- Some are potions of multiple herbs and foods.
- Some are simple such as vinegar.
- Diets of all kinds are advocated.
- Other detox modalities include enemas, saunas, foot pads and so much more!
How do we make sense of all this?
Chemicals are everywhere. Our air and water are filled with thousands of toxins, even prescription drugs have been found in the water supply. In some cases, these toxins can build up in our bodies and cause us to feel bad, sick, or just plain yuck. It turns out we don’t always have control over what’s in our air, food and water.
Product Of Our Environment
At age 69, Larry’s neurologist told him he had Alzheimer’s disease. He was given a drug that was supposed to help him think more clearly, but it didn’t help at all and was told there was nothing else that could be done. His wife then brought him into my office to see if there was something better than the drugs. After evaluation, we found the lead in his body was more than 50 times the acceptable level. We have him a series of chelation therapy treatments to remove the lead and he became normal again, able to think clearly.
The truth is those things that are part of our environment become part of us. We need to be able to use the normal mechanisms of our body to excrete those things that are harmful back into the environment. The process of detoxification has two components: 1) avoiding toxins and 2) getting rid of toxins, which we cannot avoid.
Larry was a welder, but never wore a mask to filter the metals. The torch he used vaporized the metals and, as a result, he was breathing them over many years. Since lead isn’t easily excreted from the body, it built up and became toxic to his brain.
When we are aware of a potential toxin that could be absorbed by our body one way or another, it is important for us to consider the many ways to avoid exposure to that toxin. Safety officers on every job should try to make the workplace free of toxins.
Anne was a very active interior decorator in her early 50s. She started getting illnesses frequently. “I catch everything that goes around,” she complained. Moreover, she was getting more and more fatigued. She felt achy all over. The usual tests failed to find a cause of her problems, so she was referred to an environmental medicine specialist. The doctor found she was reacting to a toxin made by a mold, which was apparently growing in the older house she was renovating.
Avoiding mold is very difficult because it is so prevalent in our environment. You can’t avoid all toxins, but you can significantly diminish them in your own body.
Those who eat organically-grown foods, for example, have much lower levels of heavy metals, pesticides and chemical fertilizers detectable in their bodies.
There are many chemicals that can be part of our everyday diet. Avoiding these is essential to maintaining a healthy metabolism.
- Both artificial and natural flavorings often contain ketones and aldehydes.
- Artificial colorings can poison cellular systems.
- Even common additives such as MSG can be dangerous to some people. MSG is an excitotoxin on the nervous system. Those who have adequate supplies of inhibitory neurotransmitters may be spared, but the rest will lose brain cells.
- One toxin to avoid at all times is artificial sweeteners. These have multiple toxic effects on the body from neurotoxicity to causing dysbiosis (killing the normal bacteria in the bowels).
Because we are constantly exposed to toxins, both internally and externally, it is important that we maintain a lifetime detox program. Most detox programs only deal with the liver because it is the primary organ in our body which neutralizes and excretes toxins. However, just as important in detoxification are the minor players: the intestines, kidneys, lungs, and skin. We will discuss how to maximize the benefits from each of these systems.
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