Toxic Water and your Brain by Pamela Costello MD PhD

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Toxic Water and Your Brain

by Dr. Pamela Costello, MD, PhD

The best way to detoxify is to stop putting toxic things into the body and depend upon its own mechanisms. Andrew Weil, MD

One of the primary sources of neurotoxins is that of unfiltered or poorly filtered drinking and cooking water. It’s a common misconception that because most toxins found in drinking water can neither be seen nor tasted, that the water is safe to drink. Furthermore, many patients know to buy quality drinking water, but then source their tap water for cooking. Boiling water might remedy microbes or infectious agents, however it does nothing to purify water of its toxins. The greatest error made beyond that is relying upon commercial grade testing to test tap or well water to determine its safety for drinking and cooking. Such testing is notoriously inadequate in addressing water borne toxins, both in quantity and the type of toxins found therein, as well as deeming ‘safe allowable limits’ that do not address the issue of bioaccumulation of toxins that occurs with many years of ingesting multiple ounces per day.

Safe water is fundamental to a healthy nervous system and body. Water helps maintain body temperature, removes waste from the body, and provides the basic component of all bodily functions, cellular processes, and all body fluids. Water is a renewable resource, replenished by rain and melted snow. However, new weather patterns, the toxic byproducts of geoengineering, depleting aquifers, toxic spills, and shrinking glaciers, have all destabilized previously reliable natural water sources.

The human body is composed primarily of water, and it requires healthy drinking water to properly flush the kidneys and liver, as well as remove toxins and waste via the colon. Unfortunately, whether from a well or municipal source, most tap water is far from pure. Heavy metals such as lead, arsenic, aluminum as well as radiation, pharmaceutical drugs, toxic halide products (chlorine and fluoride), and a multitude of other disease-causing toxins, are all found in drinking water.

The toxicity of our drinking water spans back millennia. Lead toxicity in water was among the first heavy metals known to ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and Hebrews. As their use increased, so did the awareness of their poisonous effects on the human body. The concept of illness resulting from bioaccumulation, or long-term storage in the body, of even low dose exposures to heavy metal toxins, was described by Paracelsus in the early 16th century.

Despite centuries of awareness of disease caused by toxicities in drinking water, we remain without safe water to drink, as poisons (such as lead) leach into our tap water from unsafe plumbing. There are more than 80 “regulated” contaminants and more unregulated toxins present in most tap water, including silent poisons such as radiation from nuclear arms and energy industries.

When we drink tap water, we are actually consuming water that contains a mixture of toxic poisonous chemicals that are rapidly absorbed by our bodies, and stored in our nervous systems and bones. These stored toxic substances (such as fluoride, lead, mercury, arsenic, and aluminum), create a constant stimulation of the brain’s immune system, leading to chronic brain inflammation and excitotoxicity, which have been linked to abnormal brain development and to neuroinflammatory disorders.

Proper water filtration is necessary to create clean, pure drinking water. To be absolutely certain you are getting the purest water you can for you (as well as for your family and pets), you need to properly filter your own water or consider purchasing all of your drinking and cooking water from a conscientious commercially filtered source, not merely the bottled municipal water that most water companies deceptively market as ‘pure’.

By cleansing your body and eliminating toxins from your environment, your body and brain can begin to heal itself, prevent disease, and achieve its maximum health. 505-503-8325,


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Vitality, Resilience, and Personal Power in Uncertain Times

AUGUST 4 – 6, 2017 in Galisteo, New Mexico
at The Center for Wisdom Healing Qigong

A Panel of Health & Wellness Thought-Leaders
Sunday, August 6th

Whether you’re a millelennial, Gen-Xer, baby boomer, an octogenarian, or a healthcare practitioner, the Health and Wellness Panel at the 2017 Qigong and Conscious Aging Conference will offer insights, approaches, and life-enhancing strategies for improving the overall quality of your well-being and health. Self-care and self-healing are becoming increasingly essential as our institutional health coverage is unstable and uncertain. Hear our illustrious panel of experts discuss conscious aging, vitality, and health in today’s complex and ambiguous contexts.

