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The Problem Defined:
Toxicity is a term used to describe what happens to living organisms when there is a progressive storage of unnatural substances in our body fluids, tissues, and cells. Toxins can be used to describe any substance that is capable of disrupting normal regulation, repair, secretion, or excretion functions that occur around the clock. The purposes of these processes are always to return the body, on a cellular and whole body level, to the midpoint between the extremes of over-function and under-function. That is a definition of homeostasis.
Toxins include environmental pollutants (the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration of our government currently estimate there are over 87 thousand separate chemical pollutants in our world at this time and that number grows daily), components of vaccines and pharmaceutical medicines, metabolic wastes that we produce every day (if we fail to get rid of them on a timely basis), even hormones and other chemical messengers (such as those that promote inflammation) if they are present is abnormal amounts. The last example describes how stress can be toxic, as it promotes the accumulation of the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol in abnormal amounts.
During the early stages of many diseases, toxins are present only in the most superficial layers of our bodies, the blood and lymph. Symptoms at this stage represent the host’s response and effort to purge the toxins: increase thirst/urine; frequent defecation; inflammation (ear discharge; mucous stools; runny eyes; skin eruptions). It is important enough to repeat: the symptoms are the body fixing itself; to suppress this, with chemical medications such as steroids or antibiotics inappropriately given for non-bacterial diseases, will set the stage for the disease to worsen by allowing the toxins to settle into a deeper layer.
The middle stages of many chronic diseases occur when toxins reach the tissue structure called the mesenchyme, or matrix. This is the jelly like substance that each cell sits in, and is the medium through which all cell to cell communication occurs. In addition, all nutrients (including oxygen) must pass through this on their way from the smallest blood vessels to the cells, and all wastes must make that reverse journey. When toxic materials clog this space, many basic functions bog down, or malfunction. Severe allergies and auto-immune disease are examples of afflictions that occur when this layer is affected.
The later stages in the progression of chronic disease are the degenerative diseases (arthritis, congestive heart disease, chronic obstructive lung disease, etc.), and cancer. These are reflections of what goes wrong when toxic accumulations occur in the cell and the nucleus of the cell, respectively.
Fixing the Problem:
Detoxification is the best term to describe the treatments listed below that are used to address the situations described above. The first step is to open the kidney and liver channels of the body. These are the two major organs of elimination (skin being the third), therefore before we “rattle lose” the toxins that are attached to the different body tissues, we have to stimulate these organs to function maximally. There is an ancient Chinese saying that comments on this, and it goes somewhat as follows: “when you have a tiger in your house, before you pinch its tail you had best open all the doors and window”. The tiger is the accumulated toxic load, the doors and windows the organs of elimination. This is done initially with acupuncture and also with aquapuncture (this is the use of injectable water based vitamin b-12 and homeopathic medicines into the acupoints that stimulate kidney, live and gall bladder function). Chiropractic can also increase blood flow to these organs.
The next stage is to use combined complex homeopathic remedies from the school of medicine know as “homotoxicology”. These are sub-grouped into medicines that have specific functions and target organs, chosen by the doctor according to the layer(s) of toxicity that need to be addressed and the organs that have been compromised by the disease process. These medicines are given in sequences that are chosen by the doctor. Not all goals can be accomplished at once; the disease state can be compared to an onion, with superficial and more recently acquired layers needing to be addressed first, then deeper and longer standing layers next, and so on.
Many cases benefit from what is known as Auto-Sanguis therapy. In this procedure, the patients own blood is made into a homeopathic medicine known as a blood nosode. As the patient’s toxin load at that moment in time is reflected in the blood, making a homeopathic medicine that can stimulate the body to reject those same contaminants. This medicine is made by the doctor at the time of the treatment, used both in the aquapuncture phase of treatment and also in the oral formula the owner uses at home between office visits.
Herbs can be used to assist detoxification. Examples are milk thistle, gentian, Oregon grape, yellow dock, and burdock, which are all great medicinal herbs to help rid the liver of accumulated debris.
A home-prepared, mostly organic diet is a great way to start immediately reducing the influx of new toxic material. All patients at the Animal Wellness Center are encouraged to eat this way, and our team here does all the shopping and measuring for you. Your simply have to boil water and then add the ingredients we provide for you.
Patients suffering from chronic disease related to toxicity must have a very conservative approach to vaccinating, as well as flea/tick and heartworm preventions. The doctor in charge should make the call on the specifics relating to each patient individually.
Burton Miller, DVM
Founder, Animal Wellness Center
Huntington, New York