Toxins are a causative factor in many cancers, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivities, heart disease, and many autoimmune diseases.
It is suggested that at least 80% of cancers are due to toxins. For example, between 1973 and 1997, the incidence of Hodgkins Lymphoma has increased by 30% and brain cancer in children has increased by 21%.
Random tissue samples in diverse populations of humans and animals show that all of us are contaminated. One study looking at residential toxin exposure detected the presence of 33 different carcinogens implicated in breast cancer in common house dust. Artic polar bears carry many of the same toxins.
Our bodies have the equipment to remove accumulated toxins, and can do so if there are sufficient nutrients and if the load is not too great.
For this to occur, the detoxification enzymes must be optimized. The process occurs in two phases. During phase I, the fat soluble toxins must be tagged for removal and then in phase II they are made water soluble so they can be evacuated in the urine.
Phase 1 is improved by niacin, and generates free radicals so an abundance of antioxidants are helpful to protect the tissue from damage during this step.
Phase 2 is accomplished with amino acids (taurine, glycine, glutamine, glutathione, methylation, and sulfur) and requires a large amount of energy (ATP). In phase 2 the amino acids and sulfur are used up and must be replenished. All tissues have detox potential but 75% occurs in the liver and 25% in the small intestine.
WHAT CAN WE DO?
1. We must decrease the load incoming of toxins. This means organic food, no pesticides in the house or yard, remove shoes before entering the house, purified water, avoid synthetic materials, flame retardants, OTC and prescription drugs, use safe cosmetics and skin products, and wear safe fabrics.
2. Foods to support detoxification:
a. Don’t fast! Detoxification requires high levels of energy. During water or juice fasts the body will break down its muscle and organs to get this energy. This results in loss of lean body tissue, and depletion of glutathione, one of the most important detox proteins.
b. The highest quality protein is necessary to meet the amino acid needs of detoxification. over 1000mg per day of whole fruit and vegetable concentrates is the superior source of amino acids for this purpose.
c. Energy from whole organic foods.
3. Nutrients that improve Detoxification:
a. Green tea, berries, grapes, cruciferous vegetables (broccoli and other crucifers)
b. Certain foods bind toxins in the gut before they can be absorbed like apple pectin, rutin, and chlorella.
c. Antioxidants protect the cells from free radicals: green tea extract, wheat grass, OPC’s, lemon bioflavinoids, rose hips, R lipoic acid, B vitamins, Vitamin C, E, zinc, selenium, copper.
d. Sulfation and amino acids are used in the phase II of detoxification like methionine, n acetyl cysteine, glutamic acid, and cysteine.
e. Special nutrients to protect liver cells from toxic damage like milk thistle (silymarin).
f. Dandelion root extract to increase bile flow and improve removal of toxins.
4. Sauna 20-30 minutes per day.
5. Exercise 40-60 minutes per day.
6. Sunshine 20-30 minutes per day.
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