Do the Detox Plans and Products work ??
No Many Do Not. Well, not as they claim - That
There are many experts promoting
products and plans for detoxifying your system. Some claim to be
effective after only a week or so. Most of them are definitely
beneficial in that they have a short term effect and get rid of a
little of the rubbish resulting from junk food and over indulgence,
however heavy metals such as mercury have a half-life of fifteen to
thirty years in the human system, Dioxin and other 'nasties' can be
found in the body decades after exposure, so there is not much hope
that one of the miracle plans will get rid of all of it
overnite. Certainly some of the more bizarre products; pads and
poutices that one attaches to the soles of your feet are ridiculous
confidence tricks -- All is not lost, however as one can adjust
one's diet and begin to notice benefits almost immediately. Successful
detoxing needs both short and long term strategies.
Do I really
need to? -- Is there a real benefit? -- How effective are the
treatments on offer? -- Are we really suffering from an increase of
toxic substances in our bodies? Breast Cancer in the UK has
increased by 80% since the 'seventies'. Other forms of cancer have also
increased significantly. Some of the increase can be explained away by
the fact that people live longer and modern living is more stressful,
however the increase in cancer can not be explained by these factors
alone. Other problems afflicting most developed societies are; an
increase in the incidence of dementia, unruly behaviour in children and
a loss of sperm count. Mental health problems too are on the increase.
All of these
problems are complex and affected by several factors, but one
undeniable fact is that there is an increase in the uptake of toxins
from our diet and the materials we are surrounded by, and that the
increased toxic load is responsible for some of the problems affecting
us. Some experts suggests that our liver and kidneys and a glass
of water are all we need to eliminate the toxins in our body, well they
do an amazingly good job but it just might be possible to help them
along a bit.
Fruit Juice Detox
Drinking juice is very effective in
eliminating toxins. Some studies have shown that people who drink fruit
juice - that they themselves have squeezed, enjoy better health and
live longer than average. Consumed first thing in the morning (on an
empty stomach) fruit acids are very effective detoxifiers, a word of
caution though, if prepared in the wrong kind of metal equipment they
can actually be harmful and the fruit acids can carry toxic metals deep
into the cells of the body. Avoid mixing fruit juices with water other
than low aluminum spring water. Under no circumstances should you take
fruit juices after using an aluminum based
Drinking a glass of lemon juice in
pure water first thing in the morning is probably the best advice
you can be given. Some recent research has shown that people who
have fruit juice daily are up to three times less likely to suffer from
Alzheimers in later life than those who don't. Watermelon is an
excellent detoxifier, it also contains lycopene, and beta carotene
which are useful nutrients. The seeds too, are extremely nutritious;
containing a plentiful supply of minerals such as zinc and selenium.
Sulfur Rich Foods
Dietary detox measures should include
sulfur-rich foods; cabbage, garlic (see update at the foot of this
page) beans and egg yolk; all contain sulphur in a form that locks on
to metallic toxins. Asafetida
too is an extremely powerful detoxifying agent, it has even more of the
sulphhydryl compounds that are found in garlic and onions and is
reputed to be an even more powerful detoxifier. Green garlic and
shallots are also very effective; and depending on the soil they were
grown in, they may also contain some beneficial trace elements such as
germanium. Some experts even recommend a Cabbage Detox Diet
where almost every meal for an entire week is cabbage, cooked cabbage,
raw cabbage. cabbage rissoles, cabbage and custard? Perhaps not the
custard!. Not only does the sulphur compounds clear out toxins but
there seems to be some antioxidant effect. Restricting one's diet to
just cabbage for such a long period is extreme and such measures, even
when they are advocated by aparently highly qualified people, are
definitely to be discouraged.
If you can afford it go to a Terme (Italian name for a hot
spring) the sulfur-rich waters will do you no end of good but the
month-long stay will probably empty your bank account. Alternatively
you can take your sulphur as the Victorians did and swallow a
half-teaspoon of flowers of sulfur mixed with treacle or honey. A teaspoonful of Brimstone and Treacle, as it was
referred to in Victorian days, would be administered to the children
once a week. There was a purgative effect but the combination of the
sugars and the sulphur produced sulfhydral compounds that would do the
trick exactly as the doctor described. Our great-grandparents would
administer the foul tatsting medicine to "Cleanse the Blood".
