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HEALTH CONCERN? BioHealth Health Concerns

Detoxification and Your Health

Contributing Author: Tranchitella, Tracy N.D.

TracyTracy Tranchitella, N.D. is a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine who specializes in providing nutritional and homeopathic consultations, lifestyle counseling, botanical medicine and women's health assessments and detoxification programs. She graduated in 1998 from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) in Tempe, Arizona. Currently, she lives and practices in Temecula, California. Dr. Tranchitella is licensed in the State of California and a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and the California Association of Naturopathic Physicians (CANP).

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Our body, although perfect in design, was never designed for what it is subjected to today. We live in a polluted environment – our food, drink and even the air we breathe are all contaminated with chemicals. In fact, according to Environmental News Network, 2000, U.S. industry releases about 24 billion pounds of toxic substances annually. We are also exposed to toxins in our everyday lives, such as chemicals in cleaners, perfumes and dyes, as well as toxins that our body produces naturally as it carries out normal biochemical processes.

Most disconcerting is that all these toxins have the ability to affect human health in a most insidious way. Many chemicals are fat-soluble and do not readily break down in the body, and can therefore build up to dangerous levels. The range of health problems this can promote is extensive, including fatigue, headaches, weight gain, allergies, hormone imbalance, fibromyalgia, autism, arthritis, cardiovascular disease and so many more.

Our liver is one of the major detoxification organs. The Kuppfer cells are the trash collection service of the liver, cleaning up blood and lymph, engulfing toxins and secreting enzymes to break them down. If the Kuppfer cells are overworked for too long a period, toxins build up. Our organs of elimination are the skin, lungs, bowels and kidneys. These must also be functioning well to clear the debris that the liver has processed.

In this day and age, we do not get enough nutrients, vitamins and minerals from our food to help and protect the liver. We must use detoxifying treatments and correctly balanced supplements to aid the body in its cleansing functions.

At the core of a detoxification program is nutrition. Avoiding substances that stress the liver, such as caffeine and alcohol, and foods with high allergy potential, such as gluten, soy and dairy, can go a long way toward resting the digestive organs. Herbs and other supplements may also be used. Milk thistle helps regenerate liver cells and aids in detoxification, while uva ursi and juniper assist kidney function.

There are also powerful treatments that increase the potency of any detoxification program, including ionic footbaths, far infra-red saunas, intravenous nutrient therapy and lymphatic drainage massage. These treatments will all be available at Stillpoint Center in the coming months.

A detoxification program can provide a good “kick start” to the summer, increase energy levels, shed winter pounds and boost immune function. The program may also be used as a deep healing tool for those with chronic illnesses. Our bodies have the wisdom to heal themselves – sometimes the best thing we can do is remove as many of the obstacles to healing as possible.