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By Dr. Sam Schikowitz ND LAc
We all know that toxins are a big deal. Factories are pumping out more and more chemicals every day. when these toxins accumulate, they impair the normal function of our cells. As a result, you may notice symptoms like these:
Headaches, fatigue, congestion
Anxiety, depression, sleep changes,
Unexplained backaches, achy or swollen joints
Vague digestive problems, bad breath,
Sensitivity to environmental agents like perfumes, synthetics, odors
What are the main types of toxins?
Generally, we can think of separate categories based on their source and how we deal with them:
Solvents, Pesticides, and other oil derivatives
Biological toxins from bacteria and yeast or fungi
Due to rampant industrial use, we all have some level of stored metals. Some are able to clear these toxins rapidly. Others are slower at it and the levels build. Among the most toxic are:
Similarly with solvents, pesticides, and oil derivatives:
4 billion pounds of toxic chemicals are released by industry into the nation's environment each year, including
72 million pounds of recognized carcinogens.
Human Tissues are soaking it up! Hexachlorobenzene levels 50% increase past 5 years
DDE, dieldrin, oxychlordane, heptachlor epoxide and para-BHC: 100% of all human tissue samples had it!
Biological toxins from yeast and bacteria are implicated in many diseases, including everything from cancer to autoimmunity to fatigue.
What do we do?
Different types of toxins are detoxified very differently.
Metals must be carried out through sweat and urine. Chelation is the most effective way to speed up the excretion of heavy metals.
There are varying levels of chelation, from IV to oral drugs to natural medicines. There are various reasons for which we choose one over another. These depend on the severity, the type of metal involved, price, and personal preference.
It is important to test before and after to see how effective the therapy is and how much longer we need to do it.
Solvents, pesticides, and other oil derivatives:
Detoxifying these chemicals requires supporting the body’s detoxification pathways. There is a lot to know about this. Specific chemicals require specific support, but ramping up the detox pathways in general can help with a lot of toxins.
Detoxification is done in 2 phases by the liver.
The first phase (Phase 1) involves making the toxin MORE TOXIC, more reactive, so we can stick a handle on it to get rid of it.
The second phase (conveniently, called Phase 2) involves actually sticking the handle on it.
It is possible to increase the toxicity in your body by ramping up the first phase of detoxification and not supporting the second phase.
Unfortunately, that is what a lot of well-meaning detoxification methods do. For example, fasting, if done improperly, can increase Phase 1, but deprive the body of the materials it needs for Phase 2!
The toxicity symptoms we once looked for with detoxification are no longer necessare, or even thought of as helpful.
Supporting both phases is an important strategy to keep in mind.
Most microbial toxins are, for the most part, short-lived. If you clear out the organism creating the toxin, the toxin disappears in short order. Clearing the intestines of unwanted organisms and reseeding the good flora is at the heart of the strategy to detoxify from this category of toxin.
The Next Step:
The next step is to plan out a detox. Given the state of our environment, occasional gentle detoxification is a good idea. However, coming in for a visit and having a discussion about your exposures would really help target the approach. Based on your exposures, may consider testing for heavy metals or other toxins before proceeding.
If you do a detox on your own, be gentle. It should not hurt or be unpleasant, and if it does, you are doing something wrong.