January 24, 2017

Detoxification and Health Restoration after Vaccination

Three Important Steps to Clear Toxic Vaccine Ingredients from Your Body

by Amanda Box

Having been in the natural health industry for nearly 15 years, I’ve been on the receiving end of all sorts of criticism. I’ve heard the natural methods I’ve supported for years referred to as new age, witchcraft, a placebo effect, old wives tales and hippy.

But, I prefer to describe natural medicine using words like effective, safe, holistic and natural. I’ve seen lives changed, health transformed, and diseases cured using alternative medicines like herbs, supplements and, most importantly, a healthy diet.

most common symptoms of vaccine damageI’m not opposed to all conventional medicines. I believe some pharmaceutical medicines have their place and truly have no natural replacement.

However, I must say the most heated discussions I have ever been a part of regard the controversial subject of vaccination. Vaccine debates can get downright ugly. I’ve seen fear mongering tactics and mudslinging coming from both sides.

But beneath the vaccine controversy regarding autism, measles outbreaks and safety for children, lies one simple truth. Vaccines do not make us healthy.

Some of you may argue with this statement, but please hear me out. When I use the word “healthy,” I mean free of any harmful side effects. Healthy also implies that something improves the body’s state of wellness. Unfortunately, vaccines do the opposite. They damage our health by compromising the integrity of our immune system.

Vaccine Damage

Vaccines contain a cocktail of chemicals ranging from heavy metals, like mercury, to toxic preservatives such as formaldehyde. These toxins accumulate in the body’s tissues and can lead to:

However, the most common symptoms from vaccine damage include:

Many of the health issues caused by vaccines are rooted in autoimmune reactions. This is because the body recognizes many of the toxic chemicals in vaccines as foreign invaders. When these chemicals accumulate in different areas of the body, the immune system activates and attacks. Inflammation is the result of this attack, which leads to pain, degeneration of tissue and even disease. The vaccines themselves are also designed to stimulate the immune system, which results in even more inflammation. Unless you cleanse these toxins from the body, the symptoms will continue.

Many of you have chosen to vaccinate or you cannot avoid vaccination due to a job requirement. If this is the case, I urge you to consider detoxification. Vaccine antigens weaken the body’s immunity and its toxic preservatives cause damage and inflammation. Furthermore, repeated vaccinations can be extremely damaging to the body. The toxins continue to build and often migrate from place to place at any time throughout the body causing systemic damage. This is why, in many cases, vaccine damage occurs months or even years after the shot was administered!

3-Steps to Health

Thankfully, our bodies have the innate ability to heal and come into balance when given the proper resources. Accumulated toxic chemicals from vaccines can be broken down and cleansed from the body.

There are three important steps to clear toxic vaccine ingredients from the body and regain your health:

  1. Detoxification
  2. Nourishment
  3. Maintenance

Following these three steps is imperative after vaccination. They will detoxify the body of harmful toxins, but also bring the body back into balance and a state of good health!

Detoxification

Incorporating the proper supplements will both stimulate and accelerate the detoxification process. It is important to cleanse the blood, intestinal tract and liver because these organs are the main hotbeds of toxin accumulation. The following supplements can be used to draw vaccine toxins out of the body safely and effectively.

Activated Charcoal

activated charcoal for vaccine toxin detoxificationActivated charcoal has the amazing ability to attract toxins like a magnet. It uses a process called adsorption, which is different than absorption. During absorption, material passes into or through a tissue or material. Adsorption, however, involves the attraction of material to the surface, similar to a magnet.

When you ingest activated charcoal, it attracts toxins and heavy metals like mercury. Because it is not digested, it stays inside the digestive tract until it is eliminated, taking the toxins out with it in your waste!

Just a warning, charcoal will turn your stools black. It is recommended that you take some sort of laxative to keep your bowels moving in order to push the waste out of your body. Also, because charcoal is so powerful, it can sometimes interfere with mineral absorption. Therefore take it on an empty stomach at least an hour before eating or taking vitamins.

For vaccine toxin detoxification, take 2000 mg a day for one month. Divided this into two doses, one for the morning and one for the evening. A half dosage can be given to children under 12.

Chlorella

This powerful green food, micro-algae is very small in size. Its small size and molecular structure make it excellent at detoxification. Similar to charcoal, chlorella bonds to metals and chemicals, removing them safely out of the body. This makes chlorella a dynamic choice for post-vaccine detoxification. It safely and effectively bonds to heavy metals and chemical residues that are left behind in the body after vaccination. Chlorella is also rich in chlorophyll, which aids in:

  • Repair and growth of tissues
  • Balances the body’s pH
  • Processing of oxygen

Chlorella is perfectly safe for children and can be given in a dosage of 2000 mg a day. Adults can take 2000-5000 mg a day.

Blood Cleansing Blend

chlorella for post vaccination detoxVaccine residues and chemical by-products can remain in the blood for years after vaccination. This makes cleansing the blood itself very crucial for system-wide post vaccination detoxification.

When purchasing an herbal blend for blood detoxification, it is important to make sure it contains at least two of these three powerful blood detoxifiers.

Burdock

This powerful blood purifier has been used for centuries to cleanse the blood and increase elimination of wastes. This root eliminates long-term impurities from the blood quickly through its action on the liver and kidneys. Burdock root is also said to neutralize and eliminate poisons in the system.

Yellow Dock

Another powerful blood purifier, yellow dock helps cleanse the blood by removing waste products from the system. It is also a liver cleanser and does so by stimulating bile flow. Increased bile flow equals increased elimination of toxins. Yellow dock root also contains anthraquinones and anthraquinone glycosides, which give it a cleansing laxative effect. It not only improves elimination of wastes out of the body, but also reduces bowel inflammation.

Red Clover

Known for the last few centuries for it’s ability to clean “dirty blood,” red clover acts as an excellent blood purifier. It is also known for it’s anti-cancer properties. Dr. John Christopher, a pioneer of herbal medicines, called it the “antidote to cancer.” This herb also has diuretic properties as well as liver cleansing properties.

Some great blood cleansing blends that contain these detoxifying herbs include:

Natural Fiber

During detoxification, you must consume additional fiber to keep the bowels moving, as well as absorb excess toxins. As you are detoxifying, vaccine residues will end up in your waste and eventually be carried out of the body. Adding fiber helps sweep the bowels, cleaning up accumulated toxins and rotting fecal matter in the intestinal tract.

There are several great forms of fiber. Some of my favorites include:

  • Chia Seeds
  • Flax Fiber
  • Apple Pectin

Renew Life makes an amazing fiber blend called Fiber Smart that also contains soothing herbs and beneficial probiotics. I highly recommend it during your detoxification.

Herbal Laxative

During post vaccination detoxification, toxins can accumulate in the intestinal tract as they are making their way out of the body. Unfortunately, if they are not eliminated in a timely fashion, they can be reabsorbed into the bloodstream! This makes keeping your bowels moving very important!

Taking an herbal laxative during detoxification helps keep waste moving out of the body. Frequent bowel movements during detox will help you avoid detox symptoms such as fatigue and headaches.

I personally recommend Triphala. It is an Ayurvedic herbal blend, which supports digestion and regular bowel movements. Other herbs such as cascara sagrada and senna can be harsh and cause cramping. Triphala is much more gentle and works well for daily bowel elimination.

Nourishment

The most important part of supporting detoxification and health is a well balanced diet. NO matter what supplements you take, without eating properly, your body won’t be able to properly detoxify. This is because proper detoxification cannot occur if you are continuing to fill your body with foods that add to toxin accumulation.

This healthy, detox promoting diet should be followed for at least a month after vaccination. However, I encourage you to incorporate these principles into a life-long commitment of lifestyle change and health! Try this detox protocol even if you were vaccinated years ago. Detoxing periodically every year for heavy metals, environmental pollutants, microbes, toxic food chemicals and inoculations is a wise and prudent way to prevent future health issues and to stay on the wellness track.

