Environmental Toxins

Four Myths and Four Truths About Detoxification

Myth Busting: Detoxification --> Is it a myth or truth?

The internet is a powerful tool that contains a surfeit of information. Unfortunately, not all information on the web is accurate, and sometimes this can lead to drastic consequences for any person, business or industry. The same problems are apparent in the medical field. Since there are a lot of things still being researched in the medical industry, it’s possible for doctors to have differing opinions on how a patient should be treated. As a result, this can cause widespread misunderstandings. The truth is, everyone’s health is different, and what may work well for one person may not work well for someone else.

There are various opinions about detoxification on the internet that discuss whether or not it is a healthy option for individuals. Successful ways to detox can be analyzed differently depending on who performs the studies and interprets the results. At LifeWorks Wellness Center, our detoxification program is unique and is more beneficial to our patients in the long term compared to other detox methods that can be found online. Based on what we’ve discovered over a 23-year span, here are four myths and four truths about detoxification.

Myth: Detoxification is only for those addicted to drugs and alcohol

Truth: While it’s true that detoxification is used to rid the body of the toxic overload caused by an overuse of illegal drugs and alcohol, it isn’t just meant for these issues. Detoxification can also be used by individuals that suffer from illness caused by inflammation, bacterial buildup or environmental toxicity. And while information on how to successfully do this may fluctuate based on the person and their condition, LifeWorks provides extensive detox treatments that have proven to be successful. Our detoxification methods eliminate toxins through ozone therapies [such as Major Autohemotherapy (MAH), Hyperthermic Ozone and Carbonic Acid Transdermal Technology (HOCATT)], Extracorporeal Blood Oxygenation and Ozonation (EBOO), natural diet plans (such as the Paleo Diet), peptides and supplementation to provide the body with natural resources.

Myth: A Detox means a juice cleanse.

Truth: Not always. This depends on how the individual interprets detoxification and the reasons why they need it. Unfortunately, most people believe that it means drinking more natural juice, lemon water, taking vitamins and changing their eating habits. While this may be beneficial for certain things, it is not useful in completely detoxing the body of chemicals. If one truly wants to rid their body of toxins, it will take a little more than drinking natural juice, although it is a great first step. At LifeWorks, patients receiving a detox will initially go through a series of exams and tests to determine the root cause. If signs of toxicity are found, patients will be ordered Chelation Therapy, Ozone Therapy, Intravenous Treatments, Vitamin Supplementation, and a new diet plan.

Myth: The Body Detoxes Itself

Truth: Yes, our bodies are designed to dispose of toxic waste through our bowel movements, sweat and urine, however the amount of toxins that seep into our bodies is astronomical and our digestive system can only do so much. As society continues to increase in technology and machinery, the more pollution, chemicals, bacteria and heavy metals circulate throughout the air. Not to mention, we constantly use products such as cosmetics, cleaning supplies, soaps and body washes that contain even more chemicals that could accumulate in our system. A buildup of these toxins will lead to inflammation, thus causing serious chronic conditions. It’s important to detoxify to relieve these symptoms or to prevent it from occurring.

Myth: Detoxing is a Myth

Truth: Detoxing is a very real treatment method. For some, it’s the only way to successfully treat conditions like Lyme, autoimmune disease or environmental toxicity. The reason that some believe it to be a myth is because they don’t understand it, use it for the wrong reasons or aren’t doing it correctly. Those who choose to detox without a practitioner’s guidance may find the process more difficult, not receive any benefits from it, and eventually conclude that it doesn’t work or deemed as unsafe. In order to receive a complete detoxification plan that works for the patient, it’s critical for them to seek advice from a practitioner first. This will save the person a lot of time from doing their own research and reading conflicting articles online. A detoxification plan will successfully rid their body of toxins and regain their proper energy levels.

Detoxification at LifeWorks Wellness Center

As mentioned previously, LifeWorks offers different approaches to detoxing the body. Depending on the patient, these methods can vary, however we can guarantee that they are completely safe and are successful at achieving its purpose. Prior to receiving detoxification treatments, patients must seek instructions from a LifeWorks physician in order to understand their own body and what it needs.

If you or someone you know are considering detoxification or experiencing symptoms of environmental toxicity, please call to schedule an appointment with one of our practitioners at 727-466-6789.

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About Dr. Minkoff

Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and a Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego. He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine. In 1992, Dr. Minkoff’s attended a lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Bland, widely considered the father of functional medicine, during which he had a eureka moment, and began pursuing the alternative health field with a vengeance, studying under the most accomplished thought leaders on natural & integrative healing. In 1997 Dr. Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic to help friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into LifeWorks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States.