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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



How to Cleanse the Liver to Eliminate Psoriasis


Psoriasis is a result of an overproduction of skin cells, which creates a red rash area with silver-like scales. Though both conditions cause inflammation and itching, psoriasis is an autoimmune response whereas eczema is an allergic response.

When treating psoriasis from the outside, I suggest the same approach as I do for eczema. All natural creams, in particular the homemade Soothing Blue Skin Relief Cream can bring relief to many with psoriasis.

support your liver to detox and eliminate psoriasisHowever, the most effective approach I have seen in beating psoriasis is liver detoxification. Studies have proven that there is a direct connection between the liver and psoriasis. [1]

These studies have found that nearly half of those with psoriasis also have fatty liver disease! Click to Tweet.

How can a skin condition like psoriasis be connected to the liver? Our liver’s job is to filter and detoxify our blood. However, if our liver becomes damaged and unable to do its job correctly, toxins begin to accumulate in our blood. These toxins can aggravate the immune system and initiate inflammatory responses throughout the body. One of these inflammatory responses can manifest as psoriasis.

First and foremost, when you have psoriasis, you must avoid alcohol and pharmaceutical drugs that damage the liver. The liver cannot regenerate and heal adequately when bombarded with these damaging substances.

Cleansing and regenerating the liver can reduce and even eliminate symptoms of psoriasis. There are many options for liver cleanses on the market. My recommendation is that you choose a liver cleanse with the following ingredients:

Milk Thistle

Contains silymarin, which protects liver cells from chemical insults. It blocks toxins like pharmaceuticals from damaging the liver’s filtration system.

Milk thistle is also a powerful antioxidant. It maintains health and energy by protecting the body from free radical and lipid peroxidation damage, which injures healthy cells and tissues and leads to pathological conditions.


Dandelion stimulates digestion, acts as a natural diuretic, and encourages liver detoxification. Dandelion cleanses the liver by stimulating bile products, which single-handedly break down the body’s toxins so they can be excreted by the kidneys.


Artichoke contains liver-protective phytonutrients like cynarin, which help with both the digestion of fats and the absorption of vitamins from our food. Artichoke also eliminates toxic wastes and normalizes blood cholesterol levels. It is especially effective in the regeneration of damaged liver cells.

Artichoke helps the digestive system, which means it is helpful for people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), dyspepsia, or upset stomach. The boost to bile production that comes from the cynarin in this vegetable helps the liver remove toxins.

Many liver cleanses contain a combination of these ingredients, which saves you both time and money. I recommend a cleansing formula by Enzymatic Therapy called Liver Cleanse, available HERE. It is a two-week formula with milk thistle, dandelion and artichoke that can be repeated as needed. For those who struggle with psoriasis, I recommend taking it for an entire month.

Following this, take the cleanse 2 weeks out of every month until symptoms lessen dramatically or completely resolve.

Not many of us relate the outer glow of our complexion to our liver health. Your liver is the metabolic factory of your body producing energy to sustain the thousands of functions performed every minute by all of your body’s cells.

Your skin cells require energy to eliminate toxins and repair and regenerate themselves. If your liver is not doing its job of breaking down toxins efficiently they must be eliminated from your body by other means – in many cases they come out through your skin! When excessive toxins build up in the deeper layers of the skin this causes inflammation that can manifest as psoriasis. Support your liver’s ability to detoxify and eliminate psoriasis.

By purifying your liver, you will purify your skin! Click to  Tweet.

In addition to the measures described above, which may be necessary in severe cases, Home Cures That Work recommends 3 Tips for Healthy, Flawless and Beautiful Skin.


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.


[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20415823

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


  • 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


  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


  • 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


  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.
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[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



8 Tips For Cleansing and Weight Loss

Most people think of bowel cleansing when they hear the term cleansing, but it means a lot more than that. Below are eight little-known facts about cleansing and weight loss.

1.    According to some natural health experts, most people carry excess undigested fecal matter in their colon.

The sooner they begin to eliminate it, the better they feel. When it comes to weight loss, the weight lost through the elimination of fecal matter is weight permanently lost. (See #8 fore more information on the colon.)

2.    A healthy body is clean and lean.

Each organ that eliminates waste in the body can be cleansed. The primary organs that detoxify the body are the:

  • Skin
  • Colon
  • Liver
  • Kidneys
  • Blood and lymphatics

Body wrap experts report that when cleansing formulas for the liver are started a few days before the body wrap, the inches lost increases at least 20%.

3.    Our body accumulates chemicals, pesticides, heavy metals or other poisons in fat cells throughout the body.

It’s believed that the greater the accumulation of these toxins in the body, the harder it is for the fat cell to break down. That’s one reason why it’s difficult to lose weight.

A herb that supports the liver and kidneys is always beneficial when a person is trying to lose weight because these internal organs perform many roles related to digestion and metabolism.

The liver is the body’s major internal detoxification organ, successfully binding up any chemicals, pesticides or metabolic intermediates that need to be removed from the body because they will cause harm. Binding them takes them out of direct circulation and eliminates them through the kidneys and the colon. Using the herb couchgrass helps speed up this process.

Couchgrass supports the liver and kidneys and has been used historically for liver complaints, to treat jaundice. It protects the urinary tubules against infection and increases the volume of urine, flushing out irritants and chemicals along the way.

4. Filtered water and detoxification through cleansing can make a big impact on your overall health.

If you’re trying to flush waste out of your body, it only makes sense that you drink water that doesn’t have waste in it!

