Detoxification

Milk Thistle
By Christopher Shade, PhD

The use of bitters as a therapeutic tool can be traced back to ancient Egypt. Eventually, around the 1800s, these combinations of medicinal herbs became a popular cocktail. Today, there is a resurgence of interest in bitters as both a custom cocktail addition and as a powerful supportive aid to digestive health.

When it comes to digestive health, ingestion of bitter herbs acts along two proposed pathways:1

  • Binding of receptors that act reflexively to increase saliva and vagal tone of digestive organs.
  • Stimulation of local receptors to increase...
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Detox Apple Image
By Christopher Shade, PhD

In my last Natural Medicine Journal blog I discussed the importance of high quality mercury testing that includes hair, urine, and blood analysis. In this article, I’d like to address clinically-significant ways to enhance detoxification, in particular, the detoxification of heavy metals such as mercury.

There are nearly as many opinions about effective detoxification protocols as there are protocols. Although opinions abound, there is a core focus that is hard to argue with...

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