You could, of course pack your bags
and go and live in a volcanic area. So many of the people who live to
exceptional age seem to come from such regions of the world.
Doing without food for a time really
works and can increase life expectancy and improve general healrh.
Fasting is not as popular as it was
in past times, but is an extremely effective measure. Fasting and
(sensible) carbohydrate restricted diets have both been scientifically
proven to extend life. Fasting or going 'on a detox' can result in
headaches and feeling dreadful, one explanation given for this is that
the poisons stored in fatty or Adipose tissue flood the system as the
fat is used up to provide energy, it is essential to drink sufficient
pure water. Serious damage can result from overloading the liver and
kidneys in this way. Avoid the more extreme regimes and if the
resulting symptoms are severe do not be afraid to seek medical help. As
with extreme dieting, damage can result from longer periods of fasting.
Another word of warning - Fasting
can be addictive.
Some people recommend Chelation
Therapy, which is a treatment where specially shaped molecules bind to
a toxic metal and it is then removed from the body by the kidneys. (Do
an internet search and see what others say about it). Some medical
experts rubbish chelation therapy, but chelation can be very effective
in removing specific metals from the body and is regularly used to save
lives in cases of poisoning e.g. iron overdose.
Overdoing chelation therapy can cause
problems, it is not recommended for use on children, at least one child
has died from calcium deficiency brought about by chelation therapy.
Cilantro, a herb that is popular in
Mexican and Far - Eastern cuisine is believed to help remove heavy
metals, especially mercury. Do a "Google"
Web search on Mercury and Cilantro. An infusion made
from a small amount of the herb is one way of taking it.
Another natural detox is Chlorella.
The most obvious form of chelation
therapy is eating sulfur rich foods but garlic, beans etc. are not
effective on all toxins and other methods have to be used as well.
Forgetful and Feeble at Fifty!
Is it inevitable if you
live in the West????
Rule # 1 - AVOID the flippin
rubbish in the first place
AVOID - AVOID - AVOID
Rule # 2 - Eat frugally, even good quality foods clog up your system.
Rule # 3 - Include Sulfur-rich foods in your diet.
Rule # 4 - Drink pure water, and make sure you get sufficient.
Rule # 5 - If you have the will power fast occasionally.
Avoid Junk Food
Prevention is always better than
cure, avoid junk food, eat moderate quantities and drink pure
water. Note that Chelation therapy and eating sulfur-rich foods
will probably reduce trace elements so taking a mineral supplement
after such treatment is probably a good idea. Healthy Kidneys and
an intact Blood-Brain Barrier are essential to protect the delicate
brain cells from damage from neurotoxic substances accumulating and
poisoning brain cells. Many substances find it much easier to get in to
the brain than to escape thru the kidneys. Mercury and aluminium are
two such substances.
Some cancers have doubled in incidence since the
Detoxing Can Help :
Although some of the increase in cancers is due to people living longer
much of it has to be down to the increased toxic load
Some of the problem is what we eat. In
addition to the additives and harmful impurities, food has become less
nutritious and we eat more of it these days, some of this increase is
probably related to the lack of natural nutrients in the food as the
body finds such foods less satisfying. So in addition to ensuring that
the toxins are eliminated from the body one should ensure that the food
his high in nutrients in the first place.
Less, but more nutritious food will result
in better health and reduced toxic build-up.
Why detox? and some more Questions from the Martin Family.
Q. What are the toxins that pose the
Q. How do they get in to our system, where do they come from?
Q. Can herbs and medications help to remove toxins from the body?
Q. Name some herbs that work!
Q. Why do sulfur-rich foods cleanse the body. Will any purgative do?
Q. Name some sulfur rich foods.
Q. Are we all equally susceptible to toxins?
Q. What is the role of the blood-brain barrier in avoiding toxins and
can it influence a detox program?
