Heavy Metals

What is Homotoxicology?

Homotoxicology studies the influence of toxic substances on humans. Dr Hans-Heinrich Reckeweg, the German medical doctor and homoeopath who developed Homotoxicology and referred to these substances as homotoxins.

In Homotoxicology all symptoms and disease's are viewed as a result of the appropriate, biological response, or resistance to toxic substances (homo-toxins).

When the body is unable to excrete toxins or acids, the healing phase of inflammation becomes active to try to rid the body, or the area of the toxins. If the increase in heat, or more commonly called inflammation cannot clear the toxin, the body will deposit the toxins somewhere in the body where they will not cause so much of an issue for homeostatic mechanisms. In other words, these toxins will be "walled off and isolated" from the rest of the body's communication systems. 

If the acid or toxin that was trying to be excreted could not be expelled, it backs up more and is deposited deeper and deeper into the system. In deeper, more vital organs such as the arteries, the heart, or lung. In short the toxin or homotoxin will get deposited at the weakest organ of the body, the locus minoris resistentiae. When the homotoxin cannot be excreted the body deposits it.

This is the basis of Homotoxicology that Dr Hans-Heinrich Reckeweg theorized in 1955 as a unifying approach of synthesising medicine and Homeopathy. 

The guiding diagnostic and prescriptive tool used in homotoxicology is known as the Six-Phase Table. The table allows the allocation of symptoms to the defined phases of the body's response and thereby assists in the facilitation of the appropriate preparations.

Diseases in Homotoxicology are expressions of the vital life force of a living organism against toxins, and its efforts to counteract and expel them.
— John Bumpus

 

In Nutritional Balancing, when the body is exhausted and depleted of energy, to the point that it can no longer expel homotoxins, for whatever reason, the organism tries through increased pathological means to make up for the damage already sustained.

This process goes in six distinct phases:

1. Excretion phase - or the expulsion of toxins through body orifices.

e.g. In this phase the body's defensive system is intact and can excrete homo-toxins in various ways such as through diarrhoea or a runny nose, fever, inflammation, vomiting; and mobilisation of white blood cells to consume the toxins.

2. Reaction phase - Where toxins are removed by the body responding to homotoxins, If excretion is not sufficient, the body has an inflammatory response (such as a fever) in an attempt to neutralise toxins. 

e.g. fever, inflammation and mobilisation of white blood cells to consume the toxins.

3. Deposition phase - storage followed by deactivation of the toxins in connective and fat tissue and the vascular system.


If homo-toxins are not sufficiently excreted and continue to flow into the body, the toxic products are stored in the extracellular space. This phase often occurs without symptoms or indicators.

The above phases are naturally "reversible". The following phases become more and more difficult to deal with as in these processes damage occurs to the organs themselves.


4. Impregnation phase - severe disease or imbalance occurs in a "locus minoris resistentiae", the body's weakest organ; Abundant toxins within the cells destroy large cellular groups within an organ, resulting in organ degeneration. 

Toxins have invaded the cell, and the toxins themselves become part of the connective tissue and matrix. Increasingly severe symptoms are typical of this stage and indicate damage to organ cells.

5. Degeneration phase - Organ is increasingly and "irreversibly damaged".

Alteration of the cellular enzymes and in the organic structure; Abundant toxins within the cells destroy large cellular groups within an organ, resulting in organ degeneration.

6. Differentiation phase - Genes in the cells are damaged. Illnesses, in this phase, are characterised by the creation of undifferentiated, non-specialized cell forms.

Baltimore's lead poisoning crisis & Human Development

 

Many people have heard of Lead, but few are really in tune with the consequences of being exposed to the element.

Korryn Gaines and Freddie Gray, of Baltimore, were both killed by police in Baltimore and both suffered from the effects of lead (Pb) poisoning. Lead is a toxic metal that has been known to humankind for thousands of years because it is widely distributed in the environment.

Only recently; has attention been focused on lead (Pb) as a significant source of illness, affecting millions of Americans and other individuals worldwide. At-least thirty health conditions are linked to lead exposure, many affecting children and unborn children. See for example the study Autism: a form of lead and mercury toxicity. 

A 2002 University of Pittsburgh study looked at the lead levels in 146 youths convicted in juvenile court against a control group of 146 youths without a criminal record and found “that the delinquent youths had significantly higher mean concentrations of lead.

According to the Guardian, "Gaines claimed she grew up in “a sea of lead” and had a lifetime lead level of 12 mg/dL. The suit alleges that Gaines “suffered permanent brain damage resulting in developmental and behavioural injuries”.

Some of the indicators or qualities of those affected by lead (Pb) include; stubbornness, sluggishness, tired, mean, cruel, nasty, tough (meaning thick or dense), sad, lonely, in a daze, violence, impure thoughts and many other developmental and social problems as a result of exposure. 


No safe blood lead level in children has been identified. Even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to affect IQ, ability to pay attention, and academic achievement. And effects of lead exposure cannot be corrected.”

“Lead interrupts the stress reaction and so it distorts the way people view threats and so I think that’s absolutely germane to both Freddie Gray and Korryn Gaines,” said Lawrence Brown, a professor of public health at Morgan State University. “If [lead poisoning] is in fact disturbing and exaggerating the threat then you can understand why Freddie Gray is running and why Korryn Gaines has a shotgun when the police are knocking on her door.
— Center for Disease Control

Lead: Environmental Toxin

Interesting short documentary on lead (Pb) toxicity on the neurological system, along with other elements like Mercury (Hg), and Aluminium (Al). There is NO safe level of a toxic element.

Lead is a toxic metal that has been known to mankind for thousands of years. It has been used in hundreds of ways, from pewter to water pipes. Some locations in the world to note for Lead, are the United States and Australia, according to the documentary. 

The toxic elements mercury and lead, are known to cause psychotic behavior. Lead poisoning can produce a variety of nervous and mental symptoms as a result of which the patient may be labeled hyperactive or schizophrenic.

 

Sources:

  1. K.R. Mahaffey: Nutritional Factors in Lead Poisoning. Nutrition Reviews 39:353-362, 1981.
  2. Moore MR., Meredith PA., Campbell BC., Goldberg A., Pocock SJ., Contribution of lead in drinking water to blood lead, Lancet ii: 661-62, 1977.

Toxic Jewelery

Many people believe they live in a non-toxic environment. Checkout this video on Heavy Metals in Jewelry and how easily it is for us, and our children to be exposed to toxic metals. It turns out that Lead is not the only heavy metal lurking in the marketplace!

Cadmium for example, can damage kidney, liver, immune function.. basically any major system in your body can be harmed by cadmium
— - James Van Loon. Director General, Consumer Product Safety Directorate, Health Canada
Last year, we investigated how toxic cadmium ends up in children's jewelry. And now, Health Canada is cracking down with tougher regulations.