Tom Ballard, ND's blog

Toxic Fat Deposits
December 21, 2009, 2:16 pm
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People tend to think of their weight as a result of calories ingested (food) and calories burned (exercise). Little attention is paid to the role of toxins that have accumulated in fat.

Your body has evolved elaborate processes for detoxifying unwanted elements (solvents, plastics, adhesives, heavy metals, etc). The major site for detoxification is the liver. Our modern polluted world places a constant strain on the liver. Every day it is confronted with chemicals that until recently were never found in nature. But detoxification is only one of the liver’s many roles. It is also responsible for manufacturing proteins and burning fat.

Our livers, overloaded with their responsibilities of detoxification, are less able to handle the task of burning fats. The problem has become so severe that there is now a condition known as non-alcoholic fatty liver in which functional liver tissue becomes replaced with non-functioning fat cells. These people are less able to detoxify and are more prone to obesity, high cholesterol and diabetes.  This may explain why so many people are unable to lose weight (or lower their cholesterol) even while following a low-fat diet.  Their liver simply does not have the ability to perform all its tasks efficiently.

At Pure Wellness Centers we believe that restoring proper liver function is the key to achieving a healthy weight.


Avoid Unproven Therapies
June 3, 2009, 11:03 am
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Ionic Footbaths

Ionic footbaths claim to remove toxic metals from the body by pulling them through the soles of the feet using a chemical charge. These machines often cost several thousand dollars. They’re usually sold on the web. It would be wonderful if they worked. But there are currently no good scientific studies to support their claim. Manufacturers of these machines offer testimonials, but no supporting data. This is very suspicious, since testing for metals is relatively easy and inexpensive.

Pure Wellness Center sees no reason to use an unproven gadget. If solid scientific support emerges, we will consider incorporating this therapy at our centers. In the meantime, we use therapies that are proven to work.

Store-bought Oral Chelation

Toxic metals (lead, mercury, arsenic, etc) are a very real health problem. They cause nerve damage, fatigue, depression, and hormonal disruption. If you are concerned about toxic metals, make an appointment to have your levels tested. Testing is accurate and not expensive (around $100).  If your levels are high, follow an effective treatment plan prescribed by a doctor experienced in detoxification.

Do not be fooled by health food store and internet products that claim to treat toxic metal poisoning. If they work at all, you risk the danger of mobilizing heavy metals which then deposit somewhere else in your body (like your brain) instead of being carried safely out of the body.  These products are a waste of time and money and potentially dangerous.

Where is medicine going?

The future of medicine will be about removing toxins and replacing deficient nutrients. We will treat disease like we do the environment – by using organic, sustainable, whole-systems strategies for establishing equilibrium. We will finally come to recognize that living beings are part of the ecological balance and cannot survive, cannot live vitally, unless they become integral to the ecosystem. I call it Green Medicine. Drugs, which are the petrochemical approach to treating disease, will only be used for emergencies. The foundation of our medical system, primary care, will no longer be about suppressing symptoms, but will emphasize finding the causes of disease and providing natural solutions.