Environmental Toxins

A Modern Day Trojan Horse

Environmental toxins are omnipresent and unavoidable, both visible and invisible, and often imperceptible in smell and taste. So they may appear to be harmless. Until they enter our body. There they alter our gene-regulation (epigenetics), ), influence our metabolic processes, hinder our regulatory mechanisms, and often cause latent, subliminal, permanent inflammation ("silent inflammation"). All environmental toxins ultimately damage the immune system. They are a major contributor to many ailments, especially chronic and debilitating diseases. That's why we urgently need precise and targeted environmental medicine in modern healthcare.

Omnipresent Environmental Pollution

Today everyone is exposed to countless everyday toxins. Cumulatively over time, the level of toxicity increases. Depending on an individual's ability to detoxify, people cope with it very differently. In today's disease patterns, environmental toxins often play a central role. So an analysis of the individual exposure is almost always helpful to understand the main causes of a disease. Nowadays a causal analysis without a precise diagnosis of the everyday environmental toxins would be incomplete. This is why environmental medicine is a central component of modern medicine.

The most frequent, most important and most threatening pollutants in the world are assessed and ranked by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). From millions of poisons, the 250 most important and most common everyday pollutants are selected in terms of distribution and toxicity. Topping the CERCLA list (Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act) are metals and metalloids: 1. arsenic, 2. lead, 3. mercury, followed by PVC (polyvinyl chloride), PCB (polychlorinated biphenyls) and PAH (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) in ninth place. Cadmium, another metal, comes in seventh place, and the insecticide DDT, which is banned in Europe yet still sprayed by the hundreds of millions of tons annually in the rest of the world, takes 13th place. Aluminum is only found in 183rd place and formaldehyde, the nerve poison often mentioned in the media, is listed in 224th place (as of 2017).

Initially, only the most critical everyday toxins can be addressed here. It is important to know that other metals such as silver, platinum, palladium, gold (all of which are frequently found in dental gold), thallium, nickel, beryllium and radioactive uranium also play a significant role in many diseases. For example, if the body has already been exposed to mercury or lead, which almost every individual has, additional exposure to silver, gold, palladium, platinum, aluminum, cadmium, iron, copper, titanium or nickel can have a multiplying effect on toxicity.

Consequently, studies show that even small amounts of aluminum (often in vaccines), iron, copper, uranium, and nickel have adverse health effects on humans. Uranium, which is increasingly being ingested through drinking water, has similar toxicity to lead. As a result of the widespread application of phosphate fertilizers in agriculture, about one-third of Germany's drinking water sources already contain an alarming amount of uranium.

85,000 synthetic substances dominate everyday modern human life

Ignoring environmental toxins in modern medicine is irresponsible. In addition to the virtually unmanageable number of everyday and omnipresent pollutants in both outdoor and indoor environments, this also includes industrially produced food. The eternal land of milk and honey at the supermarket, with its unlimited quantities of fruit, vegetables, salads, dairy products, meat, and grain products always available, can only be achieved with the help of several thousand chemicals.

For example, household dust still contains formaldehyde, the flame retardant bromine (PBB) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), which, in addition to the neurotoxic fluorine compounds in toothpaste, suppress the vital iodine in the thyroid gland and thereby promote thyroid diseases such as Hashimoto and Basedow. The consequences are impacting more and more people.

Iodine is not only essential for our thyroid gland, as conventional medicine teaches, but also the female breast, male prostate, pancreas, pituitary gland (hormone control system) and our connective tissue all depend on iodine. In the majority of our patients, we find an iodine deficiency.

In a world where ever-increasing amounts of chemical substances dominate everyday life, and the seas and lakes along with their inhabitants are all now contaminated with microplastics, heavy metals, and pesticides, and the industrialized large-scale production of food using an almost unlimited number of synthetic chemicals is granted virtually unlimited freedom, everyone should be aware of the vital role played today by environmental medicine.

One of the consequences of the increase in ubiquitous environmental toxins is a significant increase in Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Syndrome (MCS).

