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We live in a toxic world, and so by default, we would all benefit from routine detoxification.

Within a previous post, I talk about why some people have an increased requirement for routine detoxification; this can be epigenetic; meaning lifestyle or environmentally influenced.   

Epigenetics determines those who require daily or routine detoxification in the form of food and Old Fashioned mechanical detoxification support such as Epsom salt baths, coffee enemas, and castor oil packing. Whilst others tend to get away with a 1-2 week detox programme perhaps 2-4 times a year.

Heavy metals are of a particular issue in the 21st century. Since we are living within an epidemic of heavy metal environmental over-whelm, therefore with my Naturopathic Nutritional hat on personally I choose to view daily detoxification as a way of life.

However, there are two pillars to detoxification. With the second pillar being; nurture.  A lack of nutrients at source (from within our soil) to support and boost our detoxification systems means we should also be paying close attention to supplementing with the appropriate range of nutrients.

These two pillars ‘detoxification and nurture’, complete every home maintenance programme.  With correct nutrients plus regular cleansing, we can keep our self-healing mechanisms strong and clean.

And the good news is, no disease can thrive inside a clean body!


3 STEPS TO A HAPPIER YOU

Clean body, clean emotions, clean mind:

  1. Detox each day
  2. Exercise each day
  3. Love your family and laugh each day

4 STEPS TO A HEALTHIER YOU

Step one

Step one always has to be Clean the Colon. By this, I am referring to the Large Intestine.

Include some cleansing pectins, gums, and clay; modified citrus pectin, psyllium husks, slippery elm, bentonite clay.

Include some antimicrobial supplements; humic acid, grapefruit seed, takuna, berberine, uva ursi.

Clean out any parasites; use wormwood, black walnut.

And physically clean the colon with colonic hydrotherapy 2-4 times a year.

Step two

Clean the urinary tract and kidneys.

My favourite cleansing agents for the kidneys; NRF2 Renew, Clear Away Cofactors, parsley, asparagus, marshmallow root and lots of purified water!

Support your kidneys by taking the stress of ‘homeostasis’, you can think about including ionic minerals in your water, such as E-Lyte.

Step three

Clean the liver.

Our livers are complex workhorses with differing strengths and weaknesses in each of us.  For instance, it is largely down to our livers whether we go grey early or late in life.  Genetically coded from birth, but not scripted. Meaning, we don’t HAVE to go grey, just because the propensity is there.

There is a number of different clearance pathways within our livers, with liver cleansing being the best way to boost over-all function. 10-15% increased productivity comes from cleansing the liver, which I can feel instantly when I get the cleansing right for me.

My all-time number 1 has to be Coffee Enemas.  At they boost the glutathione pathway.  My GST GSP enzyme is non-existent, and the reason why I started to go grey in my early 40’s.

2, has to be Liposomal glutathione

3 Chanca Piedra, keeping my gall-bladder and liver grit-free.

4. Calcium D Glucarate for the glucuronidation pathway, mine seems especially poor.  Poor glucuronidation results in estrogen build-up, which as we all know can contribute to a pre-cancerous picture.

5. Other forms of Sulphur such as MSM, and NAC especially NAC from Biomedica is great.  Selenium also helps as Selenium converts to NAC, along the Glutathione pathway.

6. Malic acid to widen the ducts of the biliary tree, so as long as you are not struggling with candida get those organic apples in daily.

The mini liver cleanse:

Day 1; Liquidise a lemon and lime with a 6 oz cup of water, some ice cubes, 1 Tbsp olive oil, 1 x clove of organic garlic and 1 x chunk of ginger.

Day 2; Liquidise a lemon and lime with a 6 oz cup of water, some ice cubes, 2 Tbsp olive oil, 2 x cloves of organic garlic and 2 x chunks of ginger.

Day 3; Liquidise a lemon and lime with a 6 oz cup of water, some ice cubes, 3 Tbsp olive oil, 3 x cloves of organic garlic and 3 x chunks of ginger.

Adding into this cleansing start to the day, you can include beetroot, carrots, lemon, and avocado to your lunch for further cleansing.  Although all vegetables will support your liver to go for a broad spectrum of colour rather than mono selective.

