The Hidden Toxins All Around Us

May 25, 2018

One of the key things that prevents people from feeling well is that their bodies are toxic. They’re toxic from the chemicals in the environment that are in what we breathe, eat, drink, and put on our bodies. Watch as Dr. Hotze and expert guest, Cindy Krueger, MPH, reveal the hidden toxins all around us and what you can do to protect your health.

Podcast Transcription

Stacey B.: Welcome to Dr. Hotze’s Wellness Revolution. I’m Stacey Bandfield here with Dr. Steven Hotze, founder of the Hotze Health & Wellness Center. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to download our podcasts. You can go to A really good show for you today. Lots of great information. We have Cindy Krueger on. She is the founder of Preservion, and she is so knowledgeable about all things toxic. Toxins in our environment, detoxing, what you can do about it. We’re so happy to have her as a guest today, aren’t we Dr. Hotze?

Dr. Hotze: We’re very pleased. Cindy’s been a long time friend. She lives in Tampa, Florida, where many of my wife’s family live. It’s always good to connect with another, is it Tampamanian, Floridian?

Cindy Krueger, MPH: Oh yeah. Tampanian. They call us all sorts of things here.

Stacey B.: That’s funny.

Dr. Hotze: Well, Cindy Krueger has a Masters in Public Health, and she’s the founder and president at Preservion Incorporated. She’s been helping people achieve optimal health for over three decades, and she specializes in lifestyle protocols and strategies for individuals, as well as for corporations, for the people in corporations. Her columns and her websites and books are based on the latest research and scientific literature. She’s the author of “Do You Know What You Don’t Know About Women’s Health Issues?” that continues to inspire readers, even to this day. She’s been published in numerous journals, including the Wall Street Journal, Tampa Bay Business Journal, Townsend Newsletter, Maddox Business Report, and many others. She’s a contributing editor in “Food and Nutrients in Disease Management,” and that’s a medical textbook produced by Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and for the past 15 years she’s dedicated her writings to the hundreds of readers through Preservion Inc.

We’re glad to have Cindy with us. Cindy, today our topic is going to be toxins. Toxins in the environment, and those of you who have listened to my other YouTube videos and my podcasts know that this is a big part of the treatment regimen here at Hotze Health & Wellness Center, where we believe that you need a doctor and a staff of professionals to coach you onto a path of health and wellness naturally, without pharmaceutical drugs, so that as you mature, you enjoy a healthy life. You’re full of energy, enthusiasm, you’ve got vim and vigor, you’ve got get up and go, you’re looking forward to getting up and making something happen, you’re thinking clearly, you don’t have joint and muscle aches and pains, you feel great, and you’re a real contributing member to your family life and to your community. That’s why everybody should feel, no matter what age you are, you should feel like a million bucks, and you can.

One of the key things that prevents people from feeling well is that their bodies are toxic. They’re toxic from several sources. They’re toxic from the petrochemicals in the environment that are in what we breathe, eat, drink, slather on our bodies. Women are particularly bad about this. Men don’t tend to do this like women do, but women use all kinds of lotions. I was looking on one of my wife’s lotions about two years ago. I looked on the back of it and it was full of petrochemicals. I said, “Honey, what is this?” She said, “Well, that’s my body lotion.” I said, “Baby, you’re poisoning yourself. Don’t you know at our pharmacy, at Hotze pharmacy, we have all kinds of natural products for skin healing?” She goes…it’s kind of like the cobbler’s kids have no shoes, so my wife’s slathering all this stuff on her body. I got her to stop that, of course.

This is a problem because the petrochemicals are toxins and they’re hormone disrupters, and they adversely affect the power plants in your cells called the mitochondria that prevent them from producing adequate amounts of electrical energy that drive all the biochemical processes in your cells, making your organs healthy. When you’re toxic, the mitochondria produce low levels of electrical energy, and you’re, instead of high voltage with bright lights, you’re a brown out and your life feels like a brown out.

