How Getting Rid of Toxins Can Help Treat Sarcoidosis
DISCLAIMER: CONSULT WITH A DOCTOR BEFORE DECIDING ON A TREATMENT PLAN FOR ANY DISEASE OR INJURY.
One primary and/or contributing cause of sarcoidosis is toxin buildup in the body. Heavy metals, silicone, fiberglass, talc, and other toxins can all lead to the development of sarcoidosis in certain cases. Since toxic buildup is a likely cause of this disease, it’s important to detoxify your environment, body, and food as part of a sarcoidosis healing protocol. Even if you don’t think that you’ve been exposed to these toxins, it’s still important to purify your environment as part of your treatment plan since, 1) most people in developed countries are exposed to SOME toxins on a regular basis, whether they know it or not, and 2) detoxification is an important part of healing for any disease situation, regardless of the cause.
Remove Toxins From Your Home and Water Supply
Toxic substances of all kinds live in your water supply, cosmetics, and cleaning products. These are the three most important areas to focus on when it comes to removing toxins from your home. Here are some steps to take to detoxify your home environment:
- If you don’t have one already, invest in a quality water purifier for your drinking water and/or regular tap water and for your shower/bath. Make sure the purifier can specifically remove bromine, chlorine, fluoride, and heavy metals, if possible.
- Reassess your cosmetics drawer. If you’re female, it’s likely you’re exposed to far more toxins than your male counterparts in the form of makeup and hair products. In either case, throw out (or set aside) products that contain parabens, phthalates, Fragrance/Parfum, petroleum-based products (petrolatum, mineral oil, vaseline, etc), sodium laureth sulfate, BHA and BHT, PEG compounds, triclosan, talc, formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (like quaternium-15, methenamine, and others), and siloxanes.
For shampoo, conditioner, and other hair products, Shea Moisture tends to produce safe, quality products (though you should always read the ingredients to be sure). Dr. Bronner’s soaps are best for body soap and hand soap. Au Naturale is a good makeup brand that usually avoids toxic ingredients.
- Reconsider all of your cleaning products. Unfortunately, women tend to be exposed to cleaning products more than men also, but this is an important thing to consider for both men and women. Replace all of your countertop and bathroom cleaners with a simple mix of vinegar, baking soda, and some water (add in some lemon essential oil to add a fresh scent, if you’d like). Use Dr. Bronner’s soap for dish soap.
- Do away with laundry detergents and fabric softeners. Instead, you can (again) use baking soda and vinegar to wash clothes, or soap nuts if you have access to them.
Chelation Therapy and Heavy Metal Detoxification
After you purify your environment, the next step is to detoxify your body. Heavy metal detoxification is an important step toward curing sarcoidosis. Chelation therapy, which is usually done using an IV, is a good first step. If you have mercury fillings, it’s important to find a holistic dentist who is willing to remove them and replace them. The American Bio-Dental Clinic in Tijuana, Mexico can provide this service in addition to chelation therapy after removal of the fillings to ensure that all of the mercury is removed from your system.
If you’re not able to receive IV chelation therapy, there are some other at-home treatments that can chelate heavy metals, too (you can also use these in addition to IV chelation, if you’d like):
- Chlorophyll and chlorophyll-rich foods (spirulina, dark leafy greens, wheatgrass, etc.)
- Lugol’s iodine solution (make sure to read more information online about Lugol’s iodine solution before starting; note, however, that everyone reading this should probably be taking iodine supplements to support overall health)
- Boron / boric acid
Detoxify Your Diet
Here are some important dietary guidelines to follow to ensure that you’re not consuming any toxic ingredients in your food:
- Eliminate all “junk foods” (these include foods like Cheetos, Oreos, TV dinners, M&M’s, and others)
- Cut out all trans fats and MSG – There are lists online that note all of the different forms of trans fat that show up in ingredient lists, even if it isn’t listed in the nutrition facts section. Examples of trans fats include hydrogenated oils and partially hydrogenated oils, and hidden examples of MSG include yeast extract.
- Avoid fish that may contain high levels of mercury or other heavy metals.
- Stick to eating “whole” foods – a whole food is a single ingredient like an apple, raw cacao, potatoes, nuts and seeds (without salt or oil), etc.
- Eliminate refined oils; eat only cold-pressed, unrefined oils like extra virgin olive oil, extra virgin coconut oil, avocado oil, flaxseed oil, and others. Don’t heat the oils, either; steam, boil, or bake foods and then top them with sauces made with unheated oils (this ensures that the oils retain their nutritional content).
- Eliminate refined sugars and sugar substitutes – The only acceptable sweeteners are RAW honey, stevia (powder or liquid is fine, but make sure it’s just stevia), and monk fruit (again, powders and liquids are fine as long as the product contains ONLY monk fruit).
- Eat sea salt or another form of unrefined salt – These salts contain trace minerals and vitamins that are essential for health.