What Does Detox Do?

What Does Detox Do?

What Does Detox Do?
What Does Detox Do?

Well first, it can make help many maladies such as:

  • Chronic pain.
  • Fibromyalgia.
  • Allergies and sinus pain.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Excess weight.
  • Fatigue.
  • Arthritic symptoms.

Study Examples

What Does Detox Do for Blood Pressure?

In a study conducted at the Center for Conservative therapy in Penngrove, California, 174 patients suffering from hypertension detoxed. By the end of the study, 90 percent of the participants achieved a blood pressure reading of 140/90. This was substantially improved over their starting blood pressure. Those who had the worst hypertension had the most significant improvement. Some were even able to stop taking their blood pressure medication!

What Does Detox Do for Arthritis?

In a Norwegian study, researchers found detox to help alleviate symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Twenty-seven patients detoxed for 4 weeks while eating a vegetarian diet. After one year, the patients reported significantly less pain, stiffness and swelling.

Laboratory experiments also found that short-term detoxification may even help you live longer. The National Institute on Aging found that detoxification increases lifespan as well as or better than caloric restriction.

Still more research shows us the answer to what does detox do?

  • Lower LDL (bad) cholesterol.
  • Boost insulin sensitivity.
  • Stimulate the release of growth hormones.
  • Reduce viral infections.
  • Protect the brain from synthetic food ingredients.
  • Improve sleep.
  • Improve concentration.
  • Improve vigor.
  • Improve emotional balance.

Fruits and VegetablesTop 25 Cleansing Foods

  1. Almonds.
  2. Apples.
  3. Artichokes.
  4. Bananas.
  5. Beets.
  6. Blueberries.
  7. Cabbage.
  8. Carrots.
  9. Celery and Celery Seeds.
  10. Cherries.
  11. Cranberries.
  12. Flax seeds and Flax seed Oil.
  13. Garlic.
  14. Grapefruit.
  15. Kale.
  16. Legumes.
  17. Lemons.
  18. Olive Oil.
  19. Onions.
  20. Seaweed.
  21. Watercress.
  22. Watermelon.

Kids Cooties

Kids Cooties

The infectious disease known to children as “kids cooties” may not really exist, but the idea of advancing germs jumping from classmate to classmate isn’t very far off.

Kids Cooties
Kids Cooties

Despite all efforts to the contrary, schools tend to be a receptacle for all kinds of bad bacteria and germs. Most harmful bacteria are absorbed through the mouth, which can lead to ear infections, sore throats, colds, even gum disease.

Kids will be kids, and sometimes it’s impossible to stop them from shoving every little object into their mouths. Which is why germ related illness, like kids cooties, can spread quickly. Plus, kids play on the playground, then eat without washing their hands.

And there are the innocent little things like holding hands, giggling in a cluster and playing games such as tag. These all involve physical contact. Where there is physical contact, there are kids cooties.

I know one parent who insisted there were no such thing as germs. He had his first child. A little boy. He is bringing up that little boy with the same belief. He tells him not to worry about washing his hands after using the bathroom or before eating. He tells this innocent little man there are no such thing as germs.

That little boy has had nothing but one sickness after another in his short little 2 years on this earth. Colds, flu, viruses. Literally one illness after another. But the father won’t listen. What to do?

Yuck a germ
Yuck a germ

In 2006, microbiologist Robert Donofrio spent a day following an elementary school student for a day. Using a hand-held germ meter, he tested items the student came into contact with on an average day at school. The top 3 “germiest” items used daily by students were:

  1. The water fountain. Germ count of 2,335.
  2. The school basketball. Germ count of 13,987.
  3. The lunch checkout keypad. Germ count of 13,144.

An instant hand sanitizer is a great choice. Have your kids carry a travel size with them and instruct your child to rub it in a few times a day while at school. Particularly before lunch. This can kill off a lot of kids cooties.

Although going into the restroom and actually washing their hands before eating is even better.

Here’s to less sniffles, sneezes and other germs & kids cooties this coming school season.

Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)

Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)

Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) were (and still are) powerful carcinogens. A carcinogen is any substance or agent that tends to produce a cancer. Polychlorinated biphenyls are found in things such as asbestos and radon. However, we are also forced to consume it in our foods. Many unaware of its presence! We are exposed to many substances at any given time. This includes those we encounter at work, school, or home, in the food we eat and in the air we breathe.

But it’s almost impossible anyone could know precisely what they’ve been exposed to. PCBs are toxic. They can provoke serious health effects that go beyond cancer. They can also play a role in:

  • Hormone disruption.
  • Reduced ability to reproduce.
  • Skin toxicity.
  • Immune system disorders.

Short period of exposure are not considered to have adverse effects on health. The levels would have to be extremely high. This is a rare occurrence. (Source: Food Safety Authority of Ireland)

In spite of all the unavoidable exposure, both Canada and the United States did ban the use of PCBs in food back in 1970. But agreement on how much is too much is difficult to come by. The United States Environmental Protection Agency states that levels as low as fifty parts per billion are associated with an increased risk.  Health Canada and the United States Food and Drug Administration argue that foods with less than two thousand parts per billion (ppb) of PCBs are fine to eat.

The truth is, no one really knows.

Polychlorinated Biphenyls In Our Food

It is estimated that up to 90 percent of human exposure to dioxins and PCBs results from the consumption of food, mainly those of animal origin. Fruit and vegetables provide only a minor contribution.

Polychlorinated biphenyls are notorious for being found in salmon and other types of farmed fish. They are also found in chicken, beef, pork, eggs, and even milk. A carcinogen called Acetaldehyde is in every beverage you consume that contains alcohol. Salmon accounts for about 6 percent of PCBs ingested by humans.


Polychlorinated biphenyls - levels in foods
Polychlorinated biphenyls – levels in foods


This graph shows the absolute amount of polychlorinated biphenyls in various foods. It is taken from a FDA market basket study.

We should be concerned about the level of polychlorinated biphenyls in our daily diet. We should know where to look for ways to reduce our consumption that make sense, while not compromising other health benefits, such as that of omega-3 in salmon.

Free download: A List of Known Chemicals Containing PCBs

Chemicals containing Polychlorinated Biphenyls
Chemicals containing Polychlorinated Biphenyls


Fitness: Beating Confusion and Chaos

Fitness: Beating Confusion and Chaos

Fitness Female
Fitness Female

So you know you’re over weight and seek out some advice on how best to cope with this unpleasant fact. You happily start reading about fitness with a positive attitude. Subsequently you start feeling agitated, confused, berated and belittled – then you give up and have a snack, feeling out of sorts.

Nothing gets accomplished. Nothing is solved or resolved. You just feel bad. About yourself, your weight, who you are, where you come from, your looks…and so on it goes.

All that conflicting fitness information may not all be meant to confuse and frustrate you. What happens is people (“experts”) are sharing a personal experience, or the results of small studies that tend to suggest some particular fact. Everyone has their own area of expertise and to be blunt, many become biased in their preferred area. This doesn’t mean they’re bad or purposely trying to mislead you. It just means they feel passionately about their beliefs – but that doesn’t make anyone rock solid right about ANY thing.

And of course, we have many who are motivated to say things because they’re paid to do so. It’s a crazy, cruel world these days. We need to dig into our personal reserves of strength and common sense and “not let the bastards grind us down“.

Non illigitamus carborundum – Latin for “don’t let the bastards grind you down”. General Joseph W. Stilwell, Motto US general (1883 – 1946).

The bottom line is, no two human beings on this planet are genetically the same.  That means not any given food, exercise or other fitness remedy or regime will work exactly the same on any two people.

You are unique and wonderful. You are you, no one else. Embrace yourself. Focus on your good points. Your genetics are yours and yours alone. No one can or will change that, nor will all the “expert advice” in the world.

So where to go from here? Mind over matter. Your own mind, your own life experiences, your wonderful and uniquely made body. Get to know it, love it, nurture it. The ability to do this in spite of all the hammering on us to “eat right, lose weight” gets increasingly difficult by the day. Governments want to tell us how much to weigh, what to eat, where to eat and how to eat. That’s wrong. They don’t know YOU. They have agendas and motives that are completely impersonal and insanely motivated by all the wrong factors.

