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Digestion is the process of intake, breaking down, assimilating, detoxifying and then eliminating. Digestion and Detox are parts of our Hormones and Metabolism program. Due to the high priority of digestion and detoxification, the following additional materials are provided.
Digestion has several phases, and involves a significant amount of our internal real estate. Not including our eyes and nose, our formal digestive system begins our then mouth and continues with the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, and ends with the rectum and anus. The various organs that attach to this tube include the liver and gallbladder, pancreas, appendix, omentum, as well as the nervous system (called the enteric plexus or second brain) that is within the walls of the tube. Any part of this tube can affect any other part of the tube. Upper gut dysfunctions include dental (and sinus) issues, throat and tonsil issues, esophagitis and reflux disease and ulcers. Lower gut dysfunctions can look like diseases of the liver, gallbladder and pancreas, small and large intestines and colon. Pain and cancer can affect any part of the tube.
Detoxification refers the metabolic (bio-chemical) processes of the body that remove toxins. The body generates toxins as a part of it’s normal processes, and therefore is capable of eliminating many toxins through bladder, bowel, lungs and sweat.
While we evolved with mercury, lead and uranium in the environment, modern industry releases far more into the air, water and soil than ever seen before. In addition, every year we release billions of tons of plastics, pesticides, estrogen-like molecules (xeno-estrogens), pharmaceuticals and other synthetic molecules into the environment. While each individually may be deemed “safe”, we cannot study the effect of accumulating thousands of these molecules in our bodies over our lifetimes. Several of these toxins are found in fetuses and mothers’ milk. Aging may be as simple as our detox mechanisms becoming overwhelmed.
While there are many “detoxes” and “cleanses” available, there is risk involved in mobilizing these toxins too quickly or when the body has certain blocks that will not allow these toxins to be excreted. They can “re-distribute” to other areas of the body.
We take a safe, slow, sustainable approach to identifying and removing toxins while keeping our patients functional. We use conventional and special lab tests, as well as adjusting lifestyle factors that can contribute to toxicity or detoxification. These include air, water, food and supplements, sleep, mind-body and spiritual work.