Step four

Clean the lymphatic system:

Foremost, stay hydrated and include electrolytes in your water.

Once we have fluid in the system we can then manipulate it with any of the following:

  • Daily skin brushing
  • Daily rebounding on a trampette
  • Daily or weekly hot and cold showers.

When deep cleansing needs to be supported then consider once a week Peat Mud Baths, and the herbal blend Essiac discovered and formulated by Caisse.


The 7 toxicity challenges

After all this your system should have a reduced burden of 7 toxicity challenges:

  1. Systemic; heavy metals or pesticides
  2. Persistent organic pollutants such as xeno-estrogens
  3. Opportunistic viruses
  4. EMF’s such as Magnetic and radiation
  5. Emotional and psychological stressors may surface but also dissipate with detoxification.
  6. Your food choices will be cleaner.
  7. Lastly, take time to nourish yourself spiritually by centring yourself daily.

So when it comes to health and healing there is no such thing as ‘Static’ in your Wellness Programme.  We are either actively getting better or progressively getting worse.

There are of course by-products produced as a result of the work we do on our bodies.  Cleansing can be intensive and demanding.  Detoxification also produces internal toxins. 

One way for the body to shake of toxin load and anti-body bi-products is for our immune systems to push us into a fever. This sense of being ‘unwell’ is also known as the Herxheimer effect.  This fever is your body’s attempt to shake off toxins and kick-start the immune system.


Supporting your immune system through detox

We can take immune-supportive supplements to enhance immunological support during these challenging time, or as part of a long term maintenance programme.

Some of my favourite immunological compounds

  • Beta-glucans from mushrooms Reishi, Cordyceps; Shitakii
  • Lactoferrin, ImmunoGG

Support oxidative stress during detox

Oxidative stress can be damaging to our genes as it has the power to ‘switch them on and off’.  Some people are genetically predisposed to oxidative stress more than others therefore during a detox it is wise to take additional precautions.

Some of my favourite anti-oxidant protective supplements

  • Tocomin
  • NRF2 Renew
  • Green tea
  • Astaxanthin
  • Melatonin
  • 85% dark chocolate

Protecting the NRF2 pathway with; chocolate, green tea, turmeric is taken with black pepper, resveratrol, berries, grapes, red wine, sulphuraphane, cruciferous vegetables.  This all supports the ARE response, which in turn protects the whole genome.


Flooding the body with Light!

We don’t really know the full benefits of light.  With so much scaremongering around the toxicity effects of light with free radical damage, we ignore the innate healing light can bring in to our cells.

For me, this is one further component when it comes to detoxification. 

Attracting Light into our bodies in the form of light-enhancing superfoods is highly recommended.  So how do we invite light into our cells?

Green foods have a way of bringing light into the body since it is captured sunlight with the leafy green anatomy of the plant.  Chlorophyll is said to be the same molecular structure as haemoglobin, with the exception of the magnesium molecule at the centre, rather than iron at the centre. The chlorophyll then travels to our mitochondria in the form of ‘captured sunlight energy’, photo-energising the Krebs cycle, also keeping oxidative stress down.  

However, my favourite method for inviting Light into our bodies has to be via the Budwig Diet! 

Having discovered the pioneering work of Joanna Budwig 15 years ago I have continued to use her valuable recipe within my own health regime, as well as recommending it for many clients. 

Joanna Budwig discovered that by blending Flax Oil with Quark (or you can use Greek yoghurt or cottage cheese), the sulphur bond from within quark blends extremely well with the oil.  Creating a complete food for our bodies to recognise, and a vehicle to integrate the oil into our cellular membrane. 

Without this vital sulphur bond, flax oil when ingested can wreak havoc. Since it is a highly volatile oil-prone to rancidity, and therefore readily initiates a free radical cascade.

Think about how flax oil is added to paint to create a ‘quick-drying’ effect. 

This is entirely due to the highly volatile nature of flax, and how it invites oxygen into itself.  Beneficial for drying paint quickly! And, when integrated correctly this higher influx of oxygen can be beneficial to our cells too.  

