"BROMINOBESITY- Anybody found a specific way to target and mobilize PBDEs out of the body? TX :) n/m"
inspired this search:) The answer is YES!!!!! :) And the answer lies in centuries-old Ayurvedic detoxification procedures, and the efficacy of this methodology has been backed up by solid medical research. A link to the pubmed study:
Long ago, Ayurvedic medicine predicted that accumulated toxins could be removed through its detoxification procedures. Over 5000 years later, modern scientists decided to put this prediction to a test. Using high tech laboratory studies, Robert Herron, Ph.D. and John Fagan, Ph.D. conducted a two-month longitudinal study in fifteen subjects using Ayurvedic detoxification procedures, including five days of MRT treatment, along with a special purification diet program before and after the treatment.
The results were highly significant. Compared to before treatment, blood levels of the highly toxic substances PCBs and Beta-HCH were reduced by 46 percent and 58 percent respectively. Without this detoxification program, the expected drop in PCB and Beta-HCH over a two-month period is only a fraction of one percent.
No previous method has been scientifically verified to reduce levels of these fat-soluble toxins in the human body without causing negative side effects. Normally these fat-soluble substances remain in the body for many years. It is quite striking that fifty percent or more can be removed from the blood in just five days of treatment.
There are two categories of toxins found in the human body: water-soluble and fat-soluble, stored in water-based and fatty tissues respectively. Most of the chemicals that have been linked with cancer and other serious disorders are fat-soluble toxins, such as PCBs, PBDEs and numerous pesticides. Non-Ayurvedic detoxification approaches such as steam baths, saunas, aerobic exercise, and other activities can reduce water-soluble toxins substantially through perspiration and drinking large amounts of water.
Unfortunately, these strategies do little to remove the fat-soluble toxins that are sequestered in adipose tissues throughout the body and have been associated with a wide range of health problems from reproductive disorders to several types of cancer, including breast cancer.
The Maharishi Rejuvenation Therapy™ program, on the other hand, can remove both types of toxins and appears to be especially effective in removing fat-soluble ones that are otherwise very difficult to eliminate.
The MRT program uses a variety of non-toxic, lipophilic (fat-dissolving) materials, such as clarified butter in the purification diet, and herbalized sesame oil applied externally through massages and oil bath treatments. The Ayurvedic texts describe that these traditional methods sequentially loosen and remove lipid-soluble toxicants from their deposited sites and stimulate their excretion.
Great care must be taken with all types of detoxification. Any procedure that is able to loosen toxins from the fat tissues must also be able to safely eliminate these chemicals from the bloodstream and body. It is possible to cause harm to yourself if the detoxification is not done properly. For instance, some people fast for extended periods to reduce toxins in their body. However, as they reduce their adipose tissue through fasting, they also push the fat-soluble toxins into the blood stream, which can cause damage to various organs. That is why the Maharishi Rejuvenation Therapy™ program has distinctive steps for removing the toxicants from the blood stream.
No harmful side effects have been reported in over two decades of use of the Maharishi Rejuvenation Therapy™ detoxification procedure in the U.S., while beneficial health outcomes are commonly reported. The materials used in the detoxification procedure, such as sesame oil and herbs, are recognized as food and are considered safe, biocompatible substances. Because the body is naturally in the mode of eliminating toxins in the spring, this is the optimal time to detoxify, supporting the body’s own cycle of cleansing and renewal
Banned PCBs and Agrochemicals in Blood Reduced 50 Percent By Centuries Old Detoxification Procedure
Study shows toxic occupational and agricultural chemicals that are stored in the body--and known to cause disease--can be significantly reduced by an Ayurvedic detoxification procedure, according to a report released today.
The study, published in the Sept./Oct. 2002 issue of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, found that a centuries-old purification procedure derived from the Ayurvedic medical system of India reduced several fat-soluble toxicants by about 50 percent.
"This is the first published study on humans to demonstrate that a specific detoxification regimen can significantly reduce levels of lipophilic toxicants in the blood that are known to be associated with disease," says Robert Herron, Ph.D., lead author of the study and Director of Research at the Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa.
Cross-sectional and Longitudinal Comparisons
The study consisted of two parts: a cross-sectional comparison and a longitudinal pre- and post-treatment. Eighty-eight subjects, age 45 years and older, participated in the cross-sectional study: 48 had previously undergone the detoxification procedure an average of 18 times and 40 had not.
Blood samples from both groups were sent to the Analytical Laboratory in the Department of Environ-mental Health at Colorado State University that was blind to the treatment status of the subjects.
PCB's and Pesticides Found in Blood Samples
Blood samples from both cross-sectional groups were assayed for 17 lipophilic toxicants, including 9 polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) congeners and 8 pesticides and metabolites, such as DDE, a by-product of DDT. The specific PCBs and pesticides that were studied either had been previously linked to major health problems or have been of high concern for their potential toxicity.
The results showed blood levels of PCBs and several pesticides were significantly lower in the detoxification group than in the controls.
Blood Toxicants Reduced by Ayurvedic Purification Procedure
Herron says that lipophilic toxicants are generally considered to be among the most problematic environmental contaminants and many of them have been banned in the U.S. for decades. Because of their fat-soluble nature and their long half-lives, they tend to accumulate in plants and animals and bio-magnify up the food chain, increasing in humans with age.
Previous studies show that these toxicants have been associated with hormone disruption, immune system suppression, reproductive disorders, several types of cancer, and other diseases.
