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Detoxify Your Body from the Harmful Effects of Environmental Pollutants, Intestinal Waste and Parasites, Drugs, Food Additives and Impure Thoughts to Increase Your Health, Vitality and Life Expectancy Today!
From: The Desk of Dr. Dana Myatt
To: Sincere Health-Seekers Everywhere
Hidden Toxins are Everywhere, Including Your Body
The world around us is filled with toxic chemicals. We encounter these chemicals in the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, the cosmetics we apply to our skin, the household cleaners we scrub with, the pesticides and synthetic fertilizers we spray or sprinkle in our gardens and dozens of other sources. Other toxins are actually produced in our bodies, the end-result of cellular metabolism (cell waste products). There is really no escaping exposure to toxins, and in addition to the internally-derived toxins, many of the external toxins also find their way into our bodies.
How do we know that humans absorb any significant amount of these toxins? Since 1976, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) started measuring levels of environmental toxins found in people. (The National Adipose Tissue Survey, or NHATS). The study looked at fat samples from people all over the country and measured the level of toxins present. In 1982, for example, they looked for 54 different environmental toxins, and their results were shocking. Five toxic chemicals were found in 100% of the samples and another 9 toxins were identified in 91 percent of all samples. These toxins included nasty chemicals like benzene, toluene, chlorobenzene, DDE and dioxins. PCB’s, substances which are highly toxic to the immune system, were found in 83% of all samples. A total of 20 toxic chemicals were identified in 76% of all samples — and remember, these “samples” were fat tissue taken from real people! “Environmental toxins” aren’t just in the world around us, they are in our own bodies.
Toxins Have Been Killing You Slowly For Years
The question isn’t “does your body contain toxic chemicals,” but rather, how many of these chemicals are in your system and what effect do they have on your health?
Toxins in the body are known to cause cancers, neurological diseases, autoimmune conditions, deceased immune function, allergies, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivities and fibromyalgia. And those are just the diseases that we KNOW are associated with body toxicity! There are many other conditions that appear to be associated, if not outright caused, by the accumulation of toxins in the body. Fatigue, headache, anxiety and depression, skin conditions (acne, eczema), rashes, Attention Deficit Disorder and even heart disease are all related to stored toxins in the body.
Imagine What Can Happen When These Toxins are Removed
If you suffer from an illness, removing stored toxins in the system will go a long way toward cure. In many cases, detoxification IS the cure, especially when the disease is caused primarily by toxicity.
Even if you feel perfectly well, the presence of toxins in your body decreases your level of health and vitality. A gradual but certain decline in immune function, for example, might not be noticeable at first. But why wait until you have allergies, or catch colds more often, or are diagnosed with cancer? Regular detoxification will not only help prevent disease but will also reveal new levels of energy and stamina you didn’t even know you were missing!
What is Involved in a Detoxification Program?
In order to understand what a “good detoxification program” looks like, you need to know a little bit about how the body processes toxic substances. There are five major organs of detoxification and all five of these must be functioning in top form in order to properly remove toxic substances. These organs include the colon (large intestine), liver, kidneys, lungs and skin. Of these five, the liver and colon are considered the two “major players” in the detoxification process. Toxins that are not removed are stored in fat, bones, soft tissue and individual cells (which means every place in the body)!
SO, a thorough detoxification program must get all five detoxification organs in top form AND must pull toxins out of storage.
Total Body Detoxification Produces Faster and More Impressive Results than “Bowel Cleansing” Programs
There are a number of “detoxification programs” on the market. Many are downright silly, but some are pretty good. The problem that I see with all of them is that most only address one detoxification system. As you’ve just learned, there are five detox organs which all work together to process and remove toxins from the body. Why would we think that a great “detox program” would involve only one of the five?
For example, there is a popular “bowel cleansing program” on the market. As far as bowel cleansing goes, this is a good program. But even thoroughly cleaning the bowels does not ensure that the liver’s detox pathways are working correctly, and the liver must process toxic chemicals into non-toxic chemicals long before they reach the bowel. Nor will a “clean colon” pull stored toxins out of fat, bone and soft tissue. A well-functioning colon, accomplished by some form of “colon cleanse,” is certainly part of a good detox program, but it is not the whole of it. If you want to really remove toxins from your body, a Total Body Detoxification program is the only way to go.
