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Detoxification
DETOXIFICATION 
Every minute of the day, thousands of different toxins and chemicals are released into the air , water and land by factories and industrial facilities around the world. Millions of gallons of chemical waste, untreated sewage and toxic byproducts are discharged into rivers, lakes, seas and even the oceans. The result is a contamination of all water and food sources. Toxic chemicals thrown in the air mix with clouds and are able to pollute the rain and hence contaminate every corner of the earth. Animals in the most remote areas were found contaminated, and toxic chemicals were found in alarming quantity in the breast milk of Eskimos, in the fat of polar bear and in the umbilical cord of newborn babies throughout the united States
To this, we have to ad the numerous household chemicals used for cleaning, bathroom, gardening, painting, deodorizing, etc. 
Chemicals and toxins are now  everywhere, and  have been a persistent and common environmental contaminants over the last several decades. Food, vegetable, fruits and water are also contaminated with pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers while most fish is contaminated with heavy metals and toxins.
  Both chemicals and toxins  come from multiple sources and invade our body regularly. They include chemicals, pesticides, plastic particles, petrochemicals, colorants, herbicides, fertilizers, food additives, metal particles (known as heavy metal particles), chemical discharges from industrial plants, multiple air pollutants, chemicals in beef-turkey-chicken, water contaminants, colorants in drinks and snacks, etc.
This toxic environment that is surrounding us is the trigger of many health disorders.  It is a common knowledge that over 75% of most chronic health conditions are triggered by toxins.  Fortunately, we now have a test that can tell common individuals to what degree their body and organs are loaded and affected by toxins.

TOXINS AND HEALTH   Pollution has been slowly contaminating all of us, invading our body through the food we eat, the liquids we drink, through the air we breathe and also penetrating our body through skin absorption.    The accumulation of toxins causes damage in the cells of almost every organ in the body and also leads to imbalance in the hormones that control our whole metabolism. Toxins and chemicals, from food, drinks and environment,  slowly accumulate and end up causing hormonal-disruption, metabolic-disruption, multiple health disorders and hurting the physical and mental well being of millions of people. Their adverse effects also cause  glucose elevation, nutrients deficiencies, imbalance in the hormonal triangle  and immune disorders,  which may cause  weight gain, obesity, Diabetes, poor immunity (which may lead to infections, respiratory diseases, intestinal illnesses and a variety of cancers), nutrients deficiency (which may cause the brain chemicals (known as neurotransmitters) to malfunction, causing depression, cravings, personality disorders, anxiety, fatigue and health decline. Hormonal and metabolic disruption brings pains, muscular weakness, disability, sterility, psychological disorders, stiff-tender joints, headaches, allergies, food sensitivities and high cholesterol.  They can cause digestive disorders like Silent Bowel Illness (SBI) and dysbiosis. The combination of all these factors causes accelerated atherosclerosis, increases the aging process, and ultimately increases the risk for coronary disease, heart attacks, strokes and early death.   
The ‘Metabolic Test’ can evaluate how cells are affected by toxins. Because the presence of low thyroid function and low hormonal level makes the organs and tissues weaker, it is recommended as well to undergo complete thyroid, hormonal and even adrenal evaluation when assessing individuals with these conditions.
SOURCES   OF TOXINS AND CHEMICALS: Foods, drinks, water, environment, our bowel, lifestyle, emotions, stress. 
The progression of chemical overload (accumulation) continues until a critical point is reached, AND THEN COMES THE  ATTACK:  the accumulation of toxins finally reaches a critical mass  and diseases  start. . . . many times suddenly:

MORE DISEASES AND CONDITIONS CAUSED BY TOXINS:
Acne       ALS     Hives           Alzheimer’s     Allergies     Asthma       Autism       Anxiety    Osteoporosis            Brain fog         Bronchitis      Migraines     Parkinson’s    Headaches   Tumor    Chronic fatigue            Cancer       Rhinitis            Sinusitis      Irritability        Auto-immune diseases         Mood disorders                  Indigestion   Flatulence             Arthritis        MS      Neurological disorders                    Poor memory     Mental fatigue             Chemical sensitivities         Gastritis    Heartburn    Liver disease              High Cholesterol      Kidney stones    Constipation           Dementia     Depression       Diarrheas     Eczema   Frequent colds           Fibromyalgia            
 
Have no doubt: the high concentration and diversity of toxins in our environment is severe. And the adverse effects on human biology are severe as well. Our environment is heavily contaminated with an incredible amount and variety of chemical and toxic pollutants that we don’t even see, taste or smell. Unawareness is rampant, and the consequences disastrous.
 
