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Optimize your Détox, by learning to distinguish colloidal and crystalline toxins


From the natural medicine perspective it is the accumulation of toxins in the body that is the primary cause of health disorders. They thicken the blood, clog the blood vessels, and cause congestion in the organs, which creates inflammation and hardening that disrupts their proper functioning. It is logical then that the therapy and preventive health measures would concentrate on dealing with toxins: controlling their entry and encouraging their elimination.

Although extensive knowledge of these substances can be very useful in certain cases, in practice it is most often unnecessary. In fact, as varied as the different toxins may appear to be, they can all be divided into two major groups. There are the colloidal and crystalline toxins.

Each of these groups consists of toxins that share generally similar characteristics, are eliminated by the same excretory organs, and engender diseases that are similar in nature, which thus require fundamentally identical treatments.

This information, which is still not commonly known, can provide enormous assistance because it allows more effective treatment to be employed when choosing:

Which eliminatory organs need to be stimulated first · Which foods to monitor, as producers of one of these two kinds of toxins

It is very useful to have a comprehensive picture of these two major waste categories in order to optimize their drainage from the body, which in turn will encourage a return to good health.

Colloidal substances

Colloidal substances do not have a definite, consistent form. They are soft, malleable, and round; lacking any fixed structure. While their elastic consistency does not irritate the tissues, they hinder the organism and cause dysfunction because of their massive presence. They thicken their holding fluids, which include blood and lymph. This results in circulation slowing down and can even lead to clogged vessels. Colloidal toxins encumber the respiratory tract, more specifically the bronchia, the bronchioles, and the alveoli. They cause congestion in the organs and trigger a state of stasis, thereby obstructing the proper functioning of the organ.

It is easy for anyone to see if colloidal substances are present. Simply by blowing your nose in a handkerchief, you can see the viscous material that is expelled from your body. Another common source is spit or phlegm, the mucus substances that are coughed or expectorated from the body. The white-headed pimples of classic acne also secrete colloidal wastes. Pus, that often greenish or yellowish liquid produced by infections and inflammations (boils, earaches, cuts), is also a colloidal substance. Sometimes stools contain grey or brown mucus whith a texture close to that of egg whites, capable of being stretched out. These, too, are colloidal wastes. The whitish layer that coats the tongue when we have a so-called furred tongue also consists of colloidal substances, just like the white discharges women release. Atheromas, which cannot be seen directly, but which are often mentioned with regards to cardiovascular diseases, are yellowish, lumpy fat deposits. They form on the interior walls of the blood vessels and, because of their characteristics, are also considered to be a form of colloidal waste. One of the most prominent characteristics of these substances is their lack of any fixed form.

Examples of colloidal substances

Cholesterol
Triglycerides (saturated fatty acids)
Colloidal Substances from Carbohydrates

The flocculates – flakes of dead cells, dead germs, and toxins – blended into the protective mucus secreted by the mucous membranes, such as those of the respiratory system, for example.

Crystals

The atoms that form crystals have the tendency to create definite geometric shapes as opposed to the amorphous, unstructured form of colloidal substances. These geometric shapes have the same straight lines and flat surfaces typical of rock crystals, sugar crystals, and salt crystals. This structure gives crystals their firmness and resistant qualities. They are rigid and capable of retaining their form under pressure.

Crystal wastes are smaller in size than a rock crystal but the structure they share is the same. They are just as hard and have sharp edges, capable of cutting. This gives them an aggressive and irritating nature, hence their tendency to hurt the tissues and cause inflammations. Prolonged contact can even wound the host tissues – a wound known as a lesion. During prolonged contact, crystals will cluster together. They then create crystalline structures that are larger in size, which are called stones, such as those that can be found in the kidneys or gall bladder.

Anyone can see the presence of crystalline wastes in the body. The sand particles we find in our eyes upon waking – and which are brought by the sandman according to the legend – are crystals. It is also sand that we hear grinding in our joints, such as the sound we hear coming from the vertebra of the neck when we turn our head from left to right or right to left. When perspiration is highly concentrated, it will leave a dirty, powdery residue when it dries. These deposits are very tiny crystals. In comparison, the crystals that accumulate in the joints from deposits called tophi (the plural for tophus) that deform, obstruct, and inflame the joints. These tophi are responsible for illnesses such as gout.

Examples of crystalline toxins

·  Uric acid
·  Urea
·  Creatinine
·  Oxalic acid
·  Acetoacetic acid
·  Pyruvic acid
·  Depleted minerals

The different eliminatory organs for colloidal and crystalline toxins

The removal of colloidal and crystalline wastes cannot be accomplished with equal effectiveness by just any eliminatory organ. Colloidal wastes have their own distinctive characteristics that are different from those of crystals. Consequently, these two kinds of wastes are filtered and eliminated by different organs.

The criteria that makes it possible to separate these two categories of toxins, and thereby determine which organs will remove them, is whether or not they are soluble in a liquid. Crystals are water soluble. Therefore they can dissolve in various bodily fluids such as blood, serum, and urine. Although they possess a firm consistency, crystals will easily dissolve in water where they lose their solidity and rigidity. They make the transition from a solid state to a fluid one just like the salt or sugar that is blended with a liquid.

The characteristics of crystals ensure that they are easily transported by water. They are therefore eliminated by those organs that use a liquid support medium in order to evacuate wastes from the body: the kidneys and the sudoriferous glands that, with urine and perspiration respectively, provide an abundant amount of fluid for transporting crystals. Colloidal substances, on the other hand, start off much larger than crystals. Furthermore, they are not soluble in liquids. While they will become somewhat diluted on contact with water, they do not dissolve. They retain their consistency and thus remain both visible and palpable. Colloidal wastes will therefore be eliminated from the body by those organs that use a support medium that is not so fluid, in other words one that is more viscous in nature to which these substances can bind. These organs are:

·  The liver, which secretes bile, a thick digestive juice that is viscous and runny in appearance.

·  The intestines, which evacuate the relatively solid materials that make up stools.

·  The sebaceous glands, which secrete sebum, a thick, oily coating intended to lubricate the skin.

·  The respiratory tract, which primarily evacuates wastes in a gaseous form but can also provide en emergency exit for more solid forms of waste such as phlegm and expectorations (the mucus substances that can be coughed or spit out of the body.

The way to optimize your detox doesn't consist in stimulating all the excretory organs but only those responsible for the elimination of the group of toxins – colloidal or crystalline – you have problems with. By doing that the body forces are not dispersed on five excretory organs but concentrated on the ones which are the most useful and effective to cure you.

Christopher Vasey