Spring naturally puts a DETOX in your step
Until scientists can draw more direct links between toxins and disease, we’re left to wonder: Can we successfully reduce our toxic load?
Dr Elson Haas, expert on our panel and author of The Detox Diet says: ‘I look no further than the thousands of people I’ve seen lose weight, lower their cholesterol, get off their medications, and feel better after completing my ten-day detox diet.’
I am a bit of a detox devotee and am convinced environmental toxins are to blame for a range of ills from fatigue to cancer, and that our number one priority should be to get rid of them. The CDC’s National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals, is a scientific paper to spell out the sheer variety of toxic residues
lurking in human bodies. Some detox experts routinely fast one day each week, while others, such as Haas, fast once a year for up to ten days.
People have been ceremonially cleansing themselves long before the advent of dioxins and PCBs. Native Americans use sweat lodges for religious and purification rites; in India, an age-old system of healing, called Ayurveda, is built around ridding the body of toxins. Detoxing is a booming business, and why shouldn’t it be? What person in their right mind wouldn’t want to lighten their toxic load? Colonics and multiday juice fasts are nearly as commonplace as hot stone massages and reflexology. To read the article by Dr Haas on detox, click Detox done right – the purification process.
Those who do not find time every day for health must one day sacrifice a lot of time for illness.
And if you plan on reading the whole magazine right now, take a break of at least 20 seconds, every 20 minutes, to look at least 20 feet away. This 20-20-20 rule has been confirmed by scientists at Aston University to help ease some of the symptoms of prolonged computer use.
Special mention: In this issue Patrick Holford shares his latest research on Alzheimers and the evidence shows that, according to two new studies, a synergistic effect of having optimal omega 3 and B vitamin intake can prevent Alzheimers and that a lack of B vitamins drive the pathology in Alzheimer’s. See his very important article The Dynamic Duo for Dementia Prevention.
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