Other things that cause problems, of course, are the metals, the aluminum, the lead, the mercury. We’re going to talk about these with Cindy in a minute. Besides that, it’s recurrent infections that people have, the toxins that come from infections, sinus infections, bronchial infections, any kind of infection releases toxins that make the body toxic. Those can adversely affect all your organs. Particularly they can affect the coronary arteries and cause you to have coronary artery disease. On top of that, a high sugar diet, a diet high in simple carbohydrates, pizza, pasta, bread, cookies, cakes, cereal, all those things, create inflammatory chemicals in your body that adversely affect your health and cause toxic changes in your power plants in your cells, the mitochondria. We’re going to talk about these four areas of toxic problems that we have.

Here’s what happens, Cindy, and I’m kind of dominating things. I know you’re our guest, but I just want to remind our listeners that those toxins in your system, all the ones we’ve just talked about, adversely affect your production of energy in your cells, so you develop symptoms. You gain weight. You become fatigued. You can’t think clearly. Your body temperature’s low. You can’t sleep well. You have mood swings. You get joint and muscle aches and pains. Your bowels aren’t right. They’re either sluggish or else you’ve got loose stools. You get puffy, pale, your hair falls out. If you’re a woman, you may have problems with menstrual irregularities or you may have problems with infertility.

You can have a host of problems that develop as a result of these toxins, and you end up going to the doctor and he does routine blood tests. They’ll never check you for any toxins in your body, which we all have. You don’t really need to check. Everybody has toxins in their body. Volatile chemicals that come from petrochemicals, everybody does. Instead of addressing the underlying nutrient deficiencies that will help you detoxify, they give you more toxins. They give you drugs, which are toxins, which are poisons, which make you more toxic, so you get sicker quicker. You don’t get well. We’re going to talk about the problems, the toxins that we have in our environment. We’re going to talk about what can be done to help you detoxify to get your body healthy. Cindy, let’s talk about the petrochemicals first. Go ahead.

Cindy Krueger, MPH: Well, I think you’ve said it quite well. They are everywhere, I mean in the air, in our foods, everywhere we turn, in our medications. Their incipiency, these insidious products if you will, and they are just everywhere. The problem with the petrochemicals too, like all other toxins, is that because they are everywhere, there is this cumulative effect that occurs on the human body, like you had mentioned, the manifestation of other chronic illnesses and diseases that occur because of this. We could talk about petrochemicals, but my goodness, there are so many other things. Of course, the plastics.

Dr. Hotze: Right.

Cindy Krueger, MPH: The cleaning products, and like you mentioned, the beauty products. The foods, particularly I like to talk a lot about the foods, because people are just terribly malnourished. The only way we can clean up the human body of course is through a much better robust nutritional program. There is good news and bad news. The good news is that our bodies are truly resilient and they have the extraordinary ability to recuperate, restore and recover with the proper protocols. The bad news is that of course these toxins and these chemicals are ubiquitous. They are everywhere. Unless you have a little bit of knowledge, like you talked about Janie, your wife, not knowing and enjoying probably a lovely fragrance smell to her cream and thinking that this is terrific. Little does she know that these are horrific. It’s not that that one product is so bad, of course it is, but it’s on top of everything else that she’s exposed herself to. The average person just doesn’t realize. They have no idea whatsoever that they’re exposed to these toxins. Another-

Dr. Hotze: Let me interrupt you. You sent over a list here that I’d like to just read to our listening audience. Think about where you get toxins. You get them from gasoline and diesel fumes. You get them in the various chemicals that are disguised as fragrances in your perfume and your hairspray. You know, the colognes don’t have to, for some reason, the FDA, I don’t know, there’s some kind of law that allows colognes and perfumes and hairsprays and all that not to have to list all the ingredients they put in them. You don’t know what’s in them. Air fresheners like you might hang in your car or put in your bathroom. Fire retardant chemicals in new cars. You know you get in a new car and it’s got that new car smell. Well that’s all chemicals. If you can smell a chemical, it’s in your bloodstream. If it’s in your bloodstream, it’s in your cells. If it’s in your cells, it’s making your cells toxic.

