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Smoke and Toxins Déjà vu


Over the past week we have been reminded once again of our constant exposure to toxins in the environment here in California by the Dixie fire. A hazy sky, a blood red sun, and the smell of smoke brings our minds back to last year when at one time Northern California had the worst air quality in the world.  We are starting to check the air quality once again online. 

We had discussed “Steps to Manage Smoke and Air Toxins” on August 23, 2020 last year (see the blog). While we tend to focus on the things that are immediately happening before us like fire season, smoke, and toxic air, the optimal response to these environmental toxic exposures is achieved by building up our detoxification system and pathways on a regular basis. We should be building resiliency and abundant pathways to detoxify toxins every day so that when we are suddenly challenged with an acute toxic exposure we can have a quicker and better response.

We are exposed to toxins on a continual basis with the personal care products that we use on our skin and hair, breathing in vehicle exhaust, consuming chemicals from industrial plant smokestacks returning to us from rain and polluting the water supply.

Studies have shown that the average woman uses 12 personal care products with 168 chemicals daily and the average man uses 6 personal care products with  85 chemicals daily. We toxin exposure even before birth with the average newborn cord blood containing over 200 known chemicals from the environment.

Many of our surroundings are not so  “innocent”  like formaldehyde leaching from furniture constructed from particle boards or “processed wood”,  toxic residues from cleaning products, and phthalates from plastics found in lights, lamps,  blinds on windows, plastic chairs with synthetic leather .

Even house dust can contain mold and toxins. Mold can be found growing in carpets, door frames and windows and can become airborne. We therefore risk breathing in mycotoxins in our bodies if our sinuses and respiratory tract cannot filter them out.

Fortunately, our bodies have ways of dealing with these toxins. The good news is that a healthy diet, lifestyle, and nutritional supplementation can bolster these defenses. Your main defenses against toxins include your liver in partnership with the gut, kidneys and skin, your microbiome specifically the gut, respiratory, and sinus microbiomes, and your circadian rhythm with sleep in the rest and repair state.

Your largest organ, the liver, needs certain nutrients and minerals to do the heavy lifting of completing phase 1 and phase 2 of detoxification. This process is described here in this link.  The toxins then can be flushed out through stool in the gut, urine in the kidneys, or sweat through the skin. The AFH 14 day detox kit, Biotransform, Daily Reset, Liposomal Glutathione, Liposomal Vitamin C, M-Complex, and FiberLean help the liver clear toxins including mold and mycotoxins.

The microflora and organisms that make up our gut, sinuses, and respiratory tract help us optimize our immune system to filter out toxins or help break them down. Nutrients, prebiotics, and certain probiotics help build up and optimize these microbiomes. AFH Probio PhytoBiosporePomBioX, CandiMax, and Fiber 365 support and optimize the microbiome.

 Finally, when you get good quality sleep including deep stage sleep at the right time, your growth hormone is optimally released and detoxification of your brain can occur with microglial cells. Artificial light, electromagnetic radiation, and other toxins affect the pineal gland and the quality and quantity of sleep suffers. Sleep helps regulate hormones, blood pressure, immunity and metabolism so it’s vital. Blue light blockers (AFH glasses, screens, and apps), AFH Sleep Support, AFH Thrive, Relax, and Mag Neuro may help restore sleep.  

I hope you make the investment in your health to optimize these 3 key areas to build up your detoxification capability. Toxins are everywhere, we need to deal with them daily, and we can expect more toxic exposure as our climate changes and an earlier more intense fire season is upon us again.

To get a regenerative medicine evaluation, start the AFH gut microbiome restoration program, or benefit from other AFH health programs, please email, visit, or call (925) 736-9828

So take care and stay healthy.


Jeffrey Mark, M.D.

Jeffrey Mark, M.D.

Helping clients with compassionate and comprehensive medical care for over 25 years with 4 board certifications in functional medicine, gastroenterology, internal medicine, and anti-aging/ regenerative medicine . IFMCP, ABIM Gastroenterology, NPAS Internal Medicine, ABAARM.

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