02 Apr Detox starts with Drainage
A quick listen to any number of calls we take to our support lines at Microbe Formulas will most certainly yield some iteration of this conversation:
“I have been diagnosed with ___________. Where do I begin?”
“I have a family member who’s been diagnosed with ____________. Where do we begin?”
This is a common experience and one that elicits a myriad of responses. One of the most important things to consider in an instance like this is what a diagnosis means and understand what the resulting label–sometimes one we then place on ourselves–causes. Diagnoses and labels typically serve to limit us mentally. They provide convenience (for example “oh, now I know why…”) but many times get in the way of us getting to the root of our obstacle.
One of the key concerns for those who find themselves recently “labeled” is whether or not this label will result in what we’ll term for this context “tunnel vision.” Will they focus on the negative? What information will they find that “validates” the label while avoiding the actual source of their newly named challenge? Will this become the one thing that rules their life–or what they will allow to rule it? And what about the response from families and friends? One of the hardest challenges those of us who have dealt with this situation personally face is others’ misunderstanding, potential lack of empathy, and heightened emotions because of the situation. Sometimes that which we do not fully understand ourselves can be difficult to explain to others, making their responses come across as unfeeling. The fact may be that your family member or friend simply has no frame of reference, and since the symptoms you may have aren’t staring them in the face, they don’t know how to react.
The current state of Western medicine is all about the convenience of a “label.” It’s all about out-diagnosing everyone else. What label, what diagnosis, what box, what category can someone be put in as an attempt at understanding is made. Healthcare professionals, most of them meaning well, do this daily. This labeling and “boxing” can have serious, unintended side effects. The most serious of these side effects is the aforementioned tunnel vision, but this tunnel vision can lead to more grave consequences.
This is why we advocate caution when it comes to where to begin in the wake of what we’ll term as a “labeling diagnosis.”
If we don’t take proper care, we lose sight of the options we have, the hope we can cultivate, and the ability we have to truly understand how we can best progress toward wellness.
Order in All Things
In our consultations at the individual level, our main emphasis is the order. This begins with understanding the upstream causes of our illnesses. Once we get a true feel for the “why,” we can begin to take the “what” that will lead us toward healing and wellness.
So what’s this order? According to Dr. Jay Davidson and Dr. Todd Watts, the four main challenges that patients need help working through are:
- Parasite infections
- Chronic infections (i.e. bacterial, viral, retroviral, fungal)
- Chronic toxicity (i.e. heavy metals, pesticides)
So Where Do We Begin?
The old saying is “all roads lead to Rome.” As we address our diagnosis and truly work toward getting to the core of the issue, we can’t take just any route. Our first on-ramp needs to be drainage. By starting our effort here, despite it not being all that exciting, we focus on what is most important–supporting our body’s ability to move things that we don’t want inside to the outside of our bodies. Drainage is simply that: how well–or how poorly–the body processes and moves things out of our body.
Perhaps the easiest visual to illustrate this process is to use a funnel. At the bottom of this funnel, we have the colon. As we move up the funnel, we get to the liver, kidneys, and bile duct, and then up further to the lymphatic system.
Of course, the hallmark of any well-functioning drainage system is that it actually drains. If a drainage system has blockage at any stage, it doesn’t work and typically, produces painful results. These can range from constipation to bloating if you’re not moving your bowels regularly, to toxic die-off symptoms to other things that could have been effectively preempted.
Sensitive? The higher your sensitivity the more you’ll want to focus on drainage and the more you’ll want to push detox. Remember, if your pathways aren’t draining, those toxins that you’re trying to flush out of your system will become blocked and you’ll end up with herxing symptoms. It’s clear that drainage remains a critical component to your body’s ability to deal with those things that have been residing in your system that no longer feel welcome because of the work you’re doing.
Things are Moving. Now What?
You’ve got your drainage draining and your detox detoxing, now what? Your primary focus here is getting to parasites. One of the key reasons we need to focus on parasites is that things like mold spores live within parasites. These mold spores stay put until their hosts are rousted out. Remove parasites and the mold spores no longer have a hospitable host–and are more easily removed from your system.
Parasites also have the ability to absorb heavy metals. In some instances, they can absorb anywhere from six to nine times their weight in heavy metals. Additionally, parasites will also house chronic viral and bacterial infections.
It’s easy to see from this why it’s important in any treatment protocol to avoid the “I’ll just skip the parasites and move into treating chronic infection” trap. Even with the best of treatment products and even better intentions, skipping parasites will never get to the root of the problem, and you’ll be back to square one eventually. This is because these parasites will continue to act as a shielding mechanism for these infections. You’ll see the same results with heavy metals.
Let’s put it this way: if you’re trying to detox heavy metals at the same time parasites are absorbing heavy metals, you’re faced with an uphill battle that your body isn’t equipped to effectively fight on its own. You need to kill the parasites so that they will release the heavy metals, you can support your body by inserting binders into your treatment and then your drainage efforts can be more effective.
Get to the Source
Let’s get back to my original question: “I’ve been diagnosed with ______. What should I do?”
I submit that we should be asking the following question instead: “What is the source of my health issues, and what is the proper order to follow to help me overcome them?” This course of action needs to become your guide.
This is the reason we created these Detox Protocols. It’s why we built our protocol guide to assist you. We sincerely hope that this will provide you with clarity–a road map if you will–and motivate and inspire you to know that you can make changes, you can adjust, and that you can move forward from chronic illness, infection, parasites, toxicity, and so many other things that are placing limits on what you can do today.
Please message me for a consultation so I can assess and help you decide how to start and which protocol is best for you.