Detoxification is a standard recommendation made to many people with MCS, however detoxification can be dangerous causing re-injury to the nervous system, liver and gut and intensification of "sensitivities" and symptoms if not done slowly and right by a skilled practitioner. This even goes for FIR Sauna Therapy, which is said to be safe for everyone. This simply is not true as heat and the materials saunas are made of can be very symptom provoking in a lot of people with MCS, particularly when MCS if very severe.
Whilst it is true that sweating out toxins does by-pass an already overworked liver, FIR Sauna Therapy can still be a stressor, all stressors feed into the self perpetuating toxicity, inflammation, stress (TIS) loop or for the more scientific amongst us the NO/OONO disease cycle proposed by Dr Martin Pall.
Whilst enduring some increased stress is absolutely necessary in order to undo chronic stress adaptions and “sensitizations”, too much, too fast will simply provoke neurogenic inflammation, NMDA over excitability and glutamine excess, all maintainers of toxicity, sensitizations and nervous system hyper responsiveness to external stimuli (e.g. noise, temperature changes, chemicals, bright flashing lights, multi-activity, and so on).
• Increasing filtered water intake 2-4 liters no more (if drinking large amounts of water be sure to replenish your minerals, Celtic sea salt is quite safe for this in order to avoid electrolyte imbalances which worsens dehydration, causes a dry mouth, spasm or cramps and impairs nerve transmission
• Taking “safe” non-plant based toxin binders e.g. Zeolites and charcoal tabs. Best-taken 1.5hrs either side of food and medications so they do not interfere with absorption, and with increased water intake.
• If you are constipated this can increase toxicity to overcome drink more filtered water and increase your fiber intake by eating low chemical foods high in fiber such as legumes, green peas, cereals. If you want to use a fibre supplement use Psyllium it is low in chemicals and much better tolerated by people with “sensitisations” and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms, According to Dr Spiller other fibre supplements make symptoms worse in up to 55% of people with IBS and only help 11% (Guidelines on the irritable bowel syndrome: mechanisms and practical management R Spiller, Q Aziz, [...], and P Whorwell http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2095723/)
• REDUCING your exposure to environmental chemicals (particularly in your home) will reduce the demands being placed on your liver and other detoxification pathways and create a space for naturally detoxifying chemical build-up (Studies by researcher Pamela Reed Gibson show this be most effective for symptom management)
• Eating a lower chemical diet (natural food chemicals and synthetic additives) like the one promoted by RESHAPE and the RPAH allergy Unit.
• Getting additional REST – getting a good nights sleep improves the functioning of everything including your ability to detoxify, if a good nights sleep is not possible yet (an indicator that your overall load is still too high) simply practice mindfulness the art of being aware of the present moment without concern – according to DEEPAK Chopra in his excellent book on sleep, this can provide many of the same benefits of sleep.
• PACING -Make all changes to your environment and diet slowly in order to minimize detox and withdrawal reactions. If you do not pace you can overwhelm your detox pathways and cause reabsorption of toxins and chemicals and unnecessary injury and symptom intensifications.
Including those deemed safe for most such as colonic irrigation, home coffee enemas, Epsom salt baths (hot water can be too stimulating on a very over taxed and exhausted nervous system and the benefits of Epsom salts have not been substantiated by science). Fasting, lemon weekend detox challenges, chelation therapy, lipid exchange, IV vitamin therapy, sauna therapy and more, particularly if you have severe hypocortisolism- hypoadrenia (low levels of cortisol) and very impaired liver detoxification pathways. According to Pall (and many others) both phase 1 and phase 2 liver detoxification is impaired in people with MCS.
Detoxification in Individuals with Impaired Enzymatic Detoxification is Contraindicated and Dangerous
MCS is a disabling, multi-organ syndrome caused by an impaired ability to detoxify chemical toxins. (11,12) According to a recent 2004 International Journal of Epidemiology study, impaired metabolism of toxic chemicals underlies MCS. In this case control study, a gene-gene interaction between enzymes suggested an elevated risk for MCS. (13) These findings parallel other observations of a link between enzyme abnormalities in GulfWar syndrome veterans and in a retrospective case-control analysis reporting cognitive and neurological impairments as symptomatology. (14,15) Clearly, labeling MCS patients as "psychosomatic" is not supported by scientific or clinical evidence. (38)
Source: Hypoadrenia: A causative factor in MCS, Allergies and Impaired Enzymatic Detoxification Dr. Paul Yanick, Jr. Ph.D., N.D. – Board Certified in Integrative Medicine Source: Published in the March 2005 Townsend Letter for Doctors – Revised on 11-20-11 © 2011