Greg Ciola & Gary Tunsky
May 2, 2008
If So, Whole Body Detoxification Is Vital To Maintain Or Rejuvenate Your Health
Did you know that one of the primary causes of disease is the slow accumulation of toxic compounds in the body, coupled with nutrient deficiencies at the cellular level? In layman’s terms, when you retain more toxins in your body than you can effectively eliminate through your liver, kidneys, colon, lymphatic system, lungs or skin, they will eventually end up storing in cells, tissues, organs, joints, and bones and wreak havoc on your health. Most disease is really nothing more than an attempt on the weak part of the body to rid itself of these toxins through one of the body’s elimination routes.
Toxins always settle where the cells are weakest and where they are unable to discard what they do not need. When cell membranes become coated with accumulated waste matter, cells cannot breathe properly and this can eventually lead to oxygen deprivation, nutrient starvation, cell asphyxiation, and then to cell death.
Proper elimination of all toxins and metabolic waste from the body while supplying your cells the nutrients needed for healthy replication and survival is one of the major solutions to the sick care industry. Most of us are overfed but under nourished. We eat non-food foods, drink lifeless contaminated drinks, consume empty calories and fill our bodies at almost every meal with hydrogenated fats, artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, pesticides, herbicides, emulsifiers, stabilizers and a list of other poisonous substances. From morning till night people are ingesting whatever they feel like, whenever they feel like having it.
Because no one dies on the first cigarette, shot of whiskey, French fry, potato chip, soda, cookie, fried chicken dinner or microwave dinner, no one associates their stomach/digestive problems, headaches, skin rashes, nausea, fatigue, heart disease, high blood pressure, and pre-mature aging to the decades of abuse from what they ate, drank, breathed or smoked. Then we think we can take a pill when we get sick from this routine, totally oblivious to the drug side effects.
Signs of A Toxic Body
1. Chronic fatigue and lack of energy even after sleeping
through the night.
2. Inability to get quality sleep.
3. Restlessness and agitation during the day and night.
4. Sudden onset of weight gain and noticeably slower metabolism.
5. Allergic reactions to things you were never allergic to before.
6. More intense seasonal allergies.
7. More intense allergies to pets, dust, pollen, etc.
8. Sudden onset of chemical sensitivities.
9. Intense cravings to constantly eat without ever feeling satisfied.
10. Constipation (don’t go to the bathroom at least 2-3 times per day).
11. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
12. Acid reflux.
13. Poor digestion.
14. Bad breath.
15. Persistent bad gas.
16. Body odor.
17. Poor circulation.
18. Muscle pains and joint aches.
19. Chronic back pain, sciatica and leg pain.
20. Brain fog and lack of mental alertness.
21. Poor memory.
22. Swollen lymph nodes.
23. Frequent headaches.
25. Yellowing of eyes.
26. Rashes and skin problems (i.e. acne, rosacea, eczema, brown spots, etc.).
28. Pre-mature aging.
29. Brittle bones and soft teeth.
30. Vision impairment.
The name of the disease associated with your condition depends on where the toxins have settled. Without properly detoxifying the body there is little chance that any of these symptoms will be eliminated. It is vitally important that detoxification methods are incorporated to remove the stored toxins that could be causing your problem (s).
Toxins cause free radical damage and suffocation of the cells. When the cells aren’t breathing, they can’t absorb oxygen and nutrients and they asphyxiate. When these cells get weak, the mitochondria get damaged. When the mitochondria get damaged you can’t produce ATP or energy from the power source. Therefore, the free radicals enter the cell and hit the DNA over and over again and they start hitting the genes that control new cell growth and eventually the cell mutates into what’s called an onco-gene.
Your Blood Is Either A River Of Life To All Your Body’s Cells Or A River Of Disease
The Bible says, “The life of the flesh is in the blood” (Lev. 17:11). Whatever you breathe, ingest, or apply topically eventually ends up in the bloodstream. Your blood is the supply line for all of the substances your cells need to survive. Your blood will deliver to your cells whatever toxic carcinogens you’ve taken into your body. Everybody has a weak link, weak organ, or weak system that these poisons migrate and settle in like a stagnant pond or swamp.
