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This post will be a short detour from building material to talk about detox.
It can be much easier to bring down sensitivities than to try and avoid all toxins. Even if you are not extremely sensitive you may want to build more resiliency and do more out there in the real world.
Everything on this list is something that has helped me or people I know to bring down chemical sensitivities.
I brought down my sensitives sensitivities with the following methods: first removed my amalgams at a biological dentist.
Of course, I was in my non-toxic tiny house with good outdoor air so it was the perfect environment to detox in. I then started a full Shoemaker course of Cholestyramine (CSM).
Which was intense but immediately brought down brain fog and increased my energy. My sensitivities came down by the end of the course. CSM was life-changing for me, that’s what got me back to work. I think I’d be dead without it.
I then brought in Alpha Lipoic Acid which helped my sleep quite a bit. But now I’m more cautious with this as I tend to mobilize metals. I only take the Andy Cutler approach to ALA now.
The next addition was Bulletproof Upgraded Glutathione Force which brought down my sensitivities some more. I now find glutathione difficult as it redistributes mercury according to Cutler.
That is what worked for me, but there are a lot of different ways to approach detox.
The best approach is probably to try something from each category. The people doing well often used binders, antioxidants, and sauna or coffee enemas.
Being in a non-toxic house and doing proper mold avoidance first does seem to be very important before starting any of the more intense detoxification methods. Here are of some of the options:
Alpha Lipoic Acid – An antioxidant that also assists in heavy metal detox. I only use the Andy Cutler method of taking this now.
Liposomal Vitamin C – Vitamin C helps detox the liver of free radicals.
Bulletproof Upgraded Glutathione Force – Helps your body remove toxins, including environmental toxins such as mold. Also assists with heavy metal detox. I no longer find this safe for me due to metals redistribution.
Different binders pull out different toxins. Many people use 3 at a time for intensive detox periods. If you are healthy and want to minimize heavy metals you can use the gentler ones for upkeep or when you are eating fish.
Activated Charcoal – Binds to a wide range of toxins including moud, but also binds to minerals so it is tricky to space out with food.
Takesumi Supreme is a bamboo charcoal.
Bentonite Clay – Binds to a range of toxins including mold.
Zeolite – A mineral that binds to a number of toxins and metals. I only use the Zeobind brand as other brands might release aluminum.
Chlorella – Binds to mercury, mould and other toxins. Does not interfere with nutrient absorption. I had trouble with the iodine content in it and I now avoid this due to the metal redistribution.
Modifilan – A seaweed extract, binds to heavy metals amongst other toxins. Also contains iodine. Recent third party testing showed this came with metals in it.
Cholestyramine (CSM) – prescription drug, promoted by Dr. Shoemaker for removing toxins including mycotoxins. The most powerful of the binders. Binds to a wide range of toxins and is especially effective for mold. Particularly ochratoxin.
Welchol – The prescription alternative for those who cannot tolerate CSM.
Psyllium – A fibre that binds to bile and the toxins contained within.
Chitosan – Similar action to that of CSM, Welchol and Psyllium, in that it binds to bile, pulling toxins from the liver. It is made from prawn shells. Chitosan and Psyllium are less effective than the prescriptions.
Modified Citrus Pectin – A likely very well tolerated binder made from pectin. Binds to heavy metals, especially lead without interfering with nutrients.
There is so much more information now on which binders bind to which toxins. This article is a review of the literature. Dr. Jill Carnahan gives her overview of binders here. Klinghart’s Sophia Institute gives their summary here. I found this chart useful for looking at which binder binds to which toxin.
Coffee enemas – Detox by producing more bile and stimulating glutathione. More info here.
Infrared Sauna – Toxins are released through the sweat. If you can handle the heat, this is a low-cost high returns option.
Micro-Minerals – Having adequate minerals will prevent toxic metals from binding.
Molybdenum – A mineral extremely important for detoxification.
Calcium-d-glucarate – Helps more toxins to be excreted through bile. Noted to be helpful for trichothecene.
The producer of Immunothrive claims that it helped her reduce her mould sensitivities.
The herbalist Buhner well known for his treatment of Lyme disease provides this formula for bringing down mold sensitivities.
Chelation IVs tend to be hard to tolerate for those who have MCS, and can be downright dangerous and deadly, but there are a couple of gentler options: DMPS and DMSA can be used with the frequent, low dose, oral chelation protocol by Dr. Cutler. Here is the protocol. ALA is also a used in this protocol. DMSA can be bought without a prescription.
Methylation is used for many functions in the body, including removing heavy metals, improving energy, and increasing glutathione.
It is a protocol that should help the body rebuild detox systems. The Yasko protocol is the most well known, and she offers her book for free online. There is also a forum that is very helpful, though this protocol is best done with a doctor because of its complexity.
There is also a simplified methylation protocol.
I’m seeing a lot of people make huge improvements with brain retraining. It seems that once one is in a non-toxic environment, and detox has been added, the brain can still overreact to very small amounts of toxins.
This program seems to be helping to re-train the brain to respond in healthier ways. The Gupta programme is one of these programs that I have seen people recover with.