What about varnishes, artificial flooring material, bedding. You know, they’re on the kids’ beds, now they’ve got this fire retardant, which is chemicals which outgas which can cause kids, get into the brains of kids, and can cause a host of health problems. What about when you take your clothes to the dry cleaners? The dry cleaning fluid is a chemical. I say, and we oftentimes will hang our clothes out in the garage for a day to breathe so we don’t bring those into the house. Drywall, solvents, chlorine, pesticides, insecticides in your house are neurotoxic. What about, we talked about the cosmetics, the shampoos, the lotions, the nail polish remover, hairspray. Walk into a woman’s store where they get their hair fixed, you know, or… 

Cindy Krueger, MPH: Or a nail salon.

Dr. Hotze: A nail salon. Oh my goodness. What do you smell? Chemicals. Canned foods lined with biphenyl, BPA.

Cindy Krueger, MPH: Another most people don’t really realize is a mattress. Mattresses have been forced by law now to contain fire retardant chemicals. Any mattress that you buy, unless it’s an organic wool material of sorts, it will emit this chemical in your home every time you sit on the bed. You can imagine every time you sit and put pressure on this bed, these toxins are being emitted. People don’t know this, and I have personal experience with this about five years ago, having bought a mattress. The bedroom in our condo smelled so bad, I was mortified. I had the doors open and the fans on. I sprayed for two weeks the top of that bed with vinegar, with vinegar and water to get that toxic smell out. It finally dissipated some, but even so, it’s still there. Your average person has no idea that that’s what they’re being exposed to.

Dr. Hotze: These chemicals are hormone disrupters. They’re what we call xenoestrogens. They mimic the estrogen molecule and they adversely affect the production and the utilization of your natural occurring hormones. That’s why many people have hormonal problems and hormonal difficulties and even infertility. A lot of this is related to the chemicals to which they’re exposed in their environment. Let’s talk about fluoride for a minute. Cindy, you’re on.

Cindy Krueger, MPH: Oh. Well, again, talk about the controversy of fluoride from the American Dental Association, and of course all the cities and states across America that believe that the reason why kids are still having problems with their teeth today is because they don’t have enough fluoride in the water supply. Of course, we know study after study confirms what fluoride does to our children, not only from a cellular perspective, but even their teeth, the fluorosis that occurs and the yellowing of their teeth. Just their behavior, behavioral changes that occur because of this exposure to fluoride.

Of course, now we have many toothpastes that we can purchase without fluoride in them. Of course, you’ve got to watch and read these labels carefully because they have other junk in them as well, so you have to be very careful. It’s difficult to avoid fluoride anywhere you go. Of course I recommend to people to install a reverse osmosis system in their homes. Instead of buying the small plastic bottles from the big box stores, heaven knows how long they’ve sat on pallets in the hot sun in Texas and Florida, and of course you talk about the xenoestrogens and how that is floating around in the waters and in the plastic that these waters sit in.

Again, I always say, Dr. Hotze, we have to pull people back. Go back to nature. Go back to the beginning of time when things were closer to nature and we weren’t exposed to all of these horrible toxins. I know you mentioned about these petrochemicals and such. We’re finding that there’s a direct relationship between these herbicides and pesticides and people who have their homes sprayed for insects every month, especially in Texas and Florida. There is a direct relationship to Parkinson’s disease. We know that these autoimmune conditions are just growing exponentially in this country. Our immunity is being attacked to the point where, of course, with autoimmune conditions, our own bodies begin to attack particular organs. Again, your opening, talking about modern medicine’s solution is to add more chemicals with a drug, we know and we see that it fails miserably. That is a very, very poor intervention, and frankly, at the end of the day, makes people worse.

Dr. Hotze: Right. I want to make another comment about fluoride. Fluoride is a halogen. Iodine is a halogen. Chlorine is a halogen, and halogens are part of the periodic table. Iodine is needed to make thyroid hormones. Fluoride in the water competes with the iodine and depresses normal thyroid function. More importantly, fluoride poisons the enzyme inside your cell that converts T4, the inactive thyroid hormone, or the pro-hormone, to the active hormone T3 in the cell. There’s an enzyme called deiodinase. It cleaves off one of the iodine molecules. T4 is thyroid with four iodine molecules, T3 is thyroid with three iodine molecules. T3 is active. It’s what activates the power plants, the mitochondria, enabling them to produce energy.

