The post I want to do today will, unfortunately, need to be in two parts.  First, I need to remind you that if you want to join us in our “virtual group detox” that begins this Saturday, 9/17/11, you’ll need to be sure to get your nutraceutical supplement from the office today or tomorrow.  Also, please let the staff know if you want your email address to be seen by the others doing the cleanse (so you can join in the discussion) or if you want to be a “lurker”—-your email gets sent blinded to the others so you can read the exchange but they don’t know you’re there.

Holistic Approach to Detoxification

The remainder of this post will be sent later today or this evening….I’m currently attending the Institute for Functional Medicine’s 5 day basic course, and we just covered the how’s and why’s of detoxification yesterday.  I’ve got a lot of information in my head and not enough time this morning to get it all out in this post.  The good news is that it will help this upcoming detox be even more informative for you all!  The IFM is the group known as the “science nerds” in the integrative holistic medicine world—when I first started learning this approach years ago, I had to get an updated Biochem textbook, cause that is the level on which these folks think!  The good news is that they’ve learned how to take this thinking and make it more approachable for the average care provider—rather than “find the single thing wrong and then the pill that fixes it”,  Functional Medicine uses systems theory to see the big picture.  Not just the disease or several diseases someone might have, but the underlying process that those diseases have in common.  For instance, we call cardiovascular disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s separate things….but they are all manifestations of cellular inflammation.  Fix the inflammation and all three disease states improve.

Liver Cleansing Detox Diet

So stay tuned for a brief post later about Functional Medicine in general and liver detoxification in particular. And no, you don’t need to be a science nerd to understand it!