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Why do I need to test before detoxing?

Can’t I just start?

Most all of our patients do have a need to detoxify. In fact – many people in the general public know that due to the toxic burden on the planet, there is likely a high toxin load that their bodies now have to deal with. 

But do you know what you are detoxifying, and how to best go about it?

In a previous post and video, we talked about the importance of cleaning up your food and water, and the parts of your environment that you can have control over in order to help to lower new toxins your body is absorbing from the outside world. What about the chemicals and toxins you already are dealing with in your body?

Before detoxifying, you want to find out what your toxic burden actually is. Each person is individual, in terms of how they absorb and process toxins. Some may easily be able to excrete toxins already accumulated in the body with little interference to their health. For others, their system struggles to remove toxins, either due to genetic issues with detoxification, or because of a pre-existing high toxin load. Still others may have issues with detoxification if they have gastrointestinal issues (constipation, SIBO, leaky gut, dysbiosis for example) or other underlying diagnoses. Depending on which is involved, we may use different strategies for detoxifying. We don’t want to cause more illness when we mobilize the toxins – this can happen when the appropriate strategies are not in place.

We therefore have our patients do testing with different labs, in order to look at a wide range of inner biochemistry as well as environmental chemicals:  herbicides, pesticides, and toxic chemicals from products like pharmaceuticals, packaged foods, household products, and environmental pollution.  We also look at heavy metals in the blood and urine, and as well we may take a look at the toxic burden of metals at a cellular level.  This year we are finding much higher levels of arsenic and aluminum in our patients than we did in the past, and we think this could be due to the wildfire smoke that our patients on the West Coast are being exposed to. Whether or not you live near a fire, the toxic chemistry from houses, cars, and other buildings has an effect on air quality.  If appropriate, we evaluate for mold/mycotoxin illness by testing for mold IgG allergens, mycotoxin load and mycotoxin allergens. 

In addition, we look at genomics and how different mutations may work together in symphony to create certain biochemical states.  While we may run the same labs for different patients, we find different pieces of the puzzle in each person, and each person will respond to treatment in their own way. How you respond to your environment hinges a lot on your genes, so it is important to have an idea of this when creating your personalized detoxification plan.  In our Mycotoxins and Chronic Illness Summit, we gave details about the tests we use most often with our patients.

In the following clip from a longer interview, Dr. Parpia talks about some of the issues involved in detoxification.

Since your inner biochemistry and environmental toxin load is unique to you, we recommend personalized detoxification strategies rather than a one size fits all plan.

If you are interested in investigating these matters more deeply for yourself do get in touch with us! We look forward to hearing from you.

Drs. Eric Gordon and Nafysa Parpia

Detoxification, Eric Gordon MD, Nafysa Parpia ND, Toxicity