Body Out of Balance
Many chronic illnesses, feelings of poor energy, and loss of wellbeing arise from the quiet accumulation of toxins in our bodies. Most of us do not realize what a toxic world we now live in, or how rapidly our toxin exposure increases as technology moves forward. For instance, in 2002 a study was published looking the levels of toxins found in the stools of newborn babies. The shocking results show significant levels of heavy metals including lead, mercury, and cadmium, as well as a number of insecticides including lindane and DDT. A November 2005, a survey by Environmental Defense Group, reviewed blood tests from eleven Canadians from across the country. These individuals reported no symptoms, yet all tested positive for stain repellents and flame retardants found in carpet, drapery and furniture, as well as heavy metals, pesticides and PCBs. It is well known that these toxicants are associated with childhood developmental disorders, cancer, hormone disruption and reproductive and respiratory disorders.
The TILT Phenomenon
The TILT phenomenon "Toxin Induced Loss of Tolerance" helps us understand how toxins affect our health. When our bodies accumulate enough toxins, often in combination with stressful life events, a tilt occurs, and our health then deteriorates rapidly in many ways. Disabilities occur that can become chronic. Removing toxic chemicals, metals, electromagnetic fields and problematic stress, in addition to cell support with proper nutrients, allows recovery of function and improved well being.
Illnesses that can be helped by improved detoxification include:
~ Chronic fatigue
~ Chronic pain syndromes
~ Anxiety and Depression
~ Memory loss and confusion
~ Chronic skin disorders
It all Begins in Our Cells
The basic unit in our body is our cell, and each of us has approximately 40 trillion of them. Each cell in our body needs to eat, drink, breath, create energy, and detoxify itself. Healthy cells build healthy tissues and healthy organ systems. Cell activities are directed by the information in their DNA or "genome". Signals from surrounding tissues, and from our environment, pass through each cell membrane and trigger genes to turn their functions ON and OFF. Presence of mercury, pesticides, electromagnetic fields, inflammation and stress hormones alter the signals to cells, slowing or changing their function. Tissues become unhealthy, immune systems can be over activated, organs function poorly and health declines.
Help is available.
Body in Balance
Chronic illness robs us of our vitality, and prevents us from participating fully in our lives and in our communities. There is excellent hope for recovery. With careful investigation, and using a functional medicine approach, we can assist the body to detoxify itself and return to healthy balance.
There is a lifestyle that leads us away from chronic illness and toward optimum health. Some toxins come from without and others are generated from within. Your practitioner at Cline Medical Centre will do a careful assessment of your lifestyle to identify potential toxin exposures in your home and work environment, your hobbies, your habits, and your foods . A thorough health history from birth helps us to identify causes of the TILT in your health; and a careful physical examination identifies physical signs of past and present toxin exposures.
Toxic triggers :
~ Chronic inflammation
~ Chronic infection
~ Food Allergies
~ Mold exposure
~ Heavy Metal Exposures
~ Chemical toxin exposures
~ Electromagnetic field sensitivity
~ Toxic relationships
~ Genetic difficulties with detoxification
~ Nutritional deficiencies causing poor detoxification
Functional Medicine utilizes the most effective research tested modalities from around the world as tools in the healing process. To maximize your body's ability to detoxify itself, the following strategies and modalities are available:
~ Detoxification diet
~ Anti inflammatory Lifestyle coaching
~ Genomic Evaluation
~ Heavy metal testing
~ Chelation therapy to remove heavy metals
~ Ondamed Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Technology
~ HeartMath BioFeedback system for stress relief
~ Prescription of detox medical foods and nutrients
~ Functional medicine testing to identify chronic infection and food allergies
In summary, as we go through life it is important to maintain a positive balance so that our cells, tissues, and organs will function properly. If we pay attention to good nutrition, exercise, and positive emotions, and if we avoid toxic exposure and maximize our innate detoxification systems, then we will maximize our health and wellbeing.