At the age of 42, Dr. Bill Code was at the height of a successful and challenging career in anesthesiology when a neurologist diagnosed symptoms he was experiencing as progressive Multiple Sclerosis. The diagnosis and progression of disease ultimately resulted in a loss of hospital privileges and his capacity to work in the field of anesthesiology.
While attending a conference entitled Complimentary & Alternative Medical Choices for Multiple Sclerosis, Dr. Code began to understand non-conventional approaches to recovering from MS. Upon eliminating wheat from his diet, he experienced a significant improvement in his symptoms and regained the hope he had lost with pharmaceutical interventions.
Dr. Code began to investigate and integrate the use of organic foods, vitamins supplements and other regimens to facilitate his healing process. It was his own progression over the next few months that drove Dr. Code’s passion in Integrative Medicine. He completed a 2-year fellowship at the renowned College of Medicine, University of Arizona, founded by Dr. Andrew Weil. Areas of study included nutrition, Ayrvedic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, homeopathy, osteopathy, and herbal medicine.
Today he is recognized as a leading educator and author, and also as an expert on Glutathione (GSH), the master antioxidant that is vital to the detoxification process and often depleted in people suffering most chronic disease. Books authored by Dr. Code include: Who’s in Control of your Multiple Sclerosis, Youth Renewed, Winning the Pain Game, Point of Return, and Solving the Brain Puzzle.
Detoxification in the Restoration of Brain Health
Many health care practitioners deny the concept of detoxification, or make it difficult to achieve – often due to a heavy reliance on commercially available detoxification products. The cornerstone and primary approach to detoxification is a minimization or discontinuation of the intake of toxins contained within our diets, environment, and medications.
The brain is 60-70% fat and thus has a similar challenge of toxin release from compounds that dissolve in lipids. Unfortunately, most drugs, herbicides, pesticides, and some heavy metals concentrate in lipid tissues such as the brain. The blood brain barrier (BBB) is literally our endothelium, and found to be ‘leaky’ in most of us parallel to our intestinal permeability. The microbiome of the gut, brain and even skin, can be a powerful factor in assisting detoxification. Many bacteria and fungi can help breakdown the complex molecules created by man. Optimizing mitochondrial function also provides the energy for the high requirements of detoxification.
In addition to these considerations, two important but less well-known, powerful contributors to cell recovery will also be discussed – namely hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT) and photo bio modulation therapy (PBMT).
This presentation aims to simplify the concept of detoxification and provide a roadmap for all to follow, which includes addressing diet, environmental factors, and recovery from the long-term effects of disease and medical interventions.