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Healing Strategies - Body Detox
Body detox can be done by making a list and checking off the ways you can subtract harmful things from the overall toxic load your body must fight.
Take stock of intake. Make a list of everything you put into your mouth for a week.For example, the occasional Tylenol won't hurt most people but taking it frequently impairs the liver's ability to detox. Aspirin, if your doctor agrees, may be a healthier alternative.
Subtract added ingredients. Artificial sweeteners? Chemically decaffeinated coffee? Dry-cleaning chemicals? Fluoridated or Teeth-whitening toothpastes? Bromide-containing asthma- inhalers? Chemical or alcohol-based mouthwash? Brominated flour in your bread or baked products? Subtract, subtract, subtract!
Subtract germs. Frequent hand-washing is a super-efficient and under-used detox method because it sounds too easy. People are only reminded about hand-washing during cold and flu season. But every day we transfer germs which can burden our immune system just by touching door knobs, money, shopping carts, publicly-used pens, store merchandise, etc.
Next, consider targeting the major organs of elimination. Some practitioners recommend detoxing campaigns in a certain order so consult your doctor before attempting any detox strategy. Parasite Detox
Although most people are horrified to hear it, most all of us have some level of parasites living inside us. The most common reaction is, "but where could I have picked them up?" A prejudice remains that only Third World countries produce parasites whereas these immune-system drainers can be found in the cleanest of homes. Usually parasites go on living quietly undetected, unless intestinal distress or itching occurs.
Walking barefoot is a risk factor for picking up parasites.
Every indigenous culture has some form of botanical they use for parasite cleansing. Pumpkin seeds, hot peppers, and herbal remedies are all used but black walnut hull tincture combined with ground cloves and wormwood has proven the most effective among the users in our email discussion group. Be sure to start any parasite cleanse strategy under the advice of an experienced professional. Hulda Clark, PhD, Richard Schulze, ND, and James Balch, MD., all offer more detailed information on cleanses.
There are many strategies for detoxing the colon: remedies vary from herbs such as Cascara Sagrada to fiber and clay-based products to colonics to lemonade and maple syrup juice fasts. Many cancer patients claim they feel renewed energy after the colon cleanse strategy. There is no one way of knowing which is best. Get the advice of a qualified professional so you know which might be best for your particular situation.
The kidneys are a pair of bean-shaped organs that filter wastes from the bloodstream. Detoxing your kidneys will not only help to remove toxic chemicals and pathogens that are clogging the kidneys to be excreted, but will help prevent these toxic wastes from accumulating somewhere else in the body. Kidney cleanses are usually very gentle herbal teas but detox strategies for the kidney may vary.
We recommend reading the following authors for detox recipes:
Edgar Cayce, Hulda Clark, Richard Schulze, James Balch, MD.
The skin is the largest organ of elimination and is sometimes referred to as the third kidney. Dry skin brushing can speed up the skin's metabolic process. Please see more information on this 3 minute video: Dry Skin Brushing Detox Technique
Liver detox procedures may be as mild as liver herbs such as Milk Thistle Extract, commonly called silymarin or more complex such as those of Hulda Clark.
Always get specific approval from an experienced, licensed practitioner before trying liver cleanses.
While breast cancer patients using saunas have reported feeling better, loss of electrolytes has been reported by those not adequately replacing fluids and minerals.
Also, many patients who have undergone lymph node procedures may have been warned against saunas as a risk factor for lymphedema. Consult a physician knowledgeable about lymphedema.
Other Detox Methods
Many patients report many other detox regimens including , Vitamin C flushes, coffee enemas, colonics, aerobic exercise, and fasting.
Please consult a physician knowledgeable about the documented action of detoxification before starting or changing your current protocol. These statements have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. The strategies discussed above are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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