About Toxins

A toxin is a substance, which when we breathe it, drink it, eat it, inject it or absorb it through our skin, or when it is generated within the body, may disturb physiology or damage structures within the body.

Endotoxins

Endotoxins are produced in the body/mind. Emotions and memories leave an imprint on organs, glands, and tissues, mediated by biochemical pathways linked to the nervous system and brain.

Endotoxins include:

  • By-products of intestinal bacteria and fungi, imbalanced intestinal flora (dysbiosis). Meat eaters usually produce more harmful intestinal toxins than vegetarians.
  • Bacterial or fungal toxins disseminated from root canals, gum disease or from other sources of infection
  • Intermediary metabolites (lactic acid, pyruvic acid, sulphuric acid, nitric acid, phosphoric acid, uric acid, homocysteine)
  • Hormonal overload (estradiol, C16, C4 estrogens, thyroxine, IGF-1, insulin, cortisol, prolactin, LH etc.)
  • Increased free radicals (lipid peroxides, reactive oxygen intermediates in the liver, etc.)
  • Cellular toxins that are a product of normal cell function
  • Immunoglobulins, immune complexes and circulating immune complexes which may be involved in autoimmune conditions and pain
  • Toxic emotions (excess worry, regret, grief, fear, lust, anger, jealousy, pride, greed, attachment, etc.)
  • Toxic memories (loss, rape, embarrassment, shame, violence, abandonment, guilt, etc.)

Exotoxins

Exotoxins include:

  • Air pollutants (diesel fumes, ground level ozone, carbon dioxide, car exhaust, benzene, radon gas, carbon monoxide, tobacco smoke etc.)
  • Inhalant allergens (animal dander, molds, dust mites, algae, pollens etc.)
  • Xenobiotics (insecticides, herbicides, pesticides, organochlorines, PCBs, dioxins, furans, food additives, food colorings, preservatives, plastics, PVC, bisphenol A, phthalates, solvents, formaldehyde etc.)
  • Brominated fire retardants
  • Cosmetics (artificial fragrances and dyes; sodium laurel sulphate; bismuth; phthalates; methyl, propyl, butyl and ethyl parabens; propylene glycol; stearalkonium chloride, triethanolamine, lead, isopropyl alcohol)
  • Toxic metals (lead, cadmium, mercury, copper, arsenic, aluminum, tin, nickel, etc.)
  • Organic toxins (aflatoxin, ergot toxins, fumosine, penicillium toxins, mycotoxins etc.)
  • Drug toxins (most pharmaceuticals have toxic side effects, especially on the liver, kidneys and heart)
  • Antibiotics (these turn off your white blood cells’ response to clean up dying tissue and bacterial toxins. Residual toxic material can then penetrate inside cells, damaging the nucleus and mitochondria). In contrast, a fever helps to cleans up this debris.
  • Vaccination toxins (commonly contain mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, foreign DNA, large undigested proteins, viral toxins)
  • Vitamin and mineral excesses (vitamin D, A, E, copper, selenium, iodine, sodium, iron etc.)
  • Infections (viral, fungal, bacterial, parasitic etc.)
  • Lifestyle toxins (caffeine, sugar, cooked fats, smoking, alcohol, recreational drugs, broiled meat, etc.)
  • Food sensitivities (gluten, wheat, yeast, dairy, citrus, eggs, pork, nightshades, peanuts, individualized foods)
  • Energetic phenomena (electromagnetic fields, ionizing radiation, geopathic stress, etc.)

Symptoms of Toxicity

  • depending on the level to which toxins have penetrated the body, symptoms may be superficial or deep, and reflect the body’s attempt to eliminate toxins.
  • symptoms of toxicity can include headaches, joint pain, fatigue, irritability, depression, mental confusion, digestive disturbances, cardiovascular irregularities, flu-like symptoms, or allergic reactions such as hives, runny nose, sneezing, and coughing.
  • long standing toxicity leads to serious illness such as autoimmune diseases, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, heart disease and cancer.
  • toxins may generate free radicals, which cause cellular damage and inflammation; combine with and destroy enzymes; stagnate in tissues and interfere with circulation, causing high blood pressure; and thicken the blood, resulting in decreased oxygenation and distribution of nutrients. Toxins can block the transmission of nerve impulses, resulting in psychological disturbances and can interact with hormones, causing glandular imbalance.

