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FREE on-line detox event this week ONLY!!!

Posted on August 4, 2014 at 7:41 PM Comments comments (0)
Hi all! Since I get SO many questions about the 'nuts and bolts' of detoxification, I would like to invite you to check out a fantastic FREE virtual event this week Aug. 4-11, 2014 given by the top experts in the field. Please go to www.thedetoxsummit.com to learn more!!! Get all your questions about detoxification answered here for FREE!!!

Brain’s ‘Garbage Truck’ May Hold Key to Treating Alzheimer’s and Other Disorders

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 12:34 AM Comments comments (2)
  Have you heard the latest about lymphatics?? Yes, it's called the glial lymphatic system or glymphatics for short. Read here to see how the latest in glial lymphatics may be helping in the area of Alzheimer's:  http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/news/story/index.cfm?id=3870

Let's Talk About...Methylation, Glutathione and Vitamin B12

Posted on November 11, 2013 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (4)
 Hi all,
  By far, the posts on my blog that have received the most hits have been those on detoxification. Many requests have been received for more information on this valuable topic.  So to that end, I want to bring you the material from the experts. The following is taken from Dr. Jerry's Blog at: http://mendingautism.com/articles/let%e2%80%99s-talk-about%e2%80%a6methylation-glutathione-and-vitamin-b12/
  "The Methylation Pathway seems to be linked to many chronic diseases, including the autism that many children are diagnosed with. A “pathway” merely describes a factory that produces a product.  The Methylation factory produces glutathione similar to the way a Ford Factory produces pick up trucks.  Just like a truck factory requiring numerous steps to produce a finished product, the Methylation factory has lots of steps required before producing the finished product: glutathione.   
Glutathione is very important in maintaining and restoring physical health, and even mental health.   We know that children with autism tend to have lower levels of glutathione when compared to neurotypical children.  We also know that families that genetically tend to have lower amounts of glutathione, that is, their factories just produce lower amounts of glutathione,  also tend to have problems with schizophrenia, alcoholism, bi-polar disease, depression, attention deficit disorder, constipation, and autism.  Glutathione is essential for protecting cells from toxins - it is our master anti-oxidant, and seems to play in FOCUS, CONCENTRATION, AND LANGUAGE.
We can actually increase our body’s ability to produce glutathione….even if we are genetically challenged!  Dr. Jill James proved that we can increase the production of glutathione by supplying our Methylation factories with necessary key ingredients.
Methyl B12: this is vitamin B12 in its “methyl” form.  It can be given with a nose spray, subcutaneous injection, or orally.  It seems to work best for some in a nose spray (if the child tolerates it) or subcutaneous injection.  Dosing is variable based on age and weight, and how you are going to administer it (intranasal or subcutaneous).
Vitamin B6: aides in the production of glutathione.
Folic acid: this is a B vitamin that works as a cofactor in the Methylation factory.  This can be combined in the B12 injection or in the nasal spray.  For some children this can be rather activating and can cause hyperactivity, and thus will have to be removed.
Dimethylglycine: also known as DMG.  DMG also supports the Methylation pathway as a “methyl donor”.  
Trimethylglycine: also known as TMG.  TMG is DMG plus another methyl group.  Again, we are trying to provide the assembly line of the factory an “incentive” to make more glutathione.
Methionine: an amino acid that can be considered the “chassis” or the starting molecule that can eventually be transformed to glutathione
N-acetyl cysteine: also known as NAC.  This is precursor for cysteine and glutathione
In addition to providing supplements to aid in the production of glutathione, you can also supplement glutathione directly.  It can be given as an IV infusion, inhaled with a nebulizer, rubbed in as a cream, and orally (which I usually do not recommend since it seems to enhance the growth of yeast).
Improving the function of the Methylation pathway impacts many functions of the cell, right down to how DNA is read.  What the parents report, and what we are commonly after, is the improvement of language!  It appears that when we improve glutathione production, many children can make significant improvements with focus, concentration, and language.
And that’s my approach to Methylation."

If you would like to see more of Dr. Jerry's Blog in its entirety, please go to: http://mendingautism.com/articles/let%e2%80%99s-talk-about%e2%80%a6methylation-glutathione-and-vitamin-b12/

The nuts and bolts of detoxification - breaking it down

Posted on December 5, 2012 at 6:57 PM Comments comments (17)
Hi all,  Just wishing you and yours all the blessings of this Christmas Season!!!    
 
