We all live in the toxic world. This is our reality. Although the human body has a sophisticated line of defense against toxins, more and more people, especially elderly and children, cannot adequately eliminate different toxins they are getting from the food, drinking water, air and drugs. If even just one phase of detoxification process in the body is broken or weak it enables poisons attack upon our bodies and brains.
I. Detoxication is the bodyís cleanup process, the getting rid of unwanted harmful substances. It is a natural biochemical procedure that goes in our body all the time. Humans have four phases of detoxication including: 1 - toxin isolation from the blood stream, 2- toxin conversion into water-soluble materials for much easier excretion, 3- conjugation toxins with special nutrients for making them less toxic, and 4 Ė safe excretion of toxins from the body through GI tract, kidneys and skin.
This natural defense process is taking place in our body every minute. It depends on our lever and kidney function, essential nutrients in food and friendly bacteria in the gut, volume and quality of drinking water, efficacy of oxygen supply and acid-alkaline balance in the organs and tissues. If any of these factors for any reason are not adequate, the body cannot defend itself properly from poisoning.
Therefore, the first step that we usually begin with is detection of the patientís bodily weaknesses. I believe in Nature and Godís wisdom and suggest to eliminate problems that are making physiological processes and reactions not efficient.
There are numerous blood, urine and feces tests that are very helpful in making decision how to bring the patientís body into balance naturally.
Many people, especially children our days are anemic, allergic and sensitive to food, have slow thyroid and liver functions, numerous mineral and vitamin deficiencies, and bacterial dysbiosis, fungal or viral infection. No wonder they are delayed in growth and learning.
Diet, nutrition, essential fatty and amino acids, vitamins, minerals, pure water, digestive enzymes, exercising, breathing and sleep pattern are major steps in helping the body to rebuild itself and maintain health.
II. Our bodies aren't very good at expelling heavy metals and toxins. The half-life of mercury in the brain, for example, is more than 10 years. Our ancestors weren't exposed to the heavy metals and toxic food we encounter, so a mechanism for effectively dealing with these toxins never evolved. To keep our bodies in optimal condition, we need to make sure that we aren't "overloaded" with toxins.
Detoxification is the process of enhanced elimination of significant amounts of endogenous and exogenous toxins from the body with the help of natural nutrients promoting organ drainage with more efficient conjugation of toxins and excretion. Most common nutrients are megadoses of vitamins, especially C and B, glutathione, zinc, magnesium, alpha-lipoic acid, carnosine, probiotics, etc. Some foods, like chlorella, cilantro, buckwheat, pectin, kefir, mushrooms, bran, etc, are able to move toxins out through the bowel.
III. Chelation is the process by which a metal or mineral (such as lead, mercury, arsenic, aluminum, etc.) is bonded to another substance so it can carry them away in urine, feces or sweat. For chelation, special chemicals (DMSA, DMPS, EDTA, TTFD, D-Penicillamine, etc.) are used. They have affinity to specific heavy metals and minerals (mercury, lead, calcium, nickel, iron, etc.) The chelator binds to the metal molecule making it water-soluble and more easily excreted from the body. These agents are not natural but have shown safety and efficacy during many years of clinical experience. This procedure should be done only under trained physician supervision. We suggest chelation treatment only in case of diagnosed high level of toxicity and on basis of two previously mentioned steps, I and II.
Each chelating substance has its own benefits and possible side effects that you need to be aware of. The choice you make depends on your spectrum of heavy metal excretion through the liver and kidneys.
It is known that some kids with learning disabilities and autism cannot excrete toxic metals accumulating them in their bodies.
Many doctors now are using so called challenge test for heavy metal burden. Although provocation with high chelator dosage is considered the most conclusive method to reveal heavy metal toxicity, I believe that it could be harmful for the patient, especially child due to higher amount of the chemical agent and harder push the poisons out to the blood stream.
Each chelator has its own affinity to heavy metals that makes challenge test not accurate if you use not an appropriate agent or its incorrect dose. Another complexity of challenge test is that the chelator may preferentially bind to one metal first hiding or blocking other metals.
Sometimes repeated administration of different agents is needed before significant toxin excretion occurs. We also need to keep in mind that even a healthy and normal people would tend to have a high results after challenge testing.
Thus, a clinician needs to understand and interpret the test results carefully. I usually discuss all the limits of provocation test with my patients explaining them their urine and fecal test results and necessary steps we may take for proper diagnosis and treatment. There are several common routes for chelating agent administration: oral, transdermal, intravenous and rectal. Each one has its own benefits and side effects.
Chelation therapy treatments are used for numerous diseases, including autism. They are also used in cardiovascular diseases, heavy metal toxicity, autoimmune diseases and many other conditions. When left untreated, heavy metal toxicity can lead to severe problems in both children and adults. For a detailed list of symptoms caused by different metals, please see here.
Nowadays, many holistic health practitioners offer chelation therapy. However, our chelation programs are different. We offer well-researched and tested gentle chelation methods that rebuild rather than destroy your body.
Oxygen Therapy becomes very popular in treatment of autistic children and kids with learning disabilities. It helps detoxification and increases brain supply with the essential nutrient O2. Oxygen deficiency that is often seen in kids with anemia retards their growth and development. Thou, even simple shallow breathing exercise, masking or pure oxygen inhalation may be very helpful.
Our experience shows that these simple techniques could be compared in efficacy with expensive HBOT. We suggest to monitor O2 level in the blood with oxymetry test and basing on its results the choice of further therapy should be made.