What is it?
Detoxification is the process of ridding the body of known poisons that interrupt cellular processes. Heavy metals, pesticides, food additives, petrochemicals and by-products from germs are all poisonous to the human body. Foods you cannot metabolise and excessive supplements or medication may also be toxic.
Functional Medicine regards toxicity as a key driver of disease because it impairs proper functioning throughout the body including the metabolic, immunologic, neurologic, digestive and endocrine systems.
There are various methods of detoxification that a well-trained practitioner can recommend. Diet, supplementation, chelation, exercise, energy medicine and cleaning up the environment can all support detoxification.
Who is it for?
Detoxification supports cellular health and therefore works to both treat and prevent a range of conditions including but not exclusive to;
ADHD, Allergies, Anxiety, Asthma, Autism, Behaviour, Cancer, Celiac, Chronic Fatigue, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive Disorders, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Eating Disorders, Eczema, Food Intolerances, Heart Disease, Infections, Learning Delay, Obesity, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Pyroluria, Schizophrenia, Sensory Integration, Speech-Language Delay.
In sick people detoxification can lead to improved immunity. In a healthy person (with accumulating toxins), it can prevent disease.
Children can especially benefit from reducing toxic load (which can improve cellular health) during important periods of mental and physical development.
What are the benefits?
According to the Functional Medicine model, detoxification supports cellular health which in turn supports all body systems. The benefits may include improved metabolic, immunologic, neurologic and digestive function.
Detoxification may also reduce oxidative stress and inflammation which in turn could reduce symptoms of allergies, arthritis, asthma, ADHD, Autism and a wide range of disease.
Detoxification may also help to reduce infections which tend to thrive when the body is in a weakened state.
What are the costs?
Costs of Detoxification vary and are best assessed by a skilled Functional Medicine practitioner. They might include consulting fees, lab tests, supplements, books, special foods and consulting from an allied professional (e.g. nutritionist).
Where can I find a practitioner?
Finding a well-trained Functional Medicine practitioner requires research. You can reference the lists below for one in your area and should consider checking references and interviewing several before you select one.
Defeat Autism Now! trains Functional Medicine practitioners (and carers) around the world who specialise in childhood neurobiological disorders (Autism, ADHD, allergies), but who would understand Functional Medicine as it relates to all disease. If they cannot treat you, they might be able to refer you to someone who can. A list of trained practitioners can be found at the Autism Research Institute.
The World Anti-Aging Academy of Medicine can help you find Functional Medicine practitioners throughout the world.
The American Academy of Anti-Aging has a directory of doctors, spas, clinics and products that support Functional Medicine treatments for all disease.
The American College for the Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) trains practitioners in complementary, alternative and integrative medicine. which incorporates Functional Medicine .
Australia & New Zealand
The Australian College of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine (ACNEM) trains practitioners in Nutritional & Environmental Medicine (incorporating Functional Medicine ) in Australia and New Zealand.
The Australasian Integrative Medical Association (AIMA) has a membership of Functional Medicine Practitioners in Australia & New Zealand.
Mindd Foundation trains practitioners in Integrative Healthcare and Functional Medicine in Australia and New Zealand.
Where Can I Find Support?
Detoxification & Healing
Children with Starving Brains
Changing The Course of Autism
Healing the New Childhood Epidemics
What’s Biomedical Treatment (Generation Rescue)