Fluoride poisons the enzyme that cleaves the iodine off T4 to make T3, so people that have fluoride in their water are poisoning their ability to utilize the active thyroid hormone, which is going to down regulate the production of energy in the mitochondria, the power plants within the cells, and make them feel fatigued. That’s one of the reasons in America we have a ubiquitous problem with hypothyroidism that goes undiagnosed by most physicians because they treat blood tests, and they don’t listen to the patient’s symptoms. I believe anybody who has classical symptoms of hypothyroidism – fatigue, difficulty with weight, cold body temperature, inability to think clearly, poor sleep, mood swings, irregular cycles, joint and muscle aches and pains, fibromyalgia, stomach disorders, all these things, and plus infertility problems and irregular menstrual cycles – these all can be related to hypothyroidism within the cells, which you can’t measure for in the blood. You can have thyroid in your blood, but if you have fluoride in your system, it’s poisoning your ability to utilize the thyroid hormone and activate it.

Now, by the way, 70% of the cities in America, across America, 70% of the drinking water has fluoride in it. Fluoride comes from what? It comes from the fertilizer industry. Back in the 50s they were spewing out fluoride out of fertilizer plants and spreading it around the fertilizer plants in a several mile radius, and it was killing off the animals, the crops and everything. Then, I don’t think it was called the EPA at that time, the Environmental Protection Agency, but the federal government came in and said they had to scrub and they couldn’t put fluoride out. They had to get rid of the fluoride, which is a toxin. If you go to the MSDS, material safety data sheet, just Google it and Google fluoride or fluorine, and you’ll find out it’s highly toxic.

As a matter of fact, on the side of your toothpaste, you use Crest or any one of the other common toothpastes, there is a warning box that says if you ingest any more of the toothpaste and swallow it, that you brush your teeth with, immediately call poison control or contact your physician. Why would you put something like fluorine, which is a toxin, in toothpaste? They say, by the way, anybody six and under should not be using this toothpaste. That’s in the warning box on the label, so you need to get a non-fluoridated toothpaste, toothpaste that doesn’t have fluoride. We use Spry here at Hotze, the vitamin store. We sell Spry. There’s no warning label on the box. Why? Because there’s no fluoride in the toothpaste.

The other thing you need to do, because it’s in the water, as Cindy mentioned, get a reverse osmosis filter. We filter our water coming into the house and then we turn around and re-filter it with a reverse osmosis at the taps in our bar area and in our kitchen so that we don’t have fluoride in our water, and that’s very important. In Europe, where they banned fluoride, the population has 16% of the people overweight, 8% of the people obese, just like it was in America before we put fluoride in the water. Back in the early 60s, 16% of the people were overweight, 8% were obese.

In America now, 70% of the population is overweight. That means their metabolism is down, and I say the reason it’s down is because they’ve got fluoride in the water that is poisoning their enzyme that would enable them to make active thyroid hormone. Additionally, we’ve got 35% of the population obese, and we know that leads to diabetic problems and heart disease. It leads to strokes. It leads to kidney disorders, degenerative arthritis, stomach problems, increased risk of cancer, and a host of other problems when your metabolism is down. That’s why I believe anybody who has the signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism deserves a clinical trial of natural desiccated thyroid hormone.

We’ve talked about fluoride. I mentioned chlorine, which is a problem, and it’s in all kinds of products. It’s in our water, so you’ve got to filter your water. Look, you go, “Well we drink water out of the bottles from the store.” It’s got plastic in it. You’ve got plasticizers that leach into the water. That gets into your system and that poisons your cells. If you’re going to drink water, drink bottled water from an aquifer. One great one here in the country is Mountain Valley water. They’ve got it…

Stacey B.: It’s in glass bottles.

Dr. Hotze: It’s in glass bottles. You can buy Mountain Valley water, have it delivered to your home in a five gallon glass water case. Let’s talk about mercury and lead and aluminum, Cindy.