Toxins and chemicals are a cause of multiple medical conditions. However, the resulting  diseases are dependent on the person’s genetic make up, his nutrition, whether he’s got Silent Bowel Illness or Dysbiosis,  his general health, his adrenal-cortisol balance,  stressors, his biochemical individuality, the balance of his hormonal triangle,  his capacity to detoxify, his individual susceptibility and the total toxic load.  Yes, that’s why toxins affect different people in so different ways: the gentical-biochemical individuality explains it.      Therefore, nothing affects everyone every time and some people get sick and other don’t, which has  to do with this  genetic-biochemical background and the detoxification capacity of each  person.
Every normal individual is born with a natural detoxification system that gets rid of toxins using the liver as a major detoxification organ. But this natural detox system is different in different persons. Individuals with high toxic load, who are POOR DETOXIFIERS (that is they don’t detoxify well these toxins through their liver) ,  AND who carry a significant adverse genetic background, will most likely develop  symptoms and diseases.  We can call it the “gene+toxins+detox” effect.   The same way, individuals with only mild toxic load in their body, who happen to be ‘good detoxifiers’ enjoy good general health.
But there is hope, and your fate is not sealed. If you change your lifestyle, you move out of the danger zone, you change the way you eat, sleep and drink, you get the ‘metabolic test’, you adjust your nutrition, you balance your hormone triangle, you correct your nutritional deficits, you detoxify, you work on eliminating free radicals and chronic inflammation, etc., then your risk may change.


