Detoxification is the method used to remove the inflammation and toxins that have caused the tissues in the body to fail. It is the process used to clean all the obstructions, irritants, stimulants, mucus, heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides out of the body. Detoxification improves the body's digestion, absorption, utilization and elimination and it is the only way to establish true homeostasis (balance) within the body.
The simplest explanation of the concept of detoxification is summed up by Stanley Bass, ND when he said:
"When the quality of the food coming into the body is of higher quality than the tissues which the body is made of, the body begins to discard the lower grade materials and tissues to make room for the superior materials which it uses to make new and healthier tissue."
Q: How do I start the detoxification process?
A: As you start to improve your diet by eating more living foods you may experience detoxification symptoms. Foods such as lemons, oranges, grapes, apples, berries, melons and tissue specific herbal formulas are especially effective in the detoxification process.
Q: What can I expect during the detoxification process?
A: While the body is cleaning the waste from deep within every cell, there are some uncomfortable reactions that may or may not occur including:
- Increased flatulence
- Skin eruptions
- Increased thirst
- Runny nose
- Coated tongue
- Aches and pains
- Edema a.k.a. water retention
- Cold and flu symptoms
- Bad breath
- Frequent urination
- Loss of appetite
These symptoms are collectively referred to as a "healing crisis" and should be welcomed and not feared.
The majority of people find their reactions tolerable and are able to bear them as they are motivated by the promise of vibrant health, external beauty and longevity. The symptoms may be discouraging, but they are short-lived and worth the effort.
Q: How do I speed up or slow down the detoxification process?
A: The best way to speed up the detoxification process is to gradually transition to eating 100% organic, uncooked living fruits and vegetables while incorporating specific lymphatic, kidney, endocrine and bowel herbal formulas into your daily routine. That being said, anyone going at this incredible pace can expect some major healing symptoms as the body's 100 trillion cells are turning over and regenerating themselves.
To slow down the pace of the detoxification process simply come down a level from where you are and incorporate some cooked foods such as lightly steamed vegetables or a sweet potato.
Review the Vibrant Stairway to Health to understand the levels of diet versus health. Any improvement from the Standard American Diet will have health promoting effects.
Q: Why do I sometimes feel and look worse during the detoxification process than when I am eating junk foods?
A: You can sometimes feel worse and look worse during the detoxification process because symptoms are experienced two times.
Symptoms are experienced:
1) when they are initially created
2) when they are moving out of the body as the body is healing.
You may lose excessive weight, have skin breakouts, shed hair, retain water, experience physical and emotional pain, and even acquire new wrinkles between your eyes. These issues will pass as you move through your detoxification process. It is easier if you can alert your friends and family that this is expected and part of the healing process.
If these symptoms get too difficult to manage simply slow it down by adding more cooked veggies to your diet. Take your time. This is not a race. When your skin begins to soften and glow you will have the verification that you are on the right track.
Q: How long do I have to detoxify my body?
A: The length of the cleansing process depends on how many years you have abused your body with poor diet and lifestyle choices. If you have avoided the use of caffeine, nicotine, white sugar and alcohol in the past, your detoxification may be quicker although every person is different. A good rule of thumb is to expect detoxification to last one month for every year that a particular symptom has been present in your body.
Fortunately, the noticeable detoxification period usually lasts for only a week or two, with little to great intensity. Some detoxification symptoms will continue for years with less noticeable ups and downs as long as you are eating a high percentage of living foods.
Think of detoxification like pulling off the layers of an onion - alkalizing, detoxifying and regenerating your 100 trillion cells.
Q: What are some positive benefits of the detoxification process?
A: Some of the positive benefits of detoxification include:
- Increased energy
- Clarity in thinking
- Improved memory
- Weight normalizes
- Bowels move better
- Skin tightens & softens
- Grey hair turns to its natural color
- Skin blemishes disappear
- Reversal of aging process
- Blood pressure & blood sugars normalize
- Increased circulation
- Improved senses (smell, vision, etc.)
- Higher sense of well-being
- Improved immune function
Q: How should I proceed if I am taking pharmaceutical medications?
A: If I were taking medications I would speak with my medical physician and talk to him or her about my desire to make some diet and lifestyle changes so that I could improve my overall health. I would ask my doctor to supervise my changes with regular laboratory testing to make sure that I am taking the correct dosages of my medications. Often times people will need smaller dosages of their medications once they clean up their diets. This is especially true as it relates to medications involving blood pressure, blood sugar and corticosteroids such as Prednisone.
Never stop taking a medication that your body is used to receiving without the expressed direction of your medical physician.
For an example of how this process works please watch the film "Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead" available on Netflix.
Q: I am desperate to get healthy but I have very little funds. Where should I start?
A: The first step in any healing journey is moving to an 80% to 100% Living Foods Diet consisting of fresh, organic, ripe, raw, hydrating, non-packaged fruits and vegetables. The living enzymes in fresh fruits and vegetables will allow your body to start healing itself. The power of a living foods diet should not be underestimated. See the page Healing with Raw Foods to view some amazing personal transformations.
After you have educated yourself and changed your diet, then, little by little, add whatever herbal formulas you can afford, according to your specific health issues. If you can afford Dr. Morse's Detox Kit Weeks 1 & 2, then do so because these herbal formulas are very helpful in terms of detoxification.
If funds are especially tight consider simply adding an herbal formula called Heal All Tea. Also, a three-day fresh grape fast, fresh grape juice fast or a fresh lemon water juice fast will speed up your level of detoxification. If you have the strength and determination, try doing a 100% Living Foods Diet and you will see significant results in your level of detoxification and cellular regeneration.
Q: My pets have health issues. Can I help them detoxify their bodies? If so, what can I expect when they are going through this process?
A: Yes, you can help your pets detoxify their bodies. My dog ate a commercial grain based kibble for 7 years and had many skin, ear and paw infections. When we switched his diet to a raw omnivorous diet, his health, overall well-being and appearance began to improve within a matter of months. His coat went from rough to cottony soft. His energy improved and his ears and belly turned pink again at 8 years old. This is the power of living foods promoting cellular regeneration.
The diet we selected is the Bravo Raw Diet. He also enjoys fresh vegetables such as carrots, cucumbers and zucchini. The addition of living enzymes in these foods led to a series of healing crises approximately every 6 months. When I read this article explaining the Herxheimer Reaction I understood why these periodic healing reactions were occurring and how to help him move through this process. Specific herbal formulas can also be very helpful when working with pets.
If your pet is having health issues, consider the diet and treats you are feeding him or her. Read labels. If you see food coloring or additives or simply do not understand the ingredient, do not give the food to your pet. Any costs incurred when changing a pet's diet are offset by the significant reduction in healthcare costs.