A toxic body is a sick body and therefore must be cleansed. Cleansing must be done on a gradient starting with a gentle cleansing to get things moving.
The natural cleaning process of tears, urination, elimination of mucus, sweating, bowel movements, and menstrual periods must be kept functioning at an optimum level. When they are not, symptoms such as pimples, allergies, skin rashes, and diarrhea start to surface. The symptoms lead to weight gain, constipation, degenerative diseases, heart conditions, arthritis, obesity, diabetes and eventually cancer.
The balance between the amount of toxins taken in and the amount of nutrients taken in determine the formula for health. In most unhealthy people the amount of toxins far outweigh the amount of nutrition consumed on a daily basis.
There are many different methods of cleansing. The details for some of the cleansing processes that I use in my office are explained next.
Fasting is a well-known method of cleansing. There are many types of fasts; some simple and others are more complicated. They all have the same basic principle in common: give the body a chance to rest from the daily processes of digesting and metabolizing food and allow the body time to cleanse and purify itself.
The following protocols are presented in their order of simplicity and ease of application.
This is an easy to follow and uncomplicated fast.
Have citrus juice in the morning, either freshly squeezed orange or grapefruit juice. Another alternative is to purchase Biotta Vita 7 organic fruit and vegetable cocktail.
Drink as much as you want.
Drink vegetable juices in the afternoon and add one or more of the following powdered supplements: Perfect Food, Bio Nutrition, Barley Green, Green Kamut, and Just Carrots. Biotta has an excellent variety of certified organic vegetable juices that are perfect for this type of fast. Drink all you want, V8 and garden cocktail are okay but they do contain some preservatives, which are not ideal for fasting
Drink vegetable juices for dinner as well. Again you may drink as much as you like. For variety homemade vegetable soup may be substituted.
Whenever that hungry feeling appears have a large drink of water. You always need to drink 1 ½ litres (50oz) of water per day.
This is an easy to follow and very effective. There will be a weight loss of at least one pound a day. This is an excellent method of losing weight and cleansing the system at the same time. This fast can be repeated every week for 2 to 3 days until you reach your desired weight.
Stanley Burroughs originally developed this fast in his book The Master Cleanser.
1 ½ liter bottle, or 2 quart jug of distilled water,
Freshly squeezed lemon juice
Genuine maple syrup, cayenne pepper, sea salt, multiple vitamins
Do not substitute
Pour into your large sealable (1 ½ litre) jug, 10 tablespoons of maple syrup and 10 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Add a pinch of cayenne pepper. Too much cayenne pepper will spoil the mixture and make it unpalatable. Start with a pinch and add a little more to taste. Now add a little less than 1 ½ litres of 3 pints of water to the jug. Secure the top of the jug and shake it vigorously to mix everything together.
The hunger feelings are most prevalent on the first and second day. Having a big drink of your lemonade will satisfy that. If a mild headache occurs a few drinks of your lemonade will eliminate both the headache and the hunger.
Doing a fast of this nature helps you to realize how much eating consumes your thoughts everyday. You think about what you’re going to eat and where you’re going to go eat it. Much of your social and family activities revolve around eating. It is amazing how much time, energy, and money that go into this daily ritual. You will end up with as much as two hours of free time during the day that you usually take for eating. Doing a fast helps you to regain control over this facet of your life and helps you take back some of the power and strength you have relinquished.
This fast may be done from 3 to 5 days depending on your level of toxicity and overall health. It takes about 2 years of using the various cleansing process to “drain the swamp”, get completely cleaned out.
Signs of Cleansing
As the toxins are being eliminated from the body they must go through the body and consequently may cause symptoms as they are exiting. Symptoms such as: mild headache, coated tongue, bad breath, increased need to brush your teeth, increased body odor, and dark, smelly stools may be experienced. These are actually good signs and they let you know that the toxins are being eliminated.
Post Cleanse Diet
After completing the cleanse, it is advisable to gradually get back onto more solid food. Use the “one month” diet approach below to achieve that. Do this for 2 or 3 days before adding more solid food.
Vitamin, mineral supplements and herbal preparations are permissible, it is advisable to continue their consumption during your fast.
