(Many other detoxification methods are also discussed)
Detoxification is a very critical subject today for anyone who wishes to restore and maintain health. This article discusses many detoxification procedures. It is divided into three sections:
1. Methods we strongly recommend as part of a development program. When these are combined with a diet high in well-cooked vegetables and the right nutritional supplements, these procedures are marvelous.
2. Methods that are less recommended. We recommend them much less often - only in special situations.
3. Methods to avoid. They are harmful, not very effective, or problematic in some other way.
Warning: No claims are made for any procedures described here. Nor are these procedures intended as treatments or prescriptions for any disease or condition. The following is presented for educational purposes only.
THE CONCEPT OF DETOXIFICATION
Since ancient times, human beings have known that the accumulation of certain toxins in the body is an important cause of disease, aging and death. So-called modern medical care acknowledges toxicity as a cause of disease to a slight degree, such as the accumulation of bacteria, viruses, or a few other poisons.
However, in most cases, they have either forgotten or just ignore the concept of detoxification. In fact, most medical drugs and many of their procedures such as surgery and radiation are quite toxic. This causes many Ňside effectsÓ, many thousands of lawsuits, kills hundreds of thousands of people each year, and wastes billions of dollars.
Naturopaths, homeopaths and holistic doctors also often use toxic remedies such as homeopathic remedies and many herbs. Homeopathic remedies are particularly insidious, because they appear benign but they are not. We never recommend them.
As humanity improves its understanding of the body and how to heal it, we expect that detoxification will once again take its place as a major requirement to heal the body and the brain. A companion article with much more information about detoxification theory is Detoxification.
DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS AND DETOXIFICATION
Detoxification is a major focus of every development program. When set up correctly, the program will slowly remove:
a. All of the toxic metals (at least two dozen), often many at once. For details, read Toxic Metals.
b. Toxic forms of physiological or vital minerals. These include toxic forms iron, manganese, copper, selenium, chromium, cobalt, molybdenum, vanadium and others. These are often oxides. For more details, read The Amigos – Iron, Manganese and Aluminum.
c. Hundreds of toxic chemicals. These are found in the water, air and food supply today, and acquired through direct contact with the skin or elsewhere. For details, read Toxic Chemicals.
e. Other toxins. These include mental and emotional toxins such as anger, fear, fixed ideas, as well as subtle toxins from homeopathic remedies, for example. For details, read Homeopathy.
Development uses about 24 methods simultaneously to remove these toxins. Among the most important are:
a. Making the body more yang.
b. Enhancing adaptive energy or vitality.
c. Enhancing the activity of the eliminative organs.
d. Avoiding exposure.
e. Balancing major mineral levels, ratios and patterns in the cells
f. Balancing the oxidation rate
g. Inhibiting the sympathetic nervous system
h. Balancing the body electrically.
i. Stimulating circulation
j. Renourishing the body
k. Rehydrating the body, if needed
l. Reducing stress on the body organs through a more healthful lifestyle.
m. Correcting spinal misalignments or subluxations, as they are called in chiropractic theory.
n. Working with the channel system through foot reflexology.
o. Moving energy downward through the body using the Pulling Down Exercise.
p. Increasing rest.
q. Reducing or eliminating all stressful activities and habits.
r. Learning better ways to think about the world.
s. Very careful use of only the most mild chelators. These are distilled water (rarely), sulfur-containing amino acids, a little vitamin C, and rarely alginates.
However, we never use chlorella, cilantro (except as a food), spirulina, herbs, or synthetic chelators such as DMSA, DMPS, EDTA, penicilamine, defoxamine and others. These are not needed, and are always somewhat harmful. For more details, read Chelation Therapy.
All these methods must be integrated and coordinated as a healing program, or they are not as effective and can conflict with each other. This subject is explored in more depth in other articles on this website, notably the article entitled Toxic Metals. It is also discussed in some depth in the textbooks, Nutritional Balancing And Hair Mineral Analysis, and Sauna Therapy by this author.
