Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Review: Day 2 of the Detox Summit

The second day of the Detox Summit is dedicated to looking forward to what effects toxicity has upon our children, before birth (i.e., during pregnancy) and after, and what can be done to help detoxify the "toxic burden".  Attention is also given to detox and child autism, particularly by Dr. Martha Herbert, Associate Professor with Harvard Medical School and Pediatric Neurologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

The presentations on the Detox Summit are free to watch for 24 hours (from 10am ET to 9:59am ET) but because of some technical glitch the first day, Day 1 is also being repeated for 24 hours.  So, register HERE and watch away! If you missed both days (or the whole Detox Summit) and want to have the complete 30 interviews to watch, please go HERE to find out more about how that is possible.

Day #2 Presentations by:
Dr. Martha Herbert MD, PhD
As I wrote a little about her above, I will skip that part of the introduction.  Doctor Herbert talked a little about how her own health issues (asthma and repetitive UTIs) were cleared by supporting the body with high density nutrition and a healthy lifestyle so that the body could get its clean-up and repair systems into action.  She made a humorous observation that the Glial Cells, which far outnumber neurons, used to be seen as merely "housekeeping cells" and were frequently described using the feminine gender.  But now that it is seen that their importance is more expanded than was formerly thought, they have, in some scientific literature, been endowed with the masculine gender.  (chuckle and shake head here).  You will definitely want to hear the interview to get a clear description of why Glial cells and even the Extracellular Matrix (the 'stuff' between the cells) are as important as they are.

Dr. Herbert talked a little about the aging process, with the example of how alcoholism prematurely ages the brain mostly because the reparative processes are not being supported and therefore do not nourish the neurons, the other important job they do.  The brain simply can't rid itself of toxins with the ongoing intake of more toxins in the alcohol.

Herbert suggested that we look at the "toxic load" holistically-- it is important to recognize that we have a total load made up of physical, emotional, electro-magnetic, and other toxic burden.  Your resiliency, the ability to "bounce back" into health, is dependent upon having accrued more resources than burdens.  If you are burning the candle at both ends, skipping nutritious meals, and not getting the rest and stress release that you require, well, it stands to reason that your brain will be impeded in its ability to repair damages.

Herbert spoke of autism as more of a process than a state-- the way we frequently look upon it.  She quipped that all of us could likely find ourselves on the Autism Spectrum during times of great stress-- the stress will often manifest in behaviours similar to what we see in autistic individuals: rigidity, repetitive behaviours and speech, lack of eye contact, etc. She stated that autism could be seen as a reaction to extreme form of stress with a large toxic load and depleted resources to deal with it.  She feels that if the person's brain is given the resources to eliminate some of the toxic load, the body will become more flexible, and the brain can also become more flexible.  Her book, The Autism Revolution: Whole-Body Strategies for Making Life All It Can Be is written to reflect the recoveries of several persons who recovered their lives through a process of improving their total body health.  She talked about "high density nutrition" as one method of brooching the necessary mechanisms of repair.  She also had a great remedy for the frustration of "food defensiveness" that autistic children demonstrate, seeminly unable to try 'new' foods. Listen to the interview to hear more.

Dr. Herbert left us with these "take aways":
**Realize your resiliency is a very precious thing and nurture it with a healthy lifestyle
**Be forward-looking-- keep your heart in, and your vision on, the solutions
**Get a lot of sleep-- sleep is "active detox" a time that allows the brain trash collection to take place.

Dr. Kelly Brogan, MD
Dr. Soram Khalsa MD
and Dr. Elson Haas are all on the agenda for Day#2.  Go ahead and watch their interviews!  I only have time to do one review today, and Dr. Martha Herbert is well worth the limelight!

Here are books written by today's presenters:

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