R1 Removing The Source of Toxins

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R1 – Remove The Source Of Toxins

Fix the cell and you will get well.

When our cells are not functioning properly, our overall health suffers, leading to chronic disease. The first step of fixing the cell is to remove the source of toxins responsible for cellular dysfunction. By addressing the toxins that made us sick in the first place, we are removing the root cause of health issues at the most basic level, the cellular level.

Toxins Are All Around Us

Toxins come from a variety of sources in the air we breathe, the food we eat, the medical procedures we undergo, and even the products we use on a daily basis. These toxins accumulate in our cells over time, leading to cellular dysfunction and ultimately, various health problems like hormone issues and autoimmune conditions.1 2

The first step towards fixing the cell is to identify and remove the sources of toxins. Before anything else, we must stop or at least significantly reduce the influx of toxins that are flowing into our bodies. After that, we can focus on removing the cellular toxins that have built up within us over decades.

The three main toxins responsible for systemic cellular dysfunction include heavy metals, exposure to mold, and hidden infections.3 4 5 Other toxins that degrade cellular function include BPA, phthalates, bromine, and chlorine, to name a few.6 7 8 9

If we ever want to experience true health, we must consciously avoid toxins.

Remove The Source Of Toxins

Remove The Source Of Toxins – Heavy Metals

Heavy metals include lead, mercury, arsenic, and cadmium. Heavy metal contamination is widespread and occurs through various sources such as industrial waste, agricultural runoff, and even natural processes like erosion. Heavy metals are often released into the air during mining, smelting, and the burning of fossil fuels.10

Remove The Source Of Toxins – Mercury In Seafood

One of the most common ways people are exposed to mercury is through consuming contaminated fish and seafood. Mercury can accumulate in the bodies of fish and other marine life, especially larger predatory species like tuna, swordfish, and shark. This is because they consume smaller fish that have already absorbed mercury from the water.11

Remove The Source Of Toxins – Mercury Amalgam Fillings

Mercury amalgam fillings, also known as silver fillings, have been used for decades as a popular choice for dental restorations. They are made up of a mixture of metals, including silver, tin, copper, and approximately 50% mercury.12

The major issue with mercury amalgam fillings is that they continuously release small amounts of mercury vapor. This can happen through normal chewing and grinding of teeth, as well as exposure to hot liquids and acidic foods. The released mercury vapor is then absorbed into the body through the lungs and reaches different organs, including the brain.13

Mercury is a neurotoxin that has been linked to cognitive issues such as memory loss, confusion, and difficulty concentrating. It also affects the immune system, leading to autoimmune disorders and allergies. In addition, mercury has been shown to have negative impacts on the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.14

Remove The Source Of Toxins - Mercury Amalgam Fillings

Remove The Source Of Toxins – Lead

Lead is also highly toxic to humans, causing serious health issues when ingested or inhaled. While lead-based paints were banned in the 1970s and leaded gasoline was phased out in the 1990s, lead exposure is still a major concern.15 16

Lead can leach into drinking water from old pipes or soldered joints, especially in older buildings. This is more common in areas with acidic or soft water, as it corrodes the pipes more quickly. The longer the water sits in contact with lead, the higher its levels will be.17 Lead exposure is particularly concerning in urban areas where there are many old buildings with peeling lead-based paint and potential sources of pollution.

Lead contamination in soil is a major concern for both human health and the environment. It originates from various sources such as industrial activities, improper disposal of lead-containing materials, or using fertilizers that contain high levels of lead.18

Lead is often found in various consumer products such as cosmetics, toys, jewelry, and even food containers. This is especially concerning for children who are more susceptible to lead poisoning due to their smaller size and tendency to put objects in their mouths.19

How Heavy Metals Affect Cells

The cellular membrane is a lipid bilayer (2 layers of fat) that surrounds cells and gives them their shape. When heavy metals are present, they result in cellular membrane inflammation that changes the basic structure of the lipid bilayer resulting in hormone receptor problems, autoimmune conditions, and a long list of chronic diseases. The only way to deal with all of these issues simultaneously is to remove heavy metals from the cells and out of the body.20

Removing Heavy Metals From The Cells

The process of removing heavy metals from the body requires dedication and patience, as the detox is measured in years, not months. My goal is to teach my clients the process of detoxification so they can remove the heavy metals from their cells and get their health back.

