Naturopathic Detoxification

Naturopathic Detoxification

Everyday, people are exposed to more chemicals and deadly pollutants than ever before. We assimilate numerous amounts of toxic material from the air we breathe, the food we eat, and various environmental sources. When these toxins are absorbed by the body faster than they can be eliminated, cell decomposition takes place. This creates an environment in our bodies for disease such as cancer to develop.

There are many natural approaches available to restoring or maintaining health. Toxicity in the body prevents any of these therapies from being completely successful. The body's immune system can only be restored in a cleansed body. When a body detoxifies, it replaces old degenerative tissue with healthy tissue. When health is restored through a natural detoxification program, the immune system will also be strengthened as we return to a healthy lifestyle. The health of an individual is largely determined by the body's ability to detoxify.

Pre-detox testing

Before beginning a detoxification program, a complete history physical should be completed to determine family history, hereditary factors, and the patient's medication profile. If a patient is presently on certain medications, it can impede detoxification efforts. Along with the history physical the following diagnostic tests may be used in determining the body's present functioning and detoxing ability: basal temperature test, iridology, hair/mineral analysis, urine profile, comprehensive digestive stool analysis, blood test, metabolic profile, amino acid profile and live blood microscopy.

Once a person's state of health is determined, the following therapies may be used in the detoxification program: (Each program is catered to a patient's individual needs.)

Education: In naturopathic philosophy it is very important to explain to the patient why disease occurs and what the patient can do to maintain their improved health. In this way the patient is given responsibility for his or her own health.

Healthy lifestyle: This includes the general care of one's body, the use of moderate physical exercise, the cultivation of a positive approach to life, health, and relaxation techniques.

Nutrition: Education of healthy eating habits and controlled diets may be given at the discretion of the practitioner to patients requiring a more rigid regime. The i practitioner will determine what supplements are needed.

Fasting: The controlled abstinence of food was advocated by Hippocrates as a treatment for many diseases because it allowed the body to concentrate its resources on combating the disease rather than the process of digestion.

Structural adjustment: By such methods as naturopathic, osteopathic, chiropractic, and neuromuscular techniques the practitioner seeks to balance the spine, muscles, ligaments and joints of the whole body.

Lymphatic stimulation: Any vigorous aerobic activity causes lymphatic flow to accelerate lymphatic drainage. Lymphatic massage improves and facilitates lymphatic circulation.

Oxygen therapy: Louis Pasteur was the first to discover that the very cause of fermentation was the lack of oxygen. His theory was that any organism deprived of oxygen would set up distillation in its effort to obtain oxygen from other elements. Dr. Eugene Blass, founder of the International Association of Oxygen Therapies (I.A.O.T.) est. 1898, discovered a method to increase the body's natural oxygen producing ability through the use of Homozon manufactured by International Oxydation Laboratories. Another beneficial source of oxygen mediation is ozone therapy.

Colon-hydrotherapy: This is the use of water, both internally and externally, in the form of baths, packs, compresses, sprays, and douches.

Hyperthermia (heat stress detoxification) sauna and whirlpool: Hippocrates, the father of medicine, has said, "Give me a fever and I will cure any disease." Fever is one of the body's most powerful resistance against disease. Hyperthermia artificially induces fever in the patient who is unable to elevate a natural fever response to infection, inflammation, or disease. Hyperthermia is an excellent way to stimulate the release of toxins from the cells and allow their elimination, first through the skin and later through the bowels and kidneys. It has also proved successful in removing fat-stored toxins from the body, calcium deposits from the blood vessels and in the breakdown of scar tissue from their walls. Sauna and whirlpool bathing produces unsurpassed results. Sweating is both physically and psychologically therapeutic. Dramatic effects derived from the circulatory changes are caused by the intense heat exposure. The heart rate increases as much as 75 percent during a 10-20 minute hyperthermia session. There is an increase of cardiac output, increased blood flow to the skin produced by vasodilatation, and decreased blood flow to the internal organs. The increased blood flow brings vital nutrients to skin and subcutaneous tissue, stimulating cellular activity and growth. The skin's eccrine glands respond to rising body temperatures by excreting sweat to cool the skin and the blood in the skin's capillary vessels. Sweat emulsifies the fat of the sebaceous glands far more effectively than water and clears them of sebum and the bacterial flora they usually contain. Studies have shown an increase in white blood cells following hyperthermia treatments.

Hypothermia (cold water detoxification): Hypothermia is used in conjunction with hyperthermia. Cold water treatments are used to shock the lymphatic system and activate the immune system to give the body an immediate immune response.

Aromatherapy: Using essential oils extracted from plants and herbs helps put the patient in a relaxed state during detoxification therapies.

During a detoxification program it is very important to monitor a patient's electrolyte balance. Electrolytes are essential to the production of enzymes, the function of cells, and in maintaining a normal pH balance in the body and digestive system. Any naturopathic therapy should be monitored by a qualified practitioner. Professional help should be aimed at restoring a patient to a point where he or she becomes independent of treatment and is able to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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By James Dussault and Sandra Dussault

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