“If you breathe and you have a pulse, you’re toxic.”
Dr. Walter J. Crinnion, ND.
As the Hompes Method seesaw shows, “Bad Toxins” are one of the primary reasons for the society-wide plague of symptoms we have in the Seven Areas of Health.
Bad toxins are placed beneath bad foods and bad bugs, because the foods and bugs cause much of the bad toxins to enter your body!
The degree to which we humans have polluted the planet is of great concern. Environmental pollution not only threatens human health, but that of the entire planet.
We are now exposed on a daily basis to an unprecedented quantity and variety of environmental toxins – the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has registered in excess of 80,000 manmade chemicals (some say it’s closer to 120,000).
About 4,000 of these chemicals are “high use” and we’ve created a world in which environmental toxins are ubiquitous – that is we literally can’t avoid being exposed to them.
Unfortunately, the true long term effects of these chemicals hasn’t been studied, especially their effects on children.
A study done by the US Environmental Working Group showed the extent of the problem. They looked at the umbilical cord blood of newborn babies and found that the average newborn’s blood contained an average of 200 known toxins.
These included heavy metals such as mercury and manmade chemicals such as pesticide residues and solvents.
A second study by the same organisation, this time performed on adults, revealed an average of more than 90 different chemicals per person.
Adding to the environmental chemical burden are toxic compounds produced by the body as part of its normal metabolic processes, AND the toxins produced by both good and bad bugs in the gut. On their own, the gut bugs can cause a tremendous amount of toxicity.
These toxins can and do contribute to daily symptoms in the Seven Areas of Health and the way they stockpile in your body over a lifetime also poses a significant risk of causing major diseases, including cancer and heart disease.
Here are the main toxin classes – feel free to click on the links to learn more about each one:
- “Heavy metals” such as mercury, arsenic and cadmium
- Chlorinated Pesticides
- Organophosphate Pesticides
- Solvents (volatile organic compounds)
- Bisphenol-A (BPA)
- Endotoxin from friendly gut bacteria (good bugs)
- Ammonia from your body’s natural metabolism
The Hompes Method Testing Toolkit can help you test your toxic burden. Hardly anyone knows these tests exist because the medical industry isn’t interested in looking for the root causes of your symptoms. Details about these tests can be found at the bottom of this page.
What’s The Fuss?
So we know there are a lot of toxins, but what’s all the fuss about? Well, in her wonderful but rather scarily titled book, Detoxify Or Die, Dr. Sherry Rogers, MD states:
“U.S. EPA biopsy studies of chemicals stored in fat of human beings show that 100% of people studied had dioxins, PCBs, dichlorobenzene and xylene. Dioxins and PCBs are among the most potent causes of cancers known to man. No wonder Columbia University School of Public Health reports that 95% of cancer is caused by diet and environment. These chemicals are not normal to the body, they are not meant to be metabolized by the body and we do not have the metabolic machinery to completely detoxify them. Consequently they slowly accumulate or stockpile, taking decades to eventually produce disease.”
Dr. Rogers’ work is special in that she was a victim of environmental toxicity herself. She overcame her challenges without drugs and has crusaded for two decades to bring information about the health consequences of environmental chemicals into the public domain.
In writing her Detoxify Or Die book, Dr. Rogers “devoured” more than 300lbs in weight of EPA toxicology research and reports. It is incredibly important to acknowledge this information because the EPA is a US government agency.
The trouble is that hardly anyone knows about the EPA’s information. Its research is not generally broadcast and advertised to the public via the mass media.
As a result, people are being treated with drugs – which are all toxic themselves to some extent – in an attempt to deal with problems that are being caused by an accumulation of toxins in the first place.
You, Me…We Are All Toxic
Chronic exposure to environmental toxins means it is no longer an issue of whether we have toxins in your body, but to what degree the toxins are:
a) Causing symptoms in the Seven Areas of Health that you are experiencing right now.
b) Causing insidious damage that may lead to disease further down the line.
