Clearing the Body and Brain of Toxins: A Path Back To Wellness
by Pamela Costello MD PC
Hippocrates prophesied 2500 years ago about our modern day bodies’ reaction to an impure environment when he stated “All diseases are crises of purification, of toxic elimination”. What he may not have foreseen, however, was how toxic our planet was to become and how challenged our bodies would be in their attempt to rid themselves of these toxins. As we find ourselves living in an increasingly toxic world, it becomes more challenging to navigate a clear path to wellness. Obstacles on this path include the adverse effects on the nervous system and the body of a deteriorating food supply, the presence of potent, elusive infectious agents, and the increasing burden of toxins and neurotoxins. This toxic burden damages our cells, body tissues, and organ systems, creating imbalances in the body which manifest as acute and chronic illness.
The antidote to these challenges begins with awareness and avoidance of the sources of these toxins. The next step is finding qualified medical guidance, utilizing the diagnostic tools and treatment strategies to identify and safely clear the body and brain of their toxic burden. This process will lead to the correction of the associated imbalances and allow the body to be restored to health. Toxins are defined as those substances that act as poisons to the human body and are acquired from a lifetime of exposure, beginning in utero (in the womb). They facilitate other injurious or foreign agents such as Lyme Disease, viruses, funguses, and bacteria to flourish. The accumulation of these agents leads to inflammation, direct cell and organ damage and, ultimately, illness.
Neurotoxins are poisonous substances with an affinity for the Nervous System, i.e., the brain, spinal cord, and the peripheral nervous system. The most poisonous toxins to the nervous and immune systems include heavy metals such as mercury, lead, and nickel, along with pesticides, herbicides, hydrocarbons, solvents, and plastic compounds.
Exposure of the developing nervous system to such toxins leads to maldevelopment which can result in mental retardation, cerebral palsy, growth, balance, and coordination issues and developmental delays, both micro and macrocephaly, spinal deformities, the autism spectrum, and behavioral and mood disorders.
In the mature, adult brain, exposure to such toxins results in inflammation and neurodegenerative disease. This is seen early on as ‘brain fog’, difficulty focusing or concentrating, excessive fatigue, acute pain syndromes, including headaches, neck and low back pain, neuropathies (pain, numbness, and tingling of the feet and hands), balance and coordination issues, mood disorders, and visual dysfunction. In the later or more chronic stages, these toxic and infectious issues can lead to movement disorders, more severe limb weakness and numbness, (including MS and ALS), dementias, (including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases), chronic, debilitating pain syndromes, mood disorders, and other degenerative disease.
Much of allopathic medicine addresses diagnosis and treatment of illness by symptom suppression. As this approach fails to address the core, toxic, basis of disease, symptom suppression and a suppressive pharmaceutical approach is myopic and one that often has its own toxic consequences and, therefore, is destined to fail.
An effective guide for the path back to wellness, therefore includes the following:
A. Awareness: information is free and available to everyone. The Internet has facilitated this tremendously, and knowledge is power.
B. Avoidance Behaviors: once aware of current and past toxic exposures, modifying one’s diet and lifestyle to minimize further exposure is key.
C. Detoxification and Treatment: identifying and clearing the body and brain of toxins involves accurately establishing one’s own toxic burden, then safely removing the acquired toxins, and correcting associated imbalances.
Every one is entitled to effective, safe healthcare that offers establishing and maintaining maximum health and wellness. If you would like an evaluation to help on your path back to wellness, please contact my office at 505-503-8325.