Toxic load is the cumulative effect of the pesticides, hydrogenated fats, sunscreens & mosquito repellents, deodorants, toothpastes, and any chemicals not readily processed & expelled.”
We hear the word “toxic” used to describe everything from chemical waste and household mold to toxic relationships with toxic people. Toxic means “poisonous” with the potential for harm or even death. Just Google “oil spills in the United States” and you will be surprised at the year by year results. Many of them are NOT reported in the news and people don’t realize their toxic effects. The sun and heat on crude oil emits benzene as well as a plethora of other hydrocarbons.
Before we think we are safe because we don’t live near an oil or chemical spill, a recent study shows arctic birds are laden with chemical toxins. Who lives in a more pristine area than an arctic bird? Scientists are measuring the excrement of arctic birds and finding heavy metals and chemicals in their waste.
Let’s be truthful, there are toxins in the air from industry and pollutants invading us from all kinds of manufactured products. But rather than getting depressed, let’s consider TOXINS and what we can do. All of us carry a toxic load. Our toxic load is the cumulative effect of the tainted environment we live in, pesticides we eat in our food, hydrogenated fats we get from fast food restaurants, sunscreens and mosquito repellents we apply to our skin, our deodorants and toothpastes or any chemicals that our body is not able to readily process and expel.
The body stores toxins to protect us and then breaks them down as fast as possible. Usually it takes several steps to break down the fat soluble toxins because the body must attach a water soluble handle to it so it may be expelled without doing more harm to the cells and organs on the way out of the body. Two factors slow the process. One is that it takes certain co-factors to break down the toxins. If those co-factors which we need in tiny amounts are not present, the body will have to find another way to either break it down or store it until the necessary ingredients are available.
The second reason is that the toxins are coming in so fast that the body can’t break them down safely. Again in the best interest of your health the body stores them until the right environment and materials are available to dismantle them. So the term “total toxic load” refers to all the toxins your body in its wisdom has stored until such a time that it can dispose of them.
Remember, your body is working in your best interest and wants to clean house and function at top speed. Here’s the important point: we all have a “total toxic load.” As the toxic load increases so do the symptoms our body displays to signal that an overload is occurring and major changes are necessary. Stuff is breaking down. So let’s say our toxic load is 40%, due to our lifestyle and diet. Next, we breathe indoor air all winter long, our house has some mold or cat hair, maybe it goes to 60%, no big deal. We consume wheat or dairy or another food that we are mildly sensitive to. Our load goes up to 80% but now it is spring and this year the pollen is excessively high. Suddenly our toxic load rises to 90% and we experience symptoms.
So what does that mean? “Symptoms that we call headaches, brain fog, allergic reactions, fatigue, or even painful inflammation may be our body trying to unload some of its toxic load.”
From a naturopathic perspective, if we lower the entire toxic load by eating cleaner food, cutting out the dairy and gluten, get an air purifier or whatever we need to get rid of the mold, we can now go outside without experiencing what we would call seasonal allergies.
There are several strategies to lower your toxic load. You can start by eating a cleaner source of food, drinking purified water and consulting with your wellness clinician about antioxidants, alkalizing nutrients, multi vitamin/mineral support, essential fatty acids and probiotics. Dr. Godo recommends Pro-Multi Plus (athletic multi-vitamin/mineral with high b-complex), Bio-D Mulsion Forte (vitamin D liquid), and Optimal EFAs (essential fatty acids combination) for patients as the basic regimen to health and consistent detoxification. Ask Dr. Godo about the different types of detox programs and find the right one for your schedule and budget.
I’m always amazed at how many conditions disappear after lowering someone’s toxic load with a good detox. Everyone, anywhere will get toxins. It’s inevitable. Even the arctic birds do. So if you want optimal health, ask your clinician about lowering your “total toxic load.”
Dr. Jason Godo, DC
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