Environmental toxins are chemicals in the environment that are harmful to our health. They begin to accumulate before we’re even born and the older we get, the more toxins our bodies contain. So far, scientists have detected 232 different chemicals in the cord blood of newborn infants and 493 different chemicals in people of all ages.
As our awareness of environmental toxins and their impact on our health continues to grow, detox products and protocols are becoming increasingly popular, from fasting and raw food diets to foot baths and body wraps. But do these things really work? And what is detox anyway? A basic understanding of detoxification can clear up the misconceptions.
In his book, Hippocrates’ Shadow: Secrets from the House of Medicine, David H. Newman, MD discusses how our health care system has become broken and how we can begin to repair it. He discloses how doctors have failed patients and explains why the doctor-patient relationship is critical to good care. He also addresses the NNT (number of patients that need to be treated for one patient to benefit) of various medical interventions and concludes that many common and costly screening tools are of no benefit when it comes to saving lives. This is an insightful and thought-provoking book for doctors and patients alike.