The first step is to eliminate foods that contribute to toxic overload in the body. These foods should NOT be consumed during detoxification:

  • Processed foods (boxed or canned in particular)
  • Fast foods
  • Sugar
  • Refined grains

Removing these foods from your diet allows the body to efficiently use its elimination channels and cleanse accumulated toxins.

best veggies for detoxInstead, fill your plate with plenty of vegetables. Some of the best veggies for detoxification include:

  • Broccoli
  • Organic spinach
  • Kale
  • Collard greens
  • Garlic
  • Asparagus

Healthy, toxin free sources of protein are also important. Avoid fish because they often contain mercury and other heavy metals. Many sources of chicken and beef can also contain chemicals from pesticide-laden feed and antibiotic use. Instead, choose from these healthy sources of protein:

  • Grass-fed beef
  • Free-range chicken
  • Free-range eggs
  • Quality sugar-free whey, hemp, or rice protein

Healthy fats are also important in detoxification. Refined oils such as canola are high in pesticide residues. Instead, incorporate healthy oils such as:

It is also important to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Fluid flushes toxins out of the body. Women should typically drink 3 liters a day and men 4 liters. Avoid sugar-laden drinks including fruit juice. Green tea, herbal teas and lemon water are great beverages for flushing toxins from the body.

Maintenance

Once you have detoxified your system and nourished it with the proper foods, it is time to maintain your new state of health and wellness! Maintenance requires 3 important steps:

  1. Following a healthy, well-balanced diet free from toxic additives
  2. Regular exercise
  3. Supplementation of health building supplements

With all the supplements on the market, it may be difficult to choose what to take on a daily basis. However, I recommend a daily foundation of supplements that include:

1. Quality Multivitamin

Multivitamins are important to fill in the gaps where you may miss from what you’re eating. I personally don’t recommend taking a multivitamin daily, but rather every other day. Multi-vitamins contain unnecessary amounts of vitamins and much of them wasted because they aren’t absorbed. Taking them every other day allows the body to absorb more.

It is also important to note that you shouldn’t buy your vitamin from a big box store. These vitamins are cheaply made and have very poor absorption rates. Whole food vitamins purchased from quality companies are best. Some of my favorite brands are Garden of Life, MegaFood and Pure Essence.

2. Antioxidants

Supplementing with some form of antioxidant helps slow the aging process and keep our bodies healthy. Free radicals are destructive and can cause damage throughout the body. Antioxidants neutralize these free radicals, preventing diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer! There are so many antioxidants to choose from. However some of my favorites include:

3. Fish Oil

Essential fatty acids (EFAs) contained in fish oil are great for heart health, memory and skin hydration. Fish oil also contains anti-inflammatory properties. This makes it useful in treatment and prevention of problems such as psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis. Many of us don’t get enough EFAs in our diet and supplementing with fish oil is a great way to keep our bodies balanced and healthy!

4. Probiotics

Often overlooked, but probably one of the most crucial parts to maintaining health, is the state of your gut. Eighty percent of your immune system is located in your digestive system! This makes a healthy gut paramount in maintaining optimal health.

Probiotics are friendly bacteria that help your body thrive. They enable your body to better digest and assimilate your food. Probiotics also increase your immune response and have anti-inflammatory effects. Furthermore, probiotics are powerful detoxifiers and are capable of drawing out toxins as well as fighting toxic microbes in the gut.

Probiotics can be consumed in foods such as yogurt, kefir, and kombucha. They can also be supplemented in pill form, which I highly recommend. A great daily dose would be a probiotic with several strains and at least 15 billion cultures per capsule.

Renew life and Garden of Life are companies that I have used and trust for quality probiotics.

Pre-Vaccination Buffers

For those of you who plan to vaccinate or are required to for your job, I recommend using a homeopathic remedy called Thuja. Take a dose of 30 c immediately after being vaccinated and every hour thereafter for 4 hours. This homeopathic medicine can help can help neutralize possible side effects that can occur hours or even months after vaccination!

I also recommend taking 2 charcoal tabs immediately before vaccination as well, to absorb any toxins that might end up in the intestinal tract. Both of these can be purchased at your local health food store or online.

Vaccines are not healthy and you don’t have to let them rob you of your health!

  • Take the steps to detoxify your body from the toxic chemicals and heavy metals found in vaccines with safe and effective supplements.
  • Nourish your body with toxin-free, life promoting foods, which will enhance detoxification and restore your health.
  • Lastly, maintain your health with daily supplements to support total body wellness.

No matter where you stand in the vaccine debate, one thing is true. If you’ve been vaccinated, then take the time to detoxify your system. It is a smart and powerful way to gain a life that is full of robust lifelong health.

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Amanda Box, N.D.Amanda Box is a Traditional Naturopath and a graduate of Clayton College of Natural Health. She’s been in the health and wellness industry for over 12 years and currently practices naturopathic consulting in the Kansas City, Missouri area. Her passion is helping others achieve wellness of the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. If you don’t have a good local naturopathic practitioner to turn to for your personal needs, Amanda does phone consultations! She can help you with weight loss, detox/cleansing, acute and chronic illnesses, skin and body care, grocery shopping, pantry overhauls, and more! Visit her blog “My Life in a Healthnut Shell” at http://amandabox.blogspot.com/ for contact info.

 

 

Pollutant-Free Eating for MCS

Environmental pollution… Oil spills…Climate change…Ozone depletion… we live in a world that is slowly dying by the hands of man. Industrialization, poor waste management, and greed have left our earth more contaminated than ever before in the history of this planet.

But, I’m not here to speak on behalf of environmentalist and scientists. I am here to point out a reality that is overlooked amidst the mass concern of our carbon footprint. Yes, nature has responded to this age of industrialization, which leaves scientists and environmentalists concerned about the future of our planet. They cry out on behalf of the trees and the animals that walk the earth. But millions of people are left saying, “What about me?”

Today, chemicals, pollutants, and manufacturing wastes have left millions of people with illnesses that never existed before this modern age. We humans are made of the same basic elements as the plants and animals, so what pollutes them, pollutes us. Tragically, when a person is affected by pollution or chemicals, they are often written off as having some sort of psychological issue. Even the American Medical Association Council on Scientific Affairs believes that Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) should not be considered a recognized clinical syndrome.

Can you imagine being chronically sick and knowing that it is caused by chemical substances that you’re exposed to, only to be called a quack? Maybe you can imagine that because you’ve experienced this yourself. If so, I’m so sorry that in the pursuit of all things modernized and efficient, industries have failed to recognize the damage they are doing to the human body.

Ironically, in a time where technology and medicine are saving more lives than ever before in human history, millions are simultaneously being poisoned. Chemical exposure is leaving millions ill and pushed aside with no answers. It is a tragedy that no one wants to hear about.

What is Multiple Chemical Sensitivity?

Most people who become chemically sensitive were once healthy individuals who tolerated chemical exposures with no noticeable side effects, just like everyone else. At some time in their lives, they were exposed to chemicals at a level from which they did not recover.

Some developed MCS after a renovation or newly built home, having carpets installed in their office, or exposure to pesticides. Other people became ill over a period of years, from cumulative exposures of everyday life that built up in their body’s tissues.

On-the-job hazards are a common cause of these life-altering exposures. Some of the most common MCS inducing jobs include:

  • Construction
  • Metalworking
  • Woodworking
  • Automotive
  • Textile
  • Agriculture
  • Information technology
  • Waste management
  • Cleaning

MCS chemical exposure sicknessLiving with multiple chemical sensitivity can be devastating. Those suffering with this life-altering illness often live isolated from society. Many are forced to wear gloves or respirator masks when they venture into public. People with MCS become sick by low level exposures to many common chemicals that typically don’t bother the average person. Some of the most offending chemicals include:

  • Perfume
  • Pesticides
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Fresh paint
  • New carpets
  • Air freshener
  • Vehicle exhaust
  • Cleaning products

People with MCS can become extremely ill after exposures of only a few seconds to tiny amounts of these substances. Chemically sensitive people also frequently react to foods, drugs, molds, and electromagnetic fields.

