Daily Lessons! Day 16...Tests for Toxicity

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Tests for Toxicity

Prepared to be bored. I am lowering expectations. But it's good to know this and keep this lesson in a safe place. 

How do you know what's going on in your body? Do you even want to know?

I am going to list the tests that can be done to get the "bio-markers" of toxicity. But I will tell you, most likely you won't need to do them unless things get serious. And they are not exactly tests that no one has heard of. The reason I say you don't really need them is because the solutions to toxicity are very common pragmatic things you should do anyway in order to live a healthy lifestyle.

First thing I am going to say is that the standard cholesterol blood lipid test is a hoax. It doesn't tell you the information you really need. 

The next time you are asked to do a blood lipid profile, request the VAP test. It's the same cost as the regular test and your insurance should cover it like any blood lipid profile test. In the standard test, a lot of numbers are guess work and deduced based on assumptions. The VAP test actually measures by count, not assumptions. And the marker it provides is most important and that is the size of the cholesterol LDL particles. 

Big and fluffy particles means they'll be bouncing around in the blood not causing any harm. So the LDL number becomes inconsequential. If the particle size is small and dense, then the risk is that some of those particles will get lodged in the lining of the arteries. This will provoke an inflammatory response and cholesterol will increase to try to do repairs to the lining. The breach in the wall and the inflammation cause a necessary but exaggerated response and after years of this, you can start accumulating and building bumps along the artery walls, leading to clogged arteries. However, you can use a simple 3 step dietary modification without medicine to lower your cholesterol and inflammation. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIVKGsFNFEo - Don't put your body into toxic overload by using pharmaceutical drugs. 

Now quickly: Here's a list of tests you can look at to verify your level of toxicity and inflammation:
Transit Time:
Can be done at home. Ingest 1.5 to 3.0 grams of charcoal just after a BM. Record the time of ingestion and the time when the stool becomes black. Healthy time is 12 to 18 hours. If shorter  or longer, there is a digestive issue that can lead to toxicity. 

Waist to height ratio: 
Measures body fat distribution. Ideally, all should aim to keep their waist measurement less than half that of their height. That means a 6ft (72 inch) tall man should aim to keep his waist less than 36 inches, while a 5ft 4in (64 inch) woman should keep hers under 32 inches.

Hydration:
Elimination of toxins rely on hydration. Here's the test: Pinch and release the skin on the back of your hand. If the skin is slow to flatten then you need to drink more water. 

Here's the medical tests if things are truly serious.
Hemoglobin A1C
C-Reactive Protein
Homocystine
First morning urine Ph
Vitamin D levels
Omega-3 Index value
Food Allergy tests

Hopefully, none of these would be necessary if you are eating right and thinking right. You can head things off at the pass if you use this detox shake once a day:

Start with half a cucumber and natural spring water.

Mix in any or as many of these options:

  • Juice from 1/2 a lime, parsley or cilantro

  • 2 to 4 leaves of chard, spinach or kale

  • Ground flax, sesame or chia seeds

  • Cashews or other nuts blended with applesauce, banana, apple or pear

  • Maple syrup or honey

  • Celery or nectarine

  • Whey protein powder


You can probably come up with at least a hundred different combinations. It's not hard to do and your body will thank you. Thanks to Dr Russell Jaffe MD for his bio-detox shake recipe. 

Affirmations: I am amazed at the mysteries and intricacies of my body.

  • Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it. Rumi.

Hope this helps.

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