This fast is a healthy way of cleaning up the system and eliminating foods that may be causing your health problems. No meat, no dairy, no wheat, no sugar, and no white flour for one month.
Breakfast Choices: Pick only one per day.
Salads. Be creative with your salads, and mix in a variety of different vegetables. Include such vegetables as: broccoli (slightly steamed), cauliflower, red and yellow peppers, red cabbage, kale, Chinese cabbage, endive, carrots, watercress, spinach, dandelion leaves, sprouts, avocado, and add some raw pumpkin seeds or almonds. Use Dr. T’s salad dressing.
You may have two of the following
Water intake: 1 ½ liters (50 oz) of distilled or reverse osmosis water per day.
The original recipe for this diet comes from Thurman Fleet, Concept Therapy Institute, San Antonio, Texas.
The concept for this diet is a little different than most because you are urged to eat as much as possible of the recommended foods contained in the diet. This cleanse uses the life giving nutrition of fruits and vegetables to produce the flushing and cleansing action on the toxic materials that have accumulated over the years. The diet consists of just fruits and vegetables for seven days.
The formula for the seven-day inner cleansing diet is the same for each day but you may change the fruits and vegetables for variety.
Recipe for vegetable broth:
Prepare the night before.
Ingredients: The following list is of the ingredients you need to purchase for the week form your local vegetable market.
Fifty carrots, 7 celery stalks, 2 bunches of parsley, 1 bag of spinach, 7 tomatoes, 3 or 4 onions, 3 or 4 green peppers, 14 lemons, and one bottle of garlic puree.
The following recipe is for a one-day supply of the broth.
All vegetables are to be cut up finely, or if you have a food processor chopped finley.
Full Day Diet Procedure
Since you’re having two quarts/liters of water in the broth it is not necessary to have the 1 ½ liters (50 oz) of water normally required for the day. You may drink water between meals instead of having fruit or vegetable snacks.
Supplements may be continued during this cleansing process. It is advisable to occasionally change your regimen for taking supplements to give the body a change so that the body does not become totally accustomed to the same programme everyday. Therefore, it is okay to postpone your supplements for a few days during this cleansing.
The major source of mercury exposure to the public is amalgam fillings, which is six times more than is received from seafood. The World Health Organization states amalgam fillings can release 3 to 17 micrograms of mercury per day. Dentists are advised not to touch the amalgam: it is to be stored in unbreakable, tightly sealed containers.
“I don’t feel comfortable using a substance designed by the Environmental Protection Agency to be a waste disposal hazard. I can’t throw it in the trash, bury it in the ground, or put it in a landfill, but they say it’s okay to put in people’s mouths. That doesn’t make sense”. Says Richard D. Fisher DDS.
Many European countries have banned the use of mercury fillings. In Germany for instance, “amalgam is considered a health risk from a medical viewpoint due to the release of mercury vapors”. Chewing releases mercury gases when mercury fillings are present. More fillings produce more vapors.
The following is a partial list of symptoms that were reversed or greatly reduced by eliminating amalgam fillings: Allergies, anxiety, depression, dizziness, fatigue, gum problems, headaches, irritability, lack of concentration, lack of energy, memory loss, and that metallic taste. Mercury vapors are stored in brain and nerve tissues, kidneys, TM J, gastrointestinal tract, and the liver.
Dr. Bruce Shelton M.D., states that mercury disrupts the body in much the same way as Free Radical damage. “Mercury is a cumulative poison, which builds up in the body with repeated exposure, and its effects can be devastating”.
Mercury can prevent nutrients from entering the cell and wates from leaving, and block the enzymes necessary for the body’s detoxification process. Mercury can bind to the DNA of cells, as well as to the cell membrane, distorting the and interfering with normal cell functions. When this happens, the immune system no longer recognizes this cell as part of the body and will attack them. This is the basis of the autoimmune disease.
Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt M.D. states that in his clinical experience, “it is common for heavy metals to and accumulate in nerve ganglia (nerve bundles that are the nervous systems relay stations). This is why mercury toxicity produces many neurological problems. He also states that since mercury is heavier than water, “mercury tends to accumulate in the lowest parts of the body, such as the floor of the mouth, the pelvic floor, and the feet. Mercury accumulation in the nerve plexus can account for premature ejaculation and an enlarged prostate in man, and endometriosis, pelvic pain and hormonal dysfunction in women.”
Patients, who are chronically ill with FM/CFS and are not getting good results with their treatment programme, can expect to get more improvement if their amalgam fillings are eliminated. This is an expensive form of therapy and not financially viable for everyone. But, if I get a patient that is not responding to the regular treatment, I encourage them to have their amalgams removed. Removing the amalgam fillings eliminates the source of mercury toxicity, but it does not get rid of the mercury that has been absorbed into the body. Therefore, it is necessary to detoxify the body to eliminate the accumulated mercury residues.
Dr. Klinghardt, M.D., recommends Cilantro and Chlorella as being particularly effective in removing mercury from the brain and central nervuos system. He suggests 10 drops of cilantro tincture twice daily. Cilantro mobilizes the mercury from the brain and spinal cord but it does not remove it from the body. Chlorella is necessary to bind up the mercury and enable the body to complete the elimination of the mercury. His suggested dosages are 12 capsules daily (330 milligrams per capsules).
“First you turn off the faucet by removing the fillings, then you pull the plug through oral detoxification (with Cilantro), and lastly you drain the tub of all traces of mercury (with Chlorella)”. He has an extensive treatment protocol, which I will summarize. See page 205 in Alternative Medicines Guide, Chronic Fatigue.
Saunas have been used for centuries as a method of detoxifying the body. The skin is one of the largest organs of illumination and the method it uses is perspiration. Combining saunas with the above Mercury detoxification protocol will help the body remove the mercury and other toxins.
Emergen-C: 1 to 3 packs a day, by Alacer Corp. Foothill Ranch, CA. 92610, 800-854-0249 www.alacercorp.com
Scheussler’s homeopathic natural tissue salts: 12 in 1, 3, to 9 tablets a day, by Delano Health Products, 300 St. Sacrament, suite G25, Montreal, Quebec,
Concentrate: ¼ teaspoon in large glass of water by Royal Body Care
Grape or prune juice is also helpful in replenishing electrolytes
Dr. Bonner’s Balanced Mineral Seasoning: add to salads and other foods, by All-One-God-Faith, Inc., box 28, Escondido, CA 92033
A full range of nutritional supplements is necessary to replenish those used in the detoxification process.
Vitamin C: 2000 to 8000 milligrams a day in 500 milligrams of calcium daily
Microhydrin: 2 to 4 capsules per day
Multiple vitamin/mineral: With a minimum of 25 milligrams of the B vitamins
Flaxseed Oil: 2tbsp a day
Lecithin: 1200 IU with each meal
You will know when you have done enough days in the sauna when you reach a mental alertness and sense of inner cleanliness that you have never felt before.
Burton Goldberg, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia & Environmental Illness, California: Future Medicine Press, 1998.
Each of us is affected differently by the toxic effect of heavy metals because of the following factors: dose and length of exposure, continuous or intermittent exposure, age, activity level, stress, and health status.
A toxic substance exerts its harmful effects on the body by either depressing or stimulating normal metabolic functions. Minute amounts usually stimulate function, whereas large amounts decrease or halt function.
Heavy metal toxicity is found in many cases of FM/CFS and should be evaluated using the Electro-Dermal testing methods for their presence.
Symptoms of aluminum excess are: ADD, ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive problems, headaches, learning difficulties, poor memory, tinnitus.
Sources: aluminum pots and pans, antacids, aluminum foil, aluminum chlorhydroxide in underarm deodorants, baking powder and soda, beer cans, cigarette filters, dyes, fluoridated products (fluoride is a byproduct of the processing of aluminum), food colourings, kaopectate, lipsticks, many over the counter drugs (Bufferin, Maalox, Mylanta, Amphojel, Gelusil), nasal sprays, powdered seasonings, table salt, vaccinations, and white flour.
Treatment: calcium, magnesium, Vit. B complex, and Malic acid, glutathione, Alpha-Lipoic-acid.