Treating MCS

Treating multiple chemical sensitivity requires something more than just a medicine or pill. The two, most efficient ways to treat MCS are:

  • Avoidance
  • Nutrition

The most effective way to avoid offending chemicals is to adopt a natural lifestyle. This includes using natural alternatives for:

  • Skin and body care
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Water (filtered is best)
  • Yard and pest products
  • Home construction (using tile or wood floors instead of carpet, etc.)

With the growing popularity of natural and “green” products, it is now easier than ever to replace your regular household items with safer alternatives. Even those who do not suffer with MCS can prevent future harm to themselves and their family by switching to all-natural alternatives. The internet is brimming with blogs and websites devoted to this way of life. Even this magazine, Home Cures That Work, is devoted to the lifestyle of maintaining health and wellness by adopting a chemical free, natural lifestyle!

However, nutrition is often overlooked in treating multiple chemical sensitivity. Many people who are chemically sensitive have numerous nutritional deficiencies. These deficiencies lead to a detoxification system that does not function properly. Our enzymatic, metabolic, and detoxification pathways are dependent on adequate vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. This makes nutrition of obvious importance and concern for those with MCS.

Studies have shown that those with chemical sensitivities tend to have deficiencies in magnesium, B6, and vitamin C. They also have lowered levels of antioxidants throughout the body, which in turn impairs neutralization of free radicals and toxins. In one study, patients with chemical sensitivities were treated with antioxidants like vitamin C, selenium, and zinc.[1]

With these antioxidants, they exhibited both improvement and relief of symptoms!

What separates a typical person from someone with MCS is the ability to safely detoxify chemicals out of the body. This is why improved nutrition is key to the resolution of symptoms in those with chemical sensitivities! When someone with MCS is given the proper nutrients, they can detoxify, neutralize, and metabolize chemicals. This allows them to resume a normal life!

Chemical sensitivities can be caused by several factors, one of which could be fungal infections.  The body will sometimes allow Candida in to use as a storage unit for chemicals or heavy metals or any number of harmful synthetics that could harm the body if not contained. Candida releases these toxins, which are not easily metabolized in those with MCS due to a lack of detoxification ability. This results in an overall feeling of fatigue and general state of feeling unwell. The good news is once the fungal infection is gone and the immune system is boosted; the body no longer over-reacts to the chemicals to which we are constantly exposed.

If a person has a high body burden of heavy metals, those heavy metals are thought to contribute to the development or aggravation of MCS. Heavy metals are part of the “total load” of toxins in the body, and may reduce the ability of the multiple chemical sensitivity patient to cope with other low dose toxins. These metals can accumulate in the tissues and cause neurological issues and severe mineral imbalances.

Here again, diet can help correct the inadequacies in those with chemical sensitivities. Proper nutrition can switch on the body’s ability to detoxify, allowing those with MCS to rid their body of chemicals and therefore avoid adverse reactions. It can also help them overcome candida and cleanse excess metals out of the body.

When given the rights foods, the body can restore normality and truly give someone with MCS and new lease on life!

Clean Eating for MCS

Clean eating is a new term in the natural health world used for a diet that is free of chemicals and artificial ingredients. Just as we want a clean environment that is free from pollutants, we should aim for a body that is free from pollution as well!

What you eat determines the cleanliness of your body. For example, eating processed foods with chemical additives and pesticide residues is going to pollute the environment inside your body. However, eating whole foods packed with nutrients gives each bodily system what it needs to metabolize, detoxify, and function at its highest capacity! This can reduce symptoms of MCS and help bring back normality into your life!

Eating for MCS is centered around two main principles:

  1. Consume foods free of pesticides, preservatives, and other artificial ingredients.
  2. Focus on foods high in antioxidants, magnesium, B6 and vitamin C.

Avoiding pesticide residues in foods is no easy task. Today’s produce is heavily sprayed and mass produced in order to keep up with demand. Pesticides keep the pests away, therefore increasing yield. However, spraying the food we consume comes with consequences. Pesticides are designed to kill and their effects on the human body should not be ignored.[2]

Side effects from pesticide exposure can not only induce or aggravate MCS, but can also cause:

  • Pesticide exposure leads toSkin irritations
  • Respiratory problems
  • Organ failure
  • Damage to nervous and immune systems
  • Birth defects
  • DNA damage
  • Disruption of the hormonal system
  • Cancer

Unfortunately, scrubbing, soaking, and peeling the skin off of produce does not eliminate pesticide residue. Using these techniques may reduce pesticides, but sensitive individuals, such as those with MCS, shouldn’t rely solely on these methods. This is because pesticides are sprayed throughout the growing process and absorbed throughout the entire plant, not just the outer surface.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are highest in most of the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants needed by those with MCS. But, avoiding them altogether would be counterproductive. Thankfully, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) tests fruits and vegetables each year and rates them from the highest in pesticides to the lowest. For example, in 2014 the average grape they tested contained 15 different pesticides! On the other hand, only 1% of the avocados tested contained any detectable pesticides.

Each year, after testing the foods, the EWG puts together the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists. The Dirty Dozen ranks the top 12 fruits and vegetables with the highest levels of pesticide residues. The Clean Fifteen however contains the 15 lowest levels of pesticides residues.


DirtyDozen-CleanFifteen-2015Shopping from the Clean Fifteen list and avoiding the Dirty Dozen is one of the best ways to reduce pesticide residues in your diet. However, buying organic is truly the only way to bypass pesticides. The organic seal assures you that the farmer did not use chemical pesticides when raising his crops. Personally, I use my Dirty Dozen list as my “buy organic” list.

Avoiding artificial ingredients is also extremely crucial for MCS. These chemical additives are known for causing serious allergic reactions. Lab-created, chemical-based preservatives and artificial colors, flavors, and sweeteners can not only cause allergic reactions, but trigger disease!

Always read labels before consuming anything you eat and if you spot a name that doesn’t sound like food, it likely isn’t.

Some common artificial ingredients and their side-effects[3] include:

  • Sodium benzoate: ADHD, DNA damage, cancer
  • Monosodium glutamate: heart palpitations, migraines, chest pain
  • Sodium nitrite: Irritability, headaches, cancer[4]
  • Sulfites: fever, rashes, asthma attacks
  • Potassium sorbate: migraines, swollen eyes, mouth, and throat
  • Aspartame: altered serotonin levels, epilepsy, Parkinson’s, cancer

Lastly, it is important to incorporate foods that contain the micronutrients that are often lacking in those with MCS: magnesium, B6, and vitamin C. These nutrients are important in metabolism and detoxification processes throughout the body.

Foods rich in magnesium include:

  • Raw organic spinach
  • Brown rice
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Avocado

Foods rich in B6 include:

  • Sunflower seeds
  • Chicken (organic)
  • Pistachio’s
  • Banana’s

Food’s rich in vitamin C include:

  • Organic kale
  • Organic strawberries
  • Broccoli
  • Oranges

I also want to note that eliminating gluten, sugar, and dairy can also benefit those who suffer with MCS. These foods tend to aggravate the digestive tract and lower immunity, exacerbating allergenic reactions. Taking a probiotic supplement and drinking probiotic rich drinks like kombucha and kefir water may also help. They will strengthen the digestive system and build the immune system, which can ease allergenic symptoms in those with MCS.

It is important to remember throughout your journey of clean eating, to keep a food diary. Even foods that are free of chemical additives can sometimes cause reactions in those who are chemically sensitive. Note any sort of reaction whether it is gas, headache, or heartburn. Try eliminating the offending food and note any improvement in your symptoms. This may take a bit of trial and error, but every individual is different and unfortunately there is no “one size fits all” diet for MCS.

Below are two recipes that will help in your quest towards pollutant-free eating. The first is a clean crockpot chicken recipe. I love crockpot recipes because they are not only easy to prepare, but always produce such a tender and delicious chicken! So many crockpot recipes contain powder mixes or canned soups, which contain chemical additives. This recipe contains all-natural ingredients and is absolutely delicious served over brown rice for a warm, comforting dinner.

