DetoxificationPosted by lowchem on Wednesday, 8 December 2010
Toxicity is one of the three major components that are maintaining MCS the others are nerve Inflammation and heightened Stress: biological; genetic; psychological; social; chemical.
While addressing toxicity is important if the other aspects are ignored toxicity and chemical injury is likely to reoccur.
Some alternative therapist and doctors who practice functional medicine recommend detoxification methods such as FIR Sauna Therapy; Chelation Therapy; Lipid Exchange Therapy; Juicing; Liver Cleansing Diets; Coffee Enemas; Colonic Irrigation and so on. However, whilst these do help some people with MCS (most likely in the earlier stages of the illness); they can be harmful to others, particularly those with very impaired liver detoxification (FLDP Test not standard liver test) and hypocortisolism (very low levels of cortisol) according to Dr Yanick ND. I tried many of these detoxification methods when I had hypocortisolism - the result was increased pain and no gain.
Yanick Says…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
However, toxicity should not be ignored rather it should be reduced very slowly and safely in a way that is not likely to overwhelm detoxification pathways or cause injury to the nervous system or reintoxification. This can usually be achieved by:
• Increasing filtered water intake 2-4 liters no more. If you have too much water it can upset your sodium and electrolyte balance and cause unpleasant symptoms such as cramps; spasms; memory and concentration difficulties and other neurological symptoms It can also be dangerous.
• 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.
Reduce exposure to everyday chemicals in particularly fragrances and other Volatiel organic compounds (VOCS), and for some people salicylates. This will help to calm the stress response, which when activated slows detoxification and increases membrane permeability (allowing toxins to enter the bloodstream etc when they would not normally) and will also reduce demands being placed on the detoxification pathways, so any toxic body burden buildup can be reduced.
If you decide to try FIR Sauna therapy do so safely preferably under medical supervision and following guidelines like those provided by Dr Sarah Myhill regarding FIR Sauna Therapy.
• Following a healing diet that helps reduce cellular toxicity and nerve inflammation. While the Cellular Healing Diet recommended by Dr Pompa will most likely help many, like other healing diets e.g. GAPS, Wahl's Paleo-Stonage, this is likely to be a problem for anyone with more severe salicylate - phenol intolerance.
Note:-Dr Pompa has many good tips for people experiencing cellular toxicity and nerve inflammation related illness like Autism, chronic fatigue syndrome and MCS. In fact, Dr Pompa has had first hand experience with MCS and has a very good understanding of it. I have found his information useful, but have had to modify a lot of his information due to the severity of my MCS and because I had very severe liver detoxification impairment, hypocortisolism and pharmacological food intolerance (aka natural and synthetic food chemical intolerance) which significantly reduced my tolerance to many things including some of the supplement and dietary suggestions made by Dr Pompa. I recommend Dr Pompas cautiously like all doctors I recommend at this site, because while the information provided is helpful and insightful and will most likely help many and be helpful to you, if not modified to individual circumstances some harm can be done. To avoid harm get to know your body (e.g. keep a simple symptom journal), know your limits (if you experiencing painful flares you have exceeded your limits)l and track what you are trying and the results, but remember it is fine to retry something at a later stage if it does not initially work, sometimes it is simply the wrong timing. Also gain a very good background understanding of MCS and related conditions - See recommended resources at end of treatment section.