Heavy Metal Blood Tests Don’t Tell The Whole Story

Realize that typical heavy metal tests don't actually show intracellular levels of heavy metals, but rather blood levels. This means that the results obtained for heavy metal levels can be misleading.21

Removing Heavy Metals From The Cells – Chelation

Chelators are substances that bind to and excrete heavy metals. However, there are only a few ideal chelators that completely bind to and remove heavy metals from the body without redistributing them to other tissues. It is imperative to use the correct heavy metal chelators at the proper intervals, and for long enough to finally remove these horrible toxins from the body.22

Remove The Source Of Toxins – Mold Exposure

Toxic mold exposure is the second main source of toxins responsible for systemic cellular dysfunction. Exposure to toxic mold can occur through inhalation, ingestion, or even skin contact.23

One of the most common ways people are exposed to toxic mold is through their homes. Mold can grow in areas with high moisture, such as bathrooms, basements, and attics. If left untreated, mold can spread quickly and release harmful toxins into the air we breathe.24

Inhaling these toxins often leads to a variety of health issues, ranging from mild allergies to more serious respiratory problems. Some common symptoms of toxic mold exposure include coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose, and throat irritation. In severe cases, toxic mold exposure can even cause lung infections or exacerbate existing respiratory conditions.25

Research has shown that prolonged exposure to mold toxins have neurological impacts, such as memory loss, difficulty concentrating, and mood changes. In some cases, toxic mold exposure has even been linked to chronic fatigue syndrome and depression.26 27

Remove The Source Of Toxins - Mold Exposure

Removing The Source Of Toxic Mold

If you suspect that your home may have a mold problem, it's important to contact a professional for proper removal and remediation. However, many people aren’t even aware that they have a mold problem so it is important to have your house or business professionally analyzed for mold. Attempting to remove mold on your own can actually make the situation worse, as disturbing the mold causes it to release more toxins into the air.

Remove The Source Of Toxins – Hidden Infections

Hidden infections refer to any type of infection that is not easily detectable. This can include chronic sinus infections, undiagnosed dental infections, and even gut imbalances such as SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). These hidden infections cause a wide range of symptoms, from fatigue and brain fog to joint pain and digestive issues.28 29

Hidden infections can fly under the radar for years. Additionally, many people attribute their symptoms to other causes and don't consider the possibility of an underlying infection.

Remove The Source Of Toxins – Hidden Infections – Root Canals

Root canals are a common dental procedure that is used to save severely damaged or infected teeth. While it may seem like a solution for preserving your natural tooth, there is growing evidence that root canals may actually be harmful to your health.30

One of the main concerns with root canals is the potential for hidden infections. When a tooth becomes infected, the bacteria can travel down through the root canal and into the surrounding tissue, leading to a chronic infection.31

These hidden infections are particularly concerning because they release toxins into the bloodstream. These toxins compromise the immune system and lead to a variety of health issues, such as fatigue, joint pain, and even autoimmune diseases. Studies have also shown the connection between root canals and diseases such as heart disease and stroke.32

Remove The Source Of Toxins – Discover Hidden Infections – Cone Beam Computed Tomography

One of the most effective ways to detect hidden infections is through Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT). CBCT is a specialized type of X-ray technology that produces three-dimensional images of the body's structures. This advanced imaging technique allows us to see beyond what a regular X-ray can capture, providing a more detailed and accurate diagnosis.

CBCT is particularly useful in detecting hidden infections in the jaw and oral cavity. CBCT scans can help identify underlying infections that may be causing this inflammation, allowing for targeted treatment to remove the source of toxins.33

Remove The Source Of Toxins - Discover Hidden Infections - Cone Beam Computed Tomography

R1 – Remove The Source Of Toxins

Removing the source of toxins is the first step in addressing chronic illnesses. As soon as we remove the root of our health problems, we can move on to the next step.

R2 – Regenerating The Cellular Membrane


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