Forget Fasting, Coffee Enemas, and Eating Tofu Burgers — Real Detoxification is Easier Than You Might Think
I won’t try to fool you: a Total Body Detoxification program requires more work than simply swallowing a couple of supplements and drinking a special tea. After all, if toxins are still coming in at a brisk pace (for example, by way of impure food), then all the cleansing in the world won’t be able to remove poisons faster than they are introduced. A real detoxification program requires attention not only to the eliminative organs, but also to removing sources of incoming toxins.
On the other hand, the body is a remarkably forgiving organism when we give it a break, and a Total Body Detoxification is not as difficult as you might think. Although in extreme cases, extreme measures are sometimes necessary, most people can safely and effectively detoxify without doing strange and difficult things like coffee enemas, fasting, daily hour-long saunas or strenuous exercises. A few special nutritional formulas and supplements, several simple daily health practices, some minor but important diet changes and a positive attitude are all that is necessary to perform a powerful “detoxification program” which will remove much of the toxic waste that has accumulated in your body. As a result, you will find yourself feeling stronger and more energetic. Many little “nagging problems” will disappear, and even if you don’t have any current health complaints, you will be hedging your bet against disease.
Design a “Do It Yourself” Total Body Detox Program
Don’t be foolish: if you have a serious medical condition, get professional help and guidance for your detoxification program. If you are in otherwise good health and want to undergo a Detox Program for preventive measures, here are my guidelines.
First, remember that you have five organs of elimination, all involved in the detox process. A Total Body Detox program will get each of these five organs in better working condition. Here’s how:
General Diet and Lifestyle:
Diet: Don’t eat junk! No sugar, white flour, soda pop, fruit juice (unless fresh made and even then, there’s more benefit in the fresh fruit). Milk isn’t a health food, but cheese is OK. Plenty of protein and non-starchy vegetables with modest fruit (berries are best). Blueberries, salmon, lemons, “greens” (kale, beet green, etc.), walnuts, garlic and onions, cruciferous veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts) and tomatoes (especially tomato paste) are Super Foods.
The “phytonutrients” in plants are important all the time, but especially during detoxification where they regulate liver enzymes, improve bowel function and serve as antioxidants. The recommended daily intake is 10-18 servings of veggies per day, preferably organic. I have found this level of intake all but impossible to obtain without supplementation. A green food concentrate such as Greens First, one scoop per day (it tastes great in a Super Shake, mentioned below), provides the nutrient equivalent of 10+ servings of veggies. Although I highly recommend this formula on a daily basis, it is especially important during a Total Body Detox program.
I.) Exercise: 30 minutes minimum of exercise that gets you breathing harder than usual, preferably outdoors.
II.) Sunshine: minimum 10 minutes per day of “real” sunlight. The scare stories about sunlight causing cancer are unfounded (unless you are foolish and stay out for hours until you burn).
III.) Sleep: 8 hours per night, especially during Detox but in general, 8 hours is a healthful routine.
Now for the specific organs of detoxification:
For the LUNGS: Daily deep breathing exercises, performed for 10 minutes, twice per day. (This assumes that you have good air to breathe. If you live in a polluted city, these exercises should be performed in a building with a good air purifier, or next best, get to a park or place with a lot of trees and green growing things. Plants purify the air.) Breathing exercises can include aerobic activity (which increases the depth of respiration), singing, blowing up balloons, or deliberate “belly breathing.” (A true deep breath should make the belly expand).
For the Kidneys: Pure H2O (that would be water!), 64 ounces per day or more if you are working outdoors doing sweaty manual labor. The kidneys remove water-soluble toxins. When the urine is dilute (from drinking sufficient water), the toxins are diluted and do not damage the kidneys or bladder on their way out of your system. But with too little water intake, the toxins removed by the kidneys can be sufficiently concentrated so as to damage kidney function. When this happens, the kidneys become less able to remove toxins.