  In wishing you all health and happiness in the coming year, I would like to take a few moments to "unload" the mechanisms of detoxification.  The best explanation that I could find is found in this article by Dr. Jerry Kartzinel entitled:  "Let's Talk About... Methylation, Glutathione, and Vitamin B12".http://www.generationrescue.org/dr-jerry-s-blog/biomedical-intervention/let-s-talk-about-methylation-glutathione-and-vitamin-b12/
 
                

More on detoxification

Posted on November 5, 2012 at 12:27 AM Comments comments (3)
One health practitioner told me that she has never seen a cancer patient that did not have a highly toxic body. One could debate whether the cancer caused the toxicity or the toxicity caused the cancer, but most health professionals would agree that having a toxic body is a risk that no one should take.

Symptoms of ongoing toxicity may include acne, allergies, congestion, candida/yeast infections, parasites, eczema, fibrocystic breast disease, hypertension, kidney problems, obesity, headaches, bad breath, constipation, sensitivity to the environment or chemicals, hives, indigestion, joint pain, nausea, and more. Some digestive problems such as parasites and candida can also increase intestinal permeability and lead to a condition known as leaky gut syndrome where food and other undigested and sometimes toxic matter leaks into the bloodstream. The liver, lungs, kidney, intestines, and skin are the primary elimination organs. The better we treat them, the better they treat us.

As someone suffering with a chronic illness, detoxification is a key part of my ongoing health program. Many of us with Lyme disease carry around a significant burden of neurotoxins which are created from the Lyme disease organisms themselves. In addition, it is almost a given that someone with a chronic illness has some degree of metal toxicity, generally including mercury.

Genetics plays a key role in how effectively one can detoxify their body. It may be the case that those with poor genetics such as various HLA combinations or methylation problems are those of us that feel sick from chronic Lyme disease whereas others that detoxify properly may simply be asymptomatic carriers of the same microbes. I am of the belief that there are more people walking around with the Borrelia organism which causes Lyme disease than those that actually manifest symptoms of the disease itself. The difference between the two is likely genetics and ability to detoxify.

As always, you should consult with your doctor before making any changes to your current regimen. However, the following are the things that I utilize for helping my body with the process of detoxification.
  • In my opinion, the most beneficial thing that any of us can do to support detoxification use the regular use of a FIR sauna. The more we sweat, the more toxins we rid from the body. Of course, this may not be the best option for everyone and your doctor should be consulted. However, for many of us, sweating may be an important part of our recovery. I use my FIR sauna for 45 minutes per session at about 140 degrees as often as possible.
  • Getting the methylation cycle blocks removed is a key to improving health and detoxification. This work needs to be done with your doctor but is often highly rewarding when done properly.
  • Next, I think that it is important to have products in our treatment programs that help the body with drainage of toxins and supporting the organs that support us in detoxifying. My favorite product is a line from Pekana. The products I have used are apo Hepat, Renelix, and Itires which support liver, kidney, and lymphatic system respectively. More information about this product can be found on My Top 10 page. There are other drainage remedies and supporting products that I also like from companies such as Apex Energetics and Deseret Biologicals.
  • In terms of specific devices that may support increased detoxification, I use both the ActiveAir3 from eng3corp as well as the GTech Body Cleanse ionic foot bath.
  • After having studied the protocols of Dr. Klinghardt, I have incorporated several BioPure products over the course of my treatment that are specifically to help with detoxification of both neurotoxins and metals. Two of these are Chlorella pyrenoidosa and Cilantro tincture. I chewed 30 tablets of chlorella 30-40 minutes before lunch and then took a squirt of cilantro at lunch. I then took 10 drops of the cilantro tincture in hot water as a tea at night. I also use BioPure MicroSilica and other products that are more specific to heavy metals such as Phospholipid Exchange. Detoxamin suppositories have been very helpful as well. Additional details can be found here.
  • I like a product called Clear Detox which is a glutathione-supporting detox powder. Increasing L-glutathione can be very beneficial for detoxification. Unfortunately, many people with Lyme are sulphur-sensitive and don't do well with glutathione and other detox agents such as DMPS, DMSA, garlic, and others as a result.
  • Another option that I have used for detoxification is the 48 Day Protocol Pack from HVS Laboratories. The pack consists of Organs and Systems, Virus, Metals, and Chemicals. Additional products for parasites, food additives, and numerous other detoxes are available. This product is available only through a practitioner.
  • For chemicals and solvents, I regularly use either Glycine or DMG. These are reported to be highly beneficial in chemical and solvent detoxification.
  • I have used a product called Heavy Metal Detox. This is a product used for removal of heavy metals and other chemicals. I have also used NDF and PCA-Rx. Heavy metal detox should always be done with the guidance of a licensed medical professional. Another great option to consider would be zeolites such as ACZ nano and NutraMedix Zeolite or Zeolite HP.
  • I regularly make "Detox Shakes" that include zeolite powder, Pectasol-C powder, chlorella powder, and a good fiber product mixed together in a shaker. At various times during my treatment, these "Detox Shakes" were a regular event and really helped significantly. In some cases if I was really feeling toxic, I'd reach for the Activated Charcoal though I prefer to minimize my use of the charcoal products when possible.
  • I filter all bathing and shower water. I filter my shower water with products from Costplus Water or Sante for Health.
  • I filter all drinking water to remove any chemicals, metals, and other undesirable organisms. We can debate the type of filtration employed, but drinking tap water is just plain adding more toxins to an already toxic body.
  • I occasionally make smoothies with a scoop or two of whey protein, rice milk, strawberries, bananas, a probiotic powder, and vitamin C. Not only does it taste great but whey protein is reported to increase the levels of glutathione in the body which aids the liver in the detoxification process.
  • I have used detox foot pads to remove toxins from my body while I sleep.
  • There are a number of good cleansing products on the market that are readily available. One that I have used is DrNatura Colonix. It appears to be a very good detoxification program. I've done it several times.
  • I occasionally take a detox bath. This consists of 4 cups of Epsom Salts mixed with 1 bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide and 2 tablespoons of ground ginger (some people like to put the ginger in a sock). The bath should last for 20-30 minutes.
  • I have used liver supporting nutrients such as NAC (N-acetyl-cysteine), Alpha-Lipoic acid, and TMG. Some suggest caution when taking NAC if one is heavy metal toxic. Vitamin C may also be helpful to support proper detoxification.
  • I take probiotics to help detoxify my digestive tract. I have made my own yogurt from goat's milk for the probiotic benefits.
  • Consider colonics, coffee enemas, and castor oil packs. I've done at about 10 liver/gallbladder flushes as well.
  • Forgive everyone who has hurt you. Release guilt and toxic emotions. Accept that you deserve good health. Find love and joy and a purpose for living.