Cindy Krueger, MPH: Well, again, that’s starting in people’s mouths with dental fillings, the mercury. Also, the aluminum that we use with cooking, our pots and pans that we’re cooking with. Again, this is a constant 24/7, but those particular areas are the greatest exposure to these metals. Oftentimes when people have unresolved health issues, they actually probably should…one of the first things they should do is go the dentist and have their mouths evaluated whether or not they have any mercury fillings in their mouths, because we’re finding that often, and this is not always, that when people have these fillings removed, they begin to see an improvement in their health. Just think, with these mercury fillings, every time you bite down, every single time, some of that mercury is being emitted into the intercellular tissue, and so some people’s immunity is strong enough and their livers are strong enough to be able to manage and excrete these toxins out, but people’s whose health is compromised to begin with, this can create a major problem.

Again, I mentioned earlier about going back to nature and long ago. I think about all these aluminum pots and pans. They’re very inexpensive and that’s why people buy them, but you know going back, I like to think about cast iron, what we used to…our grandmothers and great grandmothers would cook with cast iron instead. Then they got a little bit of iron out of that, a extra little bonus, too. You know, going back to that, that everything has become so convenient and life is so fast paced that people are not concerned about the consequences at the moment, this is why they ignore, often, all this information that we’re discussing today because they say, “Well, I’m fine today. I’m okay today.” It changes tomorrow, and then you find them in your office.

Dr. Hotze: Right. They end up here and they end up having a cumulative effect.

Cindy Krueger, MPH: Correct.

Dr. Hotze: The metals, the heavy metals, the mercury, the lead, the aluminum, cadmium too, get into our system and cause inflammation in your coronary arteries, and that leads to coronary artery disease, plaque buildup, hardening of the arteries, where you get calcified arteries. It’s one of the major causes, and you’ve got to detoxify that. Listen, another thing, we talked about pesticides in the home, but why don’t we talk about, think about this, the pesticides and the herbicides that are sprayed on all the food products across the country, and become part of the fabric of that very product that you’re eating. That’s why it’s important to eat organically as best as possible. Most major stores now do have organic products. It costs you minimally more. It’s a modicum. It’s a minimus, but you’re going to preserve your health, and what’s your health worth? A few pennies extra for organic lettuce or organic broccoli or organic asparagus as opposed to buying the ones that are a little bit cheaper but they’re filled with pesticides.

Stacey B.: We just did a podcast on wild salmon versus farm salmon and how toxic farm salmon is.

Dr. Hotze: Right. Exactly. This is where you may need to make some life decisions. You need to do a 180 and take charge of your health. These are some simple ways to do that. Let’s talk about some suggestions we have. What would you suggest, Cindy? What can people do?

Cindy Krueger, MPH: Well, just like you had mentioned in regards to the food, which is so very important because people eat every day, absolutely organic. Again, staying away from the processed foods and the boxed and the packaged foods, because so many chemicals are snuck into these foods. The agri industry has become masterful at making labels look attractive and healthy when indeed they’re really not. We have to be very careful about that. Of course, shopping the peripheral of the grocery store is going to be the best thing to do.

The challenge, Dr. Hotze, is because even nowadays, particularly with fish, everybody wants salmon 12 months out of the year. We say wild salmon, but now even this wild salmon is being farmed. There are fisheries and they have these huge nets that are out there in the ocean. Their claim is that well, they have to control these species, otherwise we will be left without any. We have to be very careful about that, even though they’ve said that they’re wild caught, they may not be. Of course, there are websites that you can buy truly wild salmon from Alaska and halibut and cod and cold water fish and the smaller fish that are much, much safer than these larger fish that have lived longer and have had exposure to mercury in the oceans and all the toxins and the junk that’s tossed into our oceans. We’ve got to be very, very careful even with our fish.

One of the things, too, I think that is very valuable is exercise, because exercise enables the body, if you’re doing it enough, to sweat, and sweating is a great natural mechanism for the body to detox itself.

Dr. Hotze: Right.

Cindy Krueger, MPH: It’s kind of like a sauna or a steam room or something. Exercise is so critically important. Another thing, and I know that you talk a lot about this in your clinic there, is consuming high quality supplements and vitamins.

Dr. Hotze: Right.

