Detoxification: Facts to Consider

Many facets of our human life add toxicity to our systems.  For instance, microwave cooking, electronic device usage, stress, toxic fumes from factories, cigarette smoke, automobile exhaust, chemical load from food and beverage additives, pesticides, outgassing from the carpets and furniture in your home, air fresheners, drugs, and the asphalt pavement.  Even routine dental treatments may contribute to your toxic level.

Although the body has built-in mechanisms to detoxify itself, it is sometimes necessary to assist with this process.  When the body is in toxic overload, the following symptoms may occur,  e.g. :  constipation (or other digestive disturbances), weight gain, skin rashes, halitosis, or lack of energy.

When considering a detoxification program, do it with the help of your Naturopath or other professional experienced in that field.  They will help you determine the severity of the toxic load and which organs/systems are affected.

Detoxification takes time and can be uncomfortable.  After all, the body is eliminating through multiple mechanisms/organs, and can only compensate a little at a time.  Headache, fatigue, irritability, and GI upset are some of the most common side effects.

The average detoxification process is about 3 months.  During that time, personal persistence and consistence are of utmost importance in following instructions.  Once the detoxification process is completed, the re-balancing process may begin.  Always remember to consult a medical practitioner if you have pain or bleeding, or feelings of fatigue that cannot be readily explained.

A word about IV chelation . . .   This is a procedure that is often claimed to rid the body of unwanted toxins and arterial plaque. This process has been widely studied, both independently and institutionally, and found to be lacking on both counts.  In point of fact, IV chelation is dangerous and should only be done under close medical supervision.

IV chelation is only effective in cases of mercury, lead, and arsenic poisoning.  There are no advantages to IV chelation versus oral chelation, with regard to heavy metal detox, except in life threatening situations.  While the theory behind IV chelation sounds plausible, results have always been lacking.  When agents are placed directly into the bloodstream, they bypass the liver, an important safety feature in the body.  The liver filters out many toxins and ameliorates many of the adverse effects of medications.  Oral doses of medicines must be 40-50 times greater than the IV dose in order to be bio-actively equivalent.

Please be advised that misconceptions about certain “Native truths” die  hard, and these IV therapies do generate much revenue for those providers who utilize them.  Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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