Functional Medicine/Detox symptoms?


Hi Dr.,
I am a 56 year old guy, decent health. Two weeks ago I decided to give up my three prescriptions, Avalide for hypertension, Losec for acid reflux, and Wellbutrin for depression, and overcome these problems with diet and lifestyle changes. I reduced my workload and de-stressed, started walking, and reduced coffee, alcohol, salt, and spicy foods. It seems to be working, I am feeling good and more focused mentally, my blood pressure is stable (high normal), and no acid reflux. In the few days however,  I have been very tired, have cold like symptoms, and my urine, normally yellow, is clearer, almost white and the smell is 'funny' almost like I am excreting a chemical. My partner thinks this is 'detox symptoms' and a good thing, I will get over it and feel better. What do you think? Thanks!"

The change in urine from yellow to more clear is good typically. The white color can be froth from the stream, or infection ( but you don't mention complaint of burning, irritation, or blood so possibly nothing) Chemical smell- I'm not a fan of this, and if you are detoxing from cutting meds out cold turkey it is possible. If you hare taking any supplements in place of the meds it can be those too. As a functional medicine practitioner I try to taper people off meds, one at a time, over a course of time so that the body doesn't go into shock from the changes.

If the smell in your urine and white color continues it would be wise to make sure you don't have a secondary infection from any kind of detox (very possible). Keep up your water intake, and try to take some Fiber to bind the toxins your body is releasing (Acacia is nice, flax works well too). Milk Thistle is an amazing herb for healing the liver and helping with detoxification and something I typically recommend for anyone taking medications over a period of time as it taxes the liver function.

Hope this reply finds you feeling better, more energy and less detox! Hope your Thanksgiving was well too.

Dr. Kalli Prater, D.C.  

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I am a Chiropractic Physician who specializes in Internal Medicine. I utilize a combination of traditional lab testing in combination with the patient's personal health history to determine the root cause of their problems. Based on the individuals history and health concerns paired with their specific dietary and nutritional needs we come up with the best treatment plan for them, even if that does not include chiropractic care. I have helped many women with hypothyroidism, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia,and even those with Lupus and MS through diet/lifestyle modification and minor supplementation.

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I am a Chiropractic Physician with a Sports Medicine background. I have almost 300 hours post graduate work to become a Chiropractic Internal Medicine Specialist where the focus is on lab testing, functional interpretation of data, and healing through natural means.

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Recognized as a leader in the Chiropractic Profession by the International Association of Health Care Providers in 2014

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Most of my patients suffer from chronic illness related to autoimmune disease, allergies, hypothyroidism or a combination of all of the above. Most of my patients see positive results through diet and lifestyle modification within the first 2 months of treatment, many have also resolved in the same amount of time. I believe what sets me apart from other health care providers is that I take the time with my patients to go through everything and listen to them fully.

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