The detoxification process (a liver and gall bladder function) is a VERY important bodily process, especially for Americans and other industrialized nations suffering toxic overload from compromised foods, air, and water – just to name a few. Healthy detoxification is especially important when managing any chronically ill patient. Treatment of thyroid, blood sugar, adrenal, hormonal, cardiovascular, or immune disorders becomes difficult without healthy detoxification. Traditional  doctors recommend the same treatment or “one size fits all” for anyone whose blood work is outside a certain range. For instance, HRT or Hormone Replacement Therapy is recommended for everyone who has a hormone deficiency regardless of individual findings. If patients have detoxification issues causing their symptoms, using HRT or other drugs that utilize these pathways may exacerbate their dysfunctional metabolic pathways. For example, indexed scientific publications have demonstrated the adverse effects of impaired detoxification on chemical sensitivities, drug reactions, neurological disorders, autoimmune disorders, and chronic fatigue. If hepatic (liver) pathways are not restored, there is little hope of optimizing metabolic function again.

Natural agents that support Liver, Gall Bladder, and Bile function include: Milk Thistle, Panax Ginseng, Glutathione, Dandelion, Ginger, Vitamin C, Lecithin,  Phosphatidylcholine. These supplements can be purchased at health food stores. For liver problems, consult someone such as myself who specializes in functional metabolic problems. We can measure the results of  treatment with blood work and metabolic assessments. There are 4 conjugating pathways that must be monitored by the treating clinician: Methylation, Acetylation, Glucuronidation, and Sulfation. These processes are complex and require expert clinical support.

There are many liver and gall bladder cleanses out there. Some are appropriate and some are not. The best advice for someone who has metabolic problems such as a sluggish detoxification system, is to seek professional help.  I would like to help!

Denver/ Lakewood Chiropractor

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