How to Detoxify Your Body
By Lyn Hanshew, M.D.
The pollution of our planet is intrinsically linked with the escalation of disease incidence and deterioration of our health. The silent killers of the 21st century are the toxic heavy metals and chemicals that accumulate in our bodies over our lifetime.
"For each equivalent of stored toxins there is an equal amount of pathogenic microorganisms in the body. Thus, the importance of both treating infection and detoxifying simultaneously as part of a well-planned health optimization strategy cannot be overstated." Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, M.D., PhD
Each year the U.S. alone releases a staggering 4 billion pounds of these toxins into our environment contaminating the air, water, soil, plants, animals, and, of course, humans. Mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, insecticides, dioxins, furans, phthalates, VOCs, and PCBs are just some of the foreign substances that have created an excessive toxic body burden of harmful chemicals. Most of us have between 400-800 potentially toxic, carcinogenic, endocrine-disrupting, and gene-damaging chemicals stored within our cells
Is the Cancer Epidemic Related to Toxins? According to the Columbia University School of Public Health, 95 percent of cancer is caused by poor diet and environmental toxicity. And it's not just cancer. The systems most affected by these toxic compounds include the immune, neurological, and endocrine systems. The deleterious effects of toxins upon these systems can lead to many chronic health problems including: immune dysfunction, autoimmunity, inflammation, asthma, allergies, cognitive deficits, mood changes, neurological illnesses, and changes in libido, reproductive dysfunction, hyperlipidemia and glucose dysregulation.
Of all the toxins, mercury is the most destructive to the neurological, immune and endocrine systems. It is a deadly mutagen causing DNA damage. Mercury contributes to or causes illnesses including autism, autoimmune diseases, Alzheimer's disease, cancers, heart disease, endocrine problems, and neurological and behavioral disorders.
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) lists mercury at number three on the hazardous metal list.1 Despite this glaring truth many uninformed doctors and dentists continue to assure the public that the same mercury that is extremely dangerous when spilled on the floor becomes suddenly safe when it is used in the mouth as part of amalgam dental fillings or is used as a "preservative" in multi-dose vials of infant vaccines. Mercury typically makes up about 50% of a dental amalgam according to NEWMOA.2, 3 The FDA in June of 2008 did finally admit that mercury amalgam is neurotoxic however they still deny the neurotoxic and immunotoxicity of the thimerosal contained within infant vaccines.
The problem with toxins such as mercury and lead is that once they enter the body, they are difficult to remove. Toxic accumulation quickly overwhelms the body's detoxification pathways and can ultimately result in severe symptoms or a chronic, debilitating illness. The alarming fact is that there are simply no safe levels of exposure to any of these toxic contaminants.
Toxic Heavy Metals and Infections
Researchers at the Heart Disease Foundation in New York found that antibiotics used to treat infection were not effective in the presence of heavy metals such as mercury and lead. These toxic heavy metals coexisted with infections caused by Chlamydia trachomatis and Herpes simplex, as well as with cytomegalovirus and other microorganisms, including viruses associated with cancer. 4
Overwhelming evidence that toxic heavy metals cause the development of chronic illness is now widely available in scientific literature. 5 ,6 ,7 And yet the study of toxic metals and their relationship to chronic illness has been and is still largely overlooked in the training of mainstream health care practitioners. Effective, concomitant detoxification of pathogens and toxins can provide the answers and successful treatment to many illnesses plaguing people today.
Solving the Toxicity Puzzle
A respected pioneer in the field of heavy metal detoxification, Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, M.D., PhD has determined that there is a direct correlation between stored toxins and infectious pathogens. He states that "for each equivalent of stored toxins there is an equal amount of pathogenic microorganisms in the body." The presence of stored toxins causes immune system deficiency that supports the growth of pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites.
The term Toxic Body Burden (TBB) is now being used in reference to toxic heavy metals, synthetic chemicals, and pathogens that enter and accumulate in the body. Retaining and restoring vibrant health requires an effective two-pronged approach that can detoxify toxic substances while simultaneously eliminating infectious microorganisms.
