The Health Corner Vol. 12 – Drainage I
In the last article, I discussed the excretion and inflammatory phases of the health process. Specifically, I addressed the concept of a foreign substance moving from the outside of the body to the inside, and the body’s attempt to stop this process through the above-mentioned phases. Now, I would like to briefly illustrate another facet of the excretion and inflammatory phases, which is essential to their effectiveness, called drainage.
Drainage is the process by which harmful substances are flushed from the body. This involves several organs and organ systems. For instance, the lymphatic system along with the spleen is a drainage system that is important in maintaining healthy blood. If this system somehow malfunctions or becomes congested, the delicate balance of the circulatory system in connection with protein balance can become disrupted, thus directly affecting blood pressure.
If there is an overload of toxins and the body cannot handle them directly through the lungs, the bowel, or the kidneys, often times the skin will manifest with various symptoms and skin problems.
The liver prepares substances for removal from the body, usually via the bowel or kidneys. If the liver becomes overloaded the kidneys will attempt to assist in the elimination process and vice versa. So the importance of looking at both liver and kidneys when one of these organs demonstrates stress or overload should not be overlooked. Chronic sinus problems, by the way, can sometimes have their roots in certain liver conditions.
Obviously, drainage issues can cause many health concerns to manifest in the body as a patient progresses down the health/disease continuum. To complicate matters, the symptoms he or she develops may become harder and harder to trace back to the original cause. Who would ever consider that a patient’s skin lesions are caused by a faulty drainage system? It is far more common for the patient and their medical professional to look just at the lesions themselves and completely miss the underlying cause.
In my practice, I have found that Nutrition Response Testing is very efficient in analyzing elimination issues and finding the true, underlying causative factor to my patient’s symptoms. This makes it much easier for me to nutritionally support them as their bodies work to correct any problems.
But nutritional support through supplements, however effective they may be, is not enough. It is vitally important that we do not fail to take into account how we eat, drink, think, breathe, rest, and digest. After all, if we overload our bodies with stress and toxins we risk overwhelming our drainage systems, as well. When that happens, those toxins will build up. And, as surely as harvest eventually follows planting, we will in some way reap bad health with all its devastating consequences.
On the other hand, if we learn to keep our bodies well with proper rest, positive thoughts, plenty of exercise, and good, chemical-free food and water, our ‘health harvest’ will be life-sustaining instead of life-straining. The whole health process depends a great deal on these things, so it is my hope you will endeavor to learn as much as possible about how to implement them in the most effective and health-conscious manner.
I would be happy to further discuss the combination of diet and the procedure of Nutrition Response Therapy as a possible avenue to help you achieve better health. So do not hesitate to call my office at your convenience to make an appointment.
To your good health!
Dr. Jon R. Link