Detox – why? how?
We live in a toxic world. Get used to it. Do not be afraid. The answer is to detox yourself daily, gently, via your food, consciously choosing what you eat and what you do not eat. Your health depends on it. Environmental toxins are not limited to poisonous mushrooms and snake venom.
You may think that the toxins in your air, water, and food are present in such minute quantities that they cannot damage your health. This may be true for you today, but toxins can bio-accumulate in your body over your lifetime. They may also interact. You may become toxic without knowing it.
Unfortunately, the daily newspapers, television, and internet are full of frightening stories about toxins in the environment without practical tips about how to detoxify yourself. Recently, the World Health Organization of the United Nations reported the risk and exposure to air pollution, particularly in the cities. According to Dr. Joe Mercola, teenage psychosis has been linked to air pollution. According to a recent report by the Health Effects Institute, ninety percent of the world’s population lives in areas where air pollution is deemed unsafe by the World Health Organization (WHO). This is nothing new. In 1926, Dr. J.H Tilden MD published Toxemia Explained – the true interpretation of the cause of disease. According to Dr. Tilden, toxemia (chronic toxicity) can cause certain symptoms in one person and other symptoms in another person. In the cities in ancient times, they reported daily exposure to air pollution. If you fly on airplanes, you are probably exposed to “bleed air“, which is contaminated with the exhaust of the airplane engine. Again, this is not to frighten you, but to prompt you to wake up and be aware.
Also, be aware that the question of what is toxic or dangerous to your health is a political football. Some things are prohibited in some countries but not in others.
Sources of environmental toxins
The main sources and specific environmental toxins today are from:
- air, such as sulfur dioxide, lead, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and particulates,
- water, such as chlorine, flouride, agricultural runoff, petrochemical residues, and pathogens,
- food, such as twelve food additives to avoid, and pesticides,
- other sources, including household cleaning products, furniture, paint, construction materials, plastic packaging, fuels, and cosmetic products.
Depending on individuals and their vulnerability, the most damaging environmental toxins can be:
- heavy metals, such as cadmium, lead, mercury, arsenic, barium, strontium, and aluminum,
- any of the eighty thousand environmental chemicals in circulation, most of which have never been tested for toxicity, including artificial pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, fertilizers, food additives, petroleum derivatives, and household chemicals,
- mold and fungus often found in old buildings, basements, and unventilated spaces, and
- electromagnetic fields from wireless communications, such as Wifi and 5G (millimeter wave frequencies).
Again, environmental toxins can accumulate in the body over a lifetime. They can interact with each other. The signs and symptoms of the total toxic burden vary from person to person. Similarly, susceptibility to one or another type of toxin varies from one person to another. You may be more able to detoxify yourself of certain toxins, even pesticides, depending on your liver, kidneys, lungs, and skin.
You can find a list of toxins on the CDC (Center for Disease Control) website. These toxins are present in very minute quantities, but to repeat, they can bio-accumulate in your blood, tissues, organs, and bones over a lifetime. They can also interact with each other in unpredictable ways. To protect your health and the health of your loved ones, you can:
- inform yourself of the local, possibly household, exposure,
- think about how to reduce the exposure,
- talk about it, and then act.
These ideas and methods for detoxification refer to the books by Drs. Susan Richard, Sidney Baker, and Sherry Rogers. Many others have researched and written on this subject. Pubmed is a database of published scientific studies. It lists tens of thousands studies about heavy metal toxicity. A scientific committee of the European Union reports on environmental toxins. Be aware that cosmetic products also contain toxic additives.
Again, do not be afraid. Each and every one of us was born with organs for detoxification – the liver, the kidneys, the lungs, and the skin. These organs are larger or stronger, depending on the individual. You can also eat certain foods that are known to prompt you to excrete toxins or to strengthen one or another of these organs, even accounting for individual variations. If your digestion is healthy, you can usually excrete most if not all of the toxins you absorb from your air, water, and food.
