April 29, 2015 Mandi Meek
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DETOX Q&A WITH DR. CHRISTINE SCHAFFNER

If you haven’t heard, we are throwing a party tomorrow with a panel of experts who will be talking about beauty, wellness and nutrition. Our friend and expert on all things detox, Dr. Christine Schaffner will be explaining the importance of your routes to out as well as how you can rock the detox.

To get you started, we have a quick Q&A to demystify detox.

KG: Tell us a little about your background, what you do and how you use both conventional and naturopathic medicine in your practice.

DR: I believe it’s vital to establish a strong health foundation in order to achieve optimal well-being, and that the path to reach it is unique to each individual. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating complex chronic illness. Because of this, I am an eternal student –always searching for new naturopathic and conventional therapies to integrate into my practice. I am passionate about learning cutting edge concepts in medicine and alternative healing that enable me to develop individualized treatment plans for my patients. I enjoy listening to my patients’ stories and actively involving them in their health plan. I recognize the value in educating my patients so that they feel empowered to make their own decisions along their journey to health. In addition to being a naturopathic physician, I am Clinic Director at Sophia Health Institute. I’m currently in the process of creating the Sophia Health Network, a network of clinics that address the true causes of illness. I am also owner of Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa and the first of the Sophia Health Network clinics, Bella Fiore Klinik. While I love immersing myself in the latest knowledge on chronic illness, I also enjoy keeping up to date on Methylation, organic skin care, spa medicine, nutrition, creating healing environments, and developing sustainable business models, to name a few. I created this website as a platform to fuel my learning and to share this information. I invite you take this journey with me.

KG: What is detox in its simplest form?

DR: I think the term detox gets kind of confused now today. To really just break it down to really simple terms — how can you improve the healthy of your organs of elimination. Are you aware of what you’re exposed to at a regular basis? Evaluating those systems with the route to out — drinking more water through out the day, incorporating more sweating throughout the day. It has to be accessible and it has to be a lifestyle choice. Drinking more water, sweating, having healthy bowel movements and breathing – really using your organs of elimination.

KG: How would you demystify detox?

DR: I was thinking about the broad picture for people to understand before diving in, which is having knowledge and understanding that our environment is becoming more and more toxic. We are exposed to pesticides, petrochemicals, etc. that our body is exposed to. Not only in our skincare products but also in other avenues of our life, we are exposed.

KG: What does detox mean to you and your practice?

DR: Being conscience and fully awake to the consequences of what affects our health. You have to make choices fully with your eyes open and know your body’s capability. I encourage people to work with somebody like a naturopath because we can even take it to another level by looking at your genetic ability to detoxify Working with a naturopath, you can individualize [strategies] to your body’s capability to detoxify.

KG: What is one thing about detox that has blown your mind?

DR: I deal with this on a regular basis. I see the chronically ill and the healthy… I’ve found that seemingly unrelated symptoms improve with simple strategy and lifestyle changes… like when people start to make healthier food choices.

KG: Any final thoughts?

DR: We have several systems that help us keep up with the environmental exposures. We have organs of elimination. We have our lungs, our colon, our liver and kidneys and our lymphatic system. It’s really about improving our function of route to out with our organs of elimination. If we don’t have good routes to out, that’s when we start to see disease in our body”

For more information on all things health and wellness, please visit Dr. Schaffner’s Essential Medcast, and be sure to check out the talk with Kari on ecofriendly skin care!

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