What Is an Environmental Toxin Evaluation?

If a patient comes in complaining of everything from brain fog and fatigue to chronic disease, most traditional doctors don’t even think about evaluating the patient for exposure to certain toxins; however, the truth is that many of our environments contain toxins, whether man-made or not, and these toxins can impact our health and wellbeing. An osteopath takes toxin exposure into account when it comes to diagnosing and treating a patient’s symptoms and health problems.

Common Environmental Toxins

Our environment, standard American diet, and the prescription medications we take can all expose us to certain toxins. Common toxins include:

  • Molds
  • Bacteria
  • Fungus
  • Yeast
  • Mercury
  • Lead
  • Petrochemicals
  • Pesticides
  • Fertilizers

Signs of Toxin Exposure

Wondering if you might need to turn to an osteopath for toxin exposure? Here are some of the signs of chronic toxicity:

  • Fatigue
  • Brain fog
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Cravings
  • Muscle aches
  • Chronic sinus problems
  • Nasal congestion
  • Heartburn
  • Bloating and gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Rashes
  • Skin problems including eczema and rosacea
  • Canker sores

Why We Need to Take Toxin Exposure Seriously

Many of the most serious diseases that we’re dealing with are due to toxicity; however, the good news is that by turning to an osteopath or holistic doctor that you trust not only can you find out which toxins you’ve been exposed to, but also you’ll receive safe, effective treatment options. If you’re dealing with chronic toxicity, you are more at risk for:

  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • ADHD
  • Mood disorders
  • Autism
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Digestive diseases
  • Heart disease
  • Insomnia

Treating Environmental Toxins

The first step, once you’ve been properly tested, is to create a detoxification plan with your osteopath. The goal of treatment is to pinpoint which toxins you’ve been exposed to and how to get rid of them. Maintaining a healthy, balanced gut will play a key role. Your osteopath will provide you with dietary and exercise recommendations along with other tips and supplements to help detox the body and promote a better functioning detoxification system (aka the liver).

If you think your symptoms could be due to environmental toxins, it’s worth it to have an osteopath perform a thorough evaluation so that they can help you identify the sources of exposure and how to stop it. Doing so could protect your health long-term.

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