Besides pesticides, preservatives, food coloring, emulsifiers, and artificial flavors, the food supply and industrial food are often contaminated with various additives, including:
- nitrates, used to preserve processed meats but also known to be carcinogenic,
- aspartame, an artificial sweetener and known carcinogen,
- monosodium glutamate, which is used to enhance the fifth taste of food after sweet, sour, salt, and bitter, often used in prepared Chinese food, also known as hydrolyzed soy protein, soy isolates, autolyzed yeast extract, and can cause weight gain, brain damage, liver inflammation and liver cancer,
- processed oils, such as canola, corn oil, soybean oil, sunflower oil, all of which have been heated and treated to extend their shelf life, but de-natured, depleted of nutrients, and capable of causing inflammation of your digestive system, and
- industrially processed white foods, such as bread, rice, pasta, sugar, and flour, all of which can cause inflammation of your digestive system.
Dr. Anne Zauder of the Riordan Clinic describes food additives to avoid in this eighty-seven minute video (starts at 1:18). Ramanjaneyulu warns us to be aware of the food chain, poisons in the food, and what is possible in this seventeen-minute video. Some foods and food additives are banned in some countries but not in others. Some food is adulterated.
Also, be aware that raw or treated sewage, referred to as “biosolids”, is applied to agricultural land in some countries.
Many indoor areas have mold. It is often not as easy to detect as mold on food.
Mold is a problem in many homes, but many people are unaware of the problem. Of course, everyone looks at the shower curtain, under the sink, or in the basement when they think about mold, but mold can grow just about anywhere. You could be one of the many people unknowingly living or working in a water damaged building, and it may be dramatically affecting your health unknown to you. There are one thousand types of mold that can be found growing in the modern building. These indoor air pollutants and their toxins may be contributing to pain and suffering.
Another common source of mold exposure can come from many different foods. Plant-based foods are especially moldy, because the earth is so full of mold spores, and the wind carries these spores high up into the trees. Packaged foods are also commonly contaminated with mold as sealing them can lock in moisture, which can precipitate mold growth. Some of these molds are known as aflatoxins, which can be found even in small quantities, on healthy fresh fruit and vegetables. Mold is also commonly found in dried fruit, unpeeled fruits, unpeeled potatoes, tea, coffee, orange juice, alcoholic beverages, nuts, peanut butter, popcorn, corn chips, crackers, cereal, bread, pasta, maple syrup, honey, and brown rice.
Dr. Richard Shoemaker, MD, studied mold, which he called “biotoxins”, and their ability to cause illness. You can find details of his research on SurvivingMold.com
As Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD, points out, heavy metals can cause chronic diseases. “In the late phase of the Roman Empire it was considered a privilege of the fat cats to drink out of lead cups, and many of the water lines in the city of Rome were made out of lead pipes. It took several hundred years before the physicians of their time established the link between mental illness and the contamination of the drinking water with lead. In the 1700s the use of mercury for the treatment of both acute and chronic infections gained favor, and again it took decades before the neurotoxic and immunosuppressive effects of mercury were well documented within the medical community.”
If you look up in the sky on a clear day, even in a remote area, you may see long man-made persistent clouds trailing after airplanes. These are not from commercial aircraft and their condensation trails, which evaporate as rapidly as the exhaust is diffused and the moist air becomes dry again. These persistent trails may be a product of geoengineering programs already acknowledged by some governments and academics often with the claim to “reduce solar radiation” and “offset global warming”. Some of these programs are known as stratospheric aerosol injection or solar radiation management via atmospheric aerosols. These artificial clouds may contain aluminum, barium, strontium, nanoparticles, and other toxic substances that can fall to earth and contaminate you and me. This has been measured privately by concerned citizen scientists? Open your eyes and do your own research.
This is not wild-eyed speculation nor some woo-woo theory. For details, watch What in the World Are They Spraying? and Why in the World are They Spraying? Be aware enough to ask questions. Aluminum is a common element in the earth’s crust, but it is usually found in an organic form bound to carbon and elements. This makes it easier to excrete. Aluminum from geoengineering or from aluminum pots and pans is free and not bound to carbon. It is neurotoxic in minute quantities. Protect yourself. You can use silica, even in the form of tea of the herb horsetail, to remove aluminum from the body.