If you own a well, do you have it tested annually? Don’t assume that your well water, which was good last year, remains so over time. An annual water test is highly recommended, even in areas of known water quality. If you live in a city or drink municipal water, don’t (drink the water, that is)! Purified water or spring water is an alternative, or purchase a water filter for your home drinking water.
For the SKIN: Daily skin brushing, using a soft-bristled skin brush (available at most health food stores) or a loofah (but use this only in the shower; it is too coarse to use dry). The skin brush, however, should be used on dry skin. Brush from head to toe, excluding the face. A “tip to toe” skin brushing should take about 5 minutes. Follow with a warm (not hot) shower and use pure soap. (Castile soap is a good one, but Dove and Ivory are acceptable). Saunas and steam baths are also highly skin-detoxifying if you have them available.
Surprising at it may seem, the skin is the largest organ of elimination in the body. Sweat (or perspiration if you’re a female), has the same composition as urine only more dilute. Be assured that if you have skin problems such as acne, eczema, psoriasis or other irritations, you have a condition of internal toxicity that needs to be corrected. When the liver, kidneys and colon are not able to remove toxins efficiently, the skin “picks up the slack,” and those removed toxins cause skin diseases of all types.
For the LIVER: As one of the two MAJOR detox organs, the liver deserves special attention. Here is how to increase the detoxification processes of the liver.
Protein. The liver has a high requirement for protein. With today’s foolish government-blessed “food pyramid” recommending 6-12 servings of carbohydrate foods per day, many people are actually protein deprived. Inadequate protein slows the liver’s detox abilities to a grinding halt. Be sure to get high quality protein every day, beginning with breakfast. Like steak and eggs? Go for it. Eggs in any form, especially farm-raised eggs cooked with yolks still runny, are a liver-lovin’ treat. Beef, fish (especially salmon) and wild game are the healthiest meats. Whey, especially the kind processed with the immune factors intact, is a “Super Food” for the liver. I recommend during a Total Body Detox that you have one Super Shake every day, either as a meal replacement or for a snack.
Special nutrients. The liver’s detoxification pathways require particular nutrients including vitamin B6, B12, folic acid, magnesium, methionine and inositol. Certain herbs also help stimulate liver detoxification, including milk thistle, dandelion and black radish. My favorite formula which contains these important liver detox nutrients and herbs in the correct amounts is Lipotropic Complex. Any detoxification program should include these liver-protecting and stimulating substances.
For the Colon: As the second MAJOR detox organ, the colon also deserves special attention.
Fiber. Soluble and insoluble fiber should be taken daily, not just during detox. The minimum recommended daily intake of fiber is 25 grams (but 40+ is better). The Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) contains an average of 10 grams. Some foods that you might think are high in fiber, such as lettuce, actually contain very little fiber. Most people get a lot less fiber than they think, but good colon health depends on adequate fiber intake.
There are a number of fiber formulas available. The best ones include both soluble and insoluble fiber. Read labels and aim for an additional 10 grams of fiber per day from supplemental fiber. (Start by adding 5 grams per day for a few days, then increase to 10. A sudden increase in fiber consumption can cause intestinal discomfort). An easy, inexpensive way to get this amount of both types of fiber is to use EZ Fiber (now called Fiber Complex). We formulated this fiber supplement especially to provide the very best blend of soluble and insoluble fibers in a great-tasting powder. Ground flax seed meal can also be used, as it includes both types of fiber AND important Omega-3 fatty acids.
Activated charcoal. As great as increased fiber is at improving bowel movements and hence the elimination of toxins through the bowel, nothing compares to activated charcoal for it’s ability to adsorb toxins and carry them out of the body. Nothing. During a Total Body Detox program, when the body is releasing toxins at a fast rate, you should consume 10 grams (1 TBS.) of activated charcoal twice per day OR (alternate plan), 20 grams at bedtime. This would require 40 capsules of charcoal per dose.
Charcoal is messy. It sticks to everything it touches, which is why it is so amazing at removing toxins. The easiest way that I’ve found to take it is to put it in a screw-top jar with some crushed ice and water and shake, then drink with straw. a bit more water can be added when you are done to “rinse” the ice and get the last bit of charcoal. And yes, your teeth and tongue will be black when you finish, but a good tooth-brushing (preferably with baking soda instead of toothpaste which contains toxic fluoride) will take care of this in short order. The inconvenience is well worth the health benefit of this amazing detoxifier!
