An Introduction to Detoxification by:Michael Guthrie, R. Ph.
Cancer cells produce a large
number of toxins that inhibit the immune response, damage tissues and cause
weight loss and other complications. Thus, a spreading cancer becomes more and
more difficult to control because of an increased toxin load. There are safe,
and effective ways of reducing the toxin load on the body.
Detoxification is an important aspect of cancer protocols, and is often
a neglected part of optimizing treatment and clinical results. We live in a
toxic world with air and water pollution, food and medication additives derived
from petroleum and coal tars and other carcinogenic (cancer producing) sources.
Drinking water sources when tested may show elevated levels of TCE, PCB,
chloramines, dioxin and other carcinogenic substances. Even our supplemental
vitamins, nutraceuticals and pharmaceutical drugs are often synthesized from
sources such as genetically engineered corn, sugar or soy. These sources of raw
materials are often cheaper than less allergenic sources and corn allergies
constitute one of the most common food allergens in the US. Traces of allergens
may cause down regulation of our immune system or a sidetracking of our bodies
immune system with a consequential less than optimum immune system to fight
cancer and opportunistic diseases and organisms. Cosmetics, food with
hydrogenated vegetable oils, pesticides, flea collars, decaffeinated coffee
and a host of other daily-encountered substances are carcinogenic!
detoxification of the body, we can optimize the well being of our healthy cells
including our immune system. Everyone has some levels of mutated cells produced
daily, however our immune system keeps these abnormal cells in check. Cancer
cells and cancer-associated viruses are more likely to mutate and adapt to toxic
environments than healthy cells. Indeed, cancer is induced in laboratory animals
by giving the animals toxic substances which cause cancer by mutating normal
cells to survive the toxin. Toxins in our body can accumulate in the
subcutaneous fat layer under our skin and in the liver. The liver is the largest
immune organ in our body and is a source of Kupffer’s cells. These cells filter
and destroy foreign bacteria, fungus, viruses, mycoplasma and cancerous cells.
Since the liver is our body’s major waste disposal system and largest immune
organ, it is important to enhance liver function, reduce excessive stress and
detoxify this major organ.
By detoxification of the body, we enhance our
clinical approach to cancer. It is also important to restore nutrients necessary
for optimum utilization of healthy cells and immune system. Many traditional
approaches to treatment of a serious disease can cause depletion of these
essential nutrients. By utilizing detoxification and restoration of necessary
levels of nutrients, clinical approaches are integrated and optimized for
enhanced healing and well-being. Detoxification is accomplished through various
supplements as well as via far-infrared saunas.