Detoxification – A Functional Medicine Perspective
While the concept of toxin-accumulation in the body and its connection to various health problems has long been a fundamental tenet of traditional healthcare systems around the world, recent research has uncovered more about how toxins affect living organisms (including us!), and where the toxins originate. We also have an increased understanding of the ability to detoxify (or biotransform) and excrete toxic substances, which is of critical importance to overall health.
There is persuasive evidence that even low-level toxic exposures contribute to the development of a variety of chronic health conditions, including fatigue, hormonal and glandular disruption, and chronic degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s. Understanding toxicity and taking practical steps to improve the detoxification process are essential to any integrative approach to health and well-being.
With the pervasive nature of chemicals in our environment, the “single exposure” model of toxicology is clearly the exception rather than the rule. Any treatment approach should evaluate both the known single exposures as well as total toxic load to appropriately assess and address each individual’s toxicological situation.
It is ultimately the total body burden of toxic substances that interact synergistically to cause physiological dysfunction and bring about chronic diseases in some individuals. Who will be impacted is largely defined by our highly variable and individual abilities to detoxify and eliminate toxins.
I look forward to working with you to identify areas of toxic stress that are impacting your health, and together we can develop a treatment plan to facilitate a nutritionally-based, safe detox treatment plan for you. This will lead to improved health and overall well-being.