Coming Clean

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by Steven M. Rachlin, M.D.

Today, more and more people experience high incidences of disease, such as cancer, heart attacks, stroke, hypertension, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. And what of the more subtle manifestations of chemical toxicity, including impaired fertility, smaller birth weights, headaches, loss of mental acuity, or antisocial behavior? So many different toxic effects are linked with the chemicals in our environment that it is no longer possible to neatly characterize them all. However, the ways in which they affect our health are only becoming clearer. 

Studies show that cadmium, lead and mercury, in addition to many pesticides, may be the underlying causes of serious diseases. Some even think that high levels of mercury could be responsible for some cases of autism. 

Yet, millions of people are exposed to heavy metals and other types of chemical toxins that have a direct health impact. Food is a prime source of exposure. But even with the best diet, it’s hard to fend off what you inhale or absorb from the environment around you. For example, if you like sushi, particularly tuna, you will be exposed to methyl mercury. 

Steven M. Rachlin, M.D.

If we feed our cells helpful nutrients and foods, we can begin to come clean. Nutritional supplements are also helpful for detoxification. Turmeric is rich in curcumin, a phytochemical that works to defuse chemical time bombs and protect your body from toxic chemicals. L-glutamine is an amino acid known to specifically aid in the health and regeneration of the gastrointestinal lining. Chelation treatment, which removes heavy metals from the body through intravenous therapy, can also be beneficial to those with heavy metal toxicity. 

Source: Steven M. Rachlin, M.D., of Rachlin Medical Center, located at 927 Willis Ave., in Albertson, has been practicing for more than 30 years. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 516-873-7773 or visit

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