Conversation and Q&A session on the future of healthcare and conscisous aging moderated by Carolyn Parrs – with John Meade, Dr. Pam Costello, Dr. Bill Wolfe, Andrea Williams, and Dr. Christopher Powell.



Come see Dr. Costello speak in Galisteo!

We’re pleased to announce that we are moving Qigong and Conscious Aging from the indoor Kiva to a larger performance tent that will be erected on the beautiful Chi Center grounds in Galisteo. And we are extending a special 20% NM Community Discount to make it possible for even more people in this remarkable community to attend this special Celebration of Consciousness, Wellness, Wisdom and Community.

So if you haven’t yet registered, take advantage of our new Value Pricing by entering Coupon Code QCA20 on the registration page at and then select the ticket that is right for you – weekend, day, evening only or live-stream.

And If you already registered as an “Early Bird” watch your email for extra Early Bird Thank You Bonuses!

So come celebrate your life, greater hope and possibility.

Join a very gifted group of wisdom keepers, truth tellers, authors, poets, mystics, and experts who will share their insights, perspectives and heart opening recommendations – Andrew Harvey, Joan Borysenko, Fr. Richard Rohr, Judith Orloff, Dr. Gregory Shushan, Nathan Crane, Master Mingtong Gu and George and Sedena Cappannelli will all be there in person.

Celebrate with Grammy Award Winner Robert Mirabal, talented singer, song writer Consuelo Luz, gifted Cellist Michael Kott, artful dancer Tess Yong, singer/composer Nancy Kinney and other gifted musicians.
Experience Master Mingtong Gu as he lead us in a series of ancient Qigong healing practices and sound healing processes that are designed to increase our well-being, vitality and joy.

Participate with a panel of experts on wellness and the lifestyle choices that will support us in making better choices in this awkward and remarkable time.

Be inspired by the special screening of the Wisdom Keeper Special hosted by Julie Moran and featuring George and Sedena Cappannelli and their gifted guests – Jean Houston, Ram Dass, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Barbara Marx Hubbard, and Rev Michael Beckwith.

Enjoy nourishing and delicious food from Chi Center Kitchen, Café Fina and Jambo Café, and a wonderful products and services exhibit.

See what we mean about celebrating! This truly is a time to learn, laugh, share, dance, connect with old friends and make new ones and, above all honor truth, trust and renewed possibility on the remarkable 80 acre Chi Center Retreat Site in the mystical Galisteo Basin, just 15 to 20 minutes from the Historic Plaza in Santa Fe.

And if, for any reason, you and people you love are not able to be with us in person, then Click Here to join the celebration via Live-Stream. (use our code – QCA20 – to send people to the registration page)

This is a gift you can give to yourself and share with people you love who – at this complicated, often confusing and confounding time in our history – can all benefit from what is uplifting, inspiring and heart opening.

Click Here for more details and to reserve your place at this special price.

Many blessings,




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Update on New Mexico Medical Board Case. Justice served, case against prescribing and selling herbal remedies by your MD has been dismissed “in the interest of justice”!

As I’d noted in my most recently published article on Reversible Pain Syndromes and Neurotoxicity, the NMMB was pursuing me for a delayed medical records complaint, but trying to throw in the banning of the prescribing and sale of herbal remedies by me. I won the case thanks to the genius of Civil Rights and Integrative Medicine/CAM Maverick Attorney Rick Jaffe. He demonstrated to the otherwise herbal/supplement-antagonistic Board that it was the public’s right to have access to such remedies from their treating MD’s and that this issue should not be litigated though the back door of my medical records case, and without the public’s input. After his brilliant presentation to them of the law, their case against me was dismissed “in the interest of justice”, and they have welcomed my attorney back to further educate them on the critical role of CAM remedies in healthcare.

I humbly thank attorney Rick Jaffe (please see his book “Galileos Lawyer’), as well as the NMMB, for their acting for justice, but also to all of my brave patients and colleagues who were willing to testify on my behalf, were the case to be pursued. My focus on providing truthful, effective holistic medicine will continue.