Detoxification

General Information

Every time we eat, drink and breathe we are exposed to toxins. Even worse, our exposure is 50 times the level of toxins compared to most other developed countries. Daily, poisonous chemicals are introduced to our bodies from cleaning supplies, clothing, personal care products, cookware, computers, cell phones, pest management, plastics and fragrances. These ever expanding toxic chemicals infiltrate our food, water, air and skin creating several debilitating chronic diseases and acute reactions.

Toxin Statistics

The Environmental Protection Agency states that there are over 85,000 chemicals registered worldwide. However, less than half of those have been tested for toxicity in the human body. Even worse- less than 9% of chemicals have been assessed for toxic effects on children and their development. Of the 85,000, around 3,800 chemicals are considered “high use” and are more prevalent in today’s society. The EPA estimates that over 90% of all U.S. foods contain pesticides. Likewise, the EPA estimates that 4 billion pounds of pesticides are used in U.S. foods on a yearly basis, that equals 10 pounds for every man, woman and child. How many pounds is that for your own household?

Toxic Health Effects

The daily amount of varying toxins, pesticides and hormones that our bodies take in is innumerable. Once inside the body, these toxins reside in the bowel, liver and fat tissues and affect multiple body systems. For instance, pesticides are linked to hormone imbalances, cancer, neurological and autoimmune diseases. They are often associated with weight gain, foggy memory, fatigue, decreased sex drive, fertility disorders, depression and anxiety. Toxins attack our bodies in and outside of our homes- and shockingly, the toxins we find in our homes are more dangerous than what lurks outside. Common household toxins include most cleansers, body lotions, paint, adhesives, air fresheners, carpet deodorizers, stain removers, bleach, mothballs, oven cleaners, lawn and garden care, and many pesticides!

Toxins don’t always come from obvious chemical exposures, They can produced internally as a result of food allergies or overgrowth of opportunistic organisms. Additional health issues related to toxins Include:

  • Bowel toxins- Candida/ yeast and pathogenic bacteria impair the absorption of nutrients.
  • Acidity- A decrease in pH can slow chemical reactions in the body. It is caused by shallow breathing, lack of vegetables and inflammation.
  • Electromagnetic Radiation- We are exposed from cell phones, computer, WiFi zones can affect fertility and brain function.
  • Liver Toxins- Found in Tylenol, prescription drugs, alcohol, gas and fumes, they impair metabolism of hormones.
  • Viruses, Fungi, Parasites- They are present everywhere and can build up in the body.
  • Heavy Metals- Found in food, medications, amalgam tooth fillings, fertilizers, paint, and batteries, they diminish neurological function. Most common ones are: Arsenic, mercury, iron, lead, aluminum, copper, fluoride, and cadmium.

What can Detoxification do for You?

Detoxification is a vital way to help your body eliminate toxins as well as to give your system a fresh start. There are several excretory pathways and organs that aid the body in detoxification on a daily basis. The four main excretory pathways include urine, sweat, respiration and stool, while the main detox organs are the liver, intestines, kidneys and skin. Optimally functioning detoxification systems are vital to overall well-being. If any of these pathways are clogged or are unable to function properly, the body usually becomes toxic. Utilizing a seasonal bowel cleanse with vegetables and supplements containing probiotics, enzymes and fiber is a great way of increasing bowel absorption. Below is a chart describing some of the common toxins that are addressed during detoxification.

 

Main Toxins

Common Source

Effect

Method of Detection & Removal

Alcohol Consumption Stimulates Estrone(E1) receptors increasing breast cancer risk by 40%; may create mood disorders Avoid or minimize
Caffeine Tea, coffee, chocolate, soda Stimulates excess bile production which depletes the liver of nutrients, may create mood disorders Avoid or minimize
Aspartame Sucralose Artificial sweeteners Neurological dysfunction, ADD Avoid Sources and buy different products
Processes Oils (Canola/Vegetable) Processed food, salad dressing, restaurant food, fried food source of pesticides Use Organic Grape Seed/Organic Olive oil- (cold pressed)
Formaldehyde Trichloroethylene Decaf coffee, dry cleaning solvent Impairs Phase 2 detoxification in Liver Avoid Sources and buy different products
PESTICIDES
Lindane/DDT
Imported produce stimulates Estrone(E1) receptors increasing breast cancer risk by 40% Eat organic
Phthalates, Dioxin Plastics, Bisphenol-A Plastic food containers, plastic bags, Ziploc bags, baby bottles, vaginal lubricants, nail polish stimulates Estrone(E1) receptors increasing breast cancer risk by 40%; possible Carcinogen, harmful to nervous system, & may cause birth defects Use glass, porcelain, and aluminum foil for food storage
Polycyclic aromatic Carbons Gasoline, Oil combustion, Cigarette smoke, Charred meats stimulates Estrone(E1) receptors increasing breast cancer risk by 40% Avoid or minimize
Chlorinated products Drinking water, Pools Displaces iodine and results in low thyroid state, cancer causing hypochlorites Avoid or minimize
Brominated products Pesticides, processed flours, breads, beverages (eg. Mountain Dew), fire retardants, medications Endocrine disruptor, displaces iodine results in low thyroid state Avoid or minimize, Iodine Therapy
Fluoride Toothpaste, mouthwash, dental treatments, unfiltered water, insecticide Endocrine disruptor, effects pineal gland & melatonin production, weakens the immune system, may cause allergic reactions (eg. hives), impairs bone mineralization Purify drinking water, use fluoride free products, mineral and herbal therapy to remove fluoride
Parabens, methylparaben Lotions, skin products, deodorants, cosmetics Concentrate in fat tissue & breast tissue; endocrine hormone disruptor Avoid Sources and buy different products
Polyethylene glycol, Petroleum Lotions and skin products, vaginal lubricants possible Carcinogen, harmful to nervous system, & may cause birth defects Avoid Sources and buy different products
Heavy Metals
(i.e. Mercury, Lead, Arsenic, Cadmium)
Amalgams, fish (tuna/mackerel), house paint, medications, cigarettes Displaces other metals (eg. Ca, Mg); osteoporosis, Dementia, cognitive dysfunction, arthritis Heavy metal challenge test in urine with DMSA, Oral chelation, IV chelation
Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) Radiation Cell phones, computers, screens, WiFi zones, cordless phones, airplanes, hospital zones, Bluetooth Thyroid dysfunction, 4-fold decrease in sperm function, sleep disturbances (disrupts alpha & delta brain waves), brain dysfunction and tumors Keep cell phones, iPads & laptops >10” from body; use fully insulated headsets instead of hands-free devices
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