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Liver Detoxification

The liver does the majority of the detoxification within the body. It is a very complex and versatile organ that is involved in over 300 different functions. During detoxification processes the liver goes through several phases.

Phase I converts toxins into less harmful substances and Phase II takes those less harmful substances and converts them into a product that can be eliminated from the body. These phases require certain nutrients to function and protect the liver from being damaged.

During detoxification, free radicals are generated which if not neutralized by antioxidants (such as vitamin C, E, selenium and natural carotenoids), can result in damage to the liver. There are nutrients that can be helpful to the detoxification process. B vitamins, N-acetyl cysteine, glutathione, and the herb milk thistle are especially useful in supporting Phase I detoxification.

Another way to support detoxification involves methylation (the transfer of a methyl group to the toxin).
Methylation is critical and supported by choline, methionine, N,N-dimethylglycine, and trimethylglycine. Early signs of inadequate detoxification and toxic liver overload can include; fatigue, depression, lethargy, insomnia, joint pain, constipation, skin problems or diarrhea and headaches. If the liver continues to be stressed it may lead to jaundice, gallstones, hepatitis, cirrhosis and even cancer.

ORAL CHELATION

Oral Chelation is a chemical process where a substance taken in the diet can chemically bond to a toxic metal within the body and successfully eliminate it. The heavy metals aluminum, mercury, arsenic, lead, cadmium and nickel are particularly difficult to eliminate from the body. These metals take a very tight hold of our tissues where they can disrupt the normal function of our organs (heart, brain, liver, lungs, kidneys, reproductive organs). They can impair the immune system, negatively affect behavior, and even poison the detoxification process itself.

Serious signs of overexposure include brain, liver and kidney damage, GI tract disorders, convulsions, hormonal dysfunction, memory loss, skin rashes and neurological disorders.

Mercury is one of the most toxic substances on the planet. It is an especially dangerous neurotoxin that can affect most organs in the body including the brain, gut, kidney and can seriously disrupt the function of the immune and neurological systems in growing children. Mercury is now known to specifically inhibit
glutathione production and transmethylation pathways, which are critical to the detoxification pathways in the liver.

We have been exposed to mercury from mercury based fillings for teeth, contaminated fish and from preservatives in vaccines. Recent publications have established a strong link to a mercury-containing preservative in vaccines, called thimerosal, and autism. There is a clear correlation in the increase in cases of autism and the growing number of vaccines given to infants over the past ten years. There is also growing evidence linking heavy metal exposure to Alzheimer's, dementia and Multiple Sclerosis. Studies have indicated that some individuals have a difficult time eliminating mercury from the body.

Heavy Metal Detoxification using Oral Chelation

When attempting to remove heavy metals, it is recommended that you please consult with your health care practitioner who can best evaluate your status and ongoing progress in eliminating the toxic metals with appropriate lab testing. While extremely effective, oral chelation therapy must be approached carefully and initiated slowly. If the process of chelation is not done slowly and heavy metal detoxification occurs too rapidly, there may be some side effects. It is also important to take a high potency multiple supplement and drink 6-8 glasses of water during oral chelation. Professional guidance is always recommended as part of a total health building program.

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