A recent (March 2008) pier reviewed study published in the Journal of American Neurotoxicology and Teratology states that only small to moderate amounts of pesticides in rats cause excessive weight gain by damaging brain structures in brain like the hypothalamus and the pituitary (Lassiter, 2008). What are the Toxins doing to cause weight gain? There are 2 solid reasons:
1) When toxins enter your body they have an affinity for fat cells, due to the fact that they are fat soluble. When the toxins attach to the outer cell membrane, which is made of a lipid bi-layer (two layers of fat), it causes the cells to continually release Leptin. And when Leptin is elevated too often, just like Insulin in Type II Diabetes, the receptors burn out and the message is not heard. Remember, Leptin is the hormone that tells the brain to burn fat for energy. Therefore, weight gain that does not respond to exercise or diet is inevitably due to Leptin resistance.
2) The toxins also cause the release of chemicals called cytokines that damage Leptin receptors in the brain Continue reading