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 integrative medicine?
Integrative medicine combines or “integrates” the best that allopathic or conventional medicine has to offer, with the best that alternative disciplines have to offer, all directed at the identification of the “source” of illness or disease, and the resultant treatment of it. Integrative medicine focuses on treating the cause of a disorder as opposed to just treating the symptoms.
- 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.
- Why is it important to eliminate heavy metals?
By pulling damaging heavy metals from the body with supplements, homeopathics, chelating agents and a wide variety of energetic techniques, we can reduce the accumulation of heavy metals in most tissues. When these tissues experience a significant reduction in the heavy metal burden, they can begin to repair the damage caused by the metals. These tissues include blood cells, muscle and nerve tissue, especially the brain, liver, kidneys, heart, thyroid and other hormone glands, the eyes, and organs of the digestive system. When these tissues begin functioning correctly, normal health can return. In addition to removing heavy metals in the body, it is also very important to minimize ingesting them or being exposed to them.
- What are heavy metals?
Heavy metals are toxic substances that are found everywhere in our environment including our food, water and even in so-called “health” products. When introduced into our body and not excreted, they have many adverse effects on all tissues and systems within the body. Heavy metals include mercury, lead, cadmium, aluminum, nickel and arsenic, all of which are dangerous substances. They damage the body on molecular, cellular, tissue and organ levels. Avoiding heavy metals and removing the accumulation is an iportant factor in achieving an optimum state of health and wellness.
- What is Natural Horizons' approach to optimizing wellness?
In order to optimize one’s wellness, we examine all current habits and lifestyle choices. Once we have this information, in some cases, it will simply require balancing some of these things, while in others it requires major modifications in lifestyle. Areas we regularly address are:
• Work/Life Balance
• Stress Related Factors
• Psycho-Emotional Well Being
Optimizing wellness also requires identifying stresses or traumas (infections, toxins, emotional upsets, physical imbalances, nutrient deficiencies, etc.) and eliminating them so the body can heal itself.
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.