(NaturalNews) Holistic practitioners understand that healing from diseases can occur when hidden causes are identified and treated. Top hidden causes of illness include heavy metals, hidden dental infections, food sensitivities and infectious agents such as parasites.
Heavy metal poisoning is widespread
Primary sources of the toxic heavy metals mercury and aluminum include vaccines, dental fillings, cookware, cosmetics and food. These metals are associated with autism, autoimmune disorders, Alzheimer's, heart disease, cancer and mental illness.
A urine chelation challenge test can accurately diagnose dangerous levels of heavy metals. Initial screening for heavy metals can be done with hair analysis testing. The prescription drug DMSA is commonly used to remove heavy metals, either in drug or IV form. This drug can be combined with homeopathic and herbal treatments. Practitioners also treat heavy metals with herbal treatments, juicing and other dietary approaches.
Dental infections, including root canals and cavitations, are linked with illness
Hidden dental infections have been linked to mental illness, cancer, heart disease and autoimmune disorders.
Because root canals do not provide a complete sealant, anaerobic bacteria are allowed to travel throughout one's body, wreaking havoc. If one's immune system weakens, these bacteria can be the tipping point to serious illness. To learn more about the dangers of modern dentistry, see NaturalNews.com.
Another less commonly understood source of hidden dental infections are cavitations. Cavitations are infections that occur in the jaw bone with no obvious outward signs or symptoms. Cavitations typically occur at the site of molar extractions if the bone does not heal completely. They can also occur with no extraction of teeth. Healing occurs when a qualified oral surgeon or holistic dentist goes in and cleans out the area. Testing of the site by swabbing and sending to a lab will confirm the presence of multiple bacteria and the infection. Holistic dentists and alternative physicians can test for cavitations.
Food sensitivities are widespread
Gluten, dairy, egg and peanut allergies have become commonplace. One explanation for dairy sensitivities is the denaturing of milk and dairy food products. The pasteurization of dairy destroys enzymes needed for digestion. Studies show that 90 percent of individuals unable to digest pasteurized milk are able to drink real raw milk which contains the lactase enzyme intact.
One way of testing for food sensitivities is to remove common allergens for several weeks to see if symptoms improve. IgG blood sensitivity tests are another assessment tool. Specialized gluten sensitivity tests are also available.
Once food sensitivities are identified, removing these foods from one's diet for several months or permanently can enhance healing from illness.
Standard stool testing misses majority of hidden parasites
Parasites are a more common source of hidden disease than the medical community and the average person realizes. Parasites are believed to be common in third world countries, but in reality hidden parasites are present everywhere. They can be spread easily through foods, pets and the air. Stool testing can diagnose some parasites but misses the majority of those which hide in every organ in the body including the liver, lungs and brain. If parasites are suspected, holistic physicians treat them with prescription medications and herbal treatments.
There are several hidden causes of disease, all of which are generally ignored by conventionally trained physicians. If one's symptoms are not improving with the use of allopathic medicine, it is worthwhile to explore hidden causes with a holistically trained practitioner. Sources for alternative practitioners can be found here: ACAM.org and FunctionalMedicine.org.
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About the author: Michelle is a mental health therapist who incorporates holistic approaches into her counseling practice. She has 25 years of experience successfully counseling individuals, couples and families.
Michelle became passionate about holistic health, healing and politics, after immersing herself into the world of alternative medicine looking for answers to a family member's health crisis. Beginning in 2008, Michelle learned that many standard health care recommendations, which she had long trusted, actually contribute to causing disease.
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