Detoxification Webinar by HEEL

Posted on July 5, 2012 at 6:52 PM Comments comments (10)
To learn more about detoxification, go this webinar: (cont.)
To Register:
Please call customer service:1-800-621-7644  **You MUST have a valid e-mail address to register** Wednesday,July 11, 2012: 4pm PST5pm MST6pm CST7pm ESTLearning Objectives:
  • Improve awareness about our toxic exposure
  • Illustrate how toxins affect our health including the musculoskeletal system
  • Discuss the physiology, rationale, and implementation of detoxification and drainage
  • Review the dilemmas encountered when using conventional treatments for musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction
  • Discuss safe, natural, and effective strategies to address the issues

To learn more about detoxification, go to this webinar:

Posted on July 5, 2012 at 6:43 PM Comments comments (8)
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2009, the meager 650 industrial chemicals reported in the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) that were non-PBT chemicals totaled 19.4 billion pounds**. These chemicals find their way into our water, air, soil and eventually into our bodies on a daily basis. Most of these environmental toxins are known to cause oxidative damage in cells and tissues which then activate inflammatory cytokines in the body. The cytokines are initiated by the immune system and therefore we see the interplay between toxins, the immune system and inflammation in the body. Additionally, our body's natural, physiological functions produce endogenous toxins which must be neutralized, excreted, or otherwise managed on a regular basis. Whether you consider yourself to be a conventional, complementary-alternative, or any other type of healthcare provider, this webinar will allow you to see the importance of how toxins substantially influence our health including the musculoskeletal system. Many of our patients have become appropriately concerned about these issues as well as the potential risks posed by conventional treatment. Think of how many Rx meds have been taken off the market or restricted in the past few years. NSAIDs and COX IIs now have "black box warnings". The public has increasingly been seeking out alternatives and this webinar will help you to provide them with natural options to address their concerns. **http://cfpub.epa.gov/eroe/index.cfm?fuseaction=detail.viewInd&lv=list.listByNewest&r=235289&subtop=312Featured Speaker:  Robert Davis, D.O. Dr. Robert Davis is a Board Certified family physician with over twenty years of experience. He utilizes homotoxicology to integrate conventional and complementary-alternative medicine.    He believes in education and provides his patients with options to encourage natural healing.  Dr. Davis has a particular interest in preventative care and musculoskeletal disorders. He is also skilled and experienced in Biopuncture which is a unique injection treatment that can help to improve pain and function.