Be aware that if you have any fillings in your teeth, then these fillings, which are often called “amalgam” or “silver” fillings, in fact contain about fifty percent mercury. It is bound to the other metals, such as silver, copper, and tin, to form the amalgam. Over your lifetime, this mercury can slowly leak out of these fillings and accumulate in your tissues, organs, and bones. This is a controversial subject among some dentists. Dentists are the largest users of mercury, but some dentists are becoming mercury-free. Outside of your mouth, these fillings are handled as if they are toxic waste. How does having them in your mouth make them less toxic? Do not be afraid. Do your own research. Replacing your mercury fillings is possible, but the procedure is not without risks. The process of removal can release mercury vapors. Choose a biological dentist. Ask them what is their experience replacing mercury fillings. How do they protect themselves and their patients from exposure during the removal? For example, how do they vent their clinic, and how do they dispose of water and the toxic waste? What material do they use for the replacement fillings? Some people are more able to detoxify themselves than others. One simple way to start to detoxify yourself is to stop smoking tobacco, a source of cadmium.
Electromagnetic frequencies (EMF)
Your body is electric. They measure this with heart monitors, brain scans, and other devices. Some electromagnetic frequencies are natural and harmless, even therapeutic, coming from the cosmos and from the vibrations of the earth (Schumann frequency). Not all frequencies are beneficial.
Beware of possible possible risks of electromagnetic frequencies of Wifi and other wireless networks, such as 5G. The keywords are non-thermal “biological effects” and “millimeter wave frequencies“. Electrosensitivity was observed and reported as early as 1932 by Erwin Schliephake, a German doctor who referred to the condition as “microwave sickness” or “radio wave sickness”. The Russian government has sponsored research into the biological effects of electromagnetic frequencies for many years. Dr. Olle Johansson, a neuroscientist with the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm Sweden, has also researched the effects of electromagnetic frequencies for years.
In his book, “The Invisible Rainbow: A History of Electricity and Life“, Arthur Firstenberg describes the history of electricity from an environmental point of view. Injured by x-ray radiation as a medical student, Firstenberg became sensitive to electrical devices and certain electrical fields. He researched the risks and damage of electricity to electrically sensitive individuals. He healed himself. From his website, “The assumption of safety, and the conviction that electricity has nothing to do with life, are by now so entrenched in the human psyche that new research, and testimony by those who are being injured, are not enough to change the course that society has set. Two increasingly isolated worlds—that inhabited by the majority, who embrace new electrical technology without question, and that inhabited by a growing minority, who are fighting for survival in an electrically polluted environment—no longer even speak the same language.“
Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt MD describes the risks of EMF in this thirty-seven minute video here. Some people may be more electrosensitive than others. In a similar way, some people are more vulnerable to tobacco smoke than others. Other people smoke tobacco and live to be one hundred. More than a thousand studies have been published about the biological effects of electromagnetic fields.
The risk of electromagnetic frequencies goes beyond the heat of the phone on your head. The newer “5G” networks could increase the exposure. Are there safety studies of this millimeter wave technology? If so, where are they? Martin Pall and other researchers have found that the high frequencies open your cells and let more calcium inside your cells. This can disturb the necessary intracellular magnesium and potassium balance. This is not to frighten you nor to make a political statement, but to make you aware and to prompt you to minimize your exposure. Alternatives are available in the form of wired internet, wire telephones, and fiber optics.
There is much controversy about the possible risks of millimeter wave frequencies. Even wireless operators and manufacturers recognize the financial risk to them of possible public health risks in warnings to their shareholders. No insurance company will underwrite this risk. Do not believe anybody who tells you that “there are no studies”. This means that they have not read them. If you look for them, you find studies that were done years ago. Do your own research, and think for yourself. One place to start is the book by Devra Davis, “Disconnect: The Truth about Cell Phone Radiation“. Dr. Davis presents her view of the truth about mobile phone and wireless radiation. She points out that lead in fuel, asbestos, vinyl chloride, and flame retardants were all rolled out before safety testing. Concern about the biological effects of wireless devices is not new. For details, read “Cellular Telephone Russian Roulette” by Robert Kane, an engineer with Motorola. Also, be aware that certain frequencies are used by the military for crowd control.
How to reduce your exposure
One simple precaution is to turn your wireless phone off at night or at least keep it outside your bedroom at night. Avoid DECT (cordless) phones in your home. Other tips to reduce your exposure to electromagnetic frequencies in the bedroom are here. Various doctors have found that grounding, such as walking barefoot, particularly outside, can offset electrosensitivity. Also, if you work in an office or at home, it is usually easy enough to use wired phones and wired internet connections (Ethernet). Various suppliers offer curtains, clothing, and other material that is intended to block certain frequencies. Are these effective? I do not know.
