Q & A: Toxicity

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Q: Does the regular blood work your doctor orders screen for toxicity?
ANSWER: No. It is not part of the “standard” workup, and unless you have suffered from an obvious
occupational or environmental exposure to a toxin(s), your doctor would almost certainly refuse to
test you.
Q: Is there a comprehensive panel for toxins?
ANSWER: Yes and No: There are countless toxins, so various panels exist which should be chosen
specifi cally for each individual person.
Q: Which toxins are most important and should be tested?
ANSWER: No single or several toxin tests can be recommended for everyone, and what is tested
should be carefully chosen based on symptoms, current health issues and other factors.
Q: Can’t I just do a “Detox Program” and not check the toxins themselves?
ANSWER: Yes and No: General health improvements including a cleaner diet and juicing are always
a good idea, but unless the diet and/or supplements are specifi c to the toxin(s), one cannot be sure
that true detoxifi cation is happening. Feeling better is not enough, and may be a temporary result
of the detox. Different toxins need different detoxifi cation methods. Also, detox should also be
based on other factors such as exercise, stress, medications, symptoms and other unique needs of
each individual.
Q: How do I know if I am detoxing or not?
ANSWER: This is not something that you should try to fi gure out on your own if you are sick. Seek
the advice of an experienced health care professional who can test labs, consult with you and knows
the difference between someone getting worse and a “clearing or detox reaction.”

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*DISCLAIMER: Dr. Michael Wald is a doctor of chiropractic with a masters degree in nutrition. He is also a Certified Dietitian Nutritionist and a Certified Nutritional Specialist and Sports Nutritionist. Dr. Wald is certified to provide acupuncture in several states, but not New York. Dr. Wald has two board certifications in nutrition. Dr. Michael Wald earned his MD diploma, but did not complete a residency and is thus not licensed to practice medicine. The information on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not to substitute for sound medical or health advice. Information contained within this website may change at any time without prior notice. The information on this website is under copyright, 2021.