The world's population is being exposed to an ever-increasing array and quantity of toxins. Among these are chemicals, heavy metals, food additives, anesthetics, drugs, from caffeine to recreational drugs and personal hygiene products. When our body is exposed to toxins our body's cells and tissues utilize them, excrete them, or store them in various tissues and cells of the body.
Stored toxins can damage the cells, tissues and organs they inhabit and alter their function, lower metabolism, cause enzyme dysfunction, create nutritional deficiencies, cause hormone imbalances, decrease energy production and ultimately lower the body's ability to resist disease.
- What is lymphatic drainage?
The lymphatic circulatory system is the second circulatory system behind the cardiovascular (blood) circulatory system. The differences are that the cardiovascular system has a pump, the heart, while the lymph in the lymph system is squeezed through the lymphatic vessels via body movement. The cardiovascular system does not leak while the lymphatic vessels are very porous. This porosity allows lymph to easily travel from vessels to tissues and back.
The purpose of the lymphatic system is to remove wastes from the tissues of the body and to transport a significant amount of immune system cells to where they are needed to counter infections, toxins and other challenges to the body’s health.
Stress, trauma, dehydration, poor nutrition, low physical activity and infection are all reasons why the lymphatic vessels may not conduct lymph well. This congestion will inhibit immunity, detoxification and result in tissue swelling. Lymphatic drainage is a gentle manual therapy that facilitates lymphatic circulation, thus enhancing overall health. A Light Beam Generator is a technological device that assists in moving lymph wile breaking up lymph cells that are stuck together.
Everyone should strive to have a high level of physical activity to facilitate lymph flow. Rebounding on a trampoline is a simple and very effective way of facilitating lymph flow, but basic physical activity in general is a good way to stimulate lymph flow.
- What is colon hydrotherapy?
The two most toxic areas of the body are on both ends of the gastrointestinal system, the mouth and the colon. The colon collects a large amount of waste and harmful microbes, which, if not eliminated completely, will accumulate in the colon. Low-fiber diets usually lead to incomplete elimination. This accumulation is self-perpetuating, blocking normal flow of wastes out of the body, interfering with the absorption of nutrients, and producing toxins that are then absorbed into the rest of the body.
Colon hydrotherapy is an extremely effective technique that introduces clean water into the colon (large intestine) through the anus, and washes away accumulated wastes and deposits from the opening and the interior walls of the colon. The result is a toxin-free, normally functioning large intestine that will foster the growth of good bacteria (probiotics).
- What is the immune system?
The body’s immune system, often called our “defense system,” is designed to ward off and eliminate “invaders” such as toxins, bacteria, fungus, viruses, parasites, microbes and pathogens of all kinds. The immune system works at different levels to find “invaders,” and provide immediate response or memory for future response.
In order to do an effective job of defending our bodies, the immune system must be healthy. To keep the immune system in top fighting condition, we need to provide it with the proper nutrition and supplementation, fortifying it with vitamins, minerals and amino acids. We must also detoxify our bodies to minimize toxins, wastes and heavy metals, which weaken and overburden the immune system. It is also important to minimize overall stress in our lives, as well as eliminating specific major issues of stress as they occur (bad relationships, unhappiness in a job, etc.). Stress, be it physical or emotional, weakens our immune system and contributes to illness. Eventually, this leads to a high susceptibility to illness. Decreasing stress in our lives lessens our chances of becoming ill.
If we do what is necessary to make our immune system as healthy as possible, and maintain a good balance in our daily lives, our immune system will function at peak operating condition for our given genetic potential and render our bodies better able to avert most disease.
- What services does Natural Horizons provide?
The services our Centers provide include, but are not limited to:
• Allergy Elimination
• Biologic Dentistry
• Biologic Terrain Measurement
• Comprehensive Cancer Care (IPT)
• Chelation for Heavy Metals
• Chinese Medicine
• Colon Hydrotherapy/Colonics
• Craniosacral Therapies
• Electrodermal Screening
• Herbal Therapy
• Intravenous Vitamin Therapy
• Lifestyle Counseling
• Lymphatic Drainage
• Massage Therapy
• Mercury-Free Dentistry
• Myofascial Therapy
• Natural Hormone Therapy
• Naturopathic Medicine
• Neural Therapy
• Nutrition Counseling
• Osteopathic Manipulation
• Osteopathic Orthodontics
• Oxygen Therapy
• Stress Management
• Thermography Screening
• Tooth Whitening
- What should I bring to my first appointment?
Please bring all recent medical records, including lab work, test results, x-rays, scans, and any other information relevant to your condition.
If you have downloaded our Patient Intake Form, or received it by mail, please fill it out completely and bring it with you to your first appointment.
If you have not received the Patient Intake Form, please arrive approximately 20 minutes prior to your appointment, so that you will have ample time to fill it out prior to seeing your doctor.
Assessing Body Toxicity
There are various ways to determine if you require detoxification. These include lab tests to determine toxin levels, combined with a medical history including a patient's symptoms.
Symptoms that can indicate high toxin levels include worsening allergies or the onset of additional allergies, joint pain, headaches, skin lesions, sinus congestion, insomnia, constipation, fatigue, ulcers, and hemorrhoids.
Stop exposing the body to the toxin(s) that you are attempting to detoxify.
Make sure the detoxification pathways through the liver, kidney, colon and skin are as open via herbs, homeopathics and lymphatic drainage.
How long it takes the body to detoxify depends on the health of the person, what illnesses a person has, the amount of toxic buildup, and the status of the detoxification pathways listed above.
CAUTION should be taken by drug users, alcoholics and diabetics, and people who have hypothyroidism, are hypoglycemic, or who have certain types of cancer in their detoxification therapies.
Things that Help the Body Detoxify
- Nutritional Modifications
- Baths that pull toxins from the body
- Foot Pads that pull toxins through the bottom of the feet
- Skin Brushing
- Oral Supplements [see products we carry]
- Specific Oils [see products we carry]
- Colon hydrotherapy
- Lymphatic drainage
- Liver, Gallbladder, and Kidney drainage
- Chelation Therapy, which introduces binding chemicals that grab onto toxins (usually metals) and assist excreting them from the body.
Detoxifying the body benefits virtually every person and is essential for anyone seeking optimum health. It is especially important for people suffering from chronic illnesses or who have been exposed to high levels of certain toxins via their job, lifestyle or their healthcare.
Schedule an Appointment
To arrange for toxicity assessment and/or a detoxification program, or to learn more about toxicity (sources, effects, etc.), contact Natural Horizons Wellness Centers at 1-877-292-1571.