This can be tough, but with some serious thought-discipline it’s perfectly doable. Everything begins in your mind. Negative thoughts produce negative results – yes, even in your body. And if you follow any form of news these days, you’re mind is filled with the negative. Repeatedly. Is it any wonder we’re becoming a society of angry, frustrated, over weight and sometimes depressed individuals? A person can so easily feel defeated and helpless in short order. Fitness becomes nothing more than another burden to contend with.

This may sound extreme to some, but I call that “Cruel and unusual punishment” toward innocent people with very real concerns. It’s especially “cruel” to do this to children, who’s minds are so very impressionable and who can develop emotional scars that will last a lifetime. They are too young to understand the importance of being fed “the positive”.

Listen to your body. Use your own mind – not that of others – to “feed” positive thoughts for positive results. How?

The first and most important thing to understand is that the human mind has a conscious and a subconscious. The subconscious mind has no ability to actually “think”. Consider your computer – you have to “tell it” what is true and what it “knows” via programming. Whatever your subconscious mind is “programmed” with, it accepts. Good or bad, right or wrong. Then it follows through with the very things you’ve become “programmed” by.

So you see, the more you hear that “you’re too fat“, “fat is bad“, the more it seeps into your subconscious creating negative feelings about yourself while you aren’t even aware its taking place. This can lead to patterns of self-sabotage at untold proportions.

Instead, start a “mind diet” of positive thinking and work to counter all the negative. Soon your body will follow suit. You’ll begin to feel more positive about your own abilities to achieve weight loss and better overall fitness. You’ll feel more at peace with yourself and others. This in turn helps you achieve things you’ve previously been programmed to think you can’t without some form of “intervention”. Don’t allow your thoughts to be “taken over”. That’s lazy! Take positive control.

The Human Brain

Tell yourself:

  • I can’t.
  • I won’t.
  • It’s no use.
  • It doesn’t pay, I’ll always be this way.
  • It’s genetic, I’m stuck with this problem.
  • My metabolism is just slow.
  • It will never work.
  • Nothing will help me.

And that’s how it shall be.

Your mind, in many ways you don’t realize, is constantly being programmed through conscious self-suggestion as well as external suggestions. Be especially aware of those negative external suggestions as those are the one’s that will worm their way into your subconscious and do the most damage to your abilities and self esteem. Shut them out, turn them off, close the web page telling you “fat is bad”. Fat is not “bad”. Yes, it can be unhealthy, but by no means does it make you “bad” or “unacceptable”.  It makes you human.

Be aware of your conscious thoughts. When a negative one slips in – and it will, you’re only human – stop it and change it to something positive. Banish “I can’t” completely. Make it a huge “I CAN“. It will take some time and practice, but in time you’ll find those negative thoughts dissipating while your mind turns in a new and wonderful, positive direction.

That subconscious mind of yours is working 24 hours a day – make it your first goal to allow it to work to your benefit from this point forward!

Since we become what we think of most of the time, whatever we are thinking of now, we are unconsciously moving toward the achievement of that thought. For an alcoholic, this could be the next drink – for a drug addict, the next fix – for a surfer, the next wave. Divorce, bankruptcy, and illness are all goals spawned out of negative attitudes and thought patterns. -Denis Waitley, productivity consultant on high performance human achievement.

Do Americans Consume Too Much Salt?

Do Americans Consume Too Much Salt?

Do we consume too much salt in America? Yes, in fact, we eat ten times the amount of salt and/or sodium than our ancestors and the dangers of doing so are multiplying. Salt and sodium are pretty much the same thing.

Many think the danger in high salt/sodium consumption is only in those with high blood pressure, but this is not necessarily so. Too much salt can harm healthy people’s hearts, lungs and can shorten the duration of their lives. Salt overload increases the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, kidney disease, diabetes, cataracts, brittle bones, asthma, dementia and early death.

Too much salt?
Too much salt?

Back in 2001, a news release came out regarding what is called “Salt Sensitivity“. This is considered a genetic condition that causes an abnormal reaction to sodium that is aggravated by salt overload.