Nobody has more interest in your health and longevity than you do. Protecting yourself is the first answer, but if you see the potential risk of 5G (milliimeter wave frequencies), then local political action is possible. For example, the local authorities in Brussels, Belgium, in response to local political pressure and concerns about chronic public health, have blocked the rollout of 5G in the Brussels region. Note that blocking 5G is not related to the controversy about who supplies 5G network equipment. Blocking 5G blocks all suppliers. The local authorities in other cities are starting to push back against 5G being imposed on them by national authorities. These cities include Rome, Italy and Geneva, Switzerland. In general, this website avoids politics, so again, do your own research, and think for yourself.
Consider not using a microwave oven.
Most of all, do not be afraid. Open your eyes. Ask questions. Do your own research. The keywords are “millimeter wave frequencies” and “biological effects”. Take Back Your Power is an excellent documentary about “smart meters” by Joshua del Sol. Professor Olle Johansson of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden warns about the health effects of electromagnetic fields. Do you live near a wireless telephone tower, or was a tower recently installed near your home or office? Consult a map of installed cell towers here. Some materials are available in the form of curtains that can block 5G frequencies. Protect yourself and your loved ones. Devra David PhD, MPH questions the safety of mobile phone and wireless radiation. Dr. Joe Mercola describes exposure to electromagnetic frequencies and his tips to reduce it. If you are curious about the scientific studies go to the EMF portal, a database of research. This database is referred to by the WHO and compiled by the University of Aachen, Germany. Besides electromagnetic frequencies, be aware of other Wifi risks. Be aware that susceptibility and vulnerability to millimeter wave frequencies is individual. In other words, some people are more electrosensitive than others. If you are generally healthy, then you may be able to insulate yourself internally from the effects of exposure to these frequencies on you. Again, do not expect anybody else to be as concerned about your health as you are.
Let us be skeptical of the skeptics.
One point of view is that millimeter wave frequencies found in emissions by Wifi and 5G equipment can only be harmful, if they burn the skin. According to this point of view, the only biological effects are thermal. Be skeptical. Certain frequencies have effects beyond the thermal, but again some people are more electrosensitive than others. The possible dangers of wireless frequencies are described in We Are the Evidence. Another relevant website is powerwatch.org.uk A revealing film is “5G Apocalypse – The Extinction Event“. Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt MD, an expert on heavy metals, electromagnetic frequencies, and detox describes heavy metal detox in this two-hour video. According to Dr. Klinghardt, heavy metals in the body act as micro-antenna for millimeter wave frequencies. If you remove heavy metals from your body, you can reduce your sensitivity to millimeter wave frequencies, again according to Dr. Klinghardt.
Again, not all electromagnetic frequencies are harmful nor represent a chronic risk. There is a spectrum, only part of which is detected by the human eye. For example, in moderation the rays of the sun prompt you to produce your own vitamin D, using the cholesterol in your skin. In his book, “The Body Electric“, Dr. Robert Becker MD describes healing people of severe wounds, using slight currents of electricity. Dr. Royal Rife, PhD and Dr. Hulda Clark ND also describe specific uses of certain frequencies for therapeutic results. Their results and conclusions are similar to research by Nikolas Tesla and Wilhelm Reich.
Of course, these salutary uses of electromagnetic frequencies have not been tested in clinical trials. Who would sponsor such a trial? The fact that they have not been tested in clinical trials does not mean that they are “debunked” without proof to the contrary. Multiple observers have reported on their results. Were their reports reliable and in search of the truth, at least from their point of view? To answer this question, do your own research, and think for yourself.
What to do about it?
Do not be afraid. Are you toxic, or how toxic are you? To begin to answer this, you can have your hair analyzed by one or more laboratories. For details, read the excellent website by Dr. Larry Wilson, MD, on hair mineral analysis. A sample report by Analytical ResearchLabs, Inc. is here. Other labs can do these tests also. Another lab is called Trace Elements. Another lab that can analyze not only your hair but also your urine and stool is called Trace Minerals International. Shop around and compare these and other labs, their experience, their methods, and their personnel. Some tests may require a doctor’s written order in some countries. Some tests may require a doctor to interpret the results. Many doctors do not accept these tests as indicative. You may have been born with slight toxicities or nutrient deficiencies. If you want a test, but your doctor will not write you an order for the test, then get a second opinion. This is not an endorsement of these labs.
