Is "Detox" a Dirty Word? (Two in the Series)
Posted on August 30 2015
If you read our first blog on this subject, you know that there are conflicting opinions about detoxing.
What could our bodies need detoxing from? See the CDC’s “Third National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals 2005” (updated February 2015) by going on the link http://www.cdc.gov/exposurereport/.
A ‘short list’ of toxic substances can include:
- PBTs (persistent bioaccumulative intoxicants)
- Plastics (bisphenol A)
- Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
- Toxic metals such as:
- cadmium, etc.
Suffice it to say that the report is 519 pages long. The link above also provides access to Fact Sheets for the chemical as part of the National BioMonitoring Program. For example, if you click on the Fact Sheet for Mercury, it will provide information on how people are exposed to this metal, how it affects people’s health, the level of exposure in the U.S. population, and additional links for more information. By now, most of us have accepted that our bodies’ modern day burden of harmful chemicals is far greater than that accumulated by our parents and grandparents.
The debate about whether toxic substances can affect our health seems to be shifting to a debate about how we can remove these substances. For example, the ten-year TACT chelation study accessed the efficacy of EDTA chelation for treatment of coronary heart disease by removing toxic metals from the body. It was concluded in 2012. After ten years of clinical trials, 1,708 participants and over 55,000 infusions of EDTA, doctors are still divided as to whether it is a practical solution. Dr. Heilbron was one of the leads in the study. For those who would like to explore the debate before deciding, we recommend that you see Dr. Heilbron’s take at: http://www.jointheselfcarerevolution.com/speakers/heart-and-breath-matters-season-2/dr-roy-heilbron-md/.
At Remedy’s, we have used oral EDTA for decades with great results. However, we recommend that before using EDTA, you ensure that it is the correct kind and that you always take it with multi-minerals, as EDTA can chelate (remove) minerals from the body as well. Are these other substances that you can use to chelate metals from the body? Yes, a number of non-pharmaceutical chelators such as cilantro, garlic, brassicas (such as broccoli), modified citrus pectin, Taurine, methionine and sulphur-containing amino-acids were found to be effective chelators of toxic metals in the clinical study titled "Chelation: Harnessing and Enhancing Heavy Metal Detoxification" http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3654245/.
At Remedy’s, we believe disease does not occur in a vacuum, there is always a cause. The body’s burden of unwanted and toxic metals can be reduced or removed with the options we have at hand today, and the result is always an improvement in health. Please join us in our journey and continue to explore the world of how, when and why to detox.