One of the best series of articles I have read on the subject of environmental toxins, written by one of my heroes Dr. Walter J. Crinnion, MD, states:
“Chemical compounds ubiquitous in our food, air, and water are now found in every person. The accumulation of these compounds in some individuals can lead to a variety of metabolic and systemic dysfunctions, and in some cases outright disease states. The systems most affected by these xenobiotic compounds include the immune, neurological, and endocrine systems. Toxicity in these systems can lead to immune dysfunction, autoimmunity, asthma, allergies, cancers, cognitive deficit, mood changes, neurological illnesses, changes in libido, reproductive dysfunction, and glucose dysregulation.”
(Altern Med Rev 2000;5(1):52-63)
Research indicates that toxins interfere with the function of three major body systems, namely the nervous, hormone and immune systems. These three systems just happen to be three of the systems in the Hompes Method Olympic Ring Analogy:
If hormones, nerves and immunity are affected, it’s impossible for all the other systems in your body NOT to be affected.
For example, 60% or more of your immune system is in your digestive tract, so anything that affects the former will affect the latter.
Your digestive system has a nerve network that’s as complex as your brain. In fact, your gut is known as your “Second Brain” and anything that affects your neurological system can also affect your gut.
Added to this, toxins interfere with your cells’ ability to produce energy. Since every metabolic process in your body requires energy, it’s easy to see how toxins can have a global effect on your entire system!
How Toxins Get Into Your Body
Environmental toxins enter your body in three main ways:
- Food and water (natural compounds in foods themselves, processed foods that contain additives, pesticide residues, toxins from food packaging, tap water – tap water can be incredibly toxic with arsenic, lead, copper fluoride, hormones and more.)
- Air (indoor air can be highly toxic from carpets, dry cleaning, air fresheners, detergents, perfumes, varnishes, etc.)
- Skin (personal care products, cosmetics, sunscreen and bathing in chlorinated water are all possible toxin sources.)
Even with the strictest avoidance tactics, it’s impossible to avoid some toxic exposure. I mean, it’s impossible unless you want to live in a bubble.
What we do in Hompes Method programmes is help you take steps to keep your exposure to a minimum, whilst supporting your natural detoxification processes to enable you to get rid of the toxins.
We’re not just concerned with environmental toxins here. Your body makes its own toxins as part of normal metabolism and the bacteria in your digestive system also create waste products of metabolism that can be damaging to your health.
An example of your body’s own toxic waste products is ammonia, which is detoxified in your liver and kidneys before being excreted as urea when you pee.
Friendly bacteria (technically in the group known as anaerobic bacteria) produce waste products known as endotoxin. If endotoxin leaks through your gut wall and enter circulation it can overwhelm your liver and cause problems elsewhere in your body.
Unfriendly bacteria, parasites and fungi such as Candida produce toxins known as exotoxin. The toxins produced by worms, protozoan parasites, fungi and parasites can be extremely potent.
For example, certain strains of H. pylori can produce toxins that are associated with cancer and heart disease.
Testing Your Toxic Burden
Using the Hompes Method Testing Toolkit it’s actually possible to gain a great deal of insight into your very own individual toxic burden.
Within the Testing Toolkit, we have the ability to check for:
- Heavy metals – mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, etc.
- Plastics such as bisphenol-A and pthalates
You would be amazed at the levels we see in some people; in fact, it’s quite scary sometimes. If you’d like to view sample reports, click on the relevant links above, or click here for general information on the Testing Toolkit.
Safe and Effective Detoxification
The Hompes Method can guide you through a safe and gentle detoxification programme, which I call the “1,2,3’s of Detoxification”.
The first step in detoxifying your body is to avoid putting toxins in! All too often, this step is overlooked. If you try to detoxify your body while you’re still loading up on toxins, you’re wasting your time – it’s like trying to empty a basin of water while the taps are still on.
Toxin minimization involves:
- Eating clean food
- Drinking clean water
- Breathing air that’s as clean as possible
- Putting less toxins on your skin
Once these steps have been taken, it’s essential to optimize your digestive function. Why? A digestive system full of bad bugs is a toxic digestive system – it leaks toxins into your body, overloading your liver’s ability to remove toxins.
A further problem is that a damaged digestive system can’t absorb nutrients effectively, and nutrients are needed for detoxification!
Once nutrition, environment and digestion have been optimized, a carefully planned detoxification plan can be implemented using specific supplements and cleanses.