In the opinion of Mark James Gordon, creator of LOcOL's Organic Herbal Detox Blend, the answer to all of our health issues is lymphatic detoxification, which leads to the regeneration of tissues and cells anywhere in the body. Lymph is the body’s sewer where all your approximately 100 trillion cells dump their acids and toxins. When your “sewer” backs up it becomes acidic and starts breaking down cells, tissues, organs, joints, bones, etc. It also becomes a breeding ground for pathogens like viruses, fungus’s, and parasites. This is known as “interstitial lymphatic constipation” (ILC) and is the cause of man’s suffering. Lymph is also your main immune system so if it’s backed up you lose your immunity.
Head/brain Lymph stagnation (ILC) also known as “acidosis” in the brain affects the pituitary (the master gland that controls all the endocrine glands which produce hormones), and the pineal gland (which makes melatonin for sleep). ILC affects the 5 senses (vision, smell, hearing, taste, touch), memory (brain fog), energy levels, and balance. Acidic lymph in the brain can weaken you neurologically and set you up for dementia, Alzheimer’s, M.S., Parkinson’s, palsy, and more. Lymph stagnation in the head also affects the sinuses and is even connected to hair loss (acidosis in the scalp). Herbs, glandulars, and moving the lymph manually will help drain the head.
Since the digestive tract is the “trunk of the tree” this needs to be worked on or the head will have a hard time draining. Most people’s bowels are in terrible shape and need a deep detox to clean out “mucoid plaque” which is a toxic sludge that lines the intestines. This traps acids which destroys bowel tissues and causes inflammation (Crohn’s, IBS, cancer, polyps, etc). Detoxing here will help heal and regenerate damaged tissues, restore regular bowel movements, improve digestion (gas & bloating), and increase the absorption of nutrients.
A good liver/gallbladder cleanse/flush is a good idea to do at the beginning of a detox because it’s an important organ in the detoxification process and a major chemical factory. The gallbladder aids in the digestion of fats. Phosfood liquid from Standard Process Labs softens stones and is used in preparation for a flush if you have not done one in several years.
The pancreas makes sodium bicarbonate which neutralizes stomach acids (hydrochloric acid). It also produces digestive enzymes (for the digestion of proteins, carbs, and fats in the small intestine). The pancreas also helps metabolize sugars (insulin and glucagon) so weakness here can lead to hyper and hypoglycemia as well as Diabetes.
The spleen filters and is a reservoir of blood. It also produces immune cells making it an important part of your immune system. It’s technically a large lymph node and weakness here leads to low platelet, red blood cell, and white blood cell counts. Anemia can be tied to spleen weakness. An overall detox will usually strengthen it.
The thyroid affects body temperature and your ability to sweat out toxins which takes a load off the kidneys. It also regulates your overall metabolism which is important for weight control. You can get a Basal thermometer from amazon.com or you might find one at your local drug store. Make sure it’s the one for taking temperatures under the arm. You want to see temps between 97.8 and 98.3 for good thyroid health. Kelp helps the thyroid!
The parathyroid is responsible for calcium utilization. Weakness here causes bone weakness, prolapsed organs, hemorrhoids, hernias, cramping, joint issues, spinal weakness, spider/varicose veins, aneurysms, sagging skin, weak/ridged fingernails, A weak parathyroid is also tied to your sense of wellbeing (depression) so your moods may improve as you detox and strengthen it. Taking a clean Norwegian or New Zealand kelp supplement will help with this.
The kidneys filter dirty acidic lymph and get it out of the body. This is vital to detoxification! Getting good kidney filtration is the FIRST thing that needs to be achieved! Removing inflammation from the kidneys is VERY important. Weak kidneys lead to UTI’s, bags under the eyes, urine flow problems, lower back pain, sciatica, as well as your overall ILC. New research is showing that short 16 hour to 2 day “dry fasts” really help getting the kidneys to filter.
The adrenal glands are the size of a walnut and sit on top of the kidneys and control them. The adrenals also make antacid steroids that help alkalize the body. When acids (acidosis) take over it can destroy tissues everywhere. If your adrenals are weak the body then uses cholesterol from the liver (as well as water) to fight acids so this explains high cholesterol. Acidosis is the reason for basically all chronic inflammation in the body (arthritis, RA, fibromyalgia, lupus, lyme, etc.). The body also tries to protect itself from acids by forming tumors, cysts, fibroids, etc.
Weak adrenals play a part in your energy levels (chronic fatigue) because they make neurotransmitters. They are also tied to shyness, anxiety, irritability, phobias, lack of will, and low sex drive. “Nerve rings” in eyes confirm weak adrenals and is a sign of neurological weakness which can lead to Parkinson’s and MS down the road. Weak adrenals can be the cause of constipation as well because they control the “autonomic nervous system” (bowel contractions, breathing, heart beats, etc). Strengthening the adrenals is important in so many ways. Adrenal herbs like Siberian Ginseng, Ashwagandha, Astragalus, Juniper Berries, and Licorice root can help.
The skin is your largest organ and is a main channel of elimination of toxins from the body. It’s known as your “third kidney” and assists the kidneys in eliminating toxic and acidic lymph wastes from the body. This can lead to acne, psoriasis, rosacea, boils, itchy dry skin, hives, dandruff, pigment changes, etc. Dry skin brushing, saunas, hot/cold showers, hot yoga, and exercises that help you sweat like rebounding help keep the skin healthy.
Overall detox will help get your lymph system alkalized and flowing again which will greatly strengthen your immune system so the body can protect you from acid damage as well as all sorts of nasty viruses, parasites, fungus’, and unwanted bacterium. This is why detoxification is so important.
This may be a bit overwhelming but all these issues come down to one thing—your lymph system is clogged (systemic acidosis) from genetic weaknesses and environmental factors (including diet) and needs to be cleaned, detoxed, and regenerated. You can do this! Systemic acidosis will continue to damage the body until you detox it out. This can lead to very serious issues down the road. The time is now to do the work.
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