Detoxification for Health
Detoxification: A Must
for the New Millenium
The chemicals to which
life is asked to make its adjustment are no longer merely the calcium,
silica, copper and all the rest of the minerals washed out of the rocks and
carried in rivers to the sea; they are the synthetic creations of man's
inventive mind, brewed in his laboratories, and having no counterparts in
nature. The new toxins come from our labs in an endless stream; almost 500
annually find their way into actual use in the
Every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals from the moment of conception until death. Allthis has come about because of the sudden rise and prodigious growth of an industry for the production of man-made or synthetic chemicals with insecticidal properties. What sets the new synthetic herbicides apart is their enormous biological potency. They have immense power not merely to poison but to enter into the most vital processes of the body and change them in threatening and often deadly ways. Thus, they destroy the very enzymes whose function is to protect the organism from harm, they block the oxidation processes from which the body receives its energy, they prevent the normal functioning of various organs and they may initiate in certain cells the slow and irreversible change that leads to malignancy.
Yet more and more deadly
chemicals are added to the list each year and new uses are devised so that
contact with these materials has become practically worldwide. The production
of synthetic pesticides in the
Responsible public health officials have pointed out that the biological effects of chemicals are cumulative over long periods of time and that the hazard to the individual may depend on the sum of the exposures received throughout his lifetime. For these very reasons the danger is easily ignored. It is human nature to shrug off what may seem to us a vague threat of future disaster. A wise physician, Dr. Rene Dubos, says, "Men are naturally most impressed by diseases which have obvious manifestations, yet some of their worst enemies creep on them unobtrusively."
And, there is no argument that high levels of lead contribute to serious health problems. Lead can easily enter the system through food, water and air. It is now becoming increasingly evident that lead levels heretofore considered low may be associated with obvious and serious clinical problems. Lead exposure is an important public health issue. Because millions of American children are believed to have elevated blood lead levels, screening programs for childhood lead exposure have been established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 1984, as many as three to four million children were estimated to have blood lead levels greater than 0.72 mmol/L, and even lower levels of lead exposure have been associated with adverse neurophysiologic development. (2)
Needleman and his colleagues (3,4) indicate that low-level lead exposure can result in serious mental and behavioral problems, These effects may manifest in a higher risk of dropping out of high school, reading disability; poorer class standing, increased absenteeism, and lower vocabulary and grammatical reasoning scores. These serious findings are disturbing not only in their social implications but in the permanent neurologic damage they represent.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, among lead's most insidious effects is its poisoning of the developing nervous system, as measured by a decrease in the IQs of kids with even low level lead exposure. For the nation, 81% of the total IQ loss occurred among children with suboptimal lead levels, children who were probably asymptomatic and identifiable only by screening.
It may be possible that the problem is not the need for more schools, teachers, or sophisticated equipment but healthier kids!
There are many other man-made toxins such as alcohol and tobacco, which are recognized as big problems. Traditional medicine has attempted to deal with the alcoholic by referring them for group therapy through Alcoholics Anonymous. For tobacco, our RDAs have been changed to suggest that the smoker needs more vitamin C. However, there are also toxins which have received less interest such as the use of amalgam as a filling material. There are many man-created toxins that time and space will not allow us to focus on here that interfere with the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat.
Since alternative medicine is less toxic than current medications, naturopathic principles should be considered as a possible answer to the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat.
These few examples cited here coupled with other reports (8,9) emphasize the difference between traditional thinking and the new medicine of the millennium.
2. Simon JA, Hudes ES: Relationship of Ascorbic Acid to Blood Lead Levels.JAMA 281:24, 2289-2293, 23/30 June 1999.
3. Needleman HL, Schell A, Bellinger D, Leviton A, Alfred FN: The long-term effects of exposure to low doses of lead in childhood; An 11-year follow-up report. New Engl J Med, 322:2,83-88, 11 January 1990.
4. Needleman HL,
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7. Guillette EA et al: An
Anthropological Approach to the Evaluation of Preschool Children Exposed to
8. Cheraskin E: Another Reason for Change; The Distinct Philosophies of Allopathy and Naturopathy. J Orthomol Med, 1998; 13: 3, 139-140.
9. Cheraskin, E: Are Antibiotics our Best Choice? Intl Integr Med, 1: 3, 36-38, May/June. 1999.
Figure 1. Representative
drawings of a person by 4-year-old Yaqui children from the valley and
Figure 2. Representative
drawings of a person by 5-year-old Yaqui children from the valley and
(Figures 1 and 2 in the original paper shows that preschool-aged children living in unpolluted areas have far more sophisticated drawing skills than similar-aged children living in polluted areas.)
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