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Toxins in Your Teeth ?

If like most of us you have Mercury Fillings – also known as Silver fillings or "Amalgam" then you too have Toxins in your teeth. Mercury really is a neurotoxin and studies have shown that it leaks out of teeth – especially when we chew.

That the mercury they use is toxic has been denied by Dentists for decades. How they managed to do this and not get "regulated" by Government Health and Safety legislation is complex but it does not detract from the simple truth.

Mercury is toxic.

Dentists are putting it in fillings.

That needs to stop.

Removal of these toxic fillings is not an easy task but one that must be done with great care by a specialist Dentist. Otherwise it can cause you excessive exposure to the entire toxic load of the teeth concerned in a way that might cause great damage.

Yes you can detox after wards but the removal must be handled with great care and following very special protocols. 

There is a consumer group which you can turn to for support because this is a BIG issue!


Detoxing Your Body

thick black oil on skinDetoxing is a natural and normal activity of the liver and of other organs and systems in the body. This means that when we wish to detoxify our body we need to take a look at how the body detoxes naturally and then do what we can to assist that process.

Some people think because we detox naturally we don't need to do any detoxing ourselves. This is like saying that because we eat naturally that we don't need to learn to cook! The "detox deniers", as I call them, ignore the flood of toxins in our environment too!

A Few More Detox Myths…..

Before we get going on how to detoxify I want to take a swipe at some commonly recycled nonsense about detox. There are lots of people and websites telling you to detox just by doing one easy thing – it might be a juice, a smoothie or a pill.

The truth is that…..Detox is not a quick and easy 2 or 3 day wonder!

A weekend of enjoying some green smoothies and salads is cool and it may help you to improve your health and clear the cobwebs away but it is not a complete detox programme!

Detoxing Your Body is not about Weight loss or slimming either. In all my training I never came across any clear connection between detoxing and weight loss or slimming.

The slimming and weight loss claims come from people who want to make a fortune from selling slimming plans and products.

Another thing…Detox is not about drinking 8 glasses of water a day either!

What is the connection between detox and water?  Very little, really. Drinking water will not detox you and does not "flush toxins away".

Anybody who tells you that drinking litres or glasses of water will flush toxins out of your system is a twerp.

I assume that you drink water every day anyhow. If it was this easy nobody would need detox

So having done a little "myth busting" let's be positive and give you some action tips for you to use.

Detoxing Your Body

First step– for the time you are detoxing you pay special attention to what you eat and drink. In particular sugar and additives in food and drinks will act against your detox, so it's best to avoid them. Avoid coffee for your detox and just replace it with some calming herb teas.

Instead of sugar use a substitute like Stevia or xylitol. I know it sounds like it is some chemical sweetener but it comes from the bark of a tree. it is not just natural but it helps to keep your intestines clean like the fibre in food does. It also helps to make your gums and teeth healthy.

Second Step– notice the weather. In hot weather your detox diet may focus on salads and easy to digest foods such as brown rice and quinoa or millet along with vegetables.

In cold weather focus more on hot soups and only eat salads if it feels right. If you follow an artificial detox diet and ignore the weather and your feelings you end up fighting your body and not detoxing it.

Third Step- to really detox you need a Detox Formula to help you. To deal with the unnatural flood of industrial toxins we need extra amounts of amino acids, vitamins and minerals found in a well formulated Detox Formula or programme.

Some formulas focus specially on the liver; some focus on the kidneys and others act on the colon. Some include a little bit of all 3 of these and act generally on the body.

They all have their place and may be just what you need at any particular time

Fourth Step

Detox is helped by exercise too. It is not just about taking detox supplements. Walking and yoga will help the lymphatic system to move and flush and circulate. There is also a special type of massage known as lymphatic massage which is designed to help circulation and even ordinary massage is useful to some extent.

A few minutes in a sauna will also help your body detoxify.

You can do this any time you want and for as long as you want. If you are doing a short detox then you may be more restrictive on your food choices but do bear in mind your normal state of health. If you are poorly or hypoglycaemic then be gentle with yourself and avoid juicing sugary fruits like pineapple and watermelon.

Detox is part of a healing cycle not a form of punishment. Why not have fun along with your detox? Preparing for it and getting the produce you need before you start will help and detoxing your body along with a Detox Buddy is a great support.

If well planned there will be very little "side effects" such as headaches and do take vitamin C right through your detox. How much is hard to say but 2 grams would be quite a small dose even for normal daily use and I would take more during a detox.

If you have any real doubts on how to apply detox principle yourself it's best to sort them out with your local naturopath; for general questions ask below in the comment section and also take a look at my Detox Book on Kindle

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Healthy Cookware – How to Choose Non-toxic Cookware

healthy food but is the cookware healthy too?In the same way that all food should be safe food, all cookware should be safe too.

