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Toxicity and disease development

Toxicity plays a very important role in the development of diseases.

Intoxication takes many forms and can result from the abuse of substances such as alcohol and drugs.  It can also be totally unconscious through household chemicals, sunscreen, food, air pollution and even drugs.  We are all exposed to varying degrees of toxicity on a daily basis.

The main question is: are we able to eliminate or expel these toxins, also on a daily basis, in order to prevent them from accumulating in our bodies?

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Drinking Good Water

In order for the body’s water balance to be maintained, daily water losses must be replaced by equivalent intakes.  Water intake is related to three sources: drinks, food and water from our metabolism.

What is water balance: physiological phenomenon of hydration in adults, detailing water distribution, water balance and water consumption recommendations. Water, which represents on average 60% of body weight, is the main constituent of the human body. It is essential for life.

Many people drink water without knowing what the criteria for good drinking water are.  The water we put into our bodies must meet certain criteria.

  • It must not contain toxic substances from various forms of pollution.
  • It must also be free of bacteria, coliforms, bacilli, viruses, etc.
  • It must not have a high mineral content (maximum 100 parts per million (ppm)).
  • Must be perfectly limpid and have no particular taste.

If you have any doubts about the quality of your water, I invite you to have a professional analysis done and to take the necessary measures suggested in order to have the best drinking water possible

The Skin

Our body envelope, our skin, is our largest organ.  It protects us from external elements and is also our first line of defense against the toxins that attack us every day.

Because of its function as a primary barrier, the skin provides real protection against the passage of microbes and many substances to the general circulation (blood, lymphatic) but to different degrees depending on the nature of the substance.

At the same time, it is also a sponge and a direct route for the absorption of certain medications. This cutaneous route is frequently used in hormone replacement therapies for women during the phases of the menopause.

The slow release is an advantage when the drug requires a slower or more controlled release. According to the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines’ list of standard terms, the dermal route is a route of administration of medicines through the skin for local action.  Percutaneous diffusion is also more or less irregular or varies according to the age of the person, the thinness of the skin and the site of application, which makes it difficult to determine the precise dosage.

The skin has two important layers, the epidermis, of which the superficial cell layer (the stratum corneum) constitutes the barrier for about 90% of the drugs, and the dermis, where blood and lymphatic vessels circulate.

You must therefore pay attention to the ingredients contained in your cosmetic products (moisturizing creams, etc.) because some of them contain toxic elements such as:

  • BHA.
  • Butylparaben, propylparaben, sodium butylparaben, sodium propylparaben, potassium butylparaben, potassium propylparaben.
  • Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate.
  • Triclosan.
  • Benzophenone-1, benzophenone-3.
  • Cyclopentasiloxane, cyclotetrasiloxane, cyclomethicone.
  • Salicylic acid.
  • Methylpropional butylphenyl.

Agriculture And Pesticides

More than ever we are taking into account the fact that agriculture is, unfortunately in many cases, a sign of pesticide use on fruits and vegetables.  Not only are they used in the fields during harvesting, in warehouses, during transportation and so on.  Some foods are more likely to absorb these pesticides than others depending on their composition.

To properly clean your fruits and vegetables, it is suggested that you use vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda or coarse salt and rinse thoroughly.

Stress Management

Stress can originate from childhood and take its toll much later in life.

CRFs and related substances have also been shown to counteract contractions of the stomach, while increasing the permeability of the intestine, leading to problems with emptying and inflammation.

But their action goes beyond that, and that is not very favourable. As several studies, including those conducted by Bruno Bonaz’s team, have shown, the release of some of these stress hormones into the body causes intestinal disorders.

Intoxication Factors And The Gastro-Intestinal System

The impact of managing each of the above factors directly affects the quality of the impermeability of your intestinal walls.  This means that they are all harmful to your health and that the doorway is our food, etc..  Optimal health inevitably depends on the intestinal health of each unique individual.

