Detoxification (detox for short) is the physiological or medicinal removal of toxic substances from a living organism, including, but not limited to, the human body. It can also can refer to the period of withdrawal during which an organism returns to homeostasis after long-term use of an addictive substance. In medicine, a person can achieve detoxification by decontamination of poison ingestion and the use of antidotes as well as techniques such as dialysis and (in a limited number of cases) chelation therapy.
Many alternative medicine practitioners promote various types of detoxification such as detoxification diets. Scientists have described these as a “waste of time and money.” Sense About Science, a U.K.-based charitable trust determined that most commercial products’ “detox” claims lack any supporting evidence.
Many of our patients present with some form of toxicity. The most common toxicities we treat are
- Toxic Metals: Exposures to toxic metals mercury and lead are the most common.
- Mold Toxins: Mold toxicity is common and can be difficult to treat. We have the experience and the testing to find mold toxins and treat them.
- Organic Toxins: Typically these are either solvents or farm chemicals. Many of these are very carcinogenic.
- Metabolic Toxins: These toxins build-up due to problems in the detoxification pathways typically from genetic causes. In these cases, we attempt to troubleshoot the pathways and use very specific nutrition to alleviate the problems.
Patients become toxic in many ways, but the most common are work related exposures, agricultural chemicals, and mold related toxins. The treatments used for their removal depend largely on the nature of the toxin. Heavy metals are removed with chelating or binding agents, whereas organic chemicals are removed using glutathione IVs, sauna therapy, and charcoal wraps, etc. We can help you by designed a detoxification plan based on your particular exposures and your physiology.