Zeolite - Removes Toxins Naturally
Natural zeolites are a class of crystalline, hydrated alluminosilicates of alkali and alkaline earth cations, having threedimensional structures. Most common natural zeolites are formed by alteration of glass-rich volcanic rocks (tuff) with fresh water in playa lakes or by seawater.8 For thousands of years, civilizations throughout the world have used zeolites as a traditional medicine. Zeolites are now used extensively in various industrial applications based on their properties to act as catalysts, ion exchangers, adsorbents, and detergent builders. The specific species of zeolite that has the most important health benefits is Clinoptilolite. Clinoptilolite is so effective in binding toxins that it was given to victims of the Chernobyl explosion to ingest in order to bind the radioactive isotopes that were released and thus reduce radiation levels in their bodies. What makes Clinoptilolite so unique is its negatively charged, cage-like, honeycombed structure. When ingested, this natural mineral attracts and irreversibly binds toxic heavy metals, chemical elements, and free radicals and is then excreted through the urinary tract. This process is called Chelation. One of the most significant benefits of Clinoptilolite over other chelating agents is its affinity schedule for toxic heavy metals. Clinoptilolite binds with mercury first and lead second, moving on to additional positively-charged toxic heavy metals and chemical toxins which may include pesticides, herbicides, plastics, and even radioactive particles without removing precious nutrients such as calcium and magnesium. However, Clinoptilolite goes far beyond the critical job of removing damaging toxins. Research has shown that it has many other vital actions in the body. Clinoptilolite removes free radicals. Unlike classic antioxidants, Clinoptilolite does not neutralize free radicals by donating an electron to stabilize them. Instead, its structure captures free radicals. Once trapped inside the cage, the inactivated free radical can then safely be eliminated from the body.
Clinoptilolite has broad-spectrum antiviral properties: first, by attracting and binding viral sub-particles, thereby interfering with viral replication and eliminating them from the body and second, by inhibiting viral proliferation via immune modulation of T cells.
Clinoptilolite helps maintain proper pH by removing acidic ions and chemicals which then promotes optimal metabolic and immune functions.
Clinoptilolite may help to eliminate carcinogenic toxins from the body, especially a category of carcinogens called nitrosamines. The most common sources for these nitrates include processed meats, cigarettes, and beer which are linked to pancreatic, stomach, and colon cancers.
Clinoptilolite treats diarrhea, promotes healthy digestion and encourages nutrient absorption. Clinoptilolite's ability to capture ammonium ions during digestion promotes a healthier and less toxic digestive system.
A Silver Lining against Pathogens
What did doctors prescribe before the advent of antibiotics to combat infections? The medical profession used colloidal silver. In 1914 the medical journal Lancet reported phenomenal results from silver use stating it to be absolutely harmless, non-toxic to humans, and highly germicidal. In 1929 over 5 million prescriptions for silver-based products were issued in the United States alone. In fact, colloidal silver has proven itself useful against all species of fungi, parasites, bacteria, protozoa, and viruses.
For centuries dating back to Hippocrates, silver's healing properties for both external and internal use for a variety of medical conditions was widely known. Properly formulated colloidal silver is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, one of the most powerful, yet totally safe, antibiotics known to man. With antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria increasing at an alarming rate, efficacious and advanced forms of colloidal silver are once again offering safe solutions with no risk of developing resistance.
21st Century Detoxification
To effectively reduce Toxic Body Burden of harmful toxins and infections, Results RNA® has created Total Body Detox® composed of two revolutionary Intra-oral spray formulas, Advanced Cellular Zeolite (ACZ) nano® and Advanced Cellular Silver (ACS) 200®. With very impressive research results, these two products deserve specific mention.
Advanced Cellular Zeolite (ACZ) nano®
ACZ nano® has many significant qualities which make it a superior choice over other detoxification or chelation methods, including other zeolite-based products. In urine challenge studies, ACZ nano® has been independently proven to increase urinary output of mercury, lead and other toxic metals by several thousand percent. It is interesting to note that extremely toxic mercury levels were recorded in the urine of patients while taking ACZ nano® who had undetectable mercury levels in their baseline urine. These significant research results show just how difficult it is for the body to remove mercury and other toxins without an effective chelator present. Urine challenge (pre and post-provocation) studies are the gold standard in measuring the efficacy of any chelating agent.
Traditional chelating agents have significant limitations in safely removing mercury, lead, cadmium and arsenic.
One drawback is that agents such as Ethylenediaminetetraacetic (EDTA) have high affinity for essential nutrient minerals such as calcium and remove them simultaneously with toxins. If not carefully monitored, this removal of calcium can be quite dangerous and bring on rapid muscle weakness and potentially cause heart damage. Also, EDTA has very limited affinity for mercury.
A distinct advantage of submicronized clinoptilolite is its highly selective attraction for toxic heavy metals with no attraction for vital nutrient minerals like calcium, potassium, and selenium. Clinoptilolite's highest affinity is for mercury and lead.
The following affinity schedule of clinoptilolite zeolite for various heavy metal ions is backed by atomic absorption spectroscopy studies. The affinity of clinoptilolite for toxic heavy metals is based upon their relative size, shape and density, and concentration gradient. Notice mercury is highest in preference of attraction.
ACZ nano® safely removes Mercury, Lead, Tin, Cadmium, Arsenic, Aluminum, Antimony, Nickel and all other toxic heavy metals as documented by urine pre and post-challenge tests.
