In the last article, I showed you how to correct nutritional deficiencies built up over a lifetime. Increasing the amount of good things going into your body is just one half of the equation, though. That’s why Step 2 is to remove all toxicities.
Your body has been soaking up toxic substances like a sponge since the day you were born. These toxins build up in your body. The more you are exposed to these toxins (in other words, as you get older), your tissues soak up increasingly more toxicities until you’re saturated. Finally, we’re on the other side of this ‘fence,’ and we can see their effects.
The tissues then become so toxic from constant exposure that they can’t work normally as a result of the toxins, regardless of any other factors. When you start combining toxic substances with lack of nutrients, you have a formula for disaster in any organ in the body, especially in the eye. Based on genetics and lifestyle choices, we each have certain body systems that go bad. Some have a kidney go bad, or a liver go bad, or the eyes go bad. We have to regenerate and restore that organ’s health. When the eye goes bad, we can follow some simple steps to rejuvenate the retina back to functioning again.
Acute vs. Chronic Toxicity
One of the major reasons a conventional doctor fails at removing toxicities is that they are trained to treat acute toxicity. Let’s say you know that you have built up mercury from mercury amalgam fillings, and you tell your doctor about that. He listens patiently, and he agrees to test you for mercury. To your surprise, the results come back negative! Why? Because conventional medicine only knows how to test for acute toxicities, such as when a child eats lead paint. Chronic toxicities are locked away in your flesh—and generally are not present in significant amounts in the bloodstream—and therefore don’t show up on standard tests for heavy metals and other toxic substances.
What Toxins Are We Talking About?
There are a number of potentially toxic substances, such as pesticides used in large-scale agriculture. The advice I give in the last article about eating organic and drinking purified water will certainly help you prevent additional harmful substances from entering your body. But what about the ones already there? We have methods to test for those substances, precisely identify how much of them is in your body, and address those toxicities to remove them from your body.
The most destructive toxins are heavy metals: antimony, beryllium, boron, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, copper, lead, manganese, mercury, nickel, platinum, silver, thallium, tungsten, and zinc. Exposure to heavy metals varies significantly depending on where you live, what you eat and drink, your occupation, and so on.
Special attention needs to be paid to mercury. Mercury amalgam dental fillings, which are composed of at least 51 percent mercury combined with silver, tin, and copper, leech mercury into saliva. That mercury is then distributed throughout the body, including through a 3mm plate of bone and into the brain and neurological organs like the eye. What’s worse, substances like mercury are “bioaccumulative,” meaning they accumulate over time in your organs and tissues in measurable amounts.
If you know what you’re looking for, it’s possible to precisely pinpoint the amounts and effects of these toxins. However, as I mentioned before, conventional medicine’s focus on acute toxicities (which are extremely rare for heavy metals) blinds conventional medicine to the best possible methods.
When I’m working with a patient to help reduce their toxic burden, I generally consider three forms of analysis: hair analysis, proactive urine analysis, and fecal analysis.
How to Remove All Toxicities
All forms of metal detoxification fall under the banner of “chelation.” Chelators or chelating agents are substances that remove heavy metals from the body. Depending on the results of tests, we can select an appropriate chelator that will bond with the heavy metals in your system.
In general, chelation can happen through several methods. In food-based chelation, you add natural heavy metal chelators to your diet, such as cilantro, onions, garlic, brazil nuts, or amino-acid rich foods like eggs and fish. In pharmaceutical-based chelation, you are administered a chelating agent like EDTA, DMSA, DMPS, or alpha-lipoic acid. Pharmaceutical chelation is effective, but it will take time for the heavy-metal burden to be alleviated.
Another, more natural, method is through glutathione, a substance that your body naturally uses to eliminate heavy metals. By boosting your body’s natural heavy-metal detoxification, you can lessen your toxic burden without relying on pharmaceutical intervention. Finally, natural chelation works to address your toxicities by adding in macrominerals. The idea behind this form of chelation is that the macrominerals work to push out the heavy metals and replace them with valuable nutrients.
There are, however, a lot of complex decisions involved in both the choice of chelating agent and how it is administered. My suggestions is that you seek out a medical professional trained in chelation. A good first step is to look up doctors who are members of the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) or the International College of Integrative Medicine (ICIM).
This article is part of a series about the 3 steps you must take to regain lost sight. If you haven’t read the introduction, start there. If you want to know what’s next, check out Step 3: Optimize Perfusion.
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