DETOXIFICATION PROCEDURES WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND
The development diets (the slow or fast oxidizer diets). While these are not specifically for detoxification, the correct diet is absolutely necessary if one wishes to detoxify the body safely. We cannot emphasize this too much. There are many reasons for this, but most have to do with balancing the oxidation rate, providing enough of the right nutrients needed for the liver, kidneys and other organs, and providing sulfur-containing amino acids in abundance.
A serious problem with vegetarian and especially vegan diets. Safe and effective detoxification definitely requires eating some meat and eggs to provide sulfur and many other nutrients. We find that most vegetarians, while they may avoid toxins found in meats and fish, also cannot remove toxic metals very well at all!
Among other reasons, it is because these diets are too low in the sulfur-containing amino acids (see below) and they are too yin. They are also deficient in other nutrients needed for detoxification.
To read this article in Greek, click here.
This is a very important procedure in development science. For a detailed description of the reasons for using coffee enemas and instructions for doing them, please read Coffee Enemas.
VAGINAL OR PENIS COFFEE IMPLANTS
RED HEAT LAMP SAUNA THERAPY
This is one of the finest ways to remove toxic metals, toxic chemicals, chronic infections and other blockages in the body. For details about sauna therapy, and sauna procedures, please read the Sauna Therapy article on this website. Also available is our book, Sauna Therapy. You can read all books on this website or you can order a hard copy from Amazon.com.
This simple, yet very powerful method works exceedingly well, once you understand how to use it. It is superb, especially if the elimination process is stalled or moving slowly.
To learn about how to do reflexology on yourself and your family, please read Reflexology on this site. The article also contains a foot reflex chart that you can print and use.
THE PUSHING DOWN EXERCISE
This exercise is unique and very powerful. It is different than other concentration exercises, meditations, visualizations, affirmations, or other mental exercises. To learn how to do it, read The Pushing Down Exercise.
THE SPINAL TWISTS
These are a very powerful and safe set of twists that will help keep your spinal column and all joints aligned properly throughout the day and night. To learn how to do it, please read The Spinal Twists.
THE NECK PULL
This procedure helps move energy from the head to the feet, and is best done every day. For details, read The Neck Pull.
This is a set of other procedures that enhance detoxification. They are not our primary methods, but the work very well and are safe. For details, read The Accelerators.
Juicing is a popular method to renourish the body. It allows one to ingest many more vegetables than if one were eating them whole because the pulp is removed. Pulp is largely fiber and is not digestible by human beings. Juicing also concentrates the food and is tasty.
WARNING 1. Unfortunately, most people who do juicing overdo it, in my view. Ten to twelve ounces of carrot juice is best, we find, for most people. More juice or fruit juices cause the body to become too yin in macrobiotic terms. This is very damaging, no matter what other benefits occur from juicing.
WARNING 2. Do not juice fruits. They are too sweet and too yin. We do not recommend eating fruit, either, for the same reason.
WARNING 3. Do not just juice greens. This is also too yin. Carrot is a root vegetable and red in color, and is more yang.
Juicing for cancer. Juicing has saved lives, and is used in many alternative cancer therapies. Max Gerson, MD and the Gerson Clinic in Mexico use a lot of juices for healing cancer, for example, as does the Hippocrates Health Institute, which advocates wheat grass juice.
However, our information is that the Gerson method and even the Ann Wigmore method of healing are not working as well today. For more on cancer, read Cancer and Alternatives on this site.
THE PEROXIDE VAGINAL OR PENIS IMPLANT
This is a newer procedure and very excellent. For details, read The Peroxide Implant.
THE OZONE AND PEROXIDE BATH
This procedure will help get rid of many sexually transmitted diseases, if you also follow a complete development program at the same time. This is quite remarkable.
It can also be used to get rid of other infections and it helps oxygenate thebody. It works quite well, although note that a dozen or more of these baths may be needed, and one must follow a complete development program at the same time.