Where are Toxins stored In Our Body

Toxins are stored in our adipose tissue, the fat on our body.  It is also stored our organs:  The main ones are the intestine, the liver, the kidneys, the lungs.

Toxins remain in our body until they are expelled through natural channels: exhalation, urine and stool.  Toxins also remain inside our fatty tissue until the cells empty.  Otherwise, if our cells continue to retain these toxins, they will continue to store them and so on.

How Toxins Are Evacuated From Our Body

Ideally, you will eliminate all toxins from your body on a daily basis, this will ensure that no harmful residue will put you at risk of developing a disease.  Unfortunately, this is not the case and you will be storing toxins.

This is where the gastrointestinal system comes into play.  It is this system that will allow you to expel these toxins and ensure that only what is optimal for your health is used as food for your body.

What Is The Relationship Between Toxin And Disease Development?

This section refers to an interview with Joseph Pizzorno, ND, a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM), to discuss toxins and chronic disease.

Dr. Pizzorno notes in particular a shift from “active determinants of health”, where the perspective on exposure to toxins is derived from the lifestyle choices people make, such as smoking habits and alcohol consumption, to “passive determinants of health”, where people are passively exposed to toxins regardless of their choices.

The following text provides an analysis of some of the topics discussed, as well as Dr. Pizzorno’s observations and reflections.

Environmental Exposure And Diabetes

I affirm that about 90% of the diabetes epidemic is entirely due to toxins and toxic substances in the environment”. -Dr. Pizzorno

When I talk to doctors, I tell them, “Every chronically ill patient, you have to check for toxins.” -Dr. Pizzorno

Treatment Considerations

I recommend people at least get some fiber in their food intake.” -Dr. Pizzorno

  • Identify the source of toxic exposure and stop the exposure.
  • Support natural methods of biotransformation of the organism :
  • Eat more fiber.
  • Promote the production of glutathione in the body.
  • Vitamin C may increase the excretion of toxins and toxic substances.

The research is very clear – there is a huge correlation between toxic load and most autoimmune diseases. -Dr. Pizzorno

Ketogenic diets come at a high price that people don’t realize. -Dr. Pizzorno

The human body is incredibly adaptable. Within a “normal” range, food is uncontaminated, is consumed in a relatively good and nutrient-rich variety.

In the case of extreme diets, such as a long-term ketogenic diet, adaptations may become inadequate.

The consequences: Dr. Pizzorno says that as the body becomes more acidic, the ability of glutathione to bind to environmental chemicals and the body’s ability to produce glutathione is impaired.

The Detox!

In some cases, detoxification is necessary to recover a healthy balance.  With the approach of Functional Medicine, as well as  Dr. Brouillard La Santé Repensée, ensuring good digestion is the cornerstone of optimal health including the elimination of our toxins.  The 4 R’s program is at the base of any therapy aimed at eliminating the underlying causes of gastric discomfort and ensuring gastrointestinal repair.

  1. Remove all toxic and stress elements that may be pathogenic.
  2. Replace enzymes and other digestive factors that are in tasteless or missing.  Correct gastric acidity to ensure ease of digestion.
  3. To Reintroduce desirable bacteria to the proper functioning of the intestines, called pro biotics
  4. Regenerate to ensure the maintenance, integrity or repair of the intestinal mucosa.

These steps will restore the permeability of your intestinal mucosa and thus a return to the balance of toxin elimination.

Unfortunately, completely avoiding daily exposure to toxins is a bit of a challenge for everyday life.

However, there are certain choices we can make that will reduce our exposure in order to prevent a harmful accumulation in our body, in the long term.

I invite you to wide-open the windows of your house, even in the middle of winter!  Exchange air in your environment, fresh air is very good for your health.

If you would like to find out about your exposure to toxins in your environment and to make a plan for rectification and/or detoxification, do not hesitate to contact me.

Louise Therrien ND

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