Crock Pot Curry Chicken

Ingredients:

  • all natural crock pot chicken curry recipe3 pounds of organic or free-range chicken (breasts, thighs, chicken on the bone, etc.)
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 carrots chopped small
  • 2 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tbsp organic mustard (condiment, not the spice)
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream (liquid) or milk
  • 1/2 cup organic chicken stock or water
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • Salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Place the carrots, onion and garlic at the bottom of the crock pot.
  2. Next place the raw chicken pieces on top of the vegetables, layering the chicken.
  3. Add the spices over the chicken.
  4. In a small pot melt the coconut oil and mix in the chicken stock or water and coconut cream until combined. Pour this over the chicken.
  5. Cook on low for 6 hours (it can go longer if you are not home yet).
  6. When done, remove the pieces of chicken and puree the liquid for gravy with an immersion blender. Serve over rice or quinoa. Enjoy![5]

Everyone needs a little sweet in their life! This all-natural healthy peanut butter fudge contains no added sugar and is packed full of protein, making it not only a healthy dessert, but a great snack as well! Peanut butter is high in both magnesium and B6 and bananas also contain magnesium and other important nutrients like potassium and manganese!

Healthy Peanut Butter Fudge

Ingredients:

  • Healthy-Peanut-Butter-Fudge1/2 cup organic peanut butter (use almond butter if peanut sensitive)
  • 1 large banana (can sub with 2/3 cup coconut butter)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/16 tsp salt (
  • 2 tbsp coconut butter OR melted extra virgin coconut oil
  • One packet or 15 drops of stevia

Directions:

  1. Stir peanut butter until there is no longer oil on the top.
  2. You can either combine all ingredients in a small blender until completely smooth, OR mash the banana and stir together ingredients very patiently by hand until completely smooth.
  3. Scoop into a small plastic container, parchment-lined glass container, candy molds, mini cupcake liners.
  4. Freeze until firm. Due to the melting nature of coconut, this fudge is best stored in the freezer.[6]

MCS symptoms can be drastically reduced and eliminated with a diet that is full of nutrient-dense and chemical-free foods! Don’t let the environment inside your body become polluted any longer! Clean up the environment inside your body by revolutionizing the way you eat. Your body is an ecosystem of it’s own. When you eliminate the toxic pollution, you will see your life flourish once again!

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Amanda Box, N.D.Amanda Box is a Traditional Naturopath and a graduate of Clayton College of Natural Health. She’s been in the health and wellness industry for over 12 years and currently practices naturopathic consulting in the Kansas City, Missouri area. Her passion is helping others achieve wellness of the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. If you don’t have a good local naturopathic practitioner to turn to for your personal needs, Amanda does phone consultations! She can help you with weight loss, detox/cleansing, acute and chronic illnesses, skin and body care, grocery shopping, pantry overhauls, and more! Visit her blog “My Life in a Healthnut Shell” at http://amandabox.blogspot.com/ for contact info.
Sources:
[1]http://www.aehf.com/articles/treatment_options_mcs.html
[2] http://www.nursingdegree.net/blog/926/8-possible-side-effects-of-pesticides/
[3] http://www.wakingtimes.com/2013/10/14/5-food-additives-avoid/
[4] http://www.wholevegan.com/junk_food.html#Sodium%20Nitrite
[5] Adapted from realfoodforager.com
[6] Adapted from: chocolatecoveredkatie.com

 

 

Recipes to Reboot Your Liver

 by Amanda Box, N.D.

Many of you readers are singing the same sad song. You are at your wits’ end. It’s as if your body has turned against you! You’re tired, bloated, unable to lose weight, and experience acne or skin issues that are just as bad as a teenager! You’ve tried everything you can think of: exercising, cutting calories, changing your skincare routine – but nothing works. Nothing yet, at least!

I’m here to offer you a remedy. It may be one you haven’t even thought to consider before. You may have blamed your thyroid for a slow metabolism. You may think mid-life hormonal surges are responsible for your breakouts. But, you’re missing the root cause. Most people are oblivious to what is really responsible for their body’s strange behavior. It is your body’s largest organ, the liver, that is often behind these frustrating symptoms.

what your liver does day in and day outWhen asked what the liver does, most people respond, “It filters your blood.” Yes, this answer is correct. But what your liver does day in and day out, 24/7 is far more complicated than that. Aside from your heart, the liver works harder than any other organ in your body. The liver:

  • Contributes to digestion (primarily fats)
  • Aids in controlling blood sugar
  • Regulates hormones
  • Stores energy
  • Produces proteins
  • Breaks down and filters chemicals and toxins

Every single thing you breathe in, absorb through your skin, and ingest has to go through the checkpoint known as your liver. Your liver is like a customs officer that has to check everything that passes through it. The liver must I.D. everything as either a healthy substance, like vitamins, or unhealthy toxins, like pesticides. It ultimately decides what to allow your body to use and what to throw out in the waste.

This isn’t an easy task, especially when the average diet and lifestyle is full of toxins and chemicals. What you put on your skin, what you eat and drink and the medications you’re on all take their toll on the liver. Many times your liver becomes bombarded with toxins and cannot keep up. It is unable to properly do its job because it has become damaged and overloaded by too many toxins and chemicals. When this happens, your liver doesn’t properly regulate your hormones or process fats. You begin to gain weight and show signs of hormonal imbalances.

The good news is that this isn’t the end! In the case of most of our body’s organs, once they’re compromised, they may never fully repair or work as well as before. However, the liver has the amazing capacity to regenerate, reboot, and repair! Yet, this can only happen by giving your liver a break from the toxic overload.

Giving Your Liver a Break

What’s the best thing to do when you’re overwhelmed? Take a break, of course! So, how do you give your liver a break? You can’t just shut your liver off for a while. If you did, you would die! But you can take steps to cut down on the excess work it has to do each day.

For one, you can eat foods that nourish and support the liver and it’s functions. Second, you can take supplements that support detoxification and regeneration.

The results of a healthy functioning liver are weight loss, hormonal balance, and increased energy! Who wouldn’t love all that?!

Everyone could benefit from a liver reboot. Even the healthiest people cannot avoid being exposed to toxins. Toxins are everywhere around us. Many liver compromising toxins hide out in:

  • Plastic containers and metal cans
  • Skincare products
  • Drinking water
  • Cleaning products
  • Smoke (first and second-hand)
  • Non-organic vegetables and fruits

Though it is impossible to avoid toxin exposure, there is no need to live in fear. Our liver is specifically designed to detoxify our bodies. It filters these toxins out of our bloodstream and into our waste. It is only after years of exposure that the liver begins to lose some of its detoxification capacity.

Although we can’t protect our liver from ever being exposed to toxins, we can give it a chance to restore to optimal function. And in doing so, your whole body will experience improved health!

The first step in giving your liver a break is to do your best to avoid excess toxic exposure. Like I mentioned earlier, avoiding all toxins is impossible. However, you can greatly reduce your exposure by following these steps:

  1. Drink only filtered water instead of tap water.
  2. Use only all natural products on your skin (makeup, lotions, soap, etc.)
  3. Avoid canned foods.
  4. Use only BPA-free plastic.
  5. Avoid all artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners and preservatives.
  6. Find natural alternatives to pharmaceutical and over-the-counter drugs.
  7. Avoid foods listed on the Dirty Dozen (or buying organic versions).

Released by the Environmental Working Group, the Dirty Dozen is a list of the top 12 foods with the highest pesticide residues. The Clean 15 is the list of the top 15 foods with the lowest pesticide residues. Buying organic versions of foods on the Dirty Dozen list is a great way to enjoy these foods without the pesticide residues. Below are the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists for 2014:

Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen 2014

 

It is also important to note that alcohol consumption is one of the greatest contributors to any sort of liver problem. Drinking in moderation is typically fine. But, if you are committed to giving your liver a break, you should abstain from all alcohol for at least a month or two.

