Prior to becoming a Naturopathic Doctor, Kenneth Groves was also a former volunteer firefighter. During his four years as a firefighter, he experienced first-hand just how detrimental the health risks can be that are associated with the nature of the job. Firefighters and other emergency responders are exposed to an array of toxic compounds on a daily basis. If not properly removed from the body these chemicals can severely affect their health and their overall wellbeing.
Some of the toxic compounds found in particulate soot matter and toxic vapors include: carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, acrolein, benzene, divinylbenzene, hydrogen fluoride, ammonia, toluene, formaldehyde, chlorine, phosgene, chloromethane, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), chlorine, bromine, acetone, hydrogen cyanide, sulfur and nitrogen dioxide. There are also toxic metals such as antimony, molybdenum, zinc, bismuth, aluminum, and tin, which are found in fire retardants as well as cadmium, lead, manganese, mercury and copper which are toxic bi-products of various other combustible materials.
Chronic health hazards from exposure to these toxic compounds include: Lung damage, Cardiovascular disease, Cancer (lung and skin) and Neurological damage. Thus, it is essential that these compounds be properly removed from the body to avoid increases in total body toxic burden, which leads to deterioration in health. In addition, support measures should be implemented to maintain adequate detoxification on and ongoing basis, during the chemical exposure period.
InspireHealth Niagara’s Firefighter Detoxification program is designed to help reduce the risk of chronic disease among emergency workers, who bravely risk their lives on a daily basis to serve and protect the public. We utilize therapies that are thoroughly clinically researched in hopes of improving energy, mental alertness and most importantly prevent chronic health issues by removing toxic compounds from the body.