To do this bath, add one to four cups of 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide to a fairly hot bath. The bath need not cover more than your legs if it is for healing of genital infections.
Relax for at least 40 minutes and up to one hour in the bath, to allow the peroxide to do its germ-killing job. Then get out of the bath and do not rinse off. Just get dressed.
Use as much of the 35% hydrogen peroxide as you can. Too much peroxide will cause a burning sensation on your skin, and this is not necessary or helpful. If this occurs, add a little hot water to the bath to dilute the peroxide.
Repeat the bath 2 times weekly, but not more often, as too many baths are too yin in macrobiotic terms. Also, most people do not need these baths after a few months to about 1 year of use.
Adding ozone to the peroxide bath. This will make the peroxide bath even better. For this, you must buy an ozone generator that has a small tube as its ozone output. The least expensive of these are ozonators designed for hot tubs.
Set up the ozone generator near the bathtub, being careful not to get water on it, as it is an electrical machine. Then, run the tube from the generator into the bathtub.
For women who want to get rid of sexually transmitted disease, put the end of the ozone tube deep into the vagina. For a man, put it close to the penis. Leave it there during the whole bath. For more, read The Vagina and Baths on this website.
This is a very simple, but powerful
detoxification and healing procedure.
It is often effective for alleviating vaginal, bladder, uterine and even
The genital bath is probably effective because the cold water causes a reaction that greatly enhances the blood flow to this area. This, in turn, assists the healing process. The procedure is as follows:
* Sit on the side of a bathtub facing into the bathtub. Alternatively, sit on a stool placed in the bathtub. One can wear a shirt or sweater, as the water will be directed only at the genital area.
* Splash cold water on the genital area only, using a wash rag or a shower massager.
* Continue the procedure for 10 minutes, and repeat it seven or more times per day.
* The genital bath can be repeated for as long as necessary with no ill effects.
OZONE SAUNAS (OR REALLY OZONE STEAM CABINETS)
This can be an excellent detoxification method. The ozone adds significant oxygen to the body for the short time that one is in the steam cabinet. The steam helps carry the ozone to the skin.
Adding oxygen to the body is always excellent and helpful. Other simple methods to do this are deep breathing, adding ozone to your drinking water, a bath with a cup or so of 35% hydrogen peroxide, and the favored method of installing an ozonator/ionizer air purifier in your bedroom. Click here for more on this method of oxygenating the body.
Although helpful, we do not recommend ozone sauna therapy often. The reasons are that it requires a steam cabinet, it is time-consuming, and it is not as good as near infrared lamp sauna therapy, in most instances.
Other oxygen therapies. Some physicians also offer intravenous hydrogen peroxide or intravenous ozone, which can be excellent. They are not included in this article because they are not home-based methods of detoxification, but they are helpful.
VERY LIMITED DRINKING OF DISTILLED WATER
The only time we suggest distilled water is during a healing reaction or purification reaction. During such reactions, switching from spring water or carbon-only filtered tap water to drinking only distilled water, for a few days to a week or so, may reduce symptoms.
The reason is that distilled water can act as a detoxifier or cleanser to remove toxic metals and toxic chemicals. Be sure to switch back to spring water or carbon-only filtered tap water, however, after the reaction passes.
NOTE: Earlier articles on this website suggested drinking distilled water for several months when starting a development program. We no longer recommend this because the bodies are very mineral-depleted and drinking distilled water (or reverse osmosis water) will make this depletion worse.
2. LESS RECOMMENDED DETOXIFICATION PROCEDURES
This ancient hydrotherapy method can greatly assist cleaning the colon of toxins and parasites. A series of five or more at the beginning of a development program is very good for some people. DO NOT KEEP DOING COLONICS DAY AFTER DAY, or even week after week, however, because:
1. Colonic irrigation is too yin, introducing too much water into the colon if done too often. Limit them to once or twice a year, and only if needed. If one does coffee enemas daily, which I highly recommend, colonic irrigation should never be needed.
