Does your body need detoxification?
Our body's natural detoxification system is designed to
support our health by eliminating waste products and environmental
toxins. Like any other hardworking system, it needs periodic rest
and support to continue functioning properly. If you answer "yes" to
five or more of the following questions, you would likely benefit
from a complete detoxification program.
1. Are you strongly bothered by gasoline fumes or common
2. Do you have a negative reaction when you eat foods containing
preservatives or MSG?
3. Do you feel "wired up" when you drink even small amounts of
coffee or black tea?
4. Are you exposed to synthetic carpeting?
5. Do you take antacids?
6. Does your family have a history of cancer?
7. Have you experienced food allergies?
8. Do you regularly consume alcohol or tobacco?
9. Are you exposed daily to cell phones, computers, or
10. Does pollen, grass, or ragweed bother you?
The use of detoxification techniques can sometimes make the
difference between an effective holistic healing program and endless
frustration. I have seen these techniques get many people started on
their healing path where medications, diet, exercise, yoga, and
everything else failed. Cleansing techniques such as those described
below have been frequently and successfully prescribed by holistic
healers for moderate to severe immune system disorders.
It is well-known that eating a diet high in saturated fats can
often lead to a buildup in the arteries (atherosclerosis). In a
similar fashion, fats, cholesterols, mucus, xenobiotics (organic
toxins), inorganic chemicals, etc. can build up in various organs
and tissues of the body, severely affecting the operation of those
organs and tissues. Often, these buildups aren't severe enough to be
recognized as diseases unto themselves, yet they can lead to quite a
few problems throughout the body.
The exposure to toxic chemicals is a large source of toxic
buildups throughout the body. After years of exposure to these
substances, often the body can no longer keep up with eliminating
these substances and they get recirculated into the bloodstream,
wreacking havoc thoughout the body, or stored in the liver, body fat
or many other parts of the body. These cleanses are geared toward
removing these toxic chemicals as well as other toxins.
In addition to the buildups throughout the body, problems can
begin to arise in different areas of the body. The GI tract can
develop microscopic ulcerations, pH imbalances, imbalance in
bacteria and fungus, granulomas, hypersecretion of mucus, and many
other problems. In addition to deposits of fatty acids in the liver,
liver cells can begin to die, bile flow can become inhibited making
digestion of fats difficult, etc. And so it goes with other organs
and tissues throughout the body.
These types of buildups and problems throughout the body can
contribute to the development of a serious illness. In order to
reverse the serious illness, the buildups and other problems need to
be removed as part of an overall healing plan. A holistic healing
plan *without* the use of cleansing techniques can often result in
the gradual removal of toxic substances from the body. But, in many
instances, the detoxification is so slow or even non-existent that
the use of cleansing techniques can be extremely beneficial. If you
have had chemical poisoning or have been using prescription
pharmaceuticals for a number of years, detoxification may be
extremely helpful to your recovery.
If you not extremely weak (e.g., - AIDS Wasting Syndrome,
bedridden, extremely low t-cell count), I strongly suggest that you
consider performing a cleanse technique. In many cases, it can get a
person started on their healing path faster than many other holistic
healing techniques. Note: The ideas presented below ARE NOT meant as
medical recommendations, but are intended to help you and your
practitioner plan a detoxification program should both of you
determine that is what should be prescribed.
There are a number of contraindications for using detoxification
techniques (e.g., porphoryia and fasting), so please consult your
healthcare practitioner. Even if you perform a detoxification
technique on occasion, it should not be used as the major source of
healing -- just a very useful tool. - Mark Gold 10/4/95
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