How Toxins Affect the Body
Are you experiencing bouts of diarrhea alternating with constipation, sometimes diagnosed as Irritable Bowel Syndrome? Do you get stress headaches or headaches for no reason at all? Do your joints ache some days and not others? Are you more tired than you think you should be? Are your sinuses very stuffy every morning and/or do you experience a constant post-nasal drip? Do you have adult-onset allergies? Are you plagued with skin rashes and irritations that come and go? Do you take pain relievers and over-the-counter medications? Have you been diagnosed with a condition you are told is incurable and that you will just have to learn to live with it?
All of these and more are, to a greater or lesser degree, related to toxic accumulation in the body. Even if the toxic accumulation is not the cause of the problem, it is at least an exacerbating factor (i.e. it worsens the condition). You could continue to mask the symptoms with medication, which, of course, would insure a continued rise in the toxic accumulation, or you could choose to detoxify your body and have a much better chance of living healthier. Often people do not even realize how unhealthy they have become over the years until they regain a more youthful health.
Homeostasis is the ability of the body to maintain balance. In so doing, there is a flux and flow of chemical reactions within every cell of every living organism. Cells make up each organ and tissue in the body and are the basic functioning unit of that organ or tissue. The human body has approximately 250,000 billion cells with approximately 35,000 chemical reactions taking place per second within each of these cells. Many of these chemical reactions are involved in the healing and repair.
Toxins disturb the natural flux and flow of homeostasis. The body's immune system must defend against these toxins. The battle waged by the immune system between toxins and homeostasis is expressed as disease. A strong immune system quickly identifies the enemy and works to destroy it, hence causing fast and possibly more severe symptoms that quickly abate. A weakened, worn out, overloaded immune system is slow to respond to the toxic invasion, or does not respond at all, and thereby does not cause much, if any, symptomatology. How many times have you known or heard of someone who was "so healthy" and who "never got sick", but ate very poorly and maybe even smoked cigarettes, that suddenly died of cancer "with no warning" at a relatively young age? What happened? Let us examine the body's normal, physiologically programmed methods of maintaining homeostasis, the key to health.
Reckeweg in Homotoxicology, Illness, and Healing through Anti-homotoxic Therapy has outlined six phases of disease. Depending upon the severity and quantity of the toxin, the body will pass more rapidly or slowly through these phases. These phases in order are Excretion, Reaction, Deposition, Impregnation, Degeneration, and Neoplasm. In the first three phases, the cell remains intact and in control and essentially is winning the battle against the toxin. The body's natural ability to heal is not so impaired.
In the last three phases, the toxin has entered the cell causing internal damage and, hence, destruction to the organ or tissue involved. The ability of the body to heal itself is greatly impaired due to terrific interference of the homeostatic chemical reactions within the cell. This is the beginning of organ and tissue deterioration with the result as cancer. In the first three phases, the outcome is more hopeful. In the last three phases, the outcome is more uncertain.
Here is how it happens. A toxin enters the body. The immune system's first defense is to excrete, or expel, the toxin. This is accomplished through perspiration, saliva, urine, feces, menstruation, earwax, sinuses and nose, and the eyes. In fact, often when a person has "a cold", they are actually detoxifying and draining out some toxin. That toxin may be a virus or another live organism, or it may be some chemical the person got a dose of without even knowing.
If that toxin gets past this first line of defense due to the strength of the toxin, either the high quantity of the toxin, or the weakness of that immune system, the body's second line of defense is stimulated into action. Now inflammation sets in. This is when the person is diagnosed with some kind of "itis" which simply means "inflammation of." For example, tonsillitis is inflammation of the tonsils, colitis is inflammation of the colon, and dermatitis is inflammation of the derma or the skin, and so on.
If the immune system still cannot handle the toxin, the body will create storage spaces outside of the cell in which to put the toxin. In this manner, the body does not allow the toxin inside the cell where it could do irreparable damage. These spaces also act as holding tanks so the body can deal with the toxic invasion a little at a time. Examples are cysts, swellings, engorged fat cells, and benign tumors.
