How does the body rid itself of toxins?

Normal physiological function is capable of removing all the endogenously produced metabolic waste products plus any accumulated exogenously acquired wastes. All cells produce metabolic waste, and they are discharged into the blood stream. These metabolic wastes, or toxins, pass through the liver and are filtered out, and the liver metabolizes them to a form which can be eliminated.

The natural routes of elimination (primary emunctories) are

  • Sweating through the skin
  • Solid waste through the intestines
  • Liquid waste through the kidney and urinary bladder
  • Gaseous waste through the lungs
What is the role of the emunctories?

An emunctory is any tissue that is capable of allowing excretions to exit the body.

A pace of detoxification commensurate with the ability of the emunctories to freely discharge toxins is essential for efficient elimination of toxins.

Insufficient elimination is at the base of any pathology. With insufficient elimination, the toxins accumulate in the blood. Then the secondary excretory organs kick in to attempt to eliminate these excess toxins.

The secondary emunctories include the skin and mucous membranes of the:

  • Urogenital tract
  • Respiratory tract
  • Gastrointestinal tract

Examples of typical pathological eliminations include

  • Diarrhea with blood and mucous
  • Sputum
  • Genital infections
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Eczema

If these secondary routes are stopped from eliminating, then toxins will continue to accumulate in the tissues, leading to more serious disease.

Thom, Dick, DDS, ND, Biotherapeutic DrainageTM using the UNDA Numbers, JELD publications, 2001