WARNINGS ABOUT COLONICS:
1. Be sure your colon therapist is reputable, mainly for cleanliness reasons.
2. If you need colonics to remove impacted fecal material, colonies of yeast, parasites and to clean out infected pockets in the colon, usually a series of six to twelve colonics is required.
3. Some colon therapists add oxygen, ozone, very diluted hydrogen peroxide or coffee to the irrigation water, and this seems to be is fine.
This is an ancient therapy. There are many kinds of herbal packs and poultices. Overall, these are very good. Some are potato poultices, onion poultices, mustard poultices and others. We donŐt use them, as a rule, because they are a lot of trouble and we donŐt find them necessary.
ALGINATES AND PERHAPS MODIFIED CITRUS PECTIN
Alginates are particular chemicals found mainly in kelp and perhaps in a few other vegetables. They bind many toxic metals in the intestines, preventing their absorption in the intestines. In this regard, they are like the chelators, but they are safer. The toxic metals then pass harmless out of the body. I particularly recommend kelp as an excellent source of many minerals, vitamins and alginates.
Sodium alginate and perhaps other compounds of alginates can also be purchased in an isolated form. This may help some people with mercury toxicity, for example. However, it is rarely needed, and one must use caution with any chelating substance.
Modified citrus pectin is related to the alginates and may bind some toxic metals in the intestines as well. It, too, is rarely needed, however, if one follows a complete development program.
Kelp and mud baths. This is a newer method of replenishing minerals that is being researched at this time. I will update this article as ore information becomes available.
THE LIVER-GALL BLADDER FLUSH OR CLEANSE
The liver-gall bladder flush is a non-surgical method to help remove gallstones. It can also help remove stones in the liver itself. Stones can apparently form in the liver, as well as in the gall bladder.
The liver flush is rarely necessary if one follows a development program. The program by itself will slowly remove gall bladder and liver stones.
The liver-gall bladder flush might help avoid the need for gallbladder surgery. An even better way to avoid gallbladder and many other surgeries that I find are rarely necessary is a complete development program to restore the normal activity of the liver and gall bladder.
We are not aware of complications or damage from this procedure, although occasionally someone remains nauseated for several days or more.
Procedure: There are many variants to the liver-gallbladder flush procedure:
FOR SIX DAYS:
Take 30 drops per meal of phosphoric acid drops in a glass of water. These drops can be purchased online.
ON THE SEVENTH DAY OF THE CLEANSE
1. Do not have any dairy, oil, fat or meat for breakfast or lunch.
2. Have lunch by 2:00 PM and do not eat or drink between 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM.
3. At 6:00 PM, mix 4 tablespoons of Epsom salts in 24 ounces of filtered or spring water. This will make four 6-ounce servings. Drink one 6-ounce serving of Epsom salts. Wait 30 minutes to drink water. Drink as much water as you like after 6:30 PM.
4. At 8:00 PM, drink another 6-ounce serving of Epsom salts. Wait 30 minutes to drink more water. Put the other two servings of Epsom salts away until the next morning.
5. At 9:00 PM, drink half a cup of organic cold pressed extra virgin olive oil. This is not too pleasant, but most people can accomplish it.
6. Go to bed for the night.
THE NEXT MORNING
1. At 8:00 AM, do a coffee enema and drink one 6-ounce serving of Epsom salts.
2. At 4:00PM, do another coffee enema and drink the last 6-ounce serving of Epsom salts.
We suggest skipping your nutritional supplements on the seventh day.
If you have discomfort with the liver flush, rub the bottoms and the top of your feet and toes, including the liver areas (between the first and second toes on the top of the foot, all along the crevice between the two toes and back along the top of the foot). There is also a liver area on the right foot behind the third, fourth and fifth toe (pinky), near the ball of the foot. Rub the entire foot, however, and this can relieve discomfort of most types that might occur.
