Some people gain weight and cannot lose easily while other people lose weight and cannot gain easily. Pertinent lab work and tests are often normal. Frustration is an understatement! Why is weight management so difficult with chronic infections and biotoxin illness?
We obtain toxins from the environment, from chronic infections, and from our own metabolism. Environmental toxins include heavy metals, electromagnetic radiation, pesticides, chemicals, fragrances, medications, vaccinations, etc. Many infections produce their own biotoxins. For example, the Lyme bacteria called borrelia possesses a neurotoxin that affects the nervous system. Many metabolic pathways result in toxins naturally, too.
Toxins are generally at the root of the problem with inappropriate weight gain. If these toxins are not eliminated, then they accumulate in the tissues. The body wants to protect its organs so it cushions them with fat. Then, the body stores even more toxins in the fat. In addition, the fat then produces leptin which leads to even more weight gain that does not respond to exercise and diet. This cycle is extremely difficult to break.
Toxins and chronic infection can be implicated with inappropriate weight loss, too. In particular, toxins and infections can irritate the gastrointestinal tract and interfere with nutrient absorption. Sometimes the gallbladder gets sick from the toxins and from chronic infection; the resulting nausea interferes with a normal appetite.
So, what can we do?
In medicine, it is always wise to get to the root cause of a problem. Once common conditions are ruled out, the principle etiology of weight management problems is often chronic infections and toxins. Therefore, the solution is to treat the chronic infections and to eliminate toxins; Dr. Richey can help you.
While working on supporting detoxification and the immune system, you can take several steps on your own.