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Detoxification Detoxification is a critically important component of a wellness program, but it is not able to compensate for a highly toxic lifestyle. We cannot continue the degree of toxic overwhelm to the immune system and expect detoxification techniques to fix the problems. Bombarding the body with toxins from the diet and environment is like leaving clutter and garbage throughout the house, exceeding the capacity for the cleaning crew to keep up. The levels of toxicity in the past 200 years has increased at such an exponential rate that we have not been able to adapt, hence the reason for alarmingly high rates of degenerative diseases. Over 75,000 synthetic chemicals have been added to the food system since 1942. Man-made microwaves (EMF) and the wide spread use of cell phones and WiFi are a huge contributing factor to metabolic stress and toxicity. So why detox? Imagine living in a home where for years you never cleaned, never dusted, never swept and mopped the floors, never cleaned the toilets and sinks and never cleaned the refrigerator. Besides being gross, things would not work well! For the same reason the oil in a car needs to be changed after so many miles, the body needs to be "cleansed" from the build up of waste products produced from normal cellular metabolism. When we expose our pet's bodies to dietary toxins (like GMO's, pesticides and hormones) and expose them to environmental toxins (like pesticides, toxic cleaners, air fresheners, propylene glycol and xenoestrogens), we overwhelm the body's natural organs of detoxification and the result is disease. Our pet's bodies (and ours) are exquisite machines ingeniously designed for self-cleansing and detoxification. Dogs and cats have 5 organs of elimination (lungs, kidneys, liver, colon, skin) and an immune system. When the organs of elimination are doing their job, it is not always a pleasant experience (vomiting, diarrhea and exudative skin disease for example), but they are necessary and effective! Because our lifestyles exceed the capacity of the bodies natural detoxification system, we need to help detoxify using a variety of natural methods. When properly maintained, the body is self-sustaining and capable of regenerating itself, making 300 billion new cells a day! Systematic Approach To Detoxification Before beginning a detox program, speak with a knowledgeable holistic integrated veterinarian. It is vitally important to do no harm in the quest to do good. Animals are not small people and some things that are good for people may be toxic to pets! Reduce Environmental Toxins Stop pollution and cellular damage by eliminating exposure you have control over (can't clean the floors in a house while people keep tracking through with muddy shoes!) You can't effectively detox while continuing to bombard the body with toxins. Reduce or remove chemicals, pesticides, preservatives, mycotoxins and xenoestrogens (estrogen mimicking substances found in soaps, cleaners, cosmetics and plastics). Solutions Clean with vinegar, water, hydrogen peroxide and essential oils (improves air quality as well.) Use only organic products for anything that touches the skin, and use natural methods for yard care. Employ protection devices against electromagnetic fields (EMFs). Eliminate plastic (BPA) from toys and dishes. If you can't avoid walking your pet through contaminated/chemically sprayed lawns, have them wear booties or wash their feet to reduce absorption. Controlling Inflammation and Obesity STOP FEEDING TOXINS Processed diets (kibble and can foods) are devoid of enzymes and probiotics (vitally needed gut bacteria and yeast). They are loaded with omega-6 fatty acids (which promotes inflammation) An Essential Component of Pet Health Care Page 16| Abby's Magazine -

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