Cindy Krueger, MPH: It’s very, very important. If you look on the labels, oh my goodness, the incipience in so many of these vitamins, again, going back to these box stores where you’re going to pay $15 for a fish oil. People are unfortunately creating diminishing returns. It’s very, very important to consume good wholesome supplements from a good reliable source. People need to evaluate their homes. You mentioned about these plug-in deodorizers. One of the other things that I have to mention, I’m so vehement about, are these dryer sheets. People who put these dryer sheets in their dryers, their clothes dryers, so they’ll have beautiful smelling clothes, it is probably got to be as toxic as glyphosate that is placed on every imaginable fruit and vegetable out there in the farming industry.

Dr. Hotze: Which is dioxin, really.

Cindy Krueger, MPH: It’s terrible. You could walk the neighborhood and know who’s got their dryer on. You can walk outside and the mall and be anywhere.

Stacey B.: This is true.

Cindy Krueger, MPH: You can smell that exploding. It’s offensive.

Stacey B.: You can smell the chemicals. That’s right.

Dr. Hotze: Let me run down a list of some key things you can do. Buy green products. Go online and buy green products, or go to Whole Foods and buy green products, products that aren’t based on petrochemicals for cleaning. When you clean your carpets, use a steam clean solution of vinegar and water. It’s best not have carpets, really. If you have carpets, have wool carpets rather than synthetic carpets. Get a HEPA filter for your house. Ventilate your home. The home’s got to breathe. Open your windows up when the weather’s nice. Air out the house. Get the toxins out of the house that are in there. Buy organic food. Go to a store and make sure the food is organic. Also, whenever you buy food, look at labels. I always recommend if it’s in a package, can or box, don’t even read the label. Just don’t buy it. Eat real food, don’t eat processed food.

Then, finally, most importantly, you have to detoxify your body. We don’t get the proper vitamins and minerals and nutrients that we need to be healthy. The most important detoxifying vitamin is vitamin C. Human beings don’t make vitamin C, nor do primate monkeys, nor do guinea pigs. All the other mammals in God’s creation, as a matter of fact, all the other vertebrates, any animal that has a vertebrae makes vitamin C. They make approximately 1,000 mg of vitamin C per 25 pounds of body weight. If you weigh 150 pounds, take 6,000 mg of vitamin C every day. If you weigh 200 pounds, take 8,000. Every 25 pounds, add 1,000 mg of vitamin C. You can take it in capsule form. There’s a crystal form. We have it here at Hotze Vitamins, a crystal form of vitamin C. A teaspoon is 4,000 mg. You mix it in a glass of water. I recommend taking your vitamin C in stages. Take it in the morning, take it at lunch, take in the afternoon, take it in the evening. Take, depending upon your body weight, the appropriate amount. When you’re sick, double it until you get stool intolerance, then back off 80%. It’s a wonderful detoxifier.

Also make sure you take magnesium. You need glutathione. Glutathione’s a natural detoxifier produced in the body that declines as we age. Take n-acetyl cysteine, which help rejuvenate that. Take vitamin D. Take vitamin E. Take vitamin A and get a good B complex with hefty doses of B vitamins. These are very important for you to enable your body to detoxify the chemicals that are in your body already. I know they’re there. Listen, I did a volatile chemical on myself. It’s called a VOH, volatile organic, VOC, volatile organic chemical study in my body, and I had in the 95 percentile of styrene. That comes from styrofoam. Don’t drink coffee-

Stacey B.: Out of styrofoam.

Dr. Hotze: Out of a styrofoam cup. Frankly, you know, I haven’t drank out of a styrofoam cup for I don’t know how many years.

Stacey B.: That just shows you.

Dr. Hotze: But I did for numerous years, and you can’t hardly get styrene out of your body. It’s, of course, not a healthy chemical to have in your body and can cause a host of problems. You want to make sure you don’t expose yourself to styrofoam cups and all that. If you can drink out of a paper cup if you’re going to drink coffee, or preferably out of a mug for crying out loud. Get a mug and have it. I buy a mug when I go to Buc-ee’s.

Stacey B.: Yes you do.