Q. Is fasting an effective way of detoxing?
Q. Are free-radicals the same as toxins?
Q. Are we allowed more than one question? -- Murray Martin
Research into Toxic Load.
Ongoing research into advanced scientific methods of detoxing appears
to be minimal, too few people are interested in adopting a serious
approach. Perhaps the neglect of the subject for investment is because
there is much more money to be made from drug therapies to 'cure' the
effects of long term exposure to toxins. Chelating large doses of
poison from the system is a well proven medical procedure but many
physicians ridicule the idea of using the technique to reduce the toxic
load even though it is well established that most of us are
overburdened with dioxins and toxic metals. -- Judy Martin
Sulphur Enhanced Onions
can be produced by adding sulphur (obtained from garden centres here in
the UK) to the soil, it gives them real bite but you can get used to
this and my family except for my teenage daughter all love it. I expect
garlic would similarly benefit from the soil treatment. We will be
doing it next year also the cabbages. Thanks for your site. -
There was no need for detoxing our bodies
centuries ago, food was pure and unaltered. Now we know that lots of
food contains chemicals, to preserve it, to colored it, to make it look
good, to make it grow faster. We know that the makers don't care about
our health only about their sales increase, that the governments are
corrupt etc. We see increasing cases of cancer, strokes etc. just a
sign that our body can not cope anymore not only with what we take in
orally but also what we inhale. We have to take care of our self and
our environment to keep our species alive.
Annet Lobbezoo, Al Khobar / Saudi Arabia -
Warning to 'detoxers' and
'fasters'. The loss of fat from the Adipose sites can also
increase the toxic load on the level as the fat acts as a store for
toxins to keep them away from the liver. As soon as these sites are
emptied and the fat used for metabolism (during weight loss), the
toxins are released back into the blood stream and hence have to be
dealt with by the liver which can cause toxic overload and actually
harm the person who is supposedly detoxifying. - Ben Moiser,
It is pretty obvious that many of the
detox programs are overblown and pretty useless but it is easy to lose
the baby with the bathwater. Sulphur compounds found in cabbage,
garlic, onions and beans have a near miraculous power to remove heavy
metals, (very similar compounds were used in World War One against
arsenic gas). Hot suphur springs allowed the wealthier ancient Romans
to drink lead sweetened wine with little effect and fruit juices can
remove other nasties. Fasting is very hard to do and two months at a
hot sulfur spring is beyond most people's budget, however a determined
detoxer can get good results if they persevere and are prepared to dig
down beyond the hype and spin.
Toxins To Avoid:-
In the ancient world and the middle
ages, sugar of lead (lead acetate) was used to sweeten wines, usually
resulting in severe and widespread lead poisoning. Something similar
happened in England in the 18th Century when the cider producers used
it for the same purpose. The resulting symptoms were so common that
they became known as Devonshire Colic. Its use in sweetening beers was
banned in England in the early part of the 20th century. Although
no longer so common in our environment it is estimated that over half a
million children in the USA have dangerously high levels.
The Victorians used mercury
compounds in ointments and as a cure for diseases such as syphilis but
they were also quite capable of dishing it out to their children as a
cure for constipation. Experts
rate it as being between 1000 and 5000 times more toxic than lead. Replace these amalgam tooth fillings as soon as you
can! The UK is a curious case, most countries are eliminating amalgam
in dentistry, some even paying citizens to have their old stoppings
replaced, however the British State discourages removal. There are
probably economic reasons for this. Symptoms are too numerous to
mention. On the Hints and Tips Website we have had several people
posting tips on health who say that having their fillings removed made
a dramatic difference.
