Detox Planning & Steps

For Contamination by Aluminum Oxide - Aluminum in Food, Water and Drugs - Heavy Metals & Other Toxins

Be sure to read the disclaimer and cautions, on the detox intro page before proceeding here.

While removing unhealthy metals and other toxins from your body may seem like a no-brainer, your efforts may backfire if you don’t do your homework. Toxins released from one part of your body, for instance, may find a way to bypass elimination and hole-up in some other, harder-to-reach place.  Even worse, if your liver or kidneys are not in the best shape to begin with, or too many toxins get sent their way in a short period of time, it’s possible to damage those organs. So proceed with caution and learn everything you can about the process.

As most nutritionists like to remind their clients, detoxification is a marathon, not a sprint. Unless the contamination is acute and calls for emergency medical intervention (i.e. chelation therapy), you really shouldn't push it. Too many health and fitness websites post articles singing the praises of a detox food or supplement, without providing any supporting info on contra-indications and other things you need to do, like drink a lot of water. Another important tip: Start a detox when you're feeling relatively healthy, not when you're feeling ill or rundown.

Obviously, if you never feel healthy or have energy, you should find a health care provider to diagnose what's going on. Then he or she can tailor a plan that fits your situation. Also keep in mind that miracle cures you read about or hear discussed on TV shows rarely work as described. Don't take the bait. Spend the extra time to do your due diligence.

Detoxification Steps

Here’s a basic strategy to help you get started in formulating a detox and recovery solution, schedule or program:

1. Read up or get a consulation. Learn about toxins and how your body eliminates them. Of course, perusing a couple articles online or watching Dr. Oz won't give you the training you need to adequately diagnose problems and address them. Rather, you must read an entire book on the subject. The fifth edition of Phyllis Bach’s Prescription for Nutritional Healing might be a good place to start.  This 800-page compilaton explains essential nutrients, chelating agents (which remove toxins) and disorders (such as cancer and heavy metals contamination) that are relevant to detox.

But don't stop there. The science and threats are always changing, and this book, though detailed and well-written, is out of date. Other good books include Paul Pitchford's Healing With Whole Foods, Sally Fallon's Nourishing Traditions, and Catharine Shanahan's Deep Nutrition. CAUTION: Be wary of titles that lean too heavily on guidelines from the FDA and other government agencies. That's because those agencies have a long rap sheet for disseminate inaccurate recommendations. The FDA, for one, still classifies aluminum as GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe), and doesn't require food manufacturers to do any testing before including it as an ingredient in food or medicine.

Also be sure to read up on human physiology. Understanding how the body's detox system works is critical. You'll soon discover that exercise, sleep and good nutrition contribute mightily to the end game.  

2. Assess your personal situation.  Ideally, you'll want to talk to a physician. And if he or she isn’t knowledgeable (or interested) in nutritional healing, look for another expert.  This might be a nutritionist, naturopath or nurse practitioner.  Some Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM) practitioners – otherwise known as acupuncturists – also set up detox programs for their patients.

This assessment should include an exam or other diagnostic procedure that will tangibly identify not only any toxins in your body, but deficiencies in minerals, vitamins, proteins, healthy fats, pro-biotics, enzymes and anti-oxidants. Before you implement a detox program, you and your practicioner need to make sure your on-board supply of each item is accounted for. (For more info, see Building Your Natural Defenses.)

3. Although it can cost a lot of money, you should get tested for metals if you think you're suffering from some type of contamination. While getting conventional blood, stool or urine tests can be helpful in this regard, a hair mineral tissue analysis (HMTA) is nowadays considered the tried and true way to find out if metals are a problem.

Be sure to find a lab (either locally or online) that knows what it’s doing.  You may also have to decide which metals to test for, since there might be a separate charge per metal. To give you a better idea of what HMTA is all about, visit the website of Analytical Research Labs in Arizona. This site provides a FAQ page that answers common questions about the procedure.

You may also consider having the soil around your home (or rainwater) tested for aluminum to see if chemtrail fallout or other sources of contamination are present.

4. Adjust your eating and cooking habits. Correctly preparing healthy, whole foods is an important way to prevent toxic metals, carcinogens, micro-organisms and other pathogens from getting lodged into your body. No one should rely on supplements for the long haul, since food provides a better balance of nutrients and the right chemistry for metabolic process. As you read the other web pages in this guide, you'll get some basic info on which foods help build your body's natural defenses, as well as those foods that help dislodge and/or eliminate toxins.

Once you're up to speed on the ways and means of a good diet, the next step is to look for recipes that incorporate recommended foods and cooking methods. Undoubtedly, there's a lot of work to do here, but eventually, your new diet will become second nature and preparing meals will become routine. Whatever you do, don't stop eating. After all, the first three letters in the word Diet are D-I-E. Unless a competent physician tells you do do so, never stop eating as a means of detoxing or losing weight. Being under-nourished makes you vulnerable to infection and disease, and provides toxins with more places to take up residence internaly.

5. Devise a detox game plan and schedule. Unless you’re under the dirction of a competent health care provider, you'll have to do this task yourself. Warm weather months are generally better for detox because you can eat lots of nutrient-rich, raw foods and drink plenty of liquids in order to flush out toxic materials. In cold weather, it's paramount that you stay warm by eating cooked foods and keeping the detox efforts to a minimum.

6. Be sure to monitor the progress of your detox closely.  Create worksheets on your computer or with a pencil so you can track the supplements you take everyday. If your body reacts negatively to a supplement or chelating food, you should stop taking it.  Of course, it’s possible that the ill feeling reflects the passage of toxins through your digestive system, bloodstream or other organs, and is no big deal.  But you won’t be able to make that determination on your own.  Pick up the phone or get in your car and drive to your doctor’s office (or the emergency room, if necessary).  Ask your health care provider for help in sorting out what’s going on before you resume the detox.

7. Explore and utilize other healing modes . It's not just the body that fends off disease and eliminates toxins. Your mind and spirit must also be nourished and strengthened. When you can achieve a peacefulness, relaxation and harmony, the unseen energy passing through your body will enhance all other health care efforts. In this regard, you may find books like Anodea Judith's Wheels of Life and The Sevenfold Journey especially helpful. Herb therapy is another easy and affordable option to help you stay on track. Make sure you get plenty of sleep each night, take time to relax and breathe easy, exercise regularly (both aerobic and anaerobic), get outdoors and in the sunlight, travel to pleasurable places, enjoy time with friends and family, and meditate or think about where you are in your life today and where you'd like to be tomorrow.

Cautions - Please Read

Avoid fasting or dieting during a detox (as explained above).

Do not consume a food or supplement every day for an indefinite time period.  You may develop a sensitivity to it, which is similar to an allergic reaction but not as easy to detect.  Indigestion, bloating or a headache may indicate sensitivity. Also, many supplements should not be used on a long-term basis, so be sure to check for time limits.

Give your body time to recharge before and after a detox.  Unless your natural defenses are in tip-top shape, they may not be able to keep up with the workload generated by the detoxing agents you're using. Don't overtax your kidneys and liver! Consider postponing a detox when you're feeling sick or rundown.

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