Liver-loving Foods

Lowering your toxic exposure is key to giving your liver the break it needs to repair and restore optimal function. To maximize liver detoxification, incorporate liver-supporting foods into your diet. These liver-loving foods are nothing out of the ordinary. They are everyday foods that contain specialized compounds that speed up the liver’s natural ability to repair. Incorporating these liver-loving foods, while eliminating liver-compromising foods from your diet, can give your body the breakthrough it needs to come into balance.

Try to incorporate at least one food from each category into your daily diet for maximum liver support.

1. Cruciferous Vegetables: Cauliflower, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Bok Choy, and Kale.

These vegetables contain sulfur and promote neutralization of toxins in the liver. They also help the liver produce enzymes, which aid in detoxification.

2. Leafy Greens: Swiss Chard, Turnip Greens, Escarole, Cilantro, Parsley, Mustard Greens, and Dandelion leaves.

The more bitter the green, the better it’s ability to stimulate bile production in the liver. Bile is what carries toxins out of the liver. Some of these greens can also neutralize heavy metal toxins. Cilantro, in particular, binds to mercury and other metals and helps remove them from your system.

garlic and allicin3. High Sulfur Foods: Eggs, onion, garlic, and again cruciferous vegetables.

Sulfur aids in detoxification. Garlic, in particular, has high levels of allicin. Allicin is a sulfur compound, which protects the liver and can help detoxify toxic metals and excess estrogen hormone.

4. Antioxidant Rich Foods: Berries (organic), Grapefruit, Apples (organic), carrots, melon, and green tea.

Antioxidants are compounds, which protect the liver from damage while detoxifying the blood. Grapefruit, in particular, contains a substance called naringenin. Naringenin stimulates the liver to burn fat rather than store it. Green tea also contains particular antioxidants called catechins. Catechins prevent fat from accumulating in the liver.

5. Beets and Artichoke

Beets and artichokes are in a category of their own because of their enhanced ability to support the liver. Beets naturally help to purify the blood. They also assist the liver in metabolizing fat rather than storing it. Artichokes stimulate the flow of bile, which in turn speeds up the elimination of toxins out of the liver. Some health professionals estimate that eating an artichoke can increase bile flow by 100%!

These liver-loving foods aren’t out of the ordinary. However, many people are unsure how to prepare these foods in new and tasty ways. Eggs for breakfast every single day can get boring. But adding flavorful vegetables and spices can turn your boring eggs into a delicious quiche. (Quiche also makes a delicious lunch.) You can add all kinds of liver-loving vegetables to your quiche. I like to add artichokes, mustard greens, and garlic to my quiche. This quiche is high in sulfur compounds to support your liver by encouraging detoxification.

Liver-Loving Quiche

Ingredients:

  • detoxing quiche2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups mustard greens rinsed and chopped
  • One 14-oz can of artichoke hearts drained and chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
  • 2 ounces pecorino romano or other hard Italian cheese, shredded
  • 10 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk plus 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Generously grease a deep-dish pie plate with butter or non-hydrogenated palm oil shortening.

2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook the onion until soft and then add the garlic and cook for another minute more. Add the mustard greens and artichoke hearts and cook, stirring frequently until the greens are wilted. Season with the salt and pepper and remove from the heat.

3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs with the water, coconut milk, thyme and oregano until well blended. Spread the collard/onion mixture over the bottom of the greased pie plate; sprinkle the cheese evenly over the greens. Carefully pour the egg mixture over the cheese and greens. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

4. Serve with a chunky salsa or warm marinara sauce.

Beets are an uncommon vegetable in the American diet. But the Russians and other eastern Europeans revere beets. Beets are the primary ingredient in a common soup called Borscht. I prefer beets in salad form. This salad incorporates liver-loving beets, arugula, and apples. It is the perfect summer dish and a great way to incorporate beets into your diet.

Liver-Loving Beet Salad

Ingredients:

  • liver loving beet salad3 large beets (or 6 small beets)
  • 3 medium granny smith apples, peeled cored and chopped small
  • 3/4 cup chopped raw pecans
  • 3 1/2 packed cups of baby arugula, lightly chopped
  • 1/2 medium orange, juiced and zested
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil plus more for baking beets
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 Tbsp raw honey, melted
  • Soft goat cheese crumbles
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400F. Wash and dry beets. Trim off the leaves and root tip (leaving the skin on). Drizzle a little olive oil over each beet and sprinkle each with a dash of sea salt. Wrap each beet individually in aluminum foil and place on a baking sheet. If using smaller beets, bake for about 50 minutes. If using larger beets, bake for about 90 minutes or until a fork can pierce the beet easily.

2. Remove the beets from the oven and allow them to rest for about 10 minutes. Unwrap each beet and drain the excess beet juice into a small bowl and set aside. Chop the beets into small bite sized pieces and place in a large mixing bowl.

3. Place your chopped pecans in a medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat and cook until lightly toasted, stirring frequently. Set the pecans aside.

4. To make the dressing, take the reserved beet juice and add the 2 Tbsp of olive oil, apple cider vinegar, raw honey, orange juice and orange zest. Stir and add sea salt and black pepper to taste. Add additional orange juice or vinegar to taste. Pour the dressing over the beet mixture and toss to coat. Add the arugula, toasted pecans and apples and toss again.

5. Top with goat cheese crumbles.

Everyone needs a break from stress to recharge, even your liver. Take the time to give your liver some love by eating liver-supporting foods. Avoid excess toxins and chemicals to support your body coming into balance once again. You’ll benefit with weight loss, clear skin, balanced hormones and increased energy. Start this liver-loving regime today and reboot your health!

 

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Amanda Box, N.D.Amanda Box is a Traditional  Naturopath and a graduate of Clayton College of Natural Health. She’s been in the health and wellness industry for over 12 years and currently practices naturopathic consulting in the Kansas City, Missouri area.  Her passion is helping others achieve wellness of the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. If you don’t have a good local naturopathic practitioner to turn to for your personal needs, Amanda does phone consultations! She can help you with weight loss, detox/cleansing, acute and chronic illnesses, skin and body care, grocery shopping, pantry overhauls, and more! Visit her blog “My Life in a Healthnut Shell” at http://amandabox.blogspot.com/ for contact info.

 

Recipes adapted from: www.paleocupboard.com

 

 

Successfully Beat Lupus The Natural Way

By Amanda Box, N.D.

At just 19 years old, I had been working at the local health food store for just a couple of months.  I absolutely loved working there and was absorbing everything like a sponge.  I knew even then, that this was the path I was supposed to head down for my career.  This was where “true health” resided.  Not at the bottom of a diet coke can or a box of low fat cookies.

I remember when we had a special guest named Pam come and speak to the staff. I sat there inquisitively, taking in everything she had to say.  I was intrigued and wanted to know how she went from sick to well using only natural foods and products.

Pain Lupus symptoms by flickr Phoney NickleShe started by saying, “I had Lupus.  My doctors gave me no hope for relief and my symptoms continued to worsen. But, then my friend from California told me about natural medicine.  I connected with a Naturopath who helped me make dramatic changes in my life and health.  Now I have been Lupus free for over 5 years!”

I didn’t even know what Lupus was at the time.  I had never heard of it!  But, once she described her symptoms and elaborated on how miserable they made her life, I knew how serious it was.  Her symptoms, were typical of Lupus.  She battled with:

  • Constipation
  • Painful joints
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Rashes and dry skin, especially on her face
  • Hair loss
  • Weight gain

The passion with which she spoke gave me confirmation, even as a young 19 year old, that natural remedies work!  Many of the remedies she spoke of, I remember to this day and will be included in this article.  If you suffer from Lupus, fear not!  Wellness is just a few steps away!

A Clean Start

The first thing Pam did to beat her Lupus was to cleanse and detoxify her body.  Many times autoimmune disorders are birthed out of an accumulation of toxic chemicals in the body.  Many toxins, like the ones in our environment, are virtually unavoidable.  We eat, breath, and sleep amongst them every single day. There is:

  • Mold in the air breathe…
  • BPA in many of the plastics we drink and eat from…
  • And fluoride and chlorine in the water we drink…
  • These toxins are linked to allergies, birth defects and even cancer.

