Detox Myths and Facts

surpried young ladyThe Newspaper headline was clear – “Facts don’t support Detox diets”!

Apparently the thousands of people reading Natural Detox Blog are wrong and the people buying my wonderful Detox Books on Kindle – they are wrong too!

Yes it’s the usual story. A slow news day prompts a journalist to publish something that really belongs in the waste paper basket…..

The opening sentence is a sweetie, “The desire to rid the body of fat and suspected toxin so often ends up putting the body through torturous fasts and consumption of strange liquids.” ( My emphasis). Tortuous? Strange?

Really? Often?

Well they have passed me by then!

Fasts whether they be “tortuous” or not are not part of any Detox programme I have either recommended or tried. Fasting is a part of many religious traditions – Lent is a reminder of that. And that is where fasts belong in my view.

But the modern science of detox is based on research arising from amino acid metabolism and new knowledge of the biochemistry of the liver. And much other basic physiology as well!

I guess that the Doctors and Dieticians who claim that there is no scientific backing for Detox have not read these Physiology discoveries and are not keeping up to date?

Strange Liquids?

Well that would be the Green smoothies I suppose. To a journalist who keeps alive by drinking 20 cups of coffee a day and exists on Pizza and fries, a healthy and delish Detox drink would be weird beyond words and certain evidence of your “strangeness”.

Clearly people who pop some green leaves into a juicer together with a few carrots and maybe a cube of root ginger are strange. Using organic produce would confirm your”strange” status to these “experts”.

“The Body Detoxes Itself”

This is the usual claim and a common refrain of these”Detox Deniers”. It is true that the body and the liver in particular has detox systems.It is these detox systems that naturopathic doctors are helping with their Detox Programmes.

And it is these natural detox systems of the body which are scuppered and blocked by our nutrient deprived food, our massive industrial pollution of the environment and our modern stress dominated life styles.

pictued of a surprised llama It is precisely because we live in a chemical soup of fire retardant mist from upholstery, phthalates from plastics, out gassing from painted wood and walls, chemical sprays from non organic food and vehicle exhaust fumes – to mention just a few of the modern industrial toxins we are assaulted by day and night that we need to detox!

Anybody that claims we do not need to detox knows as much about detox as this llama does.

Cute llama eh?

What do you think?



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Alex Newell ND

I'm Alex Newell and I am a Physicist who retrained as an Osteopath and Naturopath when my own health began to decline in my 30's. In fact I kept training and asking questions and began writing books and blogging over the last few years. The purpose of this blog, is to help those with an interest in Natural Health Care to improve their health and detox and chelate industrial chemicals out of the brain and body in a safe and effective way. Please feel free to ask questions and contact me

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