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Are You Toxic?

Detoxification is one of the most important natural processes going on in our body every day through our liver, lymphatic system, kidneys, gastrointestinal tract, skin and lungs. We face toxins continuously in the form of toxins in our food, pollution in our air, and toxins our body creates in its normal every day processes. Our body’s detox systems may be sluggish which can contribute to many health problems. I saw the following survey in a newsletter by Heel (homeopathic medicine company) and thought it was an interesting glimpse to see how toxic you are.

Answer the following questions, add the points and read about your results.

Part 1

Never = 0 Sometimes = 1 Often = 2

  • Do you feel irritable or nervous?
  • Do you suffer from mood swings or crying spells?
  • Do you feel anxious or have fears without justified reasons?
  • Are you experiencing a decrease in memory or concentration?
  • Do you suffer from headaches?
  • Do you have disturbed and restless sleep?
  • Do you suffer from skin problems like increased sweating, rashes, acne or eczema?
  • Are you having excessive mucous production or discharge?
  • Do you suffer from sinusitis or ear infections?
  • Do you suffer from constipation, diarrhea or bloating?
  • Do you suffer from urinary tract infections?
  • Do you suffer from muscle or joint aches?
  • Do you have cravings for certain foods (bread, cheese, sweets, etc)?

Part 2

Never = 0 Sometimes = 2 Often = 4

  • Do you feel stressed or exhausted?
  • Do you drink alcoholic beverages?
  • Do you eat in fast food restaurants?
  • Do you tend to eat unbalanced diets?
  • Do you suffer from arthritis?
  • Do you have problems with water retention?

Part 3

No = 0 Yes = 4

  • Do you have any food intolerance?
  • Do you smoke?
  • Do you suffer from any kind of allergies?
  • Have you been diagnosed with fibromyalgia?
  • Do you tend to gain weight easily?
  • Do you suffer from obesity?
  • Are you exposed to toxic substances at work?

Total Points: ________

Evaluation of your results

Total points < 15 points: Congratulations! Your body's detoxification system is working efficiently and you don't show many symptoms of toxicity.

Total points 15-60 points: There seems to be some unhealthy aspects in your life. There may be toxins accumulated in your tissues which are beginning to impede your body’s detox system. We recommend doing a detox therapy for a minimum of 4 weeks. Also, think about changing your lifestyle with better diet and exercise and stress reduction.

Total points >60 points: You are probably severely exposed to different toxins, and your body seems to be incapable of handling them on its own. You should think about supporting your body in dealing with this toxic burden. It may help to consult with us for a thorough detoxification program.

Michael Corsilles, ND, PA-C