But, when we manufacture the oil, we separate the oil from the protein.  And it is within the protein that we find the sulphur component.  Once the oil has been separated from its protein counter-part, the oil is no longer able to be made useful within the body.

Therefore, by blending flax oil with the Greek yoghurt or Quark this completes the sulphur bond and the oil becomes once again useful. 

The second piece to this is when the oil has been properly integrated into our cellular membrane. 

Due to the high number of double carbon bonds existing within the structure of the flax oil we now have the perfect vehicle to invite in Light to the trillions of cellular membranes within us. 

The lock and key of this being that surrounding the double carbon bonds within the fatty acid chain gather electron clouds.  And lots of them! Electrons then attract protons. Protons being sunlight. We, therefore, invite a huge influx of Light (protons) into our bodies when consuming the Budwig  Flax cream. 

Joanna Budwig was in no doubt a pioneer, with her knowledge, wisdom, and message ultimately suppressed by the slimming industry in the 1940s.  Slimming World had it’s agenda, in alliance with the margarine companies at this time, the message was fixated on Margarine being the ultimate slimming fat! However, this is not what the science tells us since corrupt fats corrupt cellular membrane by diametrically opposing the fluid nature of our cell’s membrane. This inadvertently clogs up the receptor sites for healthy fats too, blocking the use of healthy fats.

When double carbons are corrupted by high heat they change formation and are never able to revert back to their original healthy formations.  The corrupt formation then exists in place of the healthy formation within the cellular membrane. Further blocking mineral passage whilst trapping heavy metals within our cells.

The damage from eating margarine and heat-treated volatile oils are no less than immense. Rule of thumb; any oil that should be liquid at room temperature should remain liquid when is your body.  Otherwise, you are literally jamming up your cell membrane with something that should not be there.   

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TOXICITY, A MODERN DAY EPIDEMIC

Lyme & the three shields: a co-dependant ecosystem

“It’s never JUST the ONE THING when we have a chronic health condition”

LYME

There is a big link between heavy metal loading as a protective mechanism, as a shield, primarily within the biofilm world.

Lyme, is a complex organism, in the sense that it takes on different forms.  It morphs, bio-transforms, which makes it more elusive.  It’s slow replicating.  It can hide out for a while, and protect itself.

Lyme has all kinds of mechanisms, it’s got the spiral-shaped form (spirochete).  That drills, burrowing into joints and tissues and organs, which is so often while conventional lab tests are checking the blood don’t find Lyme because the target organ of Lyme is not the blood.

Then there is a Cyst form of Lyme.  Essentially when you take antibiotics the bacteria sense this and within twenty minutes the Lyme has turned into a round cyst form to protect itself.  This is about a thousand times stronger against antibiotics in a cyst form than when it’s active spirochete form.  Making it a hard beast to kill!!

And then there is the intra-cellular form, where it goes inside the cells, which is subsequently responsible for the auto-immune relationship between Lyme and our immune system.  As our body attacks the Lyme inside our cells other cells are also attacked because our immune system is not clear on its target.

And then there is a fourth form of Lyme, which is Biofilm. Biofilm is yet another protective mechanism.  It’s a shield so that when you’re taking herbs or when you’re taking antibiotics, it’s less likely that you’re going to be able to penetrate the Biofilm.

Essentially, if you put all the Lyme forms together into a colony, plus other pathogens and fungus, and then lay a blanket on top then you’ve got the Biofilm all wrapped up in one.

The link between Heavy Metals and Biofilm is the ingredients Biofilm is made up of the following: Magnesium, calcium, copper, iron, mercury, and lead. Essentially unless the toxicity is dealt with it’s unlikely the Lyme will be dealt with also.

Where does testing for Lyme fit in?

It is well known that testing for Lyme via a regular panel can show false negatives Labs can run into issues that influence results.  The advice is to use as many TOOLS as possible. Energetic biofeedback machines are tools, kinesiology is a tool, looking at a client’s history is a tool.  It is when the Art each practitioner has developed through their tool matches up with lab result this then creates a stronger indicatory rather than just one thing.

Lyme should always be considered when complex health conditions are present. To include Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, or autoimmune conditions such as RA, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus.