If you haven’t heard, a whole slew of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anticonvulsant meds, mood stabilizers and sex hormones — can be found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans.

If you don’t think you can afford a water filtration system, then check out the costs of kidney dialysis… over $1 Billion per year in the U.S. It may cost patients as much as $30K per month… do the math for the co-pay.

The kidneys are pretty small internal organs by weight, but they receive a huge amount – about 20% – of the blood pumped by the heart each minute. Every day, your kidneys process and cleanse about 200 quarts of blood to sift out about 2 quarts of waste products.  Be mindful of your ‘machine.’ Love and nurture it and it will, by nature, take care of you.

5.   Cleansing always requires drinking more water than what is usually drank during the day.

Experts recommend as little as 1 ounce for every 2 pounds of body weight and as much as 1 ounce for every 1 pound body weight.

6.    Cleansing formulas often contain herbs and supplements that support the organ that are being cleansed.

Some formulas add herbs, minerals or supplements that may contribute to weight loss.

Minerals help buffer toxins and provide vital nutrients to cells. In fact, your overall health is tied closely to the minerals consumed in the diet. When it comes to herbs that contain a lot of minerals, hydrangea is quite interesting because it contains:

  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Silicon
  • Chromium
  • Manganese
  • Sodium
  • Cobalt
  • Phosphorus
  • Tin
  • Selenium
  • Zinc

In research studies, calcium, chromium and zinc have been found to have a link to weight loss. Calcium supplements may improve weight loss. Chromium deficiency is tied to blood sugar irregularities that can create the “munchies” and drive people to the refrigerator, vending machines and fast food restaurants as if they are mindless zombies. Zinc deficiency can cause appetite loss that interferes with eating regular meals and results in the person eating only one meal per day, thus gaining more weight.

The mineral content of hydrangea, historically used as a kidney cleansing herb, can potentially assist in the creation of a lot of benefits and there are other active ingredients in the herb. Hydrangea also has appreciable amounts of rutin and quercetin, two components of the vitamin C complex. One research study found greater antioxidant power and liver cleansing properties than the combination of milk thistle and turmeric. (Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, 2003)

7.    Cleansing formulas may also contain herbal blends to improve the function of the kidneys, GI tract, gall bladder and liver.

This can indirectly assist in weight loss by creating a more healthy system overall.

Little is known about the impact chickweed can have on those who want to lose weight with detox, but it is especially valuable in purifying and cleansing the system. Chickweed assists the body in releasing fat while supplying missing nutrients. Chickweed is high in calcium, magnesium, manganese, cobalt, zinc, iron, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and vitamin A.

Susan Weed, well-known herbalist, reports that chickweed may have a regulating effect on the thyroid, which can definitely assist with weight loss. She thinks of it as a metabolic balancer. The saponins in chickweed emulsify the fat cells, assisting in their breakdown.

8.    When cleansing, it’s important to start detoxifying the skin or colon before any other organ, even though liver cleanses may facilitate greater weight loss.

This is because toxins released from the liver will have no open route to leave the body. They end up getting re-circulated throughout the body, causing headaches, joint aches and pains, fatigue and skin breakouts. Always cleanse the skin or colon first!

Many people worry about colon cleansing because they have heard that diarrhea can cause loss of water and electrolytes, which of course can lead to dehydration and death. This is understandable but not true because colon cleansing is not meant to cause diarrhea.

junk food garbage bin by Flickr windkeeper

Our intestinal tract should be used as a processing plant for the food we eat, not as a storage bin. “Some food in … some food out” is the motto of someone with healthy colon function. However, think about it. If you ate three meals yesterday, were three meals eliminated? If not, what happened to the fecal matter? Most likely, it’s still sitting in the processing plant, but the problem is that the longer it sits there, the more toxic the matter becomes.

If you add in the factor of not drinking enough water, now that toxic matter gets hard in the colon and sometimes “stuck.” The purpose of a colon cleanse is to gently stimulate the colon to release its contents, thereby decreasing your body’s overall toxicity level. When you think about it, colon cleansing is safe; living with a toxic colon is unsafe!

In fact, it is possible to die from a toxic colon. The medical condition is called autointoxication and the person literally dies because their body accumulated too much waste matter.

Colon cleansers are generally safe. In the initial days of using them, it’s possible to have a little diarrhea as the body is clearing itself of the toxic fecal matter. This should stop within a few days. You’ll be amazed at how great you feel when all that old matter is gone, and surprised about how easy it is to eat healthy foods afterward. It’s as if all the toxins in the old fecal matter prevented you from eating junk food.

Try a good colon cleanse and evaluate its health benefits today!

“Health is wealth”—though this is an age-old saying, it holds good even today. Undeniably, health is one of the most indispensable assets in life! You might possess all other forms of wealth, but to enjoy them you need to be healthy and lead a disease-free life. The best medicine is no medicine. You could prevent the many diseases by performing a body cleanse. What type of body cleanse have you tried with success?

Roger Asmus entered a fitness competition and won the Mr. Teenage Colorado in 1991. He was later named Mr. Mile High in 1996 and achieved his dream when he was proudly awarded the title of Mr. Natural Colorado in 1998. Roger has been highly sought after as a model and authority in the fitness world, appearing in national news and magazines sources. Roger is currently one of the top personal trainers in the country and is president of Core Health Innovations™.




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