Each year we’re all exposed to thousands of toxic chemicals and pollutants from our air, water, and food. They’re in many of the beverages we consume. They’re in your household cleaners. They’re in the pesticides and herbicides sprayed on our crops. As many as 10,000 chemicals in the form of solvents, emulsifiers and preservatives are used in food processing which can remain in the body for years if you don’t get them out. Millions of Americans live in areas that exceed smog standards. Most municipal water contains hundreds of harmful carcinogens in the form of lead, chlorine, fluoride, arsenic, heavy metal ions, and MTBE to name a few.
This bombardment of poisons on our systems eventually pollutes the body’s tissues and cells by suffocating and shutting down the filtration systems. Then it knocks out the immune system and eventually these poisons end up in the bloodstream where they manifest themselves in a variety of symptoms including decreased immune function, nerve cell toxicity, hormonal dysfunction, psychological disturbances, environmental illnesses, and Chronic Fatigue.
It’s a slow systemic poisoning of the body. If we weren’t breathing, eating, drinking and bathing in all these poisons – the liver, the kidneys, the colon, and the immune system would be strong enough to keep us healthy. God made us that way. The problem is, when you’ve got more toxins coming in than you have coming out, you’re on your way out. The disease is just a name that is slapped on the organ or system that is the weakest link where the poisons are being dumped by the blood.
What Detoxification Can Do For You
Detoxification can make a huge difference in your overall health and can happen one of two ways. You can alter your lifestyle by eating healthier, exercising, drinking more water or discontinuing a habit such as smoking, drinking alcohol, or drinking caffeinated beverages. When you make any of these changes your body will undergo a period of detoxification.
The other form of detoxification can be done by assisting the body’s natural filtration systems and elimination routes with the aid of supplements, herbs and other natural remedies that open all of these channels up and remove years of stored toxins and poisons imbedded in your body. More and more people are discovering that unless we take back control of our health and reach a new level of understanding that the body has an inherent ability to heal itself, we will succumb to becoming a statistic of the disease-care industry. It’s time for a true wake-up call to the shocking cause of most degenerative diseases and the direct enemy of self-healing. The technical name is Congestive Toxicosis.
How To Effectively Detoxify The Body
For many, you may feel a bit overwhelmed when trying to choose a specific detoxification program to follow. There are hundreds of options to choose from and it’s impossible to market a one-size-fits-all program, especially since everyone’s body is different. Toxins may be stored in different areas of the body, and each one’s state of health is varied so greatly. While there are specific sets of protocols everyone should follow, you, yourself, may require other strategies or approaches depending upon how your body responds or how serious your health condition may be. Outlined below are some simple steps you can take to get started. There are at least eight different detoxification measures that can be undertaken to eliminate toxins from your body.
1.) Colon Cleanse: The first area of the body one should detoxify is the colon. The reason for this is fairly obvious: A clogged and diseased colon is the end of the line in the elimination system and can lead to the liver, kidneys, gall bladder and lymphatic system backing up with toxins. Gastrointestinal related issues are the most common symptoms patients complain to their doctors about. If you’re not having a healthy bowel movement 2-3 times per day you are in serious need of detoxifying your colon. There are a number of effective ways to do this.
a.) Oxygen colon cleansing supplements
b.) Home colonics/enemas
c.) Outpatient colonics at licensed clinics
d.) Coffee enemas
e.) Herbal laxatives
f.) High fiber/psyllium
g.) Rectal ozone treatments
2.) Liver Cleanse: The liver should be the second area of your body to detoxify. Most of the biochemical activity of detoxification takes place in the gastrointestinal system and liver. The liver is responsible for filtering toxic residues from the blood and transforming them into harmless, water soluble, biodegradable substances that can be filtered through the kidneys. A healthy, functioning liver can clear 99% of toxins from the blood before they enter the general circulation.
There are many medicinal herbs and nutritional supplements that can help cleanse the liver and remove toxic compounds, including homeopathic remedies, coffee enemas, milk thistle, wormwood, and mushroom extracts. There are several different liver cleansing programs promoted in holistic medicine that are very effective.
