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TheChemicalFactorywithinUs

In a healthy body, the liver neutralizes toxins, and then either recycles them for use in the body or excretes them. If liver function is impaired due to illness, chemical overload and/or lack of nutritional support,harmfultoxinscannotbeeffectivelyprocessed.Ammoniaproductionoccursinthebodyduring the break down of protein, most of which happens when intestinal bacteria breaks down protein and gives off ammonia as a byproduct.A properly functioning urea cycle in the liver will convert ammonia toureafordisposalbythekidneysthroughtheurine. However,ifthereisabreakdownintheureacycle,ammoniacanaccumulateinexcessiveandtoxic amountscausingaconditionknownashyperammonemia.Symptomsofhyperammonemiacaninclude chronicfatigue,brainfog,mentalconfusion,lackofconcentration,headache,irritability,diarrheaor nausea,andintolerancetofoods,especiallyhighproteinones.Anammoniaodorcanattimesbe detectedoutgassingespeciallyinthesweatand/orbreathandurineofpeopleexperiencing hyperammonemia. Thereareanumberofthingstodoifonesuspectstheirsymptomscouldberesultingfrom hyperammonemia.First,lookatonesdiettoseeifitisawellbalanceddietrichinfruits,vegetables, complexcarbohydrates,beneficialbacteria(probiotics)andmoderate,notexcessive,amountsof protein.Second,sincetheureacycledependsonanumberofspecificnutrients,includingManganese andMagnesiumandcanbeenhancedwiththeuseofLarginine,specificlabtestscanbeorderedto checkthesenutrientlevels.Also,AlphaketoglutarateisanutrientthatwhenusedwithVitaminB6is knowntoremoveexcessammonia.ThisexplainswhyAlphaketoglutarateisapopulardetoxification supplementforuseduringheatdepurationorsaunatherapy. Astandardbloodtestcancheckplasmaammonialevelstoseeifammoniaisinexcess.Also,Organic AcidandAminoAcidpanelscanbeperformedtolookforimbalancesresultinginhighammonialevels andtoindicateneedednutrientsforremovalofammoniaandproperrebalancingofvitaldetoxification processes.

Anyonewhoischemicallysensitiveknowsthatammoniaisaharshandcaustic chemicalwithastrong,pungentodor.Dozensofchemicalplantsaroundtheworld produceammoniaforindustrialuseand80%ofitsproductionisgenerallyusedfor makingfertilizers.Ammoniaisalsousedinthepetroleum,metalminingandpaper productionindustriesandisusedinadiluteformasahouseholdcleaner.The oxidationofammoniaisusedtomakenitricacidfortheformationofexplosivessuch asdynamite,gunpowderandnitroglycerine.Yet,thisverysamecausticchemical occursnaturallyinthehumanbody!

ThisarticlewaswrittenbyBarbaraFrittsPond,EHCDstaffmemberandshouldnotbeconstruedasmedicaladvice. Forpersonalevaluation,questionsandtorequestlabtests,pleaseconsultwithoneoftheEHCDdoctorsbycalling2143684132.