Detoxification and Environmental Medicine

Detoxification is the body’s natural process of eliminating or neutralizing toxins via the digestive system and liver, the kidneys, the lungs, and through perspiration from the skin. Each year people are exposed to thousands of toxic substances such as chemicals, pesticides, food additives, solvents, pollutants, and heavy metals. They are in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink. These substances are not only found in the environment that we live in, but many toxic substances are created by the body’s normal processes such as digestion or recovering from a strenuous workout. Toxic substances can take their toll on the body and create a variety of symptoms, including decreased immune function, neurological disorders, hormonal dysfunction, psychological disorders, and even cancer. The body has a limited capacity to deal with these toxic substances, the remainder of which are then stored in the tissues. There is a very delicate balance between the body’s ability to successfully detoxify and the burden of toxins that the body has to deal with on a daily basis. When toxins accumulate in the body, symptoms typically appear. The ability to detoxify and eliminate toxins largely determines an individuals health status. Detoxification therapy helps rid the body of chemicals, pollutants, and other toxic substances in order to facilitate a return to normal health and vitality.

Roots Natural Medicine does about 4 Group Detoxification Programs throughout each year. Sign up for our Newsletter and/or follow us on Facebook to see when the next Group Detox is going to take place. Dr. Emily Longwill also creates individulized detoxification plans and chelation treatments that are tailored to her patients unique needs. 


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Common Toxic Substances

  • Heavy Metals: Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Arsenic, Nickel, Thallium, Aluminum
  • Solvents: Cleaning agents, formaldehyde, toluene, etc.
  • Drugs: Alcohol, caffeine, stimulants, prescription medications
  • Pesticides
  • Herbicides
  • Food Additives
  • Products from poor digestion
  • Products from high protein diets: Ammonia, Urea
  • Bacterial / Viral Products

Conditions Associated with Toxicity

  • Headache/Migranes
  • Muscle/Joint Pain
  • Constipation
  • Cancer
  • Psoriasis
  • Tremors
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Depression
  • Poor Concentration Headache / Migraines
  • FatigueMuscle / Joint Pain 
  • IndigestionConstipation
  • AnemiaCancer
  • EczemaPsoriasis
  • PaaesthesiaTremors
  • Poor Coordination Autoimmune Diseases 
  • Anxiety / Nervousness Depression