This is not personalized medicine; this is an aggressive marketing technique in which a salesman attempts to convince you that if you have some of the symptoms on their symptom list, you must detoxify using their "unique" detox product. This is similar to the vague generalizations that have resulted in the overselling of Candida remedies. I have ethical issues with this.
Several patients have come to me recently on their magic detox programs suffering from frequent low blood sugar episodes, cramping intestines from overuse of laxatives, new food allergies from the intestinal permeability that excess laxative use can cause, and 300-600 fewer dollars in their bank accounts after purchasing detox programs. This has caught my attention because over half of these patients had other, more important imbalances to measure and correct first. They were not sedentary, not on low fiber diets, not on one or more of the more toxic pharmaceutical drugs, and not drinking more than two alcoholic beverages per day.
Many people can and do benefit from a detox at some point. Today we are potentially exposed to more environmental toxins than ever before. Some of these toxins make a small minority of people extremely ill. For others, toxins can contribute to fatigue, intestinal discomfort, skin conditions, allergies, weight gain, and more.
Some examples of toxic sources:
. Containers for processed and frozen foods
. Herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers
. Some pharmaceuticals
. Manufacturing and energy-production industries
. Compounds released from materials used in
construction, home furnishings, and cars
There are more than 100,000 chemicals used commercially, and approximately 25,000 (25%) are know to be hazardous to us. For example, part of the process leading to cancer is damage to genes that regulate normal cell growth. This damage can be caused in part by other factors (genetic, immune, etc.). A few of the key toxins linked to breast cancer are: polyaromatic hydrocarbons found in auto exhaust, air pollution, tobacco smoke, and charbroiled meats; dioxins formed by waste incineration; bisphenol A (BPA) found in plastic bottles and the lining of some metal food cans; pesticides; heterocyclic amines formed from cooking meat at very high temperatures; and phthalates in plastics to make them soft and flexible.
Additionally, even the body's own toxic compounds (endotoxins) can come from the end products of metabolism (i.e. hormone breakdown products) and gut bacteria byproducts.
In my next post, I'll explain the detoxification process.