Symptoms of cadmium toxicity are: decreased immune function fatigue, hair loss, joint pain irritability, learning disabilities, liver and kidney disorders, prostate enlargement, and skin disorders.
Sources: cigarette smoke, fungicides, instant coffee and tea, nickel-cadmium batteries, pesticides, and pipe tobacco.
Treatment: Zinc, Vit. C, amino acids of L-methionine, L-cysteine, and L-lysine, glutathione, Alpha-Lipoic-Acid.
Source: amalgam fillings, carbonated beverages, copper cookware, chocolate, dental ware, IUDs (copper types), some water and ice cubes (copper pipes), vinegars.
Treatment: magnesium, glutathione, Alpha-Lipoic-acid.
Symptoms of lead poisoning are: Anemia, abnormal behavior, constipation, decreased immune function, developmentally delayed growth patterns, fatigue, headaches, irritability, learning disabilities, muscle and joint pain with tinnitus.
Sources: amalgam fillings, air conditioner and furnace filters, baby powders, canned foods (using lead solders), cigarette smoke, cooking with ceramic glazes that are lead based, fungicides, lead based paints, insecticides, laxatives, leaded gasolines, lead solders, mascara, mens hair colour restorer, newsprint, pencils, pewter, putty, P.V.C. containers, tattooing, toothpaste, water coolers (glazed ceramic), the leaded wicks of candles, and zinc oxide.
Treatment: Calcium, Vit. C, iron, zinc, and the amino acids of L-lysine, L-cysteine, and L-cystine. Chelation therapies specific for lead. Glutathione, Alpha-Lipoic-acid, and selenium.
Symptoms of mercury poisoning are: allergies, asthma, behavioral disturbances, cognitive problems, fatigue, irritability, muscle weakness, M.S., and sleep disorders.
Sources: amalgam fillings, bandages, contact lens fluids, disposable diapers, fabric softeners, floor polishes and waxes, fluorescent lamps, inks used in some tattoos, laxatives (containing calomel), some paints, some cosmetics, suppositories, tampons, thermometers, and vaccinations.
Treatment: Selenium, Vit. C, and amino acids of L-glutathione, L-methionine, L-cysteine, L-cystine, Selenium, and Malic acid. Homeopathic-mercurius, and Dentox by Pfluger.
Source: Cobalt is the blue coloring in liquid cleaning products and the blue dots in powdered detergents.
Treatment: Glutathione, Alpha-Lipoic acid, and Microhydrin.
Symptoms: breathing disturbances, allergies, asthma
Source: It is used to cure foam, furniture, pillows and mattresses, (gives off fumes for two years), from wearing new clothing before washing it, new fabric, photocopy toner, some paneling and wallpapers and vaccinations, and liquid dish soap.
Treatment: Microhydrin, oxygen therapies, Supercharged Ozonated water, and Glutathione, from Alpha-Lipoic acid or HMS90.
Symptoms: the combination of Propyl alcohol (propanol, isopropanol, isopropyl alcohol, and rubbing alcohol) and parasites are a deadly combination to your immune system, they make you much more susceptible to cancer.
Source: carbonated beverages, cold cereals, decaffeinated coffee, fruit juices, hair spray and mousse, mouthwash, rubbing alcohol, shampoo, shaving supplies, and white sugar. Eliminate all these products.
Treatment: Microhydrin, psychnogenal, grape seed extract, ACES, (Vit. A, C, E, and Selenium), oxygen therapies, super charged Ozonated water and glutathione from Alpha-Lipoic acid or HMS90.
Symptoms: decreased immunity with all its ramifications.
Sources: flavoured food, yogurt, Jell-O, cooking oils, bottled water, cold cereal, toothpaste, ice cream, rice cakes, Vaseline, lip balms, and personal lubricants.
Treatment: Microhydrin, Oxygen therapies, Supercharged Ozonated water, and glutathione from Alpha-Lipoic acid or HMS90.
Saunas at high temperatures stimulate the body to secrete water, whereas the lower temperature saunas, over a longer period of time, stimulate the fat cells to sweat. The fat cells contain large quantities of toxins; they should be encouraged to sweat thereby releasing their accumulated toxins.
