by Joyce Eileen Gerber
Detoxification is the process of reducing and removing toxic substances from the body. This is done using specific foods, juices, intestinal cleansing products, nutritional supplementation, fasting, colonic irrigation and enemas, body work, such as massage, shiatsu and reflexology, herbs, skin brushing, saunas, exercise and other natural modalities.
There are two major factors that contribute to disease – deficiency and toxemia. Deficiency refers to the lack of proper nutrients going to the various cells, tissues, glands and organs where they’re needed. Toxemia refers to poisons which accumulate in various parts of the body, impeding its function.
Digestion requires more energy than ay other body function. When you lighten the amount of energy needed for digestion, or even eliminate it as you would through juice fasting, the body uses all that energy to dissolve and eliminate toxins.
Each cell has an innate intelligence to survive. When a person embarks on a detoxification program, the body will eat up the toxic material first. It is not going to start eating up muscle, brain or heart tissue, or any other tissue needed for immediate survival.
When we focus on symptoms and treat them as separate diseases, we don’t address the cause. When, for instance, we suppress a cold symptom by taking a capsule, we drive the mucus deeper into the body, turning what would be a simple cold into a sever case of bronchitis or even pneumonia, if the symptom is repeatedly suppressed.
Catarrh is a Greek-derived word meaning to “flow-down,” referring to mucus produced from tissue inflammation. Catarrh can accumulate anywhere in the body, depending where a person is weak or vulnerable. In the Western medical world, catarrh of the bronchi is called bronchitis, catarrh of the liver, hepatitis, and catarrh of the prostate, prostatitis.
In the world of natural healing, we recognize that we can get this hardened mucus or catarrh to liquefy and be eliminated through every possible opening of the body: the ears, the eyes, the anus and vagina, the armpits, the pores of the skin and the mouth and nose. The body secretions will be much stronger in odor as toxins leave the system, and the tongue will develop a white coating. The breath will have a strong smell, as will the perspiration, urine and feces. This is a good sign, because it means the poisons are being flushed out of the system, rather than staying inside.
Normal body chemistry is 7.35 – 7.45, which is slightly alkaline. The main foods that create an alkaline chemistry are:
• vegetables, their juices,
• the grains such as millet, quinoa, and amaranth, plus
• raw and unsalted almonds,
• miso, and
When the blood starts to veer from that pH rage, because of a diet of acid-forming foods, a fertile ground is crated for germs, viruses, and bacteria to grow and flourish.
The body needs enzymes for every metabolic process it. The body is composed of 70% water. After oxygen, water is the most important element needed. Once again, sprouts, fruits, vegetables and their juices provide the enzymes and the quality of water we need to heal and detoxify. Cooking destroys the enzymes in food, and all other foods are more concentrated, with lower water content.
In natural healing, we don’t battle pathogenic organisms. We change the condition of the blood, restoring the proper chemistry, which creates an unfavorable environment for disease organisms. Through changing the condition of the host, meaning you or me, by ingesting a high alkaline, high enzyme, high water content diet, the blood is highly oxygenated. Disease organisms cannot survive in the presence of oxygen.
The above is a description of a therapeutic cleansing program. It is not meant to support nutritional needs over a long period of tine. As health is restored, an optimum daily program would include a grater variety of whole, natural foods, both raw and cooked.
The information presented is intended for educational purposes and is obtained and extrapolated from published research and books. It is not intended to be prescriptive, nor to replace the care of a licensed health professional in the diagnosis and treatment of illness.