Dr. Hotze: I carry that mug in there and I get my coffee out of that mug. If I don’t have a mug, I buy a mug. I just don’t like to drink coffee out of styrofoam. I think it’s very dangerous for you. Those are some things you can do, but you’ve got to be on a good vitamin and mineral regimen. Why is that? Because these are antioxidants. Your body, when you are full of these chemicals and you’re toxic, creates free radicals. These are molecules that lack an electron and they circulate in your body and they damage cells and create inflammation. The antioxidants neutralize – they carry an extra electron which is passed off to the free radical to neutralize it, to make it safe so your body can get rid of it. That’s very important for you to be on high doses of your vitamins. Magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin A. It’s the A, B, C. B complex.

Make sure you’re on your vitamins, and make sure you eat a healthy organic eating program, and eat whole foods. That’s so critical and so very important. Stay away from the simple carbohydrates as much as possible. Once you learn to eat this way, you’re learning to eat to live rather that live to eat. The most addictive product out there is sugar. There’s a withdrawal when you come off sugar. Sugar to our mitochondria is like newspaper to a fireplace. If your spouse says, “Why don’t we start a fire?” You go, “Go ahead.” He started throwing newspaper on the fire. It burns up very quickly and then you keep having to add newspaper to the fire to keep it going. “Hey, why don’t you just put a log on the fire?” That’s what good healthy oils and fats do, and you burn slowly.

We recommend a diet with good oils, eggs, butter, fish oil, olive oil, olives, avocados. Make sure you get good coconut oil. Make sure you get olive oil. Make sure you get good oils in your body so your body converts from burning sugar to burning fat. When you have a high sugar diet, what’s going to happen? You make a lot of insulin. You get insulin resistant. The insulin drives the sugar into fat and you get fat. Then you get pre-diabetic and then the doctor throws you on metformin, or some other drug, which has been shown to increase your risk of dying of heart disease. They normalize your sugar, they’re treating a blood level of sugar, but it leads to an increased risk of death when you take these drugs.

Then you get on insulin and insulin does what? It creates fat. It turns sugar into fat, so you get on insulin, you’re going to gain weight. I’ve have a buddy of mine, he got on insulin, gained 100 pounds in a year, and the doctor said, “Well, that’s just a side effect of insulin.” Why do you think that affected his diabetes? Not one iota. They kept wanting to give him more insulin. It wasn’t until I finally said, “You’ve got to change your eating to cut out the carbs, get your weight down.” Guess what? Within seven weeks we had him off 100 mg of insulin a day, got him off all his diabetic drugs, and got him off his blood pressure medication. He lost 85 pounds and he felt so much better. That’s what you need to do. You need to do a 180 and take charge of your health. I hope this information gives you the challenge and encouragement to do just that.

Cindy, thank you for joining us today. Now if people want to get information about Preservion, tell us, spell it for us and what’s the website?

Cindy Krueger, MPH: It’s

Dr. Hotze: It’s like preserve with an ion on the end instead of an e.

Cindy Krueger, MPH: Correct.

Dr. Hotze: You can get some great material that Cindy has produced there. Be sure to go there and take a look at her material. Cindy, thank you for joining us today. Cindy Krueger, great friend, great in the health industry and has helped thousands and thousands of people and corporations get on a path to health and wellness. Thank you, Cindy.

Stacey B.: Yes, thank you, Cindy.

Cindy Krueger, MPH: Thank you. Stay well.

Stacey B.: Right. You as well.

Dr. Hotze: We will.

Cindy Krueger, MPH: Bye now.

Stacey B.: If you would like more information on our center and how you can get on a path of health and wellness, first we recommend that you go to Hotze Vitamins. All you have to do is call 1-800-579-6545. That’s 1-800-579-6545 to get those vitamins and supplements that Dr. Hotze talked about. One of the lovely ladies at Hotze Vitamins will be more than happy to help you out. Dr. Hotze, I know you did mention this, but you do have a detox formula as well. I think people would be interested in finding out more about that. You can also go to We hope you learned a lot today here at Dr. Hotze’s Wellness Revolution. One more thought from Dr. Hotze. Yes, sir.

Dr. Hotze: If you want to rock, you’ve got to detox.

