the Autoimmune Detox Plan
Minimize Toxins to Beat Autoimmune Disease — the Detox Plan!
July 15, 2019
Original article and page source found here.
The following is an adapted excerpt from Beat Autoimmune, The 6 Keys to Reverse Your Condition and Reclaim Your Health, by Palmer Kippola with foreword by Mark Hyman, MD (Kensington Books). Palmer is a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach who reversed her MS by removing her inflammatory root causes and healing her gut. She has created a framework for healing and preventing autoimmune conditions called F.I.G.H.T.S.™ which represent the root cause categories we can control: Food, Infections, Gut health, Hormone balance, Toxins and Stress. This excerpt focuses on one of the 6 keys: Toxins.
Our health is the sum of our relationship with the environment — what we eat, drink, absorb, think, breathe, put on our skin, and how and where we live — and how well our body’s natural detoxification system works. Unfortunately, as the environment becomes ever more toxic, we are becoming more and more saturated with toxins. As a result, we’re sicker than we’ve ever been.
Evidence is mounting that our environment’s increasing toxic load is fueling the explosive growth of autoimmune conditions. In the 1970s, it was estimated that 1 in 5,000 people suffered from an autoimmune disorder. Today that number is more like 1 in 5.
The hockey stick growth correlates closely with the increase of environmental toxins over the last century. In 1930 there was virtually no large-scale manufacturing, and thus, there were almost no man-made chemicals in the environment. Experts estimate that there are now more than 100,000 synthetic chemicals in commerce in the U.S. and maybe a million in the environment. (1)
It may surprise you to learn that fewer than 5 percent of the chemicals used in everyday consumer products in the U.S. are tested for safety in humans before they are released into commerce. By contrast, Europe generally requires testing chemicals before releasing them for commercial use.
No one knows precisely how our modern-day environment is impacting our health, but we have strong indicators that our collective well-being is taking a dive. Some estimate the average American adult is loaded with 700 contaminants (2), and more startling, researchers at two major laboratories found an average of 200 toxic chemicals in the cord bl