The possibility that toxins from a pan are getting into my food or the food of anyone I cook for gives me the horrors. But the fact is that some pans are toxic and some cookware is safe or at least safer.

So I want to lay out some basic advice so that you can look at the pans and other cookware you use and make your own mind up about what is best for you and your family.

Cookware may be made from many different materials. Some of the materials that pans are made of may be toxic and some of the coatings on the pans are toxic too.

The traditional material for pans is cast iron and other metals like aluminium, stainless steel and copper follow along.

Then various coatings appear on the metal surface of the pan. The non-stick polymers and ceramics appear and make cleaning easier.

And then glass and ceramic cookware gives us more choices.

Toxic Cookware 

The first material that rang the alarm bell for me was aluminium. These pans are shiny like we expect metal to be and feel very light in the hand. Sadly the aluminium in the pan seeps into food and this soft and light metal can find its way into the brain. Alzheimers patients have been found to have aluminium in the nerve tangles that are found in their brains. And we are not saying that it causes the disease but it is still worrying.

Recommendation – throw all aluminum pans away as soon as you can.

Stainless steel is often chosen instead. It is usually shinier than aluminium and feels heavier too. It is much safer although it must be admitted that some of the steel can seep into the food. This is a personal call and I do not feel worried about the tiny risk from stainless steel. Maybe because I am used to it – this was my Mother's fave material for pans!

Cast Iron

And this was mine for several years. To be exact I bought Le Creuset Pans for my first home. This is a serious outlay but I had a new credit card so what the heck! They were seriously classy and seriously heavy too. Le Creuset pans are coated with a creamy ceramic layer and so the normal process of iron leeching into the food which you would expect in cast iron cookware does not occur. 

What is Healthy Cookware?

Simply really, healthy cookware does not seep into the food and does not release toxic gases as the food cooks. 

You can spend ages researching this or just take a pragmatic view and a best guess. I've done the latter and use cast iron, stainless steel and Le Creuset pans I've acquired over the years.

The only pans I would not use are aluminium whether they are ordinary saucepans or frying pans. Recently when I bought a wok I had to search extensively to find one that was not "polluted" as I regard it, with a non-stick coating. 

I hate washing up as much as any man but a coating that gives off a toxic gas should not really be on sale in my view.

If you simply want to find the best cookware then go for ceramic and treat it carefully!

What't your fave material for cookware?

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Is the Acai Berry Detox a Breakthrough Technique or a Super Scam?

bolw of black acai berriesUsed by Amazonian villagers as a traditional food the Acai Berry burst upon the World in 2004 in a blaze of publicity. As a Naturopath and Nutritionist I have a wide knowledge of plants and foods and that includes berries but I had never heard of this Acai Berry or the Acai Berry Detox and did not even know how to pronounce it at first!

What we did not know back then is that multilevel marketing companies had Acai Berry products and were energetically promoting them.

A similar marketing craze happened for Guarana too –marketed as  "The Power of the Amazon"!

Well it worked and a kind of "Acai craze" or "Acai fever" swept across not just the health supplement world but right across the front pages of newspapers and magazines and onto TV.

Somehow the Acai berry got mixed up in weight loss formulas and in Detox methods!

So in spite of all that we still want to know if the Acai is a superfood or a marketing invention?

Let's push all the advertising to one side and look inside the berry shall we….. 

Acai berries have

  • 1 to 4% Protein
  • 7 to 11% Fats
  • 25% Sugar

Turning now to the fat and oil content of the Acai we find…

  • oleic oil 56.1%
  • Palmitic oil 24.1%
  • linoleic oil 12.5%

And looking deeper in to the acai we find a whole slew of natural molecules that we get in other fruit such as anthocyanins, epicatechins, Ellagic acid and ferulic acid amongst others.

Sorry for the gobbledegook but plants have many complex and powerful molecules and they mostly have complex sounding names!

So far, so good. All these ingredients are good and tell us that we have a healthy fruit which may be a superfood as we look deeper and learn more about it.

Anthocyanins have antioxidant power although it must be said that those in Acai seem to be very fragile and may not survive food processing and getting them to market. This is a minus point for Acai.

Epicatichins we find in teas and Ellagic acid is one of the powerful agents in Raspberries and suggests a significant anti-cancer action. That's 2 plus points right there.

On the data I've seen, when Acai berries are tested for anti-oxidant power against other healthy fruit they average out.

Null points!

They have little vitamin C but studies depend on using a standard source of Acai juice and some tests are on commercial products of unknown contents.

Conclusions and Questions

Frankly I don't know enough to say how good Acai is for detox or weight loss on the data I have seen so far but I would happily use it and consume it like any other berry.