For a full BioToxic Reduction programme contact Dr. Zane R Gard, P.O. box 1791, Beaverton, Oregon 97075.
The major function of the liver is to cleanse the blood. When the level of toxins consumed exceeds the liver’s ability to cleanse them out then problems begin. The excess toxins are re-circulated back into the blood and carried to all parts of the body. They will accumulate in the inactive areas where the nerve supply and blood supply are the weakest. That is at the ends of the nerves coming from the subluxated vertebrae.
Alcohol is toxic to the body and therefore, the liver must eliminate it. The symptoms of a hangover lead to irritability, moodiness, anxiety, and depression. Consequently, the vicious cycle of the alcoholic is perpetuated.
Swollen lymph glands and nausea is a sign of liver congestion. The lymph nodes will reduce in size when the liver is cleansed.
The Liver Cleansing Diet by Sandra Cabot M.D. is an excellent book; she has a section in it on how to put together a diet to clean out the liver. Her eight-week programme has three stages: 1. The first two weeks are a gentle introduction. 2. The middle four weeks are a more intense cleansing. 3. The last two weeks are a gentle transition back into a healthy diet.
Sandra Cabot M.D., The Liver Cleansing Diet, Scottsdale Arizona, S.C.B. International 1999.
This book is available from Ten Speed Press in Berkeley California at 1-800-841-2665.
It takes two years to completely cleanse the average body of toxins all the way down to the cellular level. Therefore it is necessary to set up a schedule for periodic cleansing throughout the year. It must also be stressed that the amount of toxins consumed must be decreased considerably and the amount of nutrition consumed increased significantly. Otherwise the level of progress that is made is minimal and the benefit of cleansing does not last long.
The reason it takes two years to cleanse is because most people have had thousands and thousands of toxic meals and non-nutritious snacks throughout their lifetimes and their toxic residues must be eliminated. These toxins that have accumulated over the years must be eliminated in order to restore optimum health. This is difficult because the toxins get deeply embedded in all the cells of the body.
Toxins at the cellular level will not start to be eliminated until all the organ systems are clean. This does not happen with one cleanse.
The following schedule is recommended for anyone who is chronically ill. This applies especially to people with FM/CFS. Maintain the discipline required to complete this regime. Refer to the section on discipline and goal setting in Chapter 10 in order to maintain your resolve and complete the following cleansing schedule.
This is a total of 102-days for your first cycle. Take one month before you start the cycle again. Then repeat the entire cycle again taking 30 days off, and repeat the cycle one more time to complete three hundred and sixty-five days.
Once you have attained the level of health you desire it is still important to do regular cleansings three or four times a year. I find the best time of year to do cleansings is with the change of seasons, and with the start of the New Year. I rotate the different types of cleanings described above to maintain my health and slow down the aging process.
Do not make the mistake of thinking that doing one cleanse is all it takes to get you healthy. You do not brush your teeth once and have them stay clean for the rest of your life. You must clean the inside of your body on a regular basis just as you clean the outside.
As mentioned earlier, if you are not having at least two bowel movements a day you are constipated and require a thorough intestinal cleanse. Everyone else should do an intestinal cleanse 3 to 4 times a year.
The intestinal cleansing products that I recommend in the office are: Experience Herbal defense, Herbal Fiber Blend, Quo Vada, (RBC), Elderberry cleanse, Primal Defense and Bioxy. There may be other products available in your area or your doctor may have some that he prefers. The important thing is to get the intestines cleaned out.
To order any of the products see the last chapter for help.
The blood vessels are the last areas of the body to be cleansed when doing a complete cleanse, in order to make sure that all toxic residues are eliminated. One of the best blood cleansing products is Essiac. This is an excellent blend of herbs that eliminate toxins, free radical damage, and damaged cells. The other product I like to use with older people to help eliminate plaque in the arteries and veins is called Pro Magna. This is an excellent multivitamin and mineral which includes 1500 milligrams of EDTA, the substance used in Chelation therapy to eliminate the plaque.
