to determine if hypothyroidism is a concern or if there is an imbalance to body’s hormonal and vitamin levels.

Sudden hair loss sometimes occurs as a result of illness or stress.  This should be temporary and can often be reversed once the body is repaired and back in balance.  Gradual thinning of the hair may be caused by severe nutritional deficiency, some illnesses, or disorders of the endocrine system (including thyroid and pituitary).  Again, getting the body back in balance is the key to growing back hair or at the very least stopping the excessive hair loss that has occurred.

The first step is to determine what is causing the hair loss.  Has there been a change in health?  Are you dealing with extra stress lately?  Could your diet use a little adjusting?  Are you frying your hair with too many over the counter styling products? Auto-immune disorders may also take a toll on hair health.  Usually it’s a case of mistaken identity: overzealous immune cells attack the hair.  Determining the condition and improving health with nutrition and anti-inflammatory herbs can often slow down or significantly help this type of hair loss. It is interesting to note that women have more underlying causes of hair loss then men (like thyroid or hormonal imbalance and/or anemia), but men often have genetic- male pattern baldness.

With hypothyroid individuals hair can be coarse, dry and brittle.  Hair loss can be quite severe.  Hypothyroidism is the medical term for having an underactive thyroid gland. This little gland located in your neck produces hormones that are critical to metabolism as well as growth and development and, when it’s not pumping out enough hormones, can contribute to hair loss.  Your doctor can determine if medication is necessary.  Iodine from seaweed is very supportive to the healthy function of the thyroid (unless hypothyroidism is caused by an auto-immune condition called Hashimoto’s, in which case iodine should be avoided).  Eliminating caffeine and sugar from the diet can also be very beneficial to the thyroid.

Male pattern baldness or Alopecia, emanates from testosterone levels and DHT (Dihydrotestosterone).  This is usually hereditary and not easy to reverse.  However, some supplements can help block DHT and other factors such as nutrition can make a big difference. When those other factors are addressed the health of the hair can be improved and people may see more thickness and regrowth.  Supporting the health of the prostate is very beneficial and Saw Palmetto is a star herb for prostate health.  Treat your prostate to treat your hair loss!

Take a look at your diet and decide if supplementing is right for you!  Several studies have found thatvitamin D may help activate hair growth.  Protein is one of the building blocks of life, promoting cell growth and repair and it boosts your hair strength too! Increasing fatty fish (like salmon) in the diet can really hydrate the hair. Fish is full of iron and biotin.  Supplementing with Essential Fatty Acids and amulti-B Vitamin Complex can greatly support hair health.

Detoxing and nourishing the blood, kidneys and liver can greatly help.  Traditional Chinese Medicine indicates that hair loss is attributed to deficient liver and kidneys.  Many Chinese hair restorative formulas work internally by detoxing the liver and kidneys and by nourishing blood deficiency.  The kidneys and liver filter out toxins and chemicals from the body.  When their function is improved, the health of the entire body can improve.

The health of the scalp is also very important to overall hair health.  Daily scalp massage will unclog pores and increase circulation to the head.  Using specific herbs like basilpeppermint and rosemary can stimulate the scalp and promote hair growth.  Clary sagelavenderlemonmyrrhpatchouli, rosemary,tea tree and ylang-ylang offer help for Dandruff and other scalp conditions.  Juniper is often added with rosemary for external hair applications.  Juniper is wonderful for the hair and has an affinity for the kidneys.

Jojoba and Aloe moisturize and protect the scalp.  Jojoba has long been used by Native Americans as a topical treatment for the skin and hair.  Regularly massaging the scalp with jojoba oil can result in new hair growth.  It can also help repair dry, brittle hair and soothes and moisturizes dry, scaly scalp.

Hanna Kroeger taught that hair loss could be an indication of poor kidney or thyroid health.  She recommended Female Balance for women for correcting hormonal issues and Evening Primrose Oil,Silica, and Horsetail for their moisturizing and strengthening qualities.  To support optimum thyroid health, Hanna recommended Thyroid Care Herbal along with a high protein diet.  Add plenty of yogurt (or probiotics) to your diet and limit sugar intake as much as possible. Drinking and applying sage tea externally helps stimulate hair growth.  Nettle tea helps to cleanse the system and encourages growth. To clear heavy metal and chemical residue from the kidneys, Hanna recommended Black Radish & ParsleyKidney Care BlendKDY TeaChem X and Metal X herbal products.

Hanna’s Herb Shop carries several products that are useful in maintaining healthy hair and supporting new growth.

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Silica, Vegetalthis is a water extraction of Horsetail herb.  This form is very easy for the body to assimilate.  Horsetail is naturally high in Silica which is the building block of hair and nails.

 

Silicea (Cell Salt # 12)- Silica is one of the most abundant of the earth’s solid components.  It comes from rocks and is a major supportive element in the connective tissues of plant and animal cells.  It is called ‘Nature’s Cell Cleanser’.  It is recommended for many conditions but is especially beneficial for building up and strengthening hair and nails.

 

Ultra Haira multi-vitamin supplement to support strong hair

 

Advanced Men’s Restorative Hair Nutrients Bao Shi- This formula increases shine, luster and growth while supporting the production of keratin.  Keratin helps to prevent hair loss and graying. Rosemary stimulates hair growth and improves circulation. Saw palmetto is added to support prostate health and can help slow down hair thinning by being a naturally powerful DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) blocker.  DHT has been linked to male pattern baldness because hair follicles are sensitive to DHT, which causes them to shrink and eventually causes thinning and then loss.  Men have more receptors for DHT in their hair follicles than women, which is why it is a much larger issue for men.

 

Advanced Women’s Bao Shi™ Restorative Hair NutrientsThis formula increases shine, luster and growth while supporting the production of keratin.  Keratin helps to prevent hair loss and graying.  Ligustrum is added for its anti-oxidant benefits as well as its ability to tone the liver and kidneys.  Rosemary stimulates hair growth and improves circulation.  Nettles can help to cleanse and nourish the blood.

 

Rosemary Jojoba Hair OilThis oil helps restore moisture to hair while nourishing and conditioning.  Great for dandruff!

 

CollagenWe carry several Collagen products!  Collagen is a protein that maintains strength and flexibility throughout the body.  Types 1 & 3 support hair health.  Enjoy thicker, stronger, more beautiful hair with collagen.

There are many factors that can contribute to excessive hair loss.  By doing some investigative work then correcting, cleansing and nourishing the body with food and herbs, your hair can shine again!

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