The most frequently detected environmental toxins in our patients reveal the valuable benefits of environmental medical diagnostics:

  1.  Mercury (dental amalgam, fish, compact and tube fluorescent bulbs), imported fruits, coal-fired power plants (of which Hamburg has three), earlier grain treatment, fever thermometers, etc.)
  2.  Lead from tobacco, water pipes, mushrooms and seafood
  3.  Arsenic
  4.  Various types of solvents
  5. Tin
  6.  Flame retardants (polybrominated biphenyls)
  7.  Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs from paints, varnishes, adhesives, seals, house dust, gas emissions from concrete)
  8.  Pentachlorophenol (wood preservative, indoor pollution)
  9.  Pesticides, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides in foods
  10.  Microplastics, phthalates, bisphenols (food packaging and fish)
  11.  Antimony
  12.  Aluminum (which is still) used in medicines and vaccines, beverage cans)

We can test your individual detoxification ability with great accuracy during Phase 1 and Phase 2 detoxification metabolism.

Phase 1 detoxification is checked using the cytochrome P-450 system. Even here, the highly individual detoxification and metabolic abilities can be determined. In particular, drug tolerance and intolerance can be clearly determined.

Phase 2 enables us to most reliably test individual detoxification capabilities of environmental toxins:

Glutathione S-transferases (GST)play a key role in the detoxification of carcinogens and numerous other toxins such as the frequently detected toxic heavy metals mercury and lead. Gene variants in the enzymes GST-M1, GST-T1, and GST-P1 lead to impaired removal of the extremely radical compounds of Phase I reactions, thereby increasing the risk of tumors, neurodegenerative diseases and various diseases associated with oxidative stress. This also leads to drugs failing to produce therapeutic effects.

There may be a complete loss of activity in GST-M1 and GST-T1, and a gene variant is known to result in altered enzyme activity in GST-P1.

Microsomal epoxide hydrolase (mEH)converts highly reactive epoxides from phase I into water-soluble substances and renders them excretable. Besides foreign substances such as acrylamides from potato chips, benzenes (street traffic) and aflatoxins (toxic molds), various drugs are neutralized. There are two mutations in the mEH gene which, depending on their occurrence, lead to increased or decreased mEH activity and can result in increased toxicity of epoxide-forming substances during detoxification.

Several variants in the N-acetyltransferase 2 (NAT2) gene lead to the "slow acetylator" type in phase II. The accumulation of radical phase I metabolites can induce toxic effects as well as clinically relevant adverse drug reactions including hypersensitivity, neuropathy or leukopenia. NAT2 is formed in the liver where it triggers the detoxification of benz(a)pyrene, polycyclic aromatics and hydrazines, and is also involved in the breakdown of amino acids.

Paraoxonase 1 (PON1) hydrolyzes a multitude of nerve toxins and various organophosphorus insecticides that are still frequently used, such as parathion (E605), diazinon and the widely used chlorpyrifos, along with numerous other toxic substances. Two genetic variants in the PON1 gene are associated with reduced enzyme activity.

Superoxide dismutase 2 (SOD2) protects mitochondria from oxidative stress through free oxygen radicals. This enzyme also plays an essential role in the detoxification of dental alloys. A gene mutation is associated with diminished enzyme activity, which means that carriers of this gene mutation are at risk of damage to the mitochondria. The result is accelerated aging. These patients also have an increased risk of cardiomyopathy from iron overload, degenerative bone processes, autoimmune diseases, male infertility, breast cancer, ovarian cancer and possibly Parkinson's disease.


Environmental Medicine Diagnostics

  1. Status of environmental toxins, often gradually stored over years, which block and damage the body's natural self-regulation
  2. Test for heavy metal exposure
  3. Advanced contaminant analysis for other everyday environmental toxins (microplastics, indoor pollution, etc.)
  4. Filtrate analysis, also called eluate analysis (following blood/plasma cleaning), through INUSpherese®
  5. Genetic diagnostics
  6. Test for aerotoxic syndrome
  7. A biological assessment of the building structure at home or at work

In case your laboratory results are abnormal, appropriate detox therapies can be found.

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