Of course, there are forces we are never going to be able to control, and even when we do everything right there are still some people with a greater number of SNP’s and therefore higher level of biochemical over-whelm in the face of the toxic soup existing within our environments today.
As one of those people, this is why I advocate detoxification as a lifestyle, because of what we are up against. I advocate detoxification in healthy children as well as the sick one.
Things you can do however are to watch, monitor and parent control your choices.
Think again before you buy that New-Build Home, or completely re-paint, re-carpet the nursery or your home.
Think again before you choose tuna fish sandwiches re mercury or rice reference to arsenic. or too much cheese that may be processed using aluminum.
Think again before you eat trans fats, chips, biscuits, non-organic foods.
With my children, I like to use the 80/20 rule. Where 80% of the time I am on it, super clean. Then 20% of the time I let it go a bit. However, when working with a child who already has a chronic health condition then it is important to be more rigorous, and closer to 100%, but understand that this type of application is not forever.
Looking at other sources of toxic exposure
Re-consider vaccines, and consider what else has been put into the vaccines that we give our children. There may not be the thimerosal, the mercury preservative, but they are going to still be filled with aluminum, and perhaps other virus contaminants. Glyphosate has also been found in vaccines too.
I consider glyphosate to be a number one offender, Roundup on our crops, in our air. Glyphosate has been patented as an antibiotic, which will perpetuate dysbiosis and leaky gut. Glyphosate has also been found in baby formulas and baby foods.
The key thing is to be mindful that anything we are putting into our baby’s tummies is organic.
Understanding that the first three years of a child’s life is the most critical. It is during this time when the infant’s gut has not yet sealed over that the focus must be on CLEAN. It is during this critical time the infant’s microbiome is going to be set and established, beyond which it is exceedingly difficult to change. The infants gut microbiome then sets the stage for a healthy immune system, a healthy immune response to chronic infections, healthy detoxification capabilities, and a healthy nervous system. So, if we want to have healthy children, we must protect the infant’s microbiome from the very beginning.
Think clean. The water the infant drinks should be filtered. Unfiltered water is a source of heavy metals, microbes, hormones, medications! Consider getting your water tested. Our water was too high in lead and other toxic compounds so we double filter our water, once at the point of entry into the house, and again through a drinking tap in the kitchen.
EMF’S (Electromagnetic frequencies). Our children are exposed from the time they are in the womb, when mums are on their mobile or cordless phones, when on the laptop, in a house with wifi, sleeping with wifi on. Mums often give their mobile phones to babies to keep them quiet. I was guilty of completing my course-work when re-training in nutritional studies all the while with baby in a sling! Secondary school children all have mobile phones, schools encourage classwork to be completed on laptops and ipads.
Sleep needs to be high up on the agenda since it is melatonin, which is synthesised from serotonin during the sleeping hours, that clean the brain from toxic compounds. The system responsible for detoxifying the brain is called the glymphatic system, bathes the brain and critical for detoxifying the nervous system. This is supported through sleep.
Other considerations should be getting out in nature and exercise.
Toxicity exposure also extends to emotional toxicity too. The Emotional Freedom Technique is one tool that can considerably lower the emotional burden and residual toxic thoughts from almost any negative experience encountered. Social media, the pressure at school, negative family experiences. Klinghardt talks about the Detoxification Axiom, referring to unresolved psycho-emotional conflict or trauma, and the equivalent of stored toxins or pathogenic like microorganisms. Therefore in order to successfully detoxify the body, we must address not only heavy metals and infections but also the emotions.
Remove anything that is inf-lamming the gut
We do not need to be solely focused on allergies. And therefore when a true allergy is NOT present then we think it automatically implies it’s OK to include the food or ingest substance (pesticide, E#). However we should be extending this out to anything and everything that may create gut inflammation, and therefore lead to dysbiosis. This includes sugar. All refined sugars cause inflammation as well as feed parasites and unwanted microbes. So take out the fuel for these microbes and replace the digestive tract with enzymes and hydrochloric acid. And then repair the gut if necessary, including vital nutrients such as zinc and essential fatty acids as DHA, even re-inoculation of the GI tract with good bacteria.
With children, we do not necessarily want to do aggressive types of detoxification or chelation when we actually don’t know what we’re trying to remove.
Testing first is important, but again we can start slow and then progress to more in-depth testing later down the line.
Start with the Organic Acid Test from Genova called Optimal Nutritional Evaluation, providing a really good insight into how well the child is detoxifying. What their mitochondrial stressors are like and what their methylation status is like and oxidative stress measurements too. From this, we can know whether the child is a good detoxifier or not. When issues are present, the investigation into the genetic SNP’s would then be a good idea. Another very good test is the Porphrins test, again by Genova. When high porphrins are present we know the child is excreting toxins or perhaps has a level of chronic fatigue due to ADP excretion. Further testing for heavy metals can be done in a number of ways but my preferred way is within the urine, using a challenge agent. Challenge agents are something with a lot of sulphur in it. DMSA was the challenge agent of choice until it was made illegal to use within nutritional practices in the UK only a few years ago. MSM, or even lots of coriander can be used to challenge heavy metals and liberate HM from stored tissues.