A serious poison, however it is no
longer a high risk in the developed countries. The metal was until
quite recently used as an anti-corrosion coating. Like Aluminium it is
known to cause a type of damage to brain cells that are characteristic
of Alzheimer's Disease. Search Keywords; neurfibrillary tangles, Early
onset dementia (EOD)
Aluminum (also Aluminium)
Not by definition a heavy metal but
definitely to be avoided. Aluminum is perhaps the most serious toxin in
our environment. By far the most serious threat is the use of alum to
take the cloudiness out of drinking water. Other sources are to be
found in antacids and food additives such as aerating or raising
agents. The body has several systems in place to prevent it from
reaching the brain as, once past the blood-brain barrier it is more
neurotoxic than cadmium or mercury. If you are pregnant or lactating
Like lead it has been implicated in
behavioral problems (such as Attention Deficit Disorder) in children.
Aluminum intoxication is usually a slow process and it can take 15 to
20 years for the symptoms to develop. No figures appear to exist
regarding its duration in the brain, however some experts set the
half-life at 100 years plus. Older people have less effective kidneys
and blood-brain barriers and are therefore much more at risk. Other
groups at risk are those with the chromosome 21 disorder that is common
among Alzheimer's sufferers also the abnormal condition that results in
Downs Syndrome. The widespread use of aluminum in additives and
medications is reminiscent of the 'sugar of lead disaster' of the last
century - see Lead. Aluminium is used as a catalyst in the
production of some margarines and spreads. A dangerous new fad is using
Alum crystals to rub under arm areas to inhibit perspiration. Even some
apparently reputable health food stores stock them, claiming falsely
that they do not have the type of aluminum that gets in to the body.
Ask if they are from Bauxite and the assistant will usually agree but
be quite unaware that Bauxite is the principal source of aluminum.
Present in groundwater in some
countries. When visiting Bangladesh take note of where the water you
drink comes from. The practice of obtaining drinking water from tube
wells has led to what is perhaps the world's worst environmental
disaster. The government there has been slow to respond to the problem
and some of the measures taken to try to correct the problem has added
more toxicity to the water. There has been some concern in the USA that
the relaxation of regulations has allowed some groundwater to reach
levels that could be harmful over long periods of time. The mining
industry is usually the cause of the problem. If there are mining
activity in your area make enquiries.
Like Aluminum, Nickel has increased
in the human environment over the past few decades, getting in to our
bodies via industrial pollution and stainless steel cookware. Nickel
has until recent times not been considered a serious toxin, however it
is one of the many pollutants known to cause allergies. Margarines,
even some so called healthy options have traces as it is used as a
catalyst in the production process.
An essential nutrient in small
quantities, copper from water pipes can in theory pose a problem,
especially in soft water and acid water regions, however copper is of
much lower toxicity than many other metals and only very rarely poses a
The "Wrecking Ball" of the elements.
The only substances that are more damaging to living cells than free
fluorine atoms are the radioactive isotopes. In my opinion the only
valid medical uses of fluorine compounds are in anti-cancer treatments
where fluoride "killers" are steered to the affected cells to wipe them
Before "Molecular Biology" appeared
as a subject of study and the havoc wreaked by many fluorine compounds
was fully appreciated, it was decided that fluorides should be added to
drinking water to strengthen our teeth, however it has since become
apparent that general health is damaged significantly by the practice.
Fluorine compounds soon leaves the body as it is such an active
substance. Some experts suggest that tea can prevents fluorine from
entering the bloodstream.
Pretty rare these days to find
someone with acute silver poisoning, but it adds to the toxic
load. Body piercing, tooth fillings and the bactericide in
some water filters can contribute. Silver poisoning is known as
Argyria. - David Edwardes with some contributions.
Update:- Garlic as a detox agent for arsenic
reduction:- Arsenic in groundwater is a serious problem in
Bangladesh and parts of India, so scientists at the Institute
of Chemical Biology, Kolkata India treated rats with
garlic/water mix and found that the amount of arsenic in the blood
dropped by as much as 40% and that the damaging effect of the remaining
arsenic was reduced. (Ref: In vitro
and in vivo reduction of sodium arsenite induced toxicity by aqueous
garlic extract - Rajdeep Chowdhurya, Abhishek Duttaa, Susri Ray
Chaudhuria, Nilendu Sharmab, Ashok K. Giria, Keya Chaudhuria)
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