Environmental Medicine & Detox

Illnesses can be caused by the accumulation of toxic substances (toxins) in the body. This toxic build up (bioaccumulation) can be from air, food or water.

It is estimated that one in every four Americans suffers from some level of heavy metal (lead, mercury, cadmium, and arsenic) poisoning, all of which are by-products of industry. Other toxins in the body include chemicals such as pesticides, pollutants, food additives, radiation (from x rays, power lines, cell phones, computer screens, and microwaves), smog, polluted water, foods, drugs, caffeine, alcohol, perfume, excess noise, and stress.

When these toxins accumulate and produce symptoms it is called toxemia and some of those symptoms include:

  • Unexplained fatigue, increased allergies, hypersensitivity to common materials, intolerance to certain foods and indigestion, aches and pains, low grade fever, headaches, insomnia, depression, sore throats, sudden weight loss or gain, lowered resistance to infection, general malaise, and disability
  • Detoxification (the removal of toxins) starts with eliminating existing toxins and avoiding new toxins. Dr Pryce uses a variety of tests and techniques to achieve this. Some methods include dietary changes, chelation, supplementation as well as hydrotherapy and colonic irrigations.

Detoxification techniques are helpful for patients suffering from:

  • Allergies, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, chronic infections, depression, diabetes, headaches, heart disease, high cholesterol, low blood sugar levels, digestive disorders, mental illness, immune system problems and obesity.

It is also helpful for illnesses that conventional medicine is unable to diagnose or treat such as:

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome, environmental illness/multiple chemical sensitivity, and fibromyalgia. Symptoms for those suffering these conditions may include. Detoxification can be used as a beneficial preventative measure and as a tool to increase overall health, vitality, and resistance to disease.

Dr Pryce uses detoxification therapies to try to activate and assist the body’s own detoxification processes. The liver is the principle organ of detoxification, assisted by the kidneys and intestines. Toxins can be excreted from the body by the kidneys, bowels, skin, and lungs. These therapies also try to eliminate additional exposure to toxins and strengthen the body and immune system so that toxic imbalances won’t occur in the future.

Some patients may experience side effects of fatigue, malaise, aches and pains, emotional duress, acne, headaches, allergies, and symptoms of colds and flu during the detoxification process. These negative reactions are sometimes called healing crises, which are caused by temporarily increased levels of toxins in the body due to elimination and cleansing.

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