Quoted from The Hundred-Year Lie:

[After a detox program at the Hippocrates Health Institute:]

Pesticides that had been detected at higher-than-average level the first time were now negligible in my blood [>0.3 parts per billion]. But several compounds such as arsenic had almost doubled in concentration. Counterintuitively, it turns out this was good news because it meant the chemicals stored in body fat were being secreted into my bloodstream for an eventual cleansing by my liver.

By far, the greatest concentrations of chemicals are stored in our body fat. [Biochemist Dr. John] Laseter explained to me that the ratio of chemical molecules of blood to fat is about 1 to 200 or more, depending on the type of chemical and the area of fat in the body. That means having four parts per billion of DDE pesticide [a breakdown component of DDT] in my blood reflected eight hundred or more part per billion in my body fat. My detox had leached the pesticides from fat and blood faster than the heavy metals, so the higher levels of arsenic showing up in the second blood test indicated an ongoing detox of fat cells.

This revelation about body-fat contaminations contrasted with blood indicators made me realize how the widespread chemical blood testing conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention give us just a narrow picture of how truly polluted we have become. As our society has gotten more obese, we have been absorbing ever-greater concentrations of synthetic chemicals. The fatter we become the more we are transformed into chemical time bombs.


“Life has been here evolving on this planet in a mix of chemical for four-and-a-half billion years,” Laseter observed. “It’s only in the last three or so generations of our species that we’ve introduced tens of thousands of new synthetic chemical compounds for us to absorb. In time maybe we can adapt to what we’ve created. But the more mixes we introduce and the more synergies we create, the more we will stress our physiology. There is big risk involved. If you think about it, this starts to get really scary.

Randall Fitzgerald, The Hundred-Year Lie, pg. 234-35.

See Fitzgerald’s before and after bloodwork here.