You can repeat the liver flush about every 4 months or so, if needed, for about a year while on a development program. However, most people do not need it at all, even if gall stones are present.
Gall bladder surgery. The liver-gall bladder flush is not a complete substitute for gall bladder surgery. Gall bladder disease can be due to gall stones, but it can also be due to infection or inflammation of the gall bladder. However, most gall bladder problems will eventually go away on a development program, even without doing liver-gallbladder flushes.
As for gall stones, most people have some. They will come out each time. They are not a serious problem, in most cases.
Reducing stress in your life and reducing anger through forgiveness and healing is also excellent to reduce gall stones. Enhancing the oxidation rate with development and using the supplements also increases bile flow, and this helps prevent gall stone formation.
We rarely recommend gall bladder surgery, as we think it is not usually necessary if one will go on a development program. If the gall bladder is not functioning correctly, then it is best to get to the core of the problem, and then it will function fine.
Occasionally, there are parasites in this area, there is an acupuncture meridian that goes through this area, and the colon is near this area as well. All of these structures and systems must be fixed, and can be fixed easily with a properly designed development program, in practically all cases. Then the gall bladder will work fine and is a good thing to keep in your body, if you can, and most people can.
So do not rush to surgery if your gall bladder still hurts or has problems after doing a few liver flushes. More work is needed on your body, and that is all it means.
The diet must be corrected, with about 70% cooked vegetables, and some animal protein daily, no fruit, no sweets, no wheat and no refined or junk foods, for example. For more about pain in the area of the liver, read Liver Detoxification.
Liver stones. The liver-gallbladder flush can actually remove stones or calcium deposits that form within the bile ducts of the liver itself. This may seem odd or preposterous, but I am told it is the case and surgeons encounter this in very ill patients when they operate on the liver and bile ducts. This procedure seems to help break them up and remove them, relieving pressure in the liver and helping it to function better.
NOTE: If you are older than 65, or ill, please check with your doctor before doing this procedure. I cannot be responsible for problems that may arise when doing a liver flush or any other procedure mentioned on this website.
HERBS FOR DETOXIFICATION
Helpful and safe herbs for detoxification are milk thistle, dandelion root, Russian or Spanish black radish, burdock root, garlic, onion, and perhaps a few others. These are always okay to add to development programs.
We discourage the use of most other herbs. Unfortunately, most herbs are not powerful enough today and many are slightly toxic, as well. All of them are also quite yin, which is harmful.
Be sure to also avoid herbal chelators such as bugleweed, yellow dock, cilantro extract and chlorella. These always seem to remove some essential minerals along with the toxic metals. These vital minerals often cannot easily be replaced. See the article on this website entitled Chelation for more about chelation therapy for metal detoxification, and its problems.
BATHS, IN GENERAL
This is a large subject. The following section discusses a few types of baths. For much more detail on baths, please read Baths For Therapy on this website.
These cause some detoxification and are okay to use once in a while. I donŐt recommend steam, however, because 1) the temperature is too hot for most people, 2) chemicals from the water will get into the body unless the water is distilled or reverse osmosis, and 3) if used at a health club, the steam room may not be clean enough.
If you have a steam bath at home and the water in it is distilled or reverse osmosis, this method of detoxification is good, however. It is not as good as near infrared sauna therapy, however.
Steam may be combined with ozone, and this is an excellent type of bath.
Some hot springs are quite therapeutic, while others can be toxic. The difficulty is knowing which to visit. An occasional visit to a hot spring can be a very relaxing and therapeutic vacation, however. Just try to make sure the spring is safe and clean.
We donŐt advise too many hot spring or other baths all the time, however, because the water is yin and this will make the body very yin as well, if done too much. Most peopleŐs bodies are already too yin. This is why the dry sauna is preferable in most cases.
EPSOM SALT BATHS
This is a simple, relaxing bath. It can help relax tired or tense muscles and release some poisons as well. Baths, however, are very yin, so use them only once or twice a week, at the very most.