Salt sensitivity with or without high blood pressure, can reduce your survival odds as much as high blood pressure does. This doubles your chances of early death from cardiovascular disease. Too much salt can enlarge the heart’s left ventricle, even if one doesn’t suffer from high blood pressure. Too much salt can also make tiny blood vessels in the brain more likely to leak, raising the risk of what is known as bleeding strokes.

There are some doctors in doubt of these new-found facts and not all researchers are in agreement. Many feel that those who eat a lot of vegetables and fruits and get enough calcium are not in any danger from too much salt consumption. If you are in any doubt or are a bit concerned about your salt intake, or are on a blood pressure medication, by all means, discuss this with your doctor.

How much sodium is safe?

Most researchers say no more than 1,500 milligrams a day, but while the American Heart Association used to say 2,500 milligrams a day is all right, they have now changed their stance to 1,500mg, as well. Even at this new amount, the average American is still consuming too much salt. Americans are consuming 3,500 to 4,000 milligrams daily with some eating four times that amount.

Where is all this salt/sodium coming from? A lot is hidden in food and we aren’t even aware we are ingesting so much. Therefore, it’s a good idea to educate yourself on food containing excessive amounts.

Here is a breakdown of where all this salt is coming from:

  • 10 percent from a natural part of healthful foods.
  • 15 percent from a salt shaker.
  • 75 percent that is hidden in processed and restaurant foods.

Here are some tips on how you can cut back:

  • Remove the salt shaker from the table.
  • Check labels; sodium varies greatly by brand and many sodium-packed foods don’t taste salty at all. Here’s an example; Cheerios have more sodium per serving than potato chips. The top salt offenders are frozen dinners, pizza, lunch meat, processed cheese, and canned soup and ramen soup.
  • Expect at least 1,000 milligrams of sodium in a simple restaurant meal.
  • Asian and Mexican foods contain, on average, 2,000 milligrams per meal.
  • Check out our Low Salt/Sodium Recipes.

Thirty Symptoms of Toxicity

Thirty Symptoms of Toxicity

The human body is created with a wisdom that is difficult to grasp; that being that it miraculously is able to heal itself from injuries, illness, and trauma.

When toxins build up in our bodies, under normal, healthy circumstances the body can usually repair and restore. However, when overburdened with toxins, we can develop any number of unpleasant symptoms that leave us feeling tired, achy, heavy and out of shape.

Most Common Symptoms of Toxicity

  1. Tired in the morning even after a good night’s sleep.
  2. Restless sleep.
  3. Feeling exhausted doing everyday things.
  4. Confused, agitated, nervous, anxious or sad.
  5. Anger or irritability, mood swings.
  6. Depressed.
  7. Lapses in memory.
  8. Difficulty in making decisions.
  9. Clumsiness.
  10. Sensitivity to noise.
  11. Dark circles or bags below eyes.
  12. Swollen or inflamed eyelids.
  13. Sensitivity to light.
  14. Intense cravings for “junk” foods.
  15. Itchy palate.
  16. Coating on tongue.
  17. Speech problems.
  18. Acne, bruising, blemishes.
  19. Eczema or psoriasis.
  20. Hives.
  21. Diarrhea or “pasty” stools.
  22. Constipation.
  23. Belching or gas, especially after eating.
  24. Foul-smelling bowel movements.
  25. Bloating or abdominal discomfort.
  26. Heartburn or indigestion.
  27. Frequent urination.
  28. Water retention or bloating.
  29. Joint stiffness.
  30. Headaches or migraines.

Of course, if temporary or short-lived, chances are many of the above symptoms are merely caused by stressful times in your life, etc. However, if they are problematic and don’t go away, toxins could be part of the problem. Consider your eating habits and be honest with yourself.

Are you eating too much junk food? Refined carbohydrates such as donuts, cake? Too many fried foods lately?

If you’re feeling out of sorts, there is a chance you’ve overly exposed your body to toxins and your cells just need time and opportunity to be properly rebuilt.

Remember, the human body truly is incredible. It is created to heal. Trillions of cells work at sonic speeds removing barriers to health, overcoming infections, and healing whatever is affecting your body. The human body is always working to heal itself. It will fight the symptoms of toxicity.

In fact, when given the chance, the human body will work hard to overcome even the most serious ailments and trauma.

Trust the healing intelligence your body was born with – and treat it well so it takes good care of you.

