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Detoxification Therapy

What Is It?
How Does It Work?
What Happens During Treatment?
What Is It Used For?
Side Effects/Cautions
Recommended Books


What Is It?
Detoxification Therapy uses a range of methods to assist the elimination of harmful toxins and chemicals which may have built up in the body over time. These methods are used mainly by naturopaths and nutritional therapists, but other natural health practitioners and some doctors may also suggest this type of treatment. The aim of the therapy is to cleanse and purify the body in order to increase wellbeing, and to prevent diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

How Does It Work?
Advocates of detoxification therapy argue that an overload of toxins and synthetic chemicals in our environment and in our diet, interferes with the healthy functioning of our bodies. These toxins come in the form of smog, pesticides, chemicals in paint and household cleaners, cosmetics and prescription drugs, the additives, preservatives, artificial flavourings and colourings in our food, and alcohol and caffeine. These chemicals may build up in the body over years, causing damage to organs and overloading the immune system. Symptoms of toxic overload may include depression, headaches, fatigue, and poor digestion. By eliminating harmful toxins from the body, practitioners believe the immune system and the organs involved in waste removal - the kidney, liver, large intestine and skin - can function more efficiently, and the body is allowed to heal itself.

Many scientists remain skeptical about this form of treatment, arguing there is no danger in the trace amounts of chemicals we are exposed to. Since no specific chemicals are identified during the elimination treatment, it is impossible to say whether the treatment used was successful. However, proponents argue that detoxification therapy can increase vitality, improve mental functioning and digestive problems, strengthen the immune system and reduce blood pressure.

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What Happens During Treatment?
At an initial visit your practitioner will ask about your general medical history, your diet and lifestyle. S/he will check your blood pressure, heart and lungs, and may arrange for samples of your blood, urine and hair to be tested for chemical content.

Your practitioner will suggest changes to your diet and lifestyle, such as giving up smoking and caffeine, decreasing your intake of sugar and certain types of fat, and eating more whole grain foods or raw foods. Additional treatments include chelation therapy, which removes heavy metals from the body; colonic irrigation for cleansing the bowel of toxic faecal matter; special diets, called “detoxification diets” - these can involve eating mainly organic foods such as whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables and eliminating sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and sometimes dairy, or you may be asked to eat just one type of food, such as grapes or apples or only raw foods; and fasting, either a water fast, where you drink only water for 24-36 hours, or a juice fast, where you drink only vegetable juices for up to 10 days. Nutritional or herbal supplements may also be taken to aid the detoxification process.

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What Is It Used For?
Detoxification therapy has been reportedßs to be effective for relieving rheumatoid arthritis, raised cholesterol, high blood pressure, skin disorders, digestive disorders, clogged arteries and heart and lung disease.

Side Effects/Cautions
Detoxification therapy should not be used as a substitute for conventional medical care.

Do not use this therapy if you are pregnant, nursing, underweight, elderly, have a weakened immune system, or if you suffer from diabetes or ulcers. ßß

See side effects/cautions for chelation therapy.

Avoid colonic irrigation if you have any inflammation of the bowel, haemorrhoids or tumours of the large intestine or rectum. This treatment can cause infection, bowel dysfunction, and alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhoea.

Do not fast if you have heart problems, diabetes, advanced cancer, kidney or liver disease or lung disease. Fasting can cause anaemia, depression, dizziness and fainting, fatigue, low blood pressure, nausea, lowered resistance to infections and weakness.

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Recommended Books

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The Detox Book: How to Detoxify Your Body to Improve Your Health, Stop Disease, and Reverse Aging, 2nd Edition
Bruce Fife

Substances that are toxic to our bodies come at us from all directions: the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink, the cleaning products we use, and the metabolic waste produced inside us. Toxins build up in the body faster than they can be removed, contributing to premature aging and chronic and degenerative diseases. Fife, a nutritionist, naturopath, and codirector of an alternative health centre, provides a comprehensive handbook of detoxification therapies, including healthy nutrition, fasting, juicing, oxygen and heat therapies, exercise, and kidney and liver cleansing. Chapters give extensive background information on each subject, reports of research, and precise, detailed instructions for self-administration of the therapies, though the reader may also want to consult a practitioner for additional guidance. Line drawings and charts enhance the text, and short lists of additional resources are given at the end of chapters. An encyclopedic look at how we can care for and cleanse our amazingly resilient bodies.

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Detoxification - All you need to know to recharge, renew and rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit!
Linda R. Page

More than twenty-five thousand new toxins enter our environment each year. Detoxification and body cleansing is a necessary commitment in today's world - a way of life - for good health.
In this complete encyclopedia/guide of detailed instructions for detoxification and cleansing, Dr. Page discusses why body cleansing is necessary in today's world. She shows you: what you can expect when you detox; what a good cleanse really does; how to direct a cleanse for best results.
Also: Detailed detox charts for special needs; Step by step instructions that guide the reader through every detox program; Extensive "Green Cuisine" recipe section; Materia Medica Detox Herbal Supplement Directory with over 90 herbs; Glossary of detox terms; Much more!
" The commitment to having a clean body is a commitment to enjoying a better quality of life as you rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit through detoxification and body cleansing. Cleansing improves every part of your being: physical; psychological; sexual. You'll look and feel better!" - Linda Page, N.D., Ph.D.

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Lose Weight, Have More Energy & Be Happier in 10 Days
Peter Glickman

Most people have trouble losing weight because they think the problem is fat. The real problem is the toxins they are eating. Amazingly, when the toxins are eliminated, not only does the weight melt off, but people discover boundless energy and a new positive mental attitude.
This book is the first major book written exclusively about the Master Cleanse since it was developed and published by Stanley Burroughs in 1976. Hundreds of thousands of people have done this cleanse to lose weight, have more energy and feel happier.
The Master Cleanse became famous when Robin Quivers, Howard Sterns producer, lost more than 60 pounds on it. Requiring no special shakes or pills, the ingredients can be found at nearly any health food store.
This book also includes 69 frequently asked questions and many, many personal experiences of the more than 100 people who have done the Master Cleanse.

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