Procedure: As you fill a bathtub, add 3 to 4 pounds of Epsom salts to the bath water. Water should be hot, but not scalding for the most relaxing and effective treatment.
Submerge as much of your body, particularly your trunk, in the bath. Stay in the water for 20 to 30 minutes. There is no need to shower off after the bath. You may, in this way, absorb more of the Epsom salts with their sulfur and magnesium.
THE SALT AND SODA BATH
This is primarily an alkalinizing and mineralizing bath. It is inexpensive, usually comfortable, although the salt and soda bath can sting the skin a little at first.
This bath will remove certain toxins and even help with infection in some cases. Again, only use them once a week, and only when needed. More than this will always unbalance the body.
Procedure. As you let the water run into the bath tub, add about 2 pounds of baking soda and 2 pounds of sea salt. Any type of sea salt will do, but do not use regular table salt or salt tablets of the type used in water softeners. These are not quite as good. Mix the salt and soda into the water. The bath should be fairly hot for best results.
Stay in the water for 20 to 30 minutes. Then let the water out. A shower may be helpful if you feel itchy or sticky from the salt. However, a shower is not required afterwards.
These help a few people because they
eliminate heavy and often indigestible food or junk food, and allergic foods in
the diet. They can be used as a
quick transition to a better diet and better lifestyle. However, they are rarely needed and I
find them harmful. Their importance is very overrated. Problems with them are:
1) Deficient in many nutrients. Often they are deficient in protein, essential fatty acids, and even calories. They are usually deficient in sulfur because they donŐt include meats and eggs. Sulfur, as explained above, is absolutely needed for liver detoxification. For this reason, they make people more nutritionally deficient and can have a counterproductive effect.
2) They are usually very yin in Chinese terminology. This means they are sugary, cold, watery, and broken up (as in the use of powders). This reduces their effectiveness and often it makes them unbalance the body in very subtle ways.
3) The use of powders, juices and mixes are often poor food combinations. This worsens digestion, even though may improve food allergies somewhat by eliminating some allergic components of the diet.
4) They may contain herbs, including spirulina, chlorella, cilantro and other substances that are slightly toxic, even if they are nourishing.
5) They are not needed at all in most cases. For these reasons, use extreme care with cleansing diets and preferably avoid them.
To learn much more on this topic, read Cleansing Diets and Fasting on this website.
DETOX FOOT PADS
This is an ancient Japanese method of removing toxins through the bottoms of the feet. Small tissue paper bags filled with various herbs are placed on the feet, and usually one sleeps with the pads overnight. The pads can also be placed elsewhere on the body, such as over the liver or the kidneys.
I have less experience with this method. However, I do not think it is all that effective. It is safe, however, as far as I know, and perhaps more research will change my view.
These can cause some detoxification, especially if heated to more than about 103 F. However, they are not nearly as powerful as a near infrared sauna, coffee enemas and perhaps other methods.
Serious problems with hot tubs. 1) You will absorb chemicals from the water. This cannot be avoided, unless one uses only distilled or reverse osmosis water to fill the tub. Carbon-filtered water is better than using plain tap water in the tub, but not much as it does not remove toxic metals, fluoride and some other chemicals.
A second problem is that one absorbs some of the chemicals needed to sanitize the tub. This can be avoided, often by skipping the chemicals and instead using 100-200 ppm of hydrogen peroxide to sanitize the tub. Also, you may need to add a chemical to adjust the pH of the tub.
If these cautions are observed, hot tubs can be relaxing and somewhat helpful for detoxification. Otherwise, however, they are quite toxic, especially public hot tubs at hotels, exercise clubs and spas. They are often breeding grounds for bacteria, virus, parasites and other micro-organisms, even if the tub is loaded with chlorine, bromine and other toxic chemicals, which should never touch your skin. Even silver cartridges used to sanitize tubs are somewhat toxic, though much less so. However, they also do not kill all the germs that well, either. Remember that one will absorb the poisons from the tap water, if this used to fill the tub.
