The difference between Detoxification, Internal Cleansing and Elimination
Internal cleansing involves two processes; detoxification and elimination. Some substances that are not toxic just need to leave the body unchanged, like water that is lost directly through expiration, perspiration and urination – that would be cleansing by “elimination” only. Most substances, however, are toxic to the body’s cells and need to undergo a chemical change and/or be grabbed by a non-toxic molecule, made by the body, to safely escort it out of the body – that is detoxification, while the actual traveling out of the body is the elimination part. Therefore “internal cleansing” is synonymous with detoxification and elimination.
A good herbal internal cleansing program will assist and improve the body’s own ability to detoxify and eliminate unwanted toxins and wastes. There are eleven systems of organs and tissues that work together and make up all the structures and functions of the human body. Six, out of eleven systems, which is over 50%, contribute daily to the detoxification of the body. They are the digestive (especially the colon and liver), integumentary (skin, hair, and nails), respiratory, urinary, lymphatic and circulatory systems.
Some Common Sources of Toxins from the Environment (exo-toxins)
- Household cleaning products
- Personal care products
- Home furnishings, clothes
- Food additives and preservatives
- Hobbies: arts/crafts, model building, automotive
- Drinking water
More on Endo-Toxins (from inside the body) & Exo-Toxins (from outside from outside the body)
Scientists estimate that in the time it would take you to read about colon cleansing on our site – your body’s natural metabolism will have produced enough “endo-toxins” to kill a small animal.
The Center for Disease Control studies human toxin levels and has found measurable amounts of more than 100 toxic chemicals (man made “exo-toxins”) in blood and urine of the general public.
- Integrative Medicine, 2nd edition, David Rakel MD
- Chapter 107, Detoxification, by Mario Salguero MD, PHD
- See http://www.cdc.gov for complete report.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) in collaboration with Mt. Sinai School of Medicine did a study that found 167 chemicals in the blood and urine of nine human volunteers. These people did not work with chemicals on the job or live near an industrial facility. Of the 1067 chemicals found:
- 76 cause cancer in humans or animals
- 94 are toxic to the brain and nervous system
- 79 cause birth defects