I’m leaving for Costa Rica tomorrow to detox.
Many of you may be thinking… What, Costa Rica? Let me explain.
In life, we often only do uncomfortable actions when it’s absolutely required of us. When I was in the fourth grade, I used to sell magazine subscriptions as part of a school fundraising project. People would give me their checking account and other personal information so I could sign them up for the subscriptions. In typical ten-year-old-kid fashion, I lost all of their checks and personal information—whoops. As a result, my mom made me go door to door and apologize and tell each and every person I lost their checking account information.
So when I first heard about the idea of detoxification, I thought it sounded more than a little uncomfortable—I think I’ll pass, thank you. That’s for my patients who have health issues, not me.
Then It Happened
Over the last year, I developed some serious health concerns. As a physician and holistic minded person, I do try to follow a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, living in America, having friends that like to drink alcohol and being a small business owner make living a healthy lifestyle almost impossible. I recently read that it’s less toxic to live in a foreign country and consume only pizza and beer than living in America following a healthy diet. The reason for this is there are 82,000 known chemicals in our environment here in Ohio and we live in one of the most polluted states in the country, according to WorldAtlas.com. No matter how hard you try, your elimination systems at some point are going to get backed up.
In the last year, I noticed mine were getting backed up when I developed several concerning symptoms that wouldn’t go away. We’re taught in school to always think about the worst possible scenario so for each of my symptoms, I visited other physicians to have them checked out.
Here’s What We Found
First, I developed a chronic cough that wouldn’t go away—if you Google that symptom it can scare the daylights out of you. Many of us don’t know that up to 70% of the toxins leaving our body go out through our lungs, so when you have a chronic inflammatory lung issue, it’s a big deal. I got an X-ray which came out clear but the doctor gave me a prescription for Albuterol (I threw it away).
Secondly, I developed white yeast spots on my skin—it’s known as Tinea Versicolor. The skin is the largest organ in the body and when all other systems back up, your body’s last effort to remove toxins is to push them out through the skin. Excema, acne, psoriais, dry skin, etc.—all signs of backed up detoxification pathways. I went to a dermatologist and she gave me an antifungal medication. When I read the side effects, I saw that it damages the liver and actually makes you more toxic (I threw it away).
Third, I developed inflammatory bowel. I noticed that elimination became much harder and when I did go, I would frequently see mucus along with the stool. This was a sign that I was not fully eliminating my foods and my body was producing mucus to try and protect the sensitive microvilli of the small intestine. I went to another doctor who told me he wanted me to start an antispasmodic medication that can damage your intestines long term. He also ordered another colonoscopy (my third in ten years) that I refused—I didn’t want to go through that again.
Lastly, my blood work showed my cholesterol and triglycerides were elevated. Since these are produced by the liver and respond to damage and inflammation in the body, I knew my liver was struggling to keep pace with my lifestyle. My choices are to live with higher cholesterol that some associate with heart disease (I have a family history) or take a medication (statin drug) that block the use of cholesterol in my body—the same cholesterol that is used in brain function and testosterone hormone building. NO THANK YOU.
It was time to make an uncomfortable decision. I had the choice of cleaning up my lifestyle verses covering up the symptoms and causing a host of new ones. Detoxification seemed like a better option but I needed to detox my body in a serious way. What I elected to do is go to a detoxification center in Costa Rica for one month away from all the toxins of American life. I’m going to be limiting food consumption and doing intermittent fasting along with taking natural stimulants to help the detoxification pathways. I’m using this as an opportunity to not only heal my body but to learn even more about detoxification and experiment with new techniques on my own body before I recommend them to my patients.
Now I know that most of us cannot leave the country for a month but we all do have to make a choice. Live with our condition or make changes to improve. I invite you to follow with me on my trip. I’ll keep you updated on what I’m doing and the effects it’s having on my body, mind and spirit.
I hope to come back to my practice in one month as a new man and a more educated physician with new insights and experiences that will help me become a better healer for all of you.
Wish me luck,
Dr. Timothy Weeks.
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