Detoxification Side Effects

Okay, before we get too deep into the ‘nitty gritty’ of various detoxification protocols, I want to give fair warning about some of the potential side effects, which may occur during a detoxification program. Our stated intention is to remove environmental chemicals, organic toxins, body wastes, arterial plaque, old medications, heavy metals, latent pathogenic bacteria, fungus, molds and parasites. In short, nasty stuff! If this stuff is stored in your liver, joints, skin, adipose (fat) tissue or colon, various detox protocols will draw it out through your skin, lungs, urinary tract or bowel. In the process, it may accumulate in your blood, lymphatic fluid, urine and feces. For example, people who lose weight rapidly often report a wide range of negative ‘don’t feel so good’ symptoms. That is the result of old organic or environmental chemicals, which are being released as the fat melts away. See where I am going with this?
Side effects of detoxification programs may include, but are not limited to: weight loss, dehydration, loss of electrolytes and minerals, loose bowel movements, rashes, skin infections, fatigue, headaches, flu–like symptoms, nausea and nonspecific aches and pains. These symptoms are the result of what the alternative healing community calls a ’healing crisis’. As disturbing as some of these symptoms can be to an unsuspecting pilgrim, they are usually not severe enough to justify stopping the detox process. However, severe symptoms may be the result of a Herxheimer’s reaction, which occurs when toxins are being released faster than the body can eliminate them. This is often seen as a result of the use of pharmaceutical antibiotics, which cause a massive bacterial die-off, which in turn releases toxins.
Not everyone will experience a healing crisis, those who do, will usually find it to be mild and easily tolerated. However, anyone wishing to initiate a detoxification program should consult with their primary health care provider to confirm that they are physically fit to start such a treatment program and be under the supervision of an experienced alternative health care professional.
My next post on detoxification, will discuss the first of many specific detox methods. Which one will I choose? Tune in tomorrow to find out!
Don Gillmore, Licensed Massage Therapist(15 yrs), B.S.- Life Sciences


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