Chelation therapy is the use of chelating agents to detoxify poisonous metal deposits such as arsenic, cadmium, mercury and lead. The chelating agents work by binding to the metals and converting them into a chemically inert, water soluble form that can be excreted from the body through the blood stream.
Why do we use chelation therapy?
We are exposed to heavy metals through our diet, dental fillings, vaccine preservatives, cosmetics, medications, processed foods, fuel sources, and personal care products. The presence of heavy metals in the body interferes with normal organ system function. Increasing levels of heavy metals in the air, water and topsoil is associated with increased levels of metals in our bodies. Resulting symptoms include chronic disease, learning disorders, cancer, neurological disorders and premature aging. Toxic heavy metal accumulation leads to decreases in mental, cognitive and physical health of the individual.
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Colon hydrotherapy is a process of cleansing the large intestine to boost the body’s natural elimination and detoxification abilities. The procedure involves a flow of sterile, warm water that gently enters the colon to flush out toxins and accumulated waste. Water will partially fill and be released from the colon several times during the appointment. Sometimes heat, gentle massage or mechanical lymphatic drainage devices are used over the abdomen to help relax the patient and remove waste material from the colon wall. Many colon hydrotherapy patients report renewed vitality, improved bowel function and increased energy as a result of the procedure. Colonics are often included in the treatment recommendation for detoxification, fatigue and weight loss.
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Lymph flow is an important component of our detoxification pathways, immune system, and cardiovascular system. Compromised lymph flow leads to an accumulation of toxins in the body. Causes of lymph stagnation include surgery, injury, sedentary lifestyle, poor diet and exposure to environmental toxins. The goal of lymphatic drainage techniques is to promote healthy lymph circulation. Manual lymph drainage was originally developed by French Dr. Bruno Chilely in the 1930’s. It utilizes gentle movements of the hands along lymph channels to relieve congestion. The practitioner will use touch to evaluate each patient’s unique lymph pathways to maximize lymph flow.
We also have a Lymph Star machine which is often combined with manual lymph drainage techniques or acupuncture to accelerate detoxification. It moves lymph with a combination of light, sound and noble gas ionization. During the treatment, the heads of the machine are placed in contact with the skin to stimulate the lymph channels.
Craniosacral is a body work technique developed by Dr. John E. Upledger. The craniosacral system incudes the membranes and cerebral spinal fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. During a treatment, the practitioner applies gentle touch with a pressure equivalent to the weight of a nickel. This releases restrictions in the flow of fluid and energy through the craniosacral system. This technique is very effective for treating chronic pain, neurological disorders, fatigue, learning disabilities and psychological disorders. The intention of a craniosacral treatment is to strengthen the body’s innate healing processes and optimize immune system functioning. The patient remains fully clothed during the session.
We offer infrared and steam sauna therapy as a powerful tool to support our largest detoxification organ, the skin. It also relieves some of the burden on the other elimination organs including the kidneys and liver by increasing the release of toxins through sweat. The passive sweating that occurs during a sauna treatment is a more effective way to detoxify than sweat from strenuous exercise. This is because exercise stimulates the sympathetic nervous system which inhibits toxin elimination.
Sauna therapy can also be used to speed recovery from chronic infections by increasing the body temperature. Long-term benefits of sauna therapy include improved circulation and oxidation of the tissues.
Infrared sauna therapy is a helpful treatment as part of a detoxification protocol to eliminate toxic metals and chemicals. Infrared is an antioxidant nutrient that supports metabolism and separates toxins from water molecules. Additionally, the air temperature in the infrared sauna is cooler than the air in a conventional sauna because infrared energy is absorbed by the body instead of simply heating the air. Patients report a more pleasant experience due to the cooler air temperature while getting the effect of penetrating infrared heat.
Steamed heat with or without ozone
Steam Sauna Therapy has been used for thousands of years by the Norwegians, Native North American Indians, Swedes, and many others. Steam Sweat Therapy is a powerful healing and rejuvenation experience. Steam Therapy is known to:
- Dramatically increase oxygenation of the tissues and cells
- Increase the White Blood Cell count
- Increase circulation, oxygen and nutrient delivery within the body
- Burn 400-600 calories per session!
- Increase tumor necrosis factor by up to 500 times
- Purge the body of accumulated toxins such as pesticides, PCBs, drug residues, acidic wastes and much more
- Stimulate the Immune System
- Kill bacteria and viruses
- Relax and loosen sore muscles
Sweat contains more toxins than urine! It is for this reason that the skin is often called the third kidney. Steam Sweat Therapy is a powerful healing tool that is rarely used in North American Society. Steam Therapy should be part of everyone's regular health maintenance plan.