HOW TOXINS HURT YOU
In a nutshell, toxins hurt the neurotransmitters (brain chemicals), the mitochondria, the digestive enzymes (may cause lack of enzymes, SBI, Dysbiosis), the thyroid, the hormones, the brain and the liver. All the important functions of cells and organs are affected. They just cause a metabolic  mess. They can age people faster, they can give chronic diseases, they can cause obesity and diabetes,  and they can kill with cancer, stroke and heart attacks.
a) Toxins hurt neurotransmitters (Brain chemicals).  They can do it directly or indirectly through their effects on hormones and nutrients.  They can cause: anxiety, stress, attention deficit, hypertension, insomnia, poor digestion, autism, psychosis, agitation and even become obsessive, fatigue, restless legs, lack of motivation, poor mood, pains, difficulty losing weight, cravings, depression,  poor memory, sedation, anxiety, stress, psychologic imbalances,  insomnia, anxiety, depression, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), headaches, uncontrolled appetite. Prolonged effects can cause confusion and dementia.
b) Toxins hurt digestion. Toxins and heavy metals destroy the digestive enzymes we use daily in our digestion of food. They can cause Silent Bowel Illness and Dysbiosis.  The result is the improper digestion of food, which impairs absorption of nutrients, vitamins and minerals, and energy deficiency. This can produce nutrient deficit and leakage of toxins into the blood stream (‘Leaky Gut’) with accumulation of toxins elsewhere in the body.  
c) Toxins hurt thyroid. Toxins disturb thyroid function. Either by decreasing gut absorption of iodine, or by triggering the cascade toxins-immune-reaction-thyroid-antibodies that end up attacking the gland, the resulting effect is low functioning thyroid.  Remember: toxins are thyroid disruptors. I explain this in length in the ‘Toxins’ manuscript.  
d) Toxins affect hormones.   Whether directly or indirectly, toxins have an adverse effect on the production and actions of what we now as sex-hormones: estrogens, testosterone, progesterone and DHEA.  The effects of low hormones are terrible, and I describe them in a separate section. Men can get low testosterone ( with all its consequences), women can get low estrogen (which causes numerous disorders) and low progesterone, and both can get low DHEA.   TOXINS ARE HORMONE DISRUPTORS, which causes numerous medical conditions. 
e) Toxins hurt adrenal gland. They have an adverse effect on the production and function of adrenal-cortisol.  The imbalance causes metabolic alterations. TOXINS ARE ADRENAL DISRUPTORS.
f) Toxins hurt the ‘hormonal triangle of health and disease’. As  I addressed in another chapter, this multi-hormone decline, with low sex hormones, abnormal cortisol and low thyroid function, throws this triangle in permanent imbalance, which leads to terrible health consequences. The effect pushes  healthy individuals into sickness, metabolic stress, aching , psychological disturbance , and multiple other medical conditions. As this triangle is  the core of the metabolic energy of the human body,  as I explained in the chapter of ‘Metabolic Stress’, the person becomes metabolically sick, with depressed immune system, ill vascular system, and numerous medical complications:  frequent infections,  cancer,  allergies, asthma, hypertension, atherosclerosis, clogged arteries, coronary disease, affect the  heart at early age, affect the breasts, cause tumors or pain,  can affect fertility, give PMS, can cause obesity, diabetes and disability, it can cause low thyroid function. You never know where is it going to hit nor when, this is as unpredictable as Nature is. It can give you migraines, back pain, stroke, dementia, brain fogging, lack of memory, making you lose your job and your spouse.
e)Toxins hurt the natural detoxification system. All humans have a natural detoxifications system that takes the waste products of digestion and cellular metabolism into the liver, which is the main organ of detoxification. If the detoxification system is not working then you will accumulate toxins even faster.
f) Toxins cause obesity. When we analyze all the factors that cause obesity, we get an idea how toxins cause metabolic interference that inhibits weight loss.  I explain this better in my ‘ Toxins’ manuscript. By causing thyroid imbalance, low hormones, SBI, liver clogging, detoxification impairment, nutritional deficit, increased hunger, cravings, NT imbalance, mitochondria damage, etc., toxins cause weight gain, obesity, weight-loss resistance and weight-regain. SUFICE TO SAY THAT YOU MAY EXERCISE AND DIET AS MUCH AS YOU WANT, BUT YOU WILL NOT WIN UNLESS YOU ADDRESS YOUR TOXINS PROBLEM.
g) Toxins hurt mitochondria.  MITOCHONDRIAL DYSFUNCTION IS THE ROOT OF OBESITY AND MOST CHRONIC DISEASES, it is actually the very root of them.
WAIT…IT GETS WORSE : Toxins stay inside of the body, and they may not leave. If  a  person has dysbiosis or SBI and the gut defenses are not good, and the amount of toxin the person is exposed to is large, and the person can’t detoxify (liver is clogged, detox system is not working, etc), then those TOXINS WILL STAY IN THE BODY, AND ACCUMULATE OVER TIME, AND HAVING NOWEHERE TO GO THEY WILL BO DUMPED INTO THE TISSUES. Those toxins will then accumulate in muscles, brain, fat, joints, and will continue to accumulate until one day this accumulation reaches a critical mass and disease starts. . . . many times dramatically ( a tumor or a heart trouble in a healthy person) .  
Then what can we do ?The answer is not easy, is complex.
We need to: a) avoid further exposure to toxins,  b) read and inform ourselves,  c) read and learn about which foods and drinks to avoid,  d) consult via internet the main federal centers, (FDA,  NIH, EPA, etc.---I strongly encourage you to do so),
 e) get the “METABOLIC  NUTRITION TEST” ( test # 218), which evaluates whether your metabolism is affected by toxins or chemicals, analyses detoxification capacity, cellular metabolism, effects of free radicals, function of B-Vitamins, mitochondria function,  nutritional deficiencies and for deficit in vitamins and minerals. This should be your first test after our questionnaire. The second test, known as the ‘INTEGRATED PROFILE’ provides information about diet and health, evaluates nutrient shortage, and provides information about amino acids deficits, vitamin function, neurotransmitters,  adverse toxin effect, and it is an important test to evaluate for Dysbiosis, Leaky Gut and   metabolic stress, f) correct the metabolic abnormalities that need to be corrected, like using thyroid medication if needed, using natural hormone replacement if needed, fixing our adrenal, correcting dysbiosis and leaky gut if we have them, balancing the hormone triangle, balancing the neurotransmitters, improving immune system, taking vitamins, antioxidants and omega-3 if they are needed, getting tested for food sensitivities, improving liver function,  g) getting tested for metabolic imbalances, toxins effects, gut disorders, hormone imbalance, mitochondria dysfunction, vitamin deficiencies, possibly heavy metals, h)  and overall  DETOXIFY, that is engage  in a well designed professionally recommended detoxification program that will remove toxins out of your body.
Yes, part of the solution is yourself. You can not just depend on this article or a book you read to work on your own personal detoxification. And you can’t just “follow what the doctor says”, when you know that most doctors have no idea of all this and, of course, will deny that toxins are a problem at all.
However…should you do all this ?  Why should you complicate your life, when you could just ignore all this and continue living your life the way you were doing ?
Well, let me answer to that: Do you have another spare body ?    Let’s start with this question: do you need detoxification ?  
DO YOU NEED DETOXIFICATION ?  See our  questionnaire.  
DETOXIFICATION---By definition, detoxification is the removal of toxic substances from the body. It is based on the principle that illness can be caused by the accumulation of toxic substances (toxins) in the body. Eliminating existing toxins and avoiding new toxins are essential parts of the healing process.    
See the   ‘8 STEPS DETOXIFICATION TREATMENT’  in my manuscript.
                                                                                                                      DANIEL   NUCHOVICH, MD                                
 