A better alternative to a hot tub can be a dip in a hot spring, if this is available. Here the water is usually flowing, and it is pure spring water with no chemicals added.
CLAY OR MUD BATHS, WRAPS OR PACKS
Clay and some mud can be powerful detoxifiers and can help with many skin and other types of health conditions, including even cancers. I donŐt recommend them, in part because we donŐt find them necessary, and in part because they can be quite toxic. Clay tends to contain a lot of aluminum, among other toxic metals. Also, they may not be nearly as powerful as the sauna or enemas, although this could depend on the clay product that is used.
However, for short-term use such as on a vacation at a spa, they are fine. Some can be used longer-term, but it is hard to know which are safe.
DETOXIFICATION METHODS THAT ARE BEST AVOIDED. THEY ARE LESS SAFE OR LESS EFFECTIVE
Castor oil packs. As of January 2019, we donŐt recommend this procedure at all. The castor oil is quite toxic and some is absorbed when it is put on the skin. We are aware of the recommendations for them by Mr. Edgar Cayce, but our experience forces us to discourage their use.
Energetic and electrical detoxification methods such as imt, ert, radionic machines and electro-acupuncture machines. Problems with these are:
á They require a trained person and are quite dependent upon the skill of the operator of the machine or technique. It is hard to know, at times, how skilled your practitioner is. Thus we usually prefer methods that can be done inexpensively at home by anyone.
á They tend to be symptomatic methods, meaning not as deep in their effects.
á All are very yin, particularly the use of various electrical machines. While they may cause some improvement, they slow development for this reason.
Homeopathic drainage and other remedies. These are too yin and leave a toxin in the brain. Please avoid them.
Vigorous exercise to induce sweating. Many people say they do not need to detoxify because they sweat profusely when they run, play tennis or do other common exercise.
Sweating with exercise is good. However, the sympathetic nervous system is activated during exercise, so the amount of toxin removal is much less than if one uses a near infrared lamp sauna.
Also, exercise uses up a lot of energy that could be used for detoxification in a sauna or doing another procedure. For these reasons, we do not recommend vigorous exercise, ever, and we do not consider exercise a valid method of detoxification by itself.
Chelation therapy. Oral, intravenous, or other types of chelation tend to unbalance the body chemistry severely, removes some vital minerals along with the toxic ones, is toxic for the kidneys, and does not do nearly as good a job as development.
Please avoid chelation, in general. However, it is better than bypass surgery and helpful in a few cases. This large subject is discussed in more detail in a separate article, entitled Chelation Therapy.
Drinking salt water. Salt water will pull a certain amount of toxic substances out of the body by osmosis. However, the long-term effects are questionable, at best, and it doesnŐt work very well.
Salt is an unbalanced mineral product and will slowly change the mineral balance of the body. Salt water has been known to kill, if one drinks enough, by upsetting the mineral balance. Avoid this method completely.
Ionic foot baths. These consist of an electrical array, as it is called, that is placed in a small tub of water, in which one places the feet. It can also be placed in a bath tub that one lies in.
While they are excellent to remove some toxins, all ionic foot baths I have reviewed spin the chakras backwards and damage a personŐs etheric energy field. It can take more than a year to recover. This is a subtle problem, and occasional use such as once per month seems to be safe. However, regular use is not safe, so I cannot suggest their use much at all. I also suspect these machines cause a yin effect upon the body.
Alkaline water for drinking. I know of two types of alkaline water systems. Both have similar problems. The first type are more popular and are free-standing kitchen units. These include the Jupiter, I-Water, Kagen, and others.
These devices begin with tap water. The water passes through a carbon filter, which does not remove many toxic metals and often does not even remove too many toxic chemicals because the water must move quickly through the filter.