3.) Kidney Cleanse: The kidneys play an extremely important role in waste elimination, pH balance and optimum health. After the colon and liver, it’s important to focus on cleansing your kidneys. The kidneys are part of both the urinary and endocrine systems, performing numerous functions such as: eliminating metabolic waste, filtering the blood, producing hormones, regulating blood pressure, balancing electrolytes, balancing acid/alkaline levels. Kidneys are also responsible for vitamin D activation, prostaglandin synthesis, and erythrocyte production. There are many good herbs, nutritional supplements and homeopathic remedies available to effectively cleanse and detoxify your kidneys. One excellent thing you can do for your kidneys is to drink plenty of clean, mineral-rich water with fresh lemons or limes squeezed into it throughout the day.
4.) Lymphatic Cleanse: The lymphatic system is intricately linked to your immune system and is responsible for removing acidic wastes within and around the cells. It consists of lymph nodes, tonsils, spleen, and thymus. Lymph nodes are found primarily in the armpits, groin, breasts, and neck and are responsible for collecting lymphatic fluid. The tonsils, spleen, and thymus produce white blood cells known as lymphocytes to scavenge for toxins and microbes.
The lymphatic system does not have a pump like the heart to keep lymphatic fluid moving. Instead, it depends upon exercise, lymphatic massage, and other forms of compression to keep the system cleansed and operational. Homeopathic, herbal and nutritional remedies have been shown to be very effective in cleansing the lymphatic system.
5.) Gallbladder Cleanse: The gallbladder is an organ located directly under your liver. The liver uses bile to remove toxic substances from the blood. Bile goes first to the gallbladder until food arrives in the small intestine. Abnormal concentration of bile acids, cholesterol, and phospholipids in the bile can cause the formation of gallstones. Cleansing the gallbladder is often overlooked, but is another area of the body that should be addressed when it comes to detoxification.
6.) Increase Perspiration (sweating): When most people focus on detoxification, they forget to include the skin as an area that should be addressed, as well. The skin is your body’s largest organ. The skin sweats, breathes, and eliminates more cellular waste than the colon, liver, and kidneys combined. The bottom line is that you need to intervene and create a situation where your body sweats profusely for at least 30 minutes 3-4 days a week. The two most effective methods of accomplishing this are exercise and saunas.
7.) Chelation Therapy: Chelation therapy has proven to be one of the most effective ways to rid the body of heavy metals. Chelation agents bind to heavy metal toxins and excrete them through the colon and kidneys. Several different options available for chelation therapy are IV chelation, mercury DMSA or DMPS, and suppository chelation with a product called Detoxamin. Calcium EDTA (not sodium EDTA), chlorella, garlic, and cilantro are also effective chelation agents. It would be best to seek out a specialist in this field to explain the various techniques used.
8.) Emotional And Spiritual Cleanse: The two most neglected areas of research in disease epidemiology are the unseen levels of spirit and soul. In addition to physical toxins, there are emotional, as well as spiritual toxins, such as suppressed negative feelings and trauma from past experiences that become imbedded or held in pressure points within the body. To fully establish and experience real health within the whole person, these must also be cleansed. By removing emotional toxins (i.e. anger, hatred, bitterness, stress, anxiety, unforgiveness, worry, fear, etc.), and by purging the body of built up contaminants, you can allow the whole body to heal.
Whole Body Detoxification Is Best
Instead of focusing on just one or two areas of detoxification, it is recommended that you open up all of the elimination routes simultaneously. This is what is termed Whole Body Detoxification. If all of the elimination routes are open while you’re detoxifying, it doesn’t put added stress on any other elimination routes or cause further blockages. The toxins are coming out as fast as they’re being broken up.
If you don’t open up all of the elimination routes simultaneously, the toxins are released into the bloodstream and carried through the circulatory system where they wait in line to be expelled. In this case the poisons have to wait in line in the blood in order to come out of the one or two organs that are open. If you’re blocking the urine or the colon because you’re not defecating, and you’re blocking your skin because you’re not sweating, and you have not increased your respiration because you’re not exercising, it’s very dangerous. It’s called Herxheimer reaction where you actually get toxic symptoms of headache or nausea, you could vomit, your thinking becomes unclear, and you can get skin rashes.
Once you’ve gone through a comprehensive whole body detoxification regimen it is recommended that you do periodic cleanses throughout the year where you only focus on one or two of the body’s elimination systems at time. If you’d like to get your health back on track or keep yourself in a state of wellness, nothing is more important than detoxifying the body.