Another issue with acid-based chelators such as EDTA, DMSA, and DMPS is the phenomenon known as "pull-and-drop." With a weak bond, these chelating agents can pull out a toxin such as mercury from the tissues and then drop the mercury into the bloodstream where it can redeposit in the brain or other vital organs. If this happens the patient's condition is likely to worsen. With ACZ nano® toxins are tightly and irreversibly bound within the zeolite cage and safely eliminated though the urinary tract from the body within hours.
The strength of the clinoptilolite bond is based upon:
The toxin's charge density
The toxin's average molecular size
A phenomenon known as "molecular adaptive-fit".
As you can see, mercury molecules fit tightly while potassium and calcium do not.
Another quality which makes ACZ nano® such an effective chelating agent is a proprietary nano-technology which provides a significantly greater number of nanomized clinoptilolite crystals per dose. This results in an exponentially greater clinoptilolite surface area providing far more attraction and elimination of toxins than other chelation products.
Independent studies show just how powerful ACS 200® is, achieving complete kill against Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Candida and Rhinovirus in less than 3 minutes.
Proven Research and Performance
The performance of ACZ nano® has been well-documented and is being used by thousands of practitioners worldwide as the preferred replacement for nutrientrobbing forms of chelation. Pre and postprovocation clinical studies can be viewed at www.resultsrna.com/research
Advanced Cellular Silver (ACS) 200®
There are a multitude of "silver" products on the market today but how many are truly safe and truly effective? ACS 200® represents a major advancement in medical-use silver technology and excels in both categories, demonstrating a much broader pathogen kill spectrum than traditional prescription antibiotics, antifungal, or antiviral preparations. Far more advanced in both safety and efficacy than traditional colloidal silver, ACS 200® is a 200 PPM (parts per million) cellular silver that has been proven capable of rapidly killing an enormous array of disease-causing organisms; literally oxidizing the cell wall of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria as well as destroying viruses, fungi, parasites and spirochetes.
How safe is this product? An FDA protocol acute oral toxicity study was conducted by Pacific BioLabs in Hercules, CA. Using mega doses of ACS 200®, there were no toxic signs observed throughout the study. Results like this are unheard of when testing the LD50 of traditional antibiotics. Considering the power this formula provides in eliminating pathogens, the safety factor is truly remarkable.
How does this unique silver formulation work? Many forms of bacteria, viruses and fungi utilize a specific enzyme for their metabolism. ACS 200® effectively disables the enzyme that is necessary for these organisms to stay alive and is lethal to all species tested of fungi, bacteria, protozoa and viruses. Unlike prescription antibiotics, ACS 200® does not harm the intestinal micro biota, also known as "normal flora".
Covered by over ten patents to date, the unparalleled safety and efficacy of ACS 200® makes this silver-based antimicrobial the first choice of Health Care Professionals around the world.
Study Shows Yeast Binds Mercury "The following study demonstrates the relationship existing between yeast and mercury, two of the most common pathogen and toxin pairings plaguing people today.
This study was performed by growing Saccharomyces cerevisiae in the presence of Mercuric chloride. Then, the physical and chemical characteristics of the yeast were examined by fractionation procedures and autoradiography.
Experiment and Findings:
Post 15 hour incubation, nearly all the mercury present was in the yeast cells, with almost none left in growth medium.
The major fraction of mercury was bound into the yeast cell walls. Only a small proportion of mercury appeared to be in weakly bound, ion exchange positions.
Yeast cell walls are capable of binding approximately their own weight of mercury." 9
Concomitant Detoxification - The New Maxim in Health
Over eons of evolution, pathogenic microorganisms have learned to inhabit toxic environments within the host in order to survive; and the more toxic (as with mercury toxicity) the better. It is within this extremely toxic environment that immune cells die, allowing pathogenic organisms the unmolested freedom to thrive and colonize. In yet another study, and far beyond the process of simply 'binding' mercury, Candida albicans was shown to convert organomercury to the much more toxic methylated mercury, shown to have greater affinity for fatty tissues, and to be far more difficult to remove from the body.10, 11, 12
The case for the Total Body Detox® protocol is based upon the devastating interrelationships between pathogens and toxins; the destructive sum is truly greater than the whole. The synergy that exists between these seemingly separate entities has profound health implications. It was not too long ago that supplementing nutrition was a new concept, a notion now as common as sunrise. Given the extreme environmental pollution of the current age, uptake and bio-accumulation of toxic elements is appalling. As studies show, chelation of pathogen-bound toxic heavy metals is nearly impossible without destroying the pathogens first. Concomitant detoxification is now imperative to achieve optimal health.
About the Author:
Dr. Hanshew practiced medicine on the eastside of Seattle for 15 years. She is Board-Certified in Family Medicine and Bariatric Medicine. She also has specialized training in Anti-Aging Medicine, Natural Hormone Replacement and Environmental Toxicity issues relating to the exponential rise in the incidence and successful treatment of Autism, Fibromyalgia, ADD, Chronic Fatigue, Multiple Sclerosis, Obesity, Anxiety, Depression and Cancer.
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