Home Detox Support Program
Patient specific home programs to aid in enhancing your treatment plan designed at CMC. This may include specific therapeutic exercises, affusions, washes, nutrition plans, inhalations, dry skin brushing, and much more depending on your needs.
Range from long-term exercise regimes to individualized exercises to increase range of motion and decrease pain.
Dry Skin Brushing
A specifically designed system of skin brushing that aid in proper lymph system drainage; strengthens the components of the skin, thus reducing wrinkling and cellulite; increases circulation; and enhances the immune and bio-energetic systems of the body.
Are utilized to reduce inflammation and pain in specific areas such as the spine and joints. Packs can be used hot or cold depending on needs.
EAV stands for electroacupuncture according to Voll. Dr. Reinhold Voll, a physician from West Germany, developed the machine as a way of measuring the flow of electromagnetic energy through acupuncture meridians. This biofeedback machine measures skin conductivity to identify areas of inflammation or organ degeneration. Readings indicate changes in diet, supplementation, mental state and physical condition. EAV is used to identify imbalances and weaknesses in the body and also to identify the most effective treatment to strengthen the body.
- EFT – EFT or Emotional freedom techniques acknowledge unresolved emotional issues as major causes of physical illness. The theory behind EFT identifies physical symptoms as manifestations of underlying emotions that lead to disease. The treatment goal is to address the underlying emotional problems by stimulating acupuncture points to allow energy to flow freely though the body. The patient is trained to rapidly tap their finger over specific meridians (or energy pathways) to retrain the body to release emotional blockages. This technique has been successfully used to treat a wide variety of physical symptoms as well as psychological problems including cravings, addictions, phobias and anxiety.
**The following technique is one aspect of EFT developed by Roger Callahan, Ph.D. **
First find the “gamut spot” which is located about one inch below the “V’ created by the ring finger and the pinky finger on the back of the hand. Continuously tap this spot while performing the following exercise:
- Open your eyes for 5 seconds.
- Close your eyes for 5 seconds.
- Open your eyes for 5 seconds.
- Without moving your head, look down and to the right for 5 seconds.
- Without moving your head, look down and to the left for 5 seconds.
- Roll your eyes in a circle to the right.
- Roll your eyes in a circle to the left.
- Count to 5 out loud.
- Hum out loud for 5 seconds.
- Count to 5 out loud.
- Look straight ahead and without moving your head, look down as far as you can and then slowly move your eyes to look up as far as you can.
There are two main goals of oxidative medicine. The first is to provide oxygen to the body which can be utilized for all metabolic functions. Oxygen therapy stimulates the production of WBC’s to improve the delivery of oxygen from blood to tissues in the body. The other goal of oxidative medicine is to increase the concentration of electron in the body. This is done by using ozone, IV hydrogen peroxide and photo-oxidation. These techniques oxidize harmful substances including bacteria, viruses, fungi and toxins. Oxidative therapy is indicated for many conditions including cardiovascular diseases, infectious diseases, autoimmune disorders, neurological disorders and respiratory illnesses
Environmental medicine providers believe that health is impacted by interactions between the environment and our bodies. We live in an increasingly toxic environment and the accumulation of toxins in our body compromises our ability to be healthy. The major focus of environmental medicine is to prevent or minimize exposures to harmful substances. Environmental medicine providers specialize in identifying illnesses or symptoms that are a result of environmental or dietary exposure to toxins. They also work to enhance community awareness about the harmful effects of contaminants in the home and workplace. At Comprehensive Medical Center, our custom detoxification programs will often include chelation therapy, saunas, colon hydrotherapy and footbaths.
This therapeutic modality is based on research conducted by Dr. Guenther Enderlein (1872-1968). He found that when there was altered internal milieu of the organism, (i.e. altered pH, poor diet, lymphatic and or circulatory congestion, inflammation, infection, exposure to toxicity, etc.), the microorganism would progress through various stages of its development. The first stage is dependent upon the altered milieu and the body’s ability to sufficiently correct the disturbances. Thus the basis for his treatment was to alter the internal milieu with pH modulators and diets, and administer lower valent forms of the microorganism, i.e. isopathic/homeopathic medicine. Once reduced to lower valence they are eliminated from the body via the normal excreting organs. Isopathic is the therapeutic administration of the causative agent. Homeopathic is the use of a dilution process to create different forms of the medicine.