Detoxification is the process of eliminating or neutralizing toxins in the body.
Detoxification therapy seeks to rid the body of harmful toxins and therefore enable the body to heal itself and return to health.
Unsupervised detoxification should not be carried out by anyone who is underweight, pregnant, recovering from substance abuse, nor by those suffering from diabetes mellitus, thyroid problems, or an eating disorder.
Detoxification, which is the attempt to cleanse the body’s internal systems and organs by natural means, is one of the oldest known medical treatments.
Historically, it was achieved simply by fasting, or deliberately abstaining from taking in food for a certain period of time. In modern times however, with the growing concern over environmental contaminants of all types, detoxification is advocated by some as a necessary means of staying healthy.
Naturopaths who hold that illness can be healed by the natural processes of the body are the most vigorous supporters of detoxification, since they believe that the primary cause of disease is the accumulation of un-eliminated wastes.
A toxin is basically anything that causes an irritation in the body or has a harmful effect on it, and there is little doubt that the world of the 21st century will be an increasingly toxic place.
Many private and governmental health organizations fear the unhealthy effect of pesticides, industrial chemicals, food additives, and heavy metals.
In addition to these environmental threats, many people have adopted a lifestyle that adds further to their toxic intake by ingesting legal drugs (alcohol and tobacco) and sometimes illegal drugs (cocaine and marijuana).
Naturopaths and other alternative medicine practitioners fear an epidemic that they call bioaccumulation, or a buildup and trapping of toxic substances in the body that weakens the organs of elimination as well as the immune system and gradually erodes health.
Although both the practitioners of naturopathy and those of traditional medicine agree that the body has its own natural processes for eliminating and neutralizing toxins (via perspiration, urination, exhalation, and bowel movements), they disagree on the question of whether those natural systems are capable of handling the nature and amount of toxins in today’s world.
Those who believe that the body’s systems are unable to cope with these daily poisonous assaults argue that toxins accumulate in the body faster than they can be eliminated and are therefore the primary cause of disease.
They also claim that toxic accumulation alters the body’s metabolism and causes enzyme dysfunction, nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, and damaged immune systems, all of which contribute to physiological and psychological decline.
Precisely because the body’s natural cleansing systems are no longer up to the task, proponents of detoxification say everyone should detoxify at some point.
They back up their argument by listing the various symptoms of toxicity which include headache, fatigue, congestion, backaches, aching or swollen joints, digestive problems, allergy symptoms, and sensitivity to chemicals, perfumes, and synthetics. Others list constipation, hemorrhoids, mood changes, ulcers, psoriasis, and acne as common symptoms.
The benefit common to using one of the many detoxification therapies available, say its proponents, is that they all put the body, and especially its digestive tract, on vacation.
In other words, by cleansing the body of built-up poisons and not adding more to the mix, we reduce the stress on the immune system and therefore promote healing and good health. Specifically, advocates of detoxification therapies claim increased vitality, reduced blood pressure and blood fats, and improved assimilation of vitamins and minerals.
Detoxification therapies run the gamut from self-directed fasting to intravenously-administered synthetic drugs, and none should be undertaken without supervision.
Although there is limited research data available to prove that detoxification therapies work, proponents cite lower blood pressure, reduction in blood fat levels, and better vitamin and mineral absorption as benefits.
There is no doubt that food contains additives and preservatives, drinking water is far from pure, and the air is contaminated.
We work with all natural products in combination with a number of therapies to help your body eliminate all these unwanted and trapped poisons and toxins in your system.
We will also custom design a nutrition program that is specifically prepared for your blood and body type.
Some detoxification methods are potentially dangerous, with side effects ranging from dehydration to bowel perforation. Our specialists will work closely with you to dramatically decrease the possibility of any negative effects.
To alleviate the symptoms of toxicity and to help the patient return to good health.