Detoxification is one of the more widely used concepts in natural medicine. In regular, allopathic medicine ‘detox’ refers to the medical treatment of an alcoholic or drug addict involving abstention from drink or drugs until the bloodstream is free of toxins. Natural medicine believes that illnesses can be caused by the accumulation of harmful substances (toxins) in the body. In my 3-Step Biocompatible Medicine protocol, Step #1 is Identify and Eliminate toxins.
There is no “magic pill” or procedure that instantly cleans your body from all the accumulated poisons. Think all the ways waste needs to be removed from your home. There is toilet waste, shower and sinks; food, paper and packaging waste. Laundry and dishes, gardens, outdoor spaces need to be weeded and cleaned and don’t forget endless dusting. Cleaning around your house requires daily, weekly and seasonally attention not to become and overwhelming mess. Cleansing your body is no different.
The first step is to drink enough mineral water, daily. Water is considered the greatest solvent in the world because it dissolves more substances than any other liquid. As water travels through your body, it takes along with it vitamins and nutrients that are vital to life. Water dilutes the concentration of a liquid. I have had patients, having to take medication for “thick blood”, who resolved their blood thickness by drinking more water. Enough water daily is: 1Qt./liter of mineral water for every 66lbs./30kg. of body weight. If you have trouble drinking sufficient water, you can try adding fresh lemon juice, this is especially important for blood type A and AB, who’s body’s do not produce enough stomach acid. You actually treat acid with acid, but, be careful to choose a “good” acid like fresh lemon or lime or natural apple cider vinegar. This is a good “cleanser” helping balance the body’s PH levels taken in the morning upon waking.
Elimination of fried, convenience, junk foods is the next thing after water to detoxify the body. When junk food is consumed, the excess fat, carbohydrates, and processed sugar contribute to an increased risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, weight gain, and many other chronic health conditions. All these medical risks lower your body’s ability to remove toxic poisons.
Your immune system begins to develop the day you are born when your mother’s bacteria reaches your colon and stimulates the immune cells in the wall of the colon. Up to 70% of your immune system lives in the wall of the colon. Therefore, for it to be performing well and helping you to fight the deluge of viruses and bacteria, your digestive system needs to be in tiptop condition.
Constipation will have a negative effect on your immune system. First, constipation slows down the movement within your intestines, which means that food matter and waste gets stuck preventing absorption of nutrients needed to support the immune system. Other effects of constipation are inflammation and bloating. Over time this will weaken your immune system, making you more susceptible to viruses.
Colon Hydro-Therapy, or a “Colonic” done by a certified professional is a great way to clean or detoxify the body. As a Colon Hydro-Therapist, I witness small miracles washing the colons of sick patients. “Out of fashion” but our grandparents remember a smaller, home version of thisis as an enema. I do not recommend the modern pharmacy version of this; some enema bottles come with a prepared solution. This “solution” can be irritating and I recommend, using just clean, warm water. In some cases a “coffee enema” is recommended, but a professional should supervise this. Colon therapy washes the colon with warm water to clean out old waste and toxins. After treatment, we then give pro-biotics (pro=for, biotic = life/ “For Life”). The most well known is acidophilus. This helps replenish the beneficial bacteria in your colon’s immune system. I recommend acidophilus anytime an antibiotic is taken to offset the negative side effects of the drug.
Many of our patients have lost their gallbladder or the liver is so overworked attempting to clean toxins, it is not able to produce healthy bile. Your liver is responsible for cleaning toxins and wastes from your blood, and separating the useful nutrients to synthesize hundreds of chemicals that your body needs for daily functioning. Your liver also activates and regulates hormones.
Your liver detoxifies harmful substances in two steps. The first step uses enzymes from the pancreas and oxygen to burn toxins, especially fats, so they are more soluble, making them easier to eliminate. If your pancreas is not working properly, it cannot product the enzymes for digestion and detoxification. In this case we recommend taking natural digestive enzymes with meals as support. Without a gall bladder is it important to supplement with lecithin granules. Our clinic uses specialized testing to see the liver’s ability to detox properly. With results, we can recommend treatment.
Get The Point! Detoxification is helpful for those suffering from many chronic diseases, including allergies, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, infections, depression, diabetes, headaches, heart disease, high cholesterol, low blood sugar levels, digestive disorders, mental illness, and obesity, as well as for those who have been exposed to high levels of toxic materials due to accident or occupation. However, like keeping your home clean, there are many steps and ways to detoxify. Your body systems are made to keep it running in good condition, but “modern lifestyle can sometimes “clogged up” the natural process so it may need a little help. Most people should consult with a professional before starting a “detox program.” Contact us to help you “Identify and safely Eliminate” toxins from your body safely and effectively.q
CARLOS VIANA, Ph. D. is an Oriental Medical Doctor (O.M.D.) having studied in China; a US Board Cert. Clinical Nutritionist (C.C.N.), an Addiction Professional (C.Ad.), Chairperson of the Latin American Committee of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT), a Rejuvenating Cell Therapist specializing in Age Management, has a weekly radio program, writes and lectures extensively. For information: VIANA HEALING CENTER, Kibaima 7, St Cruz TEL: 585-1270 Web Site: www.vianaheal.com
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