Other products available at the Health Food Store are: FLW from Maxion Nutrition, and HH from Innovite. Oxygen therapies also help to clean out the blood vessels from plaque and toxins. Another good product specifically designed to help the circulation systems is PROVEX CV by Melaleuca. Check with your Health Food Store they may have some other products that they are getting success with.
Chelation therapy is an excellent way to clean out the arteries and veins. It is done with an intravenous drip, which contains EDTA, an ingredient that helps the body to get rid of the built-up plaque in the circulation system. The results are incredible. There are several practitioners utilizing this technique. Check out the following references for more details. I referee our patients to Dr. Hui in the Barrie and Torongo area. His website is listed below.
There are many variations to the gallbladder flush. There are 3 different methods that we use in the office. Hulda Clark’s gallbladder cleanse from The Cure For All Diseases is on page 552 and 558. It is a little more complicated than the one I’m going to give you now. However, it’s worthwhile checking out her version for more details. (She uses grapefruit instead of lemon). It is a good idea to clean out the bowels for a couple of days before you do the gallbladder cleanse.
Take some Experience (or another natural laxative), or Psyllium seed and Bentonite at bedtime.
Do a juice fast for the entire day. Organic or freshly squeezed fruit juices for breakfast, vegetable juices for lunch and dinner, and 1 ½ liters of water a day.
Purchase from the Health Food Store, a pint of extra virgin olive oil, and eight or nine lemons from the vegetable market.
Measurement comparisons: 1 pint equals 16 ounces equals 473 mls. One cup equals 8 ounces.
Large patients, 250 pounds and above should use 16 ounces or one pint of olive oil. Smaller patients around 125 pounds, use 8 ounces or half a pint of olive oil.
Measure the oil according to your size.
Max ½ ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice with 2 ounces of olive oil (4 to 1 ratio)
Heat this mixture in a pot on the stove. Do not use the microwave. Do not boil.
Just warm it up. (the warmer the oil mixture the better it tastes, and the heat makes it work better)
Prepare and drink this mixture every hour until the required volume of oil has been consumed.
Stay close to home; eat only fresh fruits and vegetables for the day. Drink at least 1 ½ liters of water during the day to help with your elimination.
During the following month avoid fried foods, fatty foods, greasy foods, highly spiced foods, and desserts.
A 187-lb man would require 12 ounces of olive oil and 3 ounces of freshly squeezed lemon juice. This would take six hours to complete. Therefore, if normal bedtime starts at 12 midnight then you should commence the cleansing process at 6:00 p.m. The liver works at peak performance between the hours of 1:00a.m. and 3:00a.m. Therefore, it is best to do this cleans in the evening.
Alternative mixing instructions:
Starting at 6:00p.m., take four tablespoons of olive oil and immediately follow it with one tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Do this every 15 minutes until the required oil has been consumed. It is important that this be done all in one evening as outlined above. Spreading it out over a longer period of time does not get the same results.
Occasionally some patients will throw up some of the oil during the treatment. This is normal. Continue with the procedure. Drink some juice. Suck on the lemon, or go for a short fast walk. It is important that you do continue with the schedule to avoid leaving any debris that is in transit, in the liver or gallbladder. Go to bed when finished taking all the mixture. Sleep on your right side, on a heating pad or hot water bottle, for the rest of the night. Be prepared ahead of time for the next morning’s bowel movements. Have a receptacle (large bucket or pail) ready to deposit your movements into to enable you to wash and strain them to collect the gallstones.
Appearance of the gallstones: you will have many light green floating balls, this is the undigested fat. The green colour is the large amount of bile that has been excreted by the gallbladder. There may be some small stones or bile sand in these floating pieces. Most of the stones are solidified bile and have a green colour. They vary in size from that of a golf ball to that of a pea. Occasionally some red bile pigment stones are observed but most common are the mixture of red and green stones. Most of the stones will sink to the bottom of the bucket. Pour this excrement through a sieve and wash with water. Put the hard stones in a small jar and take them to your doctor. Be sure to mention that you no longer need surgery.
Some patients are disappointed because they don’t see any large stones. Using this process, many of the stones that were present in the gallbladder are liquefied and appear as fine granules, which are difficult to identify.