Chelation is a method for removing toxic heavy metals from the body, such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and arsenic. Beware that rapid or synthetic chelation can also deplete you of necessary healthy minerals, such as potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and calcium. Other than choosing what you eat and what you do not eat, chelation is beyond the scope of this website. If you have reason to believe that you are polluted with heavy metals, then do your own research, and possibly have yourself tested, starting with your hair. Find a licensed health practitioner who has experience with detox protocols.
Some doctors use dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA), also called succimerfor, to chelate lead and mercury. It has been extensively tested, but it is radioactive. Again, be aware of a possible “Herxheimer effect” of rapid detoxification. This effect is also known as a “healing crisis”. This can happen, if you have accumulated toxins over a lifetime and then rapidly mobilize them into your blood. Unless you rapidly excrete the mobilized toxins, for example via frequent enemas, you simply deposit these toxins elsewhere in your tissues, organs, and bones. This can make you feel ill and cause pain. Briefly, if you detoxify yourself recklessly using high doses of agents such as DMSA or even vitamin C, you can damage your immune system and push yourself into serious illness. If you can tolerate them, eat certain foods, and avoid others. “Let your food be your medicine,” as Hippocrates said.
If you have reason to believe that you have accumulated toxins over many years or are seriously toxic, then consult a doctor knowledgeable about these and other detoxification methods. Exercise and plenty of sleep are also gentle ways to detoxify yourself. Also consider changing your habits to cut foods that are contaminated with food additives that deplete you of minerals and vitamins.
Biologically, detoxification takes place in two phases. Phase one dissolves the toxins lodged in your blood, tissues, organs, and bones. Phase two binds and excretes the toxins. The capacity of each of these phases is individual. In general, if you are healthy, you have a greater capacity for detoxification. Because of biochemical individuality, you may be able to respond to certain foods more than others. Results vary.
In general, the most useful foods and natural substances for gently detoxifying yourself are:
Lemons and other citrus
Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables
Dark green vegetables with fiber
Apple cider vinegar (breaks down glyphosate)
Chlorophyll or chlorella
Clay (diatomaceous earth) – not a food, but used for detoxification
Colloidal silver – not a food, but used for detoxification
Zeolite – not a food, but used for detoxification
For technical details about how to detoxify yourself in two steps and what foods and herbs can stimulate this process, read the presentation by Dr. Wendy Warner MD – Achieving hormone balance by dealing with our toxic burden.
Nota bene. Like your excretions, toxins are either water-soluble or oil-soluble. Most toxins accumulate in adipose tissue (body fat) over months or years. When you remove the toxins, you lose the weight. When you gradually detoxify yourself, you do this in two phases. First, you first remove the toxins from your tissues, organs, or bones. You then put them in your blood or in other tissues, and lastly you excrete them via urine, excrement, sweat, or respiration. Again, if you detoxify yourself too quickly, toxins that were previously stored in your adipose tissue circulate in your blood and can stay elsewhere in your body without being excreted. This can cause discomfort, headaches, or worse. This is known as a “Herxheimer reaction” or “healing crisis”. The answer can be to detoxify yourself gently, slowly, using your food, and to be aware of this possible effect.
Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt MD offers detox tips, including glycine, silica, cilantro, chlorella, zeolite, and others.
Sitting in baths with epsom salts and essential oils, or in saunas, including infared saunas, may have a detoxifying effect for many people.
Be aware that there are many different opinions about whether conscious detoxification is even necessary. According to one point of view, “The body already has multiple systems in place — including the liver, kidneys, and gastrointestinal tract (digestive system) — that eliminate toxins from the body within hours of consumption.” This is true, but can you be sure that the toxins that you are excreting equal or exceed the toxins that you are taking in from the air, water, food, and household chemicals around you? What if your liver, kidneys, or digestive system are clogged or impaired? Is it possible that xenobiotic (synthetic) toxins, such as pesticides, plastics, and synthetic chemicals in the environment, can bio-accumulate inside you over years? Is it possible that they interact? Be skeptical of the skeptics. Ask questions.
Be aware that the ideas of detoxification and its necessity for health is not new. It is ancient. Also note that commercial suppliers are listed here, but are not endorsed. Do your own research.
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