Detox & Environmental Medicine
Detoxification is a very general term which describes removing something which is toxic to the body. There are two types of treatments we consider for detoxification. First would be to remove a very specific, well defined toxin such as lead. The second is more of general purification of your body of nonspecific toxins or overall found practiced in alternative medicine.
The specific toxins which we find may be heavy metals such as:
- Zinc, Magnesium and other necessary minerals at a toxic level
- Other substances found to poison enzymatic processes
Typically, we must arrive at diagnosis by laboratory testing though in some cases by symptoms and a history of toxic exposure as in industrial landscapes such as chemical manufacturing plant. These can lead to severe health issues. Lead poisoning is well known for neurologic symptoms learning disabilities, weight loss, irritability, vomiting and even death. These specific toxins require a very specific treatment such as chelation with EDTA until urine levels drop.
The more general alternate medicine type treatment seeks to clear the body of these nonspecific toxins in a general way. That basically means some form of purification such as a special diet, fast, herbal treatments or in some cases a safe and benign form of Chelation.
These general purification programs are designed to cleanse many organ systems or tissues of substances which are irritating or causing some health-related problems. Your body can accumulate both natural and manmade toxins when you ingest food and water and when you breathe. Many irritating substances are found in nature and man-made environmental and the body has some very good systems of its own to cleanse the body such as the liver or colon which are working hard to clean up these toxins.
So, when we place a client on a general cleansing and detoxification program we are providing treatments to help your own natural cleansing process. Some of the herbs, juices and dietary supplements may provide support to the liver, kidneys and the like to help them cleanse the body. Other IV therapies such as glutathione will scavenge free radicals and prevent them from doing damage.
Chelation therapy may be given orally (by a pill) or intravenously, directly into veins. Some of the chelating agents given intravenously such as ETDA will bind with the chelates such as mercury, cobalt, nickel, lead and others. This binding renders these toxins enable to react or interfere in normal body processes. Then after binding, typically these bound toxins are excreted in the urine. Measurements are taken ranging from blood test to urine test.
Chelation Therapy is safe when done in careful manner by a physician and will indeed remove these toxic elements. Yet when not done properly can have severe complications. Take for example chelating agents which remove potassium which is very much required for life and a regular heart rhythm. If your potassium drops too low, you may have a fatal cardiac event. Although rare these complications can be avoided with proper monitoring and chelation treatments.