Everyone’s body is different and some of us process toxins out of our body’s much easier and more efficiently than others.  However, there are some whose body’s become bombarded from the accumulation of toxins and disease results, such as Lupus.

Pretty much anyone could benefit from a fresh start, whether you have an autoimmune disorder or not!  I recommend it to nearly to all my clients.  Cleansing and detoxification facilitates the removal of the accumulated toxic waste in our bodies. It is a foundational principle in Naturopathic Medicine and has been practiced for centuries!

The main organs you want to focus on cleansing are the colon and the liver. These are the two primary organs that deal with the processing and removal of waste from the body.  Once accumulated toxins are cleansed from the colon and liver, then your body can better focus on healing and repairing itself.  As a result, you will naturally decrease inflammation in the body and prevent further tissue damage from in the joint, skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood vessels and brain. Your body can then take full advantage of healing itself.

When detoxing, always begin by cleansing

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Overcoming Obesity Step by Step

By Amanda Box

I am sure that it comes as no surprise to you that obesity is a HUGE health epidemic.

Some are saying it is the #1 preventable killer. This means that it tops even smoking!

Whether you watch the Biggest Loser or Dr. Oz, the media trumpets about America’s obesity problem.  The sad part is that even though our obesity epidemic is “old news,” the problem continues to grow!  Currently, one third of America is obese.  Some are predicting that by 2030 obesity will consume half of the American population!

Obesity is defined as an accumulation of body fat that is 20% or more than someone’s ideal body weight. Most doctors use something called the BMI (Body Mass Index) to calculate obesity.

Your BMI = your weight in kilograms divided by your height in square meters.

  • Under 18.5 BMI = Underweight
  • 18.5-24.9 BMI = Healthy Weight
  • 25-29.9 BMI = Overweight
  • 30+ BMI = Obesity

Here is a quick and easy way to calculate your BMI without having to do the math yourself. http://nhlbisupport.com/bmi/

3 Steps to Overcoming Obesity

Many obese individuals don’t even realize the way they are eating is contributing to their weight problem.  Unfortunately, most obese adults were also obese as children.  Hundreds of thousands of kids are raised on fast food and junk food; some have never even touched a green vegetable or piece of fresh fruit!  This has become the reality of America – and an extremely sad reality it is.

  • The average American typically gains approximately one pound a year.
  • Those over 50 years old gain around 2 pounds a year.
  • Those with diabetes gain more than 4 pounds a year!

Some may scoff and say that really doesn’t add up to that much but, when you gain year after year, the pounds tip the scale into obesity.

The irony in all of this is that obesity is one of the simplest health problems to treat!  Reversing obesity doesn’t require surgery or multiple hospital visits.  Yes, there are a small number of genetic predispositions to being overweight, but most of the time a person struggles with obesity because of their choices.

Tackling obesity involves a strong will and an intense desire to change. But, when you do overcome obesity, it is well worth the benefits:

  • Greatly reducing your risk of heart disease
  • Lowering your chances of becoming diabetic
  • Increased energy and stamina
  • Greater self confidence

When someone approaches me trying to solve their obesity problem, I ask them a lot of questions to find out how serious and committed that person is.  Many times I find that they just want a quick fix or a magic pill to solve their weight problems.  I, however, don’t offer those magical promises.  What I do offer is a step-by-step plan to overcome obesity that results in:

  1. Identification of possible weight-loss inhibiting health factors
  2. Cleansing of accumulated toxins in the body to increase weight loss capacity
  3. A well rounded plan for lifelong health and nutrition 

#1 Correcting Obesity’s Roadblocks

Before beginning your journey towards losing weight and improving your health, you should eliminate any possible underlying health factors. Many times obesity itself causes health issues.  But, sometimes, there are imbalances in the body that contribute to weight gain.  Those imbalances can inhibit one’s ability to lose the substantial amount of weight they need to lose to overcome their obesity.

Here are the 3 most common body imbalances that become roadblocks to losing weight:

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Dr. Saunders’ Easy DETOX Program – For Life!

Strolling through a vitamin aisle or searching on the internet will bring a very wide array of products and services for detoxification.

  • Some are potions of multiple herbs and foods.
  • Some are simple such as vinegar.
  • Diets of all kinds are advocated.
  • Other detox modalities include enemas, saunas, foot pads and so much more!

How do we make sense of all this?

Chemicals are everywhere.  Our air and water are filled with thousands of toxins, even prescription drugs have been found in the water supply.  In some cases, these toxins can build up in our bodies and cause us to feel bad, sick, or just plain yuck. It turns out we don’t always have control over what’s in our air, food and water.

Product Of Our Environment

At age 69, Larry’s neurologist told him he had Alzheimer’s disease.  He was given a drug that was supposed to help him think more clearly, but it didn’t help at all and was told there was nothing else that could be done.  His wife then brought him into my office to see if there was something better than the drugs.  After evaluation, we found the lead in his body was more than 50 times the acceptable level.  We have him a series of chelation therapy treatments to remove the lead and he became normal again, able to think clearly.

The truth is those things that are part of our environment become part of us. We need to be able to use the normal mechanisms of our body to excrete those things that are harmful back into the environment. The process of detoxification has two components: 1) avoiding toxins and 2) getting rid of toxins, which we cannot avoid.

Avoiding Toxins

Larry was a welder, but never wore a mask to filter the metals.  The torch he used vaporized the metals and, as a result, he was breathing them over many years.  Since lead isn’t easily excreted from the body, it built up and became toxic to his brain.

When we are aware of a potential toxin that could be absorbed by our body one way or another, it is important for us to consider the many ways to avoid exposure to that toxin.  Safety officers on every job should try to make the workplace free of toxins.

Anne was a very active interior decorator in her early 50s.  She started getting illnesses frequently. “I catch everything that goes around,” she complained.  Moreover, she was getting more and more fatigued.  She felt achy all over.  The usual tests failed to find a cause of her problems, so she was referred to an environmental medicine specialist.  The doctor found she was reacting to a toxin made by a mold, which was apparently growing in the older house she was renovating.

Avoiding mold is very difficult because it is so prevalent in our environment.  You can’t avoid all toxins, but you can significantly diminish them in your own body.

Those who eat organically-grown foods, for example, have much lower levels of heavy metals, pesticides and chemical fertilizers detectable in their bodies.

There are many chemicals that can be part of our everyday dietAvoiding these is essential to maintaining a healthy metabolism.

  • Both artificial and natural flavorings often contain ketones and aldehydes.
  • Artificial colorings can poison cellular systems.
  • Even common additives such as MSG can be dangerous to some people.  MSG is an excitotoxin on the nervous system.  Those who have adequate supplies of inhibitory neurotransmitters may be spared, but the rest will lose brain cells.
  • One toxin to avoid at all times is artificial sweeteners.  These have multiple toxic effects on the body from neurotoxicity to causing dysbiosis (killing the normal bacteria in the bowels).

Detox Program

Because we are constantly exposed to toxins, both internally and externally, it is important that we maintain a lifetime detox program.  Most detox programs only deal with the liver because it is the primary organ in our body which neutralizes and excretes toxins.  However, just as important in detoxification are the minor players: the intestines, kidneys, lungs, and skin.  We will discuss how to maximize the benefits from each of these systems. 

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Detox: Quieting the Cluttered Life

Silent Fast

As I write this article, the youth and young adults in our church are doing a media fast. Some of their leaders noticed how distracted teenagers are today and so they felt led to call a seven-day fast from all forms of electronic and social media. Having teenagers myself I have overheard comments that fasting from food would be easier than fasting from Facebook.

If you are still wondering, a media fast is a period of voluntary abstinence from media for the purpose of hearing God’s voice more clearly by silencing all the others. Media includes television, radio, cell phones (except emergency calls or calls from parents), texting, movies, video and computer games (Angry Birds, too!!), internet and all music except worship music.

When I was in seminary we would spend time exercising the “Spiritual Discipline of Silence.” This was back in the days of typewriters, long before texting. But even back then, at first, silence can be deafening. We are so used to so much commotion that when it is silenced, it is a bit disconcerting. However, getting quiet is a pre-requisite to getting to God know more personally and intimately.

Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God.”

It takes a few days in quietness for my mind and heart to settle down. Few realize just how much goes on in our mind and spirit and, as a result, what that commotion and noise does to us physically and emotionally. Unprecedented numbers of people are popping pills to quell the panic and anxiety. Many more crank down the caffeine to better cope and keep up.

Ironically, all of the above merely add when what is needed is subtraction.

Quiet is the key to recharging the batteries that run and power things like our creativity and ingenuity.

Toxic Fast

One of the hats I wear, besides being a pastor, is that I’m a state legislator. Many have written me to decry the distracted driving so prevalent today as youth and young adults text while driving. When you get behind the wheel of a car your focus should be on one thing: the road before you. What is true with regard to driving is true for any who seek to navigate life successfully. The less distraction the better.

This issue of Home Cures That Work is focused on detox has other contributors addressing natural ways and the health benefits to detoxifying our bodies. Somewhere in all this, is my hope that you will come away with the understanding that so much is toxic to our bodies. Even more, so much is toxic to us physically and emotionally. Toxic means poisonous. Graphically, it is symbolized by the skull and crossbones.

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“Pornography is inherently violent, inherently unloving. It is a perversion of sexuality, not a true form of it, and one that teaches violence and degradation at the expense of mutual pleasure and intimacy. It is about conquests, about conquering. It is the very opposite of God’s intention for sex. It tears love from sex, leaving sex as the immediate gratification of one’s most base desires. It lives beyond rules and ethics and morality. It exists far beyond love.” ~ Tim Challies


Seeing the skull and crossbones on things like rat poison and drain cleaner is common and necessary. What if we put the skull and crossbones on things like pornography or internet chat rooms? No study is needed to know that far more lives have been devastated by pornography than by people eating rat poison.

Natural health experts have made great strides in recent years bringing forth data showing how the build up of a variety of toxins in food preparation and pharmaceuticals results in a slow poisoning. Those of us who deal daily with people’s emotional and spiritual lives can make a case that there is a slow poisoning of sorts that happens when people are living lives inundated by internet and media, advertisements, endless activities and entertainment addictions. We weren’t made for any of that, we were made to interact with God.

If entertainment is a diversion of the mind, then what are you being diverted from? Or rather, what are you being diverted toward? The problem with being entertained by too many things of earthly origin is

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Life After Detox

So, you have just been through detoxification program. The first few days were tough. Maybe you even had headaches and stomach pangs, but you stuck it out. Then your body began to adjust and you found yourself feeling more alert, more energetic and you probably lost some weight.

You felt really good about your ability to stay the course.  As you moved toward the end of the program, you not only recommended a detox to your friends and family, but you also grew confident that you could change what you eat, how you eat and how much you eat.

Then, life’s daily pressures and responsibilities began to interfere and you found yourself returning to the same old ways. You started consuming lots of the foods that harm – the processed simple carbohydrates and added sugars, the bad fats and excessive amounts of protein – without enjoying enough of the vegetables, fruits and whole grains that deliver the thousands of micronutrients that support human health.

Why Detox?

Detoxification proponents assert that a short-term, very restricted, very low calorie diet eliminates the toxins that build up in your system over time. Clear out the toxins, so the theory goes, and you will find that all your biologic systems function better. Unfortunately, the science supporting any long terms benefits of a detoxification is mixed, at best.

Other programs, however, view the detoxification as the bridge to a healthier lifestyle. People moving through a detoxification program may break their cravings for sugar and fats. Others find their taste for salt is altered and use significantly less salt for the same taste satisfaction.  A detox may also build a liking for high nutrient vegetables and fruits — raw, juiced or cooked.

Here is where the science is absolutely clear.

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Crazy Cabbage: Cures to Cuisine

I forget how wonderful cabbage is, but when I use it: WOW!  Here are just a few of the many uses for cabbage known for its healing properties:

  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Weight loss
  • Detox
  • GERD
  • Joint pain
  • Hematoma
  • Engorged breasts
  • Headache and hangovers

Personally, I’ve just recently used it for congestion by placing cabbage leaves on my chest overnight, wrapped in ace bandages.  I also had painful lumps behind my knees after working in the garden and did the same thing with incredible results!

As a child, cabbage was the last vegetable on earth I would even consider eating.  But, as an adult, cabbage is one of my go-to cures. Who knew that such a cheap, humble looking and so widely used cabbage could work miracles?

Some apply it warm, some cold, some crush it, and some don’t.  Some wrap it ace bandages, others in plastic.  Some apply it externally; some ingest it – a food, juice or whatever.  Either which way, it works wonders!

Cabbage Fun Facts

  • Cabbage has more vitamin c than oranges, great for strengthening the immune system and being one of the best anti oxidant, reducing free radicals in your body which are the basic causes of ageing.
  • Cabbage is very rich in fiber. This helps retain water and forms the bulk of the food and the bowels. Thus, it is a good cure for constipation and related problems.
  • Cabbage is rich is sulphur, which helps to fight infections in wounds and ulcers.
  • Cabbage, being rich in iodine, helps in proper functioning of the brain and the nervous system.

Cabbage Medicinal Qualities

Uncooked cabbage is high in glutamine, an amino acid that is useful for the excellent functioning of our digestive system and immune system.  Cabbage has also been known to have therapeutic and antibacterial properties, destroying a wide variety of bacteria in the intestines.

Liberal intake of the fresh juice of this vegetable has thus been found very valuable for treating ulcers, bladder infections and other infectious disease.  Try

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DETOX – FACT, FICTION OR FAD?

IT’S NOT A FAD

Detoxification” has become a nice buzzword lately. It sounds good, rolls off the tongue easily. But do you know what detoxification really is and why is it so important?

I get asked this question a lot. Many people think, “I eat healthy. I don’t smoke or drink much. Why should I worry?”  Why? Because our bodies aren’t made to handle the amount of toxins we’re constantly exposed to. Toxin overload can lead to a whole host of illnesses and side-effects.

Detoxification is critical to health. In fact, a compromise in the ability of the body to detox is one of the roots of illness. The gut is one of the core systems in the body that must be working well for you to be healthy. If you feel lousy, then it’s likely you’re toxic.

Feeling sluggish or out of sync? Having skin problems, aches and pains or digestive problems? Straying from your healthier habits lately? Having trouble kicking off your weight loss? It might be time for a body detox.

Detoxification is the body’s natural process of eliminating toxins or neutralizing toxins. This happens via the liver, kidneys and lungs, as well as in urine, feces and through sweat. Yet, your body can become so overloaded that its natural detoxification system can’t keep up. When this happens, the toxins build up and can affect virtually all of the systems of the body.

The Body Burden

Scientists refer to the level of a person’s chemical and toxin exposure as an individual’s “body burden” – the consequence of lifelong exposure to industrial chemicals that are used in thousands of consumer products and found the air we breath, the food we eat, the soil we walk upon and the water drink.

Unfortunately, people today carry within their bodies a veritable chemical cocktail of modern-day industrial chemicals, pesticides, food additives, heavy metals, anesthetics and not to mention the residues of modern pharmaceuticals.

What’s more, they accumulate in fat, blood and organs, or are passed through the body in breast milk, urine, feces, sweat, semen, hair and nails.

Carrying a high body burden translates into all sorts of maladies: headaches, insomnia, constipation, fatigue, weakness, blurred vision, greater susceptibility to infection, allergic reactions, joint pain, recurrent respiratory problems, back pain, mood changes, stomach pain, digestive problems… the list goes on and on.

The sad but undeniable truth is that we have created a living environment that is toxic to our bodies.

The Detox Bad News

In today’s world, the body’s natural detoxification system becomes quickly overburdened and is unable to function like it is meant to and like it has in past generations. Since we are unable to process or eliminate these “modern” toxins, they become stored in our glands, tissues and cells, slowly breaking down all body systems on a cellular level, altering our body’s metabolism causing enzyme dysfunction, nutritional deficiencies and hormonal imbalances. This process takes place gradually and undetectably, until the onset of obesity and disease finally signals their presence.

