Our bodies are designed with systems that neutralize the threat of insupportable toxic burdens. These systems are ‘ignited’ by specific nutrients and are key for liver detoxification. Such nutrients are crucial for adequate liver function and effective detoxification, however, many chemicals as well as cancer treatment drugs are known to impair and inhibit some of these functions. The end result: Defective detoxification and an increase in the toxic burden.
Key Influential Factors
Each of the following factors is taken into account by your Functional Medicine team during the crafting of your individual detoxification plan:
- Genetic blue print
- The presence of Disease
- Diet and lifestyle
- Age and gender
Glutathione is a tripeptide (very small protein) that plays a key role in liver detoxification, acting as a ‘scavenger’ of destructive free radicals and therefore essential for liver support
N-acetylcystein is an amino acid that contributes to glutathione synthesis and protects against liver cell damage.
Also known as Silybum marianum, milk thistle herb has been utilized for thousands of years to remedy a variety of ailments, particularly liver and gall bladder problems. Scientific studies suggest that substances in milk thistle (especially a flavonoid called silymarin) act to protect the liver from toxins, including certain drugs such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), which in high doses (or in combination with alcohol) can cause liver damage. Silymarin has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and is thought to help the liver repair itself by growing new cells.
Additional treatment modalities that improve the mobilization and excretion of waste will be included in your customized program. For example, for those who are physically able, exercise or another physical activity is integrated as part of your detoxification program. Other treatments may include:
The Angeles Functional Oncology Treatment program underscores the importance of a healthy colon through the administration of various colon therapies for detoxification. The colon plays host to the body’s largest concentration of bacteria, which is essential for proper function and health of the colon. Inadequate dietary fiber, dehydration, bad (pathogenous) bacteria and bad dietary/lifestyle habits are all contributors to toxic overload and impaired elimination of the colon; the colon’s natural resource of ‘good’ bacteria counteracts these negative impacts to the colon.
Extra corporeal filtering
“Extra corporeal” means, literally, “outside the body”. This filtering therapy takes place externally through the use of perfusion: Blood is pumped out through a central line, passing through a UV light and filter to remove cellular debris and microorganisms.