Is Acai good for you?

Yes I have no doubt of that – look at the protein, the oils and the natural molecules.

Is it a superfood?

Um, not sure right now. Compared to Raspberries, Olives, Grapes?

Will it help me Detox?

Only as part of a professionally designed Detox Programme! There is nothing special about acai itself that makes it effective at detox. So the publicity on acai berry detox is probably overblown

Will it help me lose Weight?

I see no reason to advise it as part of weight loss Programme but my specialty is Detox and Weight loss is something else entirely and depends on you having balanced hormones, following a healthy diet and doing some exercise too.

I need to dig deeper into the data and get clearer on how good this berry really is – one thing for sure there are many weight loss products that mix acai and various appetite suppressants together and make great claims.

Acai by itself is arguably a superfood that is, it is very nutritious but by itself does not do much to enable Detox or weight loss.

I know we all want to be able to lose weight and really we don't want to change our diet much or exercise. We'd like to imagine that a cool exotic product from a remote region of the earth can burst upon us and miraculously make us lose weight or toxins.

But wake up – because all that is a dream. You can make a difference to your health and energy by using proper detox techniques and that will take some effort and grit.

You will need to eat better and acai berries might be part of a better diet. But a magic pill – whether it is called a weight loss pill or an acai berry detox is not going to make much difference to you.

A lot of advertising people and pill companies have made a lot of money on the backs of the publicity they created and a lot of customers have been scammed.

 Read more here at Netmoms

 So if you see some Acai berries at the supermarket alongside the raspberries and grapes then try some but I would not sign up to an online free trial offer with an unknown company.

 If you are determined to try Acai as part of weight loss or Detox then take the precaution of buying from a trustworthy company such as Amazon and do not order more than 1 bottle whatever incentives you see.

 And please if you have any experience with Acai please chime in in the comment section below and let your friends know about this post-it could save them some grief!

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Are Detox Foot Patches the Easy Way to Detox?

In a controversial area such as detox this is probably the most controversial method that I have ever seen. Detox foot patches also called detox foot pads are fitted to the soles of your feet as you sleep overnight.

When the pads are removed in the morning they are claimed to have absorbed toxins from your body. They are often found to be smelly and discoloured.

You will find a lot of mixed opinions on this. Certainly the procedure is effortlessly easy and rather unlikely to me at least as a detox technique.

But this is something we would all love to be effective!

After all who wants to drink green juices for months or drink a mix of psyllium husks with water as part of a colon cleanse or take our Milk Thistle and Dandelion herbal teas and tinctures for a liver detox if all we needed to do was…..go to sleep with a foot patch on and wake up detoxed!

So what's going on? Is this real or is it a gimmick?

Well the foot patches are not a recent fad. They have been around for 4 years at least and are not to be confused with the foot pads used by Podiatrists and Chiropractors when they are working to support our humdrum foot problems like fallen arches, corns and walking difficulties.

There are several brands of detox foot patch –Kinoki, Chikusaku, Takara to name a few. All are claiming that the pads or patches detox the body but where is the proof they claim to have?

The finding that the detox foot pads pads are smelly and stained in the morning means very little. Toxins such as heavy metals or "gender bending" environmental estrogens can hardly be expected to produce such an effect and there are little to no other facts or tests to look at despite the claims.

Scientific claims that I cannot check or verify in some way are simply not believable.

A few years ago some scientists made claims that energy was being produced by a battery cell device they constructed and that the energy produced was nuclear energy.

This claim that "cold nuclear fusion" was occurring caused a huge ruckus and many experimental groups tried to check the results. After a while it seemed that the whole thing was hoopla. No solid results could be found to support the claims.

My position is that it is fine to talk about detox and traditional Chinese or Oriental medicine but when push comes to shove there is no proof for detox by foot pad and we are all left looking at testimonials and wondering if there is anything real?

Detox is a real and valid proccess and set of procedures to eliminate toxins from the liver and from the fat cells of your body and all this can be measured and verified.

But if health claims are made but not backed up and no proof is forth coming even after multiple challenges then we can just smile and get on with the rest of our day…..

:- )

Unless I can see some scientific experimental laboratory proof I'll regard detox foot patches as "pending validation" at best and an outright scam at worst.

Second thoughts

Putting herbal and other medical ingredients on a cloth / patch / pad is what a poultice is and people have been using herbal poultices for centuries.

Suppose we just forget the word "detox" here and regard these foot patches in the same way we look at foot baths and other topical treatments?

We may find that some of these "foot poultices" have genuine therapeutic effect and an effect that is not connected to detox at all.

Have you any experience of any these Detox foot products? Please share your experience or point of view in the comments section below…..

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