Detoxification with Homeopathy
by Francine Kanter, CCH,RsHOM(NA)
In the past fifty years, our environment has become increasingly contaminated with toxic substances such as food additives, pesticides, medications, industrial chemicals and heavy metals. Our body has been exposed to such a heavy load of toxins to metabolize and eliminate. In addition, our fast-paced lifestyle has stressed the body’s normal function and pushed our body beyond its natural capabilities of detoxification.
Clinically, we have seen an increase in such non-specific symptoms as chronic fatigue, migraine headaches, and sinus congestion. People also complaint being much more susceptible to colds or flu. There have been more and more allergies and autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Colitis and lupus.
Trying to eat organic food and drinking purified water are no longer sufficient to help the body to detoxify. We are being inadvertently exposed to toxic chemicals everywhere throughout the day and night. If the toxins exceed the body’s capacity to detoxify, they may cause a wide variety of health problems. Low level toxicity can be very difficult to detect. Yet the action of the toxins can seriously weaken our immune system and cause above non-specific symptoms, while conventional medical testing often does not have an explanation for them. According to Dr. Roy Martina some of the most apparent symptoms of toxicity include:
Fatigue, headaches, rashes, joint aches, ringing in the ear, swollen glands, hair loss, hormonal imbalances, difficulty concentrating, dizziness, restlessness or irritability
The human body is a powerful self-detoxification machine. The majority of detoxification and elimination is carried out by four systems in the body: respiratory, digestive, urinary and dermal. If these systems are not working well, especially the live function is compromised, the toxins will accumulate inside the body and cause problems.
Homeopathic remedies are used to stimulate cells to release toxins, stimulate elimination organs, energize organs and help them recover from stress caused by toxins.
Classical homeopathic remedies sometimes cause “healing crisis”, which means getting worse before getting better. Complex homeopathic remedies, which are the ones we use, try to avoid this from happening by adding drainage components in the formula. Meanwhile, meridian balancing approach also helps to ease the reactions during detox process. However, for those people who have high toxicity and are sensitive to everything, a mild detox reaction can still be observed. The reaction is caused by toxins passing through filter and elimination systems. According to Dr. Roy Martina, the symptoms may include:
Fatigue, headaches, increased need for sleep, lack of concentration, depression, anger, anxiety, memory loss, hypoglycemia, insomnia, skin rashes and eruptions, frequent urination, soft stool, etc.
After the elimination process is done successfully, most patients experience:
Disappearance of reactions and symptoms, a distinct increase in energy and vitality, increased feeling of general well-being, more tolerance and resistance to stress, colds and flu, more reactive to other therapies.
At the second stage of the detox, organ specific remedies are used to signal the tissue releasing toxins. In the later stage, toxin and pathogen specific remedies are also used to target particular toxins such as heavy metal and petrochemicals.
During detox process, several other factors have to be considered as well:
• Allergies: For those who are very sensitive to everything, the immune system is very sensitive and the immune responses to nutrients and enzymes may cause many blockages in detox function. An initial process to stabilize immune system is necessary to reduce the chance to have a detox reaction.
• Emotion: The influence of the emotions over the body is very strong. Emotional blockages significantly stress meridians and systems causing a slowdown of detox function. For those who are very emotional, detox therapy may not work well without specific emotional treatment.
• Structure: Spinal misalignment often causes both energetic and biochemical blockages. Without addressing significant structural issues, detox program may not complete and the patient often shows detox reaction. A cranial-sacral manipulation is very helpful to solve this problem.
• Nutritional supplement: At the beginning of the detox program, the body is in a chaotic stage. Nutritional support is not necessary and often causes problems for the body. In the later stage of the therapy, immune sensitivities are under control and nutritional supplement such as vitamins and minerals start to help the body to detoxify.
Once the detoxification is finished, a tissue regeneration program helps the damaged tissue recover, supplements for deficient hormones and nutrients, prevents organ degeneration.
The absolute best way to homeopathically treat someone who is burdened with toxins or heavy metals is to commence a classical homeopathic treatment according to that person’s presenting symptoms, not by ‘this for that’ detoxing short-cuts.
The only reason, apart from frank poisoning, that toxins accumulate in the body is because the body has not been strong enough or healthy enough to eliminate them via it’s normal eliminative channels. Return the body to full health at an energetic (as well as physical) level and it will start to clear it’s own toxins.
While the body can be forced to detox with homeopathically prepared potentized toxins and metals, unpleasant aggravations can result if it’s not ready to do this. The other problem with trying to detox by potentized toxins and metals is that they don’t get deep enough to fix the energetic disturbance that allowed the toxins to accumulate in the first place. In other words, the person may have normal lab reports at the end of the process but still not be truly well – the underlying problem will not have been fixed and as time passes, the toxins will just accumulate again.
Homeopathy is a safe, gentle and deep acting system of medicine but only when applied according to it’s well established principles. Short cuts are used by those without adequate training or skill in the practice of homeopathy. Short cuts are not seen as best practice and do not bring the best results.
Heavy metals such as mercury, lead, nickel or cadmium can be partly responsible for a wide variety of illnesses. Such as migraines, joint pain or a weak immune system. The removal of these dangerous toxins is often the first step in a basic therapy to return to health.
Unstoppable technological advances have contaminated our environment with a whole array of heavy metals and other poisons. The air that we breathe, the water we drink, the soil and microorganisms – all are usually burdened with metals and other poisons to some degree or other. And by way of the crops and animals that we eat, so are we human beings.
A great deal of the heavy metals we absorb come right from our environment. For example from exhaust fumes or amalgam fillings.
Depending on the degree to which we absorb them into our organism, these substances can make us seriously ill. So why and how do they harm us, and how can we get rid of them and get back to health? Environmental poisons have shown to contribute to conditions such as heart disease, joint pain, gout, cancer, dementia and infertility. Of course, heavy metals are not responsible for all illnesses. You need to consider nutritional deficiencies, emotional burdens, social hardship and other factors as playing a possible role.
Still, the impact of metals poisoning deserves special attention, because its potential damage is widely underestimated. That is, on the one hand the true extent to which our environment is burdened with these poisons is not clear and on the other we are increasingly exposed. We know from testing of drill cores in Greenland ice that the heavy metals burden on the environment, specifically also with lead, has increased exponentially since the 1950s. This is an ongoing development and relates to numerous elements whose damaging effects are further intensified in each other’s presence.
Unfortunately, medicine pays little attention to this information –with respect to diagnosis as well as therapies.