Fat Locked Toxins
As a clinician who specialises in detoxification I have employed over the last 11 years the use of various methods to detoxify the body. The addition to the clinic of live blood analysis as a tool to identify what needs to be addressed has been extremely helpful as well as the use of colonic irrigation, herbs and the new Far Infra Red Sauna has seen many people regain and maintain good health.
But the body is very clever at holding onto certain resistant toxins, these being mainly pesticides, herbicides, paint solvents and toxic metals. These toxins are locked into the fatty components of various tissues such as fat itself and neuronal (nerve) tissue. Water soluble techniques will not allow the release of these toxins and if they do, they are usually reabsorbed on the way out. Over the years I have noticed a definite increase in the amount of people with chemical sensitivity.
Chemicals accumulated in the body produce chemical sensitivity. Now I know you might be thinking; ‘I have not been exposed to any chemicals and eat organically so it’s not my problem’. Well it probably is. If you have known chemical exposure then the problem could be even worse. Just a bit of personal history to bring home this point. Nearly 18 years ago when I was breast-feeding my first child, it seemed that he didn’t want to feed very easily, so being the analytical person that I am, first thing I thought of was what was wrong with the milk, and because I had been working in a pathology lab, I thought I’d get my milk tested. Well I was blown away with the test results as I had above acceptable levels of PCBs, chlordane, heptachlor, dieldrin and the list goes on and yes this is a person with no known chemical exposure.
In Sherry Rogers’ book Detoxify or Die, she states research of an American Environmental Protection Agency study of 400 Americans that showed 100%, yes every single person studied, had stores of carcinogens such as dioxins, PCBs, dichlorobenzene, styrene and xylene just to name a few. Research from Turusov of the World Health Organisation states: ‘There are probably no clean pesticide-free animal, fish or human left on the face of earth’.
Since that time nearly 18 years ago I have been on a mission to clean myself of these toxic chemicals and to a certain degree, with the tools I have available I have been able to achieve this, but I find that I am still sensitive to some chemicals: such as if a client comes into the clinic wearing a strong smelling perfume I get a headache or sneeze. So more recently, with studies of the ancient Indian medical science, Ayurveda, I have employed the use of herbalised ghee to immobilise fat soluble toxins to clear these resistant toxins.
This is a process of deep tissue cleansing which is used after the initial removal of more water soluble toxins through colon hydrotherapy, herbs, far infra red saunas and liver regeneration. This additional step done either after or during a normal detox program, takes approximately 10 days using 2 herbal products; triphala and triphala ghee. The synergy of these herbs produces a broad spectrum of tonifying, detoxifying activity affecting almost all organ systems. It cleanses the membranes and tissues of toxic accumulation and protects cells from free radical damage. Each of the constituents has its own specific therapeutic capacity.
How it works
Triphala opens up the srotas, the Ayurvedic term for the channels of communication between cells, tissues and organs. The ghee delivers the triphala herbs deep into the tissues very efficiently. It is said that an ordinary herbal decoction may take weeks or months to permeate tissue, whereas a herbalised ghee takes just 24 hours. The ghee also lubricates the srotas enabling the mobilised toxins to be flushed to the gut from which they are purged to prevent re-entry of the toxins via the enterohepatic circulation. The purge is made with oil to maintain the fat soluble medium in which the toxins are being removed, otherwise you run the risk of causing the toxins to precipitate out in the gut.
What are heavy metals?
There is actually no precise definition for the term ‘heavy metal’ in chemistry. The term is really slang for polluting metal ions that are persistent and potentially toxic in the environment. A more meaningful term is therefore metal toxicity and the most commonly encountered toxic metals are aluminium, cadmium, lead, mercury and nickel. Toxic metals tend to accumulate in fatty tissues; if there are indications of metal toxicity you may opt to add clearance of toxic metals to the deep tissue cleanse process.
Some commonly absorbed toxic heavy metals are:
- Aluminium; associated with: Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, psychosis, osteomalacia, muscle pain, colic, gastroenteritis, liver dysfunction, microcytic hypochromic anaemia.
- Cadmium is associated with: hair loss, (alopecia), dry scaly skin, yellow teeth, osteoporosis, kidney and liver damage, increased blood pressure, fatigue, emphysema.
- Lead is associated with: behavioural abnormalities, cognitive impairment, uncoordination, depression, dizziness, fatigue, headaches, restlessness, anaemia, anorexia, constipation, muscle and bone pain, peripheral neuropathy, skin allergies, fever, insomnia, headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, short or rapid breathing, apathy.
- Mercury is associated with: depression, emotional instability, loss of vision or hearing, tremors, weakness, tiredness, psychosis and thirst.
Originally published in Here & Now magazine, written by Sue Kira, from True Vitality
By Sue Kira