Environmental Detox

Detoxification is the Low Carb Diabetes Association’s 6th Essential. Environmental toxins have been scientifically shown to cause auto-immunity and insulin resistance, etiological reasons people may develop T1 and T2 diabetes. In fact, in one fascinating study, there were two groups of obese patients, and in one group people did not have T2 diabetes and in the other group, everyone was a T2 diabetic. When the researchers had equalized everything about the groups, what was left was that the bodies of the obese people who were T2 diabetics contained significantly more environmental toxins in their fat tissue than the obese people who were not diabetic patients.

The idea is if a person eats, drinks or breathes on planet Earth, his or her body contains substantial environmental toxins as they are ubiquitous. Did you know newborn infants can have 287 environmental toxins in their umbilical cord blood, and 217 are neurotoxic?

Although organic food has noticeably less toxic chemicals in it, even those products are not wholly free of them. If farmers in China spray nasty chemicals over their crop fields, the spray can enter the atmosphere and then rain, snow or mist down on an organic farm in Oregon. Toxins can be carried across countries by oceans, rivers, lakes and even in animals.

People can bring toxins into their own homes. Do you have an exterminator come and spray dangerous chemicals in and outside your home every 1-2 months? Many false “green” exterminators say they use a natural product made from chrysanthemums, but that is like saying a digitalis prescription medication is just crushed up foxglove flower. It’s not, digitalis is a strong drug used for patients with cardiac problems, and chemicals made from chrysanthemums are pyrethrins, very toxic chemicals. High volatile organic compound paint (that is, regular paint), new carpeting, new cabinets, new car “smell”, new mattresses, chemicals in detergents and other cleaning products, etc, are ways that people innocently expose themselves, their families, and their pets to dangerous and illness causing environmental toxins. Even wearing shoes inside the house can bring in toxins from outside.

Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in serum and adipose tissue can elevate glucose levels and be diabetogenic; that is, they can lead to the development of diabetes. POPs consist of many chemicals but these are considered the “dirty dozen” as described by the US Environmental Protection Agency: aldrin, chlordane, dichlorodiphenyl, DDT, dieldrin, endrin, heptachlor, hexachlorobenzene, mirex, toxaphene, PCBS, dioxins, and furans. POPs are chemicals used in agriculture, disease control, manufacturing and industrial processes.

Even the World Health Organization states that lead and arsenic, heavy metals, can cause insulin resistance.

Science has proven that since environmental toxins are mainly stored in fat tissue, when an overweight or obese person begins to lose weight following The Eight Essentials, the chemicals are released into the blood and are measureably higher. Sometimes, in some patients, depending on their genetic ability to detoxify, that can increase insulin resistance and continued weight loss frustratingly stalls. That is why the LCDA recommends detoxification protocols all throughout the lives of pre-diabetic and diabetic patients, in pre-diabetics to perhaps help prevent the onset of diabetes and in diabetics to allow better control of glucose, less insulin resistance, and continual weight loss.

So, what does detoxification mean? Each patient needs to be analyzed individually. The LCDA recommends different types of detoxification protocols using thehuman body’s own “emunctories,” organs of detoxification. The LCDA supports optimizing liver detoxification abilities. The LCDA also recommends regularly sweating, as perspiration is an excellent way to cleanse chemicals and metals from the body, ensuring good daily bowel movements, and drinking enough fresh water to help the kidneys and bladder regularly urinate.

There are also cleansing protocols including water and juice fasting, and detox programs from companies utilizing specific powders, green foods, shakes, and gut cleansers (minus laxatives, which the LCDA does not recommend), and utilizing a prescription chelator (binding agent). The LCDA will continue to offer lectures and newsletter information on environmental toxins and on detoxification protocols.

Of course, the LCDA stringently states that no diabetic should do any detoxification regimen without first consulting with their physician and getting approval and guidance. Not all protocols are safe for all diabetic patients and medical supervision is necessary to investigate and follow any detoxification protocol.

JOIN the LCDA to learn more about environmental toxins, about how to have a “green” home, and about detoxification protocols.