Lipophil-mediated Detoxification Procedure
In the longitudinal study, blood samples from 15 subjects who participated in the Maharishi Vedic Approach to Health (MVAH) Ayurvedic detoxification procedure were assayed, pre- and post-treatment, by CSU's Analytical Laboratory.
Ayurveda dates back thousands of years in India and is recognized by the World Health Organization as a complete system of natural medicine. However, due to several foreign invasions over the centuries, it has been slowly, but substantially altered. Starting in 1984, Ayurveda was restored and standardized in accordance with the classical texts of India under the direction of a leading Vedic scholar, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of Maharishi University of Management and world-renowned for introducing the Transcendental Meditation® technique.
Striking Reductions in PCBs and Beta-HCH Levels
The results of the two-month longitudinal study showed that PCBs and Beta-HCH levels were reduced by 46 percent and 58 percent respectively in the MVAH detoxification group. Without this intervention, the expected drop in PCBs and Beta-HCH over two months would be only a fraction of one percent.
Previously, no method had been scientifically verified to reduce levels of these lipid-soluble toxicants in the human body without causing negative side effects. How Lipophil-mediated Detoxification May Work Lipophilic toxicants are stored in lipids, or fats, in the body, and are fat-soluble in nature.
Several modalities in the Maharishi Vedic Approach to Health detoxification procedure use non-toxic, lipophilic materials, such as clarified butter in the oleation phase and herbalized sesame oil in the massage and enema treatments. These traditional methods are believed to sequentially loosen and remove lipid soluble toxicants from their deposited sites and stimulate their excretion.
"Our findings were quite striking, given that the half-lives of these toxicants are all several years in duration, and that this comprehensive detoxification procedure removed them in just a few days." says Herron.
PCBs and Pesticide Levels Still High
Herron says an alarming finding of the study was that PCB and DDE levels appear to be unexpectedly high in the general population, and may actually be increasing. "These toxicants were banned decades ago and were assumed to be declining to negligible levels in the U.S. population.
Our findings, however, suggest that they are still entering the food chain and appear to be increasing in humans. One possible explanation is that produce imported to the U.S. from Mexico and Latin America may contain banned toxicants since these hazardous chemicals are still widely used for agriculture in those countries," says Herron.
RE: Evaluation of a Lipophil-mediated Ayurvedic Detoxification Procedure
Herron RE, Fagan JB. Lipophil-mediated reduction of toxicants in humans: An evaluation
of an Ayurvedic detoxification procedure. Alternative Therapies 2002;8:40-50.
Traditionally, detoxification is understood as preventing disease and improving health by
removing toxicants (toxic agents) that have accumulated through diet, harmful behavior, and
environmental exposure. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has numerous
published detoxification methods; however, there is little scientific research on the efficacy
of these procedures. Lipophilic toxicants are the most problematic environmental
contaminant. They accumulate in plants and animals and biomagnify up the food chain.
They can be found in high levels in the food humans eat. Chronic exposure and
accumulation can cause adverse health effects and an increase in morbidity and mortality.
Methods for reducing body burdens of these toxicants would be a powerful complementary
approach to reducing toxicant-related health risks. The goal of this article was to evaluate a
lipophil-mediated Ayurvedic detoxification procedure.
Men (45) and women (40) living in southeastern Iowa participated in the study. The first
part of the study was called the cross-sectional study group. Blood samples were drawn 6-8
weeks after detoxification to compare 48 subjects (30 men; 18 women; mean age 48.21
years) who had undergone a detoxification procedure in the past and 40 (18 men; 28
women; mean age 53.25 years) who had not. The subjects who had undergone
detoxification procedures had done so an average of 18 times. The second assessment was
called the prospective longitudinal study group. Blood samples of 15 subjects were drawn
before and 6 to 8 weeks after detoxification treatment and compared.
The detoxification intervention consisted of three phases. Phase 1: Over 4-7 days the
subjects ingested increasing doses of warm liquid clarified butter (ghee) early in the
morning before eating. They also adopted a diet of no fats, oils, meats, or cheeses. On the
last day, they consumed castor oil and/or Triphala (a preparation of amalaki fruit [Emblica
officinalis], bibhitaki fruit [Terminalia bellerica], and haritaki fruit [Terminalia chebula]),
which caused the subjects to purge. A one-week rest period before phase 2 followed. Phase
2: Trained personnel massaged the body for 45-60 minutes. Then either a stream of herbal
oil was poured over the subject's forehead, an herbal steam bath was given, or nasal
administration of herbal oils was administered, depending upon the body type, season, age,
or physiological condition. Phase 3: Subjects continued whole body message at home for
10-15 minutes with warm sesame oil before bathing. Compliance was not monitored. The
hypothesis is that the nontoxic lipophilic butter moves lipid-soluble toxicants from their
sites of deposit into the bloodstream and finally into the digestive tract where they are
In the cross-sectional study, blood analysis showed that polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB)
levels (a lipophilic toxicant) were significantly lower in the detoxification group than in the
control group (P=.045). The authors state that significant differences in other toxicants
would have been evident if there were 180 or more subjects in each group and if those
subjects exhibited similar results as to the subjects in the study. The prospective,
longitudinal study showed that the lipophil-mediated detoxification procedure resulted in
significant reductions in PCBs (P<.02) and the toxicant b-HCH (P<.005).
The authors conclude that both studies provide clear evidence that lipophil-mediated
detoxification procedure can significantly reduce the body burden of lipid-soluble toxicants.
However on closer inspection, the results of the cross-sectional study are not very
convincing. The authors conclude that the results of this study are encouraging and should
be followed up with a large, randomized clinical trial.
And, reported in theTownsend letter for Doctors & Patients, November, 2002