Then the water passes over electrified platinum and titanium plates to alkalinize it. Platinum is a very toxic metal, as is titanium. Then many of the machines add a calcium solution or powder to the water to further enhance its alkalinity. I believe this is a prescription for disaster in the long run for the following reasons:
á Carbon-filtered tap water is not a very good base water, since carbon cannot filter out most toxic metals and many toxic chemicals, no matter what the manufacturers claim. When water passes quickly over carbon, not that much is removed.
á Platinum is too toxic for any human exposure, in my view. While the amount of exposure is small, we have noted that after using the machine for 6 months or so, everyone who uses one is developing a little platinum toxicity, which can be deadly. The amount of platinum absorbed will depend upon oneŐs tap water and oneŐs body chemistry. The more poorly nourished one is, the more platinum one is likely to absorb. Other factors such as oneŐs age, vitality, etc. also have an effect.
á The calcium powder is often coral calcium or some other contaminated product that adds more toxic metals.
á The alkaline water that is produced has a yin effect on the body that makes one feel better, but is not helpful for deep healing and spiritual development at all.
If you have an alkaline machine, at least do not add the powder, and turn off the alkalinization feature if you can, and just use it as a water filter. Preferably unplug the unit so there is no chance that the platinum plates are electrified and leaching more platinum into your body. This is better, though your water is still passing over platinum, which is perhaps harmful. I have seen terrible problems caused by these machines when used daily for more than 6 months or so, even though the damage is very subtle at first.
I also do not like the advertising for these machines with false claims that most Japanese hospitals and the public in Japan uses them. I do not believe this is true.
An even worse type of alkaline water is sold in health food stores and at water stores that sell RO or reverse osmosis water. A calcium solution or powder, often coral calcium, is added to the reverse osmosis water to alkalinize it. Problems with this setup are:
á Reverse osmosis does not hydrate the body well at all and should never be used for daily drinking water by most people.
á The calcium solution or powder, especially if it is made from coral calcium, may contain toxic metals.
á When toxic metals are added to reverse osmosis water, the Ôhungry waterŐ seems to take up the metals easily and drive them deep into the body cells and the kidneys.
Plain spring water, even if it is not very alkaline, nourishes the body with many alkaline-forming minerals. Along with a proper diet of cooked vegetables, some animal protein and whole grains, but not wheat, the body will slowly become more alkaline in a natural way. Please do not be fooled by claims that the coral calcium is safe or that every family in Japan uses an alkaline water machine.
Fasting. Unfortunately, fasting for more than two or three days on water alone cannot be recommended. This was formerly an excellent method of healing. However, my experience is that today the bodies are so toxic and so depleted of nutrients, that longer fasts make one more toxic and more depleted. I have seen this repeatedly in my practice.
In fact, I worked as medical director of a fasting spa for several years and placed over 600 people on fasts. Results were disappointing, though most people will lose weight. I also fasted myself, and found that it harmed my health, not helped it.
Development science was designed for todayŐs horrendous health challenges and is far safer than fasting. Fasting was appropriate in years past, when most of the classic books about it were written.
Juice fasts are far safer, but very yin and sugary, and not generally advisable for more than a few days, at most. A carrot juice fast might work, but is still very sugary and yin, so I cannot even recommend that for more than a day or two. To learn more, read Fasting on this website.
Ingesting Bentonite, Azomite, Montmorilliinite, Zeolite or other clay products. This is very popular today. However, we find that none of these are powerful enough to remove deeper layers of toxic metals.
Even worse, all of these products must contain aluminum, as all clay does, and often contains other toxic metals as well. I believe that the makers of these products are not honest about the contents of the products.
I often hear that these products are not toxic, when they are. Just because the aluminum, lead, cadmium, arsenic and other metals are Ňin a natural formÓ does not mean they are not highly toxic. Although they can remove some toxic metals short-term, please avoid these products.
Oil Pulling. This is an ancient Ayurvedic method of detoxification. It is not harmful. I do not recommend it, however, because I do not find it effective enough.