Why Should We Detox?
A Comprehensive look at Human Detoxification
In this article we look at a conference to discuss human detox held by world leaders in medicine and research to examine some of their findings on the health of the human and the importance of detoxing. Several authors of popular books on chemical contamination, environmental illness and drug abuse were present at the conference. These included (from left) Joan Corbet-Dyne, contributing author to The Green Shalom Handbook; John Duff, co-author of The Truth About Drugs and the upcoming Ending Addiction; Doris Rapp, M.D., author of several books on environmental illness, including Allergies and the Hyperactive Child; Marion Moses, M.D., director of the Pesticide Education Center and author of Designer Poisons; and R. Michael Wisner, co-author, with conference panelist David Steinman, of the recently published Living Healthy in a Toxic World.
Dr. Shields began her remarks with a discussion of the extent of chemical proliferation, observing that over four million man-made chemical compounds have been identified since 1965. More than 70,000 compounds are in current production, with 6,000 new compounds identified each week. In addition, at least 3,000 man-made chemicals are added to food. Added to this are illicit drugs, over-the-counter pharmaceuticals
and prescription medicine. Many of these xenobiotics”—chemical substances foreign to living organisms—accumulate in the human body. At least 400 foreign compounds have
been identified in human tissues. The National Human Adipose Tissue Survey (NHATS), a program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency analyzes adipose (fat) tissues in cadavers from around the country. NHATS, 100 percent of Americans have xylene, styrene and other known carcinogens in their fat. If xenobiotics were merely stored, inert, there might not be a problem. However,
Dr. Shields related that there is ample evidence that they can be “mobilized” and released from fat
stores. Even at low levels they can cause a variety of mental and physical effects. Mobilization may occur as a result of fasting, exercise, stress or heat. Moreover, toxicological evaluations of
individual toxic chemicals do not account for the fact that there may be hundreds or even thousands of compounds and metabolites within the adipose tissue of any given individual. These may interact, with wide-ranging effects.
Megan Shields, M.D. , Shelley Beckmann, Ph.D., Clark Carr
Panel discussion participants, William Marcus, Ph.D., D.A.B.T. , David Root, M.D., M.P.H.
Moderator, R. Michael Wisne Full Article available at http://www.detoxacademy.org/pdfs/overview_panel.pdf
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