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I liken a toxin-overloaded organ to a stagnant pool of water that soon begin to breed bacteria and mosquitoes, causing other live organisms like fish and frogs to die. Stench and toxic fumes begin to be emitted, causing the surrounding area to stink and affecting people living in the neighborhood. This is how it is with our toxin-overloaded organs: blood cannot flow properly, cells start to die, bacteria starts to breed, and soon there is a toxicity of blood, inflammation and pain. All kinds of diseases start to set in and if neglected further … cancer. A good detox program flushes out these toxins and makes the environment good again.

The Detox Good News

Fortunately, the human body is quite resilient. When we take the steps necessary to alleviate our body burden, we assist it with its natural process of detoxification. We literally give our body the extra nutrients, natural substances and energy it needs in order to set the balance straight and get the process of detoxification back in high gear.

Now – more than ever before – it is imperative that we assist our body’s detoxification processes. Detoxification is a natural, health-preserving therapy, which helps remove harmful toxins from the cells and tissues, restoring their immune-protecting functions.

So What Is Detox?

Practiced for centuries by many cultures around the world, detoxification is about resting, cleaning and nourishing the body from the inside out. By removing and eliminating toxins, then feeding your body with healthy nutrients, detoxifying can help protect you from disease and renew your ability to maintain optimum health.

Start With A Colon Cleanse

Clearing out the colon first just makes good sense because dumping liver toxins, blood toxins, heavy metals and other toxins into a congested colon just makes the detoxing process harder on the body than it has to be.

The best colon cleanse programs I’ve personally used all seem to employ a two-part approach. These programs will include bulk forming fiber as well as herbs and other ingredients designed to move out waste.

Is Detoxing Really All That Important?

Doesn’t our body know how to detox and keep us cleaned out? Even if you choose to undergo a detoxification regimen, how do you know what the best detox program to use is?

Completing a detoxification program that cleans all systems of the body is an essential step to achieving maximum health and wellness. Where do you start?

When beginning your search for the right detox program, a good question to ask is whether or not a detoxification program addresses all systems of the body and whether the program is designed to address each system effectively.

I recommend finding a detoxification program that comes pre-assembled and ready-to-use so that you do not have to spend hours and hours searching for all the right components.

This basic routine will help to correct problems caused by toxicity, maximize your body’s own detoxification capacity and help you safely eliminate stored toxins.

Remember, getting rid of toxins and learning how to optimize your detoxification system is essential for creating optimal wellness and this is just the start.

How Does Detoxification Work?

Basically, detoxification means cleaning the blood. It does this mainly by removing impurities from the blood in the liver, where toxins are processed for elimination. The body also eliminates toxins through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymph and skin. However, when this system is compromised, impurities aren’t properly filtered and every cell in the body is adversely affected.

A detox program can help the body’s natural cleaning process by:

  1. Resting the organs through fasting.
  2. Stimulating the liver to drive toxins from the body.
  3. Promoting toxic elimination through the intestines, kidneys and skin.
  4. Improving circulation of the blood.
  5. Refueling the body with healthy nutrients.

How Do You Know If You Need To Detoxify?

I suggest that everyone should detox at least once a year. A short detoxifying program or whole body cleanse is generally safe. In fact, scientific studies show that a detox is beneficial for health. However, I do caution against detoxifying for nursing mothers, children, and patients with chronic degenerative diseases, cancer or tuberculosis. Consult your health care practitioner if you have questions about whether detoxing is right for you.

Today, with more toxins in the environment than ever, it’s critical to detox. Detoxification works because it addresses the needs of individual cells, the smallest units of human life. I recommend detoxing for symptoms, such as:

  • Unexplained fatigue
  • Sluggish elimination
  • Irritated skin
  • Allergies
  • Low-grade infections
  • Bags under the eyes
  • A distended stomach, even if the rest of your body is thin
  • Menstrual difficulties
  • Mental confusion

Where Do You Begin?

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First, lighten up your toxin load. Eliminate alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, refined sugars and saturated fats, all of which act as toxins in the body and are obstacles to your healing process. Also, minimize use of chemical-based household cleaners and personal health care products (cleansers, shampoos, deodorants and toothpastes) and substitute natural alternatives.

Another deterrent to good health is stress, which triggers your body to release stress hormones into your system. While these hormones can provide the “adrenaline rush” to win a race or meet a deadline, in large amounts they create toxins and slow down detoxification enzymes in the liver. So it’s a good idea to detox stressful life situations along with detoxifying your body. Yoga and meditation are simple and effective ways to relieve stress by resetting your physical and mental reactions to the inevitable stress life will bring.

Which Detox Program Is Best For You?

There are many detoxification programs and detox recipes, depending on your individual needs. Many programs follow a 7-day schedule because it takes the body some time to clean the blood. My program involves fasting on liquids for two days, followed by a carefully-planned five-day detox diet to allow the digestive system to rest. I also advise supplements, herbs, exercise, and practices such as dry-skin brushing and hydrotherapy to enhance circulation.

I also recommend a 3-7 day juice fast drinking only fresh fruit and vegetable juices and water, as an effective way to release toxins.

Other popular detoxing programs and natural body cleanses include:

  • Cleansing supplement packages, which generally contain fiber, vitamins, herbs and minerals. There are several safe products on the market, with easy-to-follow instructions.
  • A routine of drinking only water one day each week — an ancient practice of many cultures.

10 Ways To Help Your Body Detoxify

After a detoxification program, you can cleanse your body daily through diet, supplements and lifestyle practices.

  1. Eat plenty of fiber, including brown rice and organically-grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Beets, radishes, artichokes, cabbage, broccoli, spirulina, chlorella and seaweed are excellent detoxifying foods.
  2. Cleanse and protect the liver by taking herbs such as dandelion root, burdock and milk thistle and drinking green tea.
  3. Take vitamin C, which helps the body produce glutathione, a liver compound that drives away toxins.
  4. Drink at least two quarts of water daily.
  5. Breathe deeply to allow oxygen to circulate more completely through your system.
  6. Transform stress by emphasizing positive emotions.
  7. Practice hydrotherapy by taking a very hot shower for five minutes, allowing the water to run on your back. Follow with cold water for 30 seconds. Do this three times, and then get into bed for 30 minutes.
  8. Sweat in a sauna so your body can eliminate toxic wastes through perspiration.
  9. Dry-brush your skin or try detoxifying patches or detox foot spas/foot baths to remove toxins through your pores. Special brushes are available at natural products stores.
  10. What is the most important way to detoxify? “Exercise,” says Bennett. “Yoga or jump-roping are good. One hour every day.” Also try qigong, a martial-arts based exercise system that includes exercises specifically for detoxifying or cleansing, as well as many other exercises with specific health benefits.

Chemical Cocktail Reversed

The simple truth is that toxic chemicals enter our bodies every day in the form of unhealthy and refined foods, additives, drinking water, household air, pesticides and environmental pollutants. As a result, our systems have a lower threshold of resistance to disease, obesity and host of other illnesses and side-effects.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Remove and reverse the current level of chemical cocktail that burdens your body with the details of detoxification you have read here today for optimal health wellness and repair your body for the proper immune-protecting functions.

Have you found an effective detox? Before you start your next detox, please read comments below from other readers to see positive and healthy results.

Dr. Richard A. DiCenso is the CEO of Matrix Transformation and author of Beyond Medicine, Exploring A New Way Of Thinking.He is an international speaker and complementary care expert with over 30 years experience in treating chronic symptoms. With his extensive practice in “Whole Person Therapy,” human biochemistry and orthomolecular nutrition, Dr. DiCenso is a leading authority in biological fluid analysis with his Matrix Assessment Profile (MAP). Dr. DiCenso provides unique insights into the world of unresolved symptoms and has helped thousands of individuals around the world with undiagnosable symptoms to dramatically improve their health without drugs or surgery. Visit www.MatrixTransformation.com for more information.

 

 

 

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