Naturopathic detoxification involves a protocol that includes but goes beyond fasting, saunas, and exercise.  Our detoxification program includes dietary, oral, and intravenous methods of removing the body burden of inorganic toxins (eg heavy metals) and organic toxins (eg pesticides, solvents, environmental sensitivities, etc). 

A Remarkable Combination of Therapies for Detoxification and Treatment of Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, and Other Chronic Diseases 

Chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and other chronic diseases such as auto-immune diseases, vascular and heart disease, cancers, diabetes, and arthritis have been on the rise.  They are the number one reason that patients seek care from their doctor for.

All toxins can be classified as inorganic (toxic heavy metals and transition metals), organic (pesticides, solvents, cigarette-related toxins), or biological (allergies, low-grade hidden infections).  The non-biological toxins are cleared by the liver, but unfortunately can overload and excessively burden this organ.  Infections can be a toxic foci, which until treated, will continue to cause chronic disease such as arthritis or heart disease.  Allergies can be improved by decreasing the reactivity of the immune system.  Occasionally toxins burden the system and symptoms of fatigue, skin eruptions, and muscle pain can manifest. 

Our combination of detoxification therapies is comprehensive in that toxic metals are pulled out of the tissues and excreted (intravenous chelation therapy), low-grade infections are treated (mega-dose vitamin C therapy or oxidative medicine), and the liver, kidneys, and lymphatic system are stimulated while being supported.  Occasionally a temporary low-allergen diet may be necessary in some patients.  

Chelation therapy has been used widely as an alternative treatment for cardiovascular disease.  It is becoming increasingly recognized that its benefit comes largely from the detoxification of free-radical generating heavy metals.  Therapy may involve the administration of intravenous EDTA, intravenous DMPS, or oral DMSA, depending on the metals present.  It is an incredibly safe therapy that removes the body's burden of lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic, and aluminum amongst others.  

Support of liver detoxification comes from recognizing the biochemistry of natural detoxification in this organ.  Medical foods and supplements may be used to support Phase I reactions and Phase II liver detoxification pathways. 

In conclusion, if a patient has a history of chronic toxin exposure, such as from smoking, or has a chronic degenerative disease, detoxification will be an important component of a comprehensive treatment plan.  Stimulation of the body's natural healing ability most often involves removing these toxic obstacles to cure; thus detoxification may be indicated.

Signs that detoxification may be indicated:

·Chronic fatigue without improvement from sleep

·Chronic generalized pains in the muscles and the joints

·Recurrent vascular headaches, cluster headaches, migraines

·History of toxin exposure such as cigarette smoke

·Previous benefit from milder detoxification programs

 

Immunological diseases which indicate candidates for this treatment:

·Auto-immune diseases

·Rheumatoid arthritis

·Scleroderma

·Seasonal and food allergies

·Candida related complex

·Chronic infections (including Chlamydia-associated heart disease)

·Eczema, psoriasis, other skin lesions

 

Evidence for role of infections in Auto-immune diseases, heart disease (only a few of many more):

·Assessment of systemic inflammation and infective pathogen burden in patients with cardiac syndrome X.

Am J Cardiol. 2004 Jul 1;94(1):40-4.

 

·High prevalence of Chlamydia pneumoniae seropositivity in Mexican patients with ischemic heart disease.

Arch Med Res. 2004 Jul-Aug;35(4):318-23.

 

·The prevalence of Mycoplasma fermentans in patients with inflammatory arthritides.

Rheumatology (Oxford). 2001 Dec;40(12):1355-8.

·Mycoplasma fermentans in rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory arthritides.

J Rheumatol. 2000 Dec;27(12):2747-53.

 

Evidence for detoxification improving risk factors and healing chronic disease (brief examples of many):

·[Leaded gasoline and cancer mortality]

Schweiz Med Wochenschr. 1976 Apr 10;106(15):503-6.

 

·Association between malignant tumors of the thyroid gland and exposure to environmental protective and risk factors.

Rev Environ Health. 2000 Jul-Sep;15(3):337-58.

 

·Organophosphorus ester-induced chronic neurotoxicity. Arch Environ Health. 2003 Aug;58(8):484-97. Review.