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Detoxification
Cells can live forever in a laboratory, so long as the fluids they live in are constantly changed (detoxified). Our environments and lifestyles however, are quite different from the inside of a Petri dish, where exposure to toxins are so much better controlled. Growing or maintaining optimum health under normal living conditions requires every cell in the human body to be replaced within seven years (some within a few days), which is achieved by continuously building, nourishing, detoxifying, repairing and rebuilding all body cells. The body naturally purifies, cleanses and detoxifies itself continually by way of defecation, urination, respiration and perspiration, or we could not survive.

Common Toxic Substances And Sources

Toxins generally include pathogens, synthetic chemicals (such as dioxins, furans, teflon, BPA, prescription and nonprescription drugs), petroleum based products, heavy metals (such as lead, aluminum and mercury), free radicals, radioactive materials, cooked foods, refined and processed foods. Anything can actually be toxic in excess, even nutrients or purified water.

Toxic substances are everywhere, and impossible to avoid completely. Toxins are used in the manufacturing, packaging and/or transport of nearly every commercial product available to man. Most commercial foods, pharmaceutical drugs, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene products, pest repellents, fertilizers and building products for example, contain toxic substances. Mercury is a heavy metal often found in many vaccines, tooth fillings, and most fluorescent lights. BPA (bisphenol-A) is a synthetic chemical in most petroleum based plastics. Teflon is another synthetic chemical often used for industrial air filtration and in non-stick cookware. Synthetic chemicals called dioxins are found in animal fats, and are produced by the combustion of waste, wood, fossil fuels (i.e., coal, oil and petroleum based products), cigarettes, and by industrial processes such as synthetic chemical production, petroleum refining, metal smelting and refining, chlorine bleaching of pulp, and catalyst regeneration. Toxins are also found in the soil, water, air, and animals (including humans). Even stress, digestion, exercise, and normal metabolic activities can result in the production of toxic byproducts.

Health Effects Of Excess Toxins

Toxic substances can enter the body through any orifice (such as the nose, mouth, eyes, ears or pores), and are primarily stored in the fat, nerves, nerve tissues, brain and liver. If more toxins go into than out of the body, they build up and accumulate. It can take years of toxic buildup before symptoms of toxicity show, but show they will. Excess toxins eventually spill over into the bloodstream, which can result in the production of more toxins and imbalances, a depressed immune system and systems of detoxification, and thereby an increased susceptibility to all manner of infections, and eventually degenerative diseases, including all forms of cancer.

10 Day Detox Plan

Detoxification is a means by which the body neutralizes and removes toxins and waste via perspiration, urination, respiration and defecation. Because we are exposed to many toxic substances every day which we have little to no control over, a cleansing and detoxification regimen such as the following detox plan may be used (at least once annually for best results) to detoxify the body. The following detox plan may be used in general detoxification, as well as in weight loss, pinpointing food and other allergies.

Health Maintenance (day 1-10)

  • 10-15 minutes of some form of stress reduction such as yoga, meditation or tai chi
  • Hot steamy shower (to remove toxins via perspiration)
  • 8-10 hours of rest each night (when it is dark)
  • 15-30 minutes of daily sunlight
  • Fresh Air
  • 30-60 minutes of daily exercise, in the first part of the day

Remove Internal Toxins (day 1-3)

  • *1C Herbal Detox Tea (or 10 drops extract), 3X/day
  • **Healthy PH Balanced Diet
  • 8C distilled water

Reduce Food and Drink (day 4-7)

  • *1C Herbal Detox Tea (or 10 drops extract), 3X/day
  • **Healthy PH Balanced Diet – only fluids for dinner on day 4, only fluids for lunch and dinner on day 5, only fluids for all meals on day 6, and no food on day 7
  • 1 gallon of water
  • May use 1C Horsetail tea (or 10 drops extract) 3X/day as an herbal appetite suppressant and stimulant to curb the appetite and to increase metabolism, but only at breakfast and lunch during the fasting phase

Remove External Toxins, Rebalance and Restore (day 8-10)

  • Horsetail (if using to suppress appetite, discontinue use on day 8)
  • *1C Herbal Detox Tea (or 10 drops extract), 3X/day; discontinue use on day 10
  • External use of emollients and exfoliants on skin, to remove toxins through pores
  • **Healthy PH Balanced Diet – fresh fruits and vegetables for breakfast, fluids only for lunch, and nothing for dinner on day 8; shake or smoothie for breakfast, fresh fruits or veggies for lunch, and fluids only for dinner on day 9; small bowl of yogurt containing live probiotics (to repopulate the GI tract with healthy flora) and granola for breakfast, shake or smoothie with fruit or veggie bread and homemade walnut butter for lunch, and fresh fruits and vegetables for dinner on day 10
  • 8C distilled water

