Detoxification is a natural process by which the body rids itself of an accumulation of internal and external toxins-such as free radicals, metabolic waste, industrial chemicals, pesticides, food additives, heavy metals, drug residues and various other pollutants. Water and juice fasts used to be the favoured methods for detoxification. Proponents maintained that with the stress of digestion removed, the body is better able to rid itself of accumulated toxins. Fasting for more than two or three days, however, should be done only under the care of a knowledgeable healthcare practitioner, especially if you have pre-existing liver, kidney, metabolic or cardiovascular disease. Although short fasts can be tremendously helpful and cleansing, longer fasts (more than 4 days) can weaken muscles and organs, and cause metabolism to slow down.
In addition, fasting drains the body of glutathione, an antioxidant critical to detoxification, and the toxins released by fasting can overwhelm the liver’s cleansing ability. Current thinking acknowledges that the process of detoxification is dependent upon good nutrition. By nourishing the body with lean protein, high-fibre complex carbohydrates and essential fats the intestinal tract, liver and kidneys get the support they need to do their jobs. Many nutrition experts recommend detoxifying twice a year-for example, for one or two weeks during spring and fall. Weekend detoxification plans are also available.
A type of treatment in which body tissue is exposed to high temperatures to damage and kill cancer cells or to make cancer cells more sensitive to the effects of radiation and certain anticancer drugs.
Hormone therapy: Treatment of disease or symptoms with synthetic or naturally derived hormones. The term is most commonly used to describe use of medications containing both estrogenic and progestogen to reduce or stop short-term changes associated with the perimenopause. In the more general sense, hormone therapy may be used to treat some forms of cancer, taking advantage of the fact that certain cancers depend on hormones to grow. It may also be used for thyroid disorders, and illnesses associated with hormone production or use. Hormone therapy may include giving hormones to the patient or using medications that decrease the level of hormones in the body.