Typical diagnoses are colon polyps, ovarian cysts, fibroid tumors, lipomas, and obesity to name a few. Up to this point, the body has kept its organs and tissues safe. Beyond this point is where real trouble occurs. If the toxin is allowed to enter the cell, it may do irreparable damage to the chemical reactions that take place in that cell and that allow the cell to do its job. It may also do damage to the DNA of the cell, the replicating factor of the cell, which leads to the creation of sick, malfunctioning organs. Examples are liver cirrhosis, heart attacks, impotence, Crohn's Disease (this is a wearing away of the lining if the intestines), Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Diseases, etc.
If these sick cells continue to replicate with no reversal of the situation, the likelihood of these cells turning cancerous is great. Therefore, the end stage of a toxic invasion gone unhandled by the immune system could be cancer.
The use of medical drugs to handle the symptoms of disease up until the toxin invades the cell, only serves to weaken the immune system's ability to handle the toxin, and, in effect, pushes the toxin deeper into the organ/tissue. Remember, symptoms are the expression of immune system function. When the symptom goes away with the use of a chemical drug, is the illness cured or has it just gone deeper into the body only to rear it is ugly head some time later?
Organs and Their Functions
I. Kidneys and Lymphatics
The kidneys are the main organs that function to filter waste from the blood. They are very dependent upon proper mineral balance to do so. The most important and abundant mineral in the body is calcium. This is because 90% of all chemical reactions depend on calcium as a catalyst (the thing that causes the reaction to go). The lymphatics are a vast network of vessels, much like blood vessels, that run throughout the body and surround the organs. These vessels carry the "dirty dishwater" of the body to a major blood vessel which then is filtered via the kidneys.
Overloaded kidneys and lymphatics cause a backup of toxic waste to the tissues and organs.
II. Large Intestine (Colon)
This is where the body consolidates waste from food. Whatever has not been digested by the stomach and small intestine, and then absorbed by the small intestine into the bloodstream, passes into the large intestine for consolidation and removal.
Overload and backup here causes an impaction of waste in the colon, which can further backup into the small intestine compromising absorption of food.
The liver is responsible for over 500 functions in the body including fat metabolism, hormone breakdown and deactivation, sugar storage and conversion factors, and blood coagulation factors to name a few. One of its main functions is removing poisons from the body. It dumps those poisons directly into the intestines to be eliminated by the colon. Some symptoms of liver overload are unexplained fatigue, poor appetite, bruising, swelling of the legs, headaches, hormone imbalances such as PMS and difficulty with menopause, digestive problems, sensitivities to chemicals, and an inability to tolerate medications.
Once the body is purified, the organs and tissues will begin repairing any damage that had been done. This requires plenty of raw materials in the form of high quality protein, essential fats, and whole carbohydrates. A diet of whole, organic foods (no chemicals, hormones, fillers, colorings, etc.) is of extreme importance as to not get the body in the same condition it was prior to it being detoxified.
Every body has its own biochemical individuality, i.e. its own specific needs for foods that it works best with. For example, some bodies need more protein than others do, some need more minerals or even a specific mineral, some need more water. When the body is healthy, you can trust its cravings.
Give the body what it is asking for. An unhealthy body will crave unhealthy things like chocolate, sugar, white bread, etc... This is a clue as to whether or not your body is healthy. What is it craving? Healthy bodies ask for vegetables, water, protein, etc. Unhealthy bodies crave foods that supply quick, easy energy. This is because a healthy body can derive energy from whole food sources whereas an unhealthy body cannot.
Realize that no matter how clean a life we live, our planet is still very toxic. This is why it is very important to control the toxic invasion on our bodies whenever we can. Our bodies are constantly detoxifying and draining. Therefore, when you do a purification program, what you are really doing is handling the backlog of toxins that are clogging the liver, lymphatics, and intestines. Once the backlog is handled, the body repairs and rejuvenates as it continues to detoxify the everyday toxins.
So, the more vigilant one is in keeping toxins out of your life, the better chance you have of living healthfully. Unfortunately, currently, we must take extraordinary means to live an extraordinary life. With heart disease, diabetes, and cancer on the rise, what is extraordinary today is what nature intended to be normal.