Six Phases of Toxicity

Each of the 6 phases below represents a deeper level of toxin retention and thus requires more intensive and lengthy cleansing for reversal of symptoms.

1.The Excretion Phase

  • superficial signs of toxicity may include skin rashes or blemishes, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, fever, perspiration, pus formation, increased urination, diarrhea and vomiting.
  • the body is using a route to the outside to effectively discharge toxins.
  • we excrete toxins through our stools, urine, skin, exhalation, hair, sweat and through phlegm and mucus.
  • women excrete toxins through their menstrual flow, which may be a mechanism that reduces the toxic burden passed on to the fetus
  • after childbirth, women release a hefty amount of fat-soluble toxins into breastmilk, and next to saunas, breastfeeding may be one of the most efficient means to rid ourselves of chemical pollutants stored in our fat, which unfortunately increases the toxic load in our children.
  • if we do not have 3 bowel movements daily; if we do not drink at least 2 liters of water daily so that we can excrete through our kidneys; if we suppress a fever; if we do not practice deep breathing; if we do not exercise and sweat daily; if we suppress menstruation and if we never have a cold to eliminate respiratory toxins, we will store toxins. This begins a journey to ill health.

2. The Reaction Phase

  • when attempts at excretion are suppressed (as in lowering a fever and halting perspiration) or are incomplete, the body may create a local inflammation in an effort to remove residual toxins.
  • symptoms of this inflammatory response may include eczema, shingles, abscesses, ear infection, arthritis, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, appendicitis, pelvic inflammatory disease or cystitis.

3. The Deposition Phase

  • if toxins continue to increase, they will be deposited in specific locations of the body, usually in the spaces around cells known as the interstitial fluid or mesenchyme.
  • the deposition phase may include the formation of warts, polyps, neuromas, gallstones and kidney stones, cellulite, varicose veins, swollen glands, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, breast cysts, edema, atherosclerosis and weight gain.
  • all of these are efforts by the body to isolate and contain toxins so they do not penetrate to the inside of the cell. High cholesterol and hypertension may result. Constipation, overeating, lack of exercise, inefficient perspiration, poor lymphatic circulation and insufficient water will allow toxins to be deposited in the mesenchyme.

4. The Impregnation Phase

  • if efforts are not made to remove toxins from the mesenchyme, the toxins penetrate to the inside of cells, causing free radical damage, the blocking of enzymes and a change in the function of the cell, which may progress to chronic disease.
  • illnesses which occur when toxins have entered the impregnation phase and are affecting cellular regulation include diabetes, asthma, hepatitis, angina, thyroid dysregulation, hormonal imbalances, cervical dysplasia, and other precancerous conditions.

5. The Degeneration Phase

  • in the degeneration stage the cells are increasingly and sometimes irreversibly damaged, with changes in cell structure and enzymes.
  • conditions representative of this phase include liver cirrhosis, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, lupus, multiple sclerosis, tuberculosis, hyperthyroidism, scleroderma, heart attack, arthritis, nephritis of the kidney, infertility and dementia.

6. The Cancer Phase

  • in this final phase the toxins have affected the DNA causing genetic damage and the formation of malignant cells. All cancers fall under this phase.

 

The degeneration and neoplasm phases can sometimes be reversed by using catalysts, trace minerals, vitamins, herbs, vibrational healing, chelation therapy, homeopathic drainage and detoxification therapies to facilitate the removal of toxins from within the cell and from the extracellular fluid. When we practice daily deep breathing, improve lymphatic circulation with exercise, sweat daily, support the liver, have three bowel movements each day and regularly drink two to three liters of water to increase urination, we maximize our capacity to eliminate toxins.