There is a science as to how your body gets rid of waste – medical detox programs support this process so that you may experience renewed vitality and health.
A medical detox program enhances the body’s innate ability to remove waste that is derived from either metabolic processes or from environmental exposure. Poor lifestyle habits, coupled with current unprecedented exposure to environmental toxins, can overwhelm the body’s detoxification processes – resulting in poor health.
Symptoms of toxicity
Toxins that are retained in the body can present myriad different symptoms due to their ability to disrupt natural physiological processes. Some of the more common symptoms suggestive of toxicity include:
- Sore muscles
- Achy joints
- Sinus congestion
- Skin problems
- Mood concerns
- Poor concentration
- Difficulty losing weight
- Menstrual disorders
Illnesses linked to toxicity
In fact, many health conditions today are linked to toxicity. Over time, if left unaddressed, the above symptoms often become precursors to further illness or chronic dys-ease within the body. Illnesses that have been linked to toxicity include:
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Autoimmune Disease
- Depression and other mood disorders
- Heart Disease
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Alzheimer’s Disease and other types of dementia
- Attention Deficit (and Hyperactivity) Disorder
- Food allergies
- Digestive disorders such as Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis and IBS
- Menstrual problems such as cramping, heavy bleeding, PMS, mood changes and menopausal symptoms
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms or illnesses, and you’re not getting better despite medical treatment, it’s likely your body requires help eliminating toxins.
The bucket analogy
You can think of the body as a bucket with a spout. If one were to fill the bucket with water, a well-functioning spout would drain the water so that the bucket doesn’t become too full.
In this analogy, the spout represents organs of detoxification (liver, kidney, bowels, lymph, lungs, skin, etc.), and the water as anything that the body must eliminate (e.g. chemicals, hormonal metabolites, pathogenic bacteria and yeast, etc.) – essentially toxins.
If these organs become overwhelmed by poor food choices, excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, unnecessary use of pharmaceuticals, ongoing infections, environmental contaminants, the spout fails, toxins back up in the body, the bucket overflows, and health is compromised.
Sources of toxic exposure
- Chemicals such as pesticides, fertilizers and petrochemicals (solvents, paint, detergents, fragrances, makeup, flavourings, etc.)
- Heavy metals like mercury, lead, cadmium, aluminum, etc.
- Internal toxins such as pathogenic bacteria, yeast and fungus, and metabolic and hormonal metabolites that require elimination from the body
- Food allergies, environmental allergies, molds and toxins from molds
- Eating processed foods
- Non-essential medications for health problems that can be fixed by diet and lifestyle
- Mental, emotional and spiritual toxins – anger, isolation, jealousy, hostility, etc. (think of how blood pressure may increase with anger, how isolation can lower mood, etc.)
What does a medical detox program look like?
Medical detox focuses on:
- Identifying and removing/reducing exposure to toxins
- Supporting organs of detoxification (e.g. liver, kidney, bowels)
- Improving the flow of the lymphatic and circulatory systems through exercise and sweating
- Eating detoxifying foods (e.g. cruciferous vegetables, garlic and onion increase sulfur in the body which is required for detoxification)
- Eating clean to avoid exposure to pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, etc.
- Avoiding ‘white foods’ (e.g. white flour and white sugar), and minimizing drugs, alcohol, etc.
- Supplementing with high quality natural medicines formulated to improve and up-regulate detoxification pathways in the body
- Identifying ways to relax on a daily basis so that your body can restore physiological tone
Depending on toxic burden, genetics and lifestyle factors, and overall health, a safe medical detox program is devised to reflect the individual needs of each patient. Examples of treatments offered include biotherapeutic drainage, herbal cleanses, intravenous nutrient therapy, juicing, nutritional counseling and hydrotherapy.
Removing toxins from the body and learning how to optimize detoxification processes can cure disease, and is imperative to creating vibrant lifelong health.