*The herbs in Herbal Detox Tea (i.e., equal parts brier rose hip, mullein and peppermint) contain medicinal properties such as immune system stimulants and natural, non-microbial parasitic, viral, protozoan, fungal and bacterial antibiotics, to remove pathogens. Herbs in Herbal Detox Tea also contain medicinal properties such as general detoxifers, laxatives (to remove toxins via defecation), diuretics (to remove toxins via urination), decongestants (to remove toxins via respiration), and diaphoretics (to remove toxins via perspiration). In addition, herbs in Herbal Detox Tea contain tonics, nervines, depuratives, antioxidants, hepatics, emollients, antilithics and pectorals to help support and detoxify systems of detoxification (i.e., the immune, lymphatic, digestive, urinary, respiratory and dermal systems). If preferred, herbs in Herbal Detox Tea may be taken in extract form instead, and/or other herbs with the same medicinal properties can be used instead. Glycerin or unrefined organic honey may be also used to sweeten.

**Diet should include solid and/or juiced Nutrino Foods. Aside from water, fluids may include non-dairy milks (such as nut, seed or bean/legume milks) and juices (including fruit, veggie, sprout and grass juices). Non-dairy milks are rich in calories and many other nutrients. In this form they are quickly and easily digested, providing readily available, yet long lasting energy. Bean and legume milks are acidic and acid producing however, so drink less of these than any other fluids to help maintain a healthy PH Balance. Fruit, veggie, sprout and grass juices are a rich source of antioxidants, chlorophyll and many nutrients including enzymes and bioflavanoids. The brighter, deeper or darker the color, the more bioflavanoids and antioxidants plant foods generally contain. Likewise, the darker green a plant is the more chlorophyll it usually contains. Sprouts, grasses and alfalfa (leaf) are the best sources of chlorophyll, as are most dark green plant foods. Fruit and vegetable juices should therefore include those which are dark and brightly colored (i.e., white, red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple).

Detoxification Side Effects

The more in need of detoxification the body is, the longer and more unpleasant the process of detoxification will be, as toxins can do as much damage going out as in, especially when they have accumulated over a long period of time. Detoxification side effects may include headaches, decreased heart rate, low blood pressure, skin eruptions, rashes, weakness and fatigue, allergic reactions, weight loss, colds, sore throat, swollen tonsils, fever, body aches, frequent urination, diarrhea, nervousness, irritability, depression, orange or yellow skin color (contrary to the popular myth that this is due to excessive carrot consumption, it is actually a sign of liver detoxification), respiratory congestion or other possible side effects, which may last for up to several weeks or more. These and other side effects do subside however, once balance is restored, congestion is cleared and the body is again able to detoxify itself efficiently. To help reduce side effects, don't rush the process. If you spent ten years abusing your body, expect to spend up to two years or more detoxifying the body (1-4 times every year), removing congestion and repairing the damage. When detoxification is complete, the body will also become more sensitive to toxins than before, as the systems of detoxification will no longer be lagging in their work, but will instead be looking for toxins to eliminate!

Reducing Exposure To Toxins

Infections and diseases are unlikely to develop due to toxicity, so long as the systems of detoxification are not depressed by imbalances. To prevent the depression of these and other systems by imbalances, healthy flora populations should outweigh that of pathogenic germs, more toxins should be going out than in, and other imbalances should likewise be addressed. After detoxification, begin to establish (or re-establish) a healthy lifestyle with the 8 Health Factors. This would also a good time to start reducing toxins in the home, as well as those you may be adding to the environment. For example:
  • Use sunlight for daytime lighting, and full spectrum lighting at night
  • Filter and purify water before use in cleaning or consumption
  • Filter and purify indoor air, and avoid swamp coolers or other air conditioning units that offer a comfortable home for water loving microbes such as parasites, protozoa and fungi
  • Fabrics (in clothes, bedding, furniture, carpets, drapes, curtains, etc.) should be made of natural fibers such as silk, cotton, linen, wool or hemp only
  • Wash fruits and veggies (even if organic) with apple cider vinegar or lemon juice and water (soak in 1/4C vinegar or lemon juice per gallon of water for a few minutes, then wash well in filtered, distilled water) before consumption
  • Replace aluminum or Teflon coated cookware with ceramic, stone and/or stainless steel cookware
  • If you have a microwave, consider replacing it with a convection oven
  • Buy and use (or make your own) non toxic, green cleaning and personal hygiene products
  • Don't use chemical pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers for gardens; grow organic instead
  • Replace other toxins in the home such as asbestos, particle board, toxic carpets, insulation, paints, dyes, combustion heating and cooking appliances, aluminum and aluminum foils, ammonia, vinyl flooring, synthetic chemicals (including chemical versions of chloride and fluoride), non-sustainable refrigerators and freezers, petroleum based products, etc. with environmentally friendly and sustainable alternatives
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