I’ve personally recommended this cleanse to hundreds of patients and none have experienced any adverse effects. I have not had one single case of this cleanse causing a problem for any of my patients. This process may be repeated again in two weeks if necessary. It is also advisable to take Milk Thistle to rebuild the liver and help heal the gallbladder.
My intent here is only to offer health information. If you wish to do the above cleanse you are advised to do this under the supervision of a qualified health practitioner. Should you use this information without your doctor’s assistance, you’re prescribing for yourself (which is your right). However, the publisher and author cannot assume any responsibility.
Hulda Clark, The Curer For All Diseases, San Diego: Pro Motion Publishing, 1995. 800-231-1776
All cleansing starts from the top-down, from the inside out, and the symptoms disappear in the reverse order in which they occured. What this means is that you may go back through some of the old symptoms that you have had through the progression of your condition. It also means that some of the symptoms that you may not have had for years may reoccur in this chain of cleansing reactions. Do not be alarmed if an old symptom appears. This is actually a good sign; the cleansing programme is working and the symptoms have been reversed back to the time when you had the old symptoms.
A healing crisis usually lasts only a couple of hours but may, on rare occasions, last for a few days. Be strong in the knowledge that this is a good sign (even though it may not feel good) and that what you’re experiencing is actually the toxins coming out of the body. During cleansing, the toxins are extracted from their hiding places and brought into circulation in order to be eliminated. When these toxins are re-circulating, as they’re being eliminated, the body unfortunately senses their presence and reacts accordingly.
The old saying, “sometimes you have to get worse before you get better” best describes the healing crisis. This is also known as the “Herxheimer reaction”.
My first experience with cleansing programmes was with my father in my first year of practice 28 years ago. He started getting skin rashes from the cleansing and the supplements that I recommended. He went to his medical doctor who told him the supplements were making him sick and he was to stop using them immediately. He did so, and the rashes went away. I was very naive back then and did not understand that we were overloading his liver and his skin was helping to eliminate the toxins. When this happens today, I have the patient decrease the gradient of the cleansing to allow the liver to facilitate adequate without affecting the skin. Sometimes, if the liver has not been cleansed thoroughly it may be necessary to detoxify the liver again.
One of the first signs that patients are starting to get better is an increased energy level. This happens when the body is not totally consumed with eliminating the level of toxins that were previously present in the body.
Better humor, better attitude, less irritable, increased memory, improved sleep, weight loss, improved appearance, more youthful attitude, increased productivity, regular bowel movements, improved relationships, increased strength, decreased cholesterol levels, normal pH, and an immune system that is able to handle day-to-day onslaught of invaders without any noticeable symptoms.
You can decide if you want to play this game called stress. My advice is to decide that events are not stressful, but challenging. When you think of something as stressful it has a profound chemical effect on your body. But if you think of it as challenging then it takes on an entirely different connotation. When we are challenged most of us respond in a positive manner by rising to the occasion and meeting the challenge, rather than being overwhelmed by a “stressful” situation. The common attitude, when in a stressful situation, is: “I can’t do anything about it”. Whichever one you choose, you’re right, that’s what will happen. I recommend reminding yourself that:
Most of the books on stress provide avoidance techniques and coping methods to deal with stress. I’m not going to repeat them because they are largely non-productive and not very cost-effective. Check out chapter 11 for more up-to-date and workable solutions.
In most cases the diagnosis of “stress” is used as an excuse when the practitioner does not understand the condition presented before him and what is causing it. Rather than admit that they don’t know, the condition is usually blamed on stress. The patient is told to relax, take holidays, change jobs, get divorced, and do all kinds of avoidance techniques. The cause of the problem and the solution are not even addressed. Do not buy this “poor me”, victim approach. It only makes the condition worse.
Resisting, worrying, or protesting about a circumstance, event, or situation, that you are experiencing, or anticipating, creates stress. You are where you are today because that’s exactly where you need to be at this particular time in your life to experience whatever it is you need to learn, for your growth. Go with it, experience it, learn from it, even enjoy it, and it will not be stressful for you. If you do not learn from it you get to do it again until you do. Stress will also affect the weak areas of your body.