Stacey B.: Oh, you’ve got to rock, you’ve got to detox. All right.

Cindy Krueger, MPH: Amen.

Stacey B.: Everybody, it was a pleasure having you with us today at Dr. Hotze’s Wellness Revolution.

Written By: Steven F. Hotze, M.D.

Steven F. Hotze, M.D., is the founder and CEO of the Hotze Health & Wellness Center, Hotze Vitamins and Physicians Preference Pharmacy International, LLC.


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AboutHotze Health & Wellness Center

Since 1989, Hotze Health & Wellness Center has helped over 33,000 patients get their lives back using bioidentical hormones that restore hormones to optimal levels, strengthen immune systems, and increase energy levels. Our treatment regimen addresses the root cause of hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue, menopause, perimenopause, low testosterone, allergies, and candida.

Led by best-selling author, radio host and leading natural health expert, Steven F. Hotze, M.D., our medical team has over 100 years’ combined medical experience backed by a staff of nearly 100 caring professionals who provide an environment of hope and extraordinary hospitality for each of our patients, who we call our guests. It is our deepest desire to help you obtain and maintain health and wellness naturally so that you may enjoy a better quality of life, pure and simple.



Do you want to live a healthy, happy, purpose-driven life? Do you want to restore your health so that your loss of energy, weight gain, joint pain, depression and lack of drive or motivation won’t hold you back from achieving your personal and professional goals?

Dr. Steven Hotze wants that for you, too. In fact, in his powerful and passionate video entitled, “What I Believe”, Dr. Hotze shares how his Christian worldview and pivotal experiences have ignited a deep desire to offer the message of hope and optimal health to all who need to hear it.

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Our Doctors

At Hotze Health & Wellness Center, our doctors are changing the way women and men are treated through the use of bioidentical hormones. Our natural treatments have helped over 33,000 individuals with hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue, menopause, perimenopause, low testosterone, allergies, candida, detoxification and nutritional deficiencies.

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Guest Testimonials

Peggy W.

"After just 3 weeks into the program, my joint pain was gone, climbing stairs became easy, my energy level increased from 2 to a 9 (out of 10) and I lost almost 30 pounds! ”

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Pam White
Pam White
At Hotze Health and Wellness YOU can truly find restoration of your health and vibrant life! You will find the most caring and effective healthcare available! Don't hesitate call them today!!!
Ron Guidry
Ron Guidry
Doctors are not the final authority in our journey of achieving/maintaining health and wellness but having a good team of doctors in your support and guidance community is not only helpful it is wise and also essential. The team and staff at Hotze Health and Wellness are health professionals that you can trust to help you navigate all the misinformation that may be keeping you separated from your optimal level of health.
Caral Reeves
Caral Reeves
Hotze Beauty is a first class facility! Extreme level of professionalism , knowledge & genuine care❤️‍🩹
Julie Hryszko
Julie Hryszko
I’ve been a guest at this facility for 15 years. They are the most efficient, thorough and caring group of individuals I’ve ever experienced. Dr Hotze looks to change the way a typical doctor treats patients and looks for root causes to eliminate medical issues instead of treating “symptoms”. My life has improved 100% since my initial visit. The cost of the treatments are worth it.
Shavon Sisson
Shavon Sisson
Always a great experience dealing with everyone at Hotze Heath and Wellness! Everyone is kind and helpful.
Kori Misson
Kori Misson
I cannot accurately describe in words how I feel about this practice and the entire staff. I have had quite a few health issues throughout the years, rheumatoid arthritis, sjogrens, weight gain, hair loss, irritability, and that is just the beginning. I had pretty much given up on feeling good, just decided to "live with it" and hope for the best. Two very close friends love the Hotze Wellness Clinic and they have experienced life changing health. Made my appointment and from the beginning I felt heard. Not a in and out fast food style practice. They are looked and are looking at my entire body for overall health and wellness. Connections from mind and body to clinical blood work, even dental questions....they care and I feel as if I can trust them. I am on a path to complete wellness and my goal is to have my RA back in remission as it once was....make yourself a priority. Having hope is an incredible feeling!