30 Symptoms of Toxicity

30 Symptoms of Toxicity
30 Symptoms of Toxicity

Kick The Morning Blues

Kick The Morning Blues

Many of us are poor starters to the day. We feel languid, uninspired. It is as much as we can do to get out of bed and stand under the shower. However, there are a number of techniques we can adopt to boost our energy levels and reduce our feelings of stress at the start of the day. In other words, kick the morning blues!

Morning Blues
Morning Blues


The following are typical techniques and one that has been highly effective for a great many people. So, before getting out of bed in morning, prime your body for action through a series of gentle muscle stretches.

  1. Start with your right foot, extend the toes upwards while inhaling gradually and deeply.
    Hold your breath to a count of 5 and then curl your toes as you exhale. Repeat this exercise with your left foot.
  2. Stretch out your whole body as you lie in bed pushing down with each foot, stretching
    your leg muscles.
  3. Inhale and then as you exhale, stretch your arms above your head.
  4. Gently rise from your bed and stand with an upright posture, both feet firmly on the floor. Breathe deeply, curling your toes as you inhale and extending them on exhaling.

Whole Foods Boost Mood

Whole Foods Boost Mood

Eat more whole foods to boost your mood!

Whole Foods Fruits and Vegetables
Whole Foods

People whose diets are high in whole foods have a lower risk of depression than people who eat more processed foods. Researchers analyzed data from more than 3,000 participants with a mean age of 55.6 years. Two dietary patterns were identified:

The “processed food” pattern, which includes fried foods, processed meats, high fat dairy products, foods made with refined grain and added sugars. Study participants who at more processed foods had a higher incidence of depression than participants whose diets included a higher proportion of whole foods.

Source: Weill Cornell Medical College

Healthiest Whole Foods

The healthiest foods are common “everyday” whole foods. These include the fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds, lean meats, fish, olive oil, herbs and spices that are familiar to most people.

Whole Foods: Vegetables

Asparagus. Avocados. Beets. Bell peppers. Broccoli. Brussels sprouts. Cabbage.  Carrots. Cauliflower. Celery. Collard greens. Cucumbers. Eggplant. Fennel. Garlic. Green beans. Green peas.  Kale. Leeks. Mushrooms (crimini, shiitake).  Mustard greens. Olives. Onions. Potatoes. Romaine lettuce. Sea vegetables. Spinach. Squash. Sweet potatoes. Swiss chard.  Tomatoes. Turnip greens.  Yams

Whole Foods: Fruits

Apples. Apricots. Bananas. Blueberries. Cantaloupe. Cranberries. Figs. Grapefruit. Grapes. Kiwifruit. Lemon and Limes. Oranges. Papaya.  Pears. Pineapple. Plums. Prunes. Raisins. Raspberries. Strawberries. Watermelon.

Nuts, Seeds and Oils

Almonds. Cashews. Flaxseeds. Extra virgin olive oil. Peanuts. Pumpkin seeds. Sesame seeds. Sunflower seeds. Walnuts.


Barley. Brown rice. Buckwheat. Corn. Millet. Oats. Quinoa. Rye. Spelt. Whole wheat.

Eggs and Low-Fat Dairy

Low fat cheese. Eggs. 2 percent cow’s milk and goat’s milk. Yogurt.


Cod. Halibut. Salmon. Sardines. Scallops. Shrimp. Tuna

Beans and Legumes

Black beans. Dried peas. Garbanzo beans (chickpeas). Kidney beans. Lentils. Lima beans. Miso. Navy beans. Pinto beans. Soybeans. Tempeh and Tofu.

Poultry and Lean Meats

Lean organic beef. Calf’s liver. Chicken. Lamb. Turkey. Venison

Spices and Herbs

Basil. Black pepper. Cayenne pepper. Chili pepper, dried. Cilantro or Coriander seeds, Ground Cinnamon. Cloves.  Cumin seeds. Dill. Ginger. Mustard seeds. Oregano. Parsley. Peppermint. Rosemary. Sage. Thyme. Turmeric.

Natural Sweeteners

  • Blackstrap molasses.
  • Cane juice.
  • Honey.
  • Maple syrup.

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