Q U E S T I O N N A I R E
 
DO YOU NEED DETOXIFICATION ? 
Allow me to give you this questionnaire. It will help you to find out about whether you need or you don’t need to be detoxified.
Point scale:
0= never or almost never have this symptom or problem
1= occasionally have it, effect is not severe
2= occasionally have it, effect is severe
3= frequently have it, effect not severe
4= frequently have it, effect is severe
5= I have this condition / disease

HEAD

____headaches
____dizziness
____insomnia, poor sleep
 
 
EARS, NOSE & THROAT
___ringing in ears
___ear infections, ear aches
___watery / itchy eyes
___reddened eyelids
___stuffy nose, sneezing
___sinus congestion, hay fever
___excess mucous
___frequent sinusitis
___chronic cough
___canker sores
___throat / tongue problems
 
CONDITIONS
___diabetes
___restless legs
___PMS
___panics, sever anxiety
___hypertension
___indigestion, IBS
___bloating, gas
                                   _____total    

 

 

 

HEART
___heart pounding
___frequent palpitations
 
 
LUNGS
___asthma    
___wheezes
___constantly clearing phlegm
 
 
SKIN
___acne
___hives, rashes, boils
___eczema, psoriasis
___itchy skin
___hair loss, hair thinning
___body odor
___excess sweating
 
 
JOINTS, MUSCLES
___pain in joints
___pain in muscles
___arthritis
___persistent neck or back pain
 
                                      ____total
 
 
 
 
 
 
GENERAL
___low energy, general
       Weakness
___chronic fatigue
___restlessness
 
___obesity, overweight
___difficulty losing weight
___cravings
___frequent colds
___environmental
       sensitivities
___food allergies or
       sensitivities
 
 
 
 
MENTAL , EMOTIONAL
___difficulty concentrating
___mood swings,
___depression
___fear or anger
___poor memory
___OCD, obsessions
___anxiety
 
                       ____total






FINAL SCORE______        15 or lower = you may have low level of toxicity
                                   16 to 49 = you may have moderate level of toxicity
                                   50 or higher = you may have high level of toxicity 

                                            
                                                       
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