Our livers are our primary detoxification organ although we also detoxify through our skin by sweating, as well as through our lungs, kidneys, and bowels. The liver must filter two kinds of toxins.
Endotoxins are those created by the bad bacteria and other bugs living in our guts and producing waste products. Exotoxins are the ones that come from outside of us. These include alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, medications, etc.
Today more than ever we are also assaulted on a daily basis by chemical toxins and heavy metals. “Better living through chemistry” is destroying our health. Chemicals are everywhere. They are in our food like antibiotics, hormones, preservatives, colorings, sweeteners, in our body care products, in our house cleaning products, in our cars and homes, pesticides, GMOs, and especially in our air and our water.
A report by the US Government, available on the CDC website called “The Fourth Report” reports that every human being alive has between 400-700 chemicals in their bodies. Some are known carcinogens and others known neurotoxins. We are seeing Alzheimer’s and dementia on the rise in rapidly increasing numbers.
It is up to our livers to help get these toxins out but they are becoming overtaxed and unable to keep working to keep pace with the ever-increasing load. We are starting to see younger and younger patients affected with symptoms of toxic burdens that they are incapable of handling.
Fortunately, the liver has amazing regenerative abilities. By reducing our toxic load, eating organic, healing our guts and adrenals and supporting our livers, it is possible to prevent some of the damage affecting our brains and bodies. I feel this is the most important service that the Kalish Method and Functional Medicine has to offer to the world today.
The Kalish Method
The Kalish Method is a functional medicine lab-based health approach focused on addressing five common conditions – weight gain, fatigue, depression, female hormone and digestive problems – through restoring the 3 main body systems: hormones, digestion and detoxification.