Five Proven Formulas That Detoxify and Rejuvenate The Entire Body
As you have seen, much of a Total Body Detox can be accomplished by diet and lifestyle improvements. Still, there are several formulas which perform Detox functions above and beyond what can be obtained from food and lifestyle practices alone. I believe that these five supplemental formulas should be a part of any serious Total Body Detox program.
1.) Fiber can be easily obtained by using Fiber Complex.
2.) For the Liver: Lipotropic Complex, providing the necessary nutrients and support herbs to enhance liver detoxification pathways. Dose: 1 cap, 3 times per day with meals.
3.) For the Bowel: Activated Charcoal. Above and beyond the increased fiber, this provides a super-high-test toxin binding substance that will tightly bind and carry released toxins out of the bowel via the stools. (NOTE: your stools will be black, so don’t get spooked! It’s the charcoal). Dose: 2 to 6 caps, 2 times per day. Continue for 3 weeks.
4.) For Cellular Detox: Chlorella. This particular algae increases removal of cellular waste products plus it binds and removes many heavy (toxic) metals from the system. Dose: 2 caps, 3 times per day with meals. Also, Modifilan is an excellent product for detoxification reportedly developed in Russia by scientists at the State Rehabilitation Institute, where victims of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe underwent treatment.
5.) Multiple vitamin/mineral formula with antioxidants. A High-potency, hypoallergenic multiple vitamin/mineral/trace mineral formula supplying target doses of antioxidant vitamins, B complex vitamins, selenium, magnesium, calcium and molybdenum, all of which are particularly important to detoxification. Make sure that your multiple provides optimal doses of these nutrients. (See optimal dose chart here). Maxi Multi is formulated to contain target levels of all of these nutrients. Please note: if you take separate formulas, expect to take a minimum of 9 capsules per day to obtain therapeutic daily doses. There is no such thing as a “one a day” vitamin formula. Small amounts of these nutrients are called “fairy dust” because they are insufficient to do anything important in the body but they make the supplement label look impressive!
And a bonus: High Omega-3 Fish oil: Dose: 2 caps, 3 times per day with meals OR take 1 TBS. of fish oil with a meal. While not by itself detoxifying, Omega-3 fatty acids are so important to health that they should be a part of everyone’s daily regimen – and especially important for those undergoing detoxification. Dr. Myatt’s Maxi Marine O3 is ultra pure and highly concentrated, allowing for less capsules to be required for a good daily dose.
What about Laxatives and Parasite Formulas?
Many “bowel cleansing” programs include laxatives and an herbal “parasite formula,” but I don’t generally recommend them as a necessary part of a good Total Body Detox program.
The increased fiber intake plus more veggies and less junk food normalizes bowel function, whether one tends toward diarrhea or constipation. If you are not having at least one generous bowel movement a day after several days, try adding 3A Magnesia to your program. Begin by taking one capsule with dinner. If you do not have a happy B.M. the next morning, take 2 caps the next evening with dinner. Increase by one capsule per day until you have a generous bowel movement in the morning. Again, many people will not need this with the addition of fiber, veggies and Omega-3 oils.
As to parasite formulas, most herbal capsules are not strong enough to eradicate common parasites. The addition of high fiber and charcoal does a number on many such pests anyway. If bowel or systemic symptoms persist after the detox program that lead you to believe you may have intestinal parasites, a simple stool evaluation should be performed so that targeted therapy (as opposed to shotgun therapy), can be initiated.
Still Have Questions?
If you have questions (simple ones!), please email me. If you have complicated questions or a serious medical history that requires supervision during detox, I am available for medical consultations by telephone. Either way, I wish you a health and happiness-producing Total Body Detoxification Program!
P.S. The “Full Monty” Total Body Detox program should last 3-4 weeks, but continue the multi vitamin/mineral formula, Omega-3 fish oil and Fiber Complex combination indefinitely— they are part of an ongoing healthy lifestyle!
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