There is little doubt now that the air, water, food and body care products that we consume contain some amount of manmade chemicals. Just read labels for words you cannot pronounce and reports of unwanted mold and bacterial toxins. The debate continues about the level of these chemicals needed to become toxic and contribute to health issues.
There is scientific evidence that 90% of xenobiotic chemicals are lipophyllic which means they dissolve in fat and eventually stored there when they they are not eliminated through our feces, urine, sweat or breath. Think of where people accumulate fat: neck, belly, arms, thighs and buttocks. Xenobiotic chemicals include: drugs, food additives, and environmental pollutants. These agents are normally excreted through your bile and feces, kidneys, lungs or skin. The thyroid and abdominal organs are subject to chemical and toxic overload. The brain is mainly water and fat which makes it subject to storage of environmental chemicals. Could these chemicals contribute to chronic illness of the brain, thyroid and other organ systems? The functional medical approach to health says yes.
If you suffer from loss of energy, memory loss, depression, anxiety, nausea, sleep problems, skin problems, canker sores, bad breath, food intolerance, trouble losing weight, PMS, menstrual problems, body aches and pains, sinus problems frequent colds or frequent headaches you may be toxic. Consider a detoxification program to include:
- Healthy breathing: refer to my information on breathing
- Increase water intake to ½ ounce per pound of body weight per day. You can add a pinch of Celtic sea salt or a tsp of fresh lemon juice for greater benefit.
- Increase antioxidants with fresh fruits and vegetables of many colors. A high quality green tea such as “gun powder” available on Amazon is also a good source.
- Liver support: The liver is the main detoxifier of our blood. It needs minerals, B complex vitamins, vitamin C, and amino acids to do its work. Cruciferous vegetables are a source of the amino acid, sulforaphane (broccoli sprouts are great); raw garlic and onions are also a good source of sulforaphane, raw spinach (which has all the amino acids the body can not make); N-acetylcysteine (NAC) provides glutathione which is another essential amino acid for liver detoxification.
- Improve elimination with fasting, enemas, sauna or hot Epsom salt baths (20 minute soak) to increase sweating. The herb Yarrow is a diaphoretic which also increases sweating.
- Consider a blended tea of I/2 tsp Milk Thistle, ½ tsp Yarrow and ¼ tsp NAC per cup of water. Boil water add the ingredients and steep for 20 minutes. Drink warm or cool 2-3 times per day. Herbs work best in large doses taken frequently.
- Eat fermented vegetables: are the best source of probiotics and the friendly bacteria take up heavy metals and help make B vitamins.
- Stress reduction: refer to my information on stress.
- Take a quality probiotic such as organic plain yogurt. You can add 2-3 tablespoons of fresh ground or pre- soaked (over- night) flaxseeds.
10. For amalgam removal because of mercury toxicity: take activated charcoal take 2 tablespoons/8 ounce glass of water or juice before and after your treatment visit. Make sure your dentist uses precautions to protect you from swallowing any amalgam and breathing mercury vapors during the removal. The dentist should provide recommendations to increase elimination of mercury that already in your body.
Consider joining a group cleanse to reduce your toxic load or email me to discuss your options, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org . Visit my website jamesbrentdds.com.
James Brent DDS