As previously mentioned, one of the reasons Lyme is so elusive is due to using a protective mechanism such as heavy metals as a shield.


The three shields: a co-dependant ecosystem

(PARASITES  / HEAVY METAL / MOULD)

1. PARASITES

Parasites is a modern day epidemic.  There are 134 species of parasites.  And Lyme disease can live inside a parasite.  So if you have Lyme disease and you have parasite issues then you’re not going to get to that Lyme bacteria if it’s within the parasite.  First, go after the parasites.

We all have parasites to one degree or another, which can take more than a month to eliminate when taking the correct herbs Ascaris lumbricoides (a type of roundworm) right down to pinworm.  There is usually a sequence with the elimination of the larger ones first.  Parasites have a 2-week replication cycle, affected by the waxing and waning of the moon.  So you can see improvements but then there’s another wave, so the rule of thumb is to be consistent and persistent.

2. HEAVY METALS

Heavy metal toxicity is a modern day epidemic.  Mercury from tuna, fillings or vaccinations.  Lead and arsenic from rice harvested in China, lead from older water pipes. Cadmium from our soil too. Aluminium is off the charts too.

It’s a big issue, one which we are all encountering since we share one earth, one atmosphere the fundamental truth is that we are all affected.

Riding the body from heavy metals helps to peel away the biofilm and release the pathogens which can be a very good thing – ultimately.  However, by the same token, the health of the individual is key as to whether they will become over-whelmend by this process and become sicker before their health improves.  Heavy metals should be the second detoxification after parasites.

3. MOULD

Mould will also act as a shield to Lyme.  Therefore if you are living in a mouldy house it doesn’t matter what treatment is used, the source of mould needs to be removed if you are going to get well.  The third and last protective mechanism is that needs to be addressed is mould.

Once we have addressed parasites, heavy metals and mould there are no great defense mechanisms for the Lyme to hide in, making it far easier to clean up by assisting the immune system to take care of Lyme.


DRAINAGE VERSES DETOX

When wishing to Detox it is vital to prepare the ground with Drainage support first.

When our Drainage systems are not working adequately the body can easily get thrown into over-whelm during a detox.  Especially when detoxifying parasites and heavy metals.

This, of course, depends on the genetic profile of the individual.  When individuals are pre-disposed genetically to oxidative stress and inflammation, then challenges attributed to detoxification will be increased.

Definition of Detox: pulling out of chemicals, heavy metals, pesticides, glyphosates, herbicides, radiation.

Definition of Drainage: pathways of detoxification not working adequately, and therefore leading to a backing up of toxic release from the system.

Example of Drainage issues that need to be addressed PRIOR to Heavy Metal Chelation and parasite cleansing:

Leaky Gut is a drainage issue. When constipated it’s the draining pathways clogged. The kidney is a draining pathway. The liver bile duct is one of the most important draining pathways in the whole mix. The lymphatic system is draining pathways. The glymphatic or the brain lymphatic system, the skin.  Keeping all these pathways clear and healthy during detox will help to minimise symptoms. Making sure you prepare the body and then focus on drainage during the detox is key.

Parasites often clog up the liver bile duct area.  Certain parasites love the liver bile duct-like strongyloides and flukes residing there and clogging it up.  Killing off parasites is a part of opening up the drainage pathways, hence why it is the first step in breaking down the three shields. Elimination of parasites is also a fundamental step within a heavy metal detox regardless of whether Lyme is present. Both Heavy Metals and Mould spore can live inside parasites since parasites are hungry for both.

Liver

Optimising the liver and gall-bladder via bile excretion is paramount. All toxins leave via the bile duct. Draining off ammonia can be a game-changer for some health conditions.  Which also relies upon the Liver/Bile-duct working properly.

A clogged Liver automatically slows down and clogs the lymphatic system, which affects the brain-draining system, the glymphatic system.

  • Consider coffee enemas (see blog on enemas)

  • Castor oil packing

  • Liver / Gallbladder flushes

  • Milk thistle in with your coffee if you’re a coffee drinker

  • Dandelion root coffee

  • Chanca Piedra, herbal assistance

  • Carbon, charcoal or clay for the gut

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