by Frank Lipman, MD
A note from Marcelle: There’s a lot of buzz about detox right now, and we’re glad of it. Detox should be part of every woman’s effort to take control of her health. To help you learn how, we’ve asked Dr. Frank Lipman to share his perspective. Frank specializes in detoxification; he’s the author of a wonderful book on detox, Total Renewal, and his approach is identical to our practice here at Women to Women.
Here are the sections you’ll find in this article:
- Why effective detox is a necessity
- Environmental toxins
- What is detoxification?
- Assessing the burden on your detox system
- Symptoms of toxicity
- How to detox your body naturally
In more than 25 years of clinical experience, I’ve had the great pleasure of working with thousands of patients from all walks of life. Over time, I’ve seen how few of us are able to stay healthy and feel really well as we get older. Many of us have come to accept developing a degenerative disease or simply feeling incrementally worse each year as part of the aging process.
It’s not. There is so much we can do to take control of our health and support our bodies happily and healthily our entire lives. And it begins with understanding what kind of “burden” your body is under right now, today, both physical and emotional, and lessening it.
Think of yourself as a ship floating in water. You will ride high or sink low depending on the burden you carry. The more burdens you unload, the better you will feel. I strongly believe that detoxification is an effective way to unload these burdens and is an essential — and often overlooked — aspect of total healthcare.
In my book, Total Renewal, I go into detail about the seven steps I recommend to detoxify your body, rebalance your biochemistry, and build resiliency for a new lease on your health. I’d like to take this time to introduce the basic ideas behind this concept and the importance of detoxification. These steps reflect the same ideals and integrative approach I share with the practitioners at Women to Women, and I welcome the opportunity to bring them to you. So let’s begin.
Effective detoxification is a necessity
I came to realize the importance of detoxification after studying Chinese medicine and being in practice for a number of years. I learned from Chinese medicine that we (humans) are all microcosms of the macrocosm (the universe), that we are part of it and intricately connected to it. Therefore what is happening to the environment will and does affect all the species in it, including man.
Environmental pollution is not only changing the ozone layer, plant species and animals, but humans as well. But only after seeing more and more young women with breast cancer and infertility problems; patients with chronic fatigue and chemical sensitivities; and more and more patients complaining of aches and pains and degenerative problems, did I suspect something was not right.
It was at that time — about 15 years ago — that I realized that most of these problems were not “normal” aging problems, but rather malfunctioning detoxification systems. I was shocked to discover vast amounts of literature on where these toxins are coming from and what they are doing not only to the environment, but to our health and especially our children’s health.
I began to identify one common link to many of the health concerns I witnessed in my patients: an inability to cope with their toxicity load. It was then that I realized that detoxification is an absolute necessity.
Although technology and industry have helped us to live more comfortably and have generally enhanced our way of life, we are paying a heavy price. The air we breathe, water we drink, and food we eat are no longer clean. Our environment is contaminated and polluted. Since the 1940’s there has been an explosion of synthetic products. We are the first generation of humans to be exposed to so many synthetic chemicals.
In the past 60 years, these processes have been significantly altered:
- How food is grown and packaged
- How homes are built, furnished, and cleaned
- How lawns and gardens are maintained
- What cosmetic products we use