Why Detoxing is Important
Recently reading health advocate Suzanne Somer’s best selling book Tox-sick increased my awareness of the critical importance of detoxification on a regular basis. Lack of adequate nutrients along with toxins are the underlying cause of most chronic life threatening diseases, including auto-immune diseases, cancer and heart disease.
With the daily onslaught of toxins, all of us can benefit from some detoxification on a routine basis. Our bodies absorb toxins from our food, water, air and skin. Even those of us who drink purified water and only eat primarily organic foods, inadvertently consume toxins.
The soil has been depleted of important vitamins due to farmers not putting back essential nutrients into our soils. Poisons like Glyphosate, sprayed on huge conventional farms around the country, contaminate organic fields of vegetables, fruit and pasture land. All conventional wheat in the US is now routinely sprayed with Glyphosate, making it important to consume only organic wheat breads. We all breathe the same outdoors air, which is contaminated from as far away as Japan and China. (1)(2)
Lotions, soaps, shampoos, makeup and perfumes are another source of toxicity which gets absorbed directly through our skin, just as medicinal creams are absorbed. There is no regulation in the skin care, hair and make up industry, making it important to use only certified organic soaps, shampoos, lotions and make up products to avoid toxic poisons. The Environmental Working Group is a good free online source for certified skin care products.
In addition to the toxic air, water, food and skin care products that our bodies take in, there are other dangerous forms of toxins. Vaccinations are a particularly life threatening source of poisons, particularly the neurotoxins aluminum and thimerosal, which contains dangerous mercury. Aluminum and thimerosal have been proven, by extensive research and scientific papers including those by the CDC, to contribute to an increase in auto-immune disorders, autism, ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer rates. The childhood vaccination schedule has grown tremendously in recent years, contributing to sky rocketing rates of debilitating diseases among today’s children. Vaccines contain numerous dangerous ingredients which are injected directly into one’s body, bypassing the usual detoxification paths available when toxins are ingested as food or water. These toxins pass through the blood-brain barrier, causing extensive health damage to both children and adults. (3)(4)
Heavy metals are also absorbed in the form of mercury dental fillings, which continue to be given today. Mercury vapors from dental amalgams are dangerous. The vapors are continually absorbed into one’s body on a daily basis contributing to many deadly diseases. Mercury toxicity is linked to the following symptoms: headache, ear ringing, dizziness, depression, anxiety, asthma, memory loss and renal failure. Mercury poisoning is linked with the following diseases: Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, diabetes and kidney and liver disease. (5) (6)
Six Easy Ways to Detoxify
Because of the toxic world that we live in today, it is really essential that we engage in some form of detoxification on a regular basis, while also avoiding toxins when we can. The following are mostly inexpensive and easy to incorporate in one’s schedule.
Six Excellent Detoxifications are the Following:
Near Infrared Sauna
Epsom Salt Baths
Veggie Juices/ Smoothies
Near Infrared Sauna
Taking a sauna and sweating are long established form of detoxification, especially popular in Norwegian countries where many homes have their own, allowing one to easily sweat out toxins from the body. There is a lot of debate on the best type of sauna one should take, but many experts argue that near infrared saunas are superior. The incandescent lamps used in a near infrared sauna are a thermal light source similar to the sun. The near infrared spectrum of light induces cell regeneration, reduction of inflammation and neuron repair.
One can sign up for sessions in their community or make an investment in purchasing their own home sauna for convenient use. I recently invested in my health by purchasing the Sauna Space near infrared sauna. I have thoroughly enjoyed my investment, using the sauna for 30-40 minutes almost daily. (7) (8) (9)
Betonite clay has been used historically by early man as a way to detoxify from poisons and sources of digestive ills. Early men and women were known to carry clay with them and use whenever needed to eliminate unwanted toxins from their bodies. Food grade bentonite clay mixed with purified water is an easy way to detoxify harmful toxins from the body. Betonite clay should be taken one hour apart from food, supplements or medications. Start by mixing one teaspoon Betonite clay mixed with one cup of purified water in a glass mason jar.
Activated charcoal has been used for years at emergency rooms as a way to safely remove certains poisons. Food grade activated charcoal can also be used safely at home to remove heavy metals as desired. It should be mixed with water and taken 1-2 hours apart from food or nutrients. Inegrative cardiologist Al Sears, MD has discussed this as the poor man’s chelation. One tablespoon of activated charcoal mixed with one cup of water is recommended.
Epsom Salt Baths
Epsom salt baths are an enjoyable way to detoxify, relax sore muscles and supply the important minerals of sulfate and magnesium. The magnesium and sulfur also pulls salt and dangerous toxins out of one’s body. At least 2 cups of Epsom salt is recommended for each bath. (10) When purchasing Epsom salts, one only needs to find one certified by the USP, the United States Pharmocopeia, with a drug facts box listed on the container. Inexpensive certified Epsom salts can be purchased easily at most large grocery and drugs stores. (11) To ensure they are as pure as possible, I avoid Epsom salts which have added scents.
Green Juices and Smoothies
Home made juices and smoothies made with a combination of fresh organic vegetables and fruits are well known to help detoxify one’s body through their high antioxidant and vitamins content. Common vegetables and fruits for smoothies include organic green leafy vegetables, broccoli, cucumber, celery, apples and berries. Popular juicing vegetables and fruits include celery, carrots, beets and apples.
Juicing provides a powerhouse of antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins and nutrients. These antioxidants protect the body from cellular damage caused by free radicals. Raw fresh juices provide intact enzymes making them easy to digest.
Many leading physicians and health authors recommend juicing. The Gerson therapy uses a diet based on consuming 13 daily glasses of raw juices using carrots, apples and greens to help detoxify and treat cancer patients. Dr Natasha Campbell, author of Gut and Psychology Syndrome recommends juicing as part of her dietary protocol to heal and detoxify those suffering from autism, ADHD, depression and schizophrenia. Neurosurgeon Dr. Russell Blaylock recommends green smoothies for healing. Best selling author Jordan Rubin recommends juicing for healing of digestive diseases. (12)
EDTA Tablets Taken Between Meals
In Suzanne Somer’s book Tox-sick, Dr Garry Gordon describes in detail the benefits of daily chelation with EDTA tables. Gordon recommends IV chelation for maximum health benefits. EDTA chelation helps to eliminate lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic heavy metals. Many integrative physicians offer this chelation for patients in their offices. EDTA tablets can be taken once daily in oral form, one hour apart from foods and nutritional supplements. It is also available as a rectal suppository. Both forms are available over the counter.
We live in a very toxic world, where we absorb toxins on a daily basis from our water, food, air, and skin care products, along with possible dental amalgams and vaccinations. Aluminum and mercury are two well known forms of neurotoxins, but many more exist including cadmium, arsenic, lead, and pesticides. Avoiding and removing toxins are essential to maintain optimal health.
Toxins are a major underlying cause of all major illnesses, including cancer, heart disease, auto-immune disorders and neurological diseases. To optimize health, it is important to engage in regular forms of detoxification to remove various poison sources from our body. The following six detoxes can remove dangerous